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

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

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

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




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

Students at Summer Engineering Camp

Summer Engineering Academy

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

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

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

Students had the opportunity to:

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

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

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

Summer Engineering Academy Fair

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

Summer Engineering Academy Photos

Students in Summer Music Program

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

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

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

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

Join us in celebrating students’ accomplishments:

Summer Music Concert

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

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

City of Costa Mesa SMART Camp Music Program

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

Visit the Summer Programs webpage to learn more.

Summer Music Academy Photos

Teacher Assisting Student

Language Explorers English Language Development Program
 

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

Summer Language Program Photos

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




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Food Cart

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

Free and reduced meal eligibility scale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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




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

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

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

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




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

Contractor: AireMasters

Elementary School Campus Under Construction

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


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

Contractor: LA Air

Elementary School Office Under Construction

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


Admin and Fence – Mariners and Newport Heights Elementary

Contractor: JRH Construction

Elementary School Campus Under Construction

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


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

Contractor: NKS Mechanical

Elementary School Campus Under Construction

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

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




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Board Meeting Brief – July 10, 2018

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

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

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:         

Report

10.a. Review of Site Controlled Access at District Sites  

Informational Items                   

11. Math Middle School Course Pathway Recommendation

Consent Calendar

14.b.1. Approve Raptor Visitor Management System for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District – The Raptor Visitor Management System can check visitors against databases set by each school, it ensures that accurate and reliable records are kept for every visitor that enters the school.

14.b.3. Approve United States Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Award – This federal assistance program is to provide an additional free fruit or vegetable snack to students during the school day and to teach students about good nutrition. This will be the tenth consecutive year the Newport-Mesa has been awarded funds under this program for use at Rea and Whittier Elementary Schools.

14.b.4. Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With Turning Point for Families for Newport Harbor High School for the 2018–2019 School Year. Turning Point Center for Families is a non-profit, bi-lingual counseling center that provides prevention, intervention and therapeutic counseling services. Turning Point has previously provided these services to Newport Harbor High School students and parents.  

14.b.14 Accept Grant From the City of Costa Mesa for Playground Improvements and Purchase of Musical Instruments for Newport-Mesa Unified School District Costa Mesa Elementary Schools. Approve the grant from the City of Costa Mesa playground improvements at Adams, Paularino, and Pomona elementary schools.

14.b.16 Approve Agreement with AVID (advancement Via Individual Determination) fir the 2018-2019 School Year. AVID is a college readiness program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. 

  • Early College High School

  • Ensign Middle School

  • Estancia High School

  • Newport Harbor High School

  • TeWinkle Middle School

  • Rea Elementary School

14.b.21 Approve Secondary Textbook Adoption. Textbooks are submitted to the Board for approval for use in specific courses. These submissions are originated by the teachers and are approved by the Department Chair and Principal before submission to the Director of K-12 Curriculum. These textbooks have been on display at the Education Center from June 13, 2018.

  • Campbell Biology in Focus AP Edition 2nd Edition

  • Chemistry: A Molecular Approach AP Edition

  • Comprehensive Health, 2nd Edition

  • Discovering French Today - Level 1

  • Discovering French Today - Level 2

  • Discovering French Today - Level 3

  • ERWC Reader, 2nd Edition

  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers (AP Edition) 9th Edition

  • Practical Research: Planning and Design

  • Psychology in Modules 12th Edition

Discussion/Action Calendar

16.a. Approve Tentative Agreement Between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #18. The District and CSEA reached a tentative agreement for reopener negotiations for 2018-19 on June 14, 2018. As part of 2017-18 negotiations, a 2.5% salary increase for 2018-19 was approved by the Board of Education on September 12, 2017.

Board Meeting Overview

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

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
     
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
     
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/9/18




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Dear NMUSD Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

 

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




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Summer Food Program Flyer

Did you know there are free meals available at these three Costa Mesa sites for your kids and teens this summer!

  • July 9 - August 2, Costa Mesa High School Cafeteria 2650 Fairview Rd. - Use entry gate next to gym. 
    Served Monday - Thursday / CLOSED Friday:
    • Breakfast - 8:30 to 9:00 
    • Lunch - 12:00 to 12:45
  • July 9 - July 26, Rea Elementary - 661 Hamilton Ave.
    Served Monday - Thursday / CLOSED Friday:
    • Breakfast - 8:30 to 9:00          
    • Lunch - 11:45 to 12:30
  • June 25 - August 3, Donald Dungan Library - 1855 Park Ave. near Lions Park
    Served Monday - Friday:
    • Lunch - 12:00 to 1:00

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

Summer Food Program Flyer - English/Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/5/18




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Backpacks

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

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

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

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




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State of the Schools Breakfast Save the Date

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

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

State of the Schools Breakfast Save the Date 

 

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




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

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

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:         

Report

10.a. Report on the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) – DELAC, a parent advisory group to support the parents of our District's English Learners will present their Annual Report to the Board which summarizes highlights of the year's activities, along with observations and comments from DELAC Officers and members.

10.b. Safety Update Report - District staff will provide an update on school and workplace safety and review the Orange County Grand Jury recommendations issued to all Orange County school districts.

Consent Calendar

14.a.1-4 Ratify Award of Various Bids for HVAC

  • 14.a.1. Bid #107-18 College Park, Davis, Pomona HVAC – Approve the award to Scorpio Enterprises dba AireMasters Air Conditioning
  • 14.a.2. Ratify Award of Bid #110-18 Wilson Admin, Fence and HVAC - Approve the award to NKS Mechanical Contracting, Inc.
  • 14.a.3. Ratify Award of Bid #109-18 Mariners and Newport Heights Admin and Fence - Approve the award to JRH Construction Company, Inc.
  • 14.a.4. Ratify Award of Bid #108-18 Kaiser and Woodland HVAC - Approve the award to Los Angeles Air Conditioning, Inc.

Resolution Consent Calendar

15.a. Adopt Resolution 39-06-18 All Funds Final Budget - California Education Code Sections 33128, 42127, and 42127(a)(2) require that the governing board of a school district shall adopt a budget for the following fiscal year prior to June 30 of the current fiscal year. District staff has preceded with budget development based on the Governor's May Revised 2018-19 State Budget proposal.  In addition, staff has utilized guidance provided by the Orange County Department of Education, School Services of California, the California Association of School Business Officials and a variety of other sources during the budget development process. As required by Education Code section 52062(b)(2), the district conducted a public hearing on June 12, 2018 whereby the district's 2018-19 budget was presented for public review and input.

Discussion Action Calendar

17.e. First Reading and Adoption of Board Policy Revisions - The following policies have been reviewed, edited, and are now being recommended for review and adoption.

  • BP 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs & Activities
  • BP 4030 - Nondiscrimination in Employment
  • BP 4119.11-4219.11-4319.11 - Sexual Harassment
  • BP 5111 - Admission
  • BP 5111.1 - District Residency
  • BP 5131.2 - Bullying
  • BP 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination-Harassment
  • BP 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment
  • BP 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior

Board Meeting Overview

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

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 6/25/18







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Bus Pass Flyer

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

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

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

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

2018/19 Bus Pass Flyer - English/Spanish

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




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Student Using Technology in the Classroom

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is at the forefront of preparing students for a future that involves exciting technological advancements, innovation, and automation. Students and staff in kindergarten through twelfth grade participate in a variety of computer science, robotics, and engineering activities. Project Lead the Way and Computer Science Pathway programs in our middle and high schools, and coding and computer science programs in the elementary grades engage students in exciting technology based learning.

