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IUSD in the News: Venado Middle School teacher helps students connect with music

A Venado Middle School teacher is the subject of a nice feature story on the Orange County Register’s website. Reporter Lauren Jow penned the profile on Brendan McBrien, who has taught music for more than 25 years and composed hundreds of original songs. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Sometimes Brendan McBrien, 52, wakes in the middle of the night, struck by the ghost of a melody floating fleetingly through his head.

County educators express optimism about the new Common Core instructional standards

IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker was among a handful of local education leaders to take part in a three-hour county presentation on the new Common Core instructional standards Thursday. The public forum, held in Newport Beach and titled "Transformational Change in Education,” sought to demystify the new standards, which will place more of an emphasis on thinking critically and creatively, articulating positions, taking intellectual risks and collaborating effectively.

IUSD in the News: Former slugger and distinguished alum Tim Wallach returns to Uni

On the eve of being honored by the Irvine Public Schools Foundation as one of IUSD’s distinguished alumni, former major-leaguer and University High grad Tim Wallach paid a visit to his old stomping grounds this week. Wallach, who played third base from 1980 to 1996 as a member of the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers and California Angels, toured the Uni campus, met with staff and talked to some of the school’s current ballplayers on Tuesday.

IUSD in the News: High School students make their annual trek to Sacramento

Each spring, more than 20 IUSD high schoolers hop on a Sacramento-bound plane for a series of rapid-fire discussions with state lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants. The annual trek to the Capitol is organized by local parents in conjunction with the Irvine Unified Council PTA and the district, and its purpose is twofold: Policymakers get a brief lesson on how their decisions are impacting schools, and Irvine students learn how those decisions are made in the first place.

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