IPSF Announces High School Academic Camps

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to announce their 2015 High School Academic Camps for students entering grades 9-12 in fall 2015. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, June 22 through July 31, at Irvine High School, with a limited number of classes at University High School.  Logo.Full.Lg.Color.Center

Course offerings will focus on skill development in areas that students need support as they transition to high school, encounter college prep courses and prepare themselves for college. Additional offerings will include prep for the new PSAT and ACT exams, public speaking, entrepreneur and finance courses, as well as the Foundation’s new two-week STEAM Academy.

The online registration deadline is Saturday, May 2.  To register online, visit ipsfacademy.org.  Credit and debit cards are accepted.

For questions about program details, registration costs or logistics, please email summerAC@ipsf.net.


IUSD Music Series

The Irvine Unified School District, in partnership with the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, presents the Music Series, which features four performances by two Irvine high schools, Thursdays in April.NC IPSF Music Series_11x5 5_FINAL-REV_Page_1

University High School’s string quartet and Irvine High School’s jazz band will perform on the following dates:

  • April 9, 6-7 p.m. – Quail Hill Shopping Center (University High School String Quartet)
  • April 16, 6-7 p.m. – University Center (Irvine High School Jazz Band 1)
  • April 23, 6-7 p.m. – Orchard Hills Village Center (University High School String Quartet)
  • April 30, 6-7 p.m. – Woodbridge Village (Irvine High School Jazz Band 1)

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a fun-filled evening of music.  Also, enter to win one of several raffle prizes from participating retailers.  Visit shopirvinecompany.com for details.

District e-waste recycling event collected more than 24,000 pounds of waste

The Irvine Unified School District recently partnered with All Green on an e-waste recycling event held at the District Office. Approximately 16,524 pounds of e-waste was collected – at $.09 per pound, $1,487.16 was collected.

Recycling event 012415Additionally, there was 7,605 pounds of “no value” electronics collected. In total, IUSD diverted more than 24,000 pounds of electronics from entering the landfill.

Thank you to all who participated in this important event.  For more information about e-waste and hazardous disposal, visit the City of Irvine’s Environmental Programs webpage.


IUSD/IVC Summer College

The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) and Irvine Valley College (IVC) are excited to share the IUSD/IVC Summer College program this summer at IVC, from June 22 through July 31.  IUSD has collaborated with IVC to create a set of summer school courses for early college efforts.  Current IUSD students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the exclusive opportunity to enroll in four different courses that are CSU- and UC-transferable general education classes.  Deadlines are fast approaching and classes are filling up.

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  • Complete the online admissions application to IVC for Summer 2015
  • Complete and have SIGNED (by principal, parents and students ) the K-12 form
  • There will be a special, separate line for IUSD/IVC summer college for students to stand in when registering
  • Bring the ADD card, which can be downloaded from the website

For more information, including forms, visit http://admissions.ivc.edu/IUSD/Pages/default.aspx


Westpark Peter Pan, Jr. Production a Success!

Westpark Elementary just wrapped up their spring musical production of Peter Pan, Jr.  The school’s multipurpose room was transformed into a Never Neverland  full of lighted fairies gliding across the stage, dancing mermaids, chanting Indians, followed by the mischievous Lost Boys, as they were hunted down by a ship full of pirates led by Captain Hook and the antics of his sidekick, Smee.  The show opened with Tinker Bell suspended in mid-air as the audience was treated to colorful costumes and sets that transformed from the Darling’s nursery into Hook’s treacherous pirate ship.

Westpark Peter Pan Jr.This year’s exciting production of Peter Pan should be no surprise to anyone that has been around for the past six years. Westpark Elementary has established itself as one of the few elementary schools in the district to put on a full-fledged musical production. Previous year’s production includes junior versions of Alice in Wonderland, Seussical, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid and last year’s My Son, Pinocchio.

Westpark has been fortunate to be under the direction of Ingrid Green, who hopes to inspire each child and to unlock their potential! The show not only exemplifies the talents showcased on stage but off stage as well where her entire backstage student crew learn the lessons of hard work and dedication.

