Education

  • Solana Santa Fe Student uses bracelets to help South African village

    Solana Santa Fe Student uses bracelets to help South African village

    Solana Santa Fe fifth grader Leah Banuelos, 10, is putting her passion for fashion toward a very worthy cause. Through her nonprofit Kids Helping Kids, Leah is selling her custom-made essential oil beaded bracelets to raise money for mini solar power systems for a small rural Zulu village in South...

  • Solana Beach School District prepares to move forward with building projects

    Just two days after voters supported a $105 million bond measure to replace and upgrade Solana Beach School District facilities, the Solana Beach School District board agreed to issue a request for proposals for inspector services for various projects. “Everything we build has to go though an inspection...

  • Rowe School Red Ribbon Week essay winners announced

    Rancho Santa Fe’s R. Roger Rowe School held its annual Red Ribbon Week campaign Oct. 24 through Oct. 28. Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign promoting drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse prevention and awareness in schools and communities. It is a wonderful opportunity for schools and families...

  • Incumbents win San Dieguito Union High School District seats

    The incumbents carried the day in the San Dieguito Union High School District board election.  Board members Beth Hergesheimer and Joyce Dalessandro retained their seats on the board. Among a contested race of five candidates, Hergesheimer received 32.66 percent of the vote and Dalessandro received...

  • Rowe Middle School students’ CST science scores second highest in the state

    Rowe Middle School students’ CST science scores second highest in the state

    R. Roger Rowe eighth graders were 100 percent proficient and advanced in science on their 2016 California Standards Tests, making them the second highest performing middle school in science in the state. Rowe Superintendent David Jaffe couldn’t help but boast about the students’ amazing accomplishment...

  • SDUHSD board rejects popular teacher’s resignation, teacher agrees to return

    SDUHSD board rejects popular teacher’s resignation, teacher agrees to return

    Following beloved Torrey Pines High School physics teacher William Harvie’s sudden retirement after 33 years, students and parents could not accept that he would leave without notice and began a dedicated effort to bring him back, flooding the San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) board and...

  • Torrey Pines High School physics teacher’s retirement leaves ‘a void’

    After 33 years at Torrey Pines High School (TPHS), much-loved physics teacher William Harvie abruptly announced his retirement on Oct. 24, leaving behind many devastated and confused students. Due to the nature of his leaving without any warning or even a goodbye, many students and parents were...

  • Q&A:Meet the RSF School Board candidates

    There are seven candidates vying for three open spots on the Rancho Santa Fe School District board. The election is Nov. 8. Below are biographies on each candidate and their answers to questions. Christopher Blatt Name: Christopher Blatt Occupation: Housing homeless and disabled veterans http://bit.ly/2dvoaQU...

  • Solana Beach school board extends superintendent's contract

    After successfully leading Solana Beach School District since last year, the school board unanimously voted on Oct. 13 to extend Superintendent Terry Decker’s contract. “I want to thank you for a wonderful year and for hitting the ground running,” board president Vicki King said to Decker.  Decker...

  • SDUHSD denies SOUL charter petition

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) denied the application for the proposed new SOUL Charter School in Encinitas in a 4-0 vote on Oct. 13. The board had a chance to deny or to approve the school with conditions but after conversations with their legal representative Procopio and...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District looks to strengthen arts program

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the hiring of an independent consultant to evaluate and make recommendations for developing R. Roger Rowe’s visual and performing arts program. At the recommendation of RSF School District Superintendent David Jaffe, the board agreed to an $8,000...

  • Rowe school’s gym roof in need of repair

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the district going out for bid on a repair of the roof of the school gym after a portion was recently damaged. Superintendent David Jaffe made the recommendation for the repair at the Oct. 5 meeting. According to Jaffe, during the last rains, a...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ranks among state’s top 10 schools

    Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ranks among state’s top 10 schools

    R. Roger Rowe Middle School is the top performing middle school in San Diego County and the 10th best school in the state. The Rancho Santa Fe School District celebrated its high scores on the Standard Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test at its Oct. 7 board meeting. In addition to the middle...

  • SDUHSD candidates object to political signs in school parking lots

    Two San Dieguito Union School District board candidates have questioned the practice of a number of teachers placing campaign signs in their cars while parked at school. Candidate Lucile Lynch brought the issue to the board’s attention following signs spotted at Earl Warren Middle School. Candidate...

