Carlsbad Student Leader Academy Launches

by The Editors on June 1, 2016


A new leadership development program for students was announced today as a joint collaboration by the City of Carlsbad, The YouSchool, the Servant Leadership Institute, Carlsbad Unified School District and local high school staff. The Carlsbad Student Leader Academy will provide program guides and curricula to address issues affecting youth in Carlsbad and further developing emerging youth leaders through civic education and community projects.

“Carlsbad Student Leader Academy is an exciting collaborative and challenge-based leadership development program,” said Debbie Fountain, the City of Carlsbad’s Housing & Neighborhood Services director. “The goal is to help emerging youth leaders consider their paths for the future and discover more about themselves and the gifts they have to offer the Carlsbad community. We hope to have high school students from throughout the city collaborate and grow together by learning about themselves, how to lead and how to best serve their community.”

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad Unified Names New Superintendent

by The Editors on May 9, 2016

5524466768794448646.jpg_wnp1000The Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. Benjamin Churchill to the position of Superintendent, concluding a rigorous and competitive selection process that attracted candidates from throughout the country.

Dr. Churchill is a highly respected educator currently serving as Chief Academic Officer for Community Unit School District 300 in Alonquin, Illinois. He is passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning and is especially interested in classroom technology integration, early learning and kindergarten readiness, workforce development, and career pathways for all students.

Dr. Churchill will be officially introduced to the community at the CUSD’s regularly scheduled board meeting on May 18, 2016. For the official word from the CUSD, please follow the jump.
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Lancer Dancers Win World Hip Hop Title

by The Editors on February 3, 2016

The Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers just attended the World School Cheer/Dance Competition in Orlando, Florida January 30 – 31, 2016. Did they bring it? Yes, they brought it and also came home with a world title in the varsity hip hop division. Yes, hip hop.

“Our girls are so proud to have earned the title of 2016 World Champs,” said
the team’s coach, Laura Nares. “All the hard work and practice they put into
preparing for these two competitions has paid off in a big way.”

For the official word, please follow the jump.

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Dentists Offer Halloween Candy Buy Back

by The Editors on October 26, 2015

halloween_candyThe pediatric dentists at Great Smiles (with locations in Carlsbad and Solana Beach, California) are working to keep your kids’ smiles great by offering to buy back their Halloween candy at $1 a pound. And the 10 school classes that bring in the most candy will each get a pizza party.

To prevent rampant cavities and ease the blow of forfeiting some Halloween treats, the folks at Great Smiles are hosting a Halloween candy buyback where they are paying North County kids $1 for each pound of candy they bring in. Continuing their commitment to the community and its children, when kids drop off their candy they can simply say what school and teacher they have to be entered into a North Country-wide competition. When it’s all said and done, the 10 classes that bring in the most candy win a pizza party while the school with the most candy donated on its behalf will win a $500 donation. Anyone under 18 can donate candy, with a maximum of 5lbs per person. They don’t have to be Great Smiles patients or even say what school/class they attend (unless they it to count towards the contest). That’s it. Less candy consumed equals less cavities and more healthy, great smiles in the community.

Sounds like a great way to get the kids into the office and much less painful than the usual way. For more info, please click above image to get a closer look.

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Carlsbad Sisters Win Mt. SAC Invitational

by The Editors on October 21, 2015

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Skyler and Stormy Wallace, two sisters representing Aviara Oaks Middle School, participated in the Mt. SAC Cross Country invitational, in Walnut, California, and both finished first in their divisions.

A record 25,000 participants competed over Mt. SAC’s famed three mile cross country course. Included in those 25,000 runners were two sisters representing Aviara Oaks Middle School – Skyler and Stormy Wallace. Both girls placed first in the two mile event – Skyler in the 8th grade division and Stormy in the 6th grade division!  Races start every 8 minutes or less, and all results are shared on a live webcast. The course has changed little over the years, making it one of the few courses where different generations can compare times.

Both girls train with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad at their school. For the official word, follow the jump.

