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SDUHSD to create committee on high school selection process

A new committee on San Dieguito Union High School District’s school selection process will be formed this fall, in response to frustrations expressed by parents this summer when students didn’t get into their school of choice.

The district made the decision this year to admit all freshmen on the wait lists for Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito High School Academy, and both schools are at capacity. But there is still much work to be done for future years, according to Michael Grove, associate superintendent.

High school district board opposes proposed cap on school reserves

The San Dieguito Union High School District board has come out against the cap on school district reserves proposed by new legislation in the state. On Aug. 21, the board approved the adoption of a resolution in opposition to the local reserves cap, part of the Proposition 98 Rainy Day Fund.

Proposition 2 will go out to voters on the November ballot. If it passes and the state’s Rainy Day Fund is established, as soon as even a dime is dropped into the fund, school districts will be required to spend down the reserves.

Elections to be held for local school district board seats

There will be contested races in all local school districts except Solana Beach School District. The deadline for candidates to pull papers for the November election was Aug. 8 and all incumbents pulled papers so there was no deadline extension.

The candidate list follows, with identities/professions as listed at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters:

Solana Beach Schools Foundation refreshes its ‘look and feel’

To increasingly enrich education in the Solana Beach School District by bridging the gap between vital school needs and state funding, the Solana Beach Schools Foundation (SBSF) is introducing its new name, look, and feel. The refresh will also better communicate the purpose of the SBSF and the programs it funds.

Previously the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning, the SBSF supports Discovery Labs curriculum in science, technology, research, engineering, arts, math, (STREAM) and supplemental physical education by raising funds not provided by the State of California. Collaborating with classroom teachers, Discovery Labs instructors supplement the existing curriculum with hands-on, interdisciplinary lab-based activities.

Del Mar school district offers free and reduced-price lunches

Del Mar Union School District will provide free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program for school year 2014-2015.

Carmel Valley student wins silver at Linguistics Olympiad as U.S. team wins gold

Catherine Wu, right, won the silver medal at the 12th International Linguistics Olympiad. The U.S. team won the gold. Courtesy photo

Catherine Wu, a former Canyon Crest Academy student who just graduated in June 2014, received the Silver Medal, and the USA team won the Gold Medal.

New Carmel Del Mar principal selected

The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) recently announced that Jessica Morales has been picked as the next principal for Carmel Del Mar School. “Morales is an exceptional educator, with 13 years of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator,” according to a district press release.
Morales has most recently been an assistant principal in Carlsbad Unified School District, where she “excelled at establishing strong relationships and supporting children, families, and staff.”
Prior to working in Carlsbad, Morales was a teacher in DMUSD at Ocean Air School and Sage Canyon School. While a teacher in DMUSD, Morales was also a member of the district’s Mathematics Curriculum Committee.

Del Mar school district considering boundary change

The Del Mar Union School District is considering a proposed boundary change for future East Pacific Highlands Ranch homes. The recommendation made by the facilities master plan outreach committee is that the boundary be changed for six Pacific Highlands Ranch developments, moving students from Sycamore Ridge to Ashley Falls School.

Jason Romero, assistant superintendent of human resources, said the developments represent 570 single and multifamily homes, which they project to generate around 250 students.

Carmel Valley school wins regional award for Dollars for Scholars program

Canyon Crest Academy Dollars for Scholars has been selected as the Dollars for Scholars West Area Affiliate of the Year by Scholarship America. The Affiliate of the Year Award honors and recognizes Dollars for Scholars affiliates that have performed outstanding service to their community and that exemplify the commitment of Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, to making postsecondary success possible for all students.

Last year for Del Mar Union School District transitional kindergarten

The Del Mar Union School District is entering the last school year where it will be required to offer transitional kindergarten class — so far. Legislation is pending that would make it mandatory for districts to offer the program to low-income students. DMUSD’s transitional kindergarten (TK) serves a quarter of its population and to date will bring an additional 87 students to the district in the 2014-15 school year.

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