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Audience: Homepage

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce Michelle O’Neill as the new Coordinator of Early Childhood Education.

 

Ms. Michelle O’Neil has been with NMUSD since 2001, most recently serving as an autism specialist. As an autism specialist, she supports and collaborates with teachers to assist them in successfully managing and executing specialized instruction and behavior management plans tailored to students with autism. Prior to this position, Ms. O’Neill also served as an applied behavioral analysis preschool special education teacher.

 

Ms. O’Neill has supported general education and special education programs for students from preschool through sixth grade. She has developed and implemented curriculum for language arts, math, reading, and social skills. Ms. O’Neill has successfully built staff capacity as a mentor teacher and has been instrumental to providing preschool programs in the least restrictive environment based on federal and state guidelines.

 

“Ms. O’Neill has a strong understanding of preschool curriculum, child development, teacher support programs, preschool testing and the overall dynamics of a preschool classroom,” said Dr. Lori Williams, coordinator of autism programs for NMUSD.

 

In her new role, Ms. O’Neill will assist in the development and implementation of a staff development plan for early literacy, provide training and classroom coaching for early literacy and language development and lead staff in the analysis of student assessment data to help plan for program improvement and classroom instruction.

 

Ms. O’Neill received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her early childhood special education credential from California State University, Fullerton and her Masters of Science Education Administration Credential from the University of California, Irvine.

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco
Published: 6/28/17




Audience: Homepage and Newport Elementary School

The Newport Mesa Unified School District is currently seeking input from the Newport Elementary School community regarding the qualities and attributes you would like to see in the next school principal. To begin this process, the District would like to invite all families and stakeholders to the following community forum:

 

Newport Elementary School

Thursday, July 6, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Multi-Purpose Room

 

We encourage you to attend the meeting at Newport Elementary School; however, if you are unable to attend you may provide your input online. The link to the survey is a tab on the Newport Elementary School website or you can access the survey by clicking the link below:

 

Newport Elementary Community Input

 

The Community Forum and online input will be used in the selection process to identify the best candidate to fill the position of Elementary School Principal. We look forward to receiving your input/suggestions.

 

For more information, please call Human Resources at (714) 424-5041.

 

Thank you.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/23/17




Audience: Homepage, Back Bay High School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Early College High School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Harbor High School and TeWinkle Middle School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/23/17




Audience: Homepage

Newport Mesa Unified School District Logo

As Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in the 2016/17 school year, it was an opportune time to consider re-designing the district logo. The new logo has been adopted and will be phased in starting in July.

 

In recent years, multiple versions of the previous NMUSD logo existed and were used interchangeably. The new logo was adopted in an effort to create consistent branding and to more accurately represent a unified district, inclusive of its various communities.

 

The new logo was designed based on input from a logo re-design committee, which included students, certificated and classified staff, administrators, community members and board member representatives. The logo is reflective of the district’s values of collaboration, unity and forward thinking/forward movement, as described by the logo re-design committee.

 

“I appreciate and commend the committee for their vision that resulted in a modern and bold reflection of our forward-thinking district,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “We have strong ties to our community and our new logo reflects our unified approach to education,” he said. 

 

The logo is professional, modern, unique and visually appealing. It includes multicolored triangular shapes moving upward. The colors are representative of the district’s four school zones and the triangular shapes can be seen as arrows, fish, birds, or other items meant to symbolize individuals working together toward a common goal. Teachers may see the logo as them guiding students, principals may see it as a collaborative approach to working with students, staff and local communities, community members may see it as having an active role within the schools, students may see it as diverse student populations working together toward a common goal. As with all art, it is subjective and story of the NMUSD logo will be as unique as the person interpreting it.

 

The NMUSD logo is timeless, yet current. While other school district logos contain dated imagery, such as apples, books, and pencils – all appropriate representations of education for their time, NMUSD’s logo is something that will work well into the future, without relying on period specific imagery that can become quickly outdated in the rapidly changing world of education.

 

The new logo will slowly replace the district’s current logo of an oval containing a sailboat on one side of a curved line and two people holding hands on the other side. In an effort to be fiscally responsible the new logo will be phased in through a cost effective approach. The plan is to implement the new logo on all digital items and other no-cost items first and replace the logo on other items as current stock is depleted or the during the typical re-order cycle. Although, this will result in a few years with both logos, the district’s obligation to be fiscally responsible outweighs the need to fully implement the new logo at one time.

 

As we complete the district’s 50th anniversary celebration and close one chapter in the Newport-Mesa history, we look forward to the next chapter of excellence in education.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 6/16/17




Audience: Homepage

Brief Overview:

 

Academics: NMUSD students will receive quality instruction based on meaningful lessons that incorporate creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and innovative uses of technology. We continuously expand rigorous, relevant, high-interest programs to prepare and support students to meet the demands and rigor of college and industry standards beyond graduation.

 

Behavior: NMUSD provides support systems for the emotional, behavioral and mental well-being of students. We utilize intervention systems to encourage students to become independent, responsible thinkers and problem solvers by providing opportunities to learn from the impact of their choices.

 

Community: Community partnerships are integral to the success of our students and we build and foster meaningful partnerships and shared commitment with community organizations. Our students are provided opportunities to apply their learning and skills in real world settings while serving and enhancing our community.

 

To view the full District Priorities please click on the following link:

District Priorities 2017-18

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 6/13/17




Audience: Homepage, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Early College High School, Ensign Intermediate School and TeWinkle Middle School
If you are interested in an alternative to the typical large high school and are motivated, mature, and ready for the challenge of college classes, you are a perfect "fit" for our program!
 
Please read the Early College High School Information Flyer for more information or visit: earlycollege.nmusd.us
 
Early College High School is accepting applications now through June 30, 2017.
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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/6/17




Audience: Homepage, Ensign Intermediate School, Kaiser Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Whittier Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/5/17




Audience: Homepage and College Park Elementary School

Dear College Park Elementary School Family,

 

The Newport Mesa Unified School District is currently seeking input from the College Park Elementary School community regarding the qualities and attributes you would like to see in the next school principal. To begin this process, the District would like to invite all families and stakeholders to the following community forum:

 

College Park Elementary School

Thursday, June 8, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Multi-Purpose Room

 

We encourage you to attend the meeting at College Park Elementary School; however, if you are unable to attend you may provide your input online. The link to the survey is a tab on the College Park Elementary School website or you can access the survey by clicking the link below:

 

College Park Community Forum Principal Input

 

The Community Forum and online input will be used in the selection process to identify the best candidate to fill the position of Elementary School Principal. We look forward to receiving your input/suggestions.

 

For more information, please call Human Resources at (714) 424-5041.

 

Thank you.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/1/17




Audience: Homepage, Back Bay High School, Corona del Mar High School, Costa Mesa High School, Early College High School, Estancia High School, Monte Vista High School and Newport Harbor High School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/1/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/31/17




Audience: Homepage

Neighborhood Peers Preschool Program Flyer
Neighborhood Peers Preschool Program Flyer

 

We are now enrolling in our Neighborhood Peer Preschool Program!

 

We invite Neighborhood Peers(ages 3 and 4) to participate in our Seahorse & Starfish preschool autism classrooms.  

 

For more information please call - 949-515-6838. 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 5/31/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/23/17




Audience: Homepage, College Park Elementary School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Paularino Elementary School and Sonora Elementary School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) is pleased to announce the recommendation of Mr. Jeff Gall as assistant principal of Costa Mesa Middle School.

 

Mr. Jeff Gall, who currently serves as interim assistant principal of Costa Mesa Middle School, has more than 25 years of experience in education, with the majority spent within NMUSD. For the past ten years, Mr. Gall has served as the lead high school counselor at Costa Mesa High School, and has established meaningful relationships with both the middle and high school community.

 

“Jeff has proven to be an effective counselor and site administrator,” Said Costa Mesa High School Principal Jake Haley. “His unique background, experience and knowledge of the campus culture make him an excellent choice for assistant principal.”

 

In addition to his experience in counseling, Mr. Gall has served in many leadership roles including summer school administrator, assistant principal and principal. He has experience in implementing rigorous, standards based instruction and curriculum. He has developed and implemented master schedules and has effectively managed budgets, staff and compliance matters.

 

Mr. Gall is known for his enthusiastic, approachable and thoughtful approach to ensuring that students’ maintain a path toward success. He makes it a priority to understand students’ needs and shows a genuine interest in their lives.

 

Mr. Gall’s appointment is scheduled for approval by the Board of Education at the May 23, 2017 board meeting.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/22/17




Audience: Homepage

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

11.a. Recognition of Employee Super Star Awards with Brief Reception Following. The Super Star program recognizes employees who go 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. Celebrating excellence is an important part of the Board of Education's recognition of the contributions made by employees of the Newport- Mesa Unified School District.

 

Reports

14.a. 50th Anniversary Student Board Member Report - 2010's. It is recommended that the Board of Education receive this report from the Newport Harbor High School student board members reflecting back on what it was like to be in school in the 2010's in Newport-Mesa.

