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Lincoln School News  June 2017  

Building Community and Caring for Our Earth

 

Earth Day is honored with an entire week of activities and learning at Lincoln

Elementary School. This year, the school brought community together by forming a

new partnership for Garden Day festivities. Neighborhood business, Roger’s Gardens, collaborated with the school by donating pots, soil, seeds and flowering plants for each classroom at Lincoln. Representatives from Roger’s taught a gardening lesson to the student Garden Club and participated in the

Earth Week project. Each classroom was presented with a beautiful potted gerber daisy by the end of the day! In reflecting on the week, there were lessons learned

about the value of coming together as a community for a worthy cause, the nurturing of a healthy, thriving planet.

 

Picture of Garden Club
 

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Posted by: Pam Bertsch
Published: 6/1/17




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Published: 5/31/17




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Published: 5/23/17




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Click the image or the link below to read the latest edition of Newport-Mesa Unified School Districts Community Newsletter!

Community Newsletter
Community Newsletter

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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Special Olympics Soccer Event

May 22, 2017

9 am - 12 pm

Costa Mesa High School - Mustangs Field

 

Special Olympics Flyer
 

See link to flyer below or contact Jacqueline Gonzales for more information at jgonzalez@nmusd.us or 714-424-5058

 

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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Young Athletes Program

Friday, June 2, 2017

9 am - 12 pm

Estancia High School

Jim Scott Stadium

 

Young Athletes Program Flyer

See link to flyer below or contact Jacqueline Gonzales for more information at jgonzalez@nmusd.us or 714-424-5058

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District received a request to name the Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) track and field the "Bob Hailey Memorial Track and Field", in honor of Mr. Bob Hailey, who was a NHHS teacher and coach. 
 
For more information and to take the survey regarding this naming request, please click the following link, Newport Harbor High School Track and Field Naming Survey. The survey will be available for public input until June 7, 2017.

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




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Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognition

 

10. a. Recognition of California Gold Ribbon School - TeWinkle Middle School. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

 

10.b. Recognition of 2017 Model Continuation High School - Back Bay High School and 2016-17 California Continuation Education Association Region 10 Administrator of the Year, Principal Debbie Davis. Back Bay High School was named a 2017 Model Continuation High School for their program designed to help struggling students stay in school. Debbie Davis, who has been the principal of Back Bay High School for nearly 15 years, has been recognized as the 2016-17 California Continuation Education Association Region 10 Administrator of the Year. 

 

10.c. Recognition of California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 18 Scholarship Recipients. CSEA Chapter President, Pam Saunders will present scholarship awards to Jackelyn Huerta - daughter of Jackeline Huertra, Nutrition Assistant at Ensign Intermediate School and  Maximilian DeNembo - son of Elizabeth DeNembo, Job Transition Specialist at Harper Transition Services.

 

Reports

 

13.a. Report on Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Corona del Mar Sports Field. The Facilities Development Department will report on the status of the draft California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process.
 

13.b. Report on Elementary Math Instructional Materials. Education Services along with K-5 elementary lead teachers will report on the process and results for the elementary math instructional materials pilot.

 

Consent

 

15.b.1. Approve Additions to the High & Middle School Course of Study. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the revisions to the High & Middle School Course of Study for the addition of various courses.

 

Discussion/Action

 

17.b. Approve New Logo to Represent Newport-Mesa Unified School District. It is recommended that the Board review logo designs and select a new logo to represent Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

 

17.c. Approve 2017-18 PreK-12 District Priorities. The Board met to review the 2017-18 PreK-12 Board's District Priorities, evaluate the progress made towards those priorities, and determine the revisions needed as the district moves into 2017-18. The document presented for approval reflects the Board's direction for 2017-18. 

 

Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting.

 

May 9, 2017 Full Board Meeting Agenda

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session.

 

Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.

 

Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
     
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
     
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.  
     
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

 

 

Dr. Fred Navarro, Superintendent

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/8/17




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Dear Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Parents,

 

In August 2016, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education gave direction to staff to begin the process of evaluating and piloting new elementary math instructional materials.  Through this collaborative, seven month pilot process, NMUSD K-5 teachers and staff have identified Bridges in Mathematics by Math Learning Center as the comprehensive set of kindergarten to fifth grade math instructional materials that will best meet the needs of NMUSD students and teachers. 

 

As you may recall from previous communications, this process began with assembling a steering committee of teachers and administrators to develop and guide the pilot process and future recommendation to the Board of Education. The steering committee identified two viable sets of instructional materials that were implemented, analyzed and evaluated in select primary and upper grade classrooms at each site. Teachers used and evaluated each set of materials for seven weeks and then collaboratively reached consensus that Bridges in Mathematics is the best set of K-5 math instructional materials for NMUSD.

 

As part of the evaluation process parents and students in pilot classrooms were provided an opportunity to provide feedback on the instructional materials.  Community members were able to review website links to publishers and provide feedback through the District Elementary Math Instructional Materials Pilot website.

 

We are grateful for the guidance and leadership of our Board of Education and their commitment to ensure that we provide teachers with opportunities to identify the best resources to prepare our students for the ever-changing world. District staff will report on the pilot process and the resulting recommendation of Bridges in Mathematics at the Board of Education meeting on May 9, 2017.  Bridges in Mathematics materials will be on display for public review in the Sanborn Building from May 10, 2017 to May 23, 2017.  A recommendation for final approval will go forward to the Board of Education on May 23, 2017.

 

We appreciate your feedback and support throughout the process and will continue to provide communication to our school community to work toward a seamless adoption process.  

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/2/17




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Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognition

 

10. a. Recognize 2016-2017 NMUSD Classified School Employee of the Year Recipients. The California School Employee of the Year (CSEY) program was established in 2008 by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and is based on guidelines set by the California Department of Education. It is recommended that the Board of Education recognize and commend NMUSD nominees for the California School Employee of the Year Program.

 

Reports

 

13.a. 50th Anniversary Student Board Member Report - 2000s. It is recommended that the Board of Education receive this report from the Costa Mesa High School student board members reflecting back on what it was like to be in school in the 2000s in Newport-Mesa.

 

Consent

 

Various routine contractual agreements related to the following:

 

15.a.2. Authorization to Approve Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement with Geocon West, Inc. for Geotechnical Investigation for the New 50 Meter Pool Facility at Estancia High School

 

15.a.3. Approval of Agreement with C.E.M. Lab Corp. for Materials Testing and Deputy Inspection Services for the Newport Harbor High School Varsity Baseball Field Scoreboard Replacement Project

 

15.a.4. Approval of Agreement with MTGL, Inc. for Soil and Materials Testing and Inspection Services for the Learning Resource Center at Corona del Mar High School

 

15.a.8. Approve Funding for Monolith Signs at Woodland and Killybrooke Elementary Schools

 

Resolution Consent

 

16.b. Adopt Resolution No. 32-04-17 In Support of May 10, 2017 as "National School Nurse Day" and the week of May 8 - 12, 2017 as "National School Nurse Week"

 

16.c. Adopt Resolution No. 33-04-17 In Support of Autism Awareness Month, April 2017

 

16.e. Adopt Resolution No. 36-04-17 Recognizing California Day of the Teacher May 10, 2017 and National Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-5, 2017

 

 

Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click here to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session.

 

Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.

 

Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
     
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
     
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
     
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.
     
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Fred Navarro
Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/24/17




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Super-Star Awards

“Celebrating Excellence”

Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect…

 

This is what excellence is all about.

It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, paying

attention to the smallest detail and going the extra mile.

