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Lunch Food

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Newport-Mesa Unified School District announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack Program. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals Scale

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households that want to apply for meal benefits, must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the nutrition office at 2985 Bear Street, Building B, Costa Mesa, CA  92626. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at http://nmusd.schoolunchapp.com. Contact the Nutrition Services Office at 714-424-5090 for help filling out the application. The school will let you know if your application is approved or denied for free or reduced-price meals. 

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult household or checking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Dale Ellis, Director, 2985 Bear Street, Building B, Costa Mesa, CA  92626, Phone:  714-424-5090.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Lunch Food

Free Meals Served to Students at Various Schools

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has amended its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack Program for the 2019-2020 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the following sites:

  • Adams Elementary
  • College Park Elementary
  • Pomona Elementary
  • Rea Elementary
  • Wilson Elementary
  • Whittier Elementary
  • Tewinkle Middle School

For additional information please contact: Nutrition Services Office at 714-424-5090.

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;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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Board of Education Meeting Dates

2019-2020 Board Meeting Dates

August 27, 2019

September 17, 2019

October 7, 2019

October 29, 2019

November 19, 2019

December 10, 2019

January 14, 2020

January 28, 2020 (Study Session)

February 11, 2020

February 25, 2020 (Study Session)

March 11, 2020

March 31, 2020

April 14, 2020 (Study Session)

April 28, 2020

May 19, 2020

June 9, 2020

June 23, 2020

*Dates subject to change without notice

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education meets at 6:00 pm.

For additional information please visit the Board of Education Website

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) hosted the first ever Transition Partnership Summer Program (TPP Summer Program). High school students throughout the district that completed grade 11 had the opportunity to participate in this intensive job readiness and work experience program.

Led by NMUSD job transition specialists, the program initiated with a two-day orientation and classes  job skills classes every Monday for the duration of the program. Topics covered included career assessments, interest inventories, job applications, interview techniques, appropriate work attire and developing resumes. 

The TPP Summer Program is a model to build workplace readiness skills, mobility training, job exploration counseling and empower students to be self-advocates in the workplace. 

Students were placed at a job site, where they obtained work experience Tuesday through Friday. Students job trainings were at various job sites throughout Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, including Staples, Surfside, ACE Hardware, Smart and Final, Party City, Journeys, Foot Locker, Juice It Up, Newport Golf Course, Atria and Taco Bell, to name some of the participating businesses. 

“Our district is fortunate to have strong partnerships that allow us to offer programs that allow students to be more independent, knowledgeable and confident in their life journey,” said Ms. Vicki Martini, NMUSD lead job transition specialist. “The transition services team is so proud and excited to see the individual growth and self confidence in our students!” she said.

Ronaldo

Ronaldo, Estancia High School, 12th grade student
Job site: Taco Bell
“Working here I’ve realized I enjoy food prepping and it has helped solidify my decision to enroll in a culinary program when I go to college,” said Ronaldo.

Rodrigo

Rodrigo, Costa Mesa High School, 12th grade student
Job site: Staples
“Rodrigo has great attendance and always shows initiative in his work,” said Staples manager Carlos Nava. 

Itzamar

 Itzamar, Costa Mesa High School 12th grade student
Job site: Surfside

Katie

Katie, Costa Mesa High School, 12th grade student
Job site: Surfside
“This program has helped build my confidence and made me feel comfortable interacting with customers and coworkers,” said Katie.

Andrew

Andrew, Corona del Mar High School Graduate
Job site: Newport Beach Golf Course

The goal of the TPP Summer Program is to provide services, advocacy, and equity - it is not to guarantee students with a job. However, nearly half of participating students have been hired at their job sites.

Thank you to the local businesses for making this program possible. Visit the Transition Services Website to learn more. 

TPP Summer Program photos 

 

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While students are on summer break, enjoying some beautiful southern California weather, Newport-Mesa Unified School District facilities and maintenance crews are hard at work to ensure clean, safe and beautiful facilities for students return on September 3. 

Maintenance Work

Carpeted Classroom and School Playground

Every year, maintenance and operations cleans and maintains more than two million square feet of buildin
g space and 13 million square feet of landscape and turf. Each summer, they perform critical work at the school sites, including:

  • Deep clean classrooms and carpets
  • Replace carpet and flooring
  • Repaint 
  • Seal coat and repair asphalt 
  • Repair concrete and sidewalks
  • Restripe parking lots
  • Field renovations
  • Replace playground wood chips with synthetic turf
  • General maintenance repairs and inspections
  • Preventative roof maintenance at all schools
  • Preventive maintenance of air conditioning equipment

Air Conditioning

Additional work this summer includes the installation of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) at Harbor View, Mariners, Newport, Newport Heights and Whittier Elementary Schools, Ensign Intermediate School, and Back Bay High School

It is anticipated that Costa Mesa High School and Newport Harbor High School, which currently have partial HVAC, will have HVAC completed school-wide by 2020 and 2021, respectively.  

Special Projects

  • Energy Efficient Lighting

LED Lighting

Our district is partnering with Southern California Edison (SCE) and their School Energy Efficiency Program to replace fluorescent lighting with energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. This program provides more than $700,000 in incentives from SCE and an anticipated annual electricity savings of more than $100,000.

  • Automated External Defibrillators (AED) 

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are currently installed in multiple schools and office locations throughout the district. However, this summer staff is installing AEDs at every school site as a precautionary safety measure. 

An AED is a medical device used to help people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. An AED can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock (or defibrillation) to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

The district currently has several AEDs in place and staff has received training on how to use them. This training is provided every year. As part of the current projects, district and school site staff will receive training on how to use the new equipment as well.

  • Corona del Mar High School: Sports Fields Upgrade

CdMHS Field

Renovation of the two sports fields at Corona del Mar High School is under way and includes the two lighted synthetic sports fields (one with a rubber track), bleachers for seating for up to 664 spectators, scoreboards, fencing, gates and improved pathways. It is anticipated that the project will be complete by 2020 graduation. 

  • Estancia High School: Jim Scott Stadium Turf Replacement

Jim Scott Stadium

While the project to replace the turf field at Jim Scott Stadium has been delayed, due to saturated soil conditions, it is under construction and anticipated that the replacement turf will be completed by the start of the winter sports season. 

  • Estancia High School: 50 Meter Pool

Estancia Pool

Construction is currently underway for the installation of a new 50 meter pool and support facilities Estancia High School. The two-phased project includes construction of the pool itself (currently under construction) and the additional improvements, such as locker rooms, conncessions and surrounding spaces. The additional improvements are expected to begin construction by the end of 2019.

Future major projects, currently in the planning and design phase, include:

To learn more about these projects, please visit the Construction Projects website. To learn more about our maintenance and operations program, including custodial, grounds, and energy programs, please visit the Maintenance and Operations website.

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August 7, 2019

Upcoming Task Force Meetings*

Location: Newport-Mesa Unified School District, 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • August 21, 2019  (Sanborn Assembly Room)

  • September  11, 2019 (Sanborn Assembly Room)

  • September 25, 2019  (Sanborn Assembly Room)

  • October 9, 2019  (Sanborn Assembly Room) - Cancelled

  • October 23, 2019 (Board Room)

Community Workshops*

 *Spanish interpretation will be available at all task force meetings and community workshops. 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us


July 23, 2019

Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s (NMUSD) Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) made initial recommendations to the Board of Education on July 16, 2019. 

Some of the initial recommendations that were shared at the July 16, 2019 board meeting are noted below:

  • Inclusive lunch menus

  • Documenting history through art

  • Intra and inter district/campus dialogue surrounding diversity, inclusion and racial relations

  • Engage community in dialogues/panels

  • Sister School/Sister District program to increase relationship building and connectedness

  • Analyze current Positive Behavior and Intervention Systems (PBIS) and similar activities district-wide to identify best practices, ensure consistency of implementation and expand robust use of restorative practices and provide the resources to support this recommendation.

  • Approve and fund a district-wide Equity Audit to uncover institutional bias

  • Develop Administrative Regulations for the following Board Policies:

    • 5137 - Positive School Climate 

    • 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation (Restorative Practices) 

    • 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression 

    • 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment 

    • 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior 

  • Provide parents with information related to procedures for how the district responds to  hate crimes and discrimination

  • Implement “No Place for Hate: Anti-Bigotry and Bullying” Program by ADL in schools (Grades K-12) to provide schools with year-long organizing framework for combating bias, bullying & hatred in schools 

  • Encourage middle, high school students and teachers to participate and submit entries into the annual “Chapman’s Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest”

  • Implement anti-bias training for staff 

  • Implement reading program (kindergarten through third grade) centered upon children’s books that address unity, empathy, and understanding of differences

  • District-wide review of educational parent workshops focused on empathy and compassion.

These initial recommendations were a result of various meetings where task force members were divided into four subgroups to review and brainstormed ideas related to a specific topic. The four subgroups focused on how to:

  1. Create opportunities for cross-cultural dialogues that build an understanding of diversity and inclusion

  2. Develop policies and processes that support all stakeholders to respond quickly and effectively to hate incidents

  3. Empower youth with the tools and skills to stand for what is right and to be “upstanding” on campus, in the community and online

  4. Educate stakeholders on empathy, compassion and acceptance of differences.

District staff is now in the process of reviewing the initial recommendations to determine what can be immediately implemented in the 2019/20 school year.

Upcoming Task Force Meetings*

Location: Newport-Mesa Unified School District, 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • July 24, 2019 - CANCELLED

  • August 8, 2019 - CANCELLED

  • August 21, 2019  (Sanborn Assembly Room)

  • September  11, 2019 (Sanborn Assembly Room)

  • September 25, 2019  (Sanborn Assembly Room)

  • October 9, 2019  (Sanborn Assembly Room)

  • October 23, 2019 (Board Room)

Community Workshops*

  • ​August 14, 2019
    Topic: TBD
    Location: Newport-Mesa Unified School District - Sanborn Assembly Room (2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

 *Spanish interpretation will be available at all task force meetings and community workshops. 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.


July 19, 2019

REVISED Human Relations Task Force List of Meetings

Task Force Meetings
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Canceled - July 24, 2019 - Sanborn Assembly Room

  • Canceled - August 8, 2019 - Sanborn Assembly Room

  • August 21, 2019 - Sanborn Assembly Room

  • September  11, 2019 - Sanborn Assembly Room

  • September 25, 2019 - Sanborn Assembly Room

  • October 9, 2019 - Sanborn Assembly Room

  • October 23, 2019 - Board Room

Community Workshops
6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • August 14, 2019
    Topic: TBD
    Location: Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Sanborn Assembly Room

*Spanish interpretation will be available at all task force meetings and community workshops.


July 11, 2019

The next Community Workshop is on July 17, 2019, 6-8 pm in the NMUSD Boardy Room (2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626). Topic: Everyday Restorative Justice.

Everyday Restorative Justice Comunity Workshop Flyer - English

Everyday Restorative Justice Comunity Workshop Flyer - Spanish

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.


June 21, 2019

Please see below for a recap of the Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) meetings from June 5 and June 12, 2019:

Human Relations Task Force members were given clarity on the roadmap for formulating recommendations to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education (BOE). Task Force members are expected to have recommendations to the BOE for the July 16, 2019 board meeting.

To assist the HRTF members with development of recommendations, district staff reviewed a list of curriculum and activities that schools currently do in the areas of inclusion, diversity, cultural awareness, kindness, anti-Semitism, Holocaust and other related topics.

HRTF members continued to brainstorm in their specific subcommittees. A few of the notes from the brainstorming session are listed below.

Subcommittee 1 - Create opportunities for cross-cultural dialogues that build an understanding of diversity and inclusion

  • Inclusive lunch menus
  • David Labkovski Project-Documenting History Through Art
  • Ongoing intra-district dialogue
  • District calendar that highlights more holidays/holy days (when excused absences are appropriate)
  • Interactive curriculum (Living History, done at many NMUSD schools, is a good example)
  • Sister School, Sister District-Looking for relationship building across schools & within schools creating connectedness.
  • Considerations for how technology limits human connections

Subcommittee 2 - Develop policies and processes that support all stakeholders to respond quickly and effectively to hate incidents

  • Edit/specify language of administrative regulations (which describes how California education code is implemented)
  • Create a summary of policies related to management of hate incidents
  • Approve and fund a district-wide Equity Audit to uncover institutional bias and make the report public.
  • Create and distribute a parent-friendly document that describes resources and procedures that are in place if a student experiences a hate crime/incident or is discriminated against.
  • Analyze school climate data and develop a plan for sharing it with the school community.
  • Analyze current PBIS and similar activities (as aggregated by district staff) district-wide to identify best practices, ensure consistency of implementation and expand robust use of restorative practices
  • Note that incidents that occur off campus are outside of district purview, with the exception of when it impacts students’ education at school

Subcommittee 3 - Empower youth with tools and skills to stand for what is right and to be “upstanding” on campus, in the community and online

  • Read to Me Project (Grades K-3 & 4-6) - Create collections of selected books that promote unity, empathy, and an understanding of differences.
  • No Place for Hate: Anti-Bigotry and Bullying Program by ADL (Grades: 3-12)
  • Student participation in the “Chapman’s Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest”
  • Mentoring for Character – Passkey's Foundation
  • Chapman Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest
  • Bridges writing/art program
  • Courage to Remember exhibit
  • Show the film Shindler’s List in schools (Grades 7 and up)
  • Facilitate classroom discussions surrounding the topics of cultural awareness, implicit bias, mental health, social media (previously done at Newport Harbor High School)
  • Social Media Workshops
  • Anonymous reporting system

Subcommittee 4 - Educate stakeholders on empathy, compassion and acceptance of differences

  • Staff:
    • Ongoing implicit bias training
    • Identify experts, tools, and resources for ongoing staff professional development to assist in empathetic and inclusive teaching and lesson design
  • Students:
    • Focus on curriculum that celebrates shows understanding of differences
    • Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) - needs to be consistent throughout all schools; must include parent involvement. Can be a framework to build character education and civics.
  • Parents
    • Parent education classes – how to help their children
    • Bullying, technology use
    • Special Education Services
    • Other social services available and support

The Next Task Force meeting is on July 10, 2019, 6-8 pm in the NMUSD Sanborn Assembly Room (2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626). The meeting will focus each subcommittee reviewing their notes to develop final recommendations to be submitted to the NMUSD Board of Education.

The next Community Workshop is on June 26, 2019, 6-8 pm at the City of Newport Beach (Community Room) 100 Civic Center Dr. Newport Beach. Topic: Religious Tolerance.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.


May 29, 2019

Please see below for a recap of the Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) meeting from May 22, 2019:

Four subcommittees were formed to focus efforts on specific themes. Notes from the brainstorming session are listed below.

  1. Subcommittee 1 - Create opportunities for cross-cultural dialogues that build an understanding of diversity and inclusion

    1. Create calendar holidays and acknowledgement

    2. Tools to facilitate diversity and inclusion dialogues for educators

    3. Diversity and Inclusion dialogues in high school campuses

    4. Dialogues on youth terminologies and the power of words

  2. Subcommittee 2 - Develop policies and processes that support all stakeholders to respond quickly and effectively to hate incidents

    1. Policies that help create a dialogue between parents/students of various races/ethnicities that acknowledges disparities in parent involvement for PTA, Booster Club, & other activities that happen outside of school

    2. Policies to address racial disparities in lower level academic classes that focus on classroom integration, along with training for teachers on how to address students’ and positively impact their self-image

    3. Funding for translators for PTA, Booster Club, and other parent-involved school groups that directly impact students

    4. Shared power between the English Learner Advisory Committee and PTA, so the voices represented in those various parent groups have equal power

    5. Policies to acknowledge religious holidays (I.e. Ramadan)

    6. Policies to restoratively address hate incidents and other types of incidents so that parents and students know what to expect when requesting support

    7. Inclusivity/equity/access policies created at the district level that ensure students are given the same opportunities (I.e. ASB, Honors classes, Lyceum)

  3. Subcommittee 3 - Empower youth with tools and skills to stand for what is right and to be “upstanding” on campus, in the community and online

    1. We as group members should get training so that we can be trainers at school

    2. We should go to schools to share our own stories

    3. The people in the group have a lot of knowledge, we should start with an idea bank

    4. Consistent curriculum and programs at all grade levels

    5. Have outside agencies/training/events (examples – Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Stop the Hate, Orange County Human Relations (OCHR) Bridges, Walk in my Shoes, Bullying films, trainings, workshops, Museum of Tolerance, etc.)

    6. Have students be the models

    7. Peer mentors and adult mentors (adults mentoring high school students, high school students mentoring elementary students)

    8. Consider monetary restrictions

    9. Teach people how to use social media appropriately

    10. Corporate partners

    11. How do we create equity for lower income areas/schools?

  4. Subcommittee 4 - Educate stakeholders on empathy, compassion and acceptance of differences

    1. Curriculum on human relations and civics

    2. Review curriculum already in the district - Look at what is currently being done and build on it

The Next Task Force meeting is on June 5, 2019, 6-8 pm.

The next Community Workshop is Tomorrow, May 29, the topic will be Promoting Respect and Inclusivity for All at the City of Costa Mesa Senior Center, Grand Hall 1 (695 West 19th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627).

Please visit the newsfeed on the district website www.nmusd.us for more information.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.

As a reminder, below is a list of the dates for the Human Relations Task Force meetings and Community Workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend either.