 

14.c. Report on Elementary English Language Arts/English Language Development Pilot. Education Services along with K-6 elementary lead teachers will report on the process and results for the elementary ELA/ELD instructional materials pilot.

 

Consent

16.b.1. Accept Grant From the City of Costa Mesa and Costa Mesa United for Sports Facility Improvements for Costa Mesa High School. Approve the grant from the City of Costa Mesa and Costa Mesa United for sports facility improvements at Costa Mesa High School, which includes installation of a women’s batting cage at Costa Mesa High School. 
 

Discussion/Action

17.a. Approve Bridges in Mathematics by Math Learning Center as the Kindergarten Through Grade 5 Instructional Materials for Elementary Math. The office of K12 Curriculum & Instruction and the Elementary ELA/ELD Instructional Materials Pilot Team recommends Bridges in Mathematics by Math Learning Center as the core instructional materials adoption for Kindergarten through Grade 5.

 

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. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the 2017-18 PreK-12 Board's District Priorities.

 

 

Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting.
May 23, 2017 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.

 

 

Dr. Fred Navarro, Superintendent

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 5/22/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Estancia High School and Homepage

Estancia High School Aquatics Center

Public Meeting, June 5

6 -7 pm

Estancia High School - Library

2323 Placentia Avenue

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Estancia Pool Rendering

(photo above: aquatics center rendering)
 

For more information: Click the flyer link below, check the facilities projects website or contact Ara Zareczny, Director, Facilities Development at AZareczny@nmusd.us or (714) 424-7522.

 

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




Audience: Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School, ~Demo: Newport Mesa School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Back Bay High School, Corona del Mar High School, Costa Mesa High School, Early College High School, Estancia High School, Monte Vista High School and Newport Harbor High School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized six high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. For the fifth year in a row, Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro recognized one graduating senior from each high school who exemplifies one of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

 

Each high school is asked to submit the names of six seniors they believe are exemplars of each pillar of character. A district team reviews the 36 nominations and selects one student from each school that best represents one of the six pillars of character. In May each student received a surprise visit at their school from and was presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 13, 2017 Board Meeting. A banner for each student will be displayed in the district lobby with a photo of each student, name of their high school and their character trait. The banners will remain throughout the 2017-18 school year.

 

“This is one of my favorite awards because it allows us an opportunity to acknowledge students for just being genuinely good people,” said Superintended Dr. Fred Navarro. 

 

Congratulations to the following students selected as Character Trait Award Winners:

 

Philandell Campaner

Philandell Campaner
Back Bay High School

Character Trait: Respect

 

Back Bay High School administration shared the following about Philandell:

 

As a student of martial arts Philandell applies the philosophy of the sport to those around him. He shows restraint, is slow to anger, and uses his thoughts as a tool to help others. He learned early in life that to be successful in school you had to do the work, question the content not the teacher, and ask for help. He demonstrates his respect for the classes he is in by engaging in the course work and participating in discussions. He learned not to judge others who have failed because he himself has failed and from his own failures he learned to empathize with students who are struggling. He has volunteered as a math tutor on campus and supports other students in the classroom. He also embraces discipline and restraint. As a site council member Phil was able to participate with adults and staff members and joined in discussions.

 

Haley Cohen

Haley Cohen
Corona del Mar High School

Character Trait: Caring

 

Corona del Mar High School administration shared the following about Haley:

 

Haley is known to have a genuine compassion and concern for others. She exemplifies kindness in all walks of her life. She is especially mindful of caring for nature, wildlife, the local environment, and making the world a better place to live. She is a responsible citizen of the planet and is dedicated to recycling and learning about renewable resources. Reaching out to others comes naturally for Haley. She will stand up for others, be inclusive of all, and do the right thing, even when no one is looking. She has a warm and welcoming spirit which draws people to her. Haley has a natural propensity to help and serve anyone in need. 

 

 

 

Cassidy Crandall
  Cassidy Crandall
Costa Mesa High School

Character Trait: Trustworthiness

 

Costa Mesa High School administration shared the following about Cassidy:


Cassidy is trustworthy, authentic, spirited and mature. As the current Associated Student Body President she takes initiative, shows up on time prepared for classes and school activities and she is well respected by her peers. She is without a doubt going to be missed next year and we are excited that she is pursuing her passion in special education and desires to be a teacher. Cassidy is always willing to help others in need and future students will be so lucky to be loved by her.

 

 

Andrew Mance

Andrew Mance
Early College High School

Character Trait:  Fairness

 

Early College High School administration shared the following about Andrew:


Andrew is a member of the Associated Student Body and is very dedicated. However, his true strength is his personality. He is affable, light hearted and sincere. Andrew is always willing to participate in class and he always treats his peers with kindness. He listens to their ideas and if he disagrees he does so respectfully. His body language and mannerisms during class discussions also speak to how intently he listens to others and respects their perspectives. He cares about the well-being of his peers and is balanced in his judgment.

 

 

Yvonne Padilla
Yvonne Padilla
Estancia High School

Character Trait: Responsibility

 

Estancia High School administration shared the following:
 

Yvonne Padilla represents responsibility in all ways and forms at Estancia High School. For the past three years, Yvonne has had an active and positive role on campus. She is president of the World Cultures Club and National Honors Society. In addition, Yvonne is one of the most reliable and positive leaders in our Associated Student Body Program on campus. Yvonne shows responsibility on campus and off campus due to the fact that she is an organized person and plans ahead every day to ensure that she takes care of her personal and student obligations. She works well under stress and she is someone that works efficiently and consistently. She is a committed individual who helps everyone when they are in need. In addition to showing dedicated responsibility she is fair with everyone. She is full of integrity and exhibits true leadership skills every day as she undertakes many leadership roles on campus. She is impressive! A true hard working and dependable student! 

 

 

Jose A La Torre
Jose A La Torre
Newport Harbor High School

Character Trait: Citizenship

 

Newport Harbor High School administration shared the following:


Jose is a genuinely friendly, funny, hardworking, determined, resilient and a talented young man. He truly knows he is blessed with great educational opportunities and doesn’t take it for granted.  He engages in class and develops positive relationships with his teachers. He is willing to help his peers in class when they are struggling. He found out how rewarding this was and decided to volunteer as a tutor for a local elementary school last year and is now tutoring current peers. Jose is active in school and is currently the Associated Student Body Vice President, Drum Major of the marching band, and has held leadership positions with several other campus clubs. He makes his family very proud because he is not only a good student and leader but a reliable and helpful member of the family.

 

Congratulations to the 2017 Superintendent Character Trait Award Winners!

 

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




Audience: Homepage

Visual Arts Showcase Flyer
Visual Arts Showcase Flyer

 

Date: Tuesday, May 30
Time: 5:00 pm - Opening Performance
          6:00 pm - Awards Ceremony

Location: Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College.

 

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 5/16/17




Audience: Homepage, Back Bay High School, Corona del Mar High School, Costa Mesa High School, Early College High School, Estancia High School, Monte Vista High School and Newport Harbor High School

Online Driver Education - Registration begins on May 22, 2017

 

The online course accommodates 150 students and will be available after 3 pm on May 29, through 3 pm on June 18, 2017.

 

The State of California requires 30 hours studying Driver Education before a learners permit is obtained. This online driver education course allows students to study at their own pace, on their schedule, any time of the day or night. This course sets the foundation for behind-the-wheel Driver Training and is in accordance with the guidelines set by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Upon successful completion, students will receive a DMV- approved certificate of completion. Students may begin taking the online classes on May 29, after 3pm and must complete the course by June 18, 2017 at 3 pm. All students must be 15 years or older on the day the course starts and have internet access to enroll.  All communication related to this program will be delivered by email.

 

VERY IMPORTANT! All students must have opted to agree to the Student Use of Technology Agreement during the registration process to access the class content. This can still be done on your school’s registration page.

 

To register please visit our Online Drivers Education website on May 22, 2017 and fill out the online application.

 

Please contact Tere Russell for more information or questions, trussell@nmusd.us.

 

Please note that Newport-Mesa Unified School District does not offer Driver Training, otherwise known as behind-the-wheel instruction.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/10/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Corona del Mar High School and Corona del Mar Middle School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/8/17




Audience: Homepage, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School and Costa Mesa Middle School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Announces Recommendations for New Principal of Costa Mesa Middle School and New Assistant Principal of Corona del Mar High School

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) is pleased to announce the recommendation of Dr. Jennifer Padilla as principal of Costa Mesa Middle School and Mr. Daniel Valenzuela as assistant principal of Corona del Mar High School.

 

Dr. Jennifer Padilla (recommended principal of Costa Mesa Middle School)

 

Dr. Padilla has 17 years of experience as an educational leader in various school districts throughout southern California. She is known for her collaborative approach in building relationships with staff, students and parents to provide a safe and enriching learning environment for all students.