Watch the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Beacon Park School

IUSD, joined by Five Point Communities and the City of Irvine, broke ground on Beacon Park School Wednesday, April 1. Set to open in August 2016, the District’s 38th school will serve up to 1,000 K-8 students.

This world-class educational center is located in the heart of the Great Park Neighborhoods. Features include 33 classrooms, a design lab, innovation lab, fitness lab, and dedicated music and science classrooms.

IUSD Board President Lauren Brooks envisioned the future of the school during her remarks to the capacity audience. “This is where dreams will begin for thousands of young children. This state-of-the-art facility will be more than a beautiful building…Beacon Park School is a place where children will be empowered to learn and to open countless doors of opportunity and growth.”

Attendees included Board President Lauren Brooks, Board Member Paul Bokota, Board Member Ira Glasky, Board Member Sharon Wallin, Superintendent Terry Walker, Mayor Steven S. Choi, Lynn Jochim with Five Point Communities, City Manager Sean Joyce, IUSD staff, parents, students and other local dignitaries.  

IUSD to host Beacon Park School groundbreaking ceremony today

Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Beacon Park School today, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. at the new school site – 200 Cultivate, Irvine. The ceremony marks the start of construction on Irvine’s 38th school, serving the Great Park Neighborhoods. Beacon Park School (K8) is expected to open in August 2016.

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“This new K8 school will not only serve the immediate needs of the Irvine community, it will provide a world-class educational center for generations to come,” said School Board President Lauren Brooks. “Beacon Park School will continue the IUSD tradition of excellence.”

Guests are encouraged to carpool and park on site. For safety, please wear flat, closed toe shoes.


Event attendees include: IUSD Board Members, Superintendent Terry Walker, Five Point Communities, City Councilmembers and other local dignitaries.

Woodbridge Academic Decathlon team places eighth in state competition!

The Woodbridge Academic Decathlon team placed eighth in the 36th annual California Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento earlier this month.

Academic Decathlon Team 2015During the four-day event, the team competed against the top 66 California schools in a series of 10 academic events, ranging from mathematics to social science to speech and interview. This year’s theme was “New Alternatives in Energy.”

“Although Woodbridge won the Division 2 and Division 3 State Championships in past years, this eighth place finish in the extremely-competitive Division 1 is the highest a Woodbridge team has ever finished,” said teacher Shan Wu.

The team had prepared since June 2014 for this prestigious competition. Team members include senior captain Divya Prajapati; seniors Sana Datar, Neha Sheik and Gretchen Alviar; and juniors Joseph Kim, Sean Hoffman and Jai Kakwani.

Of special note, several team members placed in the top of their respective events:

 Divya Prajapati: 3rd in the entire state in for essay; 1st in the entire state for interview; 2nd in the entire state for art; 3rd in the entire state for math; 2nd in the entire state for science

Joseph Kim: 3rd in the entire state for interview

Sana Datar: 3rd in her GPA category in the entire state for speech; 2nd in her GPA category in the entire state for interview


Irvine High takes first and Northwood is second in state journalism competition

Irvine High brought home first place honors from the Southern California Journalism Education Association state write-offs, an annual competition for student newspaper reporters and yearbook staff. This is the seventh time Irvine High has won sweepstakes – 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 – and now in 2015.
According to El Vaquero advisor Julie Braun, 200 students from 27 Los Angeles and Orange County high schools participated in the competition held in Long Beach on March 21. scjea photo

Individual student winners included Angela Lee and Alex Williams in news; Dana Lansigan in editorial and Kevin Lee in sports.  Other category winners included Anissa Govind and Saieashwar Mukund in editorial cartooning; Carissa Chow and Prosperity Fields in critical review; Renee Chan and Uma Sen in photography and Sila Adhiningrat in newspaper layout.

Northwood High School placed second in sweepstakes, followed by Schurr, University LA and Hollywood high schools.