Task Force Meetings
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • June 5, 2019 - Board Room

  • June 12, 2019 - Board Room

Community Workshops
6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • June 26, 2019
    Topic: TBD
    Location: Newport-Mesa Unified School District

  • July 17, 2019
    Topic: TBD
    Location: Newport-Mesa Unified School District

  • August 14, 2019
    Topic: TBD
    Location: Newport-Mesa Unified School District


May 14, 2019

As you know, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has partnered with Orange County Human Relations (OCHR) to lead the district’s Human Relations Task Force (HRTF). Below please find a brief recap of the May 8 meeting, which included the development of norms and guidelines for task force members, and outline on how the group will proceed in addressing issues to improve human relations throughout the district.

  • The HRTF provided direction for OCHR to formulate key themes/topics using the thought wall activity input from the March 27 meeting

  • The HRTF would like to create subcommittees for specific themes/topics once they are defined

  • The two-hour meeting time seems too short and additional meeting times or longer meeting times were proposed, but not agreed upon

The next HRTF meeting on May 22 will focus on the following:

  • Review key themes/topics as generated through analysis by OCHR

  • Assess the formation of subcommittees to review and research specific themes/topics

  • Continue the discussion and develop a consensus on the possible need for longer meetings and/or additional meetings

  • Identify topics for future community workshops

The next Community Workshop is on May 29, the topic will be Becoming an Ally: Promoting Respect and Inclusivity for All.

The district has and will continue to send reminders and meeting recaps to the school community via the following methods: email to all parents, email to all staff, news item on district and all school websites, and distribution to news media. The district will expand its communication to include district social media (Facebook and twitter).

Please visit the newsfeed on the district website www.nmusd.us for more information.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.

As a reminder, below is a list of the dates for the Human Relations Task Force meetings and Community Workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend either.


April 29, 2019

Newport-Mesa Unified School District hosts first community workshop as part of the Human Relations Task Force

As part of Newport-Mesa Unified School District's (NMUSD) Human Relations Task Force (HRTF), the district has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League, who is leading various community workshops about anti-Semitism and hate. The workshops are open to everyone that is interested in attending.

The first workshop (hosted on April 25) was interactive and engaging, focusing on key implicit bias concepts, such as the influence of bias and its effects on interactions and decision-making. It also explored effective interpersonal approaches to minimize and respond to bias.

The workshop guided participants through a journey of personal exploration for an awareness of the shortcuts and subsequent perceptions we make about people and our surroundings. Participants discussed bias, emotional intelligence and leadership. A recap of the workshop will be presented at the next HRTF meeting.   


April 19, 2019

Human Relations Task Force - April 17 Meeting Recap

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) hosted the first task force meeting on April 17 regarding the creation of a Human Relations Task Force (HRTF).

At the meeting attendees reviewed the input that was received at the March 27 meeting, surrounding topics about:

  • What groups/communities should be represented
  • Qualities of the ideal HRTF member/Commitment to Participate Form
  • Goals of the HRTF
  • Issues and Concerns that HRTF should consider addressing

The input and thoughts provided at the March 27 HRTF meeting were available to review at the April 17 HRTF meeting and will also be available at the May 8 HRTF meeting.

Discussion topics for the May 8 HRTF meeting will be the goals of the HRTF and to start looking at the list of issues and concerns that the HRTF should consider addressing, with the objective of developing action items for the consideration of the Board of Education.

The High School Principals also had the opportunity to share what current initiatives are already taking place at their school site to build a culture of safety, respectfulness, and inclusivity.

Next Steps:

  • HRTF will meet for approximately six months.
  • Commitment to Participate Form is now available and will also be available at the next meeting on May 8.
    • The form is an acknowledgment of your willingness to serve on the Task Force and understanding of member expectation. All that are interested in participating will be accepted.
  • The first community workshop meeting will be on April 24 and the topic covered will be Implicit Bias (link flyer). The Anti-Defamation League will be leading the May 29 community workshop, the topic will be selected using data collected from the April 17 HRTF meeting survey and the work done at the next HRTF meeting on May 8.

Spanish Forms:

Formulario de Compromiso de Participación

Volante del primer taller communitario en el tema de los Sesgos Implícitos


April 10, 2019

The Human Relations Task Force Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Sanborn Assembly Room (Newport-Mesa Unified School District – 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626). Spanish interpretation and childcare will be available.

A Commitment to Participate Form will be available at the meeting on April 17 and online following the meeting. Please see below for a link to a draft of the Commitment to Participate Form. The form is an acknowledgment of your willingness to serve on the Task Force. It will be reviewed at the meeting to ensure that participants have a full understanding of member expectation.

Draft of the Commitment to Participate Form

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has partnered with Orange County Human Relations, to lead the district’s Human Relations Task Force (HRTF). Please see below for a link to the HRTF informational meeting recap.

HRTF informational meeting recap - English

HRTF informational meeting recap - Spanish

For updated information visit the newsfeed on the district website www.nmusd.us.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.


April 3, 2019

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has partnered with Orange County Human Relations, to lead the district's Human Relations Task Force (HRTF).  NMUSD hosted an informational meeting on March 27th regarding the creation of a HRTF. Please see below for a link to the HRTF informational meeting recap.

HRTF informational meeting recap - English

HRTF informational meeting recap - Spanish

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.


March 15, 2019

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) will host an informational meeting on March 27th regarding the creation of a Human Relations Task Force to create a greater level of cultural understanding and acceptance that appreciates and celebrates the diversity throughout our community.

NMUSD will partner with Orange County Human Relations, which has trained mediators who specialize in building communities to foster respect, resolving conflict and pursuing equality. Orange County Human Relations has supported NMUSD schools to build campus environments that are respectful of diversity, where all students, staff, and parents feel safe, welcome and respected. They also work with school districts to develop and manage task forces that define and develop courses of action for improved school and community culture.  

While details of the task force are yet to be determined, students, staff, parents, community members, and community organizations are invited to the informational meeting.

Human Relations Task Force
Informational Meeting

March 27, 2019

6:30 pm

Newport-Mesa Unified School District
(Sanborn Building)
2985 Bear Street, Sanborn Assembly Room
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Spanish interpretation and childcare will be available.

Contact the office of Secondary Education, if you have any questions at 714-424-7551.

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NMUSD Preschool Flyer

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is now enrolling 3 and 4 year old children into the 2019-20 preschool programs.

School starts Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Highlights:

  • Preschoolers are immersed in age appropriate research based literacy instruction in science, math and technology.
  • Curriculum is aligned to California State Standards.
  • Structured and independent play activities to promote social-emotional, physical and cognitive development.
  • School nurses, counselors, speech pathologists on site.

NMUSD Preschool Website

NMUSD Preschool Flyer - English & Spanish


Tuition Preschool Program
NMUSD is currently enrolling fully potty trained 3 and 4-year-old preschoolers in our tuition-based program.

Full day programs:

  • 5 days/week (M-F)
  • 3 days/week (M, W, F)
  • 2 days/week (T, Th.)

Elementary School locations:

  • Davis Magnet School
  • Harbor View
  • Newport Coast
  • Newport

Contact:
Tarek Houx
949-515-6622
thoux@nmusd.us


Free State Preschool Program*
NMUSD offers a California State preschool program for children throughout Orange County, age 3 or 4. Part day and full day programs available.
Elementary School locations:

  • Rea
  • Sonora
  • Whittier
  • Wilson
  • College Park
  • Killybrooke
  • Paularino
  • Pomona

Hot breakfast or lunch served daily
*Based on income and need
Contact:
Gissell Garcia
714-424-8978
gsgarcia@nmusd.us

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Published: 8/6/19




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2019-20 District Priorities Flyer

2019-20 District Priorities Flyer

District Priorities Website

To ensure NMUSD neighborhood schools are the first choice of students and parents, we are committed to “Inspire Students and Enrich Communities". These district priorities were developed within a comprehensive and aligned system of initiatives that support student learning from pre-school to beyond graduation. These priorities and action plans will be systematically monitored and evaluated to determine effectiveness, foster continuous improvement and address the evolving needs of our students. Goal: All students will master grade-level English language arts and math
content standards at milestone (3, 6, 8, 10, 12) grades.

Academics

A1. NMUSD students will be guaranteed a challenging Pre-School - 12th grade curriculum aligned to the CA State Standards that prepares them for success in college and careers.
A2. NMUSD students will receive the highest quality instruction based on meaningful lessons that incorporate creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
A3. NMUSD will support and expand rigorous, relevant, high-interest programs and coursework aligned to prepare and support students to meet the demands and rigor of college and industry standards beyond graduation.
A4. NMUSD students will be educated in safe, attractive, functional and contemporary facilities.
A5. NMUSD students will harness the power of technology and innovation through core academic subjects, career technical education, arts, athletics and extra-curricular activities.

Behavior

B1. NMUSD will support the emotional, behavioral and mental health needs of students through relationship-driven school communities.
B2. NMUSD will utilize intervention systems to provide learning opportunities that promote the holistic development of all students.
B3. NMUSD will encourage all students to become responsible thinkers and problem solvers by providing them the opportunity to learn from the impact of their choices.
B4. NMUSD will hold all students to the highest expectations for positive behavior, kindness, compassion and civic responsibility.

Community

C1. NMUSD will build and foster meaningful partnerships and shared commitment with stakeholders including students, parents, employees, employee associations and community partners in the development of the whole child.
C2. NMUSD students will have meaningful opportunities to apply their learning and skills in real-world settings while serving and enhancing our community.

 

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Published: 8/5/19




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State of the Schools Breakfast Save the Date

Save the Date

Newport-Mesa State of the Schools Breakfast

October 2, 2019 - Seven in the morning

Estancia High School - 2323 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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Published: 7/23/19




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Logo

In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of some items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.      

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:      

Report

10.a. Report on the Newport Mesa Unified School District Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) Phase I Recommendations

Consent Calendar

14.b.6. Approve the Agreements With the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for Anti-Bias Staff Trainings

14.b.14. Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County to Continue the High School Bigs Program at Paularino, Sonora and Victoria Elementary Schools for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Discussion/Action Calendar

15.c. Approve Secondary Textbooks for 30-day Display. Textbooks are submitted to the Board of Education for approval for use in specific courses. These submissions are originated for new courses by the teachers who will use them and are approved by the Department Chair and Principal before submission to the Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction.

  • Title: Chemistry 10th Edition
    Publisher: Cengage Learning
    Course Title: AP Chemistry
    Department: Science
    Grades: 11 - 12
  • Title: Face-a-Face Conversation Sans Frontieres
    Publisher: Vista Higher Learning
    Course Title: IB World Language
    Department: World Language
    Grades: 11 – 12

15.e. PreK-12 District Priorities for 2019-20. The Board received a draft copy of the priorities at their March 26, 2019 Board meeting with a request for input and edits. Edits were received. The revised document was reviewed and discussed at the May 28, 2019 Board meeting and additional edits were suggested. The second round of edits was incorporated. It is recommended that the Board discuss the document and approve for 2019-20.

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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Published: 7/12/19




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‪Due to seismic activity, all schools have been inspected and summer programs will continue uninterrupted. ‬

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Published: 7/7/19




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For the 2020-21 school year is anticipated that students will start school on August 24, 2020. The student start day for the 2019-20 school year is September 3, 2019. 

 

As you may recall, in winter 2017, the Calendar Review Committee, comprised of certificated and classified staff, parents, district administrators, and employee bargaining units, recommended starting school prior to Labor Day beginning with the 2020-21 school year. The calendar provides multiple benefits to students. An overview of the student benefits a collegiate calendar provides can be found below online: 

 

Collegiate Calendar: Student Benefits 

Calendario Universitario: Beneficios para Estuduantes

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) continue to negotiate the teacher work calendar.

 

You may find the 2019-20 school calendar and the 2019-20 Schedule of School Activities on the NMUSD website, www.nmusd.us (click on the “calendars” icon). The 2020-21 calendar will be posted online when negotiations are completed and the calendar is adopted by the NMUSD Board of Education.

 

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Dear NMUSD community members and families,

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has initiated a concerted effort to clarify the religious observance rights of students throughout our district. It is the intent of State laws and NMUSD Board Policies that students may not be negatively impacted or punished for the observance of a religious holiday or activity. To that end, principals have been asked to share a summary of relevant laws and policies with all employees. These apply to all regular and routine classroom activities as well as practices for athletics, rehearsals for theater productions, concerts and co-curricular activities, to name a few.   

The document contains the following legal references:

Relevant Education Law and District Board Policies:

  • Students Absences

An absence due to a religious observance or to participate in religious activities is considered an excused absence.

Education Code 489205 and Board Policy 5113 state:

A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is for justifiable personal reasons such as observance of a holiday or ceremony of the pupil’s religion, attendance at religious retreats…”

             Education Code 46014 and Board Policy 5113 state:

“Pupils, with the written consent of their parents or guardians, may be excused from instruction in order to participate in religious exercises…”

  • Makeup Work

If a student has an excused absence due to religious observance or activity, Board Policy 6154, 5113, and Education Code 48205 requires the following related make-up work:

“Students who miss work because of an excused absence shall be given the opportunity to complete all assignments and tests that can be reasonably provided.”

“As determined by the teacher, the assignments and tests shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the assignments and tests missed during the absence.”

“Students shall receive full credit for work satisfactorily completed within a reasonable time period.”

 

Calendar Planning and Avoiding Conflicts:

Administrative Regulation 6141.2 states:

Staff shall make every effort to schedule one-time events, such as examinations, school-sponsored trips, special laboratories, picture taking days, and class parties, to minimize conflicts with major religious holidays of all faiths.”

The holidays listed below are the major religious holidays within the faith that may pose a conflict for students. I think it’s important to specify this so it is not implied that these are all of the religious holidays.

  • Jewish Holidays

All Jewish holidays start in the evening. Students are not available for after school sports/activities starting the day before the holiday is listed on the calendar and remain unavailable for school/activities until the morning after the holiday ends.  The dates of the Jewish holiday observance change every year. 

For the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Rosh Hashana – Students who observe this holiday are unavailable starting the afternoon of Sunday, September 29, 2019 through the entire day and night of Monday, September 30, 2019, returning Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

  • Yom Kippur – Students who observe this holiday are unavailable beginning after school on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 through the entire day and night of Wednesday October 9, 2019, returning Thursday, October 10, 2019.

  • Passover – Students who observe this holiday are unavailable after school on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 through that evening.  Sports and activities will be permitted on Thursday, April 9, 2020. 

  • Islamic Holidays

Islamic holidays are observed by Muslims and start in the evening. Therefore, students are not available for activities starting in the afternoon the day before the holiday is listed on the calendar and remain unavailable until the morning after the holiday ends. Dates of the Islamic holiday observances change every year.

For the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Ramadan – Students who observe this holiday fast (no food and no liquids) during daylight hours for 30 days.  Allow students to study in the library or elsewhere during lunch. Monitor students for overheating or dehydration in excessively hot weather. In 2020 Ramadan will start on Friday, April 24, 2020

  • Eid al-Fitr – Students who observe this holiday attend early morning prayers on May 24, 2020.

  • Eid al-Adha – Students who observe this holiday are unavailable on July 31, 2020. 

  • Christian Holidays

For the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Ash Wednesday – Students who observe this holiday are allowed to have ash on their forehead during the school day.  Ash Wednesday will be on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

  • Good Friday – Students who observe this holiday may attend a religious service during the school day. Good Friday will be on Friday, April 10, 2020.

All principals and key staff have been provided this information. Please contact your site administrator for questions or clarification. We value and appreciate our diverse community and hope you enjoy some wonderful family time this summer.

Thank you,

Dr. Fred Navarro, Superintendent

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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.

         

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognitions:

 

10.a. Recognition of the 2018-2019 Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Recipients

 

Presentation:

 

11.a. Newport-Mesa Annual Spirit Run Check Donation. Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, offers all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District the opportunity to share in the event and its financial success. Money is distributed to participating NMUSD schools.

 

Report:

 

12.b. Report on the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) is an advisory committee comprised of representatives from school English Learner Advisory Committees (ELACs). The role of the DELAC is to advise the Newport-Mesa Unified School District on programs and services for English learners. The Annual Report to the Board of Education summarizes highlights of the year's activities, along with observations and comments from DELAC Officers and DELAC members.

 

12.c. Estancia High School Patient Care Pathway Video. The Patient Care Medical Pathway, known as the Estancia Medical Academy, is a program at Estancia High School that combines academic instruction with specialized training in health professions. This video highlights the innovative and successful Career Technical Education (CTE) program offered by NMUSD and showcases how the Estancia Medical Academy is preparing students for careers in the medical industry and creating a pipeline of workers in the regional economy.

 

Consent Calendar:

 

16.b.1. Approve the Agreement with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for Trainings During the 2019/2020 School Year. ADL will provide their three-day "A World of Difference: Institute Peer Leadership Training for students plus on-going site based activities and support during the 2019-2020 school year. ADL will also provide "A World of Difference" Institute 1-Day Educator and Staff Training during the school year to create a respectful, inclusive and safe learning environment and community; and to build understanding of the value and benefits of diversity.

 

Discussion/Action Calendar:

 

18.e. Adopt Resolution 28-06-19 All Funds Final Budget. As required by Education Code section 52062(b)(2), the district conducted a public hearing on June 11, 2019, whereby the district's 2019-20 budget was presented for public review and input.

 

18.f. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy - Technical/Minor Modifications. It is recommended that the Board of Education take the recommendation of the Board's policy editing team to conduct this first reading, waive the second reading, and adopt the revisions to the following policies containing minor technical revisions which are a result of changes in law, regulations, or court decisions.

