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March 11, 2004
Andrew Edwards Several Huntington Beach schools rank among the best in the state, according to the latest round of Academic Performance Index scores. Local schools compare well with their California counterparts, but many still have a way to go before hitting the state's target. The API is the state's primary tool to track schools' performance. The 2003 base score, released this week, sets targets for schools to move up the academic ladder. Scores are calculated from various standardized tests that students take each spring.
NEWS
April 6, 2000
Paula Pisani It's not just the students who are getting academic recognition at Fountain Valley and Marina high schools. The two schools were ranked 89th and 235th, respectively, by Newsweek magazine for offering challenging Advanced Placement courses. Only 472 public high schools in the country were recognized in the March 13 article written by Jay Mathews. In the 1998-1999 school year, 1,347 Fountain Valley High School juniors and seniors and 1,067 from Marina High took AP classes -- accelerated courses compatible to college classes but offered at the high school level.
NEWS
March 8, 2001
Two Huntington Beach groups won prizes in the "Dr. Seuss-Style" story writing contest sponsored by Time Warner Communications and Borders Books and Music. The winners in the second annual contest came from Smith Elementary and Mesa View Middle schools. In the kindergarten through third grade category, a first grade class at Smith School won for its story, "The Skunkle" which was based on its misadventures with a skunk. Sixth-graders Molly Lytle, Christina Jakymiw and Selby Werner of Mesa View took the prize in the grade four to six category for their story "Oh, The Places We'll Go!"
NEWS
August 24, 2000
-- Angelique Flores ISSUE: NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD ASSN. Vote: 5-0 Summary: The school board approved the district's membership in the National School Board Assn. 2000-01 Affiliate Program at its Tuesday meeting. Membership will provide greater opportunity to expand the board's influence in shaping national education issues, including legislation, policy and funding sources, officials said. Other benefits include publications, online services, legislative alerts and updates, and networking opportunities with other school board members across the nation.
NEWS
By Susan Davis | May 8, 2013
Marina High School in Huntington Beach played host to the Huntington Beach Union High School District Drumline and Winter Guard Showcase on April 29. For the past few years, the district's music programs have presented an end-of-season showcase for all of the high school drumline and winter guard teams to perform for each other and for friends, families and the other district schools as soon as the competitive drumline and winter guard seasons are...
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By Susan Davis | May 29, 2013
Edison High senior Richard Graham recently gathered his and Fountain Valley High's jazz bands for what many hope will become an annual performance. The Edison High School Black Box Theater was the venue for the show May 23. It was the first in which the two groups performed together. The performance was the culmination of Richard's senior CIBACS (Center for International Business and Communication Studies) project. CIBACS is a four-year program at Edison featuring competitive projects, job shadowing and internships with business partners.
FEATURES
By Michael Alexander | June 4, 2008
More than 500 elementary school students from around the county will converge on Bolsa Chica State Beach Friday morning as part of the Kids’ Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup. For the 15th year running, this statewide event sponsored by the California Coastal Commission brings kids out to beaches up and down the coast to help out. In addition to picking up trash, kids from Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Anaheim will be lining up in the sand to form a giant message visible from the sky about preservation.
FEATURES
January 7, 2009
The Huntington Beach Union High School District has released its Academic Performance Index (API) scores, which hold schools and districts accountable for their performance. The index is based on the results of California Standards Tests and California High School Exit Exam tests from the previous year. There is a target API of 800 for every school in the state; this year, four of the district’s schools exceeded that amount, and seven high schools had their indexes increase by more than 25 points.
FEATURES
February 2, 2006
Local schools participate in effort to support Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.Several Huntington Beach schools have signed up to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's school and youth programs this spring. Students will learn the value of community service while collecting change and raising money to help support the society's research and patient services. Top fundraising schools will be eligible to win prizes such as electronics or sports equipment. Local schools participating include: Smith Elementary, Circle View Elementary, Harbour View Elementary, Hope View Elementary, Huntington Beach High School, Moffett Elementary, Huntington Seacliff Elementary, Coastline Christian School and Clegg Elementary.
