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Del Mar Union School District approves teacher agreement

The Del Mar Union School District and the Del Mar California Teaches Association (DMCTA) were able to reach a tentative collective bargaining agreement, which maintains all that is in the current memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was agreed to last year. The agreement also includes a 2 percent increase to the salary schedule and was approved by the board at its April 23 meeting.

High school district to vote on boundaries for new Carmel Valley middle school in May

A rendering of the entrance to San Dieguito Union High School District’s new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch that will open in fall 2016. Courtesy photo

San Dieguito Union High School District is close to setting the boundaries for its new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch, set to open in fall 2015.

Canyon Crest students in Carmel Valley win a variety of awards at Encinitas Film Fest

Students from Canyon Crest's Envision Cinema Conservatory at the First Annual Encinitas Film Festival. Courtesy photo

At the recent first annual Encinitas Student Film Festival, four students from Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Cinema department took home top honors and received the Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction, and People’s Choice Award for their short film “Milquetoast.” The film, about at a girl who can’t express her emotions facially, was the brainchild of senior Jason Phillips and classmates Richard Duan, Jennifer Smart and Andrew Boyles.

Charley Jacob named Del Mar Union School District’s 2014 Classified Employee of the Year

Charley Jacob

Charley Jacob was recently named as Del Mar Union School District’s 2014 Classified Employee of the Year

Santa Fe Christian awards 2014 Eagle Scholarship to Sophia Yphantides

From left: Bill Littlejohn, board chair; Sophia Yphantides, Eagle Scholarship winner; Tom Bennett, head of schools.

Sophia Yphantides was awarded the 2014 Eagle Scholarship for Santa Fe Christian Schools.

Pam Barger selected as Del Mar Union School District’s ‘2014 Teacher of the Year’

Pam Berger

The Del Mar Union School District recently announced that Pam Barger, 5th grade teacher at Ocean Air School, has been selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year candidate for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year program.

Carmel Valley Middle School wins second place trophy at Southern California Science Olympiad State Tournament

Carmel Valley Middle School State team students, coordinator Julia Yang and some coaches with the trophy. Students front row:  Samantha Zhu, Meghana Garcia, Sophia Chen, Angela Liu, Jessica Li, Cheryl Liang, Soumya Kalluri, David Chen; Students back row: Sean Woytowitz, Alan Zhu, Jacob Zhang, Raymond Li, Rithvik Rao, Nicole Wu, George Cheng, James Suh, Anne Chen, Chunche Tao, Erik Francis.

For the second time in a row, Carmel Valley Middle School won the second place trophy at the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament on April 5.

Del Mar school district students learning computer science through initiative ‘The Hour of Code’

Torrey Hills fifth grader Tyler celebrates making a coding breakthrough. Courtesy photo

Inside her computer lab at Torrey Hills, technology teacher Susie Hopper is amazed daily at what her kids are capable of — that when she asks a class full of first graders what a pixel is, a 6 year old raises their hand to answer that it’s a “pinprick of light on a monitor.”

“There are excellent students doing excellent things in this district,” Hopper said.

Enrollment projections show Del Mar school district may still need ninth school

The impact of projected new dwelling units in Pacific Highlands Ranch may prompt the need for the Del Mar Union School District to pursue building a ninth school in the future, according to some new enrollment projections.

Del Mar school district board members assure parents that communication is a key priority

Del Mar Union School District staff and board members recently received a “frantic flood” of emails from concerned parents as rumors buzzed from school parking lots to the bleachers at little league baseball games. Parents were frustrated they could not find out more about the Del Mar Classified Teachers Association’s (DMCTA) meetings and votes on the 2013-16 contract update, and whispers persisted that class sizes were going up and parents would not be given a platform to express their opinion.

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