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OC schools get set to take on the Great Kindness Challenge
Schools across Orange County are getting to ready participate in the Great Kindness Challenge, which kicks off Monday, Jan. 23. Created by the nonprofit group Kids for Peace, and endorsed by state Superintendent Tony Thurmond, the Great Kindness Challenge is a national program dedicated to recording as many acts of kindness as possible in a single week — typically the last full week of January. This year’s theme is “Grow Kindness.” Last year, more than 18 million students from nearly 36,500 schools participated in the celebration of goodwill, contributing about 921 kind acts.

Weekly roundup: OC students make list of America’s top 300 teen scientists, governor proposes budget, and more
Three high school students from Orange County were named finalists in the Society for Science’s list of the top 300 scholars in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search. The program is billed as the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Along with the recognition, the scholars will each be awarded $2,000 and their respective schools will receive $2,000.


Anxiety over ‘tripledemic’ has these LAUSD parents pleading for mask mandate
As school resumes, COVID-traumatized L.A.-area parents call for return to masking over ‘tripledemic’ fears amid surge that also includes flu and RSV.


This San Diego child care gives kids ‘a higher chance of thriving.’ But California doesn’t pay providers enough to cover their costs
California reimburses providers based on what families can pay, rather than what it costs to provide care. To bridge the gap, providers serving the state’s neediest children must get by on low pay.


Pre-Enrollment for San Diego Unified’s Universal Transitional Kindergarten Program Starts Soon – Here’s What Parents Need to Know
Universal transitional kindergarten is a new grade for 4-year-olds available to families free-of-charge. But for some, the enrollment process has been difficult to navigate.


These two major shifts sparked a mental health crisis among LGBTQ youth in California
A conservative backlash to transgender rights and the ongoing pandemic are contributing to a mental health crisis: Nearly half of California’s LGBTQ youth considered suicide last year.


Temecula students walk out to protest critical race theory ban
Hundreds marched off campus Friday, Jan. 13, at Chaparral, Great Oak and Temecula Valley high schools.


What you need to become a substitute teacher in California | Quick Guide
Becoming a substitute teacher in California has become easier and more financially lucrative in the last few years. California school districts have struggled to find enough substitute teachers to take over classrooms for absent teachers since the Covid-19 pandemic closed school campuses. Since then many substitute teachers, who are only paid for the days they work, quit or found jobs elsewhere. Some did not want to return to a classroom during the pandemic because of health concerns.


South Coast REC supports school-to-work pipeline for students with disabilities
Before Brent Flory, 22, started bagging fruits and vegetables at his local Stater Bros. Market, he picked them at the University of California South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine. In partnership with Saddleback Unified School District's Esperanza Education Center, an adult transition program that provides independent living and life skills training for students with disabilities, South Coast REC hosts students on its 200 acres of land and introduces them to careers in agriculture.

National literacy data show nearly half of all 3rd graders began school year off-track
National data released last fall shows students who learned to read during the pandemic are still performing below those who were in early grades before schools closed — in some cases, well below. Fifty-three percent of second graders were on track in reading last fall, compared to 57% in 2019, according to Amplify, a curriculum provider. In first grade, the decline was greater — 8 percentage points.

STARBASE: A youth program creating a career path in STEM for students
About 3,600 students from the Los Angeles Unified School District took part in the annual STARBASE program. The program is a Department of Defense Youth Program that aims to provide students with a career path in STEM.

Mindful moments help elementary school students feel calm
Since students returned from distance learning at Valor Academy Elementary School, they have found a new session on their daily schedules.

Superintendents ousted by two school boards in O.C.
Parents in Orange Unified and Capistrano Unified questioned the timing and reason for firings.

New E-bike rules for students at Los Alamitos USD middle schools
You’ve likely seen kids zipping down the streets riding electric bikes in recent months in Orange County. Starting Feb. 1, students who ride electric bikes to campus at Oak Middle School and McAuliffe Middle School in the Los Alamitos Unified School District must have a permit earned by taking an e-bike safety course offered by the Los Alamitos Police Department.

McAuliffe Middle School names Campus Supervisor as its 'Hero of the Heart'
Cleveland "Bud" Jones praised for 'connecting with students'.

LBUSD’s Early Learning & Kindergarten Festival returns this weekend
Preparing for schooling starts long before children enter the classroom, so the Long Beach Unified School District is hosting its annual Early Learning & Kindergarten Festival over the next two months to get the entire family ready. LBUSD has been hosting the festival for 15 years, and the first event of this year’s festival will be held this Saturday at Dooley Elementary School. The festival will also include a virtual session and another in-person event next month.

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