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Brainwashed_In_Church June 30, 2014 at 06:12 pm
I'd rather have my kid sext 10 messages a day than eat an extra donut a day or smoke cigarettes orRead More watch 20 hours of TV a week or go to church.
Attila July 1, 2014 at 04:35 am
The photographic recording and transmission of minors in a sexual connotation or state of nudity /Read More partial nudity is production, possession and distribution of Child Pornography (California Penal Code 311). Every single time Child Pornography is viewed the victim is victimized yet once again (the standard law enforcement line). What the participants in this study (the ones dealing with imagery) are most likely to do, or should be doing, is being criminally prosecuted and, if not in prison, ending up on the Lifetime California Sex Offender Registry, where they belong. That is what the law says, and the law is the law.
College Planner July 16, 2014 at 10:07 am
The degradation of our culture saddens me.
Chapman University. Patch file photo.
Vito Spago June 25, 2014 at 10:34 am
No. Racism is alive and well with all races. She just was able to make a payday out of it.Read More That is the name of the game for minorities and Jackson, Sharpton, and Obama are there to guide the way. Turn racism into cash, victimhood and free stuff.
The Beast ! June 25, 2014 at 10:35 am
@ Mimi, What was racist ? She didn't get a job "THAT SHE FELT ENTITLED TOO" that's notRead More racism. So my 1st issue with you Mimi is that you need to read a book and understand what the meaning of Racism is !
3xcrazy June 27, 2014 at 09:23 am
Just curious. Which one of you smart @sses landed the job? Or better yet the credentials to beRead More considered?
Dr. Don Miyada. Photo courtesy the Newport Harbor High School Alumni Association.
Brainwashed_In_Church June 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm
I wouldn't have been surprised if he had given them the middle finger salute either: "ThanksRead More (for jacking my life) but No Thanks (for allowing me to be a publicity and show and tell object at your graduation so you can feel better and ease your parents' guilty conscience)."
Brainwashed_In_Church June 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm
I wouldn't have been surprised if he had given them the middle finger salute either: "ThanksRead More (for jacking my life in the 1940s) but No Thanks (for allowing me to be a publicity and show and tell object at your graduation so you can feel better and ease your parents' guilty conscience)."
Anna E Wooten June 21, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Wow what a wonderful opportunity, I am proud of you sir. Thank yoou for doing your part.
President Obama at the UC Irvine commencement ceremony. Photo credit: Pool photo.
eartha June 15, 2014 at 10:47 am
bread angel, how do you know I am not black? Oh that's right I am black and disagree I am justRead More another Uncle Tom..
Nicole June 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Bread angel, so since I'm a "racist" for disagreeing with Obama's policies, aren't you aRead More racist for disagreeing with McCain and Romney?...you know, because they are white? NEWS FLASH people have moved on from discriminating against race (for the most part).
Sallie June 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Can we get off the racist rant and on to the real issues here? We can't tell China how to run theirRead More country and stop their horrible greenhouse emissions since we owe them all our debt. There are so many things we need to clean up first (like bring jobs back to the US), and then we will be ABLE to demand cleaner air, water, etc.
ABCD team Zach Hill, Caleb Dodd, Advisor Andi Suter, Jackson Machesky and Dylan Chao. Courtesy photo.
InformedParent June 12, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Good for them! I wish them luck.
mOmO123 June 13, 2014 at 07:04 am
Good Luck Kiddos! Its nice to hear something good about the students going to Serrano for once
PortolaHillsParent June 16, 2014 at 09:21 am
Andi Suter is just one of the many great things about Serrano. Congratulations to her and theseRead More talented students.
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Brainwashed_In_Church June 11, 2014 at 10:57 am
"Never, under any circumstance, let someone who’s been drinking be a driver." I canRead More think of a circumstance. Two people, one who needs to be transported to a hospital in an emergency, the other had one beer 30 minutes ago. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, the person who had the beer shouldn't be a driver to drive the other person to the hospital.
Dan June 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Call an ambulance.
Donna Fleming June 12, 2014 at 10:24 am
The kids are excited and distracted in a car on the way to grad night or a prom, texting, or justRead More fooling around and accidents happen. Driunking makes it worse. Funerals for young people are unbearably sad. Hire a limo, or a driver. Be safe.