Excellence means caring – it is making a special effort to do more.

Celebrating Excellence!

 

Nominations are now being accepted for Employee

Super-Stars. Nominations need to be received

by 4:00 pm Friday, April 28, 2017 to be considered.

 

Know someone deserving of recognition? Make their day and

complete the Online Nomination Form. You may submit your

nomination anonymously, if desired. All nominations will be

considered by the Super-Star Awards Selection

Committee. Recipients will be honored at a Board of

Education meeting and receive a pin, certificate and a

personally engraved award plaque.

 

Tip – To make your nomination stand out above the rest, be

specific about the individual’s unique and compelling

contribution(s).

 

Questions about the Superstar Program? Contact V-Esther Caldwell in Classified

Personnel at vcaldwell@nmusd.us

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/24/17




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The application window is open now until May 3, 2017. Please submit completed applications to your schools front office.

 

Summer Music Academy

Students currently in Grades 3-6 will learn how to read music and play an instrument. Instruction will be offered in music reading and playing on violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, baritone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion and electric bass. Students will be provided the use of clarinets, trumpets, or violins, student method (instrument) books and music theory exercises. There will be a culminating concert at the end of the program.

 

 

Summer Engineering Academy

Students currently in Kinder – Grade 6 have an exciting opportunity to explore earth science concepts through a series of investigations with an emphasis on engineering, exploration, data collection and interpretation. The Academy will provide students with an understanding of science that will stimulate curiosity, develop thinking skills, promote confidence, and support the Next Generation Science Standards and New State Standards.

 

For more information please click on the resources below:

2017 Summer Programs Flyer

2017 Summer Programs Flyer - Spanish

2017 Summer Program Application

2017 Summer Program Application - Spanish

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/18/17




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The annual Pilot Cup registration window is open!  This event is open to students in grades 3 through 6. It will be held Tuesday, May 30th through Sunday, June 4th, 2017.

 

Please click on the attached items for more information, entry forms, and the rules and regulations.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/6/17




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Students Working on Computers

We are proud to announce that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Learning Impact Awards. The program recognizes outstanding innovative applications of education technology to address significant challenges facing education.

 

Please read the attached Learning Impact Award news item for more information!

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/4/17




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Roadeo Winners Ricardo Sandoval, Juliann Scheafer, and Jason Greenberg
(Left) Ricardo Sandoval, (middle) Juliann Scheafer, (Right) Jason Greenberg, 2017 Orange County Roadeo winners.

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) school bus drivers Ricardo Sandoval, Juliann Scheafer and Jason Greenberg win top honors at the 57th annual Orange County School Bus Roadeo, which attracted nearly 100 drivers.

 

Ricardo Sandoval, who has been a school bus driver with NMUSD for four years, won first place in the county and first place overall. Juliann Scheafer was awarded third place in the county. As a team, Ricardo, Juliann and Jason placed first countywide.

 

NMUSD school bus drivers have been competing in the Roadeo, on and off, since 1991, and have amassed 18 first place individual wins and seven team wins at the county level.

 

School Bus Safety Roadeos are held across the United States and require drivers to pass a written test prior to competing in the seven behind the wheel events. The emphasis throughout the competition is safety and by design, increases safety awareness. Various Roadeos occur throughout California, leading up to the statewide competition. Drivers that perform well at the state level are invited to compete at the International Roadeo competition. Last year, NMUSD bus driver Victor Garza was awarded first place at the International Roadeo. Part of NMUSD’s success in the Roadeo can be attributed to the rigorous training program, ongoing education and testing that takes place within the district. 

 

“Everything we do, all of the training, all of the testing is to increase safety. We want parents to know that we have some of the best drivers in the state,” said NMUSD Transportation Operations Supervisor Norm Turner.

 

Participation in the Roadeo is voluntary and NMUSD consistently participates and succeeds at these events. Some drivers attend the Roadeo even if they are not participating in the competition just to support their colleagues, often times cooking and volunteering at the event.

 

There is a proud history throughout NMUSD of providing safe and efficient school bus transportation. NMUSD is an industry leader in student transportation for a variety of reasons including maintaining clean buses in good working order, having some of the best drivers in the state, and assisting other districts implement the Bus in the Classroom student transportation safety skill training program.

 

NMUSD is currently hiring bus drivers! If you or someone you know is interested in joining an award-winning team of school bus drivers, please visit the job opportunities website. Drivers can start with little or no experience and through paid training get the experience and licensing necessary to become a school bus driver. Juliann Scheafer, one of this year’s award-winning Roadeo participants, began with NMUSD in 2014 with no previous experience. She received her training through NMUSD and went on to successfully compete at the state level finishing with a fourth place win within her first year.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/3/17




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Newport-Mesa USD is pleased to announce the 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Awards Program winners, two of which were selected as Orange County Classified Employees of the year and will proceed for consideration at state level.

 

The 2017 NMUSD Classified Employee of the Year winners are:

  • Karen Allison, child nutrition (county winner, proceed to state level consideration)
  • Ilse Taborga, support services and security (county winner, proceed to state level consideration)
  • Pam Saunders, office and technical
  • Emma Tyaransen, para-educator/ Instructional Assistant
  • Olga Sandoval, transportation

Please click here to read news item for more information!

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/30/17




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Students using Chromebooks

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) launched a Chromebook initiative that will provide access for all students to a digital environment.  

 

In fall 2016, implementation of the Chromebook initiative began with the Estancia Zone. This provided all students in grades K-7 with access to Chromebooks, with grades 3-7 being a one-to-one environment. Chromebooks were distributed to students in the Estancia Zone which includes TeWinkle Middle School, Adams, California, Pomona, Rea, Victoria and Wilson Elementary Schools.

 

Informational parent meetings were held at all schools. Traditional computer labs are being replaced with mobile technology and devices in the classroom.

 

With more devices in their hands, students will learn the benefits that technology has to offer by fine-tuning their foundational research skills, storing their projects and activities in the cloud, and sharing ideas in a safe and supportive online environment.

 

This initiative has led to increased use of technology in the classroom, with students using it for research, collaboration and to create new and exciting works, while teachers are finding new ways to engage students both in groups and individually. As professional development for staff is crucial part of the initiative, the Educational Technology Department has been providing training on best practices for using Chromebooks as an instructional tool, support for initial setup and lesson design using a co-teaching model and customized trainings based on skill level of staff. Digital Fellows and site technology coordinators at the schools also continue to provide support as needed.

 

The Initiative includes the following:

 

  • Kindergarten - 2nd grade: One shared classroom set of Chromebooks per grade level. Each classroom also receives 6 Chromebooks. Chromebooks remain at the school.
  • 3rd - 4th grade: One classroom set of Chromebooks per class. Chromebooks remain at the school.
  • 5th - 8th grades: In fifth grade students are assigned a Chromebook that they take home and keep until 9th grade. For the initial launch of the initiative all students in grades fifth through seventh were assigned a Chromebook.
  • 9th grade: Students will be assigned a Chromebook in 9th grade that they take home and keep until they graduate. For the Initiative, 9th graders will receive Chromebooks in Year 2.

 

Students that are assigned Chromebooks to be taken home follow a similar approach to when textbooks are checked out from the library. They are responsible for ensuring the safe handling and charging of their Chromebooks.

 

For the 2017-18 school year, the Chromebook initiative is expected to be implemented throughout the Newport Harbor Zone in the same format as the Estancia Zone. The Newport Harbor Zone includes Kaiser, Mariners, Newport, Newport Heights, Whittier and Woodland Elementary Schools, as well as Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor High School. It is anticipated that the Chromebook initiative will be implemented in the Costa Mesa zone and Corona del Mar in the following years.