 

Throughout her educational career, Dr. Padilla has coordinated intervention and enrichment courses, collaboratively designed and implemented staff professional development for site and district initiatives, articulated with feeder schools to provide seamless transitions for incoming students, developed and implemented the district’s multi-tiered systems of support framework, implement a positive behavior support program, including the development of school-wide behavior expectations matrix, lessons and reinforcement systems.

 

In her most recent role Dr. Padilla serves as the interim principal for John H. Glenn High School in Norwalk. She also has served as summer school principal and assistant principal, responsible for the overall management of school operations, curriculum and instruction, attendance, discipline, security and facilities.

 

“My vision for education is to provide students with a rigorous and balanced combination of academic, career technical, and extra-curricular challenges coupled with systematic systems of supports and enrichment,” said Dr. Jennifer Padilla.

 

Dr. Padilla’s previous roles include serving as dean of students at Norwalk High School, where she was responsible for the site security plan - including emergency procedures and drills, attendance intervention programs, and evaluations of security and classified staff. She also served as assistant principal and an English teacher at Silverado High School in Victorville.

 

Additional responsibilities at Silverado High School include Dr. Padilla serving as an adviser for the yearbook, journalism, multi-media communications academy and dance club. She also served as WASC team leader and school site council representative, in addition to serving on the district’s assessment committee.

 

Mr. Daniel Valenzuela (recommended assistant principal of Corona del Mar High School)

 

Mr. Valenzuela has been a teacher for the past eight years at Estancia High School and currently serves as the interim assistant principal at Corona del Mar High School. His experience as an effective educational leader has garnered the respect of his fellow peers, parents, students, and members of the community. Mr. Valenzuela builds positive relationships with intellect and compassion by leading with a communicative and collaborative approach.

 

During his time as a teacher at Estancia High School, Mr. Valenzuela served as the World Language Department Chair and taught several Spanish courses, leveraging instructional strategies and the use of technology to engage students and reinforce learning. In 2011 he was awarded teacher of the year and in 2013 he received a NMUSD Superstar Award.

 

In his most recent role as the interim assistant principal for Corona del Mar High School, Mr. Valenzuela has gained invaluable experience working as an administrator in the front office and insight into the overall management of a high school campus. Working alongside administrators, counselors, and teachers Mr. Valenzuela has a deeper understanding of school operations, curriculum and instruction, attendance, discipline, security and facilities, and disaster preparedness. He is also a member of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team, fostering a positive school climate.

 

“As assistant Principal I hope to foster a campus culture that students want to be a part of and assist in the continual development of an academic program that is rigorous, student centered, and engaging,” said Mr. Valenzuela.

 

Mr. Valenzuela obtained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration through Concordia University, his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Culture, and his minor in Educational Studies from UC Irvine.

 

Both appointments are scheduled for approval by the Board of Education at the May 9, 2017 board meeting.

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Back Bay High School and Monte Vista High School

Dear Back Bay/Monte Vista High School Family,

 

The Newport Mesa Unified School District is currently seeking input from the Back Bay/Monte Vista High School community regarding the qualities and attributes you would like to see in the next school principal. To begin this process, the District would like to invite all families and stakeholders to the following community forum:

 

Back Bay/Monte Vista High School

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Multi-Purpose Room

 

We encourage you to attend the meeting at Back Bay/Monte Vista High School; however, if you are unable to attend you may provide your input through this Principal Input Online Survey

 

The Community Forum and Online Input will be used in the selection process to identify the best candidate to fill the position of High School Principal.  We look forward to receiving your input/suggestions.

 

For more information, please call Human Resources at (714) 424-5041.

 

Thank you.

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




Audience: Homepage and Rea Elementary School

Dear Rea Elementary School Family,

 

The Newport Mesa Unified School District is currently seeking input from the Rea Elementary School community regarding the qualities and attributes you would like to see in the next school principal. To begin this process, the District would like to invite all families and stakeholders to the following community forum:

 

Rea Elementary School
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:15 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Room

 

We encourage you to attend the meeting at Rea Elementary School; however, if you are unable to attend you may provide your input online. The link to the survey is a tab on the Rea Elementary School website or you can access the survey by clicking the link below:

 

Rea Elementary School New Principal Survey  

 

The Community Forum and online input will be used in the selection process to identify the best candidate to fill the position of Elementary School Principal. We look forward to receiving your input/suggestions.

 

For more information, please call Human Resources at (714) 424-5041.

 

Thank you.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/1/17







Audience: Homepage
Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 4/26/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Costa Mesa High School, Davis Magnet School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

 

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

 

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/3/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

 

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Ensign Intermediate School and TeWinkle Middle School

Early College High School (ECHS) is hosting it's annual open house on March 23, 2017.  Please click here for the Early College High School Open House Flyer for more information and schedule of events.

 

If you are interested in applying to Early College the application deadline is May 5, 2017.  Please click here for the Early College High School Application.

 

Early College High School is an academic, college preparatory program intended to enable students to pursue post-secondary education at a four-year college or university.

 

If you have any questions please call ECHS at: 714-424-7990

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/6/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/28/17




Audience: Homepage

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 Employee Super Star Awards with Brief Reception Following. The Super Star program recognizes employees who go far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect.

 

10.b. 2017 Harbor Council PTA Reflections Program - 4th District Award Recipients. The program honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition.

 

Report:

13.a. 50th Anniversary Student Board Member Report - 1980's. It is recommended that the Board of Education receive this report from the Back Bay High School student board members reflecting back on what it was like to be in school in the 1980's in Newport-Mesa.

 

Discussion/Action:

17.a. Adopt Resolution 26-02-17 Calling for the Adjustment of Trustee Area Boundaries. Due to the extensive population growth on the east side of the district, it is necessary to consider readjustment of Trustee Areas. To this end the Superintendent convened a committee to review the Trustee Areas. The committee, with the assistance of a demographer and the district's legal counsel, reviewed the Trustee Areas that would be of similar population and is requesting a resolution to adjust the Trustee Area Boundaries.
 

17.b. Adopt Resolution 27-02-17 To Initiate A Change To By Trustee Area Elections Commencing With The November 2018 Board of Education Elections. It is the Superintendent's recommendation to change the method of Board Member elections from At-Large to By Trustee Area elections to be in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act, commencing with the Board of Education election in November 2018.

 

17.c. Adopt Resolution 28-02-17 Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Field Project. It is recommended that the Board of Education adopt Resolution 28-02-17 Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Field Project to formalize its support of the preference of the school and the community to limit the seating capacity of the bleachers for the replacement and reconfiguration of the existing sports track and field to no more than the current seating capacity.

 

17.d. Approve Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2018. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's (NMUSD) initial proposal for successor agreement to the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) for negotiations commencing 2017-2018.

 

17.e. Receive Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2017. It is recommended that the Board of Education receive the initial proposal of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers' (NMFT) for successor agreement to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) for negotiations commencing 2017-2018.

 

Please 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
Published: 2/27/17




Audience: Homepage

In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, there are seven Board of Education members who are each elected to four-year terms.  The terms are staggered by two years.  Board elections are held during the general election in November of even numbered years.  Currently, Board members are elected through an at-large voting system in which each Board member is required to reside in a Trustee Area.

 

Due to the extensive population growth on the east side of the district, it is necessary to consider readjustment of Trustee Areas.  To this end the Superintendent convened a committee to review the Trustee Areas.  

 

The committee, with the assistance of a demographer, reviewed the Trustee Areas that would be of similar population. 

 

At the February 28, 2017 Board of Education Meeting the committee will recommend the boundary adjustments in Map B. 

 

Please click here for the current Trustee Area Map

Please click here for Trustee Area Map A

Please click here for Trustee Area Map B

Please click here for Trustee Area Map C

 

Please click here for the current Board Agenda.

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 2/24/17




Audience: Homepage, Corona del Mar High School and Corona del Mar Middle School

Notice of Community Information Meeting

 

Corona del Mar High School Sports Field Project

CEQA Process – Review of Draft Environmental Impact Report

 

Dear Community Member,

 

On October 15, 2015, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education approved the initial design of the Corona del Mar High School Sports Field. Currently, the District is in the process to evaluate the impacts of the project as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Draft Impact Report (DEIR) has been circulated and comments will be received through March 22, 2017.  

 

In an effort to continue to inform the neighbors surrounding the school community of the planned project and next steps, we would like to invite you to attend a community information meeting hosted by Newport-Mesa Unified School District staff. We will provide a general overview of the DEIR and allow for questions during the scheduled meeting. Written comments can be sent to: feedback@NMUSD.us prior to the March 22 deadline.

 

The Community Information Meeting will be held as follows:
 

            DATE:           March 8, 2017

            TIME:            6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

            PLACE:        Corona del Mar High School – Lecture Hall

                                  2101 Eastbluff Drive, CA 92660

For more information:

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage and Wilson Elementary School

Photo of Mia KingNewport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Mia King as the principal of Wilson Elementary School. Ms. King has 15 years of experience in education and is known for her approach to creating positive school cultures and developing successful instructional programs.

