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Parent Seminar Flyer

Parent Seminar Series - Suicide Education and Prevention Strategies

November 29, 2017 6 pm - Estancia High School

November 30, 2017 6 pm - Costa Mesa High School

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/20/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District will host a Flu Vaccine Clinic on November 15, 2017.  Vaccines are available at no cost for non-pregnant individuals four years and older. Vaccines will be distributed on a first come first serve basis and will be given until posted time or until supplies run out. Please wear short sleeves or sleeveless top.

 

Wednesday November 15, 2017

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 

HOPE Clinic

2045 Meyer Place Bldg. C

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

949-515-6725

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/9/17




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Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has partnered with Hanover Research, an independent research firm, to explore parents’ experiences with our district. The findings from this exploration will support the development of our district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

 

As part of this exploration, Hanover Research will conduct a series of telephone interviews with parents. These conversations are designed to explore how parents engage with our district and their child’s school, and how parent engagement could be improved.

  

Participants will be selected at random and participation in these interviews is voluntary. However, it is important that members of the Newport-Mesa school community participate because only they can tell us about their perceptions and experiences. Please note that participation or non-participation will not affect any relationships you or your student(s) have with teachers, peers, or administrators. If you choose to participate, your responses will be kept anonymous.

 

You may be contacted by Hanover Research in the coming weeks to request your participation. If you have any questions or do not want to participate in these conversations, please email Hanover Research’s Content Director, Cate Keller at: ckeller@hanoverresearch.com or call 714-424-8919.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/8/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District, in collaboration with Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) and the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA), has decided to re-launch the online Collegiate Calendar Survey due to concerns expressed regarding the survey allowing for multiple entries.

 

If you have previously taken the online survey, please note that those responses will not be included. We ask you to retake the survey using the link previously provided or the link below. If you are a parent and have completed a hard copy of the survey, your input will be included and you will not need to retake the survey.

 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please know that we truly value our school community’s input on this important topic, which is why we are moving to a more accurate survey platform.

 

Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet

Collegiate Calendar Survey 

 

Por favor vuelva a tomar/tome la Encuesta del Calendario Universitario

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa, en colaboración con la Federación de Maestros de Newport-Mesa (NMFT) y la Asociación de Empleados de Apoyo Académico (CSEA), han decidido relanzar la encuesta en línea titulada Encuesta sobre el Calendario Universitario debido a las preocupaciones expresadas que conciernen a la encuesta y la posibilidad de entradas múltiples.

 

Si tuvo la oportunidad de tomar la encuesta en línea previamente, por favor tenga en cuenta que sus respuestas no serán incluidas. Le pedimos que vuelva a tomar la encuesta usando el enlace que se le proveyó anteriormente o el enlace que ha sido incluido abajo. Si usted es un padre y ha completado esta encuesta en papel, su aporte será incluido y no tendrá que volver a tomar la encuesta.

 

Nos disculpamos sinceramente por cualquier inconveniente que esto haya causado. Sepa por favor que realmente valoramos el aporte de nuestra comunidad escolar en cuanto a este importante tema, y es el motivo por el cual nos hemos movido a una plataforma de encuestas más precisa.  

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 11/3/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is considering a shift to a collegiate calendar to more closely align with neighboring school districts and local colleges. This shift would start the school year up to three weeks prior to the Labor Day holiday and end the first semester prior to the winter break.

 

As a unified school district, this decision impacts everyone; therefore, NMUSD is in the process of seeking input from the school community regarding the potential shift. Please see the Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet link below. The Fact Sheet includes background information, dates for informational meetings, benefits, concerns/frequently asked questions and the survey link (survey will be available November 1-15).

 

Your input will help guide the Calendar Committee in developing their recommendation. The final decision is determined through the negotiations process and adopted by the Board of Education.

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/23/17




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

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/13/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education has approved the School Calendar and Schedule of Activities, for the 2018/19 school year.

 

Schedule of School Activities 2018/19
School Calendar 2018/19

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/11/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Board of Education

Notice of Public Hearing

 

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will hold a public hearing in compliance with education code 60119 and 60422 – sufficiency of instructional materials that are aligned to the academic content standard for school year 2017-2018.

