Honors and awards

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New Laguna Beach Unified website earns industry award for design and function

The Laguna Beach Unified School District launched its new site earlier this year to strengthen communication with parents and the community, and the redesign hasn’t gone unnoticed — it’s already been named a winning entry in the Web Marketing Association’s long-running WebAward Competition. Click through to read more.
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Santa Ana’s Middle College High among 2015 National Blue Ribbon schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and Middle College High in the Santa Ana Unified School District was among 29 public schools in California to win the coveted award. In addition, New Horizon School in Irvine was one of the California private schools recognized. [...]
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Irvine Unified reports highest math scores among state’s larger districts

Earlier this month, we shared the news that Orange County students posted higher average scores than the rest of California on new English and math assessments. Well, it looks like one O.C. district has posted the highest math scores of all large districts in the state -- and the second highest English scores. [...]
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Finalists announced for the Innovation in Education Awards

Back in April, we helped spread the call for nominations for the Innovation in Education Awards presented by Project Tomorrow and the OC Tech Alliance. The nine finalists who are now in the running for the awards were announced today. [...]
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Angels Baseball Foundation helps fulfill college dreams for AVID students

Thanks to a partnership with the Angels Baseball Foundation and Orange County Advancement Via Individual Determination, six middle school AVID students who earned the honorable title of “Angels Scholars” were recognized at Monday’s Angels baseball game and walked away with a $10,000 college scholarship and a Toshiba laptop. [...]
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Friday Night Live chapters and advisor honored for youth development efforts

Two Friday Night Live chapters and one advisor were honored at the Orange County Friday Night Live Partnership’s Chapter Recognition Event at Chapman University on May 29 for their outstanding efforts to promote youth development and carry out prevention projects in their schools and communities. [...]
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Travis Ranch School wins $10,000 in national safety video competition (video)

Travis Ranch School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has been named the Western Region winner in the national KidSmartz Safety Dance Video Contest for their creative video aimed at empowering elementary school students to practice safe behaviors and learn abduction prevention skills. [...]
2016 Teacher of the Year Karah Street

2016 Orange County Teacher of the Year: Dr. Karah Street

If you’ve been following the OCDE Newsroom you know that the Orange County Department of Education announced the county’s 2016 Teachers of the Year today. We now bring you the final winner, the community college Teacher of the Year, Dr. Karah Street. [...]