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  From Superintendent Bill Kowba
May 6, 2011 
In This Issue...
Teachers of the Year 2011

Prop. S Update: Serra High Preps for New Field and Track

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday

State of Emergency Rally

School Police Chief Helps Raise Funds for STAR/PAL

School News

In The News

Educational News

Upcoming Events

Mission Statement

All San Diego students will Graduate with the Skills, Motivation, Curiosity and Resilience to Succeed in their choice of College and Career in order to Lead and Participate in the society of Tomorrow.

Teachers of the Year 2011
2011 Teachers of the Year
Lee Elementary teacher Mark Alcorn, Marshall Middle's Jean Chalupsky and Jonathan Winn of Crawford High's School of Community Health and Medical Practices (CHAMPs) have been named San Diego Unified's Teachers of the Year for 2011. The trio, along with the district’s three runners-up: Gay Young from Kumeyaay Elementary, Britney Sandoval from Lewis Middle School, and David Evers from San Diego High School of International Studies, were saluted at the May 3 Day of the Teacher celebration. More than 155 Teachers of the Year from individual schools, Future Educator Scholars and the latest class of National Board Certified Teachers were also honored. Read more.
Prop. S Update: Serra High Preps for New Field and Track
Proposition S Logo Preparations are underway at Serra High School to begin installing the school’s new synthetic turf field and all-weather track. The $1.5 million project is funded by Proposition S. Serra is one of several district high schools getting new synthetic turf football fields and running tracks, which are more cost-effective to maintain. Read more.
National School Nurse Day is Wednesday
While National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 11, their considerable contributions to San Diego Unified students and staff make every day a School Nurse Day in our district. Read more.
State of Emergency Rally
State of Emergency Join parents, students, educators and community groups at a rally from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, May 13, at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd. The purpose of the rally is to call for a state budget that supports education and families. See flier Adobe PDF.

School Police Chief Helps Raise Funds for STAR/PAL
Don Braun, San Diego Unified's Police Chief, recently waited tables and collected tips for one of the region's premier programs that helps kids, STAR/PAL. The eleventh annual "Superheroes for Youth" Celebrity Waiter Luncheon was a fun-filled fundraiser which brought out local celebrities to "wait" on tables and entertain their guests in exchange for "tips" (donations)…all to benefit youth. Read more.
Vista Grande Students Make History at National History Day
Vista Grande Students celebrate National History Day Four students were named state champs and another received a special award for her project as Vista Grande Elementary made the trek to the recent National History Day California competition in San Jose. This year's theme was "Debate and Diplomacy" and all the students picked projects on historic events that matched the theme. Read more.

Law School Hosts Future Lawyers from Crawford Law and Business
Crawford Law and Business students in a courtroom Thomas Jefferson School of Law Black Law Students Association recently welcomed 33 students from Crawford School of Law and Business to its new downtown facility. Students toured the new facility and lunched with current law students before dividing into six groups to argue each side of three controversial school-youth related cases. Read more.

Hoover JROTC Cadet is Europe Bound
Hoover JROTC Cadet Edgar Vargas Edgar Vargas initially joined the Cardinals Interact program at Hoover High School for the opportunity to become more involved, interact with his fellow students and maintain good grades. Not only did he attain these goals, he gained much more as he was selected to attend the fully-funded Rotary Youth Exchange Summer Camp in Amsterdam this summer. Read more.

New Student-Created Digital Map Helps Identify Possible Internships, Partners
Kearny students are using industry standard software to map all career technical education programs at the middle and high schools in the district and the corresponding businesses surrounding the schools. Read more.

Canyon Gets Helping Hand from Kearny Cadets
Kearny Canyon Cleanup Tecolote Canyon, located on the southwestern side of Clairemont, benefited from a recent service project by Kearny Complex JROTC students, who helped remove trash and non-native plants from the nature preserve. Read more.

La Jolla High Takes County Academic League Championship
La Jolla High has been crowned the San Diego County Academic League champion, following a day in which the eventual champion Vikings played the top schools from each of the county's four regions. The Viking Academic League team will now go on to the National Academic League finals in Atlanta. Read more.

Lunchtime Brings Arts Alive at Lincoln
Every Friday, student performing groups play during lunch for the Lincoln student community, part of the Lincoln High School Center for the Arts new program “ArQ” (pronounced ‘ark’-Arts in the Quad). Read more.

Fastest Engine Builder Competition Attracts Auto Tech Students
Engine Competition w/ Crawford Students Just how fast can you take apart and put back together an automobile engine? Teams of automotive technology students from Madison and Crawford IDEA high schools recently found out for themselves, competing in the third annual Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Regional competition. Read more.

Science Grants Help Teacher Training
Science Grants Recipients Two science teacher teams at the San Diego High Educational Complex have each received a two year, $60,000 grant for innovative teacher-driven professional development to support science teaching in the San Diego High cluster. Read more.

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