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Kay Scuttlemaker June 11, 2014 at 07:35 pm
I love (most) teachers! That being said, I think this is a step in the right direction forRead More education reform here in California. I strongly believe that what we really need is a better way to evaluate teacher performance. I'd run it like a business using a multi-pronged evaluation approach: 1) self-evaluation (the best teachers will grade themselves more critically than the not-so-great ones), 2) student evaluations of their teachers, 3) peer evaluations, 4) parent evaluations (customer surveys!), and 5) evaluations by superiors. The best teachers not only keep their jobs but should be compensated appropriately. I'm all for merit-based pay and with such a comprehensive approach to evaluating performance the margin for error would be low. Alex Caputo-Pearl's statement that this ruling is "an attack on teachers, which is a socially acceptable way to attack students" is total baloney. It's an attack on the teachers that shouldn't be teaching and that's it. Period.
Wolfman June 11, 2014 at 07:39 pm
all depends on what side of the fence you on on
Brainwashed_In_Church June 12, 2014 at 06:38 am
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-why-that-ruling-20140611-column.html#page=1
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Cielo Vista Elementary School in Rancho Santa Margarita. Patch file photos.
Paul May 21, 2014 at 10:09 am
If you can't appreciate skateboarding that is fine. If kids having fun on a curb angers you to theRead More point of feeling the need to assault, steal, or react with anything other than indifference, you should be looking within, not at children having fun outside a skate shop.
Penny Arévalo May 21, 2014 at 10:12 am
According to a spokeswoman at the District Attorney's office, it was the judge who dropped theRead More assault charge from a felony to a misdemeanor over the objections of the prosecution. The case is ongoing.
MFriedrich May 21, 2014 at 10:17 am
Skate park? Southern California has lots of them. Also, most cities have ordinances againstRead More skateboarding and bicycling on sidewalks without a helmet (under 18) because of the danger to pedestrians and to boarders themselves. Hammer was wrong to steal and assault. He should have just called the cops and had them issue citations. http://www.learntorideaskateboard.com/sk8law.php Either way, yes Mr. Hammer's a complete jerk. But let's stop pretending like nobody understands the frustration and danger of skateboarding on pedestrian sidewalks. Don't bother to warn skateboarders. When I see it, I just call the cops on non-emergency number with descriptions of the boarders. I then stick around to watch the cops arrive and have them get fined. It's very entertaining. Probably, but not quite, as much fun as launching one of their skateboards over a 9 foot wall.
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Capo Parent May 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm
ChristieD What is your understanding based on, rumors, innuendo, making BS up? Until you can citeRead More specific examples, why should anyone try to prove your rumors are nothing more then rumors?
ChristieD May 13, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Good point capo parent. This whole article is actually based on "he said she said" atRead More least at this point. I have asked because I received this information from a parent whose child left the school for this reason. So it is indeed not first hand knowledge. This is why I Am looking for either other validation or denial. The only quote given on a link to the school cited "what a God-send the school was." Perhaps the school might have picked another "quote," but alas, they did not. So again, a weigh in on this issue would be helpful...and if it's not true there is nothing to be worried about.
Elizabeth K May 28, 2014 at 02:43 pm
I don't understand how the teacher was an "idiot" for choosing this child. She went to aRead More rotation on soldiers who deserted the army. She was asked to pick a student who can speak in front of people. The teacher chooses a student that meets the qualifications. If the teacher had said "I can't pick that student because they are black for this particular role," wouldn't that have been racially profiling the student? She picked a student who was well spoken and whom she thought would do a good job in this role. She had faith in this student, giving him an opportunity to participate in this activity because he met the qualifications. If she had NOT chosen him because he was black, that would have been wrong. I've been to Riley's farm before. The teacher is usually given the title of the rotation (and sometimes the title is vague) and at the beginning the docent might ask the teacher for students to play a role that may involves speaking in front of the group. The students that are called should be students who are well spoken and eager to act in front of the group. Their race should not be a factor. It saddens me that in choosing a students that met the requested qualifications, this teacher is being criticized. Please note, I do not know this teacher, so if there are other facts about past behavior that are not being reported, I can not speak to those. I CAN however, speak to how Riley's Farm handles their field trips - it is an amazingly awesome experience.
Screenshot of Oxford Preparatory Academy's website.
Jaimie Crowder July 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm
I think OCMOM2 sounds very self- absorbed. Rather than consider how the school admin practices haveRead More adversely affected many children; how can we learn from those mistakes and improve the running of the school, OCMOM2 wants commenters to just be quiet so that her child can continue to thrive. I really don't think you do care about the children that have left OPA. My hopes is that all parties concerned can see the bigger picture here. Do you know why we teach children US history? ( or history in general). because unless we are aware and learn from history, the same mistakes will continue to be made or in some cases we learn what works. I see nothing wrong with a forum which allows a form of freedom of speech. And this forum has helped bring light to many issues that have been sitting in our communities. And I thank you Penny that you have this blog. It appears to me that there are some post from former or current OPA community and it feels to me they would like to just have a voice. So let that voice continue to flow.
