In the news: OC school bond measures earn support, a message on kindness, Veterans Day and more

Here we are again, on the precipice of another weekend, and we’ve got a batch of education stories from the week.

  • Bond measures that would benefit schools in Anaheim, Buena Park, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Orange and Westminster passed by sizable margins, but voters in the Nov. 8 election rejected similar measures in the Brea-Olinda and Capistrano unified school districts.
  • Education News title cardIn his latest column for the OCDE Newsroom, Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares called for kindness following the divisive presidential election.
  • Workers are making progress on a new aquatics center at Sunny Hills High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, which has a number of big-ticket projects planned following the passage of a $175 million bond measure.
  • Hundreds of students from Santiago Charter Middle School in Orange reflected on the sacrifices of veterans during a visit to the Field of Valor at Handy Park and later wrote short essays on the experience.
  • Making good on her promise, an Irvine elementary school principal kissed a pig named Hamlet after her school surpassed its PTA fundraising goal.
  • More than 400 guests attended the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s seventh annual Spirit of Excellence Gala and Auction, which reportedly raised more than $750,000 for Irvine schools.
  • To commemorate Veterans Day, local vets were invited to share their stories with students from a number of OC schools, including Harbour View Elementary in Huntington Beach and Mariners Elementary in Newport Beach.