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District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

When: Tuesday December 8, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Online Zoom meeting

Zoom Meeting Link 

Telephone: (714) 424-8984

Agenda

6:30 PM:  Welcome and Approval of November 18 minutes

6:40 PM:  Input on English Learner Program

7:55 PM:  Announcements / Evaluations

8:00 PM:  Adjournment

Posted 12/2/20

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD), in partnership with Vital Link OC, presented its first Virtual College and Career Night. The event was open to all 7-12 grade students and families who had the opportunity to engage with representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities throughout the United States and internationally. The event also included career booths representing a variety of high-demand industry sectors, military, Regional Occupational Programs (ROP), and business and industry partners 

There were more than 1,000 participants in virtual attendance who were also able to participate in live breakout sessions to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 

“While we missed seeing everyone in person, we love that the virtual college and career night resources will be accessible throughout the school year,” said Director of College and Career, Michael Vossen. 

Watch this short video tutorial/breve tutorial en vídeo or follow the instructions listed below to access the Virtual College and Career Night. 

If you’re accessing the event platform for the first time and you did not register for the live virtual event, you’ll need to follow the access instructions listed below:

  • Complete Registration:

    • Desktop: Visit the Virtual College and Career Night
      Mobile Device: Download the Vital Link OC App (available on the Apple Store or Google Play Store). Note: Your login is the same regardless of which platform you use (Desktop/Mobile App)
      Students: complete your registration or update your account with your personal email, not your school email so that college representatives can communicate with you regarding any inquiries or follow up request 

  • Enter VLNMUSD2020 for the event access code

For more information please visit the College and Career Night website or call the college and career office at 714-424-5044.

Posted 11/30/20

CMMS HS Hybrid Schedule

Posted 11/28/20

As students continue with hybrid in-person learning, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) facility staff continue to make progress on construction projects at various schools. See below for the status of current projects and recently completed projects.. 

 


CORONA DEL MAR HIGH SCHOOL 

CdM Security Fence

Security Fence

The project consists of replacement of the existing six-foot chain-link fence along Mar Vista Drive and Vista Del Oro with a new, permanent eight-foot chain-link fence. Trees along this section will also be removed, however they will be replaced upon completion of construction. 

Additional enhancements include:

  • Installation of permanent fencing along the perimeter of the school. 
    • The front entrance to the high school, student parking lot (adjacent to the pool and Learning Resource Center(LRC)), and parts of the fencing near the baseball field/middle school entrance will have ornamental fencing, while other sections will remain chain-link.
  • Construction of new sidewalks throughout the campus to allow for pedestrian traffic within the interior and exterior of fence perimeter. 
  • Reconfiguration of the school bus pick-up/drop-off along Mar Vista Drive to allow construction of additional sidewalks.
  • Reconfiguration of the student parking lot near the pool and LRC for accessibility enhancements.
  • Construction of a new entry structure at the athletic entrance adjacent to the pool and LRC.

Completion is anticipated by the end of 2020.

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Sports Fields

The project consists of two lighted synthetic sports fields, one with a rubber track. It also includes bleachers and scoreboards as well as fencing, gates and pathways.

Completion anticipated by the end of 2020.

COSTA MESA HIGH SCHOOL 

Tennis Courts

Replacement of tennis court chain link fencing, including posts, footings and chain link mesh. New gates and concrete walkways, where necessary, for access. Resurfacing and restriping improvements as well as relocation of electrical to underground distribution.

Construction is underway and completion is anticipated by the end of 2020.

ENSIGN INTERMEDIATE

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Ensign Intermediate

Security Fence and Parking 

The project includes a variety of upgrades, including:

  • Replacement of temporary fencing with permanent fencing
  • Reconfiguration of the existing parking lot
  • Construction of an additional parking lot along Irvine Avenue to accommodate approximately 45 parking spaces
  • Construction of a new drop off zone at the front of the school. The drop off zone, as some have called the “banana lot”, includes a one-way drop-off/pick-up lane which minimizes traffic congestion on City streets, and approximately 20 parking spaces
  • Remodel of the front office to improve visibility and access 

Construction began in March 2020 and included the following additional enhancements:

  • Maintain the existing memorial tree in the entry plaza
  • Replace removed trees at a ratio of at least one-to-one
  • Create additional enhanced outdoor student gathering areas within the campus
  • Offer to plant additional trees and shrubs in the city right-of-way along Cliff Drive to help to shield parking lot view from nearby residents

Completion anticipated by the end of 2020.

ESTANCIA HIGH SCHOOL 

Tennis Courts

Replacement of tennis court chain link fencing, including posts, footings and chain link mesh. New gates and concrete walkways, where necessary, for access. Resurfacing and restriping improvements as well as relocation of electrical to underground distribution.

Construction is underway and completion is anticipated by the end of 2020.

Theatre

This project is currently completing the design phase and includes a new 350 seat theater, black box, lobby and support spaces. The design phase is anticipated to be complete in late 2020 when the documents will be submitted to the Division of State Architect, which approves major school construction projects. 

Ideally, a successful construction bidder will be identified in Summer 2021, and construction would continue through 2023. 

For more information please view the Estancia High School Theater Presentation from the November 17, 2020 NMUSD Board Meeting. A virtual community meeting is scheduled for December 3, 2020, visit the Estancia high school theatre virtual community meeting notice for additional information. 