The public hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled board of education meeting scheduled on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at approximately 6:00 p.m. in the District Education Center Boardroom, 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA.

 

For further information, please contact:

Vanessa Galey

Director, Special Projects

714-424-8983

vgaley@nmusd.us
 

Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa

Mesa Directiva de Educación

Aviso de Audiencia Pública

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa tendrá una audiencia pública en concordancia con el código de educación 60119 y 60422 – Suficiencia de materiales de instrucción alineados a las normas académicas para el año escolar 2017-2018.

La audiencia pública se llevará a cabo en conjunción con la junta regular programada para el martes, 24 de octubre de 2017, a las 6:00 p.m. aproximadamente, en la sala de juntas de la Mesa Directiva del Centro de Educación del Distrito, 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, Ca.

 

Para Información, por favor comuníquese con:

Vanessa Galey

Directora, Proyectos Especiales

714-424-8983

vgaley@nmusd.us

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Published: 10/11/17




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Notice is hereby given that on October 24, 2017, the Board of Education of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District at a regular meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the District’s Board Room, located at 2985 Bear Street, Building A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, the Board of Education will conduct a public hearing to provide opportunity for the community to provide oral comment to the Board regarding the proposed waiver application to the State Board of Education with respect to a shift to by-trustee area elections.  Persons seeking information should contact the Superintendent’s Office, (714) 424-5031.

 

Q & A on Waiver Request to State Board of Education Regarding Change in Board of Education Election System from At-Large to
By-Trustee Area Voting

 

On February 28, 2017, the Board of Education of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District directed a shift from the current at-large system of electing Board Members to by-trustee area elections. These Questions & Answers have been developed to provide information to all interested parties on this process. 

 

 

Q: What is the change that will take place?

A: Currently, members of the Board of Education are elected in “at-large” elections, i.e., elections in which each governing board member is a resident of a trustee area but elected by the registered voters of the entire school district. Starting in the November 2018 election, Board Members will be elected by only the voters living in a designated trustee area.

 

Q: How many areas will there be?

A: The Board of Education will remain at seven members; therefore there will be seven areas.

 

 

Q: How may I learn more and/or provide feedback to the Board?

A: A public hearing regarding the submission of a waiver to the State Board of Education for a change from at-large to by-trustee area elections will be held October 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Q: What if I have additional questions?

A: You may contact the Superintendent’s office via email at superintendent@nmusd.us and/or attend the public hearing referenced above.

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 10/6/17




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College and Career Night Flyer
Date: October 18, 2017

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Venue: O.C. Fair & Events Center in the Costa Mesa Building

 

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College and Career Website

 

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Published: 10/3/17




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Students Show Growth from 2015 to 2017 in Statewide English and Math Assessment

 

Students in Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) show growth from 2015 to 2017 in statewide English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessments. NMUSD students also remain above the Orange County and California averages in ELA and math.  

 

The Smarter Balanced assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which tests ELA and math standards for students in grades three through eight and grade 11. 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 the third year, show an increase of 4.57 percentage points in NMUSD students having met or exceeded ELA standards, and an increase of 3.99 percentage points in students having met or exceeded math standards, when compared to the 2015 baseline assessments.

 

Many NMUSD schools have shown impressive growth during the three year period. Ensign Intermediate School maintained growth all three years in both ELA (9.0 percentage point growth) and math standards (8.50 percentage point growth). Nine schools have shown a growth of more than ten percent in ELA standards, with Adams Elementary showing a growth of 19.23 percentage points. Five schools have shown double digit growth in math standards, again with Adams topping the list at 17.13 percentage point growth.

 

Specific to Title I schools, nearly all have shown growth in ELA and math standards. Adams, Sonora, and Paularino Elementary Schools have shown double digit growth in both ELA and math standards.

 

“It is encouraging to see our Title I schools performing well,” said Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung. “This is a testament to the focus of our teachers, and principals to improve our instructional program for all our students,” he said.