OCMom2 July 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Jamie you hit the nail right in the head I am very self-absorbed, after all I live in south countyRead More and am a stepford mindless zombie.
OCMom2 July 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Opps with teal colored lens
The entries from Orange County School of the Arts in the Vans design contest. Photo courtesy of Vans.
djschristensen3 April 27, 2014 at 06:59 am
awesome shoes. where can I get my paper with one of those designs?
djschristensen3 April 27, 2014 at 07:00 am
pair not paper. darn spell check.
For the Dogs April 28, 2014 at 09:02 am
Super
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shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Dawn, "Provides a supplemental grant equal to 20 percent of the adjusted base grant forRead More targeted disadvantaged students. Targeted students are those classified as English learners (EL), eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal (FRPM), foster youth, or any combination of these factors (unduplicated count)."
shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Dawn, And what you do not know is there are many people who volunteer and give to schools that areRead More in need even though their kids go to a different schools, or they have not kids in their local school. It is called a community.
shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Dawn, Dawn, And what you do not know is there are many people who volunteer and give to schools thatRead More are in need even though their kids go to a different schools, or they do not have kids in school. It is called a community.
A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
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shelly March 22, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Mike T. Most students at UCI are US citizens. Almost all U.S.A. citizens are descendants ofRead More immigrants except for Native Americans.
Nancy March 22, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Mike T, are those "White Americans" possibly German Americans, Irish Americans, or ??Read More Would you venture to guess how many of the Asian American students don't speak a word of Chinese? Perhaps half or more? Koreans, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese (to name a few) don't speak Chinese. Please tell me you knew this already. Just like we might not speak Spanish, Portuguese, or French even though we're from the "Americas"-- yet those other languages dominate in eastern Canada, Latin America, and Brazil. There are large numbers of UCI students with Asian heritage (NOT nationality) in other southeast Asian countries who are not Chinese.
Shripathi Kamath March 22, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Nancy, shelly, Y'all need to speak Bircherese. 'Americans' does not include Asian Americans.Read More Because, LOOK AT THEM.
Garden Grove Unified, which operates Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, exited the list of districts in financial jeopardy. Patch file photo.
cheryl March 11, 2014 at 05:32 pm
If this is really the case why is just about every school in SVUSD still sending out donationRead More request letters stating "due to severe budget cuts" there is no money for this program?? They will never tell you the money is not going to the classroom it is going to pay pensions and salaries. I know, I know .....it is for the kids. Sure it is.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook March 11, 2014 at 05:35 pm
Saddleback & Capo School Districts homes pay a large percentage of taxes for much of OrangeRead More County.
UCI wants Pres. Obama to give this year's commencement address. Patch file photo.
GreenInOC February 19, 2014 at 11:22 am
@Donna Fleming, I hope you aren't saying that researching, reading and understanding history beyondRead More our own personal experiences is invalid. Jobs WERE plentiful. Manufacturing started moving overseas and continued to do so. In the late '90's and the early 00's is when white collar jobs started following suit. While your desire to blame President Obama for that is well communicated it is not a possibility.
fact checker February 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm
In fact, President Obama has advocated strongly for investing in infrastructure (which is what theRead More CCC and other programs set up after the depression did). The economic crisis caused your sons, difficulty. The private sector (mostly large corporations( have not done their job to help the recovery. They worship profits for the few over better opportunities for the rest of us.
Nancy February 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Donna, I am surprised that you believe the job-finding problems are a result of our most-immediateRead More president. Surely you must know that previous presidents (and congress) were instrumental in creating the legislation and lack of oversight that allowed jobs to be shipped abroad. And regarding the CCC: well now, you're sounding like a liberal...watch out! I think it would be fabulous to have a similar job force to work on our crumbling infrastructure. But you CAN'T do that if you cut government! The CCC didn't just spring up from volunteers; it was a government program. For the record, Obama has actually done a similar program. Have you noticed the freeway signs from the Obama administrations recovery act? This is both a job creator and a public safety win/win. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/summaryinfo.cfm
Six school districts in Orange County have been placed on the College Board's "AP Honor Roll."
Tom Thumb February 13, 2014 at 10:54 am
I rode my bike to work this morning, stopping at CSULB to get some breakfast. While havingRead More breakfast at a table surrounded by students, there were 5 sitting at the next table playing cards and talking in 'conversations'. One loud guy for 10 straight minutes only uttered one word phrases every 20 seconds the entire time while the others were talking wierdly. The one words he spoke, that I remember, were racism, Palin, Cheney, masterbation and lesbian. Were fully in the post-Westphalian era now.