 

Ms. King, a former elementary instructional support specialist with NMUSD, has served as the interim principal for Wilson Elementary since November 2016.

 

“Mia has done an outstanding job of connecting with the Wilson students, the staff and the community. Her focus on positive relationships and her deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction will be instrumental in her role as the school principal,” said Kurt Suhr, executive director of elementary education.

 

As a teacher on special assignment with NMUSD, Ms. King has developed instructional literacy programs, facilitated lesson designs, created and organized professional development for teachers and provided instructional support in English language arts curriculum.

 

Prior to joining NMUSD, Ms. King served as a teacher in grades first through sixth with Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD). During her time at GGUSD she served as grade level chair, facilitated parent meetings surrounding nutrition and academics, organized school community events, contributed to school wide discipline plans and participated in School Site Council, where she contributed to the review and evaluation of school improvement programs and budgets.

 

“I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue as part of the Wilson community,” said Ms. Mia King. “I am committed to collaborative approaches to achieving greatness with staff, students and the parent community,” she added. 

 

Ms. King’s appointment will be recommended to the Board of Education at the February 14, 2017 Board meeting. Upon approval, the appointment will be effective February 15, 2017. 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/13/17




Audience: Homepage

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:

 

12.a. Report on Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Corona del Mar Sports Field. The Facilities Development Department will report on sections one and two of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Corona del Mar High School Sports Field.

 

Consent:

 

14.b.6. Approve Contract with Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Northern Arizona University Summer Camps & Conferencing for Costa Mesa High School DELTA Program. Costa Mesa Middle/High School DELTA Program is a pathway geared for high achieving science and math students designed to provide both in class and out of class experiences that will prepare students for the rigor they will encounter in a four-year university.

 

Discussion/Action:

 

16.b. Presentation of proposed balancing for Trustee Zones and introduction of Trustee Zone Balancing Committee members. Update on Trustee Zone Balancing Committee progress.

 

16.c. Approval of Project Budget for the Athletic Field Reclaimed Water Conversion Project at Corona del Mar High School. In order to improve the condition of the fields, the District is planning a project to convert the irrigation system for the fields from potable water to reclaimed water. The District’s intention is to allow for increased and adequate watering of the fields through the use of reclaimed water, in order to maintain the required use level.

 

16.d. Approve Letter of Agreement between Newport-Mesa Unified School District/HOPE Clinic and Hoag Memorial Hospital. The HOPE Clinic provides physical exams and immunizations required for school entry, tuberculosis screening for staff and school volunteers, and links children to needed resources. This is grant funding for the HOPE Clinic specifically to provide clinical care to unfunded youth.

 

Please 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.

 

Dr. Fred Navarro
Superintendent

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 2/13/17




Audience: Homepage, Corona del Mar High School and Corona del Mar Middle School

Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Report for Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Field Project

 

Public Notice: Pursuant to the State of California Public Resources Code Section 21165 and the Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act as amended to date, notice is hereby given that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (District or N-MUSD), as Lead Agency, is circulating for public review a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Corona del Mar Middle and High School (CdM MS/HS) Sports Field Project.

 

Project Title: Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Field Project

 

Project Location: Corona del Mar Middle and High School is located at 2101 Eastbluff Drive (Assessor's Parcel Map Number 440-092-06), City of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

 

Project Description: The District is proposing to provide various sports field improvements near the northeast comer of the existing CdM MS/HS campus. The improvements include replacing and reconfiguring the existing sports field with new synthetic-turf sports field, constructing 1,000-seat capacity bleacher, a press-box, public address system, a restroom/ticket/concession/storage building, and a lighting system.

 

Public Review: The DEIR is available for a 45-day review period beginning February 6, 2017, and ending March 22, 2017. Copies of the DEIR are available for review online (PDF file can be downloaded) at web.nmusd.us/projects, and hard copies are available to view at the following locations:

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Education Center

2985 Bear Street, Building A

Costa Mesa, California 92626

 

Corona del Mar MS/HS Administrative Office

2101 Eastbluff Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

Responses: Written comments on the proposed project must be received no later than 5 PM on March 22, 2017. Send comments to the attention of Ara Zareczny, LEED/AP, Director, Facilities Development, Planning and Design, at N-MUSD, 2985 Bear Street, Building A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Comments may also be submitted via email to feedback@nmusd.us; include the name of the project in the subject heading.

 

Public Hearing: A public hearing will be held at the District Education Center, 2985 Bear Street, Building A Roderick H. MacMillian Board Room, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, on April 25, 2017, at 6 PM.

 

 

For more information, please contact Ara Zareczny, LEED/AP, Director, Facilities Development, Planning and Design, at (714) 424-7522.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/6/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 1/30/17




Audience: Homepage

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 Fall Athletic Sports Champion - NHHS Girls Field Hockey. Newport Harbor High School’s Girls Field Hockey team is being recognized for their championship in the Fall Tournament of Champions.

 

10.b. Recognize 2016-2017 District Teacher of the Year Recipients. Jackie Wiseman from  Kaiser Elementary and Jim Blackie from Ensign Intermediate School were selected as District Teachers of the Year and will represent Newport-Mesa Unified School District in the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year program.

 

Report:

12.a. 50th Anniversary Student Board Member Report - 1970's. As part of the 50th anniversary Early College High School student board members will present on what it was like to be in school in the 1970's in Newport-Mesa. 

12.b. Report on Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Corona del Mar Sports Field. The Facilities Development Department will report on the "Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Corona del Mar High School Sports Field.

 

 

Discussion/Action:

 

17.d. Receive Information from District's Legal Counsel Pertaining to Term Limits for the Board of Education. Parker & Covert, LLP Attorneys at Law, will be providing the Board with options open to them pertaining to term limits for the Board of Education.

 

 

Please 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
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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 1/30/17




Audience: Homepage

The application window for new Davis Magnet School students and siblings will be available on-line from February 15 through March 15. Please click here to access the Davis Magnet School website for more information and to apply.

 

School tours are scheduled for the second Friday of every month beginning at 9:00 a.m. New and interested parents and family members are welcome to attend. There is no need to make a reservation for the tour, simply check-in at the Davis Magnet School front office by 9:00 a.m. on the assigned tour dates. Specific dates are posted on the calendar of our school website.

 

Davis Magnet school is located at:

1050 Arlington Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

 

Please call the front office at 714-424-7930 if you have questions.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 1/27/17




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 1/17/17




Audience: Homepage

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:

 

11.a. Report on the N-MUSD College Readiness Block Grant. The grant provides students with additional supports to increase the number of students that enroll in higher education and complete an undergraduate degree within four years.    

 

Consent:

 

13.a.4. Approve Authorization to Advertise and Award Bid #104-17 Learning Resource Center at Corona del Mar (CdM) High School. The CdM Foundation desires to upgrade the learning resource center and fund this project. This project will create a more technology focused resource center with areas for group activities and presentations that currently do not exist.

 

13.b.1. Acceptance of Grant from the City of Costa Mesa and Costa Mesa United for Sports Facility Improvements for Estancia High School for the 2016-2017 School Year. For several years, the City of Costa Mesa has provided a grant program to support the improvement of sports facilities at Newport-Mesa Unified School District high schools provided the purposes coincide with the City's interest in providing sports facilities for the Costa Mesa community.

 

Discussion/Action:

 

15.a. Authorization to Re-Design the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Logo and Form a Logo Re-Design Advisory Committee. As Newport-Mesa Unified School District celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the 2016/17 school year, it is an opportune time to consider re-branding the District logo in an effort to create consistent branding and to more accurately represent the current and future educational mission of the District.

 

Please 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.
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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 1/13/17




Audience: Homepage and Estancia High School

Letters to Sala Cast
The Estancia High School play, “Letters to Sala”, received first place honors in the California Educational Theatre Association’s (CETA) Orange County awards program.

 

The play, adapted from the book “Sala’s Gift” by Ann Kirschner, is based on the remarkable true story of Sala Garncarz’s survival during wartime Germany. During the Nazi invasion of Poland, Sala, a Jewish girl at just sixteen years old, was sent from her home to the first of seven Nazi labor camps she worked at during the course of the war. Over a five-year period, she chronicled her experience by writing and receiving letters to and from friends and family. She was able to conceal 350 letters during a time when prisoners were not permitted to save or keep any personal possessions. Fifty years later, and days before undergoing an intensive surgery, Sala confides in her daughter, Ann Kirschner, and resurfaces the letters. Three generations of Kirschner women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the true significance of Sala’s letters.

 

Estancia High School Theatre students felt strongly about the theme of the play and went out of their way to conduct research about the Holocaust, read books, seek history lessons, visit museums and do all that they could to truly connect with the story.

