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Newport-Mesa USD is pleased to announce the 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Awards Program winners, two of which were selected as Orange County Classified Employees of the year and will proceed for consideration at state level.

 

The 2017 NMUSD Classified Employee of the Year winners are:

  • Karen Allison, child nutrition (county winner, proceed to state level consideration)
  • Ilse Taborga, support services and security (county winner, proceed to state level consideration)
  • Pam Saunders, office and technical
  • Emma Tyaransen, para-educator/ Instructional Assistant
  • Olga Sandoval, transportation

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/30/17

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Students using Chromebooks

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) launched a Chromebook initiative that will provide access for all students to a digital environment.  

 

In fall 2016, implementation of the Chromebook initiative began with the Estancia Zone. This provided all students in grades K-7 with access to Chromebooks, with grades 3-7 being a one-to-one environment. Chromebooks were distributed to students in the Estancia Zone which includes TeWinkle Middle School, Adams, California, Pomona, Rea, Victoria and Wilson Elementary Schools.

 

Informational parent meetings were held at all schools. Traditional computer labs are being replaced with mobile technology and devices in the classroom.

 

With more devices in their hands, students will learn the benefits that technology has to offer by fine-tuning their foundational research skills, storing their projects and activities in the cloud, and sharing ideas in a safe and supportive online environment.

 

This initiative has led to increased use of technology in the classroom, with students using it for research, collaboration and to create new and exciting works, while teachers are finding new ways to engage students both in groups and individually. As professional development for staff is crucial part of the initiative, the Educational Technology Department has been providing training on best practices for using Chromebooks as an instructional tool, support for initial setup and lesson design using a co-teaching model and customized trainings based on skill level of staff. Digital Fellows and site technology coordinators at the schools also continue to provide support as needed.

 

The Initiative includes the following:

 

  • Kindergarten - 2nd grade: One shared classroom set of Chromebooks per grade level. Each classroom also receives 6 Chromebooks. Chromebooks remain at the school.
  • 3rd - 4th grade: One classroom set of Chromebooks per class. Chromebooks remain at the school.
  • 5th - 8th grades: In fifth grade students are assigned a Chromebook that they take home and keep until 9th grade. For the initial launch of the initiative all students in grades fifth through seventh were assigned a Chromebook.
  • 9th grade: Students will be assigned a Chromebook in 9th grade that they take home and keep until they graduate. For the Initiative, 9th graders will receive Chromebooks in Year 2.

 

Students that are assigned Chromebooks to be taken home follow a similar approach to when textbooks are checked out from the library. They are responsible for ensuring the safe handling and charging of their Chromebooks.

 

For the 2017-18 school year, the Chromebook initiative is expected to be implemented throughout the Newport Harbor Zone in the same format as the Estancia Zone. The Newport Harbor Zone includes Kaiser, Mariners, Newport, Newport Heights, Whittier and Woodland Elementary Schools, as well as Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor High School. It is anticipated that the Chromebook initiative will be implemented in the Costa Mesa zone and Corona del Mar in the following years.

 

For more information about the Chromebook Initiative please contact edtech@nmusd.us

 

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/29/17

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Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Report:

 

13.a. Report on Estancia Zone’s Engineering Pathway and Construction Technology Pathway. The Department of College and Career Education, Estancia High School, and TeWinkle Middle School will report on this Pathway.

 

12.c. Report on the California School Dashboard. The Assessment Department will report on the new Dashboard.

 

Discussion/Action:

 

15.a. Final Reading and Adoption of Board Policy Revisions.

 

15.b. First Reading and Adoption of Board Policy Revisions.

 

Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click here to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

 

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session.

 

Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.

 

Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
     
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
     
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.  
     
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Fred Navarro
Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/27/17

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The NMUSD Board of Education at its February 28,2017 meeting called for the equalization of trustee area boundaries by population, and initiated the change to voting by trustee area elections, commencing with the November 2018 Board of Education elections.

 

As part of the adjustment of trustee area boundaries, the District will conduct two initial public hearings to review trustee area boundaries and receive public input.

 

Please read the attached press release for public hearing dates and more information.

 

Trustee Boundary Public Hearing Press Release - English

Trustee Boundary Public Hearing Press Release - Spanish

 

Thank you,

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/16/17

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The California Department of Education has designed a new accountability system that gives a more robust view into the performance of schools. The Dashboard gives a more complete picture of how schools are serving our diverse student population.

 

Please click here to learn more about the Dashboard.

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/15/17

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Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.

 

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:

 

Recognition:

10.a. 2017 Harbor Council PTA Reflections Program - 4th District Award Recipients. The program is an art recognition program that has been sponsored by the National PTA since 1969. It honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition.

 

Report:

13.a. Report on the Chromebook Initiative. Staff will provide an overview of the district’s Chromebook implementation plan.

 

Public Hearing:

17.a. Public Hearing of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Initial Proposal for Reopener Negotiations to the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2018.  There is currently a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NMUSD and CSEA in place until June 30, 2019. The District has received CSEA's initial proposal regarding negotiations commencing 2017-2018.

 

17.b. Public Hearing of the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 Initial Proposal for Reopener Negotiations to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2018. The "sunshining" of this proposal has no direct fiscal implications. As a result of negotiations between NMUSD and CSEA, there will be a determined fiscal impact.

 

Discussion/Action:

18.a. Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Boys and Girls Club Central Orange Coast to Provide Enrichment Programs for the Project Success After School Program at Rea and Pomona Elementary Schools for the 2016-2017 School Year. The Boys & Girls Club would provide the enrichment while the Project Success staff would provide the academic and recreation portions.

 

Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click here to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

 

General Board Meeting Overview

 

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session.

 

Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.

 

Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
     
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
     
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
     
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.  
     
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Fred Navarro

Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/14/17

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California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) could put money back into your pocket if you qualify. Please visit CalEITC4Me.org for more information.

 

California Earned Income Tax Credit Eligability Flow Chart
 

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 3/7/17

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Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 2/28/17

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On July 1, 1966 the Costa Mesa Union School District, Newport Beach City School District and the Newport Harbor Union High School District unified to become the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

 

For more than five decades Newport-Mesa Unified School District has created lasting memories and nurtured the talents of its students. NMUSD is a leader in educational innovation; delivering a rigorous, broad-based curriculum through exceptional, high-quality instruction supported by a team of dedicated educators and support staff.

 

Throughout the District’s rich 50 year history, it has strived to help students find their passion, purpose, and potential, to prepare them to venture into the future in careers, college and active citizenship. Whether through academics, arts, athletics or other interests, NMUSD has opportunities to match every student's talents and interest.

 

While much has changed in education throughout NMUSD’s 50 year history, the District takes pride in continually evolving and adapting to changing educational needs. NMUSD has exceptionally bright and forward-thinking students, teachers, staff and leadership team that remain committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for future successes.   

 

“Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “We appreciate your unwavering commitment, support and partnership as we look forward to continued success,” he said.

 

Stay connected throughout the 2016/17 school year, and join NMUSD in celebrating this milestone anniversary, as the District shares some fun facts and highlights of its 50 year legacy of excellence, www.nmusd.us/anniversary.

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Posted by: Annette Franco, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District
Published: 7/1/16