Dear IUSD Families, I want to assure you that the news events this morning related to Los Angeles Unified School District’s shut down are not connected to the Irvine Unified School District. We are working closely with the Irvine Police Department, which is monitoring the situation and confirmed there is no cause for alarm or concern.
Northwood High School recently held a dedication ceremony for its new Culinary Arts facility, which serves nearly 180 Northwood students as part of the District’s Career Technical Education Pathways program. The Culinary Arts program is one of several career pathways in the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation Industry Sector Pathway, giving students real-world experiences and skills that are relevant to any career path. Such programs create an opportunity for students to learn and explore their interests, while earning elective credits toward college and career readiness.
The Irvine Unified School District was selected to pilot Google Expeditions, a fully immersive virtual reality platform that provides teachers and students with access to educational virtual field trips. There are more than 100 Expeditions that range from trips to the Amazon, Buckingham Palace, Gettysburg, Madagascar, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China, the Moon, and more.
Congratulations to Ben Case, music teacher at Northwood High School, for his designation as semifinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. Ben is one of 25 semifinalists selected from 4,500 nominations from all U.S. states.
The altruism of an accomplished young musician from Irvine High School is the subject of this story on the Orange County Register’s website. Upon visiting a music school in Costa Rica in 2013, junior Justin Koga was inspired by the passion of the local students -- and concerned that there were too few instruments in good repair. So he took matters into his own hands, organizing a pair of concert fundraisers in Orange County and New York.