 

Our district has been focused on providing support for classroom intervention systems to better implement differentiation of instructional strategies. This allows teachers and instructional assistants to provide targeted support to struggling students and additional enrichment opportunities for high achieving students, such as small group instruction with specifically tailored instructional materials.

 

ELA and math results for English Learners have remained relatively flat throughout the three year assessments. Our district is focused on improving English Learner proficiency by providing additional supports, such as the adoption of new elementary English Language Arts, English Language Development, and math instructional materials. Our district has added two Instructional Specialists in 2017/18, for a total of three that are solely dedicated to improving English Learner proficiency in all subject areas.

 

Looking at grade levels, third and sixth grade students have shown consistent growth in both ELA and math, throughout the three years of the assessments. While the district looks at improvement at all grade levels, there has been a strong focus on the third grade foundational skills. It is widely known that if students are not reading at grade level by third grade, it is increasingly more difficult for them to meet future grade level performance.

 

Comparing results from 2016 to 2017 assessments, NMUSD students showed a slight growth of .57 percentage points in ELA standards and a decline of 1.01 percentage points in math standards.

 

“We are confident that the selection of new elementary math and ELA/ELD instructional materials being implemented this school year will improve student proficiency,” said Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung.

 

The current statewide assessments only focus on ELA and math standards, however it is anticipated that the California Science Test (CAST) will be included in the state testing program in 2019. In the meantime, NMUSD teachers continue to work on the next generation Science Standards (NGSS) to prepare for the CAST.

 

Individual student 2017 assessments were mailed to parents. The NMUSD Smarter Balanced testing schedule for 2018 is anticipated for March 20 through June 15.

 

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 new California School Dashboard is expected to provide 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. However, the State is not expected to provide this data until December 2017. 

 

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: 9/27/17




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Thank you to all those who will be in attendance at Wednesday's Annual State of the Schools Breakfast!

 

We are sold out!

 

We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning for our fantastic event!

State of the Schools Breakfast
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 am - 9:00 am
Costa Mesa High School

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/19/17




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Public Hearings to be Conducted Regarding the Adjustment of Trustee Area Boundaries on September 18, September 28 and October 9

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District will conduct three public hearings for the Board of Education to receive public comments specifically related to the two proposed trustee area boundary map options “B” and “G”. Trustee areas are specific boundaries within the school district that each Board of Education Member is elected to represent. Trustee boundaries are separate from school attendance boundaries and any changes to trustee area boundaries will not change or impact a student’s home school. Students’ home school will remain the same.

 

Two trustee area boundary maps, “B” and “G” are currently under consideration. Please visit the Trustee Area Boundary Adjustment webpage for more information, including proposed maps and analysis reports.

 

Upcoming Public Hearings:

 

You are invited to attend the following public hearings to provide public comments specifically related to the two proposed trustee area boundary map options.

*Please note that the District may adjourn earlier than 8 p.m. after accepting all comments, commencing
at 6 p.m.

 

September 18, 2017*

6:00 p.m.

Newport Harbor High School Theater

600 Irvine Avenue

Newport Beach, CA 92663

 

September 28, 2017*

6:00 p.m.

Costa Mesa High School

Theatre

2650 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Transportation to the public hearing at Costa Mesa High School will be provided from the Rea Elementary School parking lot at 5:30 p.m. and will return at the conclusion of the public hearing.

 

October 9, 2017*

6:00 p.m.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Boardroom

2985 Bear Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

Public Hearing Format:

  • The public hearings are formal Board of Education meetings and will be video recorded.
  • The two maps (“Map B” and “Map G”) will be on display, as well as the analysis reports for each map.
  • Public comments will be received verbally or in writing.
  • Spanish interpreters will be available at each public hearing.

Background:

 

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has seven Board of Education members who are currently elected through an at-large voting system. An at-large voting system means that each member is elected by the entire school district voting population, but is required to reside in a particular trustee area. This is authorized by Education Code section 5030.

 

In a separate but related topic to boundary adjustments, in February 2017 the Board of Education initiated the change to elections by trustee area, commencing with the November 2018 elections. Elections by trustee area means that members will be elected by the specific trustee area that they represent, as opposed to the entire school district voting population (as is currently the process).