  • SDUHSD finishes school year with $4 million financial surplus

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) ended the 2015-16 school year with its fourth consecutive surplus, Interim Superintendent Eric Dill reported at the Sept. 15 board meeting. The district went from a projected $2.4 million deficit in the spring to a $4 million surplus with fall’s...

  • Popular after-school Writing Club returns

    Popular after-school Writing Club returns

    Last year, Canyon Crest Academy's Creative Writing Club President, Julia Camilleri, who also organizes the annual CCA Writers' Conference, saw a need for writing workshops at the middle school level. “I had many parents of middle schoolers try to register their students for the annual writers conference...

  • Teachers hold another protest in opposition to Muir and Salazar

    Teachers hold another protest in opposition to Muir and Salazar

    Protesters returned to the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) on Sept. 1 prior to the school board meeting, with over 20 teachers holding signs in opposition to board members John Salazar and Mo Muir. The opposition spilled into the board room as Bob Croft, president of the San Dieguito...

  • RSF School District pursues report on Dacus property

    RSF School District pursues report on Dacus property

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board voted Sept. 1 to move forward on preparing a mitigated negative declaration for its parking lot plan, paving the current dirt teacher parking lot on the Dacus property on El Fuego with an option to install solar panels on the lot’s canopies. A mitigated...

  • Jaffe starts school year as new RSF superintendent

    Jaffe starts school year as new RSF superintendent

    On one of the first days of school, new Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent David Jaffe sat on the floor alongside students in second grade teacher Allison Munson’s class as she taught a lesson. “It warmed my heart because Alli was a student of mine at Diegueno Middle School years ago,”...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District pursues report on Dacus parking, solar

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board voted Sept. 1 to move forward on preparing a mitigated negative declaration for its parking lot plan, paving the current dirt teacher parking lot on the Dacus property on El Fuego with an option to install solar panels on the lot’s canopies. A mitigated...

  • Meet the 7 Rancho Santa Fe School District board candidates

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board election is heating up as seven candidates will run for three available seats in November. Incumbents Tyler Seltzer and Scott Kahn will be joined on the ballot by Christopher Blatt, Elise Dufresne, Kyle Jones, Jee Manghani and Sarah Neal. Board member Todd...

  • Two incumbents run unopposed for Solana Beach School Board

    Two incumbents run unopposed for Solana Beach School Board

    Two Solana Beach School Board incumbents are running unopposed this November. Board members Rich Leib and Julie Union are both seeking another term. “We’ve always had great schools,” said Leib, whose three daughters — a college graduate, college student and high school student — attended schools...

  • Neighbors concerned by possible Rancho Santa Fe school expansion

    A discussion by the Rancho Santa Fe School District board about conducting environmental studies for a proposed expansion of the district’s R. Roger Rowe campus quickly drew the attention of school neighbors, who fear such a project could harm their property values and quality of life. Listed for...

  • Canyon Crest Academy graduate wins scholarship

    Canyon Crest Academy graduate wins scholarship

    The Illini Club of San Diego County awarded Robert R. Francis, Canyon Crest Academy class of 2015, a $1,500 scholarship for his sophomore year at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. He is the son of Karl Francis and Lorrine Lee. Francis will enter his second year in the Aerospace Engineering...

  • CCA student earns silver medal

    CCA student earns silver medal

    The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) recently announced that four-member Team USA was awarded three gold medals and one silver medal at the 27th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Hanoi, Vietnam. This worldwide competition involved students from 71 countries. Team USA 2016 silver...

  • Delaney Legacy Fund surpasses $150K, contribute by Sept. 1 for recognition

    The legacy fund established at the Rancho Santa Fe School Endowment Fund to honor retiring Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney has received over 70 donations totaling $150,000 so far. RSFEF Development Director Barbara Edwards says, “It has been heartwarming to see the...

  • Competition showcases students’ inventions

    Competition showcases students’ inventions

    On May 19, the Canyon Crest Academy Inventions Club and SPARK Chemistry Demonstration Club held its third annual showcase for finalists in the San Diego Elementary School Inventions Contest. The elementary school students in the competition had ingenuity and were able to show their inventions to...