As the California State Board of Education continues to make significant strides in developing and implementing the Computer Science Standards, the momentum in teaching computer science in schools has never been stronger. NMUSD has introduced structured coding and computer science curriculum at many of our elementary schools, with the goal of aligning them to our new English Language Arts and Math curriculums in the fall of 2018.

One of this year’s newest district initiatives is the Elementary Vex IQ Scrimmage League. The Education Technology Department created and coordinated an intra-district robotics league for several elementary schools - Andersen, Davis, Kaiser, Newport Heights, Rea, Eastbluff, and Harbor View. Elementary robotics teachers at these sites coordinated efforts for students to compete in driver skill and teamwork challenges in this year’s Vex IQ Scrimmage League - Ringmaster. The league supported students and staff in their rigorous work aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, computer science, and engineering standards. It also allowed students to persevere in their engineering research, collaborate with teams to redesign robots, and work together to win the scrimmages and become league champions.

Our district also is hosting the 3rd Annual NMUSD District Robotics Competition, which is on Saturday, June 9th at Estancia High School. Teams from Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Ensign Intermediate, Tewinkle Middle School, and Estancia High School will participate in this year’s Vex EDR Challenge - In the Zone. Students will bring their creatively designed robots and competitive spirits to showcase their engineering and robotics skills as they battle for the coveted Tournament Champion award for their school.

As a district we are excited to recognize and share the amazing work of our students and staff in their computer science, engineering, and robotics efforts. We look forward to the expansion of our computer science programs and what our students will create in the near future.

Please take a moment to watch our Technology in the Classroom video as we share some of the advantages, opportunities, and the technology that we provide our students in classrooms throughout Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

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




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The Road to Calculus Event Flyer

Parent meeting to learn about shifts in mathematics 
Join us to discuss the content and practice shifts in the State Standards for Mathematics in Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) with  
Dr. Patrick Callahan and NMUSD Staff. (Spanish interpreter available)

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018* 
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p .m.

Location: Newport Harbor High School Theater 600 Irvine  Ave. 
Newport Beach, CA 92663 

*Additional information nights will be scheduled at the start of the 2018/19 school year.

www.nmusd.us/k12curriculum
Curriculum@nmusd.us 
714-424-7533

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




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Six Seniors Recognized in the Superintendent Character Trait Awards Program

Character Trait Award Recipients

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized six high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. Now in its sixth year, the program recognizes six graduating seniors from high schools throughout our district who exemplify one of the six pillars of character: caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness.

Miranda McCormick – Caring – Newport Harbor High School
Miranda cares about her community beyond the walls of the classroom. She works tirelessly in her community to help those in need and improve the lives of others. For six years, she spent her summers volunteering at our school district sponsored Camp Friendship helping younger children with autism develop social skills. She patiently and effectively connects with young people to bring out their best with her kindness that requires no acknowledgement. She also worked to ease childrens pain for children in life-threatening situations and their families as second year in a row president for the on campus the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

James Brown – Citizenship – Estancia High School
James is a peer mentor to ninth grade students as a Link Crew Leader and has participated in Estancia’s Youth and Government program for three years, where he currently serves as delegation president. He is an ambassador of Estancia High School’s student delegate of the Australia Sister City Education Exchange Program, and is a member of Estancia’s Leo Club through Lions International and Interact Club through Rotary International, which promotes leadership and responsible citizenship. He also serves as a tutor and volunteers at local homeless shelters to help coordinate food and clothing donation campaigns.

Alexander Johnson – Respect – Early College High School
Alexander is known for showing consideration toward classmates, staff, and anyone that he meets. He firmly believes in accepting differences in others and practices tolerance of differing ideas in the classroom, and in his daily interactions with others. He consistently demonstrates the ability to be an active listener and genuinely cares about other people’s points of view. When communicating with his classmates he is respectful in his speech and actions towards others. He is a balanced thinker who is easy-going and mild-mannered.
Emily Kubisty – Fairness – Estancia High School
Emily consistently models fairness by listening to all points of view during activities and lessons, and she upholds the expectations of leadership and collaboration within the classroom. She is a Link Crew Leader at Estancia and works daily with a group of twelve freshmen leading team-building activities. She actively encourages all students to equally participate and share thoughts in a positive manner. When freshmen students experience disagreement, Emily facilitates communication and understanding between all parties to resolve potential conflicts. She pursues positive solutions to problems, and has built strong relationships as a result. Emily’s ability to be fair and play by the rules also extends to the softball field where she exemplifies the C.I.F. Victory with Honor Principles.

Ryan Hamilton – Trustworthiness – Corona del Mar High School
Ryan has gained the trust of the staff on campus by working as an office teacher assistant. Ryan takes his job seriously and listens well to directions. He understands the importance of his job and ensures that he is ready to serve at any moment. If the office staff has something very important to be delivered or needs something done right, they make sure they give it to him or they will wait until they know he is working to get it done. School staff trusts him and knows that he will be responsible for any task given.

Zaid Batarseh – Responsibility – Costa Mesa High School
Zaid responsibly runs regular meetings with his peers and organizes students in various roles to implement community and fundraising projects. Zaid has taken his school leadership roles seriously, whether as a mentor, running community events, or fundraising. He works closely with parents on various band events, attends parent meetings, does monthly reports, advocates for his peers, and works closely with his teachers. He mentors younger members of the middle school and volunteers to work with elementary students during the summer. Due to his responsible work ethic Zaid was asked to assist teachers with various organizational duties during the district’s elementary summer music program.

In May the selected students received a surprise visit from Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro and were presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 12, 2018 Board Meeting. A banner with a photo of each student, name of their high school, and their character trait will be displayed in the district lobby throughout the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent Character Trait Award Recipients Photos

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

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

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Employee Retirement Ceremony & Reception – 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Recognition

11.a. Recognition of the 2018 Superintendent’s Character Trait Award Honorees - Six high school seniors are recognized for their exceptional character leadership traits. Now in its sixth year, the program recognizes six graduating seniors from high schools throughout our district who exemplify one of the six pillars of character: caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness.

Report

14.b. Facilities Update on the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Projects and Corona del Mar High School Sports Fields - It is anticipated that HVAC will be installed at the following schools in the summer of 2018 - Davis Magnet, College Park, Kaiser, Wilson, Pomona, and Woodland Elementary Schools. NMUSD is working to construct various upgrades to the sports field at Corona Del Mar High School.

14.c. Report on the Local Control and Accountability Plan and the 2018-19
Budget -
Each school district in California must develop an annual plan, the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP),  that describes the district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. 

Consent Calendar

19.b.4. Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With the Orange County Human Relations Council for the BRIDGES Program at Newport Harbor High School for the 2018-19 School Year. BRIDGES is a nationally-recognized program with the mission of improving inter-group relations by partnering with schools and communities to create, advocate for, and sustain a safe, inclusive, and equitable school climate that respects society’s diversity.

