36th Annual IUSD Science Fair Feb. 28


IUSD’s 36th annual District Science Fair Open House is Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Portola High School gymnasium (1001 Cadence, Irvine) from 5-6 p.m.  The award ceremony will immediately follow in the Portola High School Theater.

IUSD’s Science Fair gives students, in grades 6-12, an opportunity to showcase their innovative science projects.  Participating students will present a biological, physical, or Rube Goldberg project.

This year’s submissions include an impressive array of projects, including “Fungi Busters,”  “Maximizing Efficiency of a Wireless Energy Power System,” “Human Computer Interaction: Translating English into Code,” and “Bubble Gum Science.”  For a copy of this year’s event program, click here.

Family, friends, community members, IUSD teachers and staff are welcome to attend the open house and award ceremony.

This annual event is graciously sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, though a STEM grant to Irvine Public Schools Foundation.


Registration for 30th Annual Irvine Games is Now Open


Young athletes in grades four through eight are encouraged to sign up for the 30th annual Irvine Junior Games, which will be held on Sunday, May 7 at Irvine Stadium.

The long-running track and field competition is comprised of a number of activities including distance running, sprints, relays and field events, such as the standing long jump, the basketball shoot and the soccer kick. The entrance fee is $35 per athlete, and students can register at irvinejuniorgames.com

The Irvine Junior Games was established in 1986 both as a fundraiser for the Irvine Children’s Fund as well as a platform to encourage elementary-age kids to embrace health and athletics. Each year, more than 1,500 IUSD students participate in the event.


Superintendent Walker Delivers State of the District in New Video


Superintendent Terry Walker delivered the State of the Irvine Unified School District in a new video, which can be viewed by clicking here

State of the District topics include:

  • An overview of IUSD’s vision to prepare students for 21st century college and careers.
  • District funding realities, as one of the lowest funded school districts in California, and how IUSD is maximizing investments to best serve our students.
  • New State Standards and IUSD’s instructional strategies.
  • How the District is using technology to enhance and empower students and teachers.
  • IUSD’s facilities, which are designed to foster flexibility, innovation and collaboration.
  • Important District’s partnerships with parents, students and the community, which are critical components of IUSD’s success.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this important video and for your continued investments, engagement, partnership and support of IUSD.


Irvine Company Issued Latest Installment of $45M Commitment to Art, Music and Science


During the first Board Meeting of 2017, the Irvine Company presented IUSD with a check for $2.15 million as part of the Excellence in TIC PhotoEducation Enrichment Fund grant, which supports art, music and science education for Irvine Unified School District students in grades four through six.

In September 2016, Mr. Donald Bren and the Irvine Company announced that they would renew the Excellence in Education Enrichment Fund grant with an additional $20 million over the next 10 years, bringing the Irvine Company’s commitment to IUSD students and families to more than $45 million.  Each year, more than 7,000 students are positively impacted by the Enrichment Fund.  To date, this unprecedented support has benefited more than 70,000 IUSD students.

Robin Leftwich, Vice President of Community Affairs for the Irvine Company, presented this year’s check to the IUSD Board of Education and IUSD students.  Board President Ira Glasky expressed the District’s gratitude for the generous donation, which has sustained critical educational opportunities in IUSD.

Superintendent Terry Walker stated that the Enrichment Fund has had a lasting and positive impact for IUSD students, before introducing IUSD Student Board Member Allie Hunter, who performed “Always Starting Over” from the musical If/Then.  Hunter, who is a Senior at Woodbridge High School, delivered a pitch perfect performance and was an excellent example of how the Enrichment Fund has benefited so many IUSD students.

Established in 2006, the Excellence in Education Enrichment Fund pays for specialists to work in IUSD’s fourth through sixth-grade classrooms. Students receive two 60-minute science lessons per week, two 40-minute music lessons per week and six hour-long art lessons per year, all taught by highly qualified instructors.

The program has been extremely popular in IUSD, enabling schools to preserve and continue hands-on courses that may have been lost due to budget cuts.

Related:
Irvine Company Renews Enrichment Fund with $20M Commitment to IUSD Students


30th Anniversary of Astounding Inventions


Innovative student inventions will be featured during the 30th annual Astounding Inventions contest on Saturday, January 28 from 11 a.m. astounding-invetions-image-2016to noon at the Irvine Valley College Hart Gymnasium.  The awards ceremony for grades K, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 starts at noon.  The awards ceremony for grades 4 and 5 starts at 1:15 p.m.  This year’s theme is, “Reducing your carbon footprint: small footprints help our environment.”

Supported by Cox Communications, Astounding Inventions brings together kindergarten through 8th-grade students from the Irvine and Tustin Unified School districts for an elaborate science, technology, engineering and math competition that fosters student entrepreneurship and creative thinking.

This free event is open to the public.  In addition to this year’s student displays, the event will feature a stage show, “Mad Chemists.”

For more information, see the attached flier.

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IUSD Middle School Students and Families Invited to Annual Mathletics Night at UCI


IUSD middle school students and their families are invited to IUSD’s annual Mathletics Night on Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at the Bren uci-mathletics-image-2017Events Center on the UCI campus.  During this free event, which is a joint partnership between IUSD, UCI and the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, students and their families will catch a free game between UCI and UC Riverside men’s basketball teams.

However, as the name implies, there’s a twist – during the first half, students will be challenged to track game statistics and calculate percentages.  Scores will be calculated and winners announced during the halftime break.

