Weekly roundup: Two OC campuses named Model Continuation High Schools, Westminster student spells her way to victory, and more

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Cesar E. Chavez High School in Santa Ana and Hillview High School in Tustin were named 2024 Model Continuation High Schools among 31 campuses throughout California.

On March 5, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced the Model Continuation High School Recognition program had selected these alternative education sites for their commitment to helping students excel through offering opportunities to achieve academic and social success.

“Congratulations to these outstanding schools for their all-around excellence as alternative centers of learning,” said Superintendent Thurmond. “Teachers and administrators at our Model Continuation High Schools work to develop relationships with students to create a positive and personalized learning environment and provide them with opportunities to explore options beyond high school, preparing students for the next chapter in their lives.”

California is home to more than 430 continuation high schools that serve almost 51,000 students and provide a high school diploma program for those who are required to attend school and may not be on track to graduate.

Founded by the California Department of Education in partnership with the California Continuation Education Association Plus, the Model Continuation High School Recognition program seeks to honor educators and school sites that provide at-promise youth with comprehensive services that include flexible scheduling and exceptional instruction, as well as guidance and counseling services.

The Santa Ana Unified School District’s Cesar E. Chavez High and Hillview High in the Tustin Unified School District will be recognized at the California Continuation Education Association Plus State Conference in April. They will maintain their Model Continuation High Schools designation for three years.

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

  • Stacey Middle School seventh-grader Katelyn Nguyen was crowned the spelling bee champ at the Orange County competition on March 2. She scored first place after correctly sequencing the letters in “discretionary.”
Spelling bee winner
Orange County students perform during the OC Music and Arts Administrator Awards on Feb. 27 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Orange County students perform during the OC Music and Arts Administrator Awards on Feb. 27 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
  • Eleven Irvine Unified School District projects are set to receive nearly $200,000 in funds through the 2024 Innovative Grant Program, created by the Irvine Public Schools Foundation.
  • In order to foster calming spaces that combat school stressors, Fullerton Joint Union High School District educators have worked to install student-led gardens for classroom lessons and self-care.
  • As the Orange County Registrar of Voters continues to tally votes in the March 5 primary election, three members of the Orange County Board of Education are leading in their respective races, according to the Orange County Register.
  • Meanwhile, the Register reported that the Orange Unified School District is moving toward a recall of two of its board trustees based on Tuesday’s votes.
  • Emergency Response Pathway students at Los Alamitos High School can now perform electrocardiograms and check vital signs thanks to a new state-of-the-art ambulance simulator supplied by the North Orange County Regional Occupational Program.
  • Data gathered by the EdVoice Institute shows 60 percent of California youth cannot read by the third grade. At the same time, a new bill introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio aims to tackle low literacy rates across the state.

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