19.b.13. Approve Secondary Textbook for 30-Day Display – The textbook(s) listed below have been presented for adoption and use at all NMUSD High Schools. It has been certified that these textbook(s) are aligned with the new State Board of Education adopted content Standards (Section 60605).

  • Campbell Biology in Focus AP Edition 2nd Edition
  • Chemistry: A Molecular Approach AP Edition
  • Comprehensive Health, 2nd Edition
  • Discovering French Today - Level 1
  • Discovering French Today - Level 2
  • Discovering French Today - Level 3
  • ERWC Reader, 2nd Edition
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers (AP Edition) 9th Edition
  • Practical Research: Planning and Design
  • Psychology in Modules 12th Edition

Discussion Action Calendar

20.a. Approve ‘Illustrative Mathematics” as the Grade Six Through Eight Instructional Math Materials - In August 2017, NMUSD began the process of evaluating and piloting new math instructional materials for sixth through eighth grade. Through the seven month, teacher-driven, pilot process, teachers and staff identified Illustrative Mathematics as the comprehensive set of sixth through eighth grade math instructional materials for NMUSD students. Materials were available for public review from May 10, 2018- to June 12, 2018.

Board Meeting Overview

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

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Published: 6/12/18




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The latest edition of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Community Newsletter is now available. 

Featured Story:

Six Seniors Recognized in Superintendent Character Trait Awards Program

Character Trait Award Winners Collage
Visit our Community Newsletter Website

for these stories and more...

Blending Technology and Curriculum

Visual and Performing Arts

Summer Facility and Construction Overview

Community Spotlight: Think Together

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Published: 6/4/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud to have five schools named as California Honor Roll Schools by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). The five schools recognized this year include California Elementary, Costa Mesa High, Early College High, Killybrooke Elementary, and Paularino Elementary.

The Honor Roll program is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. The Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition also includes high student college readiness.

“We are proud to see the hard work and dedication of our schools being recognized as part of the Honor Roll proram,” said NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “Our teachers and administrators are committed to continually improving efforts to provide positive outcomes for all students,” he said.

Through national research, the ERP identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, evidence-based instructional practices, investment in human capital, maintenance of data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance, and deploying resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts to prepare all students for college and career.

 

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Published: 5/24/18




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Summer Engineering Academy Volunteer Opportunities Flyer
Unique Opportunities: 

  • Earn many Community Service hours over the summer
  • Work with students in Robotics, Computer Science, and Engineering!
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Be a mentor for younger students
  • Looks great on job or college applications!

Dates: July 9 -July 26 with flexible hours

Location: Rea Elementary 

High School Volunteer feedback:

“I can’t wait to come back to volunteer next summer.”  
“This was so much fun. I would do this even if I didn’t need the service hours!" 

Community Service Opportunity for High School Students, Engineering Academy Flyer - English/Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/23/18




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Newport-Mesa Public Information Office
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

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

Topic: 2018-19 Local Control and Accountability Plan

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

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location:Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Education Center
2985 Bear Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Vanessa Galey
Director of Special Projects
717-424-8983

Notice of Public Hearing Flyer - English/Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 5/22/18




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

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

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Recognition

10.a. Recognize Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 2018 Super Star Award Recipients - The Super Star program was established to recognize employees who have demonstrated high levels of service excellence, going above and beyond expectations to make a positive and recognizable difference at the district.

Report

13.b. NMUSD Inclusive Practices - The Special Education Department has been developing Inclusive Practice models at a number of elementary schools. The focus has been to increase the participation of special education students in the general education programs. At present every elementary mild/moderate special education student is on a general education teacher's roster.

Consent Calendar

17.a.3. - 17.a.5. – Various items related to grants for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and expansion of the district’s CNG station.

Discussion Action Calendar

18.a. Approve Additions to the High & Middle School Course of Study.

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM)
Robotics and Programming 8
App Creators
Computing Science for Innovators and Makers
Green Architecture
AP Research
Introduction to Computer Science in Python
Expository Reading and Writing
Introduction to Design Engineering and Architecture
Construction Technology IV
Design and Modeling Re-Write
Flight and Space Re-Write
Medical Detectives Re-Write
Automation and Robotics Re-Write
Construction Technology I Re-Write
Construction Technology II Re-Write
Construction Technology III Re-Write
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Re-Writes
Aerospace Engineering Re-Write
Introduction to Engineering Design Re-Write
Principles of Engineering Re-Write
Engineering Design and Development Re-Write
Exploring Computer Science Re-Write
Foods 1AB Re-Write
Business Management IB HL 1AB Re-Write
Business Management IB HL 2AB Re-Write

Board Meeting Overview

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

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Published: 5/21/18




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US News and World Report Logo
 

Three Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools (NMUSD), Early College High School, Estancia High School and Newport Harbor High School, were ranked by U.S. News and World Report as top performing high schools in America.

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

“We are extremely proud that our schools have been recognized for their hard work in preparing students for success,” said NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “Congratulations on this well-deserved honor; keep up the great work” he said.

 Early College High School

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

Estancia High School

Estancia High School (EHS) serves nearly 1,200 students and has a variety of program offerings for all students to find their passion. EHS offers an Engineering and Design Academy, Estancia Medical Academy, Digital Media Arts Pathway and a Lyceum Academy. Learn more by visiting the Estancia High School website.

Newport Harbor High School

Newport Harbor High School serves approximately 2,200 students and offers a wide range of academic and extra-curricular programs, such as International Baccalaureate, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), an award winning Culinary Arts Program, highly acclaimed visual and performing arts programs, and competitive athletics programs. Learn more by visiting the Newport Harbor High School website.

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

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Published: 5/18/18




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School safety is a concern for everyone. Tragedies like what occurred in Texas today remind all of us to continue to be vigilant and prepare as best as possible for the unexpected.

Our district regularly reviews, practices, and enhances our safety procedures.

We have a partnership with the Costa Mesa Police Department and the Newport Beach Police Department to provide School Resource Officers (SRO), which are local law enforcement officers who work closely with all of our schools.

All school sites have safety plans in place which are updated yearly and as-needed throughout the year. Safety plans are regularly reviewed and updated in collaboration with emergency responders and local law enforcement, including SROs.

Schools regularly conduct safety drills with students and staff to prepare for a variety of potential situations. Drills include procedures for lock down, shelter in place, run, hide act, among others such as earthquake and fire procedures.

Schools participate in threat assessment and emergency response trainings with local law enforcement and first responders.

Our district has a Crisis Response Team that is immediately deployed to a school(s) during a crisis to provide immediate and ongoing support and resources. Counselors, social workers, and school psychologists are available to students should they need additional support during difficult times. We also encourage parents to have open discussions with their children to help them process the event and continue to raise awareness about the importance of safety.

While we have plans in place that are regularly practiced, please know that school safety is not something we can do alone. The partnership and support that we have with our local law enforcement and our school community is critical.

We ask for parents’ support in reminding students to please take all drills seriously, follow law enforcement, teacher and site administrator instructions, and if they see something, say something - it is the best deterrent to potentially harmful situations. We want everyone on our campuses, including parents and guardians to be empowered to report unusual or suspicious activity. 