Each IUSD middle school student — and teacher — is eligible for up to four free tickets to the game.  Additional tickets may also be purchased. Those interested should RSVP no later than Monday, February 13, by visiting ucirvinesports.com/iusd2017.

Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to the arena with their entire party.  For more information, click to enlarge the flier.


School Board Hosts Swearing-In for Elected Board Members and Selects New President


During the December 13 Irvine Unified School District Board Meeting, incumbents Paul Bokota and Lauren Brooks, and newly-elected Board paul-lauren-and-betty-2016Member Betty Carroll, took the oath of office.  This is the second term for both Bokota and Brooks.

The Board also selected a new president and clerk, which are one-year terms.  Ira Glasky was selected to serve as president and Sharon Wallin was tapped to serve as clerk.  The Board and District staff honored Paul Bokota for his service as president since last December.

In addition to being the final session of 2016, Tuesday marked the annual organizational meeting for the five-member board, which approved school site liaison assignments, determined Board Member committee participation, appointed representatives to various District committees and established meeting dates through December 2017. The next two regular meetings are scheduled for January 17 and February 7. paul-and-ira-passing-gavel-2016

Board Certifies First Interim Report
Also Tuesday, the Board voted to certify IUSD’s First Interim Report of 2016-17 as “positive,” meaning the district is expected to meet its financial obligations over the next two years.

Every school district in California is required to examine and certify its financial condition as “positive,” “qualified” or “negative” twice during each fiscal year. Positive is the ideal certification, while qualified indicates a district may not be able to meet its financial obligations for the current year and the two subsequent years. A negative certification indicates that a district will not be able to meet its financial obligations over this period.


Sierra Vista’s Henry Miller Named 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Finalist


IUSD is proud to announce Sierra Vista’s Music Teacher Henry Miller has been named, by the GRAMMY Foundation, one of 10 finalists for henry-miller-2016-2the 2017 Music Educator Award.  This prestigious honor is particularly impressive, given that there were more than 3,300 nominees from all 50 states.  The winner will be announced in Los Angeles during GRAMMY week and will attend the GRAMMY Awards.

The Music Educator award recognizes teachers who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.

Below is a link to CBS This Morning’s national coverage of the 10 finalists.
http://cbsn.ws/2gmiDzh

Congratulations and best wishes to Henry!

Related News:
Sierra Vista’s Henry Miller Named a GRAMMY Music Educator Semifinalist
Woodbridge High School Named Top GRAMMY School in the Nation
All Four IUSD High Schools Named 2016 GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalists


IUSD This Week: Dec. 5-9


IUSD This Week:

-Henry Miller Named GRAMMY Finalist for
-Computer Science Week (Hour of Code)
-2018-19 Academic Calendars

Sierra Vista’s Henry Miller Named 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Finalist
IUSD is proud to announce Sierra Vista’s Music Teacher Henry Miller has been named, by the GRAMMY Foundation, one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Music Educator Award.  This prestigious honor is particularly impressive, given that there were more than 3,300 nominees from all 50 states.  The winner will be announced in Los Angeles during GRAMMY week and will attend the GRAMMY Awards.

The Music Educator award recognizes teachers who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.

Below is a link to CBS This Morning’s national coverage of the 10 finalists.
http://cbsn.ws/2gmiDzh

Congratulations and best wishes to Henry!

Computer Science Week Dec. 5-11

This week, IUSD Participated in Computer Science (CS) Week, which is designed to inspire students to learn how to code, develop computer science skills, and to be prepared for the digital economy.  For more information, visit code.org.

As part of CS Week, IUSD’s focus is on The Hour of Code, a global event reaching more than 100 million students in more than 180 countries.  The Hour of Code was started three years ago, with the belief that anyone anywhere can learn how to code and that the benefits of coding for students include:

  • Students learn how to check their work for details, apply logic and persist at a task
  • They also learn how to ask a good question, often in written form
  • Students learn how to collaborate, because much programming today is accomplished in teams

For fun coding activities any student can do, visit:

Google’s Made with Code
, which is designed to inspire girls to learn how to code
Code Studio’s Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code, which is a fun game all Star Wars Fans will enjoy

IUSD 2018-19 Annual Calendar Survey

IUSD teachers, classified staff, and administrators work together to develop school calendars for the years ahead, for both traditional and year-round schools. Instruction and learning are primary considerations; however, calendar committees consider many factors, including past history, tradition, and feedback from the community.  Before we finalize the calendars for the 2018-19 school year, we would like your feedback.  Below are the calendars for the 2018-19 school year.  Once you have had a chance to review, please click here to provide your feedback by Tuesday, January 3 at 5 p.m.  To email your comments, send them to hr@iusd.org.

To view the 2016-17 and 2017-18 calendars, which are finalized, click here.

2018-19 Traditional School Calendar 
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2018-19 Year-Round School Calendar
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IUSD 2018-19 School Calendars Survey


IUSD teachers, classified staff, and administrators work together to develop school calendars for the years ahead, for both traditional and year-round schools. Instruction and learning are primary considerations; however, calendar committees consider many factors, including past history, tradition, and feedback from the community.  Before we finalize the calendars for the 2018-19 school year, we would like your feedback.  Below are the calendars for the 2018-19 school year.  Once you have had a chance to review, please click here to provide your feedback by Tuesday, January 3 at 5 p.m.  To email your comments, send them to hr@iusd.org.

To view the 2016-17 and 2017-18, calendars, which are finalized, click here.

2018-19 Traditional School Calendar 
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2018-19 Year-Round School Calendar
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