On Saturday, June 21, 2014 Carlsbad’s own Cody Lovaas will help kick off summer with a family friendly concert at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. Proceeds from the event will help support the Carlsbad Education Foundation.
Local 15 year-old Carlsbad singer song-writer Cody Lovaas will headline the event with Valley Middle School band, Caution, as the concert openers. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., concert at 5:00 p.m. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from local Carlsbad restaurants. General admission tickets are only $25 ($30 after June 10th) or enjoy the event as a VIP guest for $50 (pre-sale only until June 10th) with front row seats, a special gift bag and a meet and greet with Cody!
To purchase tickets (and help support music in Carlsbad schools), or for more information click here for the Carlsbad Education Foundation.
[Link: Carlsbad Education Foundation]
Those who have children, siblings, or are themselves students in the Carlsbad Unified School District know that when the Poinsettia Fire broke out on the morning of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the school district immediately began communicating with the community at large. It was great to see how quickly and efficiently the district could make sure the kids were safe and communicate that information with anxious parents and family members.
Now, CUSD Superintendent Dr. Suzette Lovely (right) recounts the details of May 14, 2014 in an open letter to the community giving us all a better idea of exactly how decisions were made as the day progressed.
Here it is:
Wednesday, May 14th began as a normal, albeit hot, day in CUSD. Then at 10:43 a.m. everything changed!
As we now know, the fire broke out near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road just east of El Camino Real. As Poinsettia Principal, Margie Giordani, watched the flames grow south of her campus, she called the District Office. Principal Giordani reported that School Resource Officer, Malcom Warfield had just arrived on scene and they would be sheltering in place. We immediately activated our EOC (Emergency Operations Center).
Ms. O’Connell and I tried to reach Poinsettia School to assist the principal. As we drove south on El Camino Real it was mayhem. Cars were stopped in the middle of the street, people were standing in the median taking pictures, and fire trucks were screaming by. We watched in horror as a huge plume of black smoke followed by a wall of flames arched over El Camino Real just north of Cassia Rd. When we finally arrived at Poinsettia Lane we were turned back by police. At this point the fire had not yet jumped El Camino Real – but within seconds it would.
At approximately 10:50 a.m. Ms. Giordani and Officer Warfield informed the EOC that due to the fire’s proximity to the school (and lack of foreseeable containment) they should begin evacuating students. Simultaneous to this – and unbeknownst to anyone at the EOC – burning embers had blown across El Camino Real. Dry brush in the canyons east and north of Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle School had caught fire. Homes and businesses in the surrounding area were directly in the fire’s widening path.
For the jump for the rest of the letter. [click to continue…]
Pictured (L to R): Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Jonathan Miller, and Club CEO Brad Holland. Photo Courtesy Louise Donahue
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have named Jonathan Miller (pictured above) as Carlsbad Youth of the Year. Asia Henry was runner up.
The Youth of the Year program recognizes superior leadership skills, academic achievement, obstacles overcome, and outstanding service to Boys & Girls Clubs and the community. Thanks to the generosity of Julie and Matt Harelson and Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Jonathan will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and Asia will receive $1,500 for higher education purposes. . . “Jonathan is a fine representative of the Club; he has been a member for ten years and participated in so many of our programs,” said Club CEO Brad Holland. “He has struggled in the past, and is now making great choices. We are proud of the progress he has made, and that he was selected as our Youth of the Year.” All finalists were interviewed by a community panel including the Harelsons, Patsy Bock of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Allison Tarter of Toyota and Lexus Carlsbad, and John Cottingham formerly of Life Technologies.
Congratulations, Mr. Miller. Nice work! For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The Carlsbad Education Foundation is hosting its 13th Annual Carlsbad Golf Classic on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the City of Carlsbad’s lovely, stylish, financial sink hole The Crossings At Carlsbad.
This should not stop you from registering, donating huge sponsorship dollars, and proving just how flush you are by over-bidding on all the cool stuff in the evening’s auction.
Sure it’s golf, but Carlsbad’s kids are important and the work the Carlsbad Education Foundation does for city schools is epic.
Click here for all the information. And lend a hand. . . even if it is golf.
