Weekly roundup: Los Angeles Angels adopt five OC schools, Teachers of the Year honored, and more

  • SAUSD students welcome the Angels Baseball Foundation
  • SAUSD Jefferson Elementary School Adopt-A-School program assembly
  • Angels visit SAUSD
  • SAUSD Jefferson Elementary students
  • Angels Luis Rengifo signs hat for student.
  • SAUSD Adopt-A-School program Q&A session

Donning their bright red shirts and baseball jerseys, students and staff from Jefferson Elementary excitedly welcomed Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Rengifo, radio host Roger Lodge and strike force members with cheers and posters.

The Santa Ana Unified School District campus is one of five in Orange County that are celebrating their new partnership with the Angels through the annual Adopt-A-School program.

Their visit on April 25 included an assembly where Rengifo signed hats, jerseys and other memorabilia and gave students their own post-game interview session with Lodge facilitating.

Each year, the Angels Baseball Foundation works with the Orange County Department of Education to identify five elementary schools to adopt. In 2023, this work was accomplished in partnership with OC Waste & Recycling, as a new program sponsor.

This year, the Adopt-A-School classes also include Orange Grove Elementary School from the Anaheim Elementary School District, Acacia Elementary School from the Fullerton School District, Carillo Elementary School from the Garden Grove Unified School District and West Orange Elementary School from the Orange Unified School District.

The baseball foundation will support each adopted site with promoting growth in literacy, STEM programs, bullying prevention and other school initiatives, and in baseball-themed initiatives focusing on leadership, integrity and diversity. The campuses will each receive a $2,000 grant and a four-pack of game tickets per student.

Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:

Orangethorpe Elementary School teacher Francisco Sandoval accepts his Teacher of the Year award.
  • The Orange County Department of Education named six educators as the 2024 Orange County Teachers of the Year this week. Recipients learned of the honor during surprise visits that included Deputy Superintendent Dr. Ramon Miramontes, sponsors and news media, including the Orange County Register.
  • A panel of art teachers narrowed down a list of 721 nominees to 107 semifinalists for the OC Register’s annual Orange County Artist of the Year program.
  • An assembly member seeking to tackle the statewide teacher and school staff shortage introduced a bill that would set annual targets for the state’s Local Control Funding Formula with a goal of reaching a 50 percent increase by 2030.
  • Ritvik Swamanathan, an 11-year-old from Melinda Heights Elementary School, will travel to Arlington, Virginia in June to compete in the final round of the National Geography Bee.
  • The reopening of Corona Del Mar High School’s pool is creating a splash after it went back online far sooner than the 20- to 30-week timetable that was originally given to the Sea Kings’ campus community.
  • The Cloud Campus, Newport-Mesa’s 100 percent virtual learning option offered to students in grades TK through 12 during the pandemic, will not reopen for the 2023-24 academic year, as community interest has changed and shifted.
  • Parents from the Anaheim Union High School community are asking the district to take action after the principal from Sycamore Junior High was assaulted after stepping in to protect a student.

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