 

Estancia’s performances of “Letters to Sala” took place in early December and they will now take the show on the road, performing at the CETA Southern High School Theatre Festival in January. The festival offers a variety of opportunities including workshops led by professionals in the industry encouraging artistic growth for high school students and their teachers. The three-day Festival showcases four MainStage plays selected from four regions of Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego County.

 

“We are extremely honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization,” said Estancia High School Theatre Director Ms. Pauline Maranian.  “This was a touching experience for all of us and we are excited for our main stage performance at the festival,” she said.

 

Estancia also received the first place award from CETA a few years ago for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performance. 

 

CETA mission is to achieve sequential, standards-based, comprehensive theatre education, promote equity and access to theatre arts education, recognize theatre excellence through awards and scholarships, and provide valued opportunities for theatre educators and students throughout California.

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 12/16/16




Audience: Homepage

At the annual organizational meeting on December 13, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) trustees elected Karen Yelsey as president, Vicki Snell as vice president and Charlene Metoyer as clerk. Their new roles took effect immediately and will continue through the next organizational meeting in December 2017.

 

President Karen Yelsey has been a member of the NMUSD Board of Education since 2006 and represents the Corona Del Mar area. She will serve on the Newport Beach Youth Council, Visual and Performing Arts Committee, Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, School Attendance Review Board, and the Wellness Advisory Committee.

 

Vice President Vicki Snell was elected to the NMUSD Board of Education in 2014 and represents the Costa Mesa area. She also was elected to serve on the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council, Office of College and Career Education/CTE Advisory Council, and serves as the legislative representative, political action representative for the Orange County School Boards Association, and as liaison for the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.

 

Clerk Charlene Metoyer was elected to the NMUSD Board of Education in 2014 and represents the Costa Mesa area. She also was elected to serve on the Newport Beach Youth Council, School Attendance

Review Board, Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council, and serve as the (alternate) legislative representative, political action representative for the Orange County School Boards Association, and the Visual and Performing Arts Committee. Ms. Metoyer also serves as liaison with the Special Education Community Advisory Committee and the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

 

In addition to the Yelsey, Snell, and Metoyer Past President Dana Black, Martha Fluor, Walt Davenport and Judy Franco will continue to serve as board member representatives on various committees. Past President Dana Black was recognized by the Board with a commemorative plaque for her dedicated leadership the past year.

 

The Board also approved the 2017 Board of Education meeting dates, which can viewed here

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Posted by: Annette Franco
Published: 12/15/16




Audience: Homepage, Ensign Intermediate School, Kaiser Elementary School and Homepage

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) are pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Jackie Wiseman, fifth grade teacher at Kaiser Elementary and Mr. Jim Blackie, eight grade science teacher at Ensign Intermediate, as the 2016 Teachers of the Year.

 

Mrs. Jackie Wiseman, Kaiser Elementary


Mrs. Wiseman is a seasoned professional entering her 48th year as a teacher. She began her career in NMUSD in 1969, having taught at Corona Del Mar Elementary (now closed), Andersen Elementary and now serves as a fifth grade teacher at Kaiser Elementary. She also served 20 years as a Teacher on Special Assignment, focused on staff development. Some of her responsibilities included seminars elements of effective instruction, classroom management, clinical supervision and other peer coaching strategies.  

 

“As teachers we get to work with the most incredible creation in the universe: the mind. I hope I have done the job well, and that the precious mind and spirit of each of my students has been safe in my hands,” said Mrs. Wiseman.

 

In addition to being a seasoned educator, Mrs. Wiseman is a product of NMUSD, having attended Newport Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor High School.  

 

“Congratulations Mrs. Wiseman! We are extremely grateful for your genuine passion, dedication and overall positive approach to teaching,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.

 

 

Mr. Jim Blackie, Ensign Intermediate

 

Mr. Jim Blackie is a veteran teacher who has worked at Ensign Intermediate School for 14 years.  He is currently an eighth grade science teacher who is known for his engaging approach to education. He inspires students to seek new and creative ways to approach learning and solve problems. His students are exposed to thought-provoking science lab activities, and asked to examine and analyze their observations at a very high level.

 

In addition to his role as a science teacher, Mr. Blackie also serves as club advisor for the Ensign Debate Team and the Ensign Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club.

 

“Mr. Blackie’s genuine character and high moral standards earn him the respect of both teachers and students and he possesses a keen sense of purpose in his work,” said Ensign Principal Michael Sciacca.

 

His skills also have allowed him to begin the transition process to the Next Generation Science Standards. He has been able to effectively manage varying perspectives and personalities within his department to ensure a collective commitment to the new standards.

 

“These two amazing people serve as inspiration to their peers, and hundreds of students,” said NMFT President Dr. Britt Dowdy. “We are extremely grateful to learn from these distinguished professionals and their passion to positively influence children,” he said.

 

NMFT provides the primary sponsorship for this program .Teachers are nominated for this prestigious honor by their peers at each school. From this distinguished group, the top five elementary and top five secondary teachers are selected for classroom observations and interviews by the NMFT Teacher of the Year Committee.

 

Both Mrs. Wiseman and Mr. Blackie will be submitted for the County selection process. NMUSD has historically fared well. In 2015, Brain Ristow, teacher at TeWinkle, was a finalist at the Orange County level, and Candace Leuthold, teacher at Early College High School, won the Orange County Teacher of the Year Award in 2010. 

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 12/14/16




Audience: Homepage

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.

 

Agenda Highlights for the December 13, 2016 Board Meeting:

 

9. Oath of Office. It is recommended that the newly elected Board of Education members, Dana Black, Martha Fluor, and Vicki Snell take the oath of office administered by Mr. Paul Reed, Deputy Superintendent & CBO of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

 

12. Annual Organizational Meeting. Each year, during the Annual Organizational Meeting, the Board of Education nominates and selects Board officers, nominates and selects representatives/liaisons for various committees, schedules Board Meetings for the year, and appoints administrative positions.

 

Presentation:

 

16.a. Presentation of Resolution No. 16-12-16 the Board of Education Distinguished Service Award to Paul Reed, Retiring Deputy Superintendent and Chief Business Official. It is recommended that the Board of Education present Resolution No. 16- 12-16 the Board of Education's Distinguished Service Award to Paul Reed for his dedicated service to Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

 

Report:

 

17.a. 50th Anniversary Student Board Member Report – 1960s. As part of the District’s 50th Anniversary celebration, it is recommended that the Board of Education receive this report from the Corona del Mar High School student board members reflecting back on what it was like to be in school in the 1960's in Newport-Mesa.

 

Consent:

 

19.a.5. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding from the City of Newport Beach for Field Improvements at Newport Elementary School. The City of Newport Beach and the District have determined that the condition of the playground and fields need to be improved by removing existing turf and a portion of blacktop, re-grading soil, replanting turf, including irrigation and construction of a low berm wall. The City of Newport Beach shall design, bid and construct the improvements including but not limited to all plans, specifications, permits, drawings, and public notices.

 

19.a.13. Approve Authorization to Advertise and Award Bid #100-17 New HVAC Systems at College Park Elementary, Davis Magnet School, Pomona Elementary and Wilson Elementary. Staff proposes to start with the northernmost sites in the District and work incrementally until all the District's classrooms and main instructional spaces have updated HVAC systems.

 

Discussion/Action:

 

21.a. Approval of the 2016-17 First Interim Report of District’s Financial Status. The First Period Interim Report, for the period ending October 31, 2016 is being presented to the Board of Education for approval. The Board must certify in writing whether or not the District is able to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year

 

Please 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.
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Posted by: Annette Franco
Published: 12/12/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage

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.

 

Agenda Highlights for the November 15, 2016 Board Meeting:

 

Consent:

 

14.a.3. Approval of Agreement with LPA, Inc. for Conceptual Preliminary Design Services for the Relocation of the Varsity Baseball Field and Impacted Adjacent Athletic Fields at Estancia High School. The intent of the project is to relocate the varsity baseball field in order to minimize foul balls from hitting the Photovoltaic (PV) panels in the parking lot and foul balls entering the properties of the adjacent residents along the south border of the school property.

 

14.b.7. Approve the Office of College and Career Education to apply for Phase 2 of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG). The purpose of the CTE Incentive Grant is to grow, enhance, and expand District CTE programs to industry standards within their pathways and to promote staff development for CTE teachers and staff.

 

14.e.1. Approve Setting Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting. It is recommended that the Board of Education set its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the District Education Center and that the Board of Education conduct a review of the Board Committee Appointments list and recommend any changes to the committees included on the roster prior to the annual organizational meeting.

 

14.e.2. Final Adoption of Board Policy Revisions Which are a Result of Changes in Law, Regulations, Court Decisions, or District Protocols. The Board of Education Policy Review Committee has reviewed the revisions on various board policies containing mandated changes as a result of changes in law, regulation, or district protocols.

