Education

  • Solana Beach School District selected as Golden Bell Award finalist

    Solana Beach School District selected as Golden Bell Award finalist

    The Solana Beach School District recently announced it is a finalist for the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell Awards. The school district is being recognized for its STREAM program, which focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, arts and mathematics. “It’s recognition...

  • Solana Beach School District launches preschool scholarship program

    Solana Beach School District launches preschool scholarship program

    Some local students are getting an early start to school, thanks to a new preschool scholarship program offered by the Solana Beach School District. “It speaks to the commitment on the part of our board of education to want to support all the children in our community,” Superintendent Terry Decker...

  • SOUL ‘holistic’ charter school eyes Encinitas opening

    For the first time in the San Dieguito Union High School District’s history, it has received a petition to authorize a charter school. The School of Universal Learning (SOUL) Charter School aims to open a seventh through 12th grade campus in Encinitas in 2017. At the Sept. 1 board meeting, Interim...

  • Encinitas, Solana Beach residents go global

    Encinitas, Solana Beach residents go global

    Anderson Lee of Encinitas and Mirai Patel of Solana Beach are two of the more than 500 Pacific Ridge School students and staff who spent the past few weeks experiencing academic, service learning and cultural experiences abroad. During the school’s year-end global travel period, students in grades...

  • EUSD board OK’s Enrichment teacher job description

    At a mid-afternoon July 26 meeting of the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) board, the trustees carried out the formality of voting to approve the job descriptions for District Enrichment Teacher, School Site Enrichment Teacher and the hourly Site Program Support Teacher positions. While approval...

  • Conservancy receives grant to expand nature education

    Conservancy receives grant to expand nature education

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) has received a $25,000 grant from The San Diego Foundation to expand the Conservancy’s nature education program, the Watershed Explorers Program. Launched in February, the outdoor-education program focuses on different aspects of the watershed and...

  • Assistance League donation is for outdoor education

    Assistance League donation is for outdoor education

    The Encinitas Union School District’s sixth-grade Outdoor Education Program at YMCA Camp Marston is full of hands-on experiential outdoor science classes and has been described by one school principal as “an invaluable experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else.” However, the average cost...

  • The Grauer School celebrates Class of 2016

    The Grauer School celebrated the graduates of the Class of 2016 at their annual graduation ceremony on June 10 in Encinitas. This year marked a major milestone for Grauer, as it was the 25th “Silver” Anniversary of the school’s founding in Encinitas. Dr. Stuart Grauer, founder and Head of School,...

  • Summer program aims to help Encinitas EL students

    Summer program aims to help Encinitas EL students

    The specific skills and interest of some key Encinitas Union School District officials combined with a dash of federal funding has resulted in the reemergence of a vital program for the district’s English Language Learners (EL). The EL Summer Intervention Program is serving nearly 120 kids in grades...

  • Pacific Ridge students share love of science in Cardiff

    Pacific Ridge students share love of science in Cardiff

    Mystic sand, green slime and dry ice were all part of a science exploration day recently provided by students at Pacific Ridge School for kindergarteners at Cardiff Elementary. With the support and encouragement from their high school, the teens are hoping to share their love of science with students...

  • SDUHSD hopes to improve ‘student connectedness’

    At its June 16 meeting, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board heard some new ideas to promote overall student wellness as part of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. Last week’s meeting was a first review of the 2016-19 plan, which is expected to be adopted at...

  • San Diego County School Boards Association looks to shield local students from negative political ads

    With election season heating up, political advertisements will soon saturate airwaves throughout the county, state and country, and many of these ads will surely be negative. In an effort to shield local students from negative political ads during election season, the San Diego County School Boards...

  • SDUHSD board appoints Eric Dill as interim superintendent

    The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees appointed Eric Dill as Interim Superintendent on June 2. His appointment will be effective July 1 pending board approval at the next regular scheduled meeting. This appointment will be in effect until the board selects a new permanent...

  • AHEPA Scholarship awarded to local student

    AHEPA Scholarship awarded to local student

    The AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) organization of North County, from Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff, awarded a $2,000 scholarship to John P. Kounelis, a senior at Westview High School, to support his continuing education this fall, where...