  • BP 3000 - Concepts and Roles
  • BP 3270 - Sale and Disposal of Books, Equipment, & Supplies
  • BP 3300 - Expenditures and Purchases
  • BP 3314 - Payment for Goods & Services
  • BP 3314.2 - Revolving Funds      

18.g. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy. It is recommended that the Board of Education review and adopt at first reading the attached policy revisions that have been reviewed and edited by the three member Board policy editing team. These policies have revisions to bring their language and legal references current to meet legal deadlines.

  • BP 3100 - Budget
  • BP 3110 - Transfer of Funds
  • BP 3220.1 - Lottery Funds
  • BP 3260 - Fees and Charges
  • BP 3311 - Bids
  • BP 3312 - Contracts

 

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Congratulations NMUSD Class of 2019! 

Graduation Collage

Congratulations Newport-Mesa graduates on this momentous milestone. You’ve worked hard to achieve your goals and now you’re on your way to seek new vistas, dream new dreams, embark on who you are, embrace life with passion and keep reaching for the stars. Good luck in your future endeavors!
Click the links below to view photos of the promotions and graduations!

Back Bay/Monte Vista High School Graduation Photos

Corona del Mar High School Graduation Photos

Costa Mesa High School Graduation Photos

Costa Mesa Middle School Promotion Photos

Early College High School Graduation  Photos

Ensign Intermediate Promotion Photos

Estancia High School Graduation Photos

Newport Harbor High school Graduation Photos

Seamless Transition Enrichment Programs (STEP) Graduation Photos

TeWinkle Middle School Promotion Photos

 

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Published: 6/21/19




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Preschool Students

The following feature was written by the First 5 Orange County, a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for and works with the state’s 58 First 5 county commissions to build strong, effective, and sustainable systems serving California’s youngest children.

We can’t predict a preschooler’s future. We can’t determine what incredible things they will achieve, what job they will pursue or what memories they will create. But, we can, with a certain degree of certainty, predict a child’s success. 
How a child grasps a crayon, how he or she reacts when another child is crying, and how a child listens in a kindergarten classroom is predictive of his or her health, well-being and ultimately, success in school, work and beyond. 
In an effort to inform and make sure every Orange County child has a solid foundation for a thriving future, First 5 Orange County pioneered the countywide collection of the Early Development Index (EDI). This kindergarten readiness data, collected in partnership with researchers at UCLA, shines a light on where young children are doing well and sounds the alarm on the areas where immediate action is needed.

This important data lays out a roadmap for targeted intervention and support – EDI gives us the tools to create positive change for young children. 
Newport Mesa Unified School District was the first Orange County school district to participate in the collection of EDI. The district is home to approximately 22,000 students at 32 schools, and has 12 preschool sites. The student population is diverse: 44% Hispanic or Latino/a, 42% White, 9% Multiracial and 5% Asian, Native American or other Pacific Islander. More than 44% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
The district’s EDI data revealed two areas of great need: 44% of its kindergarten population lack necessary gross and fine motor skills, and many students are falling behind in social-emotional development, including 52% of students showing significant gaps in overall social competence and 51% of students displaying little or no prosocial and helping behavior.

Student PaintingTo address these areas of greatest need, the district, led by Kathleen Leary, Director of Early Childhood Education and After School Programs, mobilized into action and quickly established new preschool programs and expanded opportunities and support for parents to positively impact young children and their families – before they enter kindergarten.
At the core of this work is one important and achievable goal: to ensure every student is on a positive trajectory for success in school, and ultimately in life. 

To improve the gross and fine motor skills of its youngest learners, Newport Mesa implemented a new curriculum to complement and expand its existing Pre-K curriculum. Called Hand Writing Without Tears, the program helps young students understand the basics of writing – from how to grasp a pencil, how to hold scissors appropriately to learning new letters and numbers. The curriculum focuses on students’ ability to physically tackle the school day and successfully use and manipulate school supplies.

To address the social-emotional development, Second Step, an early learning curriculum focused on how a child learns and gets along with others was implemented. The Second Step program teaches skills in four critical areas: Skills for Learning, including how to focus and listen carefully; Empathy, how to understand their own and others’ feelings; Emotion Management, how to calm down when experiencing strong feelings such as worry or anger; and Friendship Skills and Problem Solving, how to make and keep friends and solve problems in a positive way. 
Both new curriculums were rolled out for the first time in the 18-19 school year and results are already shining through – students are sharing better with one another and showing noticeable growth in overall social-emotional development. 

Students LearningNewport Mesa also recognized that the majority of learning and development for these kids takes place outside of preschool settings – at home with parents. To reinforce the development of the whole child and the skills being taught during preschool programs, the district also expanded its opportunities for engagement with parents. 

To start each day, the preschool classrooms participate in Parent and Child Together (PaCT) Time for the first 15 minutes of class. During this time, teachers facilitate an interactive activity between the parent and child to reinforce the learning happening in the classroom and provide easy activities and tools that can be recreated at home to further encourage development and learning. 
Beyond its own preschool sites, Newport Mesa’s early childhood education team is also conducting kindergarten readiness luncheons to partner with preschool, child care centers, and faith-based and in-home early childhood care providers. Attendees are provided with a comprehensive look at their community’s EDI data and the areas of success and concern, as well as support for implementing programs to address these gaps in achievement. 

The quick mobilization by Newport Mesa Unified School District to make needed changes and address critical concerns for its youngest learners is encouraging. The EDI data served as the catalyst for these changes and provided a clear map of where resources were needed to create more enriching environments for children and their families. 
Newport Mesa will continue to monitor and track progress of its youngest learners in these critical areas over time to make sure a lasting positive impact is made as a result of its new programs.

For more information on Newport-Mesa’s Early Childhood Education please visit our website at web.nmusd.us/EarlyChildhoodEducation.   

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/19/19




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CdMHS Construction Announcement

IT'S HAPPENING!

Corona del Mar High School Sports Fields Construction is Underway

Construction includes replacement of two grass fields with synthetic turf fields, one rubber track,
sports lighting and spectator seating. It is anticipated that construction will be complete by
graduation in 2020. We look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony.

www.nmusd.us/currentprojects

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Published: 6/18/19




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District

June 17, 2019

In March 2019, the Orange County Board of Education (OCBOE) voted 3-2 to approve a county-authorized charter school, International School for Science and Culture (ISSAC), that will operate within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) boundaries for the 2019-20 school year.

The NMUSD Board of Education denied this charter school for numerous reasons. A full explanation of denial can be found in the Resolution Denying the Charter Petition for ISSAC.

As a county-authorized charter, the OCBOE has oversight responsibilities for the charter school although it is primarily funded by NMUSD and our taxpayers.

Pursuant to Education Code Section 47614 (commonly referred to as “Prop 39”), ISSAC submitted a request to use NMUSD facilities. The District processed the request, and ultimately determined that ISSAC was not entitled to District facilities pursuant to the Prop 39 standards and requirements. ISSAC disagreed and continued to pursue District facilities. In order to resolve the dispute and avoid the costs of litigation, the District and ISSAC negotiated an agreement, in lieu of Prop 39, for  ISSAC to occupy a portion of the District’s Harper Assessment Center site for the 2019-20 school year. This agreement was approved by the NMUSD Board of Education on June 14, 2019.

As a reminder, the ISSAC charter school is NOT a school or program of NMUSD. It is important to know that students enrolled in this charter school will no longer be students of NMUSD or their current elementary school and those children will not be eligible for support services, resources or any programs offered by NMUSD. We urge you to consider all aspects of a school in order to make the best decision for your child and family. To assist your consideration, we have provided a few examples of the differences between NMUSD schools and the new charter school in the link below. While this information does not go into great detail, nor does it cover all aspects of NMUSD schools or the county-authorized charter, it can be used as a starting point to guide your research and decision-making process.

Program Comparison Chart - English

Program Comparison Chart - Spanish

 


March 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that the ISSAC charter school is NOT a school or program of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD). In March 2019, the Orange County Board of Education (OCBOE) voted 3-2 to approve a county-authorized charter school that will operate within the NMUSD boundaries for the 2019-20 school year.

The NMUSD Board of Education denied this new charter school for numerous reasons. A full explanation of denial can be found in the Resolution Denying the Charter Petition for ISSAC. As a county-authorized charter, the OCBOE has oversight responsibilities for the charter school although it is primarily funded by NMUSD and our taxpayers.

It is important to know that students enrolled in this charter school will no longer be students of NMUSD or their current elementary school and those children will not be eligible for support services, resources or any programs offered by NMUSD. We urge you to consider all aspects of a school in order to make the best decision for your child and family. To assist your consideration, we have provided a few examples of the differences between NMUSD schools and the new charter school. While this information does not go into great detail, nor does it cover all aspects of NMUSD schools or the county-authorized charter, it can be used as a starting point to guide your research and decision-making process.

Thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Frederick Navarro
Superintendent

Program Comparison Chart - English

Program Comparison Letter - Spanish
Program Comparison Chart - Spanish

Correspondence to OCBOE outlining our continuing objections -Spanish

NMUSD Board’s resolution denying ISSAC’s charter - Spanish
Correspondence to OCBOE outlining our continuing objections -Spanish

NMUSD Board’s resolution denying ISSAC’s charter - Spanish


March 8, 2019

Last week we communicated with you about a request for approval of the International School for Science and Culture (ISSAC) charter school that was seeking to locate within our school district boundaries.

Despite opposition to the charter by a broad spectrum of speakers and audience members, including parents, community members, union leaders, district administrators, and Board members - and without resolving the concerns with the charter - the Orange County Board of Education (OCBOE) voted 3-2 to approve ISSAC at its March 6 meeting.

We are extremely disappointed in the OCBOE’s decision to approve the Newport-Mesa taxpayer-funded charter, despite the many deficiencies that were identified by NMUSD and the Orange County Department of Education staff.

As public education leaders, we are stewards of high-quality education for all students in the district and we work diligently to protect taxpayer dollars. Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education previously voted unanimously against the charter, due to major flaws and deficiencies we believe remain in the OCBOE-approved petition. Our concerns include an unsound educational plan and an unsustainable financial plan. We reiterated these concerns to the OCBOE, in writing and during the meeting, before the OCBOE approved ISAAC.

ISSAC does not have a location for its school, but it intends to begin operations in the 2019-2020 school year.

We urge our school community to make informed decisions regarding our children’s education. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with NMUSD’s concerns about this charter school. To facilitate that review, you can view the NMUSD Board’s resolution denying ISSAC’s charter and our correspondence to OCBOE outlining our continuing objections. NMUSD will continue to maintain quality education for all of our students and at all of our district schools. As always, we appreciate your support. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Fred Navarro
Superintendent

Correspondence to OCBOE outlining our continuing objections -Spanish

NMUSD Board’s resolution denying ISSAC’s charter - Spanish

 


February 28, 2019

To the Newport-Mesa Educational Community,

A controversial issue is being discussed at the March 6 meeting of the Orange County Board of Education (OCBOE) that will negatively impact everyone in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD). As a member of the NMUSD educational community you need to know that we are working diligently to expose and stop this misguided effort.

Last September, a questionable petition was presented to the NMUSD Board of Education seeking to create a taxpayer funded charter school called the International School for Science and Culture (ISSAC). After careful review against the legal standards, our trustees could not in good conscience approve the petition. NMUSD unanimously voted it down.

In a 16-page resolution of denial, we provided a detailed critique pointing out the major flaws and deficiencies in the petition. Its financial plan was unsustainable and its educational plan was unsound. Sure, it had a fancy name, but it couldn’t be backed up with anything but vague promises. The petition sought to use taxpayer funds taken from our community as “venture capital” in a highly speculative, flawed proposition.

Resolution of Denial – Denying the Charter Petition for International School for Science and Culture

This charter school is a bad idea that keeps coming back

This was not a new petition, but a repackaging of the failed Adrian Hands Academy Charter application that had been previously denied three times by a neighboring school district. Just like Adrian Hands, the ISSAC charter was riddled with errors, false assumptions, inaccurate data, and faulty projections. Furthermore, the so-called Spanish translated version was so rife with translation errors as to be rendered meaningless.

The Charter school simply could not substantiate its business or educational plans. Our findings pointed out essential defects that the charter needed to correct, if possible. They could have done their homework and resubmitted a revised petition, but instead they went over our heads and submitted it to the county in a deliberate choice to end-run local control and seek a more favorable “pro-charter” audience with the OCBOE. It is significant to note that the state charter advocacy organization has been ramping up its participation in local elections to build an infrastructure of pro-charter elected officials in Orange County and across the state.

OCBOE appears to have made up its mind despite the facts

It is up to elected trustees of local district and county boards of education to be prudent stewards of public funds. At the same time they have to protect the educational needs and interests of all students and their families. In this situation, the NMUSD Board has fulfilled that mandate. We can only hope that the OCBOE will do the same.

The most recent OCBOE meeting was frustrating, troubling, and disrespectful. A positive decision appeared to be pre-ordained despite the fact that OCDE staff found many of the same defects as had NMUSD. The OCBOE so limited the public comment period that our parents who had genuine concerns that needed to be heard were not allowed an opportunity to speak.  It is telling that in all of the five public meetings to date on this charter, only parents of two potential students have expressed interest in this proposed school. 

Our parents don’t want this charter! In fact, many vehemently oppose it. The final approval was put off by OCBOE at the last minute to allow the charter petitioners to attempt to fix the charter. It is coming back to the OCBOE for final action on March 6.

What’s at stake?

The ISSAC charter wants to strip millions of dollars from the Newport-Mesa tax base to pay for their start-up. This is a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on valuable NMUSD programs and services to students. It would be unfortunate for these funds to instead be diverted to finance an unsound educational program. The defects in the proposal also put at risk the educational opportunities that would be afforded to students who enroll at the charter school.

What can you do?

First, read up on ISSAC so you can get past the rhetoric and promises and see it for what it is . . . an unsound educational proposal.

Second, email the members of the Orange County Board of Education to express your concern about their support of ISSAC.

Third, come to the March 6 meeting to tell county decision makers in person that you don’t want an inferior charter school trying to market itself as a quality alternative to our excellent public schools.

Parental choice and educational options that enable students to find their best pathway to success are important values we support in Newport-Mesa. This charter petition is not a quality choice for parents and students.

We appreciate your continuing support. We know you have high expectations for your students and our schools. We strive every day to deliver an excellent educational experience for every child.

Sincerely,

Dr. Fred Navarro

Superintendent

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Free meals will be available at these three Costa Mesa sites for your kids and teens this summer!

  • July 8 - August 1
    Costa Mesa High School Cafeteria, 2650 Fairview Road (use entry gate next to gym) 
    Served Monday - Thursday / CLOSED Friday
    • Breakfast - 8:30 to 9:00 
    • Lunch - 12:00 to 12:30
  • July 8 - July 25
    Rea Elementary, 661 Hamilton Ave.
    Served Monday - Thursday / CLOSED Friday:
    • Breakfast - 8:30 to 9:00          
    • Lunch – 12:00 to 12:30
  • June 24 - August 2
    Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Avenue (near Lions Park)
    Served Monday - Friday:
    • Lunch - 12:00 to 1:00

No cost or enrollment required. Open to all children under 18.

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized six high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. For the seventh 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: caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Each high school is asked to submit the names of six seniors they believe exemplify each pillar. Superintendent Dr. Navarro and each of the high school principals review the 36 nominations and as a group select one student from each school that best represents one of the six pillars.

“I am always thrilled for this award because it honors principles of good character and acknowledges students for being upstanding, kind people,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.

In May, each student received a surprise visit at their school from Superintendent Navarro and was presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 12, 2019 Board Meeting. Each student also has a banner with their name, photo, school, and character trait that is displayed in the district office the following school year, as a reminder to all who enter to have good character.

Below is an overview of each of the 2019 Character Trait Award Winners:

Caring: Elise McHenry, Early College High School

Elise McHenryElise McHenry always has thoughtful and insightful answers to questions in class, but what truly sets her apart is the genuine and kind ways in which she responds. She also has a keen sense of awareness of other people's struggles and cares deeply in helping people overcome them.

She serves as a role model to her classmates at Early College High School, always treating people equitably and with compassion. She recognizes bias and injustice in the characters of the books read in class, as in life, and speaks up for what is reasonable and will be most beneficial to all, without excluding anyone.

Elise shows the ability to care for other people's well-being by expressing gratitude for school staff and classmates for their efforts in making high school a welcoming and positive experience for her. She also regularly shows her appreciation for staff and students by baking delicious pastries.

Elise has completed nearly 400 hours of community service at the Frida Cinema Program, Orange County Film Society and Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean up. Elise will attend Humboldt State University in the fall and intends to study accounting.

Citizenship: Jennifer Neri, Estancia High School

Jennifer NeriJennifer Neri embodies the character trait of citizenship in all that she does. Jennifer was the founder of the Acts of Random Kindness Club (ARK) at Estancia High School. As founder and president of ARK, she coordinates activities on campus that promote a culture of kindness and inclusiveness. She has a genuine care for others and not only works to be inclusive and kind, but also tries to get others to join her mission, thereby organically spreading kindness throughout the campus.

On several occasions Jennifer has organized a group of students to place positive messages and decorate students' lockers, teacher's classrooms and classified staff members' workspaces to brighten their day and thank them for all they do to support students and each other.

With a passion for supporting all students and fighting for what's right, Jennifer also promotes Patrick's Purpose Foundation, which aims to promote mental wellness in schools and create a student-driven culture of kindness through educational programs and initiatives. As part of her promotion of this organization, Jennifer made hundreds of bracelets to distribute to students to promote inclusion and kindness.

