NEWPORT HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS:
Effective June 27 – August 19th
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closed for Lunch 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Closed 4th of July
SUMMER IN PERSON REGISTRATION DATES AND TIMES
Monday, August 22nd 8:00 – 11:30 A.M./1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
IN ADDITION TO SENIORS, ALL GRADES OF THE FOLLOWING STUDENT GROUPS MAY COME BEGINNING AT 2:00 ON THIS DAY: ATHLETES IN SUMMER CAMP, CHEER AND MUSIC
Tuesday, August 23rd 8:00 – 11:30 A.M./1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, August 24th 8:00 – 11:30 A.M./1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 25th 8:00 – 11:30 A.M./1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Make Up Day (All Grades)
Monday, August 29th 8:00 – 11:30 A.M./1:00 – 3:00 P.M
Ms. Susan Astarita, the district’s senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer, has announced her retirement.
“It has been my privilege to work in the Newport Mesa Unified School District for the last 22 years,” Said Astarita. “I’ve enjoyed the focus on teaching and learning, the collegiality and the team atmosphere. I’ve worked with the finest teachers, principals, District staff, Superintendent and Board of Education,” she added.
Ms. Astarita’s 39-year career in public education began as a teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District where she worked for 17 years, serving as a principal and District-level administrator before joining Newport Mesa Unified School District in 1994. Most recently she served as the senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer, overseeing overall elementary and secondary education services for the district, which includes early childhood education, curriculum design and implementation, assessments, education technology, college and career education and special projects.
Ms. Astarita is looking forward to having time to explore her family history, participate more actively in the local Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Orange County Society of Mayflower Descendants. She enjoys golf and is looking forward to having time to practice and play on a more regular basis.
“I would like to congratulate Susan and wish her the best of luck in her retirement,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “She has done an exceptional job at focusing recourses and aligning the Education Services Division to better meet the needs of our students and support to our school sites. I truly value and admire her great work and leadership, and will miss her tremendously,” Navarro added.
Ms. Astarita’s last day is June 30, 2016. Within the next few weeks an interim senior associate superintendent and chief academic officer will be assigned. The District anticipates filling the vacancy prior to the start of the 2016/17 school year.
Below please find a link to photos from the 2016 Newport-Mesa Unified School District high school graduations and middle school promotions.
The District is happy to provide these photos, which are free to download. Please note that we are unable to take photos of every student, but we do our best to take as many photos as possible to capture these special moments. Enjoy and congratulations!
Fit Club is a fitness and nutrition education program for children
ages 4-18, to build confidence, learn about healthy living
habits, engage in exciting games, and enjoy fun activities.
Free Summer Program!
Space is limited! Sign up today! July 11th – August 18th,2016
Monday - Thursday: 1pm-3:15pm
Location: Pomona Elementary School
2051 Pomona Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Application is attached to this notice.
Also, applications available at:
Newport-Mesa Unified School District HOPE Clinic & Health Services
2045 Meyer Place, Bldg A
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Cooking Demos Raffle prizes
Healthy meals provided
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) hosted a student awards ceremony on June 7 to honor many exemplary graduating seniors on their accomplishments. More than 200 guests attended the awards ceremony at the Corona Del Mar High School Performing Arts Center.
Among the 1,669 seniors graduating this month, NMUSD congratulated a few stand-out students that achieved perfect scores on their ACT/SAT, those that received the Simon Scholar designation, and Seals of Excellence.
“It is gratifying and awe-inspiring to watch as our students garner recognitions for distinguished achievements in excellence,” Said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.
The following seniors achieved a perfect score on their SAT/ACT this year, in addition to one junior who also achieved a perfect score on their ACT.
Perfect score on ACT
- Baylee Bakkila, Newport Harbor High School
- Shane Gooding, Corona del Mar High School
- Matthew Paragas, Corona del Mar High School
- Abigal Peterson- Corona del Mar High School (Class of 2017)
Perfect score on SAT
- Hikaru Masuda, Corona del Mar
The awards ceremony also recognized 17 students as part of the Simon Scholars Program, which enables students facing difficult life and economic circumstances to graduate from high school with enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence. Simon Scholars is a unique six-year program that begins during a student's junior year in high school and continues through four years of college. Each recipient received a $16,000 scholarship.
