It’s Friday, Dec. 18, and we’ve got another batch of spoiler-free education stories you might have missed. Here goes:
- Northwood High School in Irvine has launched a popular new culinary arts program, exemplifying a broader movement that’s combining academic rigor with career-based learning.
- Responding to enrollment shifts, the Tustin Unified School District says it will close down Lambert Elementary School, merging its students to nearby Estock Elementary.
- A team of tech-savvy students from Valencia High School in Placentia are competing in the Technovation Challenge, an app-building contest for girls.
- The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is among those reminding parents of new immunization requirements that take effect on Jan. 1. Specifically, Senate Bill 277 says parents of students who attend public or private schools can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on personal belief exemptions.
- A student from Irvine’s University High School has earned the unique honor of having a photograph she took displayed in Vice President Joe Biden’s home.
- In a Q&A, a Capistrano Unified School District administrator talks about efforts to keep students and staff safe through that district’s comprehensive preparedness program, which recently earned recognition from the American Red Cross.
- The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has reinstated its fourth-grade music program, giving kids a chance to sing, play instruments and read music.
- Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa is developing an Outdoor Learning Center that will support lessons on soil cultivation, water harvesting, solar storage and wind energy.
- Estancia High School, also in Costa Mesa, held its annual Fire Day, offering sophomore students the unique opportunity to experience the demands and challenges of a firefighter’s job.