As senior class president of the Associated Student Body (ASB), Jennifer had meetings with school administrators and the Parent Teacher Student Association to discuss her ideas for creating a more inclusive campus. Jennifer also serves as Estancia's School Board Representative and attends NMUSD  Board meetings. Before each meeting, she meets with a site administrator to get ideas about what she can share at the meeting about academics, athletics and activities at Estancia. She models citizenship daily through her polite and friendly interactions, as well as her ability to find opportunities to make the Estancia community a better place.

Jennifer plans to study philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Fairness: Zurich Bisoso, Newport Harbor High School

Zurich BisosoZurich has dedicated herself to making Newport Harbor High School a place where all students are treated fairly. She is involved in many programs on campus and always finds ways to improve them by

ensuring that all students are involved and treated kind and fair.

As an editor on the yearbook staff she works tirelessly to make sure all voices are represented. She is the glue that holds together a diverse group that must make collective decisions. Particularly, as the photography editor, she has been a champion for all of the staff photographers. She works to ensure that the chosen images fairly represent the work of the whole team and are reflective of the school culture. She was particularly instrumental in ensuring that the schools Latino population was prominently represented. Thanks to her efforts the cover photo will, for the first time ever, be of a Latina.

As a member of the leadership board of Latinos Unidos, a campus club that advocates for the fair treatment of Latinos, Zurich has strongly expressed the goals and mission of the organization at various student government meetings, in multiple sessions with the school administration and at the school district. This has not only created awareness about the club, but awareness of the importance of promoting and including Latinos in all aspects of school and society.   

In class, Zurich uses her good sense of humor and kindness to ensure that all students have a fair opportunity of being included and heard. She speaks up for the underdog and spots those who need extra support. At times in her life, Zurich has struggled with self-esteem issues, because of this, she goes out of her way to compliment students and teachers alike to help them avoid the same problems.

“When life treats you unfairly, Zurich is who you want to be on your side,” said Newport-Harbor High School Principal Dr. Sean Boulton. “She has truly brought about positive change on our campus,” he said.   

Zurich wants to study criminal justice, making a profession out of her fight for fairness and equity.

Respect: Alexander Johnson, Back Bay High School

Alex JohnsonBeing respectful sometimes comes in the simplest forms; such as when Alexander Johnson calls all adults by "Mr./Ms.", even when other students (with permission) simply use the person's first name.

Alexander knew that he wanted to join the United States Marine Corps and he knew that having respect for himself and those around him would be important. Knowing his plan for the future was to be in the military, Alexander prioritized respecting the staff at Back Bay High School for insisting on helping him attain the grades required for military enlistment. His last year at his previous school was difficult, and his grades reflected that.

It's not exactly respect, but his politeness is a trait that deserves mention. Alexander’s teachers report that he is extremely polite. Instead of saying "can I borrow a yellow highlighter?"  he says, "Mrs. Wilson, do you mind if I borrow your yellow highlighter for a minute, please?" He always asks permission, he holds the door open for the person behind him, and he always replies, "You're welcome." He's quiet when the teacher asks for quiet, keeps his work area neat, and looks you in the eye when he says "thank you". Alexander has now officially signed on with the U.S. Marines.

Responsibility: Belen Godinez, Costa Mesa High School

Belen GodinezIn recent years Belen Godinez has been battling a series of debilitating set-backs with her health. Regardless of that, she maintained a positive attitude and never let her grades suffer.

During her sophomore year, Belen was hospitalized for an extended amount of time. There was even a time where she missed an entire semester of school for treatments. However, she refused to fall behind her peers in her academic endeavors. She maintained her rigorous course load and independently coordinated with teachers to make up missed assignments and exams, while receiving treatment.

Belen is part of the Patient Care Pathway which combines academic instruction with specialized training in the health profession. Through this coursework and hands-on experience, she has become determined to help others who have experienced an athletic injury. She is extremely resilient and is turning her traumatic experience into something positive, committing to bettering others lives by using her empathic skills for those who are struggling. She has very high standards for herself and they never wavered because of her illness. She is the best advocate for herself and hopes to do the same for others after graduation.

“Belen’s high school journey is a truly inspiring story of how you can be positive, responsible and achieve your goals, regardless of setbacks that may get in your way,” said Costa Mesa High School Principal Dr. Jake Haley.

Upon graduation, Belen plans to pursue a career in either clinical or sports psychology.

Trustworthiness: Ty Thabit, Corona del Mar High School

Ty ThabitTy Thabit is an outstanding student at Corona del Mar High School. He is exceptionally trustworthy, always straightforward and honest in his communications. Ty can be trusted to accomplish tasks exceptionally well and on time. Even when there are challenges in his accomplishment of tasks, Ty is honest about any constraints that he comes by and how he plans to overcome them to find solutions. Trustworthiness is a quality that teachers admire most about Ty, especially as part of the Future Business Leaders of America program that he is a part of.

In class, Ty also is a source of leadership for fellow students who trust him to help them with assignments and tutoring. They know that Ty will not judge, mock or make them feel bad in any way for coming to him for help.

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Bus Application

Apply for a 2019-20 Bus Pass

The application opens July 8, 2019, online at www.nmusd.us/transportation

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On May 28 Deputy Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung provided an update to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education on a Thought Exchange, which solicited input from secondary students, staff and parents about school-related teen stress. Although key themes that emerged from the Thought Exchange were made public in March 2019, this overview provides a more detailed look into specific input received, evaluation process and next steps for developing action items.

Thought Exchange allowed participants to share their thoughts on key contributors to school-related teen stress. Participants then had the opportunity to consider and rate thoughts shared by others on a scale of 1 (do not agree) to 5 (highly agree).

Below are the links to the interactive reports for each conversation that includes thoughts from highest to lowest followed by a section that allows exploration by themes. In order to deepen our awareness and understanding of the contributors of stress on our students, we encourage meaningful open discussion around these thoughts and consider actions that support our students to become healthy adults with resiliency, grit and positive response to challenges.

Student Conversation about Addressing School-Related Teen Stress

Parent Conversation about Addressing School-Related Teen Stress

Staff Conversation about Addressing School-Related Teen Stress

Next Steps

The Thought Exchange tool is designed to take thoughts, develop themes and stimulate deeper conversations to better understand the context and meaning behind the input received. Elementary and secondary principals, district leadership, select parent groups and student leaders have reviewed the data and began conversations about how these thoughts can build awareness, compassion and action from us as leaders as well as staff, parents and students themselves. Conversations will continue in the fall with the goal of developing purposeful action items to consider.

This Thought Exchange is only one data point and will be considered along with the research of best practices, other observations and the ongoing work in social-emotional learning throughout our district.


In November 2018, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) asked secondary students, staff, and parents to share their input about school-related teen stress via Thought Exchange. Thought Exchange allowed participants to share their thoughts on key contributors to school-related teen stress, and ideas on how we can reduce school-related teen stress. Participants then had the opportunity to consider and rate thoughts shared by others.

Nearly 400 middle and high school students provided more than 300 thoughts about school-related teen stress. Below is a summary of top themes that students shared as being the highest contributors to school-related teen stress:

  • Homework and assignments
  • Tests and assessments

  • Teachers and staff

  • College and career readiness

  • Communication and engagement

  • Calendar and schedule

When student feedback was combined with feedback from parents of secondary students, and staff at secondary schools the top themes as being high contributors to school-related teen stress were as follows:

  • College and career readiness

  • Homework and assignments

  • Tests and assessments

  • Communication and engagement

  • Teachers and staff

  • Social and emotional health

  • Tutoring and learning support

  • Calendar and schedule

  • Learning environment

“We appreciate everyone taking the time to provide thoughts on this important topic,” said Mr. Russell Lee-Sung, NMUSD deputy superintendent. “Listening to the students' voice is a critical step to build compassion for our students and heightened awareness of the impact of our actions,” he said.

District and school staff continue to review the data from this Thought Exchange with staff, and student and parent leaders to identify specific actions that can help address school-related teen stress and support the overall well-being of students. A more in-depth recap of the Thought Exchange will be presented at a future NMUSD Board of Education meeting.
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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.          

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Recognitions:

10.a. Recognition of Spring Athletic Sports Champions. Student athletes from Newport Harbor High School are to be recognized for their achievements.

  • CIF Southern Section Division 1 Champions - Boys' Volleyball 

  • CIF State Southern California Regional Division 1 Champions - Boys' Volleyball 

  • Aidan Elbettar: CIF Southern Section Division 2 Champion - Discus and Shotput /CIF Masters Meet Discus Champion

  • Ayla Spitz: CIF Southern Section Division 1 Champion - 100 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle Swimming

10.b. Recognition of Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 2019 Super Star Award Recipients. The Super Star program was established as a way to recognize employee excellence. The following four employees are being recognized this year for their outstanding performance and efforts to create a more positive environment.

  • Brigitte Besneatte

  • Suzanne Chan

  • Narisa Hoevatanakul

  • Carly Konigsfeld

Report:

13.a. Report on Thought Exchange Results Related to School-Related Teen Stress. Education Services will report on the results of the Thought Exchange related to School-Related Teen Stress. The input was received by parents, students and staff.

Consent Calendar:

17.b.5. Approve Agreement with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) for the 2019/20 School Year. AVID is a college readiness program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. There are currently five school sites participating in AVID (Early College High School, Ensign Middle School, Estancia High School, Newport Harbor High School, TeWinkle Middle School and Rea Elementary School).

Discussion/Action Calendar

18.a. PreK-12 District Priorities for 2019-20. It is recommended that the Board of education discuss and approve the PreK-12 District Priorities for 2019-2020.

18.b. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy. It is recommended that the Board of Education take the recommendation of the Board's policy editing team to conduct this first reading, waive the second reading, and adopt the revisions to the following policies which are a result of changes in law, regulations, or court decisions.

  • BP 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities
  • BP 5111.1 - District Residency
  • BP 5145.6 - Parental Notifications
  • BP 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment
  • BP 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior
  • BP 5145.13 - Response to Immigration Enforcement
  • BP 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities
  • BP 6145.2 - Athletic Competition

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Newport-Mesa Unified School District hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will be held as follows:

TOPIC: 2019-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan

Copies of the Local Control and Accountability Plan are available for inspection at the Education Center.

DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
TIME: 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Newport-Mesa Unified School District – Education Center
2985 Bear Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Vanessa Galey
Director of Special Projects
717-424-8983

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NMUSD 4th Annual Robotics Competition

Participating Schools:

Corona del Mar Middle School/High School
Costa Mesa Middle School/High School
Ensign Intermediate School
Estancia High School
Newport Harbor High School

Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Costa Mesa High School - Big Gym, 2650 Fairview Rd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

For more information, email edtech@nmusd.us

Sponsored by the Education Technology Department!

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud to announce two students who were selected to receive the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation (OCYSF) Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award. Only 13 of the more than 100 applicants from throughout the county were awarded the scholarship.

Now in its 48th year, the Scholar-Athlete Scholarship is given to students who show exemplary athletic and community involvement, academic achievements, and campus leadership. The scholar-athletes were each awarded $2,500 based on their academic and athletic merits.

The 2019 NMUSD scholar-athletes are:          

Alina Aguirre

  • Alina Aguirre, Newport Harbor High School
    Sport: Varsity wrestling
    Scholastic Honors: Valedictorian, Awards of Academic Excellence, Student of the Semester Award.
    Extra-Curricular Activities: Newport Beach Police Explorers, Newport Harbor High School Theater, Co-founder and President of 5 Branches Art Club, Bridges Club member.
    Future Plans: San Diego State University where she plans to study criminal justice and psychology.


    Gianna Finear
     
  • Gianna Finear, Corona del Mar High School
    Sport: Varsity Golf
    Scholastic Honors: Valedictorian, Honor Society Member, Gold Seal Bearer Candidate, NMUSD Seal of Excellence.
    Extra-Curricular Activities: Hoag Hospital Volunteer, Human Relations Council Board Member, Future Business Leaders of America, Academy of Global Studies.
    Future Plans: Brown University where she plans to study computer engineering as well as economics or global business.

The OCYSF was founded in 1971 and provides local athletes with scholarships, hosts various community outreach programs, among other activities.

Students were honored at an OCYSF scholarship banquet and will also be recognized at their school’s award ceremonies.

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) abides by AB 329, which requires school districts in California to teach sexual health education in middle and high school. Parents have the ability to opt out of sexual health education.

NMUSD does not teach sexual health education in elementary school. 

Visit the California Department of Education website for information on the health education framework. 

For information about NMUSD curriculum, please visit the Curriculum and Instruction website

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Corona del Mar High School and Early College High School were ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top performing high school in America.

 

The annual list published by U.S. News and World Report, looks at more than 20,000 public high schools throughout the United States to select the best schools. Top performing schools are based student performance on state proficiency tests, graduation rates, and the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

 

“Our school community is dedicated to preparing students for success” said Kathy Scott, Corona del Mar High School principal. “We are extremely proud that our school has been recognized on multiple occasions,” she said.

 

Corona del Mar High School serves approximately 1,600 students and offers a wide range of academic and extra-curricular programs, such as the Academy of Global Studies, the Performing Arts and Multimedia Academy, Challenge Success, and competitive athletics programs. Learn more by visiting the Corona del Mar High School website.

 

Early College High School (ECHS) is a collaborative effort between with Coastline Community College. Students are offered the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while meeting college entrance requirements. ECHS is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) affiliated school, California Distinguished School, California Gold Ribbon School, California Department of Education Honor Roll School, and WASC Accredited.

 

"This ranking is not  easy for our school to attain since we do not offer AP/IB exams, which accounts for 40 percent of the criteria," said Dr. Dave Martinez, ECHS principal. "So, that means we are doing an excellent job in the other 60 percent of their criteria, by offering college courses instead," he said.  

 

To learn more about the high school rankings visit the U.S. News and World Report website.

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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.          

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Recognitions:

10.a. Recognition of California School Employees Association (CSEA)Chapter 18 Scholarship Recipients. CSEA Chapter President Pam Saunders will present scholarship awards to the following recipients, which are children of district staff:

  • NMUSD employee Anita Santoro - recipient is Nicolas Santoro
  • NMUSD employee Pamela Dickey - recipient is Danielle Dickey

Report:

13.a. Early College High School Video. Presentation of a promotional video for Early College High School (ECHS). ECHS is a college preparatory educational program with an emphasis on integrated project-based learning, personalized instruction, and a strong collaboration with Coastline Community College allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and one-two years of college coursework.

13.b. Report on Grades 6 - 12 History/Social Sciences Instructional Materials. Education Services along with lead teachers will report on the process and results for grade 6-12 History/Social Studies instructional materials pilot.

Resolution Consent Calendar:

18.a. Adopt Resolution 23-05-19 Recognizing May 19-25, 2019 as Classified School Employee Week. In 1986, recognizing the valuable contributions that classified employees provide to California public schools, the legislature amended section 45460 of the Education Code to include a provision that designates the third full week of May each year as Classified School Employee Week. Since the time this law was enacted, Newport-Mesa's Board of Education has annually adopted a resolution to recognize the contributions that classified employees make to our school community.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Published: 5/14/19




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud to announce that three students were selected as Angels Scholars and awarded four-year college scholarships from the Angels Baseball Foundation. This is a prestigious recognition that was awarded to only 19 of the more than 100 students that applied. This is the third year in a row that at least one NMUSD student has received an Angels scholarship.

This year’s NMUSD Angels Scholars include:

Rafael Arias Torres

Rafael Arias Torres, Newport Harbor High School - He plans to study Computer Science at Northeastern University

Sofia Chavez

Sofia Chavez, Early College High School - She plans to study Nursing at the University of California, Irvine

Anahi Villagrana

Anahi Villagrana, Newport Harbor High School - She plans to study Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Since 2016 the Angels Baseball Foundation has awarded four-year college scholarships to outstanding high school seniors. The process includes Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teachers nominating students based on high academic achievements, financial need, community involvement, and the desire to pursue higher education. The AVID program helps schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach that focuses on closing the opportunity gap to prepare all students for success in a global society.

“We have a phenomenal AVID program and are fortunate to have three deserving students awarded four-year scholarships to college,” said Dr. Fred Navarro, superintendent. “Thank you to the Angels Foundation for investing our students’ future!” he said.

To be eligible for the Angels Scholars Scholarships each graduating senior must meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 unweighted grade point average
  • Accepted to a 4-year higher education institution
  • At least one Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college transferrable course
  • 50 or more hours of community service in high school
  • At least one extracurricular and/or leadership activity
  • And more…

Students will be honored at an Angels Baseball Foundation ceremony in June.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/6/19




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Early College High School (ECHS) received the California Distinguished Schools Award. The Distinguished School Award honors California's most exemplary and inspiring public schools.

California Distinguished School Award LogoECHS earned the prestigious distinction for demonstrating exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years.

In 2019, California used a multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Some examples include test scores, suspensions and graduation rates. Along with celebrating high achievers, the goal is to spotlight successful programs and practices that can be replicated elsewhere.

“This award is a reflection of our superior staff, students and families,” said Dr. Dave Martinez, ECHS principal. “We aim to hold ourselves to high expectations and strive for excellence,” he said.

ECHS is a college preparatory educational program that’s designed to fulfill and exceed University of California “a-g” admission requirements. The program is designed to engage a wide spectrum of students by offering a robust and rigorous curriculum, supported by technology and aligned to student interests and educational standards. The emphasis on integrated project-based learning, personalized instruction, and a strong collaboration with Coastline Community College allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and one-two years of college coursework. 

