A Sierra Vista Middle School teacher is among 25 educators nationwide who have been selected to study the Pueblo culture of the Mesa Verde Region this summer though the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A number of altruistic acts have been quietly occurring around the Irvine Unified School District. At South Lake Middle School, a group of students drafted geology textbooks for children in Uganda. Deerfield Elementary kids spent time with residents of a local senior center. Uni High teens established a club to welcome new arrivals.
The City of Irvine will generously provide up to $875,200 in matching funds to help IUSD ease the impacts of larger class sizes next year. On Tuesday night, the Irvine City Council approved the terms of its Challenge Match Grant, which will contribute a dollar for every dollar donated to IUSD through the Irvine Public Schools Foundation.
- Third-grade music performances: 1,762
- The Donald Bren Honors Concert: 589 (including 98 third-graders at the pre-concert performance)
Parents and community members are invited to attend a special ceremony this Friday, April 30, to dedicate a new organic garden on the campus of Plaza Vista School. Made possible by a grant from Savannah’s Organic Ranch, the garden was planted Sunday in honor of Plaza Vista eighth-grader Casey Strale.
More than 40 of Irvine’s brightest teaching stars were honored Friday night during the 24th annual Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner at The Irvine Marriott. Organized by the Exchange Club of Irvine in conjunction with the Irvine Company, the Irvine Teachers Association and the Irvine Unified School District, the formal banquet was attended by approximately 800 guests.
The Irvine Unified School District has never really put much of an emphasis on school rankings. After all, so much goes into creating a topnotch educational environment – from a talented staff and dedicated parents to stellar enrichment programs and, well, the students themselves – that it’s difficult to say one campus is more outstanding than another. So, again, IUSD isn’t too interesting in rankings.
With all the budget news of late, IUSD NewsFlash hasn’t had much time to get to other happenings around the district. So let’s play a little catch-up. For starters, more than 900 runners and walkers recently trekked through the rolling hills of Northwood during Northwood High’s inaugural "Timberwolf 5K," which was organized by the school’s athletic booster group to benefit a local nonprofit organization.
Risha Shukla, a Sierra Vista Middle School eighth-grader who co-founded an organization that brings cheer to children with serious medical issues, was recently named California’s top middle school volunteer for 2010 through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.