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Friday, May 18, 2018


Orange County School Boards Association honors OCDE’s retiring legal eagle
OCDE’s longtime legal chief was surprised this week with a top honor from the Orange County School Boards Association. General Counsel Ron Wenkart, who will retire from the department this summer after more than 35 years of service, was recognized Wednesday evening with OCSBA’s Maureen DiMarco Award at the association’s annual dinner meeting in Costa Mesa. The award was established to highlight exemplary and far-reaching leadership in service of Orange County’s youth.


Orange High FFA students show off their farm and livestock
Orange High School’s Future Farmers of America students hosted their annual Farm Fest, opening the gates to Panther Farm for visitors young and old. Guests had an opportunity to view the livestock raised by the students, watch sheep shearing, enjoy lunch and interact with the petting zoo animals.


California lacks system to track students through high school, college and workplace
As students from Sacramento City Unified School District start applying to college this fall, Superintendent Jorge Aguilar will know a lot about where they ended up enrolling and eventually whether they graduated. The Sacramento Unified arrangement is remarkable because it’s an outlier in California. While most states have some system that links their high school and college data to track what happens to students once they exit high school, California does not.


Arcane funding certification needs repair
Although fundamental to the distributions of tens of billions of state dollars to schools every year, the required certification of the Proposition 98 funding guarantee hasn’t been executed since 2008. The process, required under state law annually, requires three parties to bless a final number—the governor, the state schools chief and the chancellor of the community college system.

Self-control can be improved with the help of peers, study shows
Teachers can use social groups to help young students learn self-control—a key predictor of academic success, as well as employment opportunities and health in adulthood—according to new research. Authors of the report–Sabine Doebel, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Yuko Munakata, a psychology professor at Colorado University Boulder’s Institute of Cognitive Science–put a spin on the classic marshmallow test.


TOW Students Win Spelling Bee
Fifth grade students from El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools competed in the annual Laguna Beach Elementary Spelling Bee Finals earlier this month. Lyric Hagen won the championship, with Max Reimers taking the second-place trophy home. Both attend TOW.

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