Our amazing superintendent, Dr. Marian Kim Phelps, is highlighted in Education Week as one of the few female superintendents nationwide! Even though K-12 education is largely a female enterprise, men dominate the chief executive's office in the nation's nearly 14,000 districts, numbers that look especially bleak given that the pool of talent is deep with women. Women make up 76 percent of teachers, 52 percent of principals, and 78 percent of central-office administrators, according to federal data and the results of a recent national survey. Yet they account for less than a quarter of all superintendents, according to a survey conducted this summer by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
Read this OC Register report on a field trip in which our students participated in a beach clean-up and learned ways to protect the environment through a program called KidsCare by Orange County Coastkeeper.
Congratulations to the winners of the WSD Spelling Bee! Winners in the 4th and 5th grade competition had to correctly spell masquerade, mischief and atrocious. First Place went to Jason Phan at Sequoia, Second Place went to Kelly Ninh at Willmore and Third Place went to Andie Cardenas at Clegg. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade competition was a battle with contestants spelling aeronautical, dialysis and reign. First Place went to Andrew Vo at Johnson, Second Place went to Tony Nguyen at Webber and Third Place went to Jeremy Flores at Stacey. The winners in the 6-8th competition will go on to compete in the Orange County Scripps Spelling Bee in February.
Westminster School District will receive a prestigious 2016 Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association (CSBA) for its i4 Blended Learning Initiative. WSD is one of only 56 recipients to receive the state’s leading educational honor. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 37th year, recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students and concentrate on meeting the needs of all public school students.
Teacher Greg McFall and his National Junior Honor Society students at Johnson Middle School are participating in a global community service project that will provide over 100 pairs of shoes to children in Uganda through the Sole Hope organization. Students solicited donations of over 300 pairs of jeans and other materials to make the shoes.