In addition to a climate of high expectations and a strong academic culture, ECHS's mission includes the development of strong character, good judgment, and ethical behavior.

We invite you to take a few minutes to watch the Early College High School video to see the offerings that make ECHS an award-winning school!

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Published: 4/30/19




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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.          

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Recognitions:

10.a. Recognize Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 2019 Classified Employee of the Year Recipients – The California School Employee of the Year program highlights the contributions of classified school employees. The following classified employees were selected as NMUSD’s Classified School Employees of the Year:

  • My H. Lam, Nutrition Services Assistant II, Child Nutrition

  • Tabitha D. Strange, Instructional Assistant-Special Education, Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance

  • Scott E. Parks, Bus Driver, Transportation

10.b. Recognition of Winter Athletic Sports Champions - It is recommended that the Board of Education recognize and commend Costa Mesa High School's Co-ed Cheer Team as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Co-ed Cheer Champions.

Resolution Consent Calendar:

17.a. Adopt Resolution No. 19-04-19 - Observing May 8, 2019 as "National School Nurse Day" and the Week of May 6 - 10, 2019 as "National School Nurse Week" 

17.b. Adopt Resolution No. 20-04-19 Recognizing California Day of the Teacher May 8, 2019 and National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10, 2019 

17.d. Adopt Resolution No 22-04-19 - In Support of Reform to the California Charter Schools Act - The Newport-Mesa USD Board of Education believes that the charter school approval process should respect a locally elected Board's policy setting and overall management responsibilities, including responsibility for all educational programs within its jurisdiction, fiscal oversight of educational programs within its jurisdiction, and management of facilities needs in its jurisdiction commensurate with enrollments and state and federal standards.

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

18.a. Approve Facility Naming AdHoc Committee Recommendation Regarding Request to Name Davis Magnet School Field “Frainie Field” - In January 2019, a written application was received to name the Davis Magnet School field the "Frainie Field". District Board Policy 7310 requires that to evaluate all such applications a committee must be convened that represents all district zones and that the committee shall evaluate all public comments on the request and then make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The committee recommends that the Board of Education approve naming the Davis Magnet School field "Frainie Field".

18.b. Approve Proposed Board Meeting Dates for July 2019-June 2020 – It is recommended that the Board of Education adopt the proposed meeting dates of July 2019-June 2020. The Board will shift to approve Board meeting dates each June, rather than December, following the district wide planning calendar.

2019:

  • July 16

  • August 27

  • September 17

  • October 7 (Moved to Monday to avoid Yom Kippur)

  • October 29

  • November 19

  • December 10

2020:

  • January 14

  • January 28 (Study Session)

  • February 11

  • February 25 (Study Session)

  • March 11 (moved to Wednesday to avoid Purim)

  • March 31

  • April 14 (Study Session) (this falls at the end of Passover; daytime study session permitted on this date)

  • April 28

  • May 19

  • June 9

  • June 23

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Published: 4/23/19




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Free Preschool Flyer

Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Free Preschool
Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year!
Enroll Today!
Half day & full day classes available

Students must be 3 years old by December 1, 2019; 4 year olds are also welcome!
Program is provided at College Park, Killybrooke, Paularino, Pomona, Rea, Sonora, Whittier, and Wilson Elementary
Open to all Orange County residents
The program starts on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Hot breakfast and/or lunch served daily
Health and Nutrition Services available

For requirements and information, visit us at 2045 Meyer Place, Room 123, Costa Mesa, CA Or call (949) 515-6716

Early Childhood Education Program

Now Enrolling for
the 2019-2020Early Childhood Education Program

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is currently
enrolling fully potty trained 3 and 4 year olds preschoolers in our tuition Based Programs at:
Newport Coast Elementary
Davis Magnet
Harbor View Elementary
Newport Elementary
Children can participate in full day programs:
5 days a week (M-F)
3 days a week (M, W, F)
2 days a week (T, TH)

To schedule a tour or obtain additional enrollment information please contact Tarek Houx, Preschool Office Assistant (949) 515-6622, thoux@nmusd.us
Please visit the Early Childhood Education website for additional information www.nmusd.us

 

 

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Published: 4/17/19




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) are pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Tamara Fairbanks, music teacher at Mariners Elementary; Mrs. Daniela Ramos, kindergarten teacher at Davis Magnet School; and Mrs. Colleen Tolles, English teacher at Ensign Intermediate as the 2019 Teachers of the Year.

Teachers are nominated for this prestigious honor by their peers and/or school community members at each NMUSD school. Nominated teachers submit a written application. These applications are used to determine finalists for classroom observations and interviews. Consideration for Teacher of the Year is based on quality of instruction, educational philosophy, and contribution to the profession. This selection process is managed by a committee of prior winners, retired teachers, and NMFT leaders.

The NMUSD winners, who were honored at an awards banquet hosted by the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation, will be submitted for consideration in the Orange County Teacher of the Year program.

“NMFT is honored to support the Teacher of the Year program,” said Dr. Britt Dowdy, NMFT president. “Newport-Mesa educators are among the best in California and we are lucky to work with three amazing women, who inspire our students and staff on a daily basis,” he said.                          

Tamara Fairbanks
Tamara Fairbanks

Ms. Tamara Fairbanks, Mariners Elementary

Ms. Fairbanks has been in education for more than 20 years and has taught music at NMUSD schools for 16 of those years. Ms. Fairbanks works tirelessly to provide an exceptional music experience for all students. She is known for supporting students beyond curriculum and is dedicated to helping them overcome obstacles.

In addition to teaching music at Mariners Elementary, Ms. Fairbanks has led in the development of district wide music festivals and workshops. She served as a leader of several professional organizations, including Orange County Music and Arts Administrators. She is passionate about the importance of learning and personal growth. 

“Students will remember the moments where we have an impact on them,” said Ms. Fairbanks. “[We] teach lovingly, meaningfully and passionately so that [students] can be free to discover their purpose,” she said.

Daniela Ramos  Left  Charlene Metoyer  right
Daniela Ramos (left), Board President Charlene Metoyer (right)

Ms. Daniela Ramos, Davis Elementary

Ms. Ramos began her career with NMUSD in 2004 and is currently a kindergarten teacher at Davis Magnet School.
She is known for her ability to differentiate instruction and support students with their varied level of abilities. As an active member of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) team, she believes in creating a supportive and safe environment for students to foster and channel their love of knowledge.

Her professionalism, cooperative spirit, and willingness to share her expertise also earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues and the greater school community.

“I aspire to create a classroom environment that empowers my students to understand that mistakes are a continuous aspect of life and a form of learning that guides you… every mistake made is progress,” said Ms. Ramos.

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Collen Tolles (left), Board President Charlene Metoyer (right)

Mrs. Colleen Tolles, Ensign Intermediate

Mrs. Tolles has been teaching at NMUSD for more than eight years and is currently a seventh and eighth grade English teacher at Ensign Intermediate. She values student interests and is passionate about developing systems that inspire and help students find new ways to approach learning.

In addition to teaching at Ensign, she also serves as the English department chair, co-advises the Ensign National Junior Honor Society, serves as an inductions mentor for new teachers, and has coached multiple Ensign sports teams.

“I balance high expectations with a fun atmosphere by offering students respect, fostering a safe learning space, giving every voice value, caring about each student, and being enthusiastic about what I teach,” Said Mrs. Tolles.

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Published: 4/4/19




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2019 Open House Schedule

Elementary Schools

  • Adams, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Andersen, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • California, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • College Park/ Mandarin Immersion Program, Thursday, May 02, 2019, 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Davis, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Eastbluff, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Harbor View, Thursday, April 25, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Kaiser, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Killybrooke, Friday, June 07, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Lincoln, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Mariners, Thursday, April 04, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Newport Coast, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Newport, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Newport Heights, Thursday, April 04, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Paularino, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Pomona, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Rea, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Sonora, Wednesday, June 05, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Victoria, Wednesday, June 05, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Whittier/ Spanish Immersion Program, Thursday, June 06, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Wilson, Thursday, May 23, 2019 , 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Woodland, Thursday, May 23, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Middle Schools

  • Ensign Intermediate, Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • TeWinkle Middle School, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

High Schools

  • Back Bay High School, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Come experience what makes our schools so amazing!
Please contact the schools directly for more information.

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Published: 3/28/19




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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.       

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Recognitions:

10.a. HCPTA Reflections 4th District 1st Place Winners Recognition – The Harbor Council PTA hosts an annual program called Reflections, an art recognition program. The program honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition. This year’s honorees are:

  • Dance Choreography - Intermediate - Koko Chang Andersen Elementary
  • Dance Choreography - High School - Grace O'Brien, Newport Harbor High, State Winner, Moved on to Nationals
  • Visual Arts - Angel Hernandez, Back Bay High School
  • Literature - Angelina Espinosa, Davis Magnet
  • Film Production - Zarrar Zubair, Adams Elementary, State Winner, Moved on to Nationals

10.b. Recognize 2018-2019 District Teacher of the Year Recipients - The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers recognize teachers from school sites around the District as "Teachers of the Year." the following teachers were selected as "District Teacher of the Year" and will represent Newport-Mesa School District in the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year:

  • Tamara Fairbanks, Mariners Elementary School
  • Daniela Ramos, Davis Magnet School
  • Colleen Tolles, Ensign Intermediate School

Report:

13.a. Report on Intervention - This is the first of two Board Reports on intervention, NMUSD addresses student learning through a tiered system, widely known as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. This includes Tier One: enhancing the district’s core educational program, and Tier Two and Tier Three: defining and refining supplemental supports. Killybrooke Elementary will explain its systematic approach to providing supplemental supports and will highlight its strategic offerings to accelerate academic results, reading and mathematics instruction and intervention.

Consent Calendar:

17.b.3 Approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With the Orange County Human Relations Council and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for their Collaboration and Formation of a Human Relations Task Force that will Recommend Action to the Board of Education - NMUSD will partner with Orange County Human Relations, which has trained mediators who specialize in building communities to foster respect, resolving conflict and pursuing equality. Orange County Human Relations has supported NMUSD schools to build campus environments that are respectful of diversity, where all students, staff, and parents feel safe, welcome and respected. They also work with school districts to develop and manage task forces that define and develop courses of action for improved school and community culture.

Public Hearing/ Action Calendar:

18.a. Public Hearing of the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations Commencing 2019

18.c. Public Hearing of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 for Negotiations Commencing 2019

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

19.b. Naming of the Welcome Center - Karen Kendall Welcome Center - The Board of Education received a request through the BP 7310 process to name the Welcome Center for former principal and director, Karen Kendall, who started that center before retiring.

19.c. Approve Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Federal Addendum - The LCAP Federal Addendum supplements the LCAP to ensure that eligible Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) have the opportunity to meet the required planning provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA funds are supplemental to state and local funds.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Published: 3/25/19




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District received a request to name the "Frainie Field" in honor of Mr. Keith J. Frainie, who was a dedicated and passionate member of the Davis Magnet School community.

For more information and to take the survey regarding this naming request, please click the following link, Davis Magnet School Athletic Field Naming Survey. The survey will be available for public input until April 3, 2019.

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Published: 3/20/19




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Signature Academies

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) offers a variety of Signature Academies at each of our four comprehensive high schools as well as specialty elementary programs to prepare students for global competitiveness.

Students enrolled receive unique curriculum options that complement our core academic programs. The programs are available to students that reside within the district boundaries, regardless of their school zone of residence.

To learn more about our Signature Academy programs and to apply please visit our Signature Academies Website.

If you have any questions, please call the programs support office at 714-424-5066.

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Published: 3/14/19




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Board Meeting Brief – March 12, 2019

In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.    

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Report:

12.a. Report on Seamless Transition Enrichment Programs (STEP) Career and Vocational Training – This report will highlight the background of the STEP program, including the STEP Flower Cart, and the skills that students are learning in the various components of the business.

13. Informational Items - Board to Provide Direction to Staff to Form a Task Force to Improve Human Relations in the District 

Consent Calendar:

16.a.7 Approve Authorization to Advertise and Award Bid #118-18 Sports Fields Project – Corona del Mar High School - Advertisements for construction of the sports fields will be published in a newspaper for general circulation as required, with specified date and time for the response of sealed bids. All bids will be opened at the announced time. Bids will be evaluated for adherence to district specifications and responsiveness according to Public Contract Code. Following contract ratification, it will be presented to the Board.

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

17.c. Adopt Resolution No. 18-03-19 In Support of Inclusion Month, March 2019 - In order to highlight the growing movement towards more inclusive practices, the district has planned activities to increase inclusion in the school district and has chosen March as Inclusion Month.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Published: 3/12/19




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March 11, 2019

Below please find an update on the events and some of the immediate next steps our district is taking to foster a culture of understanding, care, and inclusivity.

Last week all schools that were involved in the incident that occurred the weekend of March 2 provided students and staff dedicated time and platforms to begin a dialogue surrounding these important issues in our community.  

Specific to Newport Harbor High School (NHHS), they had a schoolwide response rally with student speakers, a Holocaust survivor (grandmother of a student), and Rabbi Mintz. The Rabbi reminded students of horrors of the Holocaust and the impact that acts of hate have on an entire community. Esther Gyurik, the grandmother of a NHHS student, recounted her first-hand experience as a young Jewish girl during World War 2. All student leaders, from athletic teams, student clubs and organizations stood united in a call to action ending hate.

Guest Speaker (March 7) - Eva Schloss, Holocaust Survivor

Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank’s stepsister, visited Newport Harbor High School to speak with students about her experiences in the Holocaust. Rabbi Mintz, and Rabbi Levi also were in attendance, facilitating the conversation.

Community Meeting Recap (March 7)

On March 7, school and district administrators, alongside students, community organizations, Rabbi Zylberman, and Rabbi Levi, hosted a second community meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an update and to stand united in our commitment to move forward together.

The meeting included student speakers from Corona del Mar High School who shared their experiences and vision for a better understanding of history. Some of the student’s messages included:

  • “Our generation needs to continue telling their stories so the generations to come will not have to live in a world infiltrated by anti-Semitism or any form of bigotry,” Jordan Rosenberg

  • “If you see something, say something and always stand up for what you think is right even if you’re standing alone,” Maya Galante

  • “We can all be leaders, leaders do what is right even when it means going against the norm, leaders choose forgiveness regardless of the act, leaders choose kindness,” Solomon Soneshine

Rabbi Zylberman, Rabbi Levi, Jewish Federation of Orange County spokesperson Arlene Miller, and Jeannie Pepper-Bernstein from the BlazeitForward campaign spoke to the room of about 500 guests. Key themes from their statements were surrounding the history of the Holocaust and the need for the community to come together to jointly work toward healing and improving. School Board Member Karen Yelsey announced that an item will be placed on the March 12 board meeting agenda to recommend the formation of a Board of Education Human Relations Task Force.

(Board Designated) Human Relations Task Force

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education anticipates adding an item at the March 12 board meeting to recommend the creation of a Human Relations Task Force. The Task Force will help determine the best course of action to help educate not only our students but also our parents, teachers and the broader community as we work together to fight all forms of hate. The Human Relations Task Force will be charged with developing a district-wide action plan to determine how we can best create a more positive school culture and provide improved curriculum in our schools that will assure that the past is understood and never repeated.

We expect to capitalize on current partnerships, as we also invite new community partners to join us in this endeavor. While details of this task force are yet to be determined, it is anticipated that the Task Force will include representatives from community organizations based on their areas of expertise.

Next Steps

While we do not have all the answers, please know that we are being intentional in our next steps. We hope to continue the insightful, thoughtful, heartfelt dialogue with our school community to build and foster a culture of understanding, care, and inclusivity.

Please visit the district website news feed for updated information.


March 6, 2019

Dear Newport-Mesa School Community -

I would like to update you on the work our district is doing related to the actions taken by some students who created inappropriate and offensive anti-Semitic symbols during an off-campus event.

We continue to voice our values that condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and hate in all their forms.

Community Meeting (March 4)

On March 4, school and district administrators, alongside students, community organizations, and Rabbi Mintz from the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, hosted the first of two community meetings. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an update on the investigation and to stand united in our commitment to move forward together.

The meeting included student speakers from Newport Harbor High School who shared their experiences and vision for a better understanding and unified approach to this. Some of the student’s messages included:

  • “Compassion is key in moving forward, we have to hold ourselves accountable,” Jack Rogers

  • “It is everyone's responsibility. Our community needs to change. We need to stand up for what's right – every student, every parent, every community member,” Gina Leamon

  • “This does not represent our community or our school. It was insensitive and ignorant. Parents, please be a role model for your students, and if you're a student, be a trailblazer. Leave your legacy as someone who ignites change,” Ben Drakeford and Max Kwong

Rabbi Mintz and the Jewish Federation of Orange County spokesperson Arlene Miller spoke to the room of more than 500 guests. Key themes from their statements were surrounding the history of the Holocaust, the need for the community to come together to learn, change, and heal. They also expressed eagerness in partnering with our schools to jointly work toward a more inclusive community, free of hate, bigotry, and to foster love and acceptance. Also present at the meeting was the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Orange County Human Relations, both of which are committed to partner with our district.

Next Steps

At this time we are focused on investigating the situation, listening to our community, collaborating with community partners, and determining next courses of action.

We continue to have an open and active investigation, which has thus far included interviews with more than two dozen students and meetings with their families. We continue to gather information and evaluate the situation on an individual basis. Disciplinary action is being weighed, considered, and administered as appropriate. However, as with any potential discipline issue, we will not and cannot share anything further in adherence to student privacy laws. I can assure you that we are committed to holding students accountable, while also providing supports to encourage quality decision making.

