Weekly roundup: Back to school photos, backpack donations, state test scores and more

With staggered start dates in August and September, districts throughout Orange County are continuing to welcome back students.

The Brea, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Placentia-Yorba Linda and Saddleback Valley unified school districts all reopened this week, as did the Magnolia and Westminster school districts and the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

Cluttered deskOn Tuesday, the Orange County Register dispatched a couple photographers to the North Orange County cities of Brea, Placentia and Yorba Linda to snap these classic back-to-school pictures, which pretty much capture the mixed emotions we tend to see this time of year.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the new school year, a group known as Operation Warm Wishes helped students gear-up with backpacks and school supplies during a charity event in Tustin. And, for the second year in a row, the Costco in Laguna Niguel donated new backpacks to the students of San Joaquin Elementary School in Laguna Hills.

And here are some additional education news stories from the week:

  • After receiving an increased number of interdistrict transfer appeals, the Orange County Board of Education recently issued a letter to local school districts outlining the factors it considers when reviewing appeals.

That’s what we’re hearing anyway. For more education news stories, visit news.ocde.us.