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Classified School Employees of the Year

Congratulations to our outstanding 2018 Classified School Employees of the Year! These staff members go above and beyond the call of duty every day. The honorees in each category are eligible to participate in the Orange County competition in January.
Patricia Arnold (Johnson MS) - Para-Educator & Instructional Assistance
Sheree Newman (District Office) - Support Services & Security
Edgar Valladares (Anderson ES) - Maintenance, Operations & Transportation
Debi Watson (District Office) - Office & Technical Support
Maria Yaghoubi (Johnson MS) - Child Nutrition
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WSD Wins Another Golden Bell Award

The California School Board Association (CSBA) presented our District with a prestigious Golden Bell Award for our outstanding Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program at DeMille Elementary School. We were recognized at CSBA's annual conference for being the first district in California to implement a Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program and we were honored for promoting multilingualism while developing fluency in English and proficiency in academic subjects. There are 1,000 school districts in California and only 56 Golden Bell Awards were handed out. This is the 2nd year in a row that the Westminster School District has been honored with a Golden Bell Award!
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Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the WSD Spelling Bee! Winners in the 4th and 5th grade competition had to correctly spell obedient, especially, and exquisite. First Place went to Tri Nguyen at Meairs, Second Place went to Noah Elbettar at Schroeder and Third Place went to Jayden Pham at Fryberger. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade competition was a battle with contestants spelling crustaceans, pterodactyl, and quandary. First Place went to Jenny Pham at Johnson, Second Place went to Sophia Bickley at Stacey and Third Place went to Bao Pham at Warner. The winners in the 6-8th competition will go on to compete in the Orange County Scripps Spelling Bee in February.
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Interim Superintendents Appointed

The Board of Trustees has appointed Ms. Sheri Loewenstein and Dr. Gary Rutherford to act as consecutive interim superintendents for WSD, effective immediately. Ms. Loewenstein will serve as Interim Superintendent from approximately November through January and then Dr. Rutherford will take the helm from February until a new superintendent is hired. Ms. Loewenstein and Dr. Rutherford are both education consultants and retired superintendents, who together have experience in virtually every facet of K-12 public education. Ms. Loewenstein served as superintendent of Westminster School District and Cypress School District while Dr. Rutherford served as superintendent in Huntington Beach City School District, Upland Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District.
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WSD Receives State's Leading Educational Honor

Westminster School District will receive a prestigious 2017 Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association for its Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program. WSD is proud to be among the select few to receive the state’s leading educational honor. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 38th year, recognizes public school programs that are innovative, sustainable, and make a demonstrated difference for students. The District will be honored at a special Golden Bell Award ceremony on November 30th in San Diego.
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Proposed Trustee Election Area Maps

The Westminster School District is in the process of changing the method by which Governing Board Members are elected. Under the current “at-large” system, all registered voters in the District can vote for any of the candidates up for election. Under the new proposed system, candidates will be elected by “trustee areas.” This means only voters within a given trustee area can vote for candidates who reside within the same area. The intent of this proposed system is to offer greater opportunities for Board representation for candidates that might not otherwise be elected under an at-large system. Click on the headline for more information and to view the proposed area maps.
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National Think-Tank Features WSD's Dual Language Programs

Read the in-depth report and get an inside look at WSD's Vietnamese and Spanish Dual Language Immersion programs. These programs are becoming increasingly sought after as parents begin to recognize the advantages that come with being bilingual. Beyond the academic benefits, research has also uncovered multiple cognitive benefits of bilingualism.
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Finley Elementary is 1st Computer Science Magnet School in Orange County

Westminster School District hosted a special ribbon cutting ceremony on October 11th to commemorate the reopening of Finley Elementary, Computer Science Magnet School. Computer science and coding will be part of the daily curriculum at Finley, which will help students develop computational thinking skills that will be helpful in all content areas. Click headline for more.
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Operation School Bell

Our first Operation School Bell shopping night was a big success! More than 200 students in need received free clothes as part of our collaboration with Assistance League of Huntington Beach (ALHB) at the Target in Westminster Mall.
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New System of Electing Governing Board Members

The Westminster School District is in the process of changing the method by which Governing Board Members are elected. Under the current “at-large” system, all registered voters in the District can vote for any of the candidates up for election. Under the new proposed system, candidates will be elected by “trustee areas.” Please click headline for more information.
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