Sierra Vista Middle School History teacher Jonathan Millers received the prestigious Teacher of the Year award, worth $10,000, awarded at a National History Day Contest in Washington, D.C. The honor is bestowed upon one junior division (middle school) and one senior division (high school) teacher annually. Millers won the junior division.
Mr. Millers became eligible for the prize after winning California’s Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award. Mr. Millers has participated in National History Day at Sierra Vista for nine years. Once an extracurricular activity, it’s now a key part of the Sierra Vista the curriculum. Each year more than 40,000 students from 28 counties in California explore historical topics and create History Day projects that are entered in school, district, and county competitions. County champions advance to the annual statewide contest, which includes more than 1,200 participants. Congratulations Mr. Millers!
Qualified Irvine residents have until 4 p.m. on Aug. 10 to apply to be a member of the Measure E Citizens Oversight Committee. The $319 million bond passed in June, and state law requires an oversight group of local citizens to provide transparency and maintain public confidence in the use of Measure E bond funds.
The committee will meet quarterly, with all meetings conducted in the evenings, after work hours, and open to the public. Membership is voluntary, there’s no pay, and members must be at least 18 years of age.
Applicants must commit to a two-year term of service and live or own property within the School Facilities Improvement District (SFID) boundaries, a map of which are available at: http://iusd.org/documents/IUSDSFIDMap2.pdf
To apply: Email to MeasureE@iusd.org (Subject Line: Citizens Oversight Committee Application); Fax to 949-936-5259 (Att: Citizens Oversight Committee); Mail or hand-delivered to 5050 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604 (Att: Citizens Oversight Committee)
With two new schools set to open in Irvine in late August (Beacon Park School and Portola High School), Irvine Unified School District is busy planning ahead to meet the needs of new students in the area.
Construction is underway for Eastwood Elementary School, following a groundbreaking ceremony in June. The $21.4 million school is scheduled to be ready for students in August 2017, and will serve up to about 1,000 K-6 students from the recently opened Eastwood Village community.
And the IUSD School Board approved the location of a second K-8 school in the Great Park Neighborhoods. With projections showing that by 2019 the new Beacon Park School may be at or near its 1,000-student capacity for K-8 students, the Board approved a second 1,000-student K-8 school, set to open in 2019. The board chose a site that’s adjacent to a completed street (Cadence Ave.) on an already roughly graded lot with utilities completed in the area as well, advantages an alternate site lacked. The approved site for the as-yet unnamed school is between a proposed park, planned homes and the original proposed Veterans Cemetery site (which is perhaps another reason to consider the proposed alternate site).