February 25, 2010
I spent a large portion of my first two years of high school around the remote shelves of the school library. These were the shelves that most kids, I imagined, never even knew existed, the ones tucked in the back containing bleak British plays and old film reviews from the New York Times. I had a thirst for knowledge back then, especially if it required digging. However, I never had to scratch to get my hands on a banned book, or even a book that I needed a parent signature to read.
January 18, 2007
Marine View captured three titles and Spring View earned the other as the Ocean View School District middle school boys' and girls' volleyball season came to a close with a season-ending tournament. Eighth-Grade Girls Sam Clark had 10 kills to lead Marine View past Mesa View, 25-12, 25-16, in the division final. Setters Alyssa Kinoshita and Nicolette Lujan, and the back-row passing of Katie Durant also contributed to Marine View's triumph. Sarah Craig had five kills, Shantay Bowden three kills and Francis Oda four digs for Mesa View.
August 18, 2005
A group of local middle school girls came up big on the basketball court last weekend with a second-place finish at the National Junior Basketball Beach Hoops tournament, held at San Clemente High School. The Huntington Beach girls, coached by Margie and Tim Brennan, competed in the eighth-grade division and went by the name Team Neighbor. The team won its pool and advanced to the tournament final, where they fell to champion El Toro. Team Neighbor's run to the championship game came as a bit of a surprise, as the team had just six players.
May 19, 2005
One individual and two team records were set last weekend at the annual Ocean View School District sixth-grade track and field meet at Mesa View Middle School. Michael Douthwaite of Vista View set a new record in the boys' long jump with an effort of 14-feet-1, which eclipsed the previous mark of 13-7 1/2 set in 1997 by Brian Gaeta. Mesa View's boys' and girls' sprint medley team also set new meet records. The girls' squad, composed of Francis Oda, Devon Shinn, Erin Huff and Elle Macy, set a new standard in a time of 2:15.
March 10, 2005
The Mesa View Middle School seventh-grade boys' basketball team captured the 2005 Ocean View School District postseason championship by edging Spring View, 44-43. The teams tied for the regular season championship and earned a rubber match in the postseason tournament by winning their semifinal games. In the semis, Spring View handled Vista View and Mesa View escaped Marine View. In a divisional final that featured several lead changes, Spring View took a 43-42 lead with 9.5 seconds to play.
March 3, 2005
The basketball teams at Mesa View and Marine View middle schools each won two postseason championships in boys' and girls' basketball action at the Ocean View School District tournament last week. Below is a breakdown of each division final: Eighth-grade girls Mesa View 27, Marine View 24 Mesa View, which had not won a district crown in six years, upset a Marine View squad that entered the tournament undefeated. The Eagles overcame an early 6-1 deficit to earn a 17-17 tie at the half.
October 21, 2004
Repairs of gym floor are set to begin The gymnasiums at all four middle schools in the Ocean View School District were damaged by moisture that caused "bubbling" and "blistering" after the sealant used to protect the floor failed, said Carol Stocker, the district's chief operations and facilities officer. The problem was first discovered about one year ago. Vista View's problems were complicated in September when the gymnasium's bleachers were broken after they got caught on loose flooring.
September 2, 2004
Academic Performance Index Scores in 2003 and 2004 -- HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT School 2004 API 2004 Target 2003 API ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Eader 854 N/A 837 Hawes 864 N/A 867 Huntington Seacliff 894 N/A 885 Kettler 831 N/A 802 Moffett 867 N/A 862 Perry 744 744 741 Peterson 866 N/A 866 Smith 827 N/A 835 MIDDLE SCHOOLS Dwyer 801 777 776 Sowers 824 N/A 816 ...
July 10, 2003
Mike Sciacca, When Kelly Painter begins his 30th year as a teacher and coach in the Ocean View School District this fall, he will be returning to an old stomping ground. Painter will return in late August to Mesa View Middle School where he once taught and coached. The 54-year-old, who also is the sports coordinator for the district, has spent the past 11 years building the sports program at Marine View, a rival of local middle schools Mesa View, Spring View and Vista View.
May 8, 2003
Mesa View Middle School made a clean sweep in the eighth-grade division and Marine View did the same at the seventh-grade level as both schools won two titles at the 2003 Ocean View School District 7/8 Division Track and Field Championships. The Eagles won both the boys' and girls' eighth-grade competition while the Mariners took the boys' and girls' seventh-grade competition. In the overall competition, the district title was won by Marine View, which finished with 122 points.