  • David Jaffe to start as Rancho Santa Fe School District superintendent Aug. 1

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District officially welcomed David Jaffe as its new superintendent July 14. His first official day will be Aug. 1. Jaffe comes to the RSF School District from Torrey Pines High School, where he was principal for the past three years. In his 20 years of education experience,...

  • San Dieguito Union High School District $62 million bond sale a success

    San Dieguito Union High School District completed the sale of $62 million in general obligation bonds on June 28, the third issuance of the $449 Prop AA approved by voters in 2012. “It is by every measure the most successful sale of all three general obligation bond series,” said Interim Superintendent...

  • Protestors contend two SDUHSD board members’ actions ‘harmful’

    Protestors contend two SDUHSD board members’ actions ‘harmful’

    Teachers, parents and community members put on a small protest before the San Dieguito Union High School District board meeting on July 14, calling out trustees Mo Muir and John Salazar for voting against the budget for the next school year. Bob Croft, San Dieguito Faculty Association president,...

  • Rival CCA, TPHS wrestling coaches team up to build Carmel Valley club

    Rival CCA, TPHS wrestling coaches team up to build Carmel Valley club

    Early next year, they’ll engage in a fierce rivalry. But these days, Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest Academy’s wrestling teams are pals. Over the summer, the two teams have combined to form the Carmel Valley Rebels Wrestling Club (CVRWC), a startup that just launched in June. The club is the brainchild...

  • Torrey Pines Freddie Awards Night celebrates athletic achievements

    Torrey Pines Freddie Awards Night celebrates athletic achievements

    Torrey Pines High School hosted its 2nd annual Freddie Awards show in June to celebrate another great year of athletic achievement. The Falcons won a national, state, and a record 11 San Diego CIF and 15 League championship titles in the 2015-16 academic year. Highlights included the boys tennis...

  • SDUHSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt honored by county on last day

    SDUHSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt honored by county on last day

    As Superintendent Rick Schmitt conducted his last piece of business, overseeing Thursday night’s San Dieguito Union High School District meeting, County Supervisor Dave Roberts proclaimed June 30 Rick Schmitt Day throughout the County of San Diego. “I think when we look around the state of California...

  • SDUHSD approves 2016-17 budget, vote not unanimous

    The San Dieguito Union High School District board approved its 2016-17 budget in a contentious 3-2 vote on June 30. Trustees Mo Muir and John Salazar voted against it. The budget includes a projected $129 million in revenue and $136 million in expenditures, a deficit of $6.7 million. The budget...

  • Rob Coppo selected as new principal of Torrey Pines High School

    The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Rick Schmitt recently announced that Rob Coppo is returning to the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) to serve as principal of Torrey Pines High School (TPHS). Coppo is currently the Assistant Director...

  • Solar parking canopies save SDUHSD $3.4 million

    Solar shade canopies installed at Canyon Crest Academy and La Costa Canyon High School have saved San Dieguito Union High School District more than $3.4 million in energy costs to date. OpTerra Energy Services worked with the district on program development, financing, design and construction of...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District enrollment currently open for K-8 students

    Do you have a child that will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2016? Rancho Santa Fe School District and R. Roger Rowe School is currently enrolling kindergarten and new students K-8 for the 2016-2017 school year. Please contact Marsha Portugal at 858-756-1141, extension 102, or mportugal@rsf.k12.ca.us...

  • New associate superintendent has special education focus

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board was not unanimous in the hiring of its new associate superintendent of administrative services. On June 16, the board voted 3-2 to appoint Mark Miller to replace Jason Viloria, with board members John Salazar and Mo Muir voting against...

  • SDUHSD hopes to improve ‘student connectedness’

    At its June 16 meeting, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board heard some new ideas to promote overall student wellness as part of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. Last week’s meeting was a first review of the 2016-19 plan, which is expected to be adopted at...

  • TPHS Principal David Jaffe selected as finalist for Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent

    Following an extensive nationwide search, the Rancho Santa Fe School District Governing Board and Superintendent Lindy Delaney recently announced the selection of David Jaffe as the finalist for the position of Superintendent. Pending contract negotiations, ratification of Jaffe’s employment contract...

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