Please know that we do all we can to provide a safe learning environment when students are in our care. We prioritize safety and continually assess our preparedness, improve our practices, and evolve with the changing times.

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Published: 5/18/18




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Robotics Competition Flyer

NMUSD Middle and High School Robotics Teams are In The Zone!

Saturday, June 9, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Estancia High School - Big Gym
2323 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Participating Schools:

  • Corona del Mar Middle/ High School
  • Costa Mesa Middle School
  • Ensign Intermediate School
  • Estancia High School
  • TeWinkle Middle School 

Sponsored by the departments of Education Technology and Career and College Education

For more information please email edtech@nmusd.us 

​​​​​​​NMUSD’s 3rd Annual Robotics Competition Flyer

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Published: 5/16/18




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

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

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Study Session


2.a Reach Consensus Student Board Members’ Selection Process, Timeline, and Application Details for 2018-19


Recognition
 

11.a. Recognition of CIF Southern Section Champions, Newport Harbor High School Girls’ Water Polo Team, CIF Division 2 Champions
 

11.b. Recognition of the Costa Mesa High School Cheer Team, First in Nation in Non Tumble; First in Nation in Game Day
 

12.b. Recognition of California School Employees Association (CSEA)Chapter 18 Scholarship Recipients; Xally Varela, Whittier Elementary School and Elyse Toal, Estancia High School
 

Report
 

14.a. Report on the Grade 6 – 8 Math Instructional Materials. Education Services along with Grade 6 - 8 elementary lead teachers and principal will report on the process and results for the math instructional materials pilot.
 

14.b. Report on Classroom, School and District Coordination for Integrated Pest Management. Staff will provide background Healthy Schools Act and will report on the implications of its Integrated Pest Management Plan.
 

Consent
 

18.b.4. Approve Agreement with Orange County Public Libraries to Sponsor a Summer Food Service Program at the Costa Mesa/Donald Dugan Library. The Nutrition Service Department will prepare, deliver and serve lunch to children each weekday from June 25 to August 3, 2018.  Library staff will provide supervision and enrichment activities for children.
 

18.b.5. Approve the 2017-2018 Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Application. The application allows the District to qualify for Perkins funding for the 2018 - 2019 school year. The 2018 - 2019 allocation of $130,913 will help in the continuing support of the CTE programs.
 

Resolution Consent Calendar
 

19.a. Adopt Resolution No. 33-05-18 in Support if May 9, 2018 as “National School Nurse Day” and the week of May 7-11, 2018 as “National School Nurse Week”
 

19.b. Adopt Resolution No. 36-05-18 Recognizing California Day of the Teacher
May 9, 2018 and National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018

 

19.c. Adopt Resolution 34-05-18 Recognizing May 20-26, 2018 as Classified School Employee of the Week
 

19.e. Adopt Resolution No. 37-05-18 Order of Biennial Trustee Election and Specifications of the Election Order. Elections for Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board positions are held biannually in even years.  A Governing Board resolution is required, which serves the County Superintendent of Schools an order calling the election and specifying the date and purpose of the election.
 

Board Meeting Overview
 

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

  • Closed session
    agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session
    items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Published: 5/8/18




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Free Preschool - openings available for 3 and 4 year olds 

Half Day Preschool Classes
Full Day Preschool Classes 

For requirements and information please contact the Preschool Registration Office at (949) 515-6716 


2045 Meyer Place, Room 127,  Costa Mesa CA
Mon-Fri  8:00am – 11:30 am,1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 


Preschool Enrollment Flyer - English/Spanish

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Published: 4/30/18




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Please visit the Welcome Center  website for information on how to enroll a new student in Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

 

For more information, please contact the address verification office at 949-515-6743 or the pre-enrollment office at 949-515-6740

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Published: 4/26/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Board Meeting Brief – April 24, 2018

 

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

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

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Study Session


2.a Discussion on Student Board Members' Selection Process, Timeline, and Application Details for 2018-19

Recognition

11.a. Recognize Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 2018 Classified Employee of the Year Recipients. The following classified employees were selected as NMUSD’s Classified School Employees of the Year and their names were submitted to the Orange County Department of Education for consideration as the Orange County nominee:

  • Patricia Sanchez, Nutrition Services Assistant III – Child Nutrition
  • Daniela Logan, Accounting Assistant III – Office and Technical
  • Maria E. Gomez, Instructional Assistant-Special Education – Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance
  • Francine D. Harms, School Cover Bus Driver – Transportation

Consent

17.a.4. Approve Agreement With Studio+ for Architectural Consulting Services to Determine the Best Approach to Provide Access Control at all District Sites. The district has committed to a continuing effort to enhance security at our campuses. The Board of Education has requested that staff review these improvements and the conditions at the district's other sites to determine whether additional improvements may be appropriate to provide for secure access points and site perimeters.

17.b.1. Approve Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Contract for California Elementary School for the 2018/2019 School Year. Students and teachers from California Elementary School will participate in the program offered at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center during the 2018/19 school year. Students will have a hands-on experience, interact with the natural surroundings in a program aligned with the California Science and/or Social Science Content Standards.

Discussions/Action Calendar

18.a. Adopt Resolution 32-04-18 Designating the Observance of Washington Day on February 18, 2019 and Lincoln Day on February 19, 2019.

Board Meeting Overview

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

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

  • ​​​​​​​ Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Published: 4/24/18




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Student Using Technology in the Classroom
 

We are happy to announce the Newport-Mesa Unified School District YouTube Channel.

 

You can view various district videos, such as our most recent addition of Technology in the Classroom Video, which highlights some of the advantages, opportunities, and technologies that we provide students throughout our district. You also can view an Introduction (or Overview) of NMUSD Video, 2017 State of the Schools Video, and the NMUSD 50th Anniversary Video.

 

NMUSD Board Meetings videos from January 2018 to present also are available for viewing on our YouTube Channel - NMUSD Board of Education Meeting Videos

 

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

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 4/19/18




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Autism Awarness Family Night Fundraiser Flyer

Movie Night

Free Featured Movie

April 27, 2018 from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m

At the Harper site, 425 E 18th st., Costa Mesa

 

All proceeds go to help purchase supplemental supplies and materials for our autism programs and classrooms.

 

If you have any questions please contact the Harper Clinic at (949)515-5353 or (949)515-6838.

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Published: 4/10/18




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School safety is a concern for everyone particularly with the recent events that have occurred nationally and locally. While Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has always prioritized safety we must continually assess our preparedness, improve our practices, and evolve with the changing times.

 

In an effort to support this important goal, Superintendent Dr. Navarro has assigned Deputy Superintendent Mr. Russell Lee Sung to immediately conduct an in-depth review of all safety related procedures, update policies and procedures (where necessary), and provide assistance to all school sites and work locations throughout the district. Since this will require focused attention in next several months, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mr. John Drake, will temporarily assume many duties of Chief Academic Officer.

 

You may recall a communication that Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro sent to NMUSD families in February, which provided a brief overview of current safety plans and procedures. While all our schools have comprehensive safety plans to respond to safety-related incidents that meet or exceed the compliance requirements of the state, NMUSD must have a renewed focus on all safety practices.