  • La Costa Canyon team named North County Academic League Coast Division JV champions

    La Costa Canyon team named North County Academic League Coast Division JV champions

    La Costa Canyon High School is the 2016 North County Academic League Junior Varsity champion of the Coast Division. The Mavericks, also runnersup for the league championship, are: Coach Doug Heflin, Gage Matrone, Jake Helsing, Patrick McCormick, Nick Pfeiffer (holding plaque), Simon Yei, Elena...

  • Zero-budget play showcases students’ ingenuity

    Zero-budget play showcases students’ ingenuity

    Sixth graders at Park Dale Lane Elementary are proving that only cardboard, repurposed clothes and creativity are needed to put on a successful play. Neither school nor district funding has been allocated to their production of “The Little Mermaid.” But what the play lacks in money, the students...

  • Second-grader receives Girl Scout Medal of Honor

    Second-grader receives Girl Scout Medal of Honor

    Eight-year-old Aubrey Kelsay of Encinitas has received a national Girl Scout Medal of Honor for helping to save the life of a teacher at Park Dale Lane Elementary School. Aubrey accepted the medal and a letter of commendation during an all-school assembly. Debbie Rider of Carmel Valley, past chair...

  • 10 Qs: Playwright passionate about children’s theater

    10 Qs: Playwright passionate about children’s theater

    A resident of Leucadia, Pat Lydersen is a published playwright and the artistic director of the children’s theater company The Park Dale Players. With a master’s degree in theatre from Penn State University and over 40 years experience as an actress, director, teacher and playwright, she worked...

  • SDA Robotics team returns from world championship

    SDA Robotics team returns from world championship

    The San Dieguito Academy robotics team capped off a banner year by appearing last week in a world championship in St. Louis. Although the team didn’t finish as highly as club members hoped, students said it was amazing just to compete on the world stage. "I enjoyed talking with international teams...

  • SDA students to present photos at exhibit

    San Dieguito Academy High School Photo Club students and their instructor, Susan Coppock, will present their photographs “Nature Speaks” at an exhibit to run May 5-June 30 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery (1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas, (760) 943-2260). An Opening Reception will be...

  • Letter: Compassionate computing in schools

    Here at The Grauer School, it seems every year we have more conversations about how ubiquitous cellphone technology is becoming. We debate if it’s addictive. We talk about what students, teachers and parents should do. We ramp up the policy or decline to. We’d much rather teach “discretion” and...

  • 10-acre Farm Lab for students continues to grow

    10-acre Farm Lab for students continues to grow

    An update on the latest at the 10-acre Farm Lab and what’s to come was presented on April 20 to the Encinitas Union School District board. Farm Lab, which aims to give hands-on lessons in science and ecology, began hosting student field trips a year ago. At 441 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas,...

  • Grauer School launches Scholarship Program

    The Grauer School has announced its first ever Middle School Community Scholarship Program for the upcoming academic year 2016/2017. Thanks to a one-time grant, Encinitas rising seventh graders are invited to apply for this generous, endowed, merit-based scholarship program for this coming September....

  • Encinitas student presented with award

    Alexander Ehrhart was presented the Army and Navy Academy Major Peterson Legion of Merit Award

  • EUSD third graders attend the Symphony

    EUSD third graders attend the Symphony

    The San Diego Symphony recently received a generous grant to give students in the Encinitas Union School District complimentary tickets to its Young People’s Concerts in February. The grant provided for 700 students to attend the Symphony, but in order to send all of the third graders and some...

  • Encinitas school district featured in new documentary

    Encinitas school district featured in new documentary

    The Encinitas Union School District’s health and wellness program — known for school gardens, healthy cooking classes and yoga — will soon hit the big screen. In “The Kids Menu,” documentary filmmaker Joe Cross highlights the Encinitas school district and other programs across the nation that...

  • Encinitas students receive honors

    ▪ Alexandria Gokey named to Dean’s List at U of Findlay: Alexandria Gokey, of Encinitas, was named to the fall 2015 Dean’s List at the University of Findlay. To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The University of Findlay is one of...

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