 

For more information about the Chromebook Initiative please contact edtech@nmusd.us

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/29/17




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Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Report:

 

13.a. Report on Estancia Zone’s Engineering Pathway and Construction Technology Pathway. The Department of College and Career Education, Estancia High School, and TeWinkle Middle School will report on this Pathway.

 

12.c. Report on the California School Dashboard. The Assessment Department will report on the new Dashboard.

 

Discussion/Action:

 

15.a. Final Reading and Adoption of Board Policy Revisions.

 

15.b. First Reading and Adoption of Board Policy Revisions.

 

Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click here to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session.

 

Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.

 

Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
     
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
     
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.  
     
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Fred Navarro
Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/27/17




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The NMUSD Board of Education at its February 28,2017 meeting called for the equalization of trustee area boundaries by population, and initiated the change to voting by trustee area elections, commencing with the November 2018 Board of Education elections.

 

As part of the adjustment of trustee area boundaries, the District will conduct two initial public hearings to review trustee area boundaries and receive public input.

 

Please read the attached press release for public hearing dates and more information.

 

Trustee Boundary Public Hearing Press Release - English

Trustee Boundary Public Hearing Press Release - Spanish

 

Thank you,

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/16/17




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The California Department of Education has designed a new accountability system that gives a more robust view into the performance of schools. The Dashboard gives a more complete picture of how schools are serving our diverse student population.

 

Please click here to learn more about the Dashboard.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/15/17




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Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognition:

10.a. 2017 Harbor Council PTA Reflections Program - 4th District Award Recipients. The program is an art recognition program that has been sponsored by the National PTA since 1969. It honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition.

 

Report:

13.a. Report on the Chromebook Initiative. Staff will provide an overview of the district’s Chromebook implementation plan.

 

Public Hearing:

17.a. Public Hearing of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Initial Proposal for Reopener Negotiations to the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2018.  There is currently a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NMUSD and CSEA in place until June 30, 2019. The District has received CSEA's initial proposal regarding negotiations commencing 2017-2018.

 

17.b. Public Hearing of the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 Initial Proposal for Reopener Negotiations to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2018. The "sunshining" of this proposal has no direct fiscal implications. As a result of negotiations between NMUSD and CSEA, there will be a determined fiscal impact.

 

Discussion/Action:

18.a. Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Boys and Girls Club Central Orange Coast to Provide Enrichment Programs for the Project Success After School Program at Rea and Pomona Elementary Schools for the 2016-2017 School Year. The Boys & Girls Club would provide the enrichment while the Project Success staff would provide the academic and recreation portions.

 

Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click here to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session.

 

Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.

 

Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
     
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
     
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
     
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.  
     
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Fred Navarro

Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/14/17




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California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) could put money back into your pocket if you qualify. Please visit CalEITC4Me.org for more information.

 

California Earned Income Tax Credit Eligability Flow Chart
 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/7/17




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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/28/17




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Through an abundance of caution, we have been preparing for today’s weather.  All schools are prepared to shelter in place if necessary due to the severity of the storm.  At this time all buses are scheduled to run normally.  If the bus schedule changes, we will update you.  Please know school staff will remain with students and keep them dry and safe until the storm subsides and busses can safely transport students or they can be picked up.  Parents are welcome to pick up their students early today however we ask that anyone traveling in the rain exercise caution.  We would like to remind you that all schools have safety plans and emergency procedures that are in place and are regularly practiced.  We would like to remind you that school staff will keep your students safe until they can be released. Please exercise caution if you are driving in the rain today

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/17/17




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Weather Update #2

 

In an abundance of caution, the district office activated our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 10:55 AM today so that we could closely monitor the storm as it developed throughout the day and provide necessary resources and communication to our school sites. We would like to thank all of our staff, students, parents, and community for your cooperation today and attention to safety.  We expect to deactivate our EOC by 9:00 P.M. this evening. All of our students have been safely dismissed from school with the exception of those students involved in afterschool activities. Over the break our staff will be working hard to ensure that any damage caused by the rain and high winds is repaired before our students return to class on Monday, February 27, 2017. Again we sincerely thank you for your cooperation.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/17/17




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Vaccines will be provided at the HOPE Clinic located and are available at no cost for non-pregnant individuals 4 years and older. Vaccines will be distributed on a first come first serve basis and will be given until posted time or until supplies run out.

Please wear short sleeves or sleeveless top.  

 

Vaccine are provided at No Cost!

 

Hope Clinic

2045 Meyer Place Building C

Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

 

Please see the attached flyer for more details and information.

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Published: 1/30/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Parent School Choice Transfers
2017-2018 School Year

 

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District allows Parent School Choice Transfers for residents of the District.  Depending upon availability, the parent or guardian of any school-age resident student may request a school their child may transfer to.  The Parent School Choice transfer request application period for the 2017-2018 school year begins January 17, 2017 at 9:00 am. and closes on March 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm.  Transfer request applications may be completed only online at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District web site www.nmusd.us/transfers .  A lottery will be held to rank the applications in priority order. Parents will be notified regarding the status of their Parent School Choice Transfer request application online by email or in writing by May 15, 2017. 

 

 

Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa
Peticiones de Padres para Cambiar de Escuela

Año Escolar 2017-2018

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa permite la Petición de Padres para Cambiar de Escuela dentro del Distrito a estudiantes residentes del Distrito. Dependiendo de la disponibilidad, el padre/tutor legal de un estudiante de edad escolar que resida en el Distrito podrá solicitar una escuela de transferencia para su hijo(a). El periodo de aplicación para la Petición de Padres para Cambiar de Escuela para el año escolar 2017-2018 comenzará el 15 de enero, 2017 a las 9:00am y terminará el 15 de marzo, 2017 a las 11:59pm. Se podrá llenar la aplicación de petición de transferencia solo por Internet en la página Web del Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa en www.nmusd.us/transfers.  Se llevará a cabo una lotería para clasificar las aplicaciones en orden de prioridad. Los padres serán notificados acerca del estado de su petición por correo electrónico o por escrito antes del 15 de mayo, 2017.

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Published: 1/17/17




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Thank you to Harbor View Mobil station for their generous donation of $500 to support our science/math programs.  Exxon Mobil has a long history of supporting educational programs. Lincoln appreciates your support.

 

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Published: 12/20/16




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From the office of John C. Drake 
Director, Curriculum and Instruction

The Math Pilot Steering committee, working with elementary site representatives, has been hard at work in preparation for the implementation of the math pilot programs in the classrooms. 

The first six week pilot cycle will begin in select classrooms at each site during the last week in November and will continue through the middle of January. Parents of students participating in the pilot process were notified of their child’s participation during conference week. 

Please click here
 to for the steps that have been take in preparation for the start of the first pilot cycle.

As next steps, the site pilot team representatives will be meeting in early December for their second full day of building their collective understanding around the shifts in mathematics instruction.

 

Actualización matemática elemental

De la Oficina de John C. Drake
Director, Currículo e instrucción

El comité de dirección de Matemáticas piloto, trabajando con representantes comerciales elementales, ha estado trabajando duro en la preparación para la puesta en práctica de los programas piloto de matemáticas en las aulas. 

El primer ciclo piloto de seis semanas comenzará en algunas aulas en cada lugar durante la última semana de noviembre y continuará hasta mediados de enero. Los padres de los estudiantes que participan en el proceso experimental fueron notificados de la participación de su hijo durante la semana de conferencias. 