 

Due to the extensive population growth on the east side of the district, the superintendent convened a committee to review trustee areas. The committee, with the assistance of a demographer, was tasked with balancing the seven trustee areas to each have proportionate population and take into consideration traditional redistricting principles, such as trustee areas should be compact and contiguous; should consider communities of interest; should consider man-made and natural geographic features; and should continue with at least one majority–minority trustee area. The committee created proposed trustee area boundary map B.

 

The District conducted two initial public meetings in March 2017 to review trustee area boundaries and receive public input.

 

At its April 18, 2017 meeting, the Board of Education conducted a study session to receive and consider information related to the boundary adjustment. The Board directed the demographer to prepare additional draft maps for consideration. Map G was a result of public input and direction form the Board.

 

In its August 22, 2017 meeting, the Board of Education voted to conduct three public hearings to receive community input on maps B and G (meeting details are noted above).

 

Next Steps:

 

The Board of Education is expected to take action on the proposed trustee area boundary maps at a future Board of Education meeting.

 

Please visit the Trustee Area Boundary Adjustment webpage for more information, including current and proposed maps, and map analysis reports.

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Audiencias Públicas que se llevarán a cabo respecto al Ajuste de los Límites de las Áreas de los Miembros de la Junta Directiva el 18 y 28 de septiembre y el 9 de octubre.

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newport Mesa llevará a cabo tres audiencias públicas de la Junta Directiva de Educación para escuchar los comentarios del público específicamente relacionados a las dos opciones propuestas para el mapa de límites del área “B” y “G”. Las áreas de miembros de la Junta Directiva son límites específicos dentro del distrito escolar que son representados por cada miembro elegido de la Junta Directiva. Los límites de los miembros de la Junta Directiva son límites completamente separados de los límites de asistencia escolar, y cualquier cambio a los límites de las áreas de los miembros de la Junta Directiva no cambiará ni tendrán impacto en la escuela de residencia del estudiante. La escuela de residencia del estudiante será la misma.

 

Dos mapas de límites de las áreas de los miembros de la Junta Directiva, “B” y “G” están actualmente bajo consideración. Por favor visite la página web del Ajuste de Los Límites de las Áreas de Miembros de la Junta Directiva para obtener más información, incluyendo los mapas propuestos y los informes de análisis. (Oprima “Select Language” aribba, a la derecha de la página de internet para cambiar el idioma a “Spanish” (Español)).

 

Próximas Audiencias Públicas:

 

Los invitamos a asistir a las siguientes audiencias públicas para escuchar sus comentarios públicos específicamente relacionados a las dos opciones propuestas para los mapas de límites de área.

 

*Por favor tenga en cuenta que el Distrito puede dar por concluida la junta antes de las 8 p.m. después de haber aceptado todos los comentarios, comenzando a las 6 p.m.

 

Septiembre 18, 2017*

6:00 p.m.

Newport Harbor High School Teatro

600 Irvine Avenue

Newport Beach, CA 92663

 

Septiembre 28, 2017*

6:00 p.m.

Costa Mesa High School

Teatro

2650 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Se ofrecerá transporte a la audiencia pública en la Secundaria Costa Mesa desde el estacionamiento de la Escuela Primaria Rea a las 5:30 p.m., y regresara una vez concluya la audiencia pública.

 

Octubre 9, 2017*

6:00 p.m.

Newport-Mesa Unified School   Sala de Conferencias

2985 Bear Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

 

Formato de la Audiencia Pública:

  • Las audiencias públicas son juntas formales de la Junta Directiva de Educación y serán grabadas.
  • Los dos mapas (“Mapa B” y “Mapa G”) estarán exhibidos, así como también lo estarán los informes de análisis para cada mapa.
  • Los comentarios públicos ser recibirán de manera verbal o escrita.
  • Tendremos Intérpretes para español disponibles en cada audiencia pública.

