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CCA Cyber Defense Team from Carmel Valley wins San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup

From second left: Former San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Jonathan Luck, Kevin Wu, Grant Summers, Keshav Tadimeti, San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner; Front row: Catherine Wu, Brandon Zeng.

For the first time, Canyon Crest Academy Cyber Defense Team, led by CCA teacher Michael Remington, won the San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup on March 15 at UC San Diego Supercomputer Center. The six members of CCA’s Cyber defense team attended the competition.

Santa Fe Christian students in Solana Beach ranked among top students worldwide in mathematics problem solving

Santa Fe Christian students, Bryce Aggasid and Luke Vandertie, scored in the top 5 percent of all students worldwide in the American Mathematics Competition. The American Mathematics Competition is a worldwide math exam taken by approximately 200,000 of the world’s best math students and is designed to identify students with exceptional math talent. The two students also received a $1,000 SFC scholarship for their top scores.

Parents ‘furious’ over dismissal of SAT prep school CEO

Parents of students who attend a SAT prep school based in Carmel Valley are demanding the reinstatement of the school’s former CEO and co-founder, who said he was fired abruptly Feb. 28 with no explanation.

“All the parents are furious about this issue,” said Shirley Wang, of Torrey Hills, who has enrolled her daughter in a SAT prep course this summer at a cost of nearly $3,000.

Del Mar school district receives nutritional services update; lunch sales continue to increase

DMUSD board member Alan Kholos tries some food from Choicelunch. Photo/Karen Billing

At their Feb. 26 meeting, the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board members munched on the herb-roasted chicken, sushi rolls and jicama sticks that their students enjoy as they received an update on the district’s nutritional services department and lunch vendor Choicelunch.

Solana Pacific 5th and 6th graders in Carmel Valley earn Public Speaking Graduation Diploma

Class 1: Front row (L-R): Ruchi Agashe, Sonia Yan, Erica Solberg, Emily Gao, Armon Amini, Duncan Hong; Middle row (L-R): Mona Alamar, Isabelle Monroy, Olivia Wong, Daniel Li, Carson Williams, Elad Anbar; Back row (L-R):  Jason Han, Nigel Chang, Audra Carronggelo, Isabel Heaton, Dennis Hong, Megan Union, Cole Foster, Matthew Lim, Matt Keeble, Jonathan Hsu, Mrs. Mojgan Amini.

What do grandmothers, snake bites, talent shows, donuts, dark chocolate, electricity, and homework have in common? They were the subjects of the inspiring and entertaining speeches delivered at a recent graduation ceremony for Solana Pacific’s Speechmasters program. Speechmasters is based on the Toastmasters International public speaking and leadership program (, but caters to the 8-12 [...]

Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach takes Third Place at Odyssey of the Mind competition


Skyline Elementary School recently placed third in the Odyssey of the Mind Coastal Regional Division.

Carmel Valley and Del Mar Bishop’s students named National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced that 18 seniors at The Bishop’s School have qualified as finalists in the 2014 scholarship competition.

CCA’s De-Evolution robotics team qualifies to compete at Super-Regional tournament in Sacramento


De-Evolution, Canyon Crest Academy’s after-school FTC FIRST robotics team, qualified Feb. 22 at the Los Angeles Regional to compete at the Super-Regional tournament in Sacramento March 20 to 22.

Skyline Elementary takes Third Place at Odyssey of the Mind competition


Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach recently placed third in the Odyssey of the Mind Coastal Regional Division. (Above, l-r): Anna Hellickson, Luke Halpern, Austin Hellickson, Tanner Turrell, Alex Borthwick and Meg Larson. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems, then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. The team was coached by parent volunteers Jerilyn Larson, Ashley Hellickson and Heidi Dewar.

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.



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