Additionally, 12 students received the Seal of Excellence which honors students who took the most rigorous academic path. These students will be honored with a special seal on their diploma, notation on their transcript and highlighted in the graduation program.
“Congratulations! This is sure to be one of many successful moments for you and we wish you continued success as you embark on new adventures,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “Good luck on the journey ahead and go make your mark on the world!,” he said.
Additional awards and recognitions included; National Merit Scholar Finalists, Dr. Norman R. Loats Scholarship, Dr. Robert Charles Francy Science Scholarship, John W. Nicoll Scholarship for Future Teachers, Norman Stillwell Award, ASCE Every Student Succeeding Award, Girls Incorporated Scholarship, Coastline ROP Awards, OCDE Academic Pentathlon, Naviance College & Career Essay contest winners, Youth & Governments Participants, Newport Beach Youth Council Government Day participants, Girl Scout Gold recognitions, and Eagle Scout recognitions.
Click here to view and download photos of the student awards ceremony.
As a whole, the 2016 graduating seniors are receiving more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants. That money will go to good use as our graduates prepare to enter notable colleges throughout the country and abroad including; Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Michigan State, Princeton University, Stanford University, UC Berkley, UCLA, and USC to name a few.
Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized six high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. The goal of the Character Trait Awards Program is to identify six seniors, one from each high school, who exemplify one of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Employees from the six high schools in NMUSD nominate a student for each category and final award selections are made by a small committee led by Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro.
“We have a wealth of incredible students and it is gratifying to annually recognize a few of them,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “Getting to know students and their genuine good natured approach to life is something that I look forward to each year,” he added.
Congratulations to the following students selected as a Character Trait Award Winner:
Kaitlynn Kistler, Early College High School – Trustworthiness
Selected for the Character Trait Award of Trustworthiness, Kaitlynn is a dedicated, thoughtful, and hardworking student. She is a member of the National Honors Society and dedicates her time to assist struggling classmates and goes above and beyond to offer her support.
Ryan Kassel, Corona del Mar High School – Respect
Selected for Character Trait Award for Respect, Ryan is unfailingly courteous, kind and respectful to his peers, teachers, and coaches. He is captain of the Varsity Cross Country team and participates as an intern in the Biorobotics Lab at UC Irvine.
Menzin Echols, Back Bay High School – Responsibility
Selected for the Character Trait Award for responsibility, Menzin has maintained excellent attendance, stellar grades, and earned the respect and friendship of his peers as well as the Back Bay faculty and staff.
Clarissa Barragan, Estancia High School – Fairness
Selected for the Character Trait Award for fairness, Clarissa is good-natured, open minded and patient. She is respectful toward peers and staff and carefully listens to other’s viewpoints to ensure fairness among peers.
Peyton Espley-Jones, Newport Harbor High School – Caring
Selected for the Character Trait Award for Caring, Peyton regularly displays a caring, positive, optimistic approach to things. She is personable, compassionate, and driven to succeed. She is president of a student body of more than 2,500 students and consistently spends time and energy to improve the lives of others through her genuine caring nature.
Nora Vartanian, Costa Mesa High School – Citizenship
Selected for the Character Trait Award of Citizenship, Nora maintains a 4.3 GPA, while balancing her academic activities and activities outside of school. She is a member of the Madrigal Choir and the varsity cheer team. She advocates for the needs of herself and others and is active in her church and numerous community service activities.
The selected high school seniors reflect strong leadership traits and a culture of kindness, which is important in a school learning environment. Award winners are honored with a six foot banner with their photo, character trait, and school that they represent prominently displayed in the district lobby for one year. Students also will be recognized at a special student recognition ceremony on June 14, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. in the District Boardroom
Congratulations to these exceptional students and good luck in your future endeavors.