Students and staff have had dedicated time and platforms to begin the dialogue surrounding these important issues in our community. Our district also continues to work with community partners to build and foster a culture of understanding, care, and inclusivity.

We will communicate progress as our district continues to work toward a plan of action. We are confident that with the support of our community we can maximize this opportunity to help our students learn and develop into respectful, productive members of society.

Community Meeting (March 7)

A second community meeting is being hosted in partnership with local community groups, on Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Corona del Mar High School in the Sea Kings Theater - 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Please visit the district website www.nmusd.us for updated information. We will follow up with additional information and next steps as we move forward.


March 4, 2019

This is a follow-up message regarding communication that was sent yesterday regarding the actions taken by some students who created inappropriate and offensive anti-semitic symbols, and engaged in possible underage drinking. While these actions did not occur on any school campus or school function, we condemn all acts of anti-semitism and hate in all their forms.

We continue to work with the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Police Departments in this open and active investigation to determine the appropriate course of action.

Many times off-campus student actions, under the care of their parents and guardians, negatively impact our educational environment. We take our responsibility to students seriously when they are in our care and when their actions outside our care impact our learning environment. We do not shy away from this responsibility and we encourage our community to walk side by side with us on this journey.

We are hopeful in our ability to partner with parents and our community at-large to join us in doing what is right and instill high values in our youth.

We appreciate our culturally diverse population and we will continue to do all we can as educators to encourage a culture of understanding, care and inclusivity. This is a time to come together to ensure that we have a common understanding of good values and moral judgments to instill upon our youth.

In partnership with local community groups, two meetings have been scheduled for parents and students to discuss this matter. English to Spanish interpretation will be available.

  • Monday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. at Newport Harbor High School  
  • Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Corona del Mar High School 

We will follow up with additional information and next steps as we progress through our investigation.


March 3, 2019

We were recently made aware of social media postings involving some students who created inappropriate anti-semitic symbols, and possible underage drinking. While these actions did not occur on any school campus or school function, we condemn all acts of anti-semitism and hate in all their forms.

We continue to gather information regarding the conduct of these students and work with law enforcement.

We remain focused on educating students on all aspects of life’s challenges and are committed to holding students accountable, educating them on the consequences of their choices, and the impact these actions have on our schools and community at large.

We ask that you as parents please partner with us in helping students make good decisions, be respectful of others, and to always use good judgment.

 

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Board Meeting Brief – February 26, 2019

In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.          

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Report:

14.a. Report on Current Career Technical Education Pathways - The Office of College and Career Education will report on the overall progress of our Career Technical Education Pathways including Highlights of Pathway Growth, Current and Future Funding Sources, Industry Partnerships, Articulation with Community Colleges, Curriculum Integration, Course Development Certifications, Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and Career Technical Education Data.

Consent Calendar:

19.b. Receive the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers' Initial Proposal to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations Commencing 2019-2020 -  The current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NMUSD and NMFT shall remain in effect and full force until June 30, 2020. Article 1.4.1 states, "During 2018-19 and 2019-20 negotiations, the parties may each open two (2) articles of their choice in addition to Article 12 Salaries and Article 13/16 Health and Welfare Benefits/Retiree Benefits." Consistent with legislative mandates, the following is NMFT's initial proposal for reopener negotiations:

  • Article 8.  Class Size: NMFT proposes language to clarify class sizes for teachers and caseloads for certificated specialists and support providers
  • Article 10.  Traveling Teachers/Specialist Assignments: NMFT proposes language to clarify the working conditions of traveling teachers and specialists
  • Additionally, NMFT will negotiate Article 12.  Salaries, Article 13.  Health and Welfare Benefits and Article 16.  Retirement Benefits consistent with the provisions contained in Article 1 of the collective bargaining agreement
  • The Federation proposes to maintain the language of the remaining articles of the current collective bargaining agreement that are not specifically addressed in this public notice
  • The Federation reserves the right to add, modify, delete, or otherwise change proposals to the articles listed above, during the course of negotiations consistent with the requirements of the Government Code section 3547(e).

19.d. Approve Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Initial Proposal to the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers for Negotiations Commencing 2019-2020 - There is currently a Collective Bargaining Agreement in place for 2017-2020 between NMUSD and NMFT. The initial proposal to NMFT is for negotiations regarding reopeners to the 2017-2020 NMUSD-NMFT Collective Bargaining Agreement. The District's initial proposal to NMFT for 2019-2020 addresses the following articles:

  • Article 3.    Days and Hours of Employment
  • Article 6.    Evaluation
  • Article 12.  Salaries
  • Article 13.  Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Article 16.  Retirement Benefits

The District reserves the right to make additional proposals at any time during the bargaining process for Articles referenced, including but not limited to responses to proposals made by NMFT.

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 an item that 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.

  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.

  • 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 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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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) offers a variety of Signature Academies at each of our four comprehensive high schools as well as specialty elementary programs to prepare students for global competitiveness.

Students enrolled receive unique curriculum options that complement our core academic programs. The programs are available to students that reside within the district boundaries, regardless of their school zone of residence. 

To learn more about our Signature Academy programs and to apply please visit our Signature Academies Website.

The application period for all Signature Academies opens February 15.

If you have any questions please call the programs support office at 714-424-5066.

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Board Meeting Brief – February 12, 2019

In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.      

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Report:

12.a. Report on Curriculum Embedded Assessment – Executive Director of Elementary Education, Kurt Suhr, will be providing a report on curriculum embedded assessment.

Consent Calendar:

17.a.8. Approve Outgoing Loan Agreement with the Naval History and Heritage Command Curator Branch, Loan Number L20149.001 - The ship's anchor displayed at Newport Harbor High School has been on loan to Newport-Mesa Unified School District from the Naval History and Heritage Command Curator Branch in the Washington Navy Yard. This agreement would extend the period of the loan from January 4, 2019 to January 4, 2022.

17.d.3. Approve Grant Between Hoag Hospital Community Benefit Program and NMUSD – The NMUSD HOPE Clinic is a school health center that provides services to underserved children.  The clinic is the recipient of various grants including previous grants from the Hoag Hospital Community Benefit Program. The program facilitates access to health care, health insurance, resources, and education for children.  The clinic aims to promote child health and academic success, minimize disability and provide early intervention.  The grant for $200,000 is for January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Let’s Celebrate! March is Inclusion Month!

 

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Please support Inclusion Month by purchasing a T-Shirt and wearing it in the month of March!

To order a shirt please complete the attached order form and turn it in with your payment to Emily Luevanos at the Harper Clinic (425 E. 18th Street, Bldg. E2, Costa Mesa, CA 92627). You may drop it off in person or send it via intra-district mail. Cash and checks are accepted, checks can be made payable to Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

100% of the money raised will go towards supplemental materials benefitting students in special education!

Pre-Order Your Shirt by Friday, February 15th to have it in time for March 1st.

If you have any questions please contact Emily Luevanos at eluevanos@nmusd.us or call 949-515-6838.

T-Shirt Fundraiser Flyer - English & Spanish

T-Shirt Order Form

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Neighborhood Meeting Flyer

Fairview Road Bridge Construction Meeting

Saturday, January19, 2019 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Paularino Elementary School - 1060 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Neighborhood Peer Preschool Program is Now Accepting Applications for Peer Models in our Inclusive Special Education Classrooms

Seahorse Program:

Offered at Adams Elementary, Davis Magnet, Harbor View Elementary, and Sonora Elementary

$200 per Month - 3 Half-Days per week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
An ideal opportunity for typically developing 3 to 4 year-olds

Optimal developmental skills present for Seahorse Typical Peers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The child is potty-trained and capable of toileting with minimal assistance
  • Separation from parents presents little or no difficulties once they are familiar with a new setting
  • Able to transition between activities in a group without incident
  • Has a developing attention span
  • Will read a book with an adult
  • Demonstrates interest in same-aged peers
  • A desire to be a part of the group activity and follow the instruction
  • Uses 3-4 Word Sentences.

Starfish Program:

Offered at Adams Elementary, Davis Magnet, and Harbor View Elementary

$350 per Month - 5 Half-Days per week
Monday - Friday
An ideal opportunity for children in preparation for Kindergarten

Starfish Typical Peers usually have experienced preschool and demonstrate the skills of a Seahorse Student in a classroom or
playgroup setting. In addition, they demonstrate the following skills:

  • Longer sustained attention, lasting for 10-15 minutes during a game or interactive activity
  • Demonstrates some independence following routine activities with which they are familiar
  • Shows interest in learning
  • Has an emergence of pre-academic skills
  • Evidence of some peer preferences and
  • relations
  • Speaking in more complex sentences, using words to describe a variety of emotions
  • The emergence of some self-regulation skills when faced with disappointment or upset

To request an application and sign your child up for the next play-based observation, please call 949.515.6838.

Neighborhood Peer Preschool Program Website

Neighborhood Peer Preschool Program Brochure - English

Neighborhood Peer Preschool Program Brochure - Spanish

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Dear NMUSD Parent or Guardian,

Please take our short online survey.  Your feedback is very important for our district planning process and your voice matters.

  • The survey will be available from January 14th through January 31st.   
  • It should take no longer than 15 minutes.

Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) Survey

Why are we asking you to take this survey?

Each school district in California must develop an annual plan, called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  The plan describes the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.  The LCAPs must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.

As part of the process, each school district must engage stakeholders: students, parents, educators, other employees and the community. 

You may review all of the district’s LCAP documents on our LCAP webpage.

If you have questions or would like to provide additional input, please send an email to lcap@nmusd.us.

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District received a request to name the Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) dance room the "Julie Simmons Home for Dancers", in honor of Mrs. Julie Simmons, who was a NHHS dance teacher.  

For more information and to take the survey regarding this naming request, please click the following link, Newport Harbor High School Dance Room Naming Survey. The survey will be available for public input until January 30, 2019.

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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.     

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Report:

12.a. Report on 2019 HVAC Projects – The Facilities Development Department will report on the 2019 HVAC Projects at the following schools:

  • Back Bay High School
  • Ensign Intermediate School
  • Harbor View Elementary School
  • Newport Elementary School
  • Newport Heights Elementary School
  • Mariners Elementary School
  • Whittier Elementary School

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

16.b.4. Accept a Grant from the City of Newport Beach for the Ensign Intermediate School Dance Club - Ensign Dance Club provides a space for self-expression for all students, including students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and physical abilities. The dance club goals include providing a fun and safe way to build self-confidence, be physically active, and make friends, all while providing real experience in the performing arts. The donated funds will be used to support professional instruction and uniforms. 

17.a. Approve Agreement with Pfeiffer Partners for Architectural Design Services for the Estancia High School Theater Complex - The district prepared and distributed a Request for Qualifications for the subject project, in response Pfeiffer Partners stood out as a firm that excelled at creativity and communication, with strong project management skills, and with an extensive portfolio of completed performing arts projects across the country.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Please Join Us

Social Media, Gaming Disorder & FOMO(Fear of Missing Out)
Presented by: Cory Brosch from Phoenix House

The aim of this workshop is to look at the relationship between addiction, technology, and social media with adolescents and how parents can help their teenager have a healthier relationship with social media and the use of technology.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 9-11 a.m.
&
Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 6-8 p.m.

Harper Assessment Center—MPR
425 E. 18th Street ∙ Costa Mesa, CA 92627

*Please note: Childcare will only be provided on 1/24/19
*Spanish Translation is available at all meetings

For more information please contact Jacky Gonzalez at jgonzalez@nmusd.us or 714-424-5058.

Parent Education Workshop: Social Media, Gaming Disorder & FOMO Flyer - English and Spanish

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to welcome the new Board of Education. Newly elected trustees Ashley Anderson and Michelle Barto will join incumbent members Vicki Snell, Charlene Metoyer, Martha Fluor, Dana Black and Karen Yelsey. The new Board took their oath of office on December 11, 2018. 

The Board is comprised of seven elected members who are responsible for goal setting and policy making in order to best serve the educational interests of students in the district. They set direction and policy for the district, its programs, employees, students, and school facilities. 
“We extend our thanks and gratitude to recently retired Board trustees Judy Franco and Walt Davenport for their long-time service to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro. “We look forward to the new perspectives and contributions of our newest members,” he said. 
The Board is elected by the public and occupy unique roles being they are also citizens, and, in some cases, parents. 

Ashley Anderson joins the Board as trustee of area 7. A lifelong Costa Mesa resident, Anderson was an elementary school teacher and currently works for a local nonprofit organization. Her priorities include closing the literacy achievement gap, equal access to resources across all schools, and innovative technology-driven education.

“I understand and love our community, especially the schools and neighborhood where I grew up and still live,” said Anderson. “We are always better together, and I am excited to collaborate and make our schools the best they can be.”  

Michelle Barto joins the Board as trustee of area 5. A Newport-Mesa native, she brings a unique perspective as a small-business owner and web developer. Barto is focused on student safety and support, providing individualized tools to support every student’s career path, and communication and transparency to better inform parents and students of available resources. 

“I am committed to listening to the voices of stakeholders, executing a plan and analyzing data to continue to do better for our students,” said Barto. 

For more information about the NMUSD Board, please visit the Newport-Mesa Board of Education website 

About Newport-Mesa Unified School District: Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) serves 32 schools and approximately 22,000 students in the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar areas. The mission of NMUSD, in partnership with the Costa Mesa - Newport Beach communities, is to graduate students who have acquired the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to achieve significant career, educational, civic, and personal goals, which will enrich our society. 

For more information, please visit the NMUSD Website

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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.    

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Annual Organizational Meeting:

Each year, 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 for 2019.

Consent Calendar:

19.b.1. Approve the Going Merry Subscription for Newport-Mesa Unified School District High Schools for the 2018-19 School Year – Going Merry is a free scholarship application platform that allows students to apply to multiple scholarships on the same site. This platform allows counselors to track and support their students’ applications.

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

20.b. Approve the 2018-19 First Period Interim Report of District's Financial Status - It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the 2018-19 First Period Interim Report and adopt a positive certification of the district's financial standing. It is required that each district in California file interim reports twice each fiscal year. The first report covers the financial and budgetary status of the district for the period ending October 31. The First Period Interim Report includes the following:

  • Narrative of Changes
  • First Period Interim Report (Form 01I)
  • Criteria and Standards Review
  • Actual and Projected Cash Flows

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 based on the following:

  • The standards and criteria for fiscal stability established by State of California.
  • The district's projected cash within the County Treasury and the projected unrestricted fund balances that will be available for meeting its obligations.
  • Any additional financial information known by the Board to exist at the time of certification.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Published: 12/11/18




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In partnership with Harbor Council PTA we have developed a series of 8 monthly workshops with current topics that are relevant to Newport-Mesa USD Families. We have a variety of amazing speakers and are looking forward to seeing you there. Please use the links to RSVP. This is also a great opportunity to connect with other Newport-Mesa USD families!

All workshops will begin at 6 pm
Child Care is available. Spanish interpretation is available. Additional languages available upon request.

Parent Education Series Workshop Schedule - English and Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 12/10/18




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This message is to inform you that the following schools have been dismissed early: Corona del Mar Middle School & High School, Newport Harbor High School, Back Bay High School due to the weather. Newport Heights, Whittier, and Newport Elementary are also releasing on a staggered schedule. Other schools are being monitored.  At this time, they will dismiss at their regular time.

All District, PTA, and city elementary after-school programs will be cancelled this afternoon due to the weather.

Please be assured that the safety of our students and staff is our first priority. If you would like to pick up your child early, be sure to bring identification so that we can ensure that students are reunited with authorized adults. Students who are on campus after school will be supervised by staff until they are picked up.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this event. We will keep families and the community updated on any new developments.

 

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Published: 12/6/18




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The California Department of Education published the revised California School Dashboard at 10 a.m. on December 6th, 2018. On California’s Department of Education Website, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) families and the community will see all new data visuals representing the performance and growth of the district/schools based on multiple sets of data.

Overall, NMUSD maintained the designation as high performing (indicated as green on the new visual colored gauges) in the following areas:  Math, English, College and Career Readiness, Chronic Absenteeism and Graduation rate. The district performance declined one level to the yellow designation on the colored gauge in the area of Suspensions. The district “Met Standards” on all the locally reported indicators for the second year in a row. These local indicators include Parent Engagement, Implementation of Academic Standards, Local Climate Survey, Access to a Broad Course of Study, and Basics (Teachers, Instructional Materials, Facilities).

“The upward trend of our scores can be directly attributed to the exemplary efforts of our dedicated professionals - teachers, support staff and administrators,” said Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro. “Each comes to work every day with the express intent of getting every student to achieve and exceed grade level skills and knowledge.  It is this focused dedication that continues to move the needle in the right direction for every student and our district as a whole,” he said.

The Dashboard is expected to be easier to read and understand as a result of feedback from stakeholders after the 2017 pilot dashboard was released. Enhancements include an easier way to compare overall school or district test scores with state averages, mobile-friendly design, and translation of academic terms into Spanish.

For more information, please visit the Newport-Mesa Unified School District California School Dashboard Website or the California State Dashboard website

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 12/6/18




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Dancing with the Teachers flyer
 

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Published: 11/13/18




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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.          

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Report:

12.a. Report on Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Local Performance Indicators for California School Dashboard - There are eight state priorities identified in LCFF law. As a result, the State Board of Education approved the Local Indicators, which are based on information that districts collect locally.  Each school district is required to measure and report its progress on the following Local Indicators:

  • Basic Services

  • Implementation of State Academic Standards

  • Parent Engagement

  • School Climate

  • Access to a Broad Course of Study

Representatives from the Department of Assessment and Data Analysis, Special Projects, and Student Services will report on LCFF Local Performance Indicators for the California School Dashboard.

