News about and from the San Diego Unified School District.
La Jolla High debate ace ranks top in the nation
IN THE NEWS: La Jolla High School senior Ram Prasad has spent two years traveling the nation arguing for and against sides in some of today’s most pressing issues, such as rehabilitation versus retribution in the criminal justice system and the appropriate response to domestic violence. Read more from the La Jolla Light»
Morning warmups part of new on-campus breakfast program
On these winter mornings, what better way to take the chill off than to drink a warm cup of hot cocoa? Now offered at most secondary schools, the hot cocoa is served to students as part of the breakfast meal. Yogurt, fruit and granola parfaits and fruit smoothies will also be added in the coming weeks.
One of three milk-related menu items that are being added to the secondary menu as part of a grant from the Anita Bosch Milk Fund through the San Diego Foundation that encourages children to drink milk.
“These two grants have given us a great opportunity to expand our breakfast menu for secondary school students," said Gary Petill, Food Services Director. "The kids are already enjoying the hot chocolate and yogurt parfaits and smoothies are next.”
The new menu items will be part of Food and Nutrition Services new breakfast theme called Morning Break Café.
Designed to carry on the SanDi Coast Café theme of the secondary school lunch programs, the design and signage for Morning Break Café was funded through grants from the California Department of Education and the Community Transformation Grant.
Morning Break Café is being launched in an effort to encourage more secondary school students to eat breakfast. Students of this age often skip the most important meal of the day which can give them the energy they need to be at the top of their game, both mentally and physically.
For more information, contact Norma Johnson, food service program specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.This project was funded by a grant from the Anita Bosch Milk Fun of the San Diego Foundation.
Board elects Beiser as President, Foster as Vice-President
San Diego Unified's new Board of Education leadership team are President Kevin Beiser, from District B, and Vice-President Marne Foster, from District E, the Board of Education decided on Tuesday night.
The Board vote was taken at the district governing body's annual meeting, in which officers for the new year are established and other procedural items completed.
"I look forward to working together to continue improving public education with quality schools in every neighborhood," Beiser said shortly after the meeting.
Beiser was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 representing District B and is also a math teacher. Prior to his election, Beiser’s work with his students earned him “San Diego Math Teacher of the Year” honors in 2008-2009.
“My experience in the classroom, working side-by-side with school administrators and parents alike, has given me a unique insight as to how the policies that are developed by the Board and the superintendent’s office affect those of us on the front lines,” Beiser said. “I’m honored that my Board colleagues found that experience helpful and I look forward to working with Superintendent Marten to continue creating a world-class classroom experience for our students.”
Beiser had served as Board Vice President for one year and hands that position over to San Diego native Marne Foster, who represents District E.
“I'm excited!” said Foster. “I look forward to continuing this work to create the conditions where ALL students can succeed, and value the listening and collaborating with San Diego Unified internal and external stakeholders to make it happen."
Mira Mesa High band review and field tournament draws 37 schools
Mira Mesa High's 21st annual Mira Mesa Band Review and Field Tournament drew 37 bands, one of the largest band contests in Southern California, to the campus on Nov. 2 as non-stop music resonated from the field shows in the stadium, as well as the spectacular parade on the street.
"Our band director, Jeanne Christensen, leads this state ranked program," said Francisca Del Carmen-Aguilar, Mira Mesa Vice Principal. "Her inspiration has influenced thousands of students, past and present in her 23-year career as an educator.
"We were honored to have Superintendent Cindy Marten in attendance to experience the wonderful student performances. A special thanks to the students, staff, parents, and the Mira Mesa Instrumental Music Boosters for their tireless efforts as contributors to the success of the annual tournament."
For more information and inquires on how to support the Sapphire Sound, Mira Mesa's Marching Band, please contact the Christensen at email@example.com or call (858) 578-5143.