Dear IUSD Community, I am proud to announce that Irvine Unified School District’s state standardized assessment scores have outperformed both state and county score averages, with IUSD ranking the highest of all Orange County school districts. Please click here to view the official rankings for Orange County school districts.
Irvine’s Sierra Vista Middle School students, Frances Kroll and Michelle Kroll, received first-place honors in the Junior Group Documentary Category during the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held from June 14 to 18 at the University of Maryland in College Park. Their documentary was titled “Henry Ford: Driving America Into the Future,” and their teachers were Barbara Hall Jonathan Millers.
Northwood and University high schools have been named 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools, the State’s highest recognition for public schools. Both schools were among 180 high schools to receive this prestigious designation.
Four Irvine schools will send two team and three individual student projects to the national Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at University of Maryland at College Park, from June 14-18. National History Day, is a non-profit education organization dedicated to engaging middle- and high-school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. The National History Day Contest in Maryland is the final stage in a series of contests at the county and state levels.
We’ve noticed that a lot of blogs and online magazines seem to be fond of lists lately. So we thought we’d come up with one of our own. Without further ado, here are 15 things worth knowing about the Irvine Unified School District: 1. IUSD schools have earned the California Distinguished School designation – considered the state’s highest honor – 61 times since 1986, and all four comprehensive high schools have been recognized at least once.
A trio of IUSD students has been selected to advance to the next round in a science, technology and math competition sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation. Jeffrey Wang Xing, an eighth-grader at Jeffrey Trail Middle School; Anita Garg, an eighth-grader at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School; and Alderwood School sixth-grader Michael Wayne Schoenberger are among 300 middle schoolers from across the country to be named semifinalists in the fourth annual Broadcom MASTERS competition.
Woodbridge High Vocal Music Director Rob Blaney has been named a quarterfinalist for the prestigious Music Educator Award presented annually by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. More than 7,000 nominations were submitted for the national honor, which was established to spotlight K-12 teachers and college instructors who have made significant contributions to music education while helping to preserve its place in our schools.
In February, IUSD made surprise visits to local schools to announce its elementary, middle and high school Teachers of the Year. And now the day has come to reveal the district’s top classified employees. The classified ranks include secretaries, custodians, paraeducators, bus drivers, maintenance technicians, clerks, food services workers and all the other non-certificated staff members who support students and schools.
Next month, the top National History Day projects from schools across the country will make their way to Maryland for a final competition on the national stage. California is sending 18 of its best projects (along with the students that created them). And no fewer than three will come from IUSD’s own Lakeside Middle School.