 

Since October 2017, district administrators from various departments throughout the district met regularly to review all aspects of safety. Mr. Russell Lee-Sung facilitated this process, and has supported and worked with site principals and district management.

 

On February 27, 2018 the Board of Education directed staff to provide recommendations for improved safety. A series of immediate short-term actions items have been developed and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Physical Environment
    • Conduct site safety reviews with focus on access to campus.
  • Law Enforcement Partnership
    • Coordinate increased School Resource Officers (SRO) visibility throughout all school zones, particularly at the elementary schools.
  • Drills
    • Review, update, train, and practice safety drills to ensure they meet current needs of our ever-changing school/work environments.
  • Communication
    • Seek updated contact information for parents and guardians to ensure schools have the most accurate contact information in case of an emergency – Update Contact Information
    • Conduct emergency communication drills (email, phone call message, if cell phone is on file - text message)
    • Research district-wide anonymous reporting system
  • Positive School Culture
    • Continue to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) and restorative practices.
    • Continue to use social, emotional, and behavioral health support services and assess all threats and reports of bullying.
    • Implement the Challenge Success partnership at high schools. Challenge Success is an organization that provides strategies to staff, students, and parents to create a positive academic learning environment. Based on their work with our schools, Challenge Success will offer recommendations for creating a healthier school climate.  

While these are only a few of the immediate action items, other long term safety measures must be considered on a district wide level and strategic basis after careful research and consideration.

 

Please know that safety is always at the forefront of our mind but safety requires the diligence of everyone playing an important role in contributing to a safe environment. We urge everyone to stay alert, report concerns, wait for official communication from your child’s school or our district, avoid spreading rumors or unsubstantiated information, and use good judgment and flexibility during an emergency as each incident is unique which may require modifications to our planned procedures.
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La seguridad escolar es una preocupación para todos particularmente con los eventos recientes que han ocurrido nacional y localmente. Aunque el Distrito Escolar Unificado Newport-Mesa (NMUSD) siempre le ha dado prioridad a la seguridad, debemos evaluar nuestra preparación, mejorar nuestras prácticas, y evolucionar con los tiempos cambiantes.

 

Con el fin de apoyar a esta importante meta, el superintendente Dr. Navarro ha asignado al vicesuperintendente Sr. Russell Lee Sung, a llevar a cabo una revisión profunda de todos los procedimientos relacionados con la seguridad, actualizar los reglamentos y procedimientos (donde sea necesario), y proveer ayuda a todos los planteles escolares y lugares de trabajo a través del distrito. Ya que esto requerirá el enfoque especial en los siguientes meses, el director de Currículo y Enseñanza, el Sr. John Drake, asumirá muchas de las funciones del director de Asuntos Académicos.

 

Es posible que usted recuerde un comunicado que el Superintendente Dr. Navarro envió a las familias del NMUSD en febrero, el cual proveía un breve resumen de los planes y procedimientos actuales. Mientras que nuestras escuelas tienen planes de seguridad comprensivos para responder a incidentes relacionados con la seguridad que cumplen o sobrepasan los requisitos de cumplimiento del estado, el NMUSD debe tener un enfoque renovado en todas las prácticas de seguridad.

 

Desde octubre de 2017, los administradores del distrito de distintos departamentos dentro del distrito se reunieron regularmente para revisar todos los aspectos de la seguridad. El Sr. Russell Lee-Sung facilitó este proceso, y ha apoyado y trabajado con los directores escolares y la administración del distrito.

 

El 27 de febrero de 2018, la Junta de Educación dirigió al personal a proveer recomendaciones para mejorar la seguridad. Se ha desarrollado una serie de cosas inmediatas a corto plazo que incluye, pero no está limitada a, lo siguiente:

  • Entorno Físico
    • Llevar a cabo revisiones de seguridad con un enfoque en el acceso al plantel escolar.
  • Asociación con las Autoridades
    • Coordinar la visibilidad aumentada de Oficiales de Recursos Escolares (SRO) en todas las zonas escolares, particularmente en las escuelas primarias.
  • Simulacros
    • Revisar, actualizar, entrenar, y practicar los simulacros de seguridad para asegurar que cumplan con las necesidades actuales de nuestros entornos cambiantes de la escuela/trabajo.
  • Comunicación
    • Pedir información de contacto actualizada para padres y tutores para asegurar que las escuelas tengan la información de contacto más precisa en caso de emergencia – Actualizar la Información de Contacto
    • Conducir simulacros de comunicación de emergencia (correo electrónico, mensaje telefónico de voz, si existe un celular en el expediente – mensaje de texto)
    • Investigar un sistema de reporte anónimo a nivel del distrito
  • Cultura Escolar Positiva
    • Continuar aplicando los Sistemas de Intervención de Conducta Positiva (PBIS) y prácticas restaurativas.
    • Continuar usando los servicios de apoyo social, emocional y de salud conductual y evaluar todas las amenazas y reportes de acoso escolar.
    • Aplicar la colaboración Challenge Success en las preparatorias. Challenge Success es una organización que provee estrategias a personal, estudiantes, y padres para crear un entorno de aprendizaje académico positivo. Basado en su trabajo con nuestras escuelas, Challenge Success ofrecerá recomendaciones para crear un ambiente escolar más saludable.

Mientras que estas son algunas cosas de acción inmediata, se deben considerar otras medidas de seguridad a largo plazo a nivel del distrito y una base estratégica después de una cuidadosa investigación y consideración.

 

Tenga presente que la seguridad siempre está al frente de nuestra mente, pero la seguridad requiere la diligencia de todos en desempeñar un papel importante en contribuir a un ambiente seguro. Instamos a todos a estar alerta, reportar preocupaciones, esperar comunicación oficial de parte de la escuela de su niño o nuestro distrito, evitar esparcir rumores o información no confirmada, y usar su buen juicio y flexibilidad durante una emergencia ya que cada incidente es único lo cual puede requerir modificaciones a nuestros procedimientos planificados. 

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Published: 4/3/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Teachers Training

Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s (NMUSD) successful approach to curriculum adoption was featured in a case study by EdReports.org.

 

EdReports.org is an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education. EdReports.org increases the capacity of teachers, administrators, and leaders to seek, identify, and demand the highest-quality instructional materials.

 

The case study reviewed NMUSD’s nine month curriculum adoption process for elementary math and English language arts instructional materials. The case study notes NMUSD’s commitment to a transparent adoption process that was data driven, aligned to state standards, and teacher-centered.

 

As part of the process NMUSD partnered with the Orange County Department of Education who supported the district with their deep knowledge and expertise to provide guidance on the adoption process, evaluation tools, professional development, and final program selection process. 

 

The adoption process began with a Steering Committee, which included educators throughout the district. The Steering Committee reviewed and determined which two instructional material programs would be piloted. The next step in the process was intensive training into the shifts in mathematics. Each program was then piloted for seven weeks.

 

After months of meetings, piloting, and evidence gathering, the materials adoption team reviewed the results and began the consensus process to select the best instructional materials for NMUSD students. The first task in the consensus process was to build a shared definition and understanding of what consensus means.