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St. Pat’s Angels Hold Food Drive

by The Editors on October 1, 2015

St. Pat’s Angels, an initiative created by St. Patrick Catholic School in Carlsbad, will be holding a food drive for Got Your Back San Diego and the Bread of Life organization. Students from the school will be collecting a variety of foods for the organizations. The drive will run from September 30 to October 2, 2015. The public is welcome to participate by dropping off items at the school’s front gate off of Pio Pico Drive today or tomorrow.

“The Got Your Back San Diego Program has found that there are many kids who often have nothing for breakfast, snacks or dinner and are often hungry over school holidays and weekends,” stated Ramsey Barcik, St. Pat’s Angels Founder. “I’m pleased that the St. Pat’s Angels can help out.”

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CEF’s Annual Affordable Legoland Ticket Day

by The Editors on March 19, 2015


Ever wondered what’s behind those massive berms on the North side of Palomar Airport Road just northeast of the Carlsbad Costco parking lot? Well, it’s a theme park called Legoland and thanks to exorbitantly expensive tickets few of us have ever seen what’s behind those berms up close and personal.

But do not fear! Our time in the dark is nearly over. The Carlsbad Education Foundation has a solution. Together with Legoland they are presenting the annual Celebrate Carlsbad Day on April 25, 2015. On that day (beginning at 1 PM and not when the park opens) park guests (who purchase tickets ahead of time) will be able to explore Legoland for the much more realistic price of $25 per person.

LEGOLAND will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) to support district-wide science initiatives for students at all Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Schools. LEGOLAND will also donate hundreds of free field trip admission tickets to Carlsbad students for hands-on science field trips.

Get Legoland tickets at a reasonable price and help Carlsbad Schools at the same time? That’s a win-win for everyone. For all the official details (including exactly how and where you can buy these properly priced tickets) please follow the jump, or click here to purchase your tickets online. [click to continue…]


Carlsbad Student Gets $10,000 Scholarship

by The Editors on February 17, 2015


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have named their Youth of the Year for 2015 and it is Vanessa Garcia.

Well deserving of this prestigious award, Vanessa has a remarkable work ethic and sets a great example for her peers. At Carlsbad High she takes three AP classes, plays on the junior varsity basketball team, and dedicates her weekends to the Young Marines. She dreams of attending medical school and becoming a surgeon. . . “Vanessa is a true representation of our Club. She grew up here – she’s been a member for four years – and has blossomed into an amazing young woman,” said Teen Program Director Abby Snyder. “Her dedication and motivation to be the best she possibly can be is remarkable. Vanessa is on the way to a truly bright future.”

Samantha Bowen and Marcos Faust were named runners up. For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


St. Patrick Catholic School’s Open House

by The Editors on January 21, 2015

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Thinking a good, solid Catholic school education might be right for your kids? If so, Carlsbad’s St. Patrick Catholic School has just the K-8 institution for you and they’re having an open house on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM you can check it out and meet the staff.

The event, which marks the beginning of National Catholic School’s Week, will provide the public with an opportunity to meet teachers and administration while visiting the campus. During the open house, baby items for mothers in need will be collected for the school’s Birth Choice Drive. The public is welcome to drop off donated items during the open house. . . “We are excited to meet new prospective families at our open house,” said Denise Nelson, St. Patrick Catholic School Principal. “I think they will be pleased with the warmth of our staff and all of the excellent educational choices that we have to offer.”

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CHS Lancer Dancers’ Golf Tourney

by The Editors on September 12, 2014


The Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers plan on attending the Universal Dance Association’s National Championships in Orlando, Florida and to help them fund the trip the Dance Team Boosters are holding a golf tournament on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside, California.

[The tourney] will include the popular “Chopper Ball Drop” raffle event. Prior to tee-off, 1,000 golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter to a temporary golf hole. Each numbered golf ball is like a raffle ticket, carrying a chance to win $2,500. The first golf ball that goes into the hole or ends up closest to the hole will win the cash! . . . Chopper Ball Drop tickets may be purchased through the Dance Team Boosters and directly from the Lancer Dancers at a cost of $10 each. Winners need not be present, but must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the raffle.

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