Since publishing our last weekly roundup, we learned that Irvine’s Woodbridge High School earned the highest team score in this year’s Orange County Academic Decathlon and will head to the state competition in Sacramento next month. Squads from Valencia High School, Westminster High School and Trabuco Hills High School also advance to the California Academic Decathlon after producing scores that were among the highest in California.
And here are some other education stories from the week.
- OCDE announced it’s accepting applications from school districts, charter schools and county offices of education for training grants associated with a new statewide initiative designed to address students’ academic, behavioral and social needs.
- By taking first place in a regional competition, Troy High School’s Science Bowl team has earned a bid to the Science Bowl National Finals in Washington, D.C.
- A team of middle schoolers from Nicolas Junior High in Fullerton earned honorable mention in the Congressional App Challenge after building a prototype smartphone app capable of helping hikers identify poisonous plants.
- Tustin Unified Superintendent Greg Franklin took to Twitter to invite President Trump to come check out Tustin’s high-quality public schools.
- Elementary students from Tustin Unified participated in the VEX IQ challenge, demonstrating their passion for robotics design.
- Students in Madame Pazargadi’s French class at Villa Park High School received an unforgettable lesson in French culture while coordinating and participating in a mock French wedding.
- A student from Tesoro High in Las Flores was one of two Orange County students presented with the Young Innovators to Watch award after creating a smartphone app that screens for glaucoma.
- Teams from the Laguna Beach Unified School District advanced to the state finals of the Destination Imagination competition following their success in a regional tournament.