 

“The idea is that all voices are heard, and you don’t move forward until everyone, even those who most oppose it, can see the will of the group emerging,” said Mr. George Knights, director for assessments for NMUSD.

 

Based on the analysis of the results, a consensus was reached through a variety of activities designed so that all voices would be heard and eventually reveal the will of the group. At the end of the nine month process, the NMUSD Board of Education adopted the recommended math and English language arts curriculum for elementary students.

 

While the comprehensive, teacher-centered adoption process ends there, the implementation, ongoing support for students and teachers, and parent education continues.

 

The implementation process began with a summer professional development series, where teachers participated in various training opportunities to learn the new material and approaches on how to best implement the material.

 

NMUSD also has implemented a yearlong Moonlight Series, which are two hour grade specific sessions to review upcoming units of study. The lead pilot teachers from the adoption process and district staff lead these monthly sessions.

 

As part of the momentum that’s building specific with elementary math instruction, schools also began incorporating parent education sessions. Each school site has flexibility as to how they engage, educate, and provide parents with resources to support their child’s learning. Some schools have hosted “bring your parent to math class day” or “muffins and math day,” for parents to see firsthand what math looks like in the classroom today. Schools also have or will host formal parent meetings and presentations to provide a greater understanding of the state standards and how students are learning math concepts to best prepare them for future success.

 

To learn more please read the full case study by EdReports.org about NMUSD’s transparent approach to curriculum adoption.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/29/18




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Board Meeting Brief – March 27, 2018

 

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

         

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

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Study Session

 

2.a. Discussion on a Possible Change to a Single Student Board Member for 2018-19. It is recommended that the Board of Education discuss the options of moving to a single student board member representative including the application, selection process, and expectations of the position.

 

Recognition

 

11.a. 2018 Harbor Council PTA Reflection Program – 4th District Award Recipients. The program honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition.  

 

Report

 

14.a. Report on Engineering Pathway at Costa Mesa Middle School and Costa Mesa High School. Staff members from Costa Mesa Middle School and Costa Mesa High School will report on their Engineering pathway.

 

Consent

 

17.b.4. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between NMUSD Project Kidz Connect, After-School Program and Girls Inc. of Orange County for 2017-2018. Girls, Inc. of Orange County would like to partner with N-MUSD Project Kidz Connect, After-School Program to provide 60 hours of intentional, research-based, interactive programming in 2017-2018 school year. The curriculum is focused on academic support, building life skills, or personal development.

 

Public Hearing/Discussion Action

 

18.a. 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 2018-2019

 

19.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 2018-2019

 

Discussion/Action Calendar

 

20.a. Adopt Resolution No.31-03-18 in Support of Autism Awareness Month, April 2018. In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating national Autism Awareness Month since the 1970's. 

 

Board Meeting Overview

 

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

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Published: 3/26/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) congratulates Janice Duzey, Counselor at Costa Mesa High School, for receiving the Orange County Pathways Counselor Award. School counselors are invaluable in providing vital support to students in the areas of academics and mental health; they are a critical resource when it comes to student success.

 

Janice Duzey, Counselor at Costa Mesa High School

Janice Duzey Counselor at Costa Mesa High School

 

Ms. Duzey was recognized for her collaborative approach to supporting students in the areas of Career Technical Education, pathways, and preparing them for college and career success. She has worked in NMUSD for 18 years, starting at Estancia High School for one year and now serving as school counselor at Costa Mesa High School. Beyond helping students navigate the typical rigors of high school, coursework, preparation for college and beyond, she is also invaluable to students in the support of their mental health. She spends countless hours helping students and parents understand what options they have in navigating their path to success both emotionally and academically.

 

“My job is to help students identify their purpose and identify a pathway to that purpose,” said Janice Duzey.

 

Ms. Duzey finds that, while students may develop a passion in a particular area of study, some may complete a pathway and choose to go a different direction after high school. No matter what the students choose to do, completing a pathway gives them a real-life skill set beyond the typical high school graduation requirements that they can take with them regardless of the path they take in life. 

 

“I am privileged to have received such a significant honor from the county, and thankful that I found my own pathway, passion, and sense of belonging as a school counselor,” said Janice Duzey.

 

This is the first year of the Orange County Department of Education’s (OCDE) Counselor Recognition Program and Ms. Duzey was one of nine counselors to receive an award. The OC Pathways award is collaboration between the OCDE and a consortium of ten community colleges. The award recognizes counselors that help students unlock their own interests, strengths, and passion and then develop goals based on those assessments. Ms. Duzey and the other award winners were recognized at an OCDE board meeting February 14, 2018. Ms. Duzey also will be recognized at the 2018 Orange County Counselor Symposium in October 2018.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/23/18




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Healthy Communication and Limit Setting Parent Workshop Flyer
 

Parent Workshop: Healthy Communication and Limit Setting 

Presented by: Dr. Kay Ostensen & Joy Cleary, LCSW

 


Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9-11 am & Thursday, April 26, 2018  from 6-8 pm 
  
NMUSD – Education Center

2985 Bear Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626 
 
*Note: Childcare will only be provided on April 26th 

 

Healthy Communication and Limit Setting - Parent Workshop Flyer

Healthy Communication and Limit Setting - Parent Workshop Flyer - Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/20/18




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Starting on March 21, 2018 the HOPE Clinic will be open until 5 pm on select Wednesdays of the month.

 

Please see the attached flyers for more details and a list of services.

 

Please contact the HOPE Clinic for more information at 949-515-6725.

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Published: 3/15/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announces the 2018 Classified Employee of the Year awards program winners. The winners will proceed for consideration in the Orange County Classified Employees of the Year Program.

 

The Classified Employee of the Year awards program recognizes employees that go above and beyond the expectations of their job duties to provide exemplary service to students, families, and colleagues.

 

The 2018 Classified Employee of the Year winners are:

  • Daniela Logan, Office and Technical
  • Francine Harms, Transportation
  • Maria Gomez, Para Educator
  • Patricia Sanchez, Child Nutrition

 

Daniela Logan

Daniela Logan
Daniela Logan - Center
 

Daniela Logan serves as an accounting assistant III and has worked for NMUSD for more than 20 years and is the employee of the year in the category of Office and Technical. Daniela is a talented and dedicated employee whose customer service focus builds strong relationships with various departments and school employees across the district. Her positive attitude and ability to truly connect with people of varying personalities, needs, and budget knowledge make her an invaluable resource to the fiscal team and district as a whole.

 

Daniela is critical in assisting the management of programs that directly impact students such as early childhood education, after school enrichment programs, and the preschool programs. She also developed and implemented a budget training program for the school sites and departments that she supports. This gives those departments a greater understanding of the budget process. Living in Long Beach, Daniela also serves students in that area too. She is a member of the Assistance League of Long Beach Mentoring Program. In this program she serves local high school students and connects them with internship opportunities, raises funds for college scholarships, organizes career oriented workshops, and hosts cultural activities. She is dedicated to ensuring that all students know that anything is possible.

 

 

Francine Harms

Francine Harms
Francine Harms - Third from left
 

Selected as employee of the year in the category of Transportation, Francine Harms has worked with the district for more than 10 years in the transportation department. She started as a trainee bus driver and has worked her way up through the ranks and is now a bus cover driver managing 58 bus routes. Her ability to manage bus routes, placement of students, particularly those with special needs, mentoring drivers, maintaining records, and general office management makes her a perfect fit in the transportation department.

