Orange County Schools Compete At El Modena High In “Orange County Mathematics Field Day Program”

Hundreds of 4th-, 5th- and 6th-graders showed that it’s cool to be smart as they proved their math skills at the Orange County Mathematics Field Day Program at El Modena High School.

Top math performers from nearly 30 elementary and middle schools in north Orange County teamed up and practiced for months leading to the event, pouring over pre-algebra and geometry problems and learning mental math techniques to prepare for the competition.

Kathy Kim, a fourth-grade teacher and the math coach at Canyon Rim Elementary School in Anaheim Hills said some students, especially girls, shy away from doing well once they reach eighth grade.

Girls scored an average of 542 – 35 points lower than boys – on the SAT math section, according to 2004-2005 California Department of Education data – the most recent statistics available in revealing the gender gap.

“Some kids might be interested in trying out, but they feel like they’ll be labeled,” Kathy said. “What I try to let them know is you can be popular and outgoing and still be good at math.”

Fifth-graders from Anderson Elementary School in Garden Grove put their geometry skills to the test when constructing a boat out of card stock and a sticky label that was to hold pennies inside without sinking.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/grade-school-elementary-2401832-math-fourth

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26th Annual Newport Beach “Spirit Run” Attracts Nearly 2,000 Runners To Benefit Elementary Schools In Newport-Mesa Unified School District

newportbeachspiritrun2009“…nearly 2,000 runners – some as young as 4 years old – braved intermittent downpours and gusty winds Sunday to compete in the Newport Beach Spirit Run, which began at 7 a.m. on Newport Center Drive across from the Fashion Island mall.

The Spirit Run, now in its 26th year, consists of 11 timed events though the streets of Newport Beach near Fashion Island. All but three of the races are for kids in middle school or younger.

The Spirit Run is organized by parents at five Newport Beach elementary schools – Andersen, Eastbluff, Harbor View, Lincoln and Newport Coast – which are the primary feeder campuses for Corona del Mar High School, serving seventh- through 12th-graders.

Most of the race’s proceeds will go to the five elementary schools’ PTAs, although participants from other Newport-Mesa Unified School District elementary campuses may request that a portion of their $20 entry fees go to their schools…”

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/year-newport-race-2342885-beach-spirit

 

2008 California Distinguished Elementary Schools In Orange County

 california-distinguished-schoolCalifornia School Recognition Program distinguished school honorees.

Orange Capistrano Unified Chaparral Elementary Elementary
Orange Capistrano Unified R.H. Dana Elementary Elementary
Orange Fountain Valley Elementary William T. Newland Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Acacia Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Hermosa Drive Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Laguna Road Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Robert C. Fisler Elementary Elementary
Orange Garden Grove Unified Loyal Barker Elementary Elementary
Orange Garden Grove Unified Peters Elementary Elementary
Orange Huntington Beach City Elementa John R. Peterson Elementary Elementary
Orange Huntington Beach City Elementary John H. Eader School Elementary
Orange Irvine Unified Alderwood Basics Plus School Elementary
Orange Irvine Unified Canyon View Elementary Elementary
Orange La Habra City Elementary Ladera Palma Elementary Elementary
Orange La Habra City Elementary Las Lomas Elementary Elementary
Orange Laguna Beach Unified El Morro Elementary Elementary
Orange Laguna Beach Unified Top of the World Elementary Elementary
Orange Los Alamitos Unified Francis Hopkinson Elementary Elementary
Orange Los Alamitos Unified Rossmoor Elementary Elementary
Orange Magnolia Elementary Juliette Low Elementary Elementary
Orange Magnolia Elementary Lord Baden-Powell Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Eastbluff Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Harbor View Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Killybrooke Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Roy O. Andersen Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Sonora Elementary Elementary
Orange Ocean View Elementary Harbour View Elementary Elementary
Orange Ocean View Elementary Hope View Elementary Elementary
Orange Ocean View Elementary Oak View Elementary Elementary
Orange Orange Unified Palmyra Elementary Elementary
Orange Orange Unified Panorama Elementary Elementary
Orange Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Glenknoll Elementary Elementary
Orange Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Lakeview Elementary Elementary
Orange Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Van Buren Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Del Lago Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified DePortola Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified La Tierra Elementary and Early Childhood Center Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Lake Forest Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Lomarena Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Melinda Heights Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Rancho Cañada Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Robinson Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Valencia Elementary Elementary
Orange Santa Ana Unified John Muir Fundamental School Elementary
Orange Santa Ana Unified Santiago Elementary Elementary
Orange Tustin Unified Hicks Canyon Elementary Elementary
Orange Tustin Unified Peters Canyon Elementary Elementary
Orange Tustin Unified Red Hill Elementary Elementary

Orange County Students Benefit Academically In Kindergarten Through Eighth-Grade Schools Which Bring Continuity And Lower Rates Of “Suspensions And Expulsions”

A 2004 study by the RAND Corp. suggested that converting all schools to kindergarten through eighth-grade campuses would lead to higher test scores and less misconduct.

Students tend to feel less attached to the traditional middle school model because they know they won’t be there for more than two or three years, the study concluded. Having students stay at a school longer helps create stronger relationships between the students and the school.

And when conduct issues rise, academic success plummets. The Register middle school report shows that 25 of the 29 schools earning medals rank in the top half of schools with the fewest suspensions and expulsions. Nineteen of the 21 schools with the highest rates of suspensions and expulsions failed to earn a medal.

 

(Excerpts from OC Register Article)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/school-middle-schools-2333465-students-county

Other studies have linked drops in test scores among adolescents to less time spent reading, having more overall independence, and a decrease in parental involvement in students’ education.

“Middle schools are key to the development of students,” said county Superintendent William Habermehl. “Children often begin to form their identity as students with the variety of new classes and freedom they are given. It’s the first time much of the responsibility for learning falls on their shoulders.”

Orange County’s middle school students also outperform local elementary students in English, 58 percent to 56 percent, but the younger students take the lead in many other categories

The average API score for the county’s middle schools is 810; elementary schools average 817. Math scores also drop – 53 percent for middle schools, 63 percent for elementary. And among English learners, elementary school students outperform their older colleagues by 10 to 18 percentage points.

One place where middle schools score higher? Suspensions and expulsions, at an average of 13 per 100 students compared with two for elementary schools.