The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting that five children and one adult have come down with Chicken Pox. As you might expect the four of the children had not been properly immunized, yet one who was still came down with Chicken Pox. Here’s what the health professionals have to say:
“Chickenpox is a preventable disease,” said Eric McDonald, M.D., M.P.H., county deputy public health officer. “By having their children immunized with the recommended two doses of the vaccine, parents can help their children avoid chickenpox and prevent it from spreading to others.” . . There have been eight cases of chickenpox reported in San Diego County so far in 2013. Chickenpox is not reportable to the County Public Health Department unless it occurs in an outbreak or results in a hospitalization or death.
A nice little reminder to make sure your kids are immunized. For the official word from the San Diego HHSA follow the jump.
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We know that turning garbage and yard waste into nutrient-rich garden soil is possible, but we’re not exactly sure how to do it. If you’re in the same boat then the free Dig Into Composting seminar from the Solana Center For Environmental Innovation might be just what we’re all looking for.
Solana Center workshops will teach you all you need to know to make terrific compost at home. Compost experts will discuss the methods and benefits of composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Reduce your environmental footprint and improve the productivity of your soil.
The free seminar will be held on May 18, 2013 at the Calavera Hills Community Center from 10 AM to 12 PM. Click here to register. The Community Center is located at 2997 Glasgow Dr, in Carlsbad, California. For more details, click the link.
[Link: Solana Center]
The Carlsbad Education Foundation’s 2013 Summer Enrichment Programs are now open for registration. The CEF is inviting kindergarten through 9th grade students to learn during the summer. Classes run June 24 through August 2, 2013 and offer classes on a large variety of topics from Web Animation and Video Game Design to Karate, Dinosaurs, and cooking. The programs are offered at Jefferson Elementary for the first half of the summer and at Pacific Rim Elementary for the second half. For all the details click here.
[Link: CEF Summer Enrichment]
Hey, Carlsbadistan! Did you know that you can Celebrate Carlsbad Day at Legoland Callifornia for only $20 on April 27, 2013? Did you know that by doing this you’ll also help the Carlsbad Education Foundation a little? Oh, but don’t think you’re going to “spend the day at Legoland.” Nope. As usual, Legoland says the Celebrate Carlsbad Day tickets are only good from 1 PM to 8 PM. That’s right, the turnstiles open at 9 AM, but Celebrate Carlsbad Day ticket holders won’t get in until 1 PM. And what’s more, only “a portion of the proceeds” from these special ticket sales actually goes to the Carlsbad Education Foundation.
So hey, use this as an opportunity to visit Legoland at a moderately affordable price, but don’t think Legoland is doing any huge favors because it really is the least they could do.
Tickets for Celebrate Carlsbad Partial Day can be purchased by calling the Carlsbad Education Foundation at (760) 929-1555, downloading this ticket form, or by visiting one of the locations listed after the jump. [click to continue…]
The City of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Department wants your kids (ages 5 to 13) to go skateboarding (or just get out of your hair) during Spring Break 2013. And to do that they’re offering the Spring Break Go Skate: Skateboarding Camp.
Go Skate Skateboarding School puts the beginner and intermediate rider on the fast track to being a confident skateboarder. Our mission is to help spread the love of skateboarding across all levels. What a skater will learn: proper foot placement, how to balance, how to use the board for transportation, basic tricks, proper skate park etiquette and terms, as well as safety. Bring your own board, elbow/knee pads, wrist guards, and helmet. All equipment must be worn in order to be in the camp.
The school will run every day for an hour and a half from Monday April 1, through Friday, April 5, 2013 and cost $145 for residents. For all the details, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
A San Bernardino County charter school failed for the second time this year to win approval to open a campus in North County. Carlsbad school district trustees voted unanimously last week to reject the Oxford Preparatory Academy’s charter proposal. In January the Oceanside school board took the same action on OPA’s bid for a school there.
Charter school supporters often claim school district opposition is driven more by union and administrative protectionism than what’s best for students. On December 6 the newly politicized version of the North County Times, for example, reported the charter school proposal had been turned down mostly because it contained overly-optimistic enrollment and budget projections and a lack of interest shown by local teachers.
But closer look at the facts shows how rejecting the school’s proposal was clearly in the best interests of Carlsbad students. It was not a matter of school district protectionism. In fact, a review of OPA’s curriculum and the students it already serves at its Chino and Capistrano campuses reveals how the school fails to live up to the legislative intent of California’s 1992 Charter School Act. Carlsbad and Oceanside school officials were right to give it a failing grade. [click to continue…]