NEWS
December 16, 2004
Pennies collected for a good cause On Friday, Promoting Resources in Drug Education's Pennies for Prevention program presented local schools with $11,000 to go toward substance abuse and violence prevention. The annual program, which runs during the month of October, had more participants than ever this year, said program coordinator Barbara Huss. Forty schools in Huntington Beach, Westminster, Santa Ana and Newport-Mesa, along with community businesses, participated in collecting pennies to prevent substance abuse.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 30, 2014
Roger Holmes, who spent the last four years rebuilding the Fountain Valley High boys' basketball program, has stepped down as the Barons' head coach. Holmes announced he was stepping down from his post April 24. In his four years as head coach of his alma mater, his teams posted records of 16-10, 17-10, 21-7 and his final team, a young, inexperienced and hard-working squad that endured several injuries this year, went 9-18. His 2012-13 team captured the Sunset League championship, the first league title for the program since 1995.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 28, 2014
With student athletes participating in a variety of sports year-round and working tirelessly to earn scholarships, Marina High School decided to join the crusade to promote athletic safety. April is National Youth Safety Month, so head athletic trainer Amanda Armendariz thought it a good time to host the athletic department's first sports safety event aimed at educating parents and students on how to avoid injuries and stay fit. Marina collaborated April 24 with physical therapists from Change Sports Physical Therapy Institute in Huntington Beach to explain the benefits of proper nutrition and the risks of overuse.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 24, 2014
Close games seem to be the norm when Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach meet on the baseball diamond. Wednesday's Sunset League showdown at Huntington had a similar feel, only this time it was a high-scoring affair. Fountain Valley staked its way to an early, 5-0 lead, lost that advantage and fell behind two runs, but scored the game's final four runs to emerge with a scintillating, 9-7 victory. The win was big for the Barons who moved into a first-place tie with the Oilers in the league standings.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 16, 2014
As soon as the turquoise base coat had dried on her foam egg, Magali Herrera carefully painted multicolored zigzag patterns. A few feet away, Carole Davis had a large grin on her face as she watched the 11-year-old girl perfecting her art at the Rodgers Seniors' Center in Huntington Beach. "Oh, look at that! That's fantastic," said Davis, who works at the senior center, as she waited for the paint on her own egg to dry. "I have to go copy some ideas from the kids. " Dozens of older adults and about 30 students from Oak View Elementary School gathered Monday for the second annual Egg Paint organized by Lake Forest resident Jack Knight.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014
The Surfside USA Wrestling Club won the state title in the Middle School division at the California-USA Folkstyle Championships March 22-23 at Selland Arena in Fresno. Overall, Surfside, which holds practice sessions at Huntington Beach High, placed fourth among the 234 clubs that participated from throughout the state in the tournament, which is open to youth wrestlers ages six to 14. Surfside sent 15 wrestlers to the meet, and nine of the 15 placed among the top eight in the state: Joey Daniel (first-place middle school division, heavyweight)
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | March 12, 2014
Edison High girls' soccer coach Kerry Crooks knew the challenge her team would go up against in Saturday's CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship game. Not only did her Chargers have to face a talented Santa Margarita team, but had to do so without their top scorer. Edison's bid to win the program's third Southern Section title, and first since 2002, fell short at Corona High. The 10th-ranked Chargers fell, 3-0, to the fifth-ranked Eagles. Despite the loss, Edison joined Santa Margarita in the CIF Southern California Regional Girls' Soccer Championships.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 26, 2014
Though they live in the digital age of instant gratification where quicker is better, students from Sowers and Dwyer middle schools took two hours out of their day last week to slow things down. Instead of having their eyes fixed on a smartphone, tablet or computer screen, the Huntington Beach pre-teens each had a fishing pole in hand as they participated in the first Fishing Derby competition between the two schools. "Because we're cross-town rivals, we compete in all kinds of competitions," said Stacy Wood, a physical-education teacher and fishing club advisor at Dwyer.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 18, 2014
The cast of Edison High School's production of "Footloose" was hard at work on a recent Friday afternoon fine-tuning a beginning scene, and director Diane Christensen was just as busy correcting the actors along the way. The group of about 40 students, some still clutching the script, sang and danced the day away in the Black Box Theater at Edison. In a week's time, they will have to have their lines and songs memorized. The students are scheduled to perform at the Huntington Beach High School auditorium Feb. 28 and March 1. Christensen observed the actors like a hawk.
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By Chris Epting | February 17, 2014
Does Ethel Dwyer haunt the Huntington Beach middle school that bears her name? I don't know. But for decades rumors have persisted that the former student, librarian and vice principal at Dwyer Middle School still makes her presence known, particularly down in the boiler room, where few ever get to set foot. Recently I had the privilege of speaking to the sixth-grade class as part of this year's Author's Day, put on by the Friends of the Children's Library. I've long been aware of the school's eerie history, so when I asked about it from the auditorium stage, it didn't surprise me that most of the kids were aware of the stories too. What did surprise me was that not one student had ever been down to the boiler room.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | February 12, 2014
The Edison High boys' soccer team again is champion of the Sunset League. In a game that determined first place and as to which team would take the title, Edison slipped past visiting Los Alamitos, 1-0, Friday to clinch the crown. It took Connor Gordon's goal off a penalty kick in the final minute of the game, to give the Chargers the win and secure the program's third league title in five years. "This team has come up big in key games all season long," Edison Coach Charlie Breneman said.
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