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Daylong conference for administrators will focus on multi-tiered system of supports for students

Orange County administrators and other educational leaders are invited to attend a conference on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, or MTSS, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. You might not have heard of MTSS, but the term is becoming more familiar among educators throughout the state. Essentially, it’s a comprehensive framework that schools are using to address each student’s academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs, and it relies on staff collaboration and data-driven decision-making. [...]
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Top performers from National History Day-OC competition now headed to state finals

The results are in from the 2015 National History Day-Orange County competition. Capping months of research and preparation, student projects were displayed and judged at OCDE’s main campus on March 14, and an awards ceremony followed two days later. A breakdown of all the medalists by division and category has since been published on OCDE’s National History Day webpage. [...]
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Orange County teens to stage ‘Reality Party’ to spotlight the dangers of underage drinking

Local prevention organizations are joining forces to raise awareness about the dangers of underage drinking by staging a “Reality Party for Parents” in Lake Forest this Saturday. Teen actors from the Santiago de Compostela Church Youth Ministry’s Friday Night Live chapter plan to portray typical party scenes exposing the perils of underage alcohol consumption, as well as the culture of binge-drinking. Participants will also voice concerns about adults who host drinking parties for minors. [...]
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Westminster High leads a pack of five OC schools headed to the California Academic Decathlon

Marking a first in the 47-year history of the Orange County Academic Decathlon, five O.C. schools have been selected to advance to next month’s state decathlon in Sacramento. Cheers rang out in a packed Orange Coast College auditorium on Feb. 17 night as perennial powerhouse Westminster High was named the overall team winner with 50,981.8 points. Along with a special plaque, individual medals and local bragging rights, the school will receive a $4,000 travel stipend from the Orange County Academic Decathlon Association, which joined OCDE in announcing this year’s winners. [...]