Education

  • Carmel Valley students request Chinese courses at Canyon Crest

    Carmel Valley students request Chinese courses at Canyon Crest

    A group of Carmel Valley students and parents came to the May 11 San Dieguito Union High School District board meeting to encourage the board to add Chinese language courses at Canyon Crest Academy. “A different language is a different vision of life,” said Julia Liu, a Carmel Del Mar sixth grader,...

  • SD Jewish Academy employee takes school message of charity to heart

    SD Jewish Academy employee takes school message of charity to heart

    In his 20 years at San Diego Jewish Academy, head custodian Juan Suaste has learned a lot about Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. He has watched as students participate in Tikkun Olam community service programs that teach the young students that it is their responsibility to make the world a better...

  • San Dieguito to review cost of College Fair

    San Dieguito to review cost of College Fair

    As the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) begins planning for next year’s College Fair Night, it will look at ways to scale back and reduce where possible due to concerns about the cost of hosting the event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. At the May 11 SDUHSD board meeting, board member...

  • San Dieguito takes a stand on youth access to marijuana

    San Dieguito takes a stand on youth access to marijuana

    At the May 11 board meeting, the San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) board approved a resolution opposing youth access to marijuana through commercial storefronts and commercial cultivation. Since the passage of Proposition 64, public agencies have been working on establishing regulations...

  • Student wellness a priority at San Dieguito Union High School District

    Student wellness a priority at San Dieguito Union High School District

    Throughout last week, a memorial grew in the parking lot in front of Torrey Pines High School, where in the early hours of Saturday, May 6, a 15-year-old Torrey Pines student was fatally shot by police officers after brandishing a BB gun. The student had a suicide note in his pocket. Coming together...

  • Decoding California's new school dashboard reports

    Decoding California's new school dashboard reports

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) got its first look of how it stacks up on the California School Dashboard Report, the state’s new color-coded way to display the performance of schools and diverse student populations. With the new dashboard, a school’s performance is represented by colors...

  • DMUSD hires architects to refresh facilities plan

    DMUSD hires architects to refresh facilities plan

    On March 22, the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board approved a contract with OBR Architecture to update its Facilities Master Plan. The current facilities master plan was developed in 2014 and has helped guide an estimated $6 million in work districtwide. The revised document will reflect...

  • Yellow Ribbon Week shines light on mental wellness

    Yellow Ribbon Week shines light on mental wellness

    Torrey Pines High School hosted another powerful Yellow Ribbon Week March 13-17, promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Teacher Katie Bayliss said she is proud to work in a school that has something like Yellow Ribbon Week, as suicide affected her personally when she lost her...

  • Torrey Pines High School dance team wins national championship

    Torrey Pines High School dance team wins national championship

    The Torrey Pines High School dance team won the national championship at the West Coast Elite National Competition in Long Beach on March 18. At the grand finale gala event, two Torrey Pines dances competed for the title. The Small Hip Hop crew won first place in the gold category, earning the...

  • Carmel Valley student crowned countywide spelling champion

    Carmel Valley student crowned countywide spelling champion

    Pacific Trails Middle School student Yash Hande correctly spelled “sphacelated” to win the 48th annual San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee. “Sphacelated,” which means affected by, characterized by, or likened to gangrene continues the theme of winning words that would make any middle...

  • Full STEAM+ ahead: DMSEF begins spring fundraising campaign

    Full STEAM+ ahead: DMSEF begins spring fundraising campaign

    The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF) has begun its spring fundraising campaign to raise $2 million to support the STEAM+ credentialed specialists in all eight elementary schools in the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD). The STEAM+ curriculum is one that integrates science, technology,...

  • Local leads the way for women in STEM at Our Lady of Peace

    Local leads the way for women in STEM at Our Lady of Peace

    As the head of school for Academy of Our Lady of Peace, Carmel Valley’s Lauren Lek is preparing 750 young women for the future, carrying on the 134-year-old school’s legacy of educating the next generation of women leaders and innovators; helping them find their voice and compete at all levels...

  • DMUSD dares to think different with District Design

    DMUSD dares to think different with District Design

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) is set to uncover how to make education look “radically different” with its District Design through 2022. The District Design, formerly known as the strategic plan, aims to create a vision for what’s next for today’s student. DMUSD Superintendent Holly...

  • SD Jewish Academy students make blankets for Israeli orphans

    SD Jewish Academy students make blankets for Israeli orphans

    San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) students are making blankets for the Lev LaLev Orphanage in Israel as part of Children Helping Children International’s BlanKids project. The plan is for SDJA students to make 95 blankets that will delivered in person by the seniors during their class trip to Israel....

  • Upgrades of schools discussed at superintendents forum

    Upgrades of schools discussed at superintendents forum

    Superintendents from four local school districts discussed modernizations of learning institutions, among other topics, at a forum at Pacific Trails Middle School in Carmel Valley on March 15. The event, which was part of the North Coastal Council of PTAs’ bi-monthly meeting, invited Superintendents...

  • Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Reality, we know, can be a tangled, chaotic mess. Mary E. Pearson’s words carried out over the auditorium at Canyon Crest Academy on Saturday morning, March 11, an ingot of truth carefully molded for the 200 teenagers who hung on her every word. The New York Times best-selling author — by way of...

  • SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    Speaking at the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting March 9, San Dieguito High School Academy teacher Rob Ross said that a few weeks ago he noticed that one of his students seemed stressed in class. When he asked if she was OK, she burst into tears. The student told him...

  • Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    As the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board was set to approve a number of contract coaches for school athletic teams at its March 9 meeting, some parents wanted assurances that all coaches are being properly vetted. Parent Wendy Gumb said she believed that in the case of some...

  • SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved its second interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at its March 9 meeting, a projected income of $131,982,190 and projected expenditures at $141,226,363. Over the next few months, the board will look at ways to chip away at...

  • Accomplished Paralympian swimmer Roy Perkins speaks at The Bishop’s School

    Accomplished Paralympian swimmer Roy Perkins speaks at The Bishop’s School

    Bishop’s alumnus Roy Perkins ’08, a successful two-time Paralympian swimmer, current student at Stanford University and recent recipient of the Challenged Athlete of the Year Award, spoke at The Bishop’s School Feb. 27 as an Endowed Leadership Lecture Series speaker. Perkins’ talk kicked off Acceptance...

  • TPHS student/Nick’s Picks founder Nick Wallace speaks at Intercept Pharmaceuticals

    TPHS student/Nick’s Picks founder Nick Wallace speaks at Intercept Pharmaceuticals

    Nick Wallace, the 17-year old founder of Nick’s Picks, spoke to over 150 employees at Intercept Pharmaceuticals Feb. 28 Nick was born with biliary atresia, a pediatric liver disease, and at the age of 13, received a life-saving liver transplant. Intercept is evaluating a therapy that could one...

  • CCA students ‘cut loose’ in Footloose

    CCA students ‘cut loose’ in Footloose

    Theater students at Canyon Crest Academy are getting ready to trade sneakers for cowboy boots and modern songs for 1980s classics in their upcoming performance of Footloose. The musical — modeled after the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon — follows the story of Ren, a newcomer to a highly religious,...

  • Skyline School gets ready for remodel

    Skyline School gets ready for remodel

    As of June 19, 62-year old Skyline School in Solana Beach will begin a fast 14-month transformation into Solana Beach School District’s newest elementary school. The old campus will be demolished in about a month this summer and the district will work on a tight timeline to be ready to welcome...

  • Del Mar Hills technology teacher named finalist in prestigious Fellowship Award

    Kimber Johnston, STEAM+ technology specialist at Del Mar Hills Academy, has been named a finalist for the Computer-Using Educator’s (CUE) LeRoy Finkel “Big Idea” Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded each year to an educator who is integrating technology into standards-based education in innovative...

  • Del Mar Union School District recognized as a Common Sense Certified District: Digital Citizenship

    Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized the Del Mar Union School District as a Common Sense Certified District: Digital Citizenship. The Del Mar Union School District has demonstrated...

  • More NYT bestselling authors than ever at this year’s Writers’ Conference, says President of CCA Creative Writing Club

    More NYT bestselling authors than ever at this year’s Writers’ Conference, says President of CCA Creative Writing Club

    Don’t be surprised when you start to see more and more bestselling authors coming out of San Diego.  Over the past five years, the CCA Writers’ Conference – the only free writers’ conference for high school students in the country – has continued to grow and encourage aspiring young writers, drawing...

  • Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls Elementary School sixth graders played a big role in designing a new school garden, learning about working with a limited budget and using real world math to calculate the costs, geometry to determine the volume of the beds to purchase soil and sharpening their number sense working...

  • Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls students design new school garden

    Ashley Falls Elementary School sixth graders played a big role in designing a new school garden, learning about working with a limited budget and using real world math to calculate the costs, geometry to determine the volume of the beds to purchase soil and sharpening their number sense working...

  • Del Mar curriculum coordinator honored for her work

    Del Mar curriculum coordinator honored for her work

    Dinah Brown, Del Mar Union School District’s coordinator of curriculum and instruction, was recently named the Association of California School Administrators’ curriculum and instructor administrator of the year for the San Diego region. At the Feb. 15 Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board...

  • Solana Highlands School hits the big 3-0

    Solana Highlands School hits the big 3-0

    Solana Highlands Elementary School is turning the big 3-0 in 2017 and two teachers have been at the Carmel Valley school since the beginning in 1987: transitional kindergarten teacher Debbie Keller and first grader teacher Tarri Baldwin. Baldwin said it is hard to believe it’s been 30 years since...

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