Antecedentes:

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newport Mesa tiene siete miembros de la Junta Directiva quienes son actualmente elegidos a través de un sistema de votación general. Un sistema de votación general quiere decir que cada miembro es elegido por toda la población votante del distrito escolar, pero se requiere que el miembro resida en una de las áreas específicas del distrito. Esto está autorizado por el Código de Educación sección 5030.

 

En un tema separado pero relacionado al ajuste de límites, en febrero de 2017, la Junta Directiva de Educación inició el cambio a las elecciones por área de miembro de la junta directiva, comenzando con las elecciones de noviembre de 2018. Las elecciones por área de miembro de la junta directiva quieren decir que los miembros serán elegidos por el área de miembro específica que ellos representen, contrario a que sea toda la población votante del distrito la que los elija (proceso actual).

 

Debido al crecimiento de la población en el lado Este del distrito, el superintendente convocó un comité para revisar las áreas de los miembros de la junta directiva. Se le asignó al comité, con la asistencia de un demógrafo, balancear las siete áreas de los miembros de tal manera que cada uno tuviera una población proporcional y que considerarán los principios tradicionales de reestructuración, tales como que las áreas de miembros de la junta deberán ser compactas y contiguas; deberán considerar comunidades de interés; deberán considerar características geográficas artificiales y naturales; y deberán continuar con por lo menos un área de miembro de la junta de mayoría-minoría. El comité creado propuso el mapa de límite de área B.

 

El Distrito llevó a cabo dos juntas públicas iniciales en marzo de 2017 para revisar los límites de las áreas de los miembros de la junta directiva y para recibir aportes del público.

 

En la junta del 18 de abril de 2017, la Junta Directiva de Educación llevó a cabo una sesión de estudio para recibir y considerar información relacionada al ajuste de límites. La Junta Directiva instruyó al demógrafo a preparar borradores de mapas adicionales para ser considerados. El Mapa G fue el resultado del aporte del público y de la instrucción de la Junta Directiva.

 

En la junta del 22 de agosto de 2017, la Junta Directiva de Educación votó para llevar a cabo tres audiencias públicas para recibir aportes de la comunidad en cuanto a los mapas B y G (los detalles de la junta se describen arriba).

Siguientes pasos:

Se espera que La Junta Directiva de Educación tome acción en los mapas de límites de las áreas de los miembros de la junta directiva en una futura junta de la Junta Directiva de Educación.

 

Por favor visite la página web del Ajuste de Los Límites de las Áreas de Miembros de la Junta Directiva para obtener más información, incluyendo mapas actuales y propuestos, y los informes de análisis de los mapas. (Oprima “Select Language” arriba, a la derecha de la página de internet para cambiar el idioma a “Spanish” (Español)).

 

 

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 9/6/17




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Applying for free and reduced priced meals and pre-paying for student meals is easier than ever. Apply or pre-pay online today. Please see the attached flyer and visit the links below for more information.

 

National School Lunch and Breakfast Program Flyer

 

Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals Online
 

Add Funds to your Student’s Meal Account Online

 

 

 

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Published: 8/16/17




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You are invited to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District

 

Summer Language Development Program Open House:

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10:30 am - 12 pm

 

Costa Mesa High School Library

2650 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

Click flyers below for more information.

Summer Language Progam Open House Flyer

 

Summer Language Program Open House Flyer- Spanish
 

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Published: 7/13/17




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

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




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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Philandell Campaner

Philandell Campaner
Back Bay High School

Character Trait: Respect

 

Back Bay High School administration shared the following about Philandell:

 

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

 

Haley Cohen

Haley Cohen
Corona del Mar High School

Character Trait: Caring

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Cassidy Crandall
  Cassidy Crandall
Costa Mesa High School

Character Trait: Trustworthiness

 

Costa Mesa High School administration shared the following about Cassidy:


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

 

 

Andrew Mance

Andrew Mance
Early College High School

Character Trait:  Fairness

 

Early College High School administration shared the following about Andrew:


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

 

 

Yvonne Padilla
Yvonne Padilla
Estancia High School

Character Trait: Responsibility

 

Estancia High School administration shared the following:
 

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

 

 

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

Character Trait: Citizenship

 

Newport Harbor High School administration shared the following:


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

 

Congratulations to the 2017 Superintendent Character Trait Award Winners!

