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  1. Superintendent promotes teaching as career choice
    IN THE NEWS: A shortage of teachers in coming years means high school, college students should consider profession, Superintendent Cindy Marten says in KUSI-TV interview. In The NewsWatch video»


  2. Mira Mesa High artwork part of Pentagon mosaic
    A large mosaic now on display at the Pentagon includes work from students in Mira Mesa High art classes.

    Pentagon mural Students in several of Sandra Bartels' and Justin Bartels' classes created the work honoring military personnel and it was accepted for the Project SNAP "Operation Grateful Nation."

    The 5-foot by 9-foot mosaic contains more than 6,000 artworks and artists' statements. Its flagship program, The Community Mosaic Mural Program, captures the voices of thousands of individuals through their individual artwork, transforming those messages into a single big picture.

    "The whole mural is comprised of 6,000 artworks and artist's statements reflecting on the importance of expressing gratitude to members of the military for their service," said Sandra. "It took the students about two weeks to create their art and started with discussions leading up to the project about their passions, themes, and how to appropriately express their feelings and appreciation in their art.

    "Many Mira Mesa High students come from military families so this was a project that really hit home for the students."

    The students are from Mira Mesa High's AP Studio Drawing, AP 2D Studio Art, Drawing and Painting,  Art, and photography classes.

    This mosaic is now on display the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Bartels joined forces with Project SNAP (Share, Nurture, Act, Preserve) to represent San Diego in the “Operation Grateful Nation” mural.
    Teacher Sandra Bartels, sbartels@sandi.net, can provide more information on the project; or visit the Project SNAP website.


  3. Horatio Alger scholarship goes to MET senior
    San Diego MET High School senior Brandon Brizuela has been named a 2014 National Scholar by the Horatio Alger Association.
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and MET student Brandon Brizuela
    Brandon was recognized for his community service work, high GPA and overcoming economic challenges. The scholarship will come in handy as Brandon has already been accepted to San Diego State University for fall 2014.

    MET Principal Sara Leonard at the MET said Brandon is one of her outstanding students at the unique school on the campus of San Diego Mesa College.

    "Brandon has completed several unpaid internships at the San Diego Met High School to accumulate over 600 community service hours," she said.

    His current internship is at La Maestra Community Health Centers in City Heights, where he has produced a presentation on schizophrenia. Brandon said that a family relative suffers from this mental illness, and researching it helped confirm his desire go into the mental health field as a career.

    "Growing up in City Heights, I was aware of the statistics for young people in my neighborhood," said Brandon. "Giving back to the community I come from has been really humbling."

    "He is is the first in our family to earn a scholarship to go to college," said Marvin Brizuela, Brandon's father. "Watching him go to Washington to talk to all these smart and important people makes me so proud."

    Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association Members and Friends have been funding need-based college scholarships to support deserving young people to overcome their adversity and pursue their dreams through higher education. So far the association has awarded $100 million to approximately 20,000 students.


  4. 'National Showcase District' award comes for Action Based Learning
    Action Based Learning programs at 38 schools have earned San Diego Unified a National Showcase Award from the technique's founder Jean Blaydes Madigan.
    Action Based Learning
    A program that uses brain-based, brain-compatible strategies to teach academics kinesthetically by using purposeful movement, Action Based Learning Labs have been implemented in 38 schools, spanning preschool through high school.

    The labs are a developmentally based series of motor and fitness activities that fill in developmental gaps to prepare the brain for learning, according to Carrie Rea, Program Manager, Related and Specialized Services, Special Education Division.

    "Action Based Learning in the district is a collaborative effort between physical education, adapted physical education, occupational and physical therapy, classroom teachers and administrators," she said, "to support all students in multiple learning modalities."

    For more information, contact Rea at crea@sandi.net.


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