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Friday, May 04, 2018


Three Orange County school districts win state award for improving attendance
The California Department of Education has recognized the Anaheim Elementary School District, Ocean View School District and Orange Unified School District for their efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase student attendance. The three local districts were among 16 statewide honored as Model School Attendance Review Boards (SARBs).


Recognizing OUSD’s Dreamers and Doers
Each year, the Disneyland Resort recognizes Orange County high school students for contributions to their community and schools. Students were nominated in four areas: Strengthen Communities, Think Creatively, Conserve Nature and Live Healthier.


OC Vector Control to inspect Newport Harbor High for rats next week
Officials from the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District plan to visit Newport Harbor High School next week to investigate the campus for rats.


British schools are replacing analog clocks with digital ones to help clueless students
British teachers recently tweeted that schools are changing the clocks, sometimes in rooms where important exams are taken, so students don't waste time asking how much time is left. But plenty of American children can't read analog clocks, either.


A new venue for video games: K-12 classrooms
For years, John Miller, a 7th-grade history teacher in King City, struggled to engage his students in world history lessons. Most of his students were English learners, had very low literacy rates and had rarely left the Salinas Valley. The Roman Empire and feudal Japan seemed about as distant and abstract as Mars. But then he tried a new approach: video games.

African-American students with disabilities suspended at disproportionately high rate
African-American special education students nationwide lose substantially more instruction time due to discipline than their white counterparts, according to a report by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University. The report, “Disabling Punishment: The Need for Remedies to the Disparate Loss of Instruction Experienced by Black Students with Disabilities,” extrapolated its findings from federal data from 2014-15 and 2015-16, the last year for which it is available.


Ten Boys Who Care Recruit Successors
A new group of seventh-graders from Thurston Middle School have agreed to carry on the work of Ten Boys Who Care, a club formed in 2013 to fundraise for scholarships to Laguna Beach High School athletes. The group recently gathered in Sam Reynolds’ backyard, the same spot where the original Ten Boys organized five years ago.

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