 

Francine’s charismatic personality builds camaraderie, support, and success. She regularly mentors, trains new drivers, and provides ongoing support and recommendations to experienced drivers. She comes to know drivers so well that she can actually tailor bus routes to match drivers to students that they can best connect with. Francine also has participated in the Bus In The Classroom program which teaches students with special needs life-long skills in independent mobility. She is a positive change-agent, kind hearted, and a collaborative problem solver. Francine works to build great morale amongst those around her in the workplace in many ways. Her random notes of kindness to drivers and positive inspirational quotes around the office make a deeply positive impact.

 

Maria Gomez

Maria Gomez
Maria Gomez - Center
 

Maria Gomez has worked as a special education instructional assistant at Killybrooke Elementary for 12 years, and was selected as employee of the year in the category of Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance. She is extremely creative, animated, and models good behavior for her students. Maria takes the time to get to know her students personalities, abilities, and preferences and then uses that to encourage success. She goes above and beyond what’s expected in order to help students unlock their passion and meet their full potential.

 

Maria believes in helping students become more involved, build friendships, and helping general education students become more accepting of all students. One year at a talent show, Maria had a student that loved dancing so she worked with that student to choreograph a routine along with backup dancers. She took the extra time and effort to make sure the students were prepared and comfortable. This is an example of how Maria’s passion and care, benefits more than just the students that she works with directly. Due to her years of experience Maria also is able to offer tips and ideas to colleagues on how to encourage students.

 

 

Patricia Sanchez


Patricia Sanchez
Patricia Sanchez - Second from the right
 

Patricia Sanchez has worked for NMUSD for more than 25 years. She currently works at TeWinkle Intermediate School where she has served for the past 10 years. As employee of the year in the Child Nutrition category, Patricia has served in a variety of roles in school kitchens. She displays this invaluable experience each day as she assists in the preparation of more than 700 meals at her site.

 

Patricia has a genuine care for each student and impacts their lives in a positive way each school day. She regularly encourages students to eat healthy and trade cookies and chips for fruits and vegetables. She takes time to get to know students’ favorite meals so that when they are honored with an exemplary behavior award she is sure to reward those students with their favorite foods. She is extremely flexible and cooperative in the kitchen and steps into the leadership role easily when her supervisor is absent. Patricia is able to lead and direct the work of her colleagues in a respectful and collaborative manner. She consistently exudes happiness and helpfulness in ensuring that the school lunch program is a healthy, positive place for staff and students.

 

The Classified Employees of the Year will be recognized at a future NMUSD board meeting and will be considered countywide for the Orange County Classified School Employee of the Year.

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Published: 3/13/18




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

         

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

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Study Session

2.a Estancia High School Theater Architect Selection Process and HVAC Projects Update

 

Report
13.a. Report on Technology and Innovation in PreK-12 Classrooms

 

Consent

16.a.10. & a.11. Approve Authorization to Advertise and Award Bids for HVAC Project at College Park, Davis, Pomona, Kaiser and Woodland Elementary Schools

 

16.a.12.& a.13. Approve Authorization for to Advertise and Award Bid for Fencing Project at Mariners, Newport Heights, and Wilson Elementary Schools

16.b.1. Approve 2017 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant Award

16.c.1. Receive Newport-Mesa Unified School District Calendar of School Activities for 2019/20


16.d.4. Approve Letter of Agreement between Newport-Mesa Unified School District/Hope Clinic and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

16.d.5. Approve Contract with Challenge Success to Provide Professional Development to NMUSD High Schools

 

 

Board Meeting Overview

 

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

 

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Published: 3/13/18




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The latest edition of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Community Newsletter is now available.

 

Teachers Collaborating
 

Visit our Community Newsletter website for these stories and more...

 

NMUSD Prioritizes Safety
Cohesive Math Experience
Signature Academies

Featured Projects
Community Spotlight: Girls Inc.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/1/18




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Flu Vaccine Clinic 

 

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 February 28th, 2018 1-4 p.m.

BESST Center

2045 Meyer Place, Bldg. C  

Costa Mesa, CA 92627 

 

You cannot receive a flu shot if: 

  • You are sick on the day of  vaccination 
  • You have a history of GuillanBarré Syndrome 
  • You have previously had a reaction to a flu shot 

Flu Vaccine Clinic Flyer - English/ Spanish

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/26/18




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

                                 

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

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Reports

 

12.a. NMUSD Mental Health and Crisis Response Initiatives. Last Spring the Board of Education approved board policy and administrative regulations related to compliance with Assembly Bill (AB) 2246, which mandated suicide prevention and education training to public school employees. This action was just one component of a larger, multi-faceted, and ongoing plan related to providing mental health and social and emotional supports to all students and families in the District. This report will offer a mid-year assessment of the initiatives related to the crisis response protocols that have been put into place since the adoption of AB 2246 board policies and administrative regulations 

 

Consent

 

15.a.8. Approve a 24-Month Extension of the Memorandum of Understanding With the City of Newport Beach for Field Improvements at Newport Elementary School. The City of Newport Beach is requesting a 24-month extension to improve the playground and fields. The City of Newport Beach will design, bid, and construct the improvements including but not limited to all plans, specifications, permits, drawings and public notices.

 

 

15.b.1. Approve Addendum for Instructional Materials Adoption Support with the University of California, Irvine History Project. The UCI History Project has assisted NMUSD secondary history and social science teachers with comprehensive staff development to support the implementation goals for history and social science. This proposal is an addendum to the ongoing relationship between the UCI History Project and NMUSD to support the district to initiate the process of instructional material adoption.

 

Discussion/Action

 

16.a. Approve California School Board Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly Election for 2018. CSBA Delegate Assembly is the primary policy-making body of the association. Each year in the fall, nominations for representatives to CSBA's Delegate Assembly are accepted. Delegates represent 24 regions throughout the State of California, and serve alternating two-year terms.

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

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

 

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

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

 

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member. 
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board. 
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.   
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/12/18




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The Orange County Committee on School District Organization is hosting the following public hearing meeting regarding Newport-Mesa Unified School District's request to approve and establish Trustee Areas from which Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board Members will be elected in a By-Trustee Area Election Process.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Boardroom
2985 Bear Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

Please visit the Orange County Department of Education webpage to view the agenda.

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 1/25/18




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Newport-Mesa Unified School District allows Parent School Choice Transfers for residents within the district boundaries. Dependent upon availability, the parent or guardian of any school-age resident student may request for their child to transfer to another school. The Parent School Choice transfer request application period for the 2018-2019 school year begins January 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm. and closes on March 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Please visit the transfer request application webpage to apply. A lottery process is used to rank the applications in priority order. Parents will be notified regarding the status of their Parent School Choice Transfer request application by email or in writing by May 15, 2018. For more information, please visit the transfers webpage.  