 

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




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Online Driver Education - Registration begins on May 22, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




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

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognition

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Reports

 

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

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

 

Consent

 

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

 

Discussion/Action

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

May 9, 2017 Full Board Meeting Agenda

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

Dr. Fred Navarro, Superintendent

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




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Super-Star Awards

“Celebrating Excellence”

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

 

This is what excellence is all about.

It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, paying

attention to the smallest detail and going the extra mile.

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

Celebrating Excellence!

 

Nominations are now being accepted for Employee

Super-Stars. Nominations need to be received

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

 

Know someone deserving of recognition? Make their day and

complete the Online Nomination Form. You may submit your

nomination anonymously, if desired. All nominations will be

considered by the Super-Star Awards Selection

Committee. Recipients will be honored at a Board of

Education meeting and receive a pin, certificate and a

personally engraved award plaque.

 

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

specific about the individual’s unique and compelling

contribution(s).

 

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

Personnel at vcaldwell@nmusd.us

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




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

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognition

 

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

 

Reports

 

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

 

Consent

 

Various routine contractual agreements related to the following:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Resolution Consent

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Sincerely,

 

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

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




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

 

Summer Music Academy

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

 

 

Summer Engineering Academy

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

 

For more information please click on the resources below:

2017 Summer Programs Flyer

2017 Summer Programs Flyer - Spanish

2017 Summer Program Application

2017 Summer Program Application - Spanish

 

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




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Students Working on Computers

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

 

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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




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

 

The 2017 NMUSD Classified Employee of the Year winners are:

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

Please click here to read news item for more information!

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




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Students using Chromebooks

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Initiative includes the following:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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




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

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Report:

 

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

 

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

 

Discussion/Action:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Sincerely,

 

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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

Trustee Boundary Public Hearing Press Release - English

Trustee Boundary Public Hearing Press Release - Spanish

 

Thank you,

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




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

 

Please click here to learn more about the Dashboard.

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




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

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognition:

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

 

Report:

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

 

Public Hearing:

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

 

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

 

Discussion/Action:

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

 

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

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Fred Navarro

Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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




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

 

California Earned Income Tax Credit Eligability Flow Chart
 

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




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




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Weather Update #2

 

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

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




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

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




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

Please wear short sleeves or sleeveless top.  

 

Vaccine are provided at No Cost!

 

Hope Clinic

2045 Meyer Place Building C

Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

 

Please see the attached flyer for more details and information.

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




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

 

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

 

 

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

Año Escolar 2017-2018

 

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

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




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Newport-Mesa Employee “Super-Star” Awards

“Reaching for the Stars”

 

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

This is what excellence is all about.

It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, paying

attention to the smallest detail, going the extra mile.

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

Celebrating Excellence!

 

Nominations are now being accepted
for Employee Superstars.

Nominations need to be received

by Friday, December 9, 2016 to be considered.

 

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

www.nmusd.us/superstar.

Your nomination can be made public

or you can also submit it anonymously. All nominations are

then forwarded to the Superstar Awards Selection

Committee. The committee selects nominees twice a

year to be recognized at Board meetings. Recipients honored

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

engraved star.

 

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

 

The online nomination form is available at:

www.nmusd.us/superstar.

 

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

Personnel at vcaldwell@nmusd.us

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

Examples of some of the essential items include:

  • First aid

  • Food and water

  • Flashlights, radio and batteries

  • Portable toilets

  • Blankets

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tips for parents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for students:

  • Take emergency drills seriously.

  • Follow teacher and site administrator instructions.

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

    situations.

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

 

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




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

 

K-5 Pilot Programs:

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

6th Grade Pilot Programs:

  • Eureka Math by Great Minds
  • Digits by Pearson

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

 

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

 

Programas Viables K-5:

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

Programas Viables 6to Grado:

  • Eureka Math por Great Minds
  • Digits por Pearson

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

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




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

 

 

 

 

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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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