Por favor, oprima aquí
 para las medidas que se han tomar en preparación para el inicio del primer ciclo experimental. 

Como próximos pasos, los representantes de los equipos piloto sitio se reunirán a principios de diciembre para su segundo día completo de la construcción de su conocimiento colectivo en torno a los cambios en la enseñanza de las matemáticas.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/22/16




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Newport-Mesa Employee “Super-Star” Awards

“Reaching for the Stars”

 

Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect…

This is what excellence is all about.

It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, paying

attention to the smallest detail, going the extra mile.

Excellence means caring – it’s making a special effort to do more.

Celebrating Excellence!

 

Nominations are now being accepted
for Employee Superstars.

Nominations need to be received

by Friday, December 9, 2016 to be considered.

 

Know someone deserving of recognition? Make their day and complete the Online Nomination Form at:

www.nmusd.us/superstar.

Your nomination can be made public

or you can also submit it anonymously. All nominations are

then forwarded to the Superstar Awards Selection

Committee. The committee selects nominees twice a

year to be recognized at Board meetings. Recipients honored

at the Board level receive a pin, certificate and a personally

engraved star.

 

A good tip – To make your nomination stand out above the rest, be specific about the individual’s unique and compelling contribution(s).

 

The online nomination form is available at:

www.nmusd.us/superstar.

 

Questions about the Superstar Program?
Contact V-Esther Caldwell in Classified

Personnel at vcaldwell@nmusd.us

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/15/16




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Click here for the quarterly publication of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Community Newsletter!

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/7/16




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The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance at Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD). The District has plans and processes in place to respond to unfortunate and unplanned events and to communicate accurate and timely information with you.
 

All NMUSD schools have safety plans, which outline emergency procedures for natural and man-made disasters. Safety plans are regularly reviewed and updated in collaboration with emergency responders and local law enforcement, including school resource officers. School resource officers are local law enforcement officers from the City of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach police departments, who are on many of our school campuses to provide security and crime prevention services.
 

Schools regularly participate in safety drills, threat assessment, and emergency response trainings with students, local law enforcement and first responders. Safety drills prepare staff and students for a variety of potential situations. Some examples include earthquakes, fire and intruder/active shooter.
 

The safety drills include procedures for a lock down, shelter in place, drop/cover/hold, run, hide, act, and evacuation. Every school and District facility also has emergency supplies in multiple locations and various individuals responsible for ensuring that there are adequate and properly maintained supplies and equipment.

Examples of some of the essential items include:

  • First aid

  • Food and water

  • Flashlights, radio and batteries

  • Portable toilets

  • Blankets

For large scale events involving multiple schools or regional incidents, the District collaborates beyond local governments, law enforcement, first responders, and utilities. NMUSD follows California’s Standardized Emergency Management System and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Incident Management System. These systems include emergency management collaboration among county, state and federal agencies, and community organizations on a cohesive approach to emergency response.

 

Every situation is unique and may include distinctive response approaches and communication methods. Parents may expect communication via email, phone call, news postings on the District and school websites, social media postings, and mobile app alerts. The District also works closely with local media to disseminate information to keep parents and the community informed as best as possible, always keeping in mind that the safety of students and staff is the priority.

 

It is common knowledge that viral information disseminates quickly. One inaccurate text or social media post can trigger a full speed rumor mill and create unnecessary panic. The District has a responsibility to provide accurate and timely information and will do its best not to perpetuate misinformation. This is especially important during an emergency when the situation (and subsequent information) can change rapidly.

 

Depending on the emergency, the first communication that parents and community members can expect to receive is the basics. If these questions can be answered, communication may include: what happened, when it happened, what the district is doing about it and how to stay informed. Updates may include information regarding changes in dismissal times or transportation, the location of the parent re-unification area, incident updates, and other important information.

 

Tips for parents:

  • Do not go to the school or call the school during an emergency. School administration

    will be focused on keeping students and staff as safe as possible. In some instances, additional presence on campus also may impact law enforcement’s investigations and searches.

  • Contact your school and ask their staff to familiarize you with your school’s comprehensive school safety plan.

  • At the conclusion of an emergency, be sure to bring your identification to the re-unification area in order for your student to be released to you.

  • Be active in your child’s education: ask questions, get involved- join the PTA, school foundations, parent advisory councils, etc.

  • Stay connected - provide current contact information to your child’s school, check district and school website news feed, follow district and school social media accounts, and download the district mobile application.

Tips for students:

  • Take emergency drills seriously.

  • Follow teacher and site administrator instructions.

  • See something, say something. This is the best deterrent to potentially harmful

    situations.

For more information or questions regarding school emergency response, please contact your child’s school.

 

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Published: 10/28/16




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Stay Connected with Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

 

Scan the QR code or visit the Apple or Google Play store to download our mobile app!

 

Follow Newport-Mesa on Social Media!

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/26/16




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The Elementary Math Pilot Steering Committee met in early October with each publisher to gain a deeper understanding of each program before making a collective decision on the programs that will be piloted in the coming months. The committee selected the following programs to pilot:

 

K-5 Pilot Programs:

  • Bridges in Mathematics by The Math Learning Center
  • Go Math by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  

6th Grade Pilot Programs:

  • Eureka Math by Great Minds
  • Digits by Pearson

Please click here for additional information and to stay updated on the progress of the elementary math pilot program. 

 

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El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newport-Mesa está en el proceso de evaluación de currículo de matemáticas para la primaria y estará comenzando programas de matemáticas viables, alineados con las directrices de la Junta Estatal de Educación para libros de texto y materiales de instrucción viables. El Comité Directivo de Matemáticas para la Primaria se reunió a principios de octubre con cada editor para obtener una comprensión más profunda de cada programa antes de tomar una decisión colectiva sobre los programas que serán piloteados en los próximos meses. El Comité seleccionó los siguientes programas viables:

 

Programas Viables K-5:

  • Bridges in Mathematics por el Centro de Aprendizaje de Matemáticas (Math Learning Center)
  • Go Math por Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  

Programas Viables 6to Grado:

  • Eureka Math por Great Minds
  • Digits por Pearson

Por favor pulse aquí para obtener más información y estar actualizado(a) sobre los avances del programa viable de matemáticas para la primaria.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/20/16




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NMUSD is pleased to announce the launch of its district-wide school mobile application. This application is free and provides mobile access to news, school notifications, school calendars, food service, student information (with secure login), and other resources that can be helpful to you, specific to your student’s school. The application is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.  

 

If you are a parent, you should have received an email with your login ID, temporary password, and instructions on how to download the application. If you have not received this email you should log in to your parent account or visit your student’s school to update your information. For instructions on how to log in to your parent account or for more information, please visit nmusd.us/mobileapp.

 

If you are not a parent, but would like to stay informed, we also encourage you to download the application and get up to date news and updates about our schools.

 

We are excited to stay in communication and encourage you to download the app today!

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your students school(s) or the district at feedback@nmusd.us 

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Published: 10/18/16




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District in partnership with the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Police Departments would like to provide you with the important attached announcements regarding Halloween safety.

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Published: 10/13/16




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Published: 10/6/16




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Published: 10/4/16




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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

THE NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING IN COMPLIANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE 60119 AND 60422 – SUFFICIENCY OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS THAT ARE ALIGNED TO THE ACADEMIC CONTENT STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017.

THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 AT APPROXIMATELY 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT EDUCATION CENTER BOARDROOM, 2985 BEAR STREET, COSTA MESA, CA.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

VANESSA GALEY

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS

714-424-8983

vgaley@nmusd.us

 

AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA

 

EL DISTRITO ESCOLAR UNIFICADO NEWPORT-MESA TENDRÁ UNA AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA EN CONCORDANCIA CON EL CÓDIGO DE EDUCACIÓN 60119 Y 60422 – SUFICIENCIA DE MATERIALES DE INSTRUCCIÓN ALINEADOS A LAS NORMAS ACADÉMICAS PARA EL AÑO ESCOLAR 2016-2017.

LA AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA SE LLEVARÁ A CABO EN CONJUNCIÓN CON LA JUNTA REGULAR PROGRAMADA PARA EL MARTES, 11 DE OCTUBRE DE 2016, A LAS 6:00 P.M. APROXIMADAMENTE, EN LA SALA DE JUNTAS DE LA MESA DIRECTIVA DEL CENTRO DE EDUCACIÓN DEL DISTRITO, 2985 BEAR STREET, COSTA MESA, CA.

 

PARA INFORMACIÓN, POR FAVOR COMUNÍQUESE CON:

VANESSA GALEY

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS

714-424-8983

vgaley@nmusd.us

 

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Published: 9/20/16




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Published: 9/2/16




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of
Dr. Kristin DeMicco as assistant principal of Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools and Amanda Estrada as assistant principal of Mariners and College Park Elementary Schools.

 

Dr. Kristin DeMicco, Assistant Principal, Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools

Joining NMUSD with 11 years of experience in education, Dr. Kristin DeMicco was selected as the assistant principal to serve at both Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Dr. DeMicco is currently serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in Ocean View School District. She is known for her passionate commitment to education and her demonstrated capacity as a leader.

 

As a TOSA, Dr. DeMicco has planned and facilitated district wide professional development and implementation of English Language Arts (ELA) and math curriculum. This included coaching and demonstrating model lessons in transitional kindergarten (TK) through eighth grade.  She also facilitated the curriculum mapping process in ELA, math, science and social studies for grades TK through eighth, and monitored benchmarks and other assessments aligned to the California State Standards.  In addition to her work as a TOSA, Dr. DeMicco taught sixth through eighth grades at Marine View Middle School, served on the leadership team and was head of the eighth grade roundtable committee.

 

Dr. DeMicco received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach, her Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from National University, and her PHD in Cultural and Curricular Studies from Chapman University. She has her multiple subject teaching credential, Supplemental Authorization in English and preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

 

Ms. Amanda Estrada, Assistant Principal, Mariners and College Park Elementary Schools

Ms. Amanda Estrada was selected as the assistant principal of Mariners and College Park Elementary Schools. She brings with her eleven years of experience in education within NMUSD, currently serving as a teacher and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) trainer. Ms. Estrada is recognized for her organized and thoughtful leadership and her ability to build meaningful relationships with students, staff and the community.

 

As a teacher at Rea and Newport Heights, Ms. Estrada gained experience teaching in first, second, fourth and fifth grades. She served as a member of the fourth grade Rigorous Curriculum Design team for the past four years and as a GATE trainer for the past six years. In addition to her experience in the classroom she also has served on the leadership team, school site council, grade-level chair, GATE coordinator, and Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) coach.   

 

Ms. Estrada received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Westmount College and her Masters of Arts in Education from Vanguard University. She earned an administrative credential through the Orange County Department of Education and has participated in NMUSD’s Leadership Academy.

 

These appointments are scheduled for official approval by the Board of Education at the September 13, 2016 board meeting.  

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Published: 8/31/16




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Please click here to read Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Community Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

Stay connected with NMUSD and click here to register for district news via Constant Contact

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Published: 8/25/16




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Published: 8/24/16




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is announcing its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

 

Meal applications will be sent to all households with a letter informing parents or guardians of the availability of free and reduced-price meals. To apply, complete one application for all children in the household and submit to the school for processing. Additional copies are available at the school office or you may apply online at http://nmusd.heartlandapps.com.   Households may submit an application at any time during the school year. Information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials.

 

Children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is less than or equal to the Income Eligibility Guidelines identified below, which will be used to determine eligibility for meal benefits. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

 

NMUSD will notify the household of their children’s eligibility for free meals if any household member receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits. Households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is categorized as foster, homeless, migrant, runaway, enrolled in an eligible Head Start, or enrolled in an eligible pre-kindergarten class.

 

 

An Application is not required if a household receives the eligibility notice from school officials. Households should contact the school immediately regarding any child in the household not included on the eligibility notice. The household must notify school officials if they choose to decline meal benefits.

 

Households that did not receive the eligibility notice from school officials and would like to apply for meal benefits must submit a complete free and reduced-price application for Newport-Mesa Unified School District to determine a child’s eligibility.

 

Households receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits must include the following on their meal application:

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. One case number from any household member
  3. Signature of an adult household member

 

Households with foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway children must include: 

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. Indication of individual child’s categorical eligibility status
  3. Signature of an adult household member

 

Households who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income must include:

  1. Names of all household members (children and adults)
  2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
  3. The last 4 digits of the Social Security number (SSN) of the adult household member who signs the application or check the box if the adult does not have a SSN
  4. Signature of an adult household member

 

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member of a foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children in the household qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for meal benefits, this does not prevent foster children from receiving free meal benefits.

 

Children in households participating in Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Contact school officials for further information or complete an application for processing.

 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make the household eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above.

 

For up to 30 operating days into the new school year, eligibility from the previous school year will continue within the same school/agency. When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals and the school will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility.

 

 

 

Free

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch, Breakfast, and Milk

Reduced-Price

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch and Breakfast

Household size

Year

Month

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

Year

Month

Twice

Per

Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

1

$ 15,444

$ 1,287

$   644

$  594

$  297

$ 21,978

$ 1,832

$   916

$   846

$  423

2

20,826

1,736

868

801

401

29,637

2,470

1,235

1,140

570

3

26,208

2,184

1,092

1,008

504

37,296

3,108

1,554

1,435

718

4

31,590

2,633

1,317

1,215

608

44,955

3,747

1,874

1,730

865

5

36,972

3,081

1,541

1,422

711

52,614

4,385

2,193

2,024

1,012

6

42,354

3,530

1,765

1,629

815

60,273

5,023

2,512

2,319

1,160

7

47,749

3,980

1,990

1,837

919

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

53,157

4,430

2,215

2,045

1,023

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

For each additional family member, add:

 

$  5,408

$    451

$   226

$   208

$    104

$  7,696

$    642

$    321

$   296

$   148

 

 

 

Under the provisions of NMUSD Free and Reduced-Price Meal Policy Statement, the designated determining official(s) will review meal Applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility determination may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents or guardians may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with Todd Hatfield. Contact the hearing official at 714-424-5090 for information regarding the hearing procedures.

 

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture  

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

       

  1. Fax: (202) 690-7442 
  2. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Published: 7/21/16




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) is pleased to announce that Mr. Russell Lee-Sung has been appointed acting associate superintendent and chief academic officer, effective immediately. A recommendation to appoint Mr. Lee-Sung as the permanent associate superintendent and chief academic officer position will be brought to the Board of Education at the August 23 Board Meeting.

 

Mr. Lee-Sung has more than 30 years of service as an educator and administrator, most recently serving as the associate superintendent, chief human resources officer, responsible for directing all human resource functions for certificated and classified employees at N-MUSD. He has previously served as a teacher, department chair, high school principal, assistant principal of business, activities, and curriculum and instruction, and district administrator in four diverse school districts. 

