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Monday, March 05, 2018


Cats in hats galore: Dr. Seuss characters visit Tustin’s Veeh Elementary
The late Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, would have turned 104 on Friday, March 2. His birthday parties have well outlived him thanks to Read Across America, which just marked its own milestone – a 20-year anniversary. Students at Veeh Elementary in Tustin took part in the national celebration when a dozen “Cat in the Hat” characters showed up to perform the beloved author’s whimsical books.

Lockdown lifted at Sunset Lane Elementary after possible gunshots heard, Fullerton police say it was fireworks
Sunset Lane Elementary School was briefly on lockdown Friday afternoon, March 2, after someone reported hearing gunshots that turned out to be fireworks, Fullerton police said. Police officers were investigating the sounds near the campus, at 2030 Sunset Lane just before 2 p.m. At about 3 p.m. police said the school was safe.


Newport-Mesa closed session discusses school district’s goals, not another pay hike for superintendent, officials say
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board met Friday in closed session to review how the district is progressing on its goals, not to discuss Supt. Fred Navarro, officials said. Before community members could address the board during a public comment period preceding the closed meeting, Navarro attempted to quash rumors that the agenda item titled "Public employee evaluation: title — superintendent" might include another pay hike for him following his $34,450 bonus awarded in December for "exceptional" performance.

Orange County school districts review safety plans in wake of Parkland shooting
In the weeks following a mass shooting at a high school in Florida that left 17 people dead and many injured, Orange County school districts are reviewing their safety protocols with an eye toward improvement. With numerous national school shootings within the past several years, the process of analyzing and finalizing an adequate school safety program has become all the more crucial.


Oakland schools balance improving student performance while making deep budget cuts
Oakland Unified is struggling with a balancing act that requires it to improve its students’ academic performance next year while also slashing millions of dollars from its budget. At a school board meeting last month, Troy Christmas, the district’s financial services director, told the school board they must cut $5 million to $7 million from their budget next year or face insolvency.

Fear, absenteeism, falling grades among impacts of immigration crackdown, study finds
Immigration crackdowns are having a widespread harmful impact on children’s academic performance, school attendance and classroom behavior, not just among immigrant children but native-born students as well, according to a new national survey of educators. The survey, by the UCLA Civil Rights Project, looked at conditions in 730 schools across the U.S. and found that 64 percent of teachers, administrators and school staff who responded said immigration enforcement was having a negative effect on their schools.


Progress in defining when students are career-ready
For almost three years, California education officials have struggled to find an array of performance indicators that could measure when a student is ready for the work place. While refinement no doubt will continue, a memo from the California Department of Education released last week suggests there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The CDE has proposed adoption of eight indicators to help evaluate students who are unlikely to go to college and instead want to be prepared to get a job after high school.


Why Yo-Yo Ma visited this Corona middle school
Orchestra students at El Cerrito Middle School in Corona gathered early Friday morning to greet a special visitor: Yo-Yo Ma. The world-renowned cellist visited the school as part the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ pilot program, Arts Across America. The goal of the program is to celebrate “undiscovered, unexpected, or everyday communities” with a strong commitment to the arts.


C-H-A-M-P: Eighth-grader wins second straight OC Spelling Bee, advances to national competition
When Winston Winston Zuo of Fairmont Private Schools‘ Historic Anaheim Campus correctly spelled “teff,” which is a species of grass native to Ethiopia used to make flour, he clinched his second straight Orange County Spelling Bee championship and a return trip to the 91st annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. Travel expenses will be offset by the Orange County Register, which sponsored the contest along with the Orange County Department of Education.


What Kids Think About Bullying And Kindness In The Trump Era
"There was a girl in my class who had on dirty clothes. The other kids laughed at her but I played with her during recess." That's an everyday act of kindness toward a child who is being ostracized. It was reported by an elementary school student who took part in a new, nationally-representative survey of children ages 9 to 11. The purpose was to capture not only the bad, but also the good of how children treat each other, and even a little bit of the why.

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