A quick check of the calendar reveals today is the first day of spring. It’s also International Day of Happiness, as well as a Friday – is that redundant? – and we’ve got a quick recap of the week’s local education news.
- Reflecting an improved state economy, the March 15 deadline for alerting tenured teachers that they could be laid off at the end of the year came and went with just a handful of notices issued by districts in Orange County.
- The Ocean View School District may be recruiting a new leader, as Superintendent Gustavo Balderas has reportedly been tapped to oversee a school district in Eugene, Ore.
- Four Fountain Valley High School students are set to compete in the ProStart Cup, a two-day statewide culinary competition beginning March 22.
- Ladera Vista Junior High School in Fullerton nurtures students’ passions in music, theater and dance through a curriculum that emphasizes arts instruction, and now the school is poised to become an accredited school of performing arts.
- Students from Harbor View Elementary in Newport Beach got an inspirational visit from Special Olympian Joseph Gorin. The students are organizing a carnival to raise money for the Special Olympics taking place this summer.
- South Coast ROP’s multimedia design class at Laguna Beach High School is using a 3-D printer to create some pretty amazing stuff.
- And for music lovers, the award-winning Los Alamitos High School show choir, SoundFX, will perform on the last day of the Xtravaganza 2015 competition on March 21.