 

“His history of working in diverse educational settings and his leadership in human resources and business, position Russell exceptionally well for this role,” said, Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “I am confident that he will continue to bring meaningful insight and leadership to our district in this new capacity,” he said.

 

As high school principal in the Alhambra and Walnut Valley Unified School District’s, Mr. Lee-Sung’s schools earned two California Title 1 Academic Achievement Awards, a California Distinguished School Award and Exemplary Career Technical Education Award. He is known for being an exceptional communicator, collaborator, innovator and problem solver. These are the same characteristics and skills we are committed to developing in all N-MUSD students.  Mr. Lee-Sung also was successful in closing the achievement gap and removing obstacles that increased access to rigorous academic programs, such as advanced placement and international baccalaureate.

 

“I am honored to carry out the Board of Education’s vision to inspire and bridge our school community to create the highest quality instruction program in order to prepare all students for college and career success,” said Mr. Russell Lee-Sung.

 

With the anticipated Board approval of Mr. Lee-Sung’s appointment, N-MUSD will begin the process to fill the assistant superintendent, chief human resources officer position.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/15/16




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Summer meals for kids and teens are being served in your community!  This is open to all children 18 and younger with no enrollment and no cost!  Two locations are open.  Please see the attached flyers for more details!

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/11/16




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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/8/16




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) was named a District of Distinction for its Psychological Support Services programs. In addition to providing support for educationally related mental health services these programs also serve to support the social and emotional well-being of students by providing support to students struggling with homelessness, drugs, bullying and other related circumstances.

 

Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration Magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way in establishing initiatives that yield quantifiable benefits, and that could be replicated by other districts.

 

The focus of NMUSD’s Psychological Support Services is to provide multi-tiered systems of support and interventions in order to encourage positive mental health that in-turn leads to positive learning and behavior. A unique aspect of NMUSD’s program is that it falls under the auspices of the Student Services Department, which allows a natural connection between both general education and special education.

 

“The mental, emotional, psychological, and social well-being of our students’ is essential to learning,” said Sara Jocham, assistant superintendent of student services. “By providing dynamic psychological support services, we are fostering student’s abilities to pay attention, concentrate, focus and learn,” Jocham added.

 

Part of the success of the Psychological Support Services programs is due to the partnerships with parents, other school-based professionals, and more than 30 community partners who work collaboratively to provide a continuum of services that meet the needs of the whole child. During the 2015-16 school year, the District hosted 12 master’s level social work interns from the University of Southern California School of Social Work.

 

Additionally, the District is one of 11 school districts selected, nationwide, to participate in a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN), focused on the  implementation of best practices, policies, and financial strategies that support access to and the expansion of high-quality and sustainable school-based mental health services.  As part of the CoIIN initiative, the District is developing a first-ever national performance framework for measuring and publicly reporting outcomes in the area of school-based mental health. 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/5/16




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On July 1, 1966 the Costa Mesa Union School District, Newport Beach City School District and the Newport Harbor Union High School District unified to become the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

 

For more than five decades Newport-Mesa Unified School District has created lasting memories and nurtured the talents of its students. NMUSD is a leader in educational innovation; delivering a rigorous, broad-based curriculum through exceptional, high-quality instruction supported by a team of dedicated educators and support staff.

 

Throughout the District’s rich 50 year history, it has strived to help students find their passion, purpose, and potential, to prepare them to venture into the future in careers, college and active citizenship. Whether through academics, arts, athletics or other interests, NMUSD has opportunities to match every student's talents and interest.

 

While much has changed in education throughout NMUSD’s 50 year history, the District takes pride in continually evolving and adapting to changing educational needs. NMUSD has exceptionally bright and forward-thinking students, teachers, staff and leadership team that remain committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for future successes.   

 

“Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “We appreciate your unwavering commitment, support and partnership as we look forward to continued success,” he said.

 

Stay connected throughout the 2016/17 school year, and join NMUSD in celebrating this milestone anniversary, as the District shares some fun facts and highlights of its 50 year legacy of excellence, www.nmusd.us/anniversary.

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/1/16




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Ms. Susan Astarita, the district’s senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer, has announced her retirement.

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“It has been my privilege to work in the Newport Mesa Unified School District for the last 22 years,” Said Astarita. “I’ve enjoyed the focus on teaching and learning, the collegiality and the team atmosphere. I’ve worked with the finest teachers, principals, District staff, Superintendent and Board of Education,” she added.  

 

Ms. Astarita’s 39-year career in public education began as a teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District where she worked for 17 years, serving as a principal and District-level administrator before joining Newport Mesa Unified School District in 1994.  Most recently she served as the senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer, overseeing overall elementary and secondary education services for the district, which includes early childhood education, curriculum design and implementation, assessments, education technology, college and career education and special projects.

 

Ms. Astarita is looking forward to having time to explore her family history, participate more actively in the local Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Orange County Society of Mayflower Descendants. She enjoys golf and is looking forward to having time to practice and play on a more regular basis.

 

“I would like to congratulate Susan and wish her the best of luck in her retirement,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “She has done an exceptional job at focusing recourses and aligning the Education Services Division to better meet the needs of our students and support to our school sites. I truly value and admire her great work and leadership, and will miss her tremendously,” Navarro added.

 

Ms. Astarita’s last day is June 30, 2016. Within the next few weeks an interim senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer will be assigned. The District anticipates filling the vacancy prior to the start of the 2016/17 school year.

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/27/16




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Summer Fit Club at Dr. Riba’s Health Club

 

Fit Club se enfocado en nutrición y educación física. Este programa ayuda a los niños de 4 a 18 años aprender hábitos saludables, adquirir seguridad en si mismo(a) mientras participan en juegos divertidos.

 

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es limitado, aplique hoy!

Julio 11 Agosto 18, 2016

Lunes Jueves: 1pm-3:15pm

Sitio: Pomona Elementary School

2051 Pomona Ave

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

 

 

aplicación incluida con este aviso

 

Aplicaciones disponible en:

Newport-Mesa Unified School District HOPE Clinic & Health Services

2045 Meyer Place, Bldg A

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

949-515-6730

 

Programa Incluye:

Carreras de obstaculos

Deportes

Ejercisios de entrenamiento

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Education de nutricion Demostraciones de cocina Rifas y premios

Servimos comidas saludables

 

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Proporciona habilidades a los niños para que vivan una vida saludable. Con una tasa del 80% de éxito nuestro programa ayuda a familias a volverse saludables por medio de educación nutricional y actividades físicas.

 

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2100 West Alton Ave, Suite 2

Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Posted by: Shirin Nazari, District Staff, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/21/16




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is joining the Orange County Department of Education’s One Billion Acts of Kindness initiative, which launched this month and will continue until reaching one billion acts of kindness in Orange County.
 

As the name of the campaign suggests, the goal is to register one billion good deeds throughout Orange County, in an effort to promote civility, character and positive school climates in Orange County — and hopefully beyond.
 

“This is a wonderful initiative that we wholeheartedly support,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “As educators it is important to look beyond just academics and foster positive school climates to nurture students’ emotional and social well-being,” he said.
 

All kind acts count toward the goal of one billion, regardless of where they occur. Be sure to record the acts by posting to social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtag #kindness1billion, or by visiting the website www.kindness1billion.org and clicking on the designated button. There also is an option for schools and community organizations to submit multiple acts at once.
 