Consent Calendar:

16.b.5. Approve Agreement With Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County for the Workplace Mentoring Program for Estancia High School for the 2018 - 2019 School Year - The Workplace Mentoring Program  will pair students (Littles) from Estancia High School with adult corporate mentors (Bigs) through a mentoring system that provides a positive role model which leads to school and lifetime success.

16.b.6. Approve Master Service Agreement Between Newport Mesa Unified School District and the Discovery Science Center - Discovery Science Center has agreed to provide various science programs at district-wide sites for a five-year period.

16.b.8. Approve 2018-2019 Comprehensive Safety Plans - The purpose of the plan is to identify appropriate strategies and programs that provide and maintain a high level of school safety, including the school’s procedures in the case of earthquakes, fires, and other emergencies. NMUSD has adopted a two-part Comprehensive School Safety Plan: Part I, Policy Review and Planning and Part II, Emergency Procedures. The 2018-2019 Comprehensive School Safety Plans are available for review at each of the district schools. Review of non-sensitive safety related plans and materials will be available upon request at school sites.

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

17.b. Naming of Education Center Patio Courtyard - It is requested that the Board of Education approve the request to name the Education Center Patio Courtyard the Judith A. Franco Patio Courtyard in honor of her 38 years of service on the Board of Education and the students of Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

17.c. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy - It is recommended that the Board take the recommendation of the Board's policy editing team to conduct this first reading, waive the second reading, and adopt the revisions to the following policies which are a result of changes in law, regulations, or court decisions.

BP 400 - Comprehensive Plans
BP 420 - School Plans/Site Councils
BP 450 - Comprehensive Safety Plans
BP 1100 - Communication with the Public
BP 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders
BP 3000 - Concepts and Roles
BP 3514 - Environmental Safety
BP 3516 - Emergency Preparedness Plan
BP 3516.5 - Emergency Schedules
BP 3540 - Transportation
BP 4158, 4258, 4358 - Employee Security
BP 5142 - Safety
BP 5145.11 - Questioning and Apprehension by Law Enforcement
    

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 an item that 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.

  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.

  • 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 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: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/13/18




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John Joyce - CDM Alumni Speaks to Trials and Triumphs

Monday, November 5th - 8:00-9:00 pm

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Published: 11/2/18




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Show Dates are :

November 1st,,2nd, and 3rd at 7:00 and November 3rd and 4th at 2:00 in the Sea King Theatre.

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Published: 10/29/18




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Get Involved Infographic

Subscribe to Newport-Mesa Unified School District YouTube Channel.

Please take a moment to watch our Get Involved Video, which highlights some of the ways you can get involved and make a difference throughout our schools. You also can view various district videos such as Why I Love School VideoTechnology in the Classroom, and the 2018 State of the Schools Video.

Visit our Stay Connected Webpage for more ways to connect with our schools. 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/29/18




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Cheerleaders at the State of the Schools Breakfast

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD), in partnership with the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation, hosted the annual State of the Schools Breakfast on October 2, 2018.   

The goal of the breakfast is to expand the District's outreach and contact with our local community and continue to build partnerships and relationships that enhance educational opportunities for our students.  

This year we welcomed more than 250 attendees from throughout our school community, including students, staff, parents, city leaders, business and local community members. 

Thank you to all who attended, our Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation raised more than $21,000, which goes toward annual grants to teachers’ program benefiting students throughout our district.

Thank you to all of the event sponsors and guests for your support!

If you were unable to attend, we invite you to watch the 2018 State of the Schools Breakfast Video.

2018 State of the Schools Breakfast Photos

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/23/18




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Board Meeting Brief – October 23, 2018

In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.          

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

10. Introduction of New Staff – School Resource Officer

Consent Calendar

16.b.5. Approve the After-School Education and Safety (ASES) Program Grant Award for the 2018-2019 School Year.  ASES Program funds are used to support Project Kidz Connect, an after-school program that provides assistance to students and broaden the base of support for education in a safe, constructive environment at various elementary schools.

Public Hearing

17.a. Public Hearing - Compliance with Requirements of Education Code Sections 60119 and 60422(b) - Sufficiency of Textbooks or Instructional Materials that are Consistent with the Content and Cycles of the Curriculum Framework for 2018-19. 

Discussion/Action Calendar

18.d. Approve the Proposed Cooperative Agreements with the City of Costa Mesa and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Submission to the City of Costa Mesa for the Improvement, Maintenance and Operation of the Athletic Fields and Related Recreational Facilities at Kaiser Elementary and Davis Magnet Schools.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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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Published: 10/22/18




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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Newport-Mesa Unified School District hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will take place as follows:

TOPIC OF HEARING:

In compliance with Education Code 60119 and 60422 - Sufficiency of Instructional Materials that are aligned to the academic content standards for school year 2018-2019.

DATE: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Vanessa Galey
Director of Special Projects
717-424-8983

Notice of Public Hearing - English and Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/9/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District

In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.          

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Report

12.a. Report on Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Test Scores 

Consent Calendar

16.a.4. Aprove Authorization to Advertise and Award Bid #119-18 Bleachers for Sports Field Project – Corona del Mar High School On October 24, 2017, the Board of Education adopted Resolution No. 21-10-17 certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approved the Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Fields Project, Option B.

16.b.5. Approve Agreement Between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Simon Foundation and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the Workplace Mentoring Program for Estancia and Costa Mesa High Schools for the 2018 - 2019 School Year. Big Brothers Big Sisters in partnership with the Simon Family Foundation will be providing the Workplace Mentoring program to a separate cohort of current Simon Scholars at Estancia and Costa Mesa High Schools. Each Simon Scholar will be paired with positive, caring, screened and trained adult corporate mentors through the tiered mentoring system all facilitated through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Discussion/Action Calendar

17.a. Approve the Early Commitment to College Program Partnership Agreement with the Coast Community College District. Coast Community College District (CCD) will offer active assistance to high school students enrolled in NMUSD and their families in a tuition-free first year of higher education at CCCD Colleges.

17.b. Authorize the Superintendent or Designee to Negotiate Agreements with the City of Costa Mesa and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the Improvement, Maintenance and Operation of the Athletic Fields and Related Recreational Facilities at Kaiser Elementary and Davis Magnet Schools.

17.c. Adopt Resolution 08-10-18 in Support of Week of the School Administrator, October 8-14, 2018. NMUSD recognizes the important role of site administrators in leading effective instructional programs that serve students and parents. These leaders are supported by a network of dedicated administrative professionals, including special education and adult education leaders, curriculum experts, school business officials and classified educational leaders, among many others. 

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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Published: 10/8/18




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When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Where: "New" Learning Resource Center

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Who: Parents and Students of All Grades

Subject: This will be a very in-depth informative presentation on what college financial aid is and the many different types available.

Understanding Fee Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), College Scholarship Service (CSS), Cal Grants, Campus Work Study Programs and much more.

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Published: 10/4/18




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When: Mondau, October 8, 2018

Time: Lunch

Where: CDMHS Main Quad

Who: All Students Grades 7-12

Subject: College Recruitment Day: Different School Options for Students

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Published: 10/4/18




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Who – All 7th grade parents and any new 8th grade parents

What – CDM Foundation’s Annual Meet the Parent Mixer

When – Friday, October 12 from 6pm-8pm

Where – CDM Pool Parking Lot

Drop off  your 7th grade students at their first ASB party extravaganza in the quads and come join the CDM Foundation in the pool parking lot in front of the LRC for dinner.  Hear from our school leaders, school district trustees and the CDM Foundation’s plans for the year. Flyer

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Published: 10/4/18




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Students in Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) continue to show growth in the statewide English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics standards. Students in grades three through eight and grade 11 take the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments.

NMUSD students remain above Orange County and California averages overall in both ELA and mathematics. 

The Smarter Balanced Assessments are computer adaptive tests that adjust the difficulty of the test items based on how a test taker responds. This provides a more precise measure of student performance.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments, now in their fourth year, show an increase of nearly six percentage points in NMUSD students having met or exceeded ELA standards, and an increase of five percentage points in students having met or exceeded math standards, when compared to the 2015 baseline assessments.

From 2017 to 2018 all elementary grades experienced growth in ELA with third, fourth, and seventh grades showing the most significant growth. Specifically, third grade demonstrated double-digit growth from 2015 baseline in both ELA and math, which is a strong reflection of NMUSD’s focused efforts in the primary grades.

English Learners in grades three through six showed four percentage point growth in English Language Arts from 2017 to 2018, which is encouraging as NMUSD schools are increasing focus on English Language Development.

Statewide Assessment Highlights:

ELA Growth Chart

  • 11 schools show double digit growth in ELA
    • Adams Elementary
    • California Elementary
    • College Park Elementary
    • Ensign Intermediate
    • Killybrooke Elementary
    • Newport Heights Elementary
    • Paularino Elementary
    • Pomona Elementary
    • Rea Elementary
    • Sonora Elementary
    • Whittier Elementary

Math Growth Chart

  • 8 schools show double digit growth in mathematics
    • Adams Elementary
    • Eastbluff Elementary
    • Ensign Intermediate
    • Kaiser Elementary
    • Killybrooke Elementary
    • Newport Heights Elementary
    • Paularino Elementary
    • Sonora Elementary
  • 6 schools show double digit growth in both ELA and mathematics
    • Adams Elementary
    • Ensign Intermediate
    • Killybrooke Elementary
    • Newport Heights Elementary
    • Paularino Elementary
    • Sonora Elementary

Our district continues to focus on providing classroom intervention systems to support differentiation of instruction. Intervention staff were added to better allow teachers to provide targeted support to struggling students and additional enrichment opportunities for high achieving students.

In the 2017 to 2018 school year, new ELA instructional materials for transitional kindergarten (TK) through sixth grade, and new mathematics instructional materials for TK through fifth grade were adopted. This transition was supported with ongoing professional development for instructional staff to better support students. 

“While we are never satisfied until all students meet proficiency standards, we are pleased to see continuous growth overall, particularly in the first year of implementation of two new adoptions at the elementary level,” said Deputy Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung.

“Our focus on foundational skills, interventions, and building a cohesive instructional program from TK to 12th grade will continue to be at the forefront of our collective efforts to support the success of each student,” said Lee-Sung.

Individual student 2018 score reports were mailed to parents in late July 2018. The NMUSD Smarter Balanced testing window for 2019 is March 18 – June 14, 2019.

While statewide assessments provide valuable information about overall student progress and areas for improvement, they do not provide a holistic view of student achievement. The California School Dashboard provides a more detailed view of performance, based on multiple factors, beyond state testing results. These factors include graduation rates, suspension rates, chronic absenteeism and college and career readiness, as well as local indicators such as implementation of academic standards, parent engagement and the local climate survey.

Links:

Smarter Balanced Test Results

Parent and Student Resources

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/4/18




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College and Career Night Flyer

College and Career Night will be Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm at the Costa Mesa Pavilion and the Santa Ana Pavilion at the OC Fair and Event Center.

Over 200 colleges and universities will be represented as well as interactive career demonstration exhibits in the career sectors of health and medical, engineering and information technology, and hospitality and tourism.

Breakout sessions will be offered in Spanish and English in the Santa Ana Pavilion for students and parents interested in Financial Aid, CSU System overview, Community College Overview, and Writing Great College Essays.

For more information please visit the College & Career Fair website.

College & Career Fair Flyer

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/3/18




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Join us at our next PTA meeting, Wednesday October 3rd, in the Lecture Hall at 9:00am. The Lecture Hall is in the 300 building and you can enter it directly from the quad. This is a great opportunity to hear from our two principals, our school resource officer and catch up on what’s happening on our campus. OLQA Church has allowed CdM parents to park in their church parking lot to attend our meetings. Don’t forget to bring your ID to check in at the office as well.

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Published: 9/27/18




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In our continued effort to improve safety on our campuses, we would like to inform you about a few safety updates throughout Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD). For a more robust look into school safety, we encourage you to visit the NMUSD Safety Webpage at www.nmusd.us/SchoolSafety.  

School Resource Officers (SRO):

We partner with the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Police Departments to provide School Resource Officers (SRO), which are local law enforcement officers who serve our schools and district facilities. We are in discussions to increase the number of SROs and increase their presence at elementary schools.

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Support:

Our District hired four additional school psychologists and a coordinator of student services to provide enhanced services in the areas of student social, emotional, and behavioral  well-being.

Our district recently hired two additional school social workers and four additional school psychologists to share in the delivery of psychological support services, conduct risk and threat assessments, and participate on the districts Crisis Response Team.

We have a threat assessment processes and will be implementing a team threat assessment model consistent with the recommendations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other community agencies. This will focus on the identification and response to potential threats on our school campuses.

We continue to develop and will implement a restorative culture plan, where students are held accountable and provided support throughout all our schools, as well provide ongoing staff training in the areas of school discipline.

Suicide prevention, identification, and response training also will continue, along with a focus to support Positive Behavior and Intervention Systems to enhance school climate and promote a positive school culture.

Physical Environment:

NMUSD staff, in conjunction with our district’s security consultant, fencing expert, and school site administration conducted physical site safety reviews at each of our schools to determine potential enhancements to improve physical school security.

As part of this review, some physical security and safety enhancements will begin construction in the 2018/19 school year. Please read the School Fencing (August 2018) news Item for more information.

Three schools (Mariners, Newport Heights, and Wilson elementary schools) completed fencing and front office reconfiguration in summer 2018 to better manage access to the campus.

Visitor Check-in Process:

Beginning in the 2018/19 school year, all visitors to school and district properties will be required to show a valid photo identification when requesting access to the site. Our district is using the Raptor Visitor Management System at every school site to track visitors and volunteers during the school day. Read more about this in the Raptor Visitor Management news item.

Emergency Communication System: Titan

Beginning in the 2018/19 school year, NMUSD will use the Titan Emergency Communication System as the Emergency Communication System district wide. Titan will allow staff to provide emergency information and updates via text, email, phone, and mobile application alerts. Contact your school to learn more about the emergency communication system.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/19/18




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Look forward to seeing everyone at the State of the Schools Breakfast!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and guests for your support!

 

Proceeds benefit the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation to support classroom activities. 

 

Sold Out: Newport-Mesa State of the Schools Breakfast

October 2, 2018, 7 a.m. 

Corona del Mar High School

 

State of the Schools Breakfast Invitation - English and Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/18/18




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The Special Education Department &  The Community Advisory Committee invite you to: Mental Health Considerations for Students in Special Education  
Presented by: Marc Lerner,  M.D., Medical Consultant 

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 9-11am 
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 6-8 pm

Harper Center∙ Multipurpose Room  
425 E. 18th Street ∙ Costa Mesa, CA 92627 

*Spanish Translation is available at all meetings

*Note: Childcare will only be provided on 10/23/18

For more information contact Jacky Gonzalez, jgonzalez@nmusd.us or 714-424-5058. 

Mental Health Workshops Flyer- English and Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/12/18




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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.      

The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

10. Introduction of New Staff      

Report

13.a. Report on Secondary Summer Language Academy– For the past two years, NMUSD has run a summer language program in partnership with California State University, Fullerton.

13.a. Report on Elementary Summer Engineering and Music Programs - Education Services will report on the K-6 Summer Engineering and Music programs.

Consent Calendar

16.d.3. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between NMUSD and Project Hope Alliance – Project Hope Alliance, a family stability program that seeks to find and maintain secure housing for vulnerable children and their guardians, will expand their services to students at Costa Mesa High School.

Discussion/Action Calendar

18.b. Authorize to Negotiate and Award Estancia High School Aquatic Center Project - To maintain the schedule for completion of this project by February 2020, it is requested that the Board of Education authorize the district’s Assistant Superintendent, Chief Operating Officer to negotiate and award contracts to Westberg + White Architects and Planners and California Waters for the Estancia High School Aquatic Center Project.

18.d. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy – It is recommended that the Board of Education take the recommendation of the Board's policy editing team to conduct this first reading, waive the second reading, and adopt the revisions to the following policies which are a result of changes in law, regulations, or court decisions.

  • BP 0420.4 - Charter Schools
  • BP 1325 - Advertising and Promotion
  • BP 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Professional Standards
  • BP 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy

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: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/11/18




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Dear Parent/Guardian,

In an effort to strengthen campus safety at all of our schools, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System. The Raptor system will allow us to better track and screen all of our visitors on campus.

Upon entering any NMUSD school, visitors will be asked to present identification such as a driver’s license, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have US government-issued identification, school staff can use alternate forms of identification and manually enter the visitor’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will also check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge for improved student safety. 

We recognize that privacy and confidentiality are important to our visitors, which is why we want to emphasize that the Raptor system only checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the identification card is gathered or recorded. The information is not shared with any outside agency.

Once entry is approved, the Raptor system will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off or pick up items in the front office. 

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and the Raptor system allows us to quickly identify visitors that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing our school safety protocols in our district. Contact your school principal if you have questions about this system.

Russell Lee-Sung

Deputy Superintendent

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/31/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) facilities staff, in conjunction with our district’s security consultant, fencing expert, and school site administrators conducted physical site safety reviews at each of our schools and district owned properties to determine potential enhancements to improve physical school security. 

As part of this review the following physical security and safety enhancements are expected to begin construction on September 17, 2018, with construction expected to be complete in October, 2018. Additional projects will be considered in the future.

