It’s the first Friday of November, which means we’ve officially entered the holiday season. It also means it’s time for the weekly roundup of education stories. Take a look:
- The state Board of Education voted to approve a new Science Framework that will “dramatically upgrade and modernize science instruction” in California’s public schools.
- A student from Tesoro High School in the Capistrano Unified School District earned the Innovation in Education Award for developing a smartphone app that assists the blind.
- Loma Vista Elementary School in Santa Ana celebrated Halloween by building enormous slingshots that launched pumpkins as far as 180 feet. The Tustin Unified campus is believed to be the only school in Orange County to hold a Pumpkin Chunkin event.
- La Paz Intermediate School in Mission Viejo raised money for new technology during its Zombie Madness fundraiser.
- After launching the state’s first Vietnamese dual-language immersion program, the Westminster School District has added another dual-language program, this time in Spanish.
- The OC Fair is inviting Orange County students to submit innovative STEAM projects for a special showcase at next year’s fair.
- And finally, a former Mission Viejo High School student predicted in his 1993 yearbook quote that the Chicago Cubs would win the 2016 World Series, and, well, you know the rest.