Tom Thumb February 13, 2014 at 05:03 pm
I think I heard one of them listening to this song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5MWCnKeH2s
Don Schultz February 15, 2014 at 07:37 am
"The distinction means the districts are increasing access to AP classes while simultaneouslyRead More increasing the percentage of students earning passing scores of 3 or higher on the AP test" While this may be the "ideal scenario" as you call it, never ending improvement is hardly sustainable unless the rules of the game change which they will. The problem with your article is that its misleading, it leads the uninitiated reader to conclude that CUSD and LB some how came up short compared to the districts on the list. This is not true. Neither CUSD nor LB would trade their scores with ANY of those other districts because CUSD's and LB's record is better, just not improving as much as the others because they have less to improve upon. CUSD is among the top large districts in the state and LB is among the elite small districts. Both are constantly and consistently improving.
Patch photo credit Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime.
Brian February 12, 2014 at 09:21 am
What are the other school districts that have bans in place?
Penny Arévalo February 12, 2014 at 10:50 am
They didn't say. However, Capistrano Unified is not one of them.
Homer February 12, 2014 at 03:22 pm
According to the OCRegister, Capo did amend district policy last year to ban e-cigs. I have notRead More found a direct citation from CVUSD to confirm that position. SVUSD, Irvine and Laguna Beach are three of the districts in South-OC that have banned e-cigs.
Should teachers have a dress code? Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Sonny Morper January 19, 2014 at 09:40 am
As a principal, retired, for 28 years, "dress for success" is a good motto and the styleRead More should fit the classroom. Expect teachers on their feet all day to dress in comfortable shoes, tennis shoes, for P.E., for sure. The more business type look is more appealing but dressing like you are going to church is not necessary. Women's styles usually get the most attention over time. High heels, nylons and dress or skirts were the norm when I taught. Shorter skirts and pant suits soon became the style, men wore sport coats and always a tie. School administrators, including women, have generally maintained a more conservative business look,though suits have gone the way of cotton slacks particularly with middle and high school educators modeling spirit shirts and other school labeled clothing. Today, any teacher is general accepted when wearing less formal school clothes, in fact they seem to add to student school spirit when they do wear the school emblemed items. The sexy look of provocative clothes has no place in the school business, but the look is in the eye of the beholder and many times in the negotiated contract. Where today's cleavage look was out when I started teaching, today a sensible approach is to ask whether it detracts from ones ability to teach or administer with the greatest positive effect or is the " look" detracting from a great educator becoming exceptionally great. Tongues will wag among our adolescent youth with little provocation and certainly among their parents. Better to portray the competent, highly thought of professional educator who is working to make the school distinguished than known for unnecessary, unfortunate, and derisive behind the back comments that only bring contempt to the profession. The chances are better for success and higher performing schools when everyone dresses for success including students, parents who come to the school, and most important those who are there to educate. P.S. Leave the flip flops at home, everyone.
Carol January 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Perhaps the teacher need to wear school uniforms too?
nobody January 23, 2014 at 01:02 pm
lol CHK! The "former playboy bunny" middle school teacher will be happy with your idea!
Gov. Brown discussed his proposed state budget today. Patch file photo.
Bob Holtzclaw January 10, 2014 at 06:58 pm
Do we really need more money for schools or a different approach. Among 57 industrial countries theRead More United States placed 16th in science and 23rd in math. Finland was the number one country. Maybe we should study their educational system instead of spending more on a system that doesn't work.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Kevin McManus November 15, 2013 at 06:34 am
1. California is one of 7 states that is working to keep cursive. 2. The U.S. came in 24th in theRead More 2010 PISA tests. We can do better.
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Homer November 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm
Yes, there is more to CCSS than is being openly discussed. The local school districts are bracingRead More for the changes. Many believe that education funds will be withheld by the federal level if states do not fully adopt the standard. Yet, there are hidden costs that the states may ultimately be financially responsible. Some people are of the opinion that this measure serves only to globalize policies. That is, to break the ice in the process of lifting standards to the federal level and melding all national policies, with other countries, through the United Nations.
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MFriedrich November 1, 2013 at 01:58 pm
Congratulations are in order, I guess. We're officially East Germany. Good job Mom and Dad.
Homer November 1, 2013 at 04:36 pm
Punish juveniles for "behaving badly" and posting it on social media... What exactly is itRead More to "behave badly"? The digital media is often used to "behave" in a myriad of ways. Should teens be punished for what they post? No - not unless it is a direct threat of bodily harm, or continued harassment (bullying). Then again, what right does a private agency have to be snooping on the accounts of teenagers? We have law enforcement personnel who are assigned to that job.
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