Parent University to discuss teen anxiety
The Carlsbad Unified School District’s Parent University invites all to learn more about teen anxiety and the tools needed to help them and their children. School counselor Kelly Hatcher will discuss tools people can use or share with a loved one who may be dealing with anxiety. The session will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Pine Avenue Community Center, 3209 Harding St. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Italian American group offers scholarships
The North County Italian Association is offering $1,000 scholarships to North County high school seniors who have 25 percent Italian heritage. The association has been awarding scholarships for the past 25 years. Information and applications are available at northcountyitalianassociation.org. Application deadline is March 11.
7 schools earn garden grants
The nonprofit Berry Good Food, which offers programs dedicated to food security and food education, recently announced the award of $15,000 total to seven San Diego County schools. The schools are developing hands-on gardening and culinary education, creating healthy food access for their communities. In North County, winners are the Classical Academy in Escondido and Carrillo Elementary in Carlsbad. New this year, besides receiving a money award, grant applicants were allowed to request non-monetary services, such as an expert-led class on gardening techniques, a cooking class or a garden cleanup by Berry Good Food volunteers. Each of the 23 schools applying were evaluated on their project’s capacity to grow food, community need, clear objectives, long-term goals, mission impact and community support. Visit berrygoodfood.org.
High school selection window opens Jan. 30
The San Dieguito Union High School District High School selection window for the 2023-2024 school year opens at 8 a.m. Jan. 30 and closes at 4 p.m. Feb. 17. Those who should choose a high school include all eighth-graders in the district, and district students in grades 9 to 11 who wish to change high schools. Students in grades 8 to 11 who live within district boundaries but do not attend district schools, including private and Rancho Santa Fe schools, must make a selection if they wish to attend a district high school in the fall. District high school students who prefer to stay at their current high schools for fall 2023 don’t need to select a school. They will automatically be re-enrolled in their school. The district has been offering information nights about its high schools. The next one is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at La Costa Canyon and a virtual session on Torrey Pines High at 6 p.m. Feb. 2. Parents and students are encouraged to follow the district on Facebook at facebook.com/sduhsd and to check the district website (sduhsd.net) for regular updates.
District names new business services exec
(Solana Beach School District)
Mark Pong has been named the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Solana Beach School District. He brings more than 18 years of experience working in various roles within public education, including the past 11 years heading the finance department at the Del Mar Union School District. Pong will support finance and accounting, payroll, purchasing, nutrition, districtwide budget development, and long-range budget planning for the district. He is an active member of the California Association of School Business Officials locally and statewide.
Students pack meals for those in need
For the holiday season, elementary students at Santa Fe Christian Schools prepared, packed and prayed for more than 50,000 meals to be distributed globally to communities in need. The meals were prepared with the faith-based nonprofit Kids Around the World, which aims to solve child malnutrition. SFC’s Global Ministries and Community Partnerships program encourages students to practice selfless giving by volunteering and investing in global areas of need. Elementary students write letters and donate Halloween candy to service members overseas and pack meals for underserved communities. Middle schoolers provide relief to individuals in need in Tucson, Ariz. And high school students partner with schools and churches worldwide by collaborating with students abroad and visiting their communities. Santa Fe Christian continues outreach and service projects throughout the school year and into the summer with an annual trip to Tucson and six international ministry trips with high schoolers. Visitsfcs.net.
District extends application period
The Vallecitos School District Board has extended the application deadline for those applying to be trustee for Area 1. The new deadline is noon Feb. 10. To pick up an application, visit the school at 5211 Fifth St., Fallbrook, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. To determine whether your residence makes you eligible to represent the trustee area, visit bit.ly/3hs2TM1 and enter your address. Your address must be within the boundaries of Trustee Area 1. Contact the school at (760) 728-7092 if you have difficulties verifying your address.
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