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Friday, March 02, 2018


Anaheim Ducks take over science lessons for 16,000 elementary school students
Students screamed, bowling balls swung through the air and Ducks skated as more than 16,000 elementary students in third through sixth grade gathered at the Honda Center on Wednesday, Feb. 28. More than 170 schools sent their students for the First Flight Field Trip, this year themed “Turn Up The Energy.” The educational program allowed students to try hands-on science experiments that demonstrated the principals of energy at various stations set up in the parking lot of the Honda Center.

Brea school officials say they prepare for an active shooter situation
Brea Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Brad Mason said in an email that all Brea schools have site safety plans specific for each campus. “We provide staff development, training and drill yearly on situations including earthquake, fire, intruder training and lock down procedures,” Mason said. There is a resource police officer assigned for all the schools, but her usual focus is at Brea Junior High and Brea Olinda and Brea Canyon high schools.


Newport-Mesa says its school safety methods have it ‘prepared to do what needs to be done’
In the wake of the recent high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board heard from staff and school resource officers Tuesday about local school safety methods. Those precautions, across the district's 32 schools, include resource officers from the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments, suicide prevention training, controlled access to campuses, a social media presence, drills for staff and students, threat assessments and emergency response training with local law enforcement, officials said.

Orange County parents opt to put children in language immersion programs
Courtney Dezahd grew up speaking English only, and when she was pregnant with her daughter, she was determined that her children would be different. In addition to English, they would learn Mandarin, she decided — even though neither Dezahd nor her husband is Chinese. So when her daughter and son turned 18 months old, she enrolled them in LePort Montessori's Mandarin immersion program in Irvine.


Tools to Keep Your Children in Line When They’re Online
The computer has so many features that are more fun than doing homework, but parents have controls to restrict games, screen time and more.


Senators want to add extra $1.2 billion to California school funding formula next year
The chairman of the state Senate’s budget subcommittee on education and three other Democratic senators are proposing to add $1.2 billion to what Gov. Jerry Brown is budgeting for the Local Control Funding Formula. It’s the first stake in the ground in what could be protracted negotiations over ongoing education spending in the governor’s final state budget.

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