Weekly roundup: Newport-Mesa’s Spyder Lab gives students business skills, MTSS conference opens registration, and more

NMUSD Spyder Lab at Back Bay High School
Back Bay High School senior Davian Gonzalez proudly shows a T-shirt he designed in the campus’ Spyder Lab. (Courtesy of Spectrum News 1)

There was a time when Back Bay High School senior Davian Gonzalez didn’t look forward to going to school or planning for college, but that changed once he stepped foot into the Spyder Lab on campus.

This school year, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District unveiled the program as part of its Business Management Career Technical Education pathway, which features professional machines for embroidering, engraving, cutting, sublimation and more.

“Students come out of here with real-world experience,” said teacher Jason Kovac. “They’re not only getting soft skills that will be transferrable to a business environment, but they’re also gaining technical skills.”

In this year-long class, students serve as sales representatives, office managers and creative directors.

Student Davian proudly showed Spectrum News 1 reporter Jo Kwon a T-shirt he designed for the district’s football league.

“It’s so cool to see people wearing this shirt on campus,” said Davian. “They don’t know who made it, but I do.”

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

  • Sylvia Mendez, a central figure in the landmark Mendez v. Westminster case, shared her family’s story with students who have faced obstacles of their own.
  • An alumna of Ensign Intermediate School is returning to the campus she attended nearly four decades ago after she was contracted to paint seven murals on the site.
(Courtesy of Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District)
  • Wrapping an exciting season for the self-proclaimed “underdog” squad from Huntington Beach, the Marina High girls’ basketball team fell to Angels Camp Bret Harte 62-39 in the CIF State Division V final.
  • The Laguna Beach Unified School District has equipped its schools with naloxone, a lifesaving medication that works to reverse the effects of overdoses and poisonings related to fentanyl, heroin and prescription opioid use. The district also trained nurses on how to safely administer the drug.
Loara High alum Lauren Lappin
(Courtesy of KCAL News)
  • Medal-winning Olympian and current Arizona Wildcats assistant coach Lauren Lappin’s number will be retired at her alma mater, Loara High in the Anaheim Union High School District.

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