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Friday, March 30, 2018


New mural with mystery surfer girl replaces 30-year-old painting at Salt Creek Beach tunnel
“OC Parks contacted us about a year-and-a-half ago asking us about creating a mural,” said Natalie Hribar-Kelly, chair of Dana Hills High’s art department, who with fellow art teacher Krista Rodriguez, is overseeing the project. “The mural was falling apart and they wanted a new one.” Hribar-Kelly said she and Rodriguez turned the project into an art contest for students and used it to teach about mural design.

Fires started in trash cans cause $3,000 damage at Mission Viejo High School
Arson investigators are looking in to two fires started in trash cans on Wednesday night at Mission Viejo High School. The Orange County Fire Authority responded to a report of a structure fire at the school and arrived to find the fires already put out with fire extinguishers by people at the scene, OCFA Capt. Larry Kurtz said.


Newport engineering lab students showcase their robots and toys
Students at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach shared their projects featuring robots and toy prototypes during an engineering showcase Wednesday evening.


A child left behind: SF student failed every class in high school
“Last week, we got a boy who’s a senior,” said Pat Scott, executive director of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center in the Western Addition. “I asked to see his transcript. He has straight F’s.” Scott repeated herself. “Straight F’s,” she said. “Freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year. And no one has intervened. He got a notice he wasn’t going to graduate last week — and nothing happened.”


Federal funding for after-school programs intact, despite threatened budget cuts
Despite fears that the federal government would drastically cut support to after-school and summer programs, the budget agreement recently signed by President Donald Trump includes $1.21 billion in funding, which will provide thousands of children in high-poverty areas, kindergarten through high school, help with reading, math and science homework after school.

Districts must do more to reduce low-income schools' share of inexperienced, ineffective teachers under new federal law
Narrowing disparities in student achievement — test scores, graduation rates and the like — is at the heart of California’s new school improvement system. Starting this fall, districts must also show how they are closing another gap: the distribution of inexperienced, misassigned and “ineffective” teachers — at least in the minimal, much-criticized way that the state has defined the term.


Pressing for Safer Landscape Practices
Members of Non-Toxic Laguna Beach, self-described as parents and students, plan to voice their concerns about the use of toxic pesticides on school grounds at a Tuesday, April 17, school board meeting, 550 Blumont St. They intend to press for a transition to safer, organic methods of landscaping.


Turning Kids Into Readers, One Barbershop At A Time
The solution first: 15. More precisely, 15 books. That's Alvin Irby's answer to a problem he knows all too well as a former kindergarten teacher: How to get children of color excited about reading if they don't have much experience with books or reading outside of school, and the books they see inside of school don't speak to them.

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