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Published: 1/16/18




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Renew 2nd Semester Bus Passes beginning January 8, 2018
 

Annual Passes are valid through June 2018
 

Submit payment by Friday, January 26, 2018 to guarantee Transportation for Monday, February 5, 2018

 

Mail check or money order payable to:

NMUSD-Transportation (reference student name/ID# on memo line)
Or
Pay online through MySchool Bucks
 

For more information please visit the Transportation website or call the office at (714) 424 - 5080
 

2nd Semester Transportation Bus Passes flyer

Submit payment by Friday, January 26, 2018 to

guarantee

transportation for Monday, February 5, 2018

 

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 1/12/18




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Check out the latest School News Magazine with highlights of things going on throughout our schools! 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 12/8/17




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Calendar Review Committee Recommendation

 

The Calendar Review Committee, comprised of certificated and classified staff, parents, district administrators, and employee bargaining units, typically develops calendar recommendations two to three years in advance of implementation. For the past few years, the Committee has discussed the concept of a collegiate calendar; the school year starting prior to Labor Day with the first semester ending prior to winter break.

 

Starting this fall, the Committee met five times to explore and consider a collegiate calendar. The Committee began by seeking anecdotal data from the school community which led to the attached Fact Sheet (Benefits and Concerns/FAQs). A survey was circulated to obtain input related to the concept of a Collegiate Calendar. Five information meetings were hosted to share and clarify particulars of the Fact Sheet and gather input from staff, parents and students.

 

The Committee carefully weighed these components prior to coming to a recommendation.  When reviewing the information gathered, the Committee found that the responses on the survey varied with overall results indicating most respondents did not support the move to a collegiate calendar. Analyzing subgroups from elementary, middle and high school respondents, there was a gradual increase of support for the change (please see attached survey results).  Comments collected during the information meetings identified multiple benefits for students, numerous concerns regarding heat in the classrooms of those schools without heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and the timeline for implementation.  While there has been a systematic plan for HVAC installation since 2013, the plan beyond the summer of 2018 was not available during the time of the survey and information meetings. The complete installation plan for all remaining schools was shared during the November 14, 2017 Board Meeting (please see attached).

 

After extensive analysis and discussions, the Committee recognized significant student benefits of a collegiate calendar particularly when they reach the secondary level  and acknowledged the primary concern expressed by many stakeholders for HVAC to be installed at all school sites.  The Committee considered the new information provided in the HVAC plan to address the concerns regarding heat and explored ways to provide students the benefits of the collegiate calendar.  The Committee ultimately determined moving to a collegiate calendar was in the best interest of students. Implementing it three years from now would address concerns related to HVAC installation and create more time to plan for the transition.

 

The Calendar Review Committee has made the following recommendations and will meet to design the details of the calendars, which will move forward to the District and NMFT negotiation teams:

  • A traditional calendar for the 2018-2019 school year  (Adopted October 10, 2017)
  • A traditional calendar for the 2019-2020 school year
  • A collegiate calendar for the 2020-2021 school year

Upon completion of negotiations and approved by the Board of Education, the adopted calendars will be made public.

 

Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet

HVAC Plan

Collegiate Calendar Survey Results

 

Recomendación del Comité de Revisión de Calendario

 

El Comité de Revisión de Calendario, formado por miembros del personal acreditado y de apoyo académico, administradores del distrito, y unidades de negociación de empleados, típicamente desarrolla recomendaciones de calendario con dos o tres años de anticipación antes de su aplicación. En los últimos años, el Comité ha tratado el concepto de un calendario universitario; en donde el año escolar comienza antes del Día del Trabajo y el primer semestre termina antes del descanso de invierno.

 

Comenzando este otoño, el Comité se reunió cinco veces para explorar y considerar el calendario universitario. El Comité empezó con la recolección de datos anecdóticos por parte de la comunidad escolar lo cual resultó en la Cartilla Informativa adjunta (Beneficios y Preocupaciones/Preguntas Frecuentes). Se circuló una encuesta para obtener aportes relacionados con el concepto de un Calendario Universitario. Se llevaron a cabo cinco reuniones de información para compartir y clarificar las particularidades de la Cartilla Informativa y para recolectar aportes por parte del personal, padres y estudiantes.

El Comité examinó cuidadosamente estos componentes antes de determinar una recomendación. Cuando se revisó la información recolectada, el Comité encontró que las respuestas en la encuesta variaban con los resultados generales indicando que la mayoría de los encuestados no apoyaba el cambio a un calendario universitario. Una vez analizados los resultados de los subgrupos encuestados de primaria, secundaria y preparatoria, hubo un aumento gradual en el apoyo al cambio (favor de ver los resultados de la encuesta adjunta).

 

Los comentarios recolectados durante las reuniones de información identificaron múltiples beneficios para los estudiantes, numerosas preocupaciones en cuanto al calor en las aulas de esas escuelas sin calefacción, ventilación, y aire acondicionado (HVAC por sus siglas en inglés), y la línea de tiempo de aplicación. Mientras que ha existido un plan sistemático para la instalación de HVAC desde el 2013, el plan para después del verano del 2018 no estaba disponible durante el tiempo de esta encuesta o las reuniones de información. El plan completo de instalación para las escuelas restantes se compartió en la reunión de la Junta de Educación el 14 de noviembre del 2017 (favor de ver la hoja adjunta).

 

Después de extenso análisis y conversaciones, el Comité reconoció los beneficios significativos a los estudiantes de un calendario universitario particularmente cuando alcanzan el nivel secundario y reconocieron la preocupación principal del HVAC y su instalación en todas las escuelas expresada por las partes interesadas. El Comité consideró la nueva información proveída en el plan HVAC que aborda el tema de las preocupaciones en cuanto a la calefacción y exploró maneras de proveer el beneficio de un calendario universitario a los estudiantes. Finalmente, el Comité determinó que el cambio a un calendario universitario era en el mejor interés de los estudiantes. La aplicación dentro de tres años abordaría las preocupaciones de la instalación de HVAC y crearía más tiempo para planificar la transición. 

 

El Comité de Revisión de Calendario ha hecho las siguientes recomendaciones y se reunirá para diseñar los detalles de los calendarios, lo cual se enviará al Distrito y los grupos de negociación de NMFT:

  • Un calendario tradicional para el año escolar 2018-2019 (Adoptado el 10 de octubre del 2017)
  • Un calendario tradicional para el año escolar 2019-2020
  • Un calendario universitario para el año escolar 2020-2021

Una vez que finalicen las negociaciones y sean aprobados por la Junta de Educación, los calendarios adoptados se harán públicos.

 

Hoja informative del calendario universitario

Plan de calefacción, ventilación, y aire acondicionado

Resultados de la encuesta de calendario universitario

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 12/7/17




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The latest edition of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Community Newsletter is now available.

 

Featured Story

Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom Article

Visit our Community Newsletter website for these stories and more...

 

6th-8th Grade Instructional Materials Piloted

NMUSD Implements Suicide Prevention Policies

New Trustee Area Boundary Map and Election System

College and Career Night

Construction Update

Community Spotlight: Trellis

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 12/6/17




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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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Encuasta sobre el calendario universitatio

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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.

 

Collegiate Calendar Fact Sheet

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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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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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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
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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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
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
 

Stay connected with NMUSD: register for district news via Constant Contact, download the NMUSD Mobile App, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

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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.

 

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Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 8/16/17