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The Harbor Council PTA in cooperation with

The League of Women Voters 

Presents an impartial and nonpartisan

NMUSD School Board Candidates Forum 

Wednesday, October 10,  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Harper School -  425 E 18th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627


District 2: Charlene Metoyer & Michelle Murphy
District 4: Gina Nick & Karen Yelsey
District 5: Michelle Barto & Paul Hillson
District 7: Ashley Anderson, Bertha Rodriguez & Diane “Dee Dee” RuoRock

MODERATOR: Armida Brashears, The League of Women Voters Orange Coast

Format Summary and Ground Rules: 

The League of Women Voters is a grassroots, nonprofit, political organization which does not support or oppose any candidate, politician or political party. It is committed to educating the public about elections, the voting process, and political and social issues. 

PTA is the nation’s oldest and most respected all-volunteer organization advocating on behalf of children, youth, and families. It is nonpartisan, noncommercial, and nonsectarian.

  • No campaign materials to be permitted on premises, including buttons worn by attendees.

  • Live forum only – not recorded.

  • Candidate seating determined by ballot order.

  • There will be an impartial Moderator, Question Sorter, and Time-keeper.

  • The Moderator will explain forum rules: Verbal interaction between the audience and candidates during the forum will not be permitted. The forum is neutral territory for a sharing of philosophy, ideas and information – not campaigning.

  • This is a nonpartisan event; no cheering/shouting will be allowed.

  • Candidates have 2 minutes for opening statements.

  • Submit questions in advance to Audience members may submit written questions on 3x5 cards (provided). All questions will be screened for relevance, to avoid duplication. Personal questions or attacks on any candidate will not be acknowledged. If a question is directed to a specific candidate, it must be issue focused. All other candidates may have an opportunity to respond, if they so desire. If a question is directed at a candidate they will have up to a minute to respond.

  • No oral questions will be taken. One question per card. Attendees may arrive early to submit cards.

  • Runners will collect question cards during the forum and deliver them to the Sorter.

  • The Sorter will screen questions to avoid duplication, prioritize by relevance, and assure adherence to the guidelines and ground rule.

  • Candidates have ninety seconds to respond to written questions• The Timekeeper will ensure time limits, holding up a green card to start, a yellow card when 30 seconds remain, and a red card when time ends.

  • The order of questions will be rotated among the candidates. The final question should be asked no later than 8:05 p.m. to allow candidates time at the conclusion of the forum to meet informally with voters and the press. Q&A may end sooner, if all suitable written questions have been asked by the Moderator.

  • Candidates have 2 minutes for closing statements.

  • The moderator will close the forum.

  • Candidates have the opportunity to mingle with attendees, members of the press, and answer individual questions at the conclusion of the forum.


NMUSD College & Career Night

Start Planning Your Future

October 17, 2018

6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.



 O.C. Fair & Events Center 

In the Costa Mesa Building 

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Over 200 colleges represented 

Hands on technical demonstrations

College and career related workshops

Need a ride? 

Transportation permission slips are available in your schools front office. Free shuttle buses will be available from the following schools at times listed: 

  • Whittier School - 6:45 P.M.
  • Rea School - 6:30 P.M.
  • Estancia - 6:45 P.M.

Volunteers are needed. Please visit the following link to sign up.!/showSignUp/10c0e4eaeac23a3fb6-college

2018 College and Career Night

Nutrition Services

Meeting Students Nutritional Needs and Beyond

As a NMUSD parent and a Registered Dietitian, I know first hand the concern of wanting to know how the districts nutrition services are meeting the nutritional needs of our children. As I visited the website, I was very impressed by what they had for not only parents, but teachers too. Every month, there is a feature fruit or vegetable, with nutritional information and a recipe for parents to introduce it at home. This information is given in an informational newsletter and an educational newsletter, as well.

There is also a wealth of resources available for both parents and teachers related to the Harvest of the Month and nutrition programs from nonprofit organizations, the state of California and the federal government. I really enjoyed reading through a book I down loaded from their site called “Popular Team  Nutritional Events” that gave ideas on how to organize nutritional events at your school.

The NMUSD nutritional team has worked hard to provide a wealth of knowledge to parents and teachers. To view what they have to offer visit go to Nutrition Services.

Written by:
Dena Fisher, R.D.
HCPTA Nutrition Chair


Cold and Flu Comparison

Understanding Basic Aid School District Funding

Unit Presidents/Board Members:

As requested at our Monday HC PTA, please click the respective links for current enrollment
figures for NM schools and information on Basic Aid districts.