Category archives for: Schools

Del Mar school district board receives community input at facilities master plan workshop

The Del Mar Union School District board held a workshop on Feb. 12 to hear progress on its developing facilities master plan, which sets a roadmap for the future with campus improvements such as removing portable classrooms for good, reconfiguring libraries into “innovation centers,” and modernizations. The board heard from parents about their reactions to proposed upgrades and reconfigurations at their school sites.

Carmel Valley Middle School wins 2014 Science Olympiad competition

The winning Carmel Valley Middle School Bobcats. Courtesy photos

For the third year in a row, the Carmel Valley Middle School (CVMS) Bobcats won first place in the San Diego Science Olympiad competition on Feb 8 at Rancho Bernardo High School. The Bobcats sent six teams (90 kids) to the contest. Each school has creative names for their teams — the Bobcats were scientists: Einstein, Edison, Newton, Copernicus, Tesla and Darwin.

Double win for CCA’s De-Evolution robotics team

Canyon Crest Academy’s robotics team, De-Evolution, has now qualified to compete in the Los Angeles regional competition, after the team’s double win at the L.A. qualifying tournament held Jan. 25 in Glendale.

De-Evolution has already qualified to compete in the upcoming San Diego regional competition with the team’s double win in December at the Escondido qualifying tournament.

Going into the semi-finals at the L.A. tournament, De-Evolution was ranked Number 1 out of 30 teams and maintained its top position, remaining undefeated the entire day.

Planning board opposes proposed Del Mar school district childcare facility at Torrey Hills School

The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board is not in favor of the Del Mar Union School District’s proposal to build a new 13,000-square-foot Child Development Center (CDC) facility at Torrey Hills Elementary School. The board voted to send a letter to the district stating its opposition due to the increased traffic and safety concerns a new facility would bring.

Parent meeting to be held for new Solana Ranch School in Carmel Valley

Solana Ranch School in Pacific Highlands Ranch is heading into the final stretch, getting ready to welcome new students this fall.

The carpet has been delivered, the solar canopy has been erected to allow solar power, roll-up doors have been installed in the art room, plant boxes have been built in the school garden and the play equipment will go up in the next four to six weeks.

Common Core State Standards and private schools: A relationship of flexibility

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are coming in the fall and while public schools in California will be mandated to implement them, private schools are in a unique position to use them in whatever way that makes sense for their curriculum and institutions as a whole.

Leaders of local private schools said they like having the opportunity to be flexible regarding Common Core — they can opt out of what they don’t like and embrace ideas they feel would be best for their students.

SDUHSD schools to host ‘Common Core Info Nights’ for parents

Over the next month, schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) will host a series of information sessions about the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for current SDUHSD parents. These sessions will educate parents about the CCSS, the district’s plan for transitioning to the CCSS, the shifts in instruction and assessment required by the CCSS, and how parents can best support their students in achieving the expectations outlined in these new standards. Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. on the following dates:

Del Mar school district group considers tax, bond possibilities for school improvements

At the fifth and final meeting of the Del Mar Union School District’s (DMUSD) facilities master plan outreach group, the group learned about funding alternatives, such as a general obligation bond or parcel tax to pay for the $59.5 million to $118 million of improvements that will be outlined in the master plan. The group looked at what it would take to accomplish the group’s first three priorities of modernization, technology infrastructure and replacing portables with permanent structures, or including the group’s fourth and fifth priorities of space for Extended Studies Curriculum classes and converting libraries to innovation centers.

Two Carmel Valley high school stories to watch in 2014

Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe residents are among the students that attend Canyon Crest Academy and Torrey Pines High School. 2014 will be a big year for the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Canyon Crest Academy as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Since opening, the school has proven excellence in academics, the arts and athletics. Already on the books is a celebration gala event on May 16 called “Across the Universe,” which will include an “Envision Showcase featuring songs from the Beatles.”

Carmel Del Mar music teacher receives ‘2013 Profiles in Music Education Award’

Cinda Peck

Carmel Del Mar music teacher Cinda Peck recently received the 2013 Profiles in Music Education Award from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.



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