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45 OC middle and high schools honored as California Gold Ribbon Schools

The state Department of Education has announced the winners of its newly established California Gold Ribbon School Awards, including 45 from Orange County. In total, 373 public middle and high schools were recognized Tuesday for gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards that have been adopted by the State Board of Education for all students, including English learners. [...]
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Volunteers descend on Huntington State Beach for Earth Day cleanup event to beautify the coast

Over 150 student and adult volunteers came together on Saturday morning to clean up Huntington State Beach while learning about the ecosystem and protecting natural resources. The effort, hosted by Inside the Outdoors' Youth Stewardship Council, was part of this year’s Earth Day activities, dedicated to building awareness and activism in support of environmental programs around the world. [...]
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Workshop aims to help teens and families transition from high school to college

Educators and parents know high school students must be academically ready for college. But are you and your teen socially, emotionally and financially ready too? To help students and their families plan for the next step on their academic paths, the Orange County Department of Education will offer a “Transitioning to College” workshop on Wednesday, May 20 at the OCDE’s conference center in Costa Mesa. [...]
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Classroom of the future at Orange’s Cerro Villa Middle School boosts career exploration in STEM fields

Students at Cerro Villa Middle School in Orange have the opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a hands-on elective course that began in March and takes place in the school’s new on-site STEM lab. Utilizing the Paxton ActionLABS program, the lab contains 16 stations stocked with hardware, software, tools and instructional materials that students can leverage to conduct hands-on experiments in the STEM fields through project-based lessons. [...]
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OCDE’s Academic Decathlon, Inside the Outdoors participate in day of giving

The Orange County Department of Education is joining the Orange County Community Foundation in an effort to raise money for 345 nonprofit organizations during the first-ever i♥OC Giving Day. This year’s goal is to raise $2 million in a 30-hour span, and OCDE has not one but two programs participating – the Orange County Academic Decathlon and Inside the Outdoors. [...]