An act of kindness can be as simple as welcoming a new student to school, picking up a discarded cup along the sidewalk or writing a kind note to a friend or family member. It could be more involved, such as visiting a home for senior citizens, joining a beach clean-up or volunteering at a local animal shelter. Either way, it is about doing something kind with no expectation of reciprocity.
 

Please join us in spreading kindness and together we can reach One Billion Acts of Kindness. For more information, please visit www.kindness1billion.org.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/12/16




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It’s that time to prepare for the new school year to come. Fulfill school entry and immunization requirements by obtaining your Preschool, Kindergarten and First grade physical exam at no cost*

 

Please see attached flyer for details.

 

Additional information regarding school health requirements is available on the Health Services Website.

 

* Eligibility Criteria Applies

 

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Posted by: Shirin Nazari, District Staff, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/20/16




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The California Department of Education (CDE) awarded twelve elementary schools in Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) with the California Gold Ribbon Award, in recognition of their outstanding educational programs and practices that contribute to closing the achievement gap.

 

The Gold Ribbon program replaces the California Distinguished Schools program during the two years that California is developing new assessment and accountability systems. The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools while the California Distinguished Schools Program is on hiatus as California transitions to new assessment and accountability systems. Traditionally, the Distinguished Schools Program honored public schools that showed improved student outcomes as measured through standardized testing and reporting scores and additional measures.

 

The Gold Ribbon program is different from the California Distinguished Schools program in that it focuses on recognizing schools that demonstrate academic progress through the implementation of the new State standards.

 

The twelve NMUSD schools that were honored with the California Gold Ribbon Award include:

 

Andersen Elementary

Andersen Elementary was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap through their Response to Intervention Program: Scholar Rotations Program. The Scholar Rotations Program has resulted in more than 90 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in English language arts.

 

Students at Andersen Elementary consistently rank in the top ten percent of statewide standardized testing. Learn more about Anderson Elementary at http://andersen.nmusd.us.

 

Davis Magnet School

Davis Magnet School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap, engaging parents and community and use of technology through their project based learning, which focuses on improving achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

 

Sample project based learning at Davis Magnet School include a rollercoaster challenge, where students create a rollercoaster to learn about motion and force; develop a bio-waste digester, which teaches students about waste matter, renewable energy, chemistry and more. The project based approach to learning has resulted in 75 percent of Davis students meeting or exceeded English language arts standards and 74 percent meeting or exceeded math standards, based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium data. These percentages are 39 to 125 percent higher than district, county, and state averages. Learn more about Davis Magnet School at http://davismagnet.nmusd.us.  

 

Eastbluff Elementary

Eastbluff Elementary was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap through their Response to Intervention Program, professional learning communities, data-driven decision making and use of technology.  

 

Since implementation of Eastbluff Elementary’s Response to Intervention problem-solving model and Professional Learning Community model, all students show improvements in proficiency and/or advancement in English language arts and math, narrowing the gap between subgroups.  Eastbluff Elementary’s Academic Performance Index for 2013 shows 86 percent proficiency in English and 81 percent proficiency in math.

 

Eastbluff Elementary has been recognized as a California Distinguished school in prior years and prides itself on continuous improvement with individualized support for students. To learn more about Eastbluff Elementary please visit http://eastbluff.nmusd.us.  

 

Harbor View Elementary

Harbor View Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in closing the achievement gap. The success is attributed to the school’s Response to Instruction and Intervention program, in addition to cultivating an involved and supportive parent community and using hands-on approaches with technology to improving achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  

In three years, Harbor View Elementary has seen an increase in California Standards Test scores for English language arts and math, with grades two through four scoring an average of 92 percent in English language arts and 91 percent in math in 2014. Socioeconomically disadvantaged students and special education students also showed an increase in scores, which exceed State averages. Learn more about Harbor View Elementary at http://harborview.nmusd.us.

 

Kaiser Elementary

Kaiser Elementary uniquely serves students in grades three through six and was selected as a Gold Ribbon School for their success implementing their Read All Day (RAD) Program. The RAD program includes various tiers of instruction, grounded on new state standards, student assessments to determine the tier of instruction that best suits each student’s need, and creating a community culture of reading.

 

The RAD program has resulted in a 24 percent increase in student reading proficiency. Based on 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium data, English learners exceed state averages by nine percent, socio-economically disadvantaged students exceed state averages by 11 percent and special education students exceed state standards by 18 percent. To learn more about Kaiser Elementary please visit http://kaiser.nmusd.us.

 

Killybrooke Elementary

Killybrooke Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in implementing a college and career readiness program centered on universal achievement (as a No Excuses University school) and technology integration.

 

Killybrooke has made great strides in increasing achievement of all students and closing the achievement gap for English Learners and socio-economically disadvantaged students, through six systems designed to help all students achieve, with technology (including 1:1 Chromebooks for students in grades 3-6) used as a tool to maximize student learning.

 

Assessments show improvement, with Academic Performance Index increasing from 667 to 867, English language arts proficiency increasing from 27 percent to 67 percent, and math proficiency increasing from 31 percent to 75 percent. Student scores exceed County and State averages. Learn more about Killybrooke Elementary at http://killybrooke.nmusd.us.  

 

Lincoln Elementary

Lincoln Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in implementing their Full STEAM Ahead Academic Support Program, which emphasizes rigorous curriculum in science, technology, engineering, arts and math instruction.

 

Teachers’ commitment to cost-effective educational technology resources has contributed to students not only mastering basic skills, but also being excited to learn with contemporary approaches to teaching and closing the achievement gap.

 

Overall data shows that proficiency has improved at Lincoln Elementary in both English language arts and math. Results from the 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing also show that Lincoln students exceed state averages for all traditionally low-achieving subgroups. Learn more about Lincoln Elementary at http://lincoln.nmusd.us

 

Mariners Elementary

Mariners Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their approach to creating a culture of Innovation, centered upon student and teacher leadership and use of technology.

 

Classroom environments are becoming more inviting at Mariners Elementary, not just through the implementation of technology, but also through piloted programs such as the use of yoga balls instead of chairs and 1:1 Chromebooks in grades 4-6. Students are taking leadership roles and guiding younger students on the playground, as well as serving as “techsperts” to assist other students and teachers with the use of new technologies.  

 

Teachers also are continuously improving their skills to keep up with changing educational technologies to ensure welcoming learning environments and maximize student engagement. Learn more about Mariners Elementary at http://mariners.nmusd.us.

 

Paularino Elementary

Paularino Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their success in creating a culture of universal achievement through their program, Reading Our Way to College. Paularino Elementary became a No Excuses University school to inspire students to attend college and also implemented an Accelerated Reader program to encourage students to read independently.

 

Implementation of these reading programs and other programs, focused on improving students’ character virtues- such as fairness, responsibility, respect, caring, trustworthiness and good citizenship- have resulted in a 21 percent decline in the number of students reading two or more years below grade level. To learn more about Paularino Elementary please visit http://paularino.nmusd.us.

 

Pomona Elementary

Pomona Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their reading instruction program, which uses small group dynamics to deliver adaptive reading instruction for students to achieve academic success. Students that require intensive intervention are placed in groups as small as two, while students who have mastered grade level foundational skills receive teacher support to move beyond grade level expectations.

 

The reading program, which is flexible and adjusted throughout the year, has resulted in ten percent more students scoring at benchmark reading levels. STAR testing data showed an 18 percent drop in students reading two or more years below grade level. Learn more about Pomona Elementary at http://pomona.nmusd.us.

 

Sonora Elementary

Sonora Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their No Excuses University: We are College Bound program.