Corona del Mar (CdM) Middle and High School

Additional fencing will be installed to close gaps in the existing chain link fence surrounding CdM Middle and High School, along Vista del Oro and Mar Vista Drive. Rarely used pedestrian gates also will be permanently closed to enhance security.

Davis Magnet School

The existing four-foot fence at the rear of the campus will be replaced with a six-foot fence.

Estancia High School

  • The existing four-foot chain link fence near the south parking lot (solar panel parking lot) will be replaced with a six-foot fence.
  • Additional fencing will be installed to close gaps in the existing chain link fence, between the campus and Joanne Street residences.
  • A six-foot chain link fence will be installed between the locker room building and the tennis court area.
  • A six-foot chain link fence also will be installed between the high school and the NMUSD owned property to the west of the campus (known as the Waldorf School).
  • Currently fenced areas, between the campus and neighboring homes, will be repaired as needed.

Ensign Intermediate School

Additional (temporary) chain link fencing will be installed along the parking lot, library building and front office to direct campus visitors to the main office entry.

Ensign Intermediate also is scheduled to get new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) installed in the summer of 2019. Upon approval by the Board of Education, the following school facility enhancements also are anticipated in the summer of 2019:

  • Temporary fence replaced with a permanent fence
  • Front office reconfiguration for improved visibility and access
  • Parking lot reconfiguration to accommodate additional on-site parking

Additional information about these future projects to come.

For more information please visit the Maintenance and Operations Website.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/31/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announces the addition of Ms. Laura Dale-Pash as the coordinator of English Learner Programs, Dr. Michelle Stevens as an assistant principal of Corona del Mar High School, and Ms. Teri Schad as the assistant principal of Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools.

Ms. Laura Dale-Pash, Coordinator of English Learner Programs

Ms. Laura Dale-Pash joins the Education Division as the coordinator of English Learner Programs. Ms. Dale-Pash has served as a teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), and principal in schools with high populations of English Learners.

For the past three years, Ms. Dale-Pash has been the coordinator of categorical programs with Ocean View School District, where she led efforts to support school sites in meeting the needs of English Learners.

Some of her key responsibilities have included:

  • Coordination of all aspects of the English learner program, which included the development and implementation of integrated, standards-based training programs
  • Coordination of the District’s English Learner Advisory Committee
  • Facilitation of parent education seminars
  • Assistance with the adoption process of new instructional materials
  • Assistance with the development, tracking, and evaluation of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Psychology, and Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She also has her Administrative Services - Tier I and Tier II Credentials.

Dr. Michelle Stevens, Assistant Principal, Corona del Mar High School

Dr. Michelle Stevens will join the NMUSD team as an assistant principal at Corona Del Mar High School. She has more than 20 years of experience in education and has served as an assistant principal at Ganesha High School in Pomona Unified School District for the past two years.

Some of her key responsibilities have included:

  • Teacher support in lesson design
  • Special education, technology, and math department oversight
  • School-wide state testing coordination
  • Development of master schedules, Individualized Education Programs, and academic and behavioral interventions

In addition to serving as a high school counselor in Chino Valley Unified School District, she also has experience as an instructional coach, a special education teacher, and an activities director.

Dr. Stevens received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Arts in Education and a Doctorate Degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University, as well as a Master of Arts in School Counseling from University of La Verne

Ms. Teri Schad, Assistant Principal, Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools

Ms. Teri Schad will serve as the assistant principal of Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools. She has worked for NMUSD for 12 years in a variety of roles, most recently as interim assistant principal of Kaiser and Lincoln Elementary Schools. She also has served as an English Language Arts Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), and a teacher at Paularino and Rea Elementary Schools.

With a strong belief in fostering student achievement through relationship-driven approaches, Ms. Schad focuses on analyzing purposeful data to effectively monitor student progress and set attainable goals for all students. In her role as assistant principal, she looks forward to continue to:

  • Support a safe school environment on both campuses
  • Foster positive relationships with students, staff, and parents
  • Foster a community-wide approach to ensuring students’ overall success

Ms. Schad received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Psychology, from California State University, Northridge. She also obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Pupil Personnel Services, and her administrative credential from California State University, Los Angeles.

All staff appointments are scheduled for Board of Education approval at the August 28, 2018 Board of Education meeting.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/21/18




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NMUSD parents should be receiving or have already received the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) student score reports via US Postal Service delivery system. 

If you would like additional information and resources related to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Testing please visit the Resources for Parents and Students webpage or contact your child’s school. 

School and districtwide SBAC results are not yet available. We anticipate that the State will make this data available in September 2018. Once available, the information will be available on the State Testing information and Results webpage.

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/2/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) attracted more than 700 students to its Summer Engineering Academy, Music Academy, and Costa Mesa SMART CAMP Program. Students needing additional support also had opportunities to participate in English and math summer programs to better prepare them before advancing to the next grade level.  

Students at Summer Engineering Camp

Summer Engineering Academy

More than 450 first through seventh grade students participated in the three-week Summer Engineering Academy. The academy provided students with the opportunity to use the Engineering is Elementary Curriculum. Students also learned from the California Environment Education Curriculum, which taught them the importance of our environment.

Summer engineering allows students to explore new technologies and get excited about creating their own ideas. Students take pride in solving problems and testing possible solutions.

“I love seeing students get excited about things they originally thought were "too hard" or challenging,” said Lindsey Goff, teacher.

Students had the opportunity to:

  • Design and build cars and boats out of index cards, popsicle sticks, and other materials
  • Design, build, and test water filters, knee braces, and windmills
  • Learn basic coding skills using Ozobots, which are pocket-sized robots, coded/programmed via colored markers and/or iPads
  • Build simple machines in the Lego Robotics room
  • Practice controlling VEX Robots and paper rockets

“We get to do experiments and sometimes we have to figure it out by ourselves,” said second grade student Jazmin Haro. “Sometimes you have the best ideas and you get to build them. Sometimes you need help and your friend can help you solve the problem,” she said.

The Summer Engineering Academy Fair, on July 26, is the culminating event where families have the opportunity to view their students’ engineering projects in action.

Summer Engineering Academy Fair

July 26, 2018, 9 am
Rea Elementary School
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 62627

Summer Engineering Academy Photos

Students in Summer Music Program

Summer Music Academy and City of Costa Mesa SMART Camp Music Program

More than 250 students in grades fourth through eighth participated in the NMUSD Summer Music Academy and the City of Costa Mesa’s SMART CAMP Music Program. Students participated in the three week music program in beginning and intermediate strings, beginning and intermediate band, and jazz band. The Summer Music Academy was offered in the mornings and the City of Costa Mesa's SMART Camp Music Program was offered in the afternoon, giving students a full day of music!

“The music teachers and I are thrilled that we had elementary students working well together and high school volunteers who were great mentors to younger players,” said Mr. Scott Fitzpatrick, music teacher on special assignment.

The highlight of the summer program is typically the culminating summer music concert, where students’ hard work, dedication and talents are showcased through their performances in strings orchestra, concert band, and jazz band.

Join us in celebrating students’ accomplishments:

Summer Music Concert

July 26, 2018
9 am to 12 pm
Rea Elementary
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

9 am - Beginning and Intermediate Strings
10:30 am - Beginning and Intermediate Band

City of Costa Mesa SMART Camp Music Program

1 pm - Intermediate Strings
1:45 pm - Beginning Band
2:15 pm - Jazz Band

Visit the Summer Programs webpage to learn more.

Summer Music Academy Photos

Teacher Assisting Student

Language Explorers English Language Development Program
 

Nearly 35 English learners, from grades 8-11, had the opportunity to strengthen their skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading in English through the Summer English Language Development Program. Students explored poetry, short stories, their communities and their cultures. They also used art as a vehicle of self-expression while building language. 
 
Family members were invited to attend an open house where they learned more about the program, toured classrooms, asked questions, and were able to see firsthand the progress their students have made through their displayed work.
 
One of the highlights from the program was the opportunity for students to visit the California State University, Fullerton campus on July 25th. This exclusive field trip teaches students fundamental skills for preparing for a life after high school. This experience exposes them to a range of possibilities to help them stay focused and engaged in school.

Summer Language Program Photos

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/25/18




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Food Cart

Newport-Mesa Unified School District announces its yearly policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack program. Effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

Free and reduced meal eligibility scale.

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households that want to apply for meal benefits must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the nutrition office at 2985 Bear Street, Building B, Costa Mesa, CA  92626. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at http://nmusd.heartlandapps.com. Contact the Nutrition Services Office at 714-424-5090 for help with the application. The school will let you know if your application is approved for free or reduced-price meals. 

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult household or checking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue only until September 30, 2018 or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After September 30, 2018, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Dale Ellis, Director of Nutrition Services, 2985 Bear Street, Building B, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, Phone: 714-424-5090.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/23/18




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Please take a moment to subscribe to our
Newport-Mesa Unified School District YouTube Channel 

You can view various district videos, such as our most recent addition of Why I Love School Video as students throughout NMUSD share what they love about school. You also can view an Introduction to NMUSD Video,  Technology in the Classroom Video2017 State of the Schools Video, and the NMUSD 50th Anniversary Video. Board Meeting videos also are typically posted within 10-14 days of a Board Meeting.

Visit our Stay Connected Webpage for more ways to connect with our district.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/18/18




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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) – College Park, Davis and Pomona Elementary

Contractor: AireMasters

Elementary School Campus Under Construction

Completed protection of all spaces, safety barriers, and scaffold access. Continuing demolition of old heating equipment to make space for new equipment. Received all interior equipment and started interior ductwork. Upcoming activities include prepping concrete pads and selective roof demolition.


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) – Kaiser and Woodland Elementary

Contractor: LA Air

Elementary School Office Under Construction

Completed protection of all spaces, safety barriers, and scaffold access. Continuing demolition of old heating equipment to make space for new equipment. Started concrete pad layout for new ground mounted HVAC units. Upcoming activities include pouring concrete pads and receiving HVAC equipment.


Admin and Fence – Mariners and Newport Heights Elementary

Contractor: JRH Construction

Elementary School Campus Under Construction

Completed abatement of entire office building. Continued demolition of interior walls and in-wall plumbing. Commenced low voltage rework. Set reinforcing bars and formwork for curb and ramp in parking lot. Removed landscaping in front of new storefront entry. Upcoming activities include pouring concrete for ramp and reframing interior walls.


Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) – Wilson Elementary

Contractor: NKS Mechanical

Elementary School Campus Under Construction

Completed abatement of entire office building. Continued demolition of interior walls and in-wall plumbing. Continued to run electrical conduit in classroom buildings. Started grubbing for new housekeeping pads for new condensing unit. Completed demotion of concrete bus drop off. Upcoming activities include reframing interior walls in office building, setting steel for housekeeping pads and pouring concrete.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/11/18




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Dear NMUSD Parents,

On June 26, 2018, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education directed staff to consider additional input before making a final recommendation for the District’s Middle and High School Math Course Pathways for the 2018/19 school year.

Based on the Board’s direction, a determination has been made to maintain the current middle and high school math course pathways. An Enhanced Math 7/8 course will continue to be offered to students who earned qualifying scores (80% or better) on the seventh grade Acceleration Determination Point (ADP) Exam. The ADP was administered this past semester to sixth grade students. Notification to families of student results on the ADP and recommended seventh grade math course placement will be mailed to parents by the end of July.

Newly adopted middle school math materials will be utilized in Math 7, Math 8, and Enhanced Math 7/8 courses. Students successfully completing Enhanced Math 7/8 will be placed in Math I as eighth grade students. Traditional and enhanced High School Math I, II, and III pathways will also be maintained for the 2018/19 school year.

While NMUSD will maintain current secondary math pathways for the 2018/19 school year, the District will continue to assess and research instructional practices, materials, and course pathways that will better support all students meeting the expectations of the state standards for mathematics.

For additional information, please visit http://www.nmusd.us/k12curriculum.  

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/9/18




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Backpacks

We invite you to please take a few minutes to watch our Why I Love School Video as students throughout Newport-Mesa Unified School District share what they love about school.

Check out our other videos on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District YouTube Channel - Technology in the Classroom Video,  NMUSD Overview Video, and the NMUSD 50th Anniversary Video.

Visit our Stay Connected Webpage for more ways to connect with our district.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/27/18




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State of the Schools Breakfast Save the Date

Save the Date: Newport-Mesa State of the Schools Breakfast 
October 2, 2018 at 7am

Corona del Mar High School
2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

State of the Schools Breakfast Save the Date 

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/26/18







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Bus Pass Flyer

Bus Pass applications for the 2018-2019 school year will begin July 5, 2018. 

NMUSD Transportation
2985 Bear St. Bldg. D.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 424-5080
Monday– Friday
7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. 

Please visit our website at www.nmusd.us/transportation to apply or stop by our office. 

Please note: A new application must be submitted for each student. 

2018/19 Bus Pass Flyer - English/Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/19/18




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Super Star Award Recipients Photo Collage

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education recognized ten employees in the district’s Super Star Awards Recognition Program, which celebrates employees who demonstrate high levels of service excellence and go above and beyond expectations to make a positive and recognizable difference within our district.

Kelli Adams – Special Education Teacher

Nominated by an immensely appreciative parent, this selfless Davis Elementary School Super Star helps transform the lives of or students and their families. She has a relentless drive and motivation to ensure that all students have the abilities and knowledge to succeed and thrive. Whether writing grant proposals to secure additional items for the classroom or organizing parents to participate in fundraising walks, this dedicated, thoughtful, generous, compassionate and tireless educator is more than deserving of this award and recognition.

Kira Brogden – Receptionist

Professional, polite, kind and hardworking, this Super Star is remarkably well-suited to be the face and voice of our district. Responsible for a multitude of tasks, in frequently challenging situations, her composed character is invaluable as she works with the public and staff. Possessing an uncanny ability to anticipate the next step of any situation, she quietly and modestly provides an immensely positive impact on her coworkers and on how the district itself is perceived.

Sourin Chanlasen - Health Assistant

With a humble, kind and calm manner this Whittier Elementary School Super Star has an immensely positive impact on her school community. Despite a significant workload, she is persistently thorough, caring, and ensures that students feel comforted and valued. She supplies her office with back up clothing and personal items for students in need, at her own expense, and never hesitates to assist with regular office duties whenever there is a need. With a contagious positive attitude, this reliable, caring, diligent and kind employee improves the workplace for all at her site.

Judi Chimits - School Administrative Assistant

This Super Star has been a transformational employee in just one school year at Victoria Elementary.  Kind and energetic with a student-first philosophy, she has gone far beyond her job description, including writing a grant proposal to redesign and furnish the employee lounge and front office.  Prioritizing an attractive school environment both visually and functionally, her influence in team building has been exceptional, her relationship-building with students has been genuine and significant and her impact has been immediate and admired.

Kristine Cross - English Teacher

Having designed, improved upon and perfected grade appropriate units of literary study now used by all seventh grade language classes at Ensign Intermediate School, this Super Star has had a profound impact on students and co-workers alike. Driven, analytical, insightful and dependable, this teacher has rightly earned the reputation for being one of Ensign’s most valued instructors. From captivating unit introductions, to socratic seminars, to personal and group reflection and much more, her hard work and masterful execution in the classroom drive students to excel.

Sonya Prescott - Health Assistant

A model of kindness and empathy, this Super Star creates a feeling of importance, safety and comfort with every child. She gives each child her full attention, is an expert at quickly recognizing when issues arise, and is highly regarded by both current and former students. She is organized and always prepared, ensuring that the health office is well-stocked. She has built remarkably positive and caring relationships with students, families, and staff, and is the heart of the Killybrooke Elementary School community.

Gloria Rios - School Administrative Assistant

As the “go-to” person on the Costa Mesa High School campus, this Super Star employs a diversified approach, instantly reads situations, and appropriately assists, directs, and facilitates conversations until a positive outcome is achieved. She is caring, confident and maintains confidentiality in all her dealings. She provides personal, sensitive and caring service and guidance to every student who walks through her door. She has an uncanning ability to find a solution and a genuine desire to assist, and is an invaluable asset and highly deserving of this commendation.

Maria Santana Baiza - Lead Instructional Assistant

Coordinator of the Project Kidz Connect program at Whittier and Adams Elementary, this Super Star is responsible for training and implementation of the after-school program for more than 175 students from dismissal time until 6 p.m. She expertly guides and supports a team of nine instructional assistants in everything from classroom behavior techniques to enrichment activities, while managing a safe and productive environment for students. She encourages student leadership through a student council and being attentive to student suggestions and ideas. With her collaborative and motivating approach, the program has grown and improved tremendously under her brilliant supervision.

Claudine Steck - Inclusion Specialist

This Super Star from the Special Education Department is continually pulled in many directions. With vibrant energy and a devotion to her work that cannot be matched, she never says no when there is a request for help and always finds a way to provide assistance. Her role often involves working in tense and emotional situations, with general and special education students, however she remains calm, helpful, creative and student-centered.

Annemarie Stellman - School Psychologist

Diligent and fully invested in the success of students, this Super Star handles her workload with positivity, humor and a proactive attitude. Despite the packed schedule, she never hesitates to take on new responsibilities, such as joining the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team and launching the Sea Kings Unified Sports program at Corona del Mar High School, in which general and special education students compete with other high schools in a unified sports league. The Unified Sports program has been a complicated venture, but the joy and inclusion it brings for all students has been immeasurable. A team player, avid collaborator and strong advocate for students, this sincere, thoughtful and compassionate Super Star is a treasured member of the Corona del Mar school community.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/25/18