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Thursday, May 24, 2018


Orange County Friday Night Live Partnership honors two school chapters, one advisor
OCDE’s Orange County Friday Night Live Partnership recently honored two schools and an advisor for their efforts to develop youth leaders and implement alcohol and drug prevention projects in their schools and communities. At its annual Chapter Recognition Event at Chapman University on May 11, OCFNLP leaders presented the partnership’s biggest awards of the year. The Club Live chapter at Buena Park Junior High School and the Friday Night Live chapter at El Modena High School in Orange were each named recipients of the Chapter Excellence Award, and Shannon Bennett, who oversees the FNL chapter at Santiago High School in Garden Grove, took home the Advisor Excellence Award.


Newport-Mesa finishes review of schools' safety and will install fences and hire 4 psychologists
Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials completed a comprehensive review of their 34 schools and the district offices last week and said fencing will be installed around the perimeters of several campuses after summer break starts. Mariners, Newport Heights and Wilson elementary schools will get permanent fences. Corona del Mar High, Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor High schools are slated to get temporary chain-link fencing until the district's architects submit designs for more attractive permanent fences.


I wish my mom's phone wasn't invented, 2nd grader writes in school project
Second graders at a Louisiana school wish their parents would get off their phones. Elementary school teacher Jen Beason said four of her students told her they wished phones were never invented after giving the class a writing prompt. Fellow teachers echoed similar conversations they've had in their classrooms. "We had a class discussion about Facebook and every single one of the students said their parents spend more time on FB then they do talking to their child. It was very eye opening for me," Abbey Fauntleroy commented.


School requires mental health lessons after student suicides
Freshmen at Detroit’s West Bloomfield High School now receive mandatory mental health training that emphasizes coping skills, empathy and how to spot the warning signs of potential threats of violence in school. The five-week program covers topics including stress, anger, anxiety, grief, social media, relationships, family systems and self-reflection, with teachers directing students through conversations about mental health.

Legislative panel suggests some additional ed. spending
A key budget panel agreed Wednesday to support adding $300 million to the Local Control Funding Formula, above what the governor proposed earlier this month. The Assembly’s subcommittee on school finance also voted to provide $360 million new dollars under the LCFF to target educational services to the state’s lowest performing subgroup—currently African American students.


What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?
A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young children's brains in each of those situations. And, says lead author Dr. John Hutton, there is an apparent "Goldilocks effect" — some kinds of storytelling may be "too cold" for children, while others are "too hot." And, of course, some are "just right."

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