 

15.b. Accept Hoag Grant for the Newport Mesa Unified School District HOPE Clinic. HOPE Clinic is a school health center that provides well child care to underserved children. The program facilitates access to health care, health insurance, resources, and education for children. The grant for $275,000 is for 2016/2017 school year.

 

 

Please 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
Published: 11/14/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/28/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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

 

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




Audience: Homepage

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 meetings.  I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Agenda Highlights for the October 25, 2016 Board Meeting:

 

Presentations:

 

10.a. Proclamation from Assemblyman Matthew Harper’s Office in celebration of Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 50th Anniversary.

 

Report:

 

13.a. Report on the status of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Corona del Mar sports field project. While it was anticipated that the draft of the final EIR would be available for review by latter October, the extensive work necessary to properly consider alternatives plus all the community input has pushed that date into November. Consequently, to honor anticipated timeline as closely as possible, staff will provide a preview of the alternatives to be included in the EIR for the Board's preliminary review.

 

13.b. Receive Newport Mesa Unified School District Calendar of School Activities for 2017-18. A committee composed of certificated, classified and management staff as well as parents and students, met to develop a school activities calendar. The school calendar is part of the negotiations process between NMUSD and NMFT and was approved by the Board of Education on October 11, 2016 as part of the Tentative Agreement with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers.

 

Consent:

 

15.c. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Education Teacher Induction Program (formerly BTSA) Between the Orange County Department of Education and Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The goal of the Teacher Education Induction Program (formally known as BTSA) is to provide quality professional development and support to participating school district's first and second year teachers and their mentors.

 

Please 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
Published: 10/24/16




Audience: Homepage

The Board of Education at its meeting of July 12, 2016 directed District staff to move forward with selecting a blue ribbon committee to recommend changes to trustee areas.  The District needs to realign boundaries to balance trustee area populations and to consider a change from at-large trustee voting to by-trustee area voting in accordance with the California Voting Rights Act.

 

The committee will be selected through an application process and committee members will be selected at the end of October.  The members will meet in the fall to work on balancing trustee zones, consider a change from at-large trustee voting to by-trustee area voting, and make recommendations to the Board in January.  

 

Please click on the attached application for more information and to apply.

 

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La Junta de Educación en su reunión del 12 de julio del 2016 dirigido al personal del Distrito para avanzar con la selección de un Comité “blue ribbon” para recomendar cambios a áreas de fiduciario. El distrito necesita realinear límites para equilibrar las poblaciones de área de Fiduciario y para considerar un cambio de votación general de fiduciario a votación según el área de fiduciario en conformidad con la Ley de Derechos Electorales de California.

 

El Comité será seleccionado a través de un proceso de aplicación y los miembros del Comité serán seleccionados a finales de octubre. Los miembros se reunirán en el otoño para trabajar en equilibrar zonas Fiduciarias, considerar un cambio de votación general de fiduciario a votación según el área de fiduciario, y hacer recomendaciones a la Junta en enero.

 

Por favor pulse la aplicación adjunta para más información y para aplicar.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 10/21/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage


 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 10/19/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/18/16




Audience: Homepage and Psychological Support Services

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) received three 2016 Golden Bell Awards from the California School Board Association (CSBA) for its Psychological Support Services Program, Bus in the Classroom Program and Data Dashboards. CSBA announced 56 Golden Bell recipients statewide, with NMUSD leading Orange County with three of ten awards.

 

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards, now in its 37th year, promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of educational programs and governance the decisions supporting these programs, which are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

 

The three NMUSD Golden Bell Award-winning programs for 2016 include:

 

Psychological Support Services

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NMUSD’s Psychological Support Services programs provides support for educationally related mental health services and also supports the social and emotional well-being of students by providing support to students struggling with homelessness, drugs, bullying and other related circumstances.

 

The program recognizes that school-based mental health services are far more than just counseling. Comprehensive mental health services include prevention, skills development, intervention, evaluation, referral, collaboration, consultation and counseling. First tier interventions are focused on social skills to address issues relevant to a general population of students. Second tier interventions target special education students that are at risk for emotional or behavioral disorders. The third, intensive tier, is geared toward special education students with previous mental health interventions and are in need of more individualized support to assist them in managing emotional or behavioral challenges.

 

 

The Psychological Support Services program includes partnerships with parents, school-based professionals, and more than 30 community agencies to provide a comprehensive continuum of care for all students. Earlier this year NMUSD also was named a District of Distinction for its Psychological Support Services Programs.

 

Bus in the Classroom


Bus In The Classroom.pngOne of the primary goals of special education is to create learning environments that lead students to be as independent as possible. The Bus in the Classroom Program goes beyond the classroom and into the bus, teaching transportation skills to students with special needs, by fostering independence, a safer school career and a more productive post K-12 life for students with special needs.

 

The program takes teams of District transportation professionals to school sites to teach students the skills involved with waiting, boarding, riding and exiting the bus. The last session provides community based instruction where the bus delivers the students to their bus stops to practice these essential skills, oftentimes with the assistance of parents.

 

The program was designed with the help of special educators and experts in lesson design using the latest educational research. It fosters mutual respect and understanding between transporters and classroom educators.

 

“This program exemplifies the creativity, expertise, and dedicated focus on building a better future for all of our students,” said NMUSD Board Member Martha Fluor.

 

Data Dashboards

Data Chats.jpgThe Data Dashboards program provides meaningful information for educators to enable good decision making to improve the lives of students. Data Dashboards consolidate information from a variety of sources to provide data related to the Local Control Accountability Plan, student grades, testing information, discipline, attendance, benchmarks for math, English, and reading benchmarks, to name a few.

 

Each dashboard is custom designed by staff and includes dynamic information with high levels of interactivity, allowing data to be seen at a high level or drilled down to specific schools, classrooms and students.

 

District staff and school administrators use the data dashboards in “Data Chats”, which includes collaborative teams reviewing data to find trends to set goals, discover areas of need, manage attendance and discipline, identify professional development needs, create interventions for students who need support and more.

 

“The Data Dashboard program has transformed the way we interact with data in NMUSD. We are truly making large strides in our quest to make a difference in the lives of students,” said NMUSD Board President Dana Black.

 

CSBA will officially present the Golden Bell Awards at the 2016 awards luncheon on December 3, 2016. CSBA is the non-profit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at www.csba.org

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 10/14/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/13/16




Audience: Homepage

NMUSD is proud of all of it's graduates and has a webpage dedicated graduates who have made a choice to serve our country by enlisting in our nation's armed services or attending a service academy. We are grateful for their commitment, sacrifice, and service.

 

Click here to learn more.

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Posted by: Annette Franco
Published: 10/12/16




Audience: Homepage

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 meetings.  I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Agenda Highlights for the October 11, 2016 Board Meeting:

 

Report:

 

13.a. United Way 2016 Campaign. Each year, the Board adopts a Resolution in support of the United Way Campaign. This year marks the District's 46th year of participation in the United Way Campaign. The campaign is scheduled to run from October 18, 2016 through
November 7, 2016.  The campaign is managed by NMUSD administrators who volunteer their time to administer the program. This prevents a gift of public funds by ensuring district employees do not perform for non-profit duties while in paid status. 

 

Discussion/Action:

 

The following items result in the district maintaining its status as one of the higher paying districts in Orange County. NMUSD contributes a higher percentage than any other unified school district to classified employee salaries and benefits. NMUSD teachers have in their contract that the District’s goal is to ensure that salaries are maintained between the 50th and 75th percentile of all unified districts in Orange County. This agreement should maintain their current standing at the 82nd percentile in combined compensation (salary and benefits). This year’s combined compensation equates to a 3.3 percent pay increase. Over the last three years employees have received combined compensation packets totaling 12.4 percent.

 

18. a. Approve Tentative Agreement and MOUs Between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and California State Employees Association Chapter #18. It is anticipated the annual salary cost of the agreement will be $163,723, which reflects the incremental adjustments to the longevity salary schedule; total cost with the addition of statutory benefits is $201,936. The increase to the Health and Welfare Benefit Unit Cap includes an increase of $3,337 per participant; the cap is increasing from $15,857 to $19,194. The total cost associated with the Benefit Unit Cap increase is estimated to be $2,729,666. Therefore, the total annualized cost, inclusive of salary and health and welfare adjustments is expected to total $2,931,602. The Agreement also includes MOUs regarding: 1) Delay in Implementation of Residual Dollar Amount per Article 12.1; 2) Increase of Work Year and Reduction of Work Hours; 3) Special Education MOU; 4) Retiree Medical Opt-out Provision and One-Time Option to Re-Enroll; and 5) Salary Range Change Due to Classification/Compensation Study - Effective Date and Salary Schedule Placement.

 

18. b.  Approve Tentative Agreement and MOUs Between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers 2016-17. The Health and Welfare Benefit Unit Cap is increasing from $15,857 to $19,194 per participant. The total annualized cost is estimated to be $3,433,773. The Agreement also includes MOUs regarding 1) Retiree Medical Opt-out Provision and One-Time Option to Re-Enroll; 2) Right to Re-Open Negotiations for Salary and/or Benefits for 2016-17; 3) Negotiations Sub Committee on Role and Recompense; and 4) Delay in Implementation of Residual Dollar Amount per Article 13.3.

