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Friday, March 16, 2018


$13.5 million gym at Sonora will give Fullerton Joint Union High School District home court options
The start of construction on a $13.5 million gymnasium at Fullerton’s Sonora High was celebrated this week with a groundbreaking ceremony. The 33,900-square-foot facility will be the largest gym in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, which also serves La Habra and Buena Park. A typical high school gym is about 11,000 square feet, officials said.

Science fair is serious fun at McPherson school
Slime, skittles and science were – surprisingly – combined at the McPherson Magnet School Science Fair. The campus, which emphasizes science and math, required its students of all ages to participate in an annual science fair. The students are encouraged to choose a topic of personal interest for their science fair project hypothesis, and for many in kindergarten through fifth grade, slime, gummy worms or M&Ms were the topic of choice.

Future masters exhibit their talents at the Student Art Invitational
Great artists don’t just suddenly emerge in adulthood. The likes of Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefee and Edward Hopper all revealed their extraordinary talents in youth. Some of today’s budding masters may be found right here in the Tustin Unified School District. Their work will be on display next week during the Student Art Invitational, sponsored by the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts.


City may use more signs, crossing guards and other safety measures near schools in Newport Heights
Newport Beach is considering more signage, newly defined pickup and drop-off zones, more crossing guards and educational campaigns in an effort to improve children’s safety in the congested areas around three schools in the Newport Heights neighborhood.

Corona del Mar High unveils new library project with focus on learning spaces, tech over books
Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials unveiled the new Learning Resource Center for the Corona del Mar High and Middle school campus Wednesday.


Oakland Unified initiative for African-American girls follows years of focus on the boys
Ever since the Oakland Unified School District launched its African-American Male Achievement office eight years ago people have been asking, “What about the girls?” Among them were community leaders like Nzingha Dugas, who under contract to the district for many years ran academic enrichment programs and a basketball league that she says kept more than a few girls out of trouble — and in some cases out of the grasp of sex traffickers.

Don’t swap state tests like Smarter Balanced for SAT or ACT, report cautions
States should not abandon their high school math and reading assessments in favor of the college readiness tests SAT or ACT, a prominent national education nonprofit advised in a new report. A number of California school administrators are pushing the California Legislature to give them the option of making that switch.


OCDE Deaf and Hard of Hearing program hosts regional tournament for Gallaudet University Academic Bowl
A regional academic contest for high schoolers who are deaf and hard of hearing drew 80 students from about a dozen western states to the campus of University High School in Irvine over the weekend. While a team representing the OCDE Deaf and Hard of Hearing performed admirably, earning its way into the quarterfinals, the tournament was ultimately won by California School for the Deaf in Riverside.

ACSA awards breakfast honors OC’s ‘student superheroes”
Some had mourned a death in the family. Others battled a severe illness or experienced homelessness. But they all had one thing in common: They found a way to succeed in school. Last week, local members of the Association of California School Administrators held their annual “Every Student Succeeding” breakfast to celebrate dozens of students who’ve excelled in their academic pursuits despite dealing with difficult or traumatic circumstances off campus.


The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers
You can see what teachers make before — and after — adjusting for regional cost differences. EdBuild used 2015-16 average teacher salaries as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics and a cost of living index (COLI) produced by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Before we get into the numbers, a quick caveat: There's obviously wide variation in the costs of living within states, too, that these numbers can't clearly capture. But they're a good first step.

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