 

The We are College Bound program is designed to close the achievement gap between students in traditionally low-achieving sub-groups by implementing continuous data assessments to develop individualized academic intervention plans and address social-emotional and behavioral needs of students.

 

Sonora Elementary has twice been named a California Distinguished School and a Title 1 Achieving School. Learn more about Sonora Elementary at http://sonora.nmusd.us.

 

Woodland Elementary

Woodland Elementary School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for their Early Literacy Skills Development Response to Intervention Program, which focuses on developing early childhood skills and identifying individual learning styles.

 

Prior to this program, the focus was on below proficient students, who were most at risk of struggling with reading and English language arts skills. The current program addresses all students’ needs, including the nearly 40 percent in the “bubble” group, which are students needing to increase from basic to proficient levels. Results of the intervention model show that kindergarteners struggling with letter and sound recognition increased their skill level by 60 percent. Scores for students in the “bubble” group increased 125-160 percent. Learn more about Woodland Elementary at http://woodland.nmusd.us.

 

Early College High School

In 2015, the first year of the California Gold Ribbon Program, the California Department of Education recognized NMUSD’s Early College High School (ECHS) with a Gold Ribbon Award. ECHS partners with Coastline Community College to offer students the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and a year or more of transferable college credit.

 

With a 100 percent graduation rate, ECHS offers smaller classes, on-campus college classes, dual-credit classes, easier transition to higher education and financial savings of completing college credits in high school.

 

ECHS is top ten ranking among all public high schools Orange County and has the highest California Department of Education rating of 10/10, for seven consecutive years. Learn more about ECHS at http://earlycollege.nmusd.us

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/14/16




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The Newport - Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) Board of Education recognized the 2016 Classified Employee of the Year winners at the April 12, 2016 Board meeting. The Classified Employee of the Year Awards Program recognizes employees that go above and beyond the expectations of their job duties to provide exemplary service to students, families and colleagues.

 

Classified employees are nominated by principals and district directors in the following six categories; Child Nutrition, Maintenance and Operations, Office and Technical, Instructional Assistant, Support Services and Security, and Transportation. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Current, permanent employee
  • Rank and file employee, not management or supervisory position
  • Minimum of five years of service in nomination category.

NMUSD congratulates the following 2016 Classified Employees of the Years:

 

Laura Chirinos, Child Nutrition

Ms. Laura Chirinos has worked for the NMUSD for nearly 20 years and has served as a Nutrition Services Specialist III at Estancia High School for the past nine years. She is responsible for planning and coordinating the production of more than 1,000 meals daily.

 

Ms. Chirinos is a fast learner, quickly promoted because of her ability to assimilate the wisdom gained from working at multiple schools throughout the district.  She has incorporated this broad knowledge to satisfy the unique dietary needs of students and build strong relationships with her co-workers who often seek her guidance and advice. She has created a positive and welcoming atmosphere for students and a fun and a collaborative work environment for her colleagues and encourages the staff to further their education and work experiences so they too can be promoted.

 

Jean Paul Vigneault, Maintenance, Operations and Facilities

Newport-Mesa’s Classified Employee of the Year from the Maintenance, Operations and Facilities team, Mr. Jean Paul Vigneault, has consistently proven himself to be an exceptional employee who regularly goes above and beyond to ensure the safety and security of staff, students and the public. With his extensive knowledge of custodial operations and standards, he has established himself as an invaluable asset, able to fill in for virtually all custodial positions throughout the district. In addition, he is always willing to assist anyone who asks, is known for doing the right thing no matter the circumstance, and is widely admired throughout the school community for his foresight and compassion.

 

Wayne Wescott, Office and Technical

Highly regarded for his tenacity, self-motivation and exceptional customer service, Office and Technical Support Technician Mr. Wayne Wescott, has impressively advanced his position within the District throughout his twenty-one years of employment. 

 

Collaboratively leading a team of technicians, he has helped package and deploy hundreds of business and instructional applications to thousands of computers throughout more than thirty schools and multiple district offices. His distinguished work on automated software deployment of the latest instructional and business applications have proven crucial to the success of District-wide operations and positively impacted both employees and students. Consistently updating his skills and knowledge, he regularly leads training sessions for information technology staff and has proven to be of immeasurable value to the schools and the overall District.

 

Jesse Murray, Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance

Mr. Jesse Murray, a special education instructional assistant at Corona del Mar High School, is an exceptional employee who provides consistent encouragement and motivational support for both students and staff. He frequently chaperones student outings and actively participates in school fundraisers, events and rallies. He has become a household name within the Corona del Mar school community. 

 

Known by many families as a mentor and friend to special needs students, he is able to manage and inspire with a sense of accountability and empathy. In addition, this consummate professional is the aide everyone desires to have in their classroom because of his vital data collection abilities, flexibility and reliability, as well as his dedication to and affinity with students. Mr. Murray is the quintessential role model for what an effective student-focused leader should be.

 

Vicki Martini, Support Services and Security

With an outstanding reputation and greatly respected in her field, Vicki Martini has had an immense impact in the community during her twenty-four years with the district.

 

She is a strong supporter of youth organizations and a volunteer for numerous events and fundraisers. Ms. Martini also has been masterful at building collaborative relationships throughout the district as well as the community at-large. She has established work training programs and facilitates student job placement at local businesses, nurtured beneficial relationships with multiple county and state agencies and attends local Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce functions to promote, support, and build partnerships for District programs. This vast network of resources has been assembled all in the service of students, culminating in far-reaching results that ultimately empower students to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living and integration into all aspects of society.

 

Lucky Nguyen, Transportation

Newport-Mesa’s Classified Employee of the Year from the Transportation category, Lucky Nguyen, is known for his commitment to his job and the students with whom he interacts daily. His attentive, friendly, and approachable demeanor is instrumental in providing excellent service. He recognizes when students are struggling and is more than willing to proactively provide extra care when needed. 

 

The ultimate team player, he consistently volunteers wherever and whenever a need arises, including at the School Bus Roadeo Competitions, and is regularly sought out by his fellow drivers for his friendly and effectual advice. He has not missed a day of work in more than five years, exemplifying his remarkable dedication to his job, as well as to all with whom he interacts. This is part of the reason NMUSD consistently receive compliments on his exceptional service.

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/13/16




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD), like many school districts has been impacted by the mobile application, Ogle. Ogle allows users to submit photos, make comments and post information without censorship and in total anonymity. Earlier this month two NMUSD schools were made aware of school threats made via the Ogle application. Today, as a result of the strong partnership and collaboration with NMUSD, the Costa Mesa Police Department identified the individual involved with the threat.

 

The threat, posted on the social media application earlier this month, resulted in proactive safety measures immediately implemented by Costa Mesa High School staff, district personnel and law enforcement. No evidence has been discovered that would suggest there was an imminent threat to the students or staff. The Costa Mesa Police Department’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Nicole Brown at
(714) 754-4873.

 

“We are extremely proud of our staff and local law enforcement placing a high priority on student safety,” said NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.

 

NMUSD does not believe that there is a practical use for the Ogle app and that it is largely being used to spread harmful, hurtful and negative messages. The District does not believe that it adds any value nor does it deliver any positive benefits for students.

 

We urge parents to carefully monitor student’s online presence and use of this app and any other social media. We respectfully ask parents strongly consider removing this app from student’s phone. NMUSD continually reviews district-owned devices to ensure that such applications are not installed.

 

We commend the dedicated efforts of our staff and the Costa Mesa Police Department and appreciate their commitment to ensuring a safe environment focused on student learning.

 

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/31/16