 

18.d. Approve United States Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Award for the 2016/17 School Year. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a reimbursement grant program that the United States Department of Agriculture administers at the federal level. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant award will enable the Nutrition Services Department to provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks and nutrition education for students at recess and in the classroom at the selected schools.

 

Please 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.
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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 10/10/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/6/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/4/16




Audience: Homepage

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 meetings.  I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.
 

Agenda Highlights for the September 27, 2016 Board Meeting:
 

Report:
 

12.a. Report on the proposed Ethos, Pathos, Logos Academy at Estancia High School.  The campus is planning a new academy these traditional modes of persuasion. The campus is designing a specified curriculum for students who may have an interest in a more classics based educational program with a focus on developing their literacy and composition skills.
 

Consent:
 

14.a.6. Approval of Agreement with PlaceWorks for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Consulting Services for the New 50 Meter Pool Facility at Estancia High School. This is an initial step required in the planning phases of construction for the new 50 meter pool for the new pool. Once completed, all high schools in NMUSD will have state-of-the-art competition pools for their athletic programs. 


14.b.1. Approve agreement with the Freedom Committee of Orange County for the 2016-17 school year. The members of the Freedom Committee of Orange County have brought the "Living History" of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to NMUSD secondary education schools for several years. Stories of Pearl Harbor, the Dieppe Raid, Battle of the Bulge, D-Day, air battles, and even experiences of being Prisoners of War told by our Veterans have enriched our students' learning experience.
 

Discussion/Action:
 

16.d. Approve participation agreement between the Regents of the University of California on behalf of its UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM) and
N-MUSD. The agreement allows Corona del Mar Middle School/High School, Costa Mesa Middle School and Ensign Middle School to include C-STEM as a supplement to their course work. In addition, schools participate in the annual robotics competition that occurs each spring.

 

Please 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.

 

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 9/27/16




Audience: Homepage, College Park Elementary School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Paularino Elementary School and Sonora Elementary School

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/26/16




Audience: Homepage

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Luis Camarena as the assistant superintendent of human resources. Mr. Camarena began his career in education in 1993 has most recently served as assistant superintendent for the Anaheim Elementary School District.

 

Mr. Camarena’s previous experience includes serving as superintendent of human resources for Lennox School District, and director of leadership and instruction, principal, assistant principal and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In his previous roles, he has been responsible for all personnel related matters, advised the superintendent and board on personnel, instructional and administrative matters, has ensured that board and district policies, State and federal laws, and collective bargaining agreements are administered. He also has served as lead negotiator with certificated and classified employee unions.

 

Colleagues praise him for his ability to calmly and collectively navigate through difficult situations. He is fluent in Spanish and is known for his strong leadership and communication skills. He prides himself on taking time to listen to employees, parents and students, believing that we are stronger when everyone’s contributions are valued.

 

Mr. Camarena received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Whittier College, and his Masters in Education, multiple subject credential and administrative credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

 

Mr. Camarena’s appointment is scheduled for approval by the Board of Education at the September 27, 2016 board meeting. His transition to NMUSD is being finalized with his current district.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 9/23/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/20/16




Audience: Homepage

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Mr. Paul Reed, Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s (NMUSD) deputy superintendent and chief business official has announced his retirement, effective December 30, 2016.

 

“Paul is a dedicated professional and his strong leadership has greatly contributed to the success of the district. His vast business and educational knowledge and thoughtful approaches, especially through challenging times, will be deeply missed. I wish Paul all the best in his well-deserved retirement,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.

 

Mr. Reed’s 48 year career in education began as a special education teacher, and continued on to a principal and labor negotiator, however for more than 30 of those he served as the chief business official for several Orange County school districts. Mr. Reed’s most recent role of deputy superintendent and chief business official at NMUSD included directing the district’s $280 million annual operating budget and overseeing all district fiscal operations, information technology, transportation and maintenance operations. Throughout his career, Mr. Reed also had oversight responsibility for school building programs in Irvine, Orange and Newport-Mesa.

 

“I have had the unique and satisfying experience of helping to build one school district from an empty field and then the challenge of rebuilding and reinvigorating another. I will miss working alongside my Newport-Mesa colleagues, who all do great work each day for students of this district. It's been a great run and I'm extremely appreciative to the board, the superintendent, and the community. Retirement will be a new beginning for me and I look forward to travel, family, friends and making a bit of sawdust," said Mr. Paul Reed.

 

Due to Mr. Reed’s fiscal savvy and forward-thinking approach, NMUSD has been able to not only properly maintain current facilities but also plan for future facility development to better serve students’ growing needs. Under Reed’s leadership the district effected two extensive bond programs, one to modernize the existing facilities and a second to add stunning new facilities to Newport-Mesa schools, including new state of the art performing arts centers and new sports facilities, to name a few.

 

Reed is widely credited with keeping the district solvent through the recession, without the loss of instructional days or salary roll-backs. Such financial stewardship and prudent fiscal management led to the district receiving a AAA bond credit rating from Moody's, one of only a handful of California's thousand school districts to receive this rating. His objective has been, as he often says in public, to keep the district "solvent and moving forward.”

 

"On behalf of the board, we are grateful for Mr. Reed’s immeasurable contributions to our district and his distinguished tenure throughout his 14 years with our district,” said NMUSD Board of Education President, Dana Black.

 

The District anticipates filling the vacancy prior to Mr. Reed’s departure on December 30, 2016. 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings
Published: 9/14/16




Audience: Homepage, Back Bay High School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Early College High School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Harbor High School and TeWinkle Middle School

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/13/16




Audience: Homepage

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 meetings.  I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Agenda Highlights for the September 13, 2016 Board Meeting:

 

Report:

12.b. Report on Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium - This report will provide an overview of the state testing results for NMUSD students. This report is intended to provide updated information progress made to meet our mission of every student mastering state standards. Last spring, the Board authorized increased funding of federal monies targeted at the youngest and most neediest in our district. This report will confirm that the decision to redirect these restricted funds are focused in the proper grades and at the right schools where students need to make the greatest gains to master concepts and skills critical to success in the 21st Century. 
 

12.c. Update on elementary math pilot program and Swun math contract  - This report will provide an update on the progress and next steps of the elementary math pilot program and an update on teacher training days requested as part of the Swun Math contract.  School principals surveyed site teachers and are requesting 58 additional days of professional staff development from this service provider.   
 

Consent:
 

14.d.8. Approve second reading and adoption of revision to Board Policy 6146.1: Graduation Requirements - This item includes recommendations from the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee regarding changes to the senior project and community service requirements of the Board Policy governing graduation requirements. This was a policy created with input from students who wanted more meaningful and engaging learning opportunities through experiential learning processes. 
 

Discussion/Action:
 

17.b. Approve agreement for new and renovated air conditioning projects at College Park, Davis Magnet, Pomona and Wilson elementary schools. In the summer of 2015 and 2016, six prior schools were upgraded with new and renovated air conditioning.  
 

17.c. Approve Memorandum of Understanding between NMUSD and ONE Recovery, a non-profit, community based organization that will provide support services and interventions among adolescents to address maladaptive behaviors, such as substance abuse, emotional and behavioral dysfunctions and destructive behaviors. This is a high quality, no cost option designed to help students exhibiting these risk behaviors to recover and adapt their behaviors.  The program is designed to help them live free of abuse and manage damaging unhealthy behaviors.


Please click here to view the full agenda for the September 13 NMUSD Board of Education meeting.

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

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.
  • 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
Published: 9/12/16




Audience: Homepage, College Park Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School and Mariners Elementary School

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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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/31/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/25/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/24/16




Audience: Homepage and California Elementary School

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Jacob Topete as principal of California Elementary School. Mr. Topete has served as an educator with N-MUSD for the past nine years, most recently serving as assistant principal at both Newport Heights and Whittier Elementary schools. As assistant principal Mr. Topete has guided staff development training on technology and software, led student discipline through restorative practices, worked collaboratively with the PTA on fundraising strategies, developed a reading recognition and incentive program and worked to improve playground safety and behavior.

 

Mr. Topete also had the opportunity to serve as interim principal at Whittier Elementary school, where he was able to make meaningful progress in the areas of academic instruction, staff development and community involvement.

 

“Jake has demonstrated instructional leadership as an administrator and teacher leader combined with an incredible work ethic and a focus on students,” said Associate Superintendent of Education Services Mr. Russell Lee-Sung. “He is a strong leader in the school communities that he has served, always focused on open communication as the basis for building strong relationships,” he said.

