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Board Briefs: School board weighs in on use of Common Core implementation funds

The Board of Education on Tuesday discussed how best to use $5.8 million in available state funding for the implementation of the California Common Core instructional standards. The Common Core standards are part of a national movement aimed at promoting learning on a much deeper level, with a shift toward critical thinking, creativity, articulating positions and collaboration.

District officials, local dignitaries break ground on Irvine's next elementary school

It’s a whole lot of dirt now, but over the next 15 months this empty plot of land south of Jeffrey Road and east of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway will be transformed into a state-of-the-art campus for Irvine elementary students.

IUSD officials staged a groundbreaking ceremony here for Cypress Village Elementary School on Wednesday morning, marking the occasion with a modest reception that featured remarks by Board of Education President Dr. Gavin Huntley-Fenner and Superintendent Terry Walker.

Science students at Westpark Elementary School put the moon under a magnifying glass

It was one small shipment to Westpark Elementary School, and one giant leap for Westpark's science program. Earlier this month, science specialist Vicky Anthony took delivery of a half-dozen priceless moon rocks from NASA to conduct a series of science lessons that were -- sure, we’ll say it -- out of this world.

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