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Wednesday, August 07, 2019


Inside the Outdoors summer camps nurture a natural curiosity — and kindness
Did you know OCDE’s Inside the Outdoors environmental education program offers summer camps? From late June through early August, ITO offers a series of week-long day camps for kids, led by the program’s field naturalists. The camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., though extended hours are available, and they feature lessons, activities and games related to the theme of the week. Sites include Inside the Outdoors’ Rancho Soñado headquarters, the Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Beach Central Park and Irvine Regional Park.


School is back in session for several Orange County school districts
With one hand clinging onto their parents and a lunch bag in the other, several students at Holder Elementary School stared at the roster to find their new classroom for the school year. The Savanna School District campus kicked off the school year on Tuesday, Aug. 6, as the first wave of students in Orange County ready their backpacks to return to class after the summer break. Also heading back this week are schools in the Los Alamitos, Anaheim Elementary, Centralia, Cypress and Anaheim Union districts.

Project MISS at CSUF gets high schools girls revved up for math
Nina Le was a little nervous in the first days of the algebra II and precalculus classes at Cal State Fullerton. The 14-year-old was one of the youngest of 76 Orange County-area high school girls enrolled in the four-week Mathematics Intensive Summer Session, known as Project MISS, which ended Friday. Being thrown in with a lot of people you don’t know can be scary, Le said.


Huntington Beach City School District amends its religious expression policy to settle lawsuit
The Huntington Beach City School District has amended its freedom of expression policy in response to a federal lawsuit filed in January by a mother and father after their children were barred from passing out fliers during the school day encouraging classmates to bring Bibles to school. The district board approved amendments last week designed to protect the free exercise of religion and private religious speech.


OC’s Urban, Suburban Youths Are Down With the Farm
This love story begins in second grade, when Alan Flores took a field trip to Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton and gazed in wonder on its three-acre farm, adjoining pasture land and barnyard full of livestock. Fast forward about 10 years, and Flores, now a senior at Sunny Hills, was among the 250 or so OC youths showing off their goats, chickens, hogs and cows in the first week of this month’s Orange County Fair.


California charter, private schools report lower vaccination rates than public schools
California’s charter and private schools dramatically lag public schools in the percentage of students vaccinated for contagious diseases. Last year, 78 percent of traditional public schools reported that its students had all required vaccinations necessary to protect the community, while only 68 percent of private schools and 57 percent of charter schools met that goal, an EdSource analysis of California Department of Public Health data reveals.

Interactive Map: California schools with low vaccination rates
To protect communities from various diseases, health experts recommend that at least 95% of kindergartners at school be up-to-date with required vaccinations. EdSource analyzed vaccination data reported to the state Department of Public Health for 6,524 schools that enrolled 20 or more kindergartners in 2018-19.

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