 

Mr. Topete began his career as a first grade teacher at Newport Heights Elementary. He also taught at California Elementary as kindergarten and first grade combination teacher. During his tenure as a Teacher on Special Assignment, Mr. Topete worked with teachers and principals to implement new state standards, assisted in creating and implementing a staff development plan, led teams of teachers in the creation and implementation Positive Behavior Intervention Systems, taught math enrichment and intervention classes and oversaw the implementation of one-to-one laptop programs. 

 

“I am excited to join the California Elementary community and look forward to working together to ensure the continued success of our students,” said Mr. Topete.

 

Mr. Topete’s appointment is effective August 15, 2016 and is scheduled to be ratified by the Board of Education at the August 23, 2016 board meeting

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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

 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/21/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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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




Audience: Homepage and Mariners Elementary School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce that Mr. Matt Broesamle has been assigned to Mariners Elementary School as the new principal.

 

Mr. Broesamle began his teaching career in 2002 at Adams Elementary, where he taught for eight years. Most recently, he served as the Principal of California Elementary School for the past five years.

 

“I have absolutely loved my time at California Elementary School and while there are many things that I will miss, I am ready to start a new chapter in my life,’ Said Mr. Matt Broesamle. “I am excited and look forward to joining the Mariners School community,” he said. 

 

Mr. Broesamle is above all a family man; he and his wife have two sons. He also is strongly committed to connecting with kids and knowing students by name. He is known for actively working to be visible and accessible to students, staff and the community. Mr. Broesamle is a huge supporter of the arts in schools. During his time at California Elementary School, he has helped grow the school band to now include two bands and two show choirs. 

 

Mr. Broesamle obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, with an emphasis in sports management, multiple subject teaching credential, and Master of Education at Concordia University Irvine.

 

The position of principal at California Elementary School is anticipated to be filled 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: 6/28/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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




Audience: Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Early College High School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Harbor High School, TeWinkle Middle School and Homepage

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Below please find a link to photos from the 2016 Newport-Mesa Unified School District high school graduations and middle school promotions.

 

https://nmusd.smugmug.com/organize/Graduations-/2016-Graduations-and-Promotion

 

The District is happy to provide these photos, which are free to download. Please note that we are unable to take photos of every student, but we do our best to take as many photos as possible to capture these special moments. Enjoy and congratulations!

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/24/16




Audience: Homepage, Corona del Mar High School, Costa Mesa High School, Estancia High School and Newport Harbor High School

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) hosted a student awards ceremony on June 7 to honor many exemplary graduating seniors on their accomplishments. More than 200 guests attended the awards ceremony at the Corona Del Mar High School Performing Arts Center.

 

Among the 1,669 seniors graduating this month, NMUSD congratulated a few stand-out students that achieved perfect scores on their ACT/SAT, those that received the Simon Scholar designation, and Seals of Excellence. 

 

“It is gratifying and awe-inspiring to watch as our students garner recognitions for distinguished achievements in excellence,” Said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.

 

The following seniors achieved a perfect score on their SAT/ACT this year, in addition to one junior who also achieved a perfect score on their ACT.

 

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  • Baylee Bakkila, Newport Harbor High School
  • Shane Gooding, Corona del Mar High School
  • Matthew Paragas, Corona del Mar High School
  • Abigal Peterson- Corona del Mar High School (Class of 2017)

 

Perfect score on SAT

  • Hikaru Masuda, Corona del Mar

The awards ceremony also recognized 17 students as part of the Simon Scholars Program, which enables students facing difficult life and economic circumstances to graduate from high school with enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence. Simon Scholars is a unique six-year program that begins during a student's junior year in high school and continues through four years of college. Each recipient received a $16,000 scholarship.

 

Additionally, 12 students received the Seal of Excellence which honors students who took the most rigorous academic path. These students will be honored with a special seal on their diploma, notation on their transcript and highlighted in the graduation program.

 

“Congratulations! This is sure to be one of many successful moments for you and we wish you continued success as you embark on new adventures,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “Good luck on the journey ahead and go make your mark on the world!,” he said.

 

Additional awards and recognitions included; National Merit Scholar Finalists, Dr. Norman R. Loats Scholarship, Dr. Robert Charles Francy Science Scholarship, John W. Nicoll Scholarship for Future Teachers, Norman Stillwell Award, ASCE Every Student Succeeding Award, Girls Incorporated Scholarship, Coastline ROP Awards, OCDE Academic Pentathlon, Naviance College & Career Essay contest winners, Youth & Governments Participants, Newport Beach Youth Council Government Day participants, Girl Scout Gold recognitions, and Eagle Scout recognitions.

 

Click here to view and download photos of the student awards ceremony.

 

As a whole, the 2016 graduating seniors are receiving more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants. That money will go to good use as our graduates prepare to enter notable colleges throughout the country and abroad including; Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Michigan State, Princeton University, Stanford University, UC Berkley, UCLA, and USC to name a few. 

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/8/16




Audience: Homepage, Back Bay High School, Corona del Mar High School, Costa Mesa High School, Early College High School, Estancia High School and Newport Harbor High School

CharacterTrait-PhotoCollage_5-10-2016.pngNewport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized six high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. The goal of the Character Trait Awards Program is to identify six seniors, one from each high school, who exemplify one of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Employees from the six high schools in NMUSD nominate a student for each category and final award selections are made by a small committee led by Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. 

“We have a wealth of incredible students and it is gratifying to annually recognize a few of them,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “Getting to know students and their genuine good natured approach to life is something that I look forward to each year,” he added.

Congratulations to the following students selected as a Character Trait Award Winner:

Kaitlynn Kistler, Early College High School – Trustworthiness

Selected for the Character Trait Award of Trustworthiness, Kaitlynn is a dedicated, thoughtful, and hardworking student. She is a member of the National Honors Society and dedicates her time to assist struggling classmates and goes above and beyond to offer her support.

 

Ryan Kassel, Corona del Mar High School – Respect
Selected for Character Trait Award for Respect, Ryan is unfailingly courteous, kind and respectful to his peers, teachers, and coaches. He is captain of the Varsity Cross Country team and participates as an intern in the Biorobotics Lab at UC Irvine. 

 

Menzin Echols, Back Bay High School – Responsibility
Selected for the Character Trait Award for responsibility, Menzin has maintained excellent attendance, stellar grades, and earned the respect and friendship of his peers as well as the Back Bay faculty and staff.

 

Clarissa Barragan, Estancia High School – Fairness
Selected for the Character Trait Award for fairness, Clarissa is good-natured, open minded and patient. She is respectful toward peers and staff and carefully listens to other’s viewpoints to ensure fairness among peers.

 

Peyton Espley-Jones, Newport Harbor High School – Caring
Selected for the Character Trait Award for Caring, Peyton regularly displays a caring, positive, optimistic approach to things. She is personable, compassionate, and driven to succeed. She is president of a student body of more than 2,500 students and consistently spends time and energy to improve the lives of others through her genuine caring nature.

 

Nora Vartanian, Costa Mesa High School – Citizenship

Selected for the Character Trait Award of Citizenship, Nora maintains a 4.3 GPA, while balancing her academic activities and activities outside of school. She is a member of the Madrigal Choir and the varsity cheer team. She advocates for the needs of herself and others and is active in her church and numerous community service activities.

 

The selected high school seniors reflect strong leadership traits and a culture of kindness, which is important in a school learning environment. Award winners are honored with a six foot banner with their photo, character trait, and school that they represent prominently displayed in the district lobby for one year. Students also will be recognized at a special student recognition ceremony on June 14, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. in the District Boardroom

 

Congratulations to these exceptional students and good luck in your future endeavors.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/13/16




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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




Audience: Shirin Nazari, Health Services, HOPE Clinic, School Nurses, Admins, Staff & Associates, Loop Help Group, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Andersen Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School

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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




Audience: Homepage, Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and ~Demo: Newport Mesa School

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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




Audience: Homepage and TeWinkle Middle School

TeWinkle’s former Teacher of the Year and Special Education Teacher, Brian Ristow, was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching from the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Ristow is one of approximately 45 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2016-2017. He will live and work in New Zealand to learn about the culture, society and educational system of New Zealand and share insights about the United States with colleagues at his host school.  Mr. Ristow previously received Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund for Teachers Award.Brian.jpg

 

"Brian is an outstanding educator and brings amazing qualities to the classroom," said TeWinkle Midddle School Principal Kira Hurst. "I am very happy for this opportunity for Brian to learn about New Zealand’s education system and hopefully bring back exciting and new ideas to TeWinkle," she said.

 

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

 

Fulbright recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. To learn more about the program visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

 

Congratulations, Brian Ristow!

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/7/16




Audience: Adams Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, College Park Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Davis Magnet School, Early College High School, Eastbluff Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Harbor View Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Killybrooke Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Mariners Elementary School, Monte Vista High School, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary School, Newport Harbor High School, Newport Heights Elementary, Paularino Elementary School, Pomona Elementary School, Rea Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, TeWinkle Middle School, Victoria Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School, ~Demo: Newport Mesa School and Homepage

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