NEWPORT HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL HOME ARTS

Project includes modernization of the existing courtyard in the middle of the Home Arts Building at Newport Harbor High School. This includes improvement in accessibility, drainage, landscaping as well as the kiln yard, equipment and roof structure.

The project is currently in the design phase.
Visit the Facility Project Webpage for additional information and updates on facility projects.

 

Posted 11/25/20

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Flu Vaccine Clinic

By Appointment Only

Wednesday December 2, 2020 8:30-11:30 am & 1:00-3:30 pm

Hope Clinic / Besst Center

2045 Meyer Place

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Call (949) 515-6725 to schedule your appointment.

Flu Vaccine Flyer (EN/SP)

Posted 11/24/20

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Newport-Mesa School Community,

As we approach Thanksgiving week and the holiday season I want to wish all of you and your family the best. It is important for all of us to take the time to rest and reflect on the most important things we can be thankful for. Especially during these difficult times it is more important to do this for each other and ourselves.

As you know, we have been urged to approach the holidays very differently by our state due the rise in positive cases throughout our country. Recently, guidance was issued for holiday gatherings that encourage us to celebrate within our own homes and avoid non-essential travel. The state also instituted a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am everyday until December 21. While all or some of these measures may affect our holiday plans and traditions, it is necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid further impact to our health care system, businesses and schools.

Now, more than ever, I encourage each of you to consider these state and county guidelines during the holiday season and to continue your diligence in following the health precautions, not only within our schools, but in the community. 

I know that our holidays will be different, but it does not mean it needs to be without connection and joy. Let’s look for ways to celebrate the holidays with those you love and care for with meaningful and deeper connections.

For more information on the guidance for holiday gatherings and travel I have added some links below.

For more information on the guidance for holiday gatherings and travel, visit the following links, Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission for Gatherings; Travel Advisory. 

I wish you all a safe, restful and grateful Thanksgiving.

Russell Lee Sung

Superintendent

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Posted 11/23/20

Sent of Behalf of the CMMS/HS PTSA

 

HIKARI - A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS at Tanaka Farms

Open Friday, November 27, 2020 through Sunday, January 10, 2021

REGISTRATION LINKS ARE NOW LIVE!  https://www.tanakafarms.com/hikari

 

Please Click: "Click here to redeem a Gift Card/ Promo Code"

Enter CMHS/MS Code:  "CostaMesaLights"

 

Please book your reservation by December 6, for any date/time Hikari is open, ECHS will receive $5 per vehicle.

 

Join us for a celebration filled with joy and light! Literally translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a mile of twinkling lights! As you drive through our 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors...even our sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! Plus, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have a very special visit from Santa, himself!

 

MONDAY-THURSDAY: $49 per vehicle*

FRIDAY-SUNDAY: $59 per vehicle*

 

First car enters at 5:30pm. Last car enters at 9pm.

 

*This event is priced PER VEHICLE with a maximum of 8 persons per vehicle. No limousines, buses, or passenger vans allowed. There is a 9 1/2 foot vehicle height clearance.

Posted 11/23/20

Costa Mesa High   Middle School Site-Specific COVID-19 Safety Plan

Posted 11/20/20

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Myla Candelario and Dr. Michael Tincup as special education coordinators. 

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Candelario and Dr. Tincup to our special education team; their experience and commitment to supporting staff in addressing student needs will be a strong addition to the work we are doing within the special education department,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services Dr. Sara Jocham.

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MYLA CANDELARIO, SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR 

Myla Candelario joins us from Capistrano Unified School District where she most recently served as coordinator of special education technology support. Prior to becoming a coordinator, she served as a program specialist and technology teacher. She has well rounded experience in the design and implementation of professional development training that maximize technologies to track and improve student outcomes.

Candelario received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Arts in Special Education from California State University, Long Beach. 

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DR. MICHAEL TINCUP, SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR 

With more than 20 years experience in education, Dr. Michael Tincup also joined NMUSD as special education coordinator. He most recently served as director of special education with Rowland Unified School District. 

Tincup began his career in education as a school psychologist and served as a program specialist and coordinator at various school districts, supporting elementary and secondary education. He is knowledgeable and has extensive experience in dispute resolution, mediation, implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and has a great understanding of mental health services. 

Tincup received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine; his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University; and his Doctorate of School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. 

Posted 11/17/20

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Orange County and 27 other counties were suddenly moved back to the most restrictive purple tier of California’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking system. State guidelines note that if a county falls back into the “purple tier”, schools that have already resumed in-person instruction prior to today are not required to close. 

Since all Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) schools have reopened for hybrid in-person instruction, our schools will remain open. Per current state guidelines, a school or District-wide closure will be based on circumstances of individual school and District-wide COVID-19 cases, and is not tied to the State’s 4-Tier system once schools have opened for in-person instruction. 

As a reminder, our District consults with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) to determine the extent of staff/student COVID-19 cases and possible school closures. For more information on the criteria for school closures please see the NMUSDSchool Reopening Plan (page 19).

Posted 11/16/20

Dear Mesa Families, 

 

Please see the attached flyers for the upcoming Emergency Food Distribution Event on 11/21 and the Career Speakers Series. 

 

Thank you, 

 

Mesa Administration

Posted 11/16/20

Posted 11/16/20

Hey Mesa Nation-

 

This is the Fundraiser Program you've been waiting for! Get a box from local farmers! 

Receive fresh, organic produce conveniently delivered right to your home while earning 10% back to Costa Mesa HS/MS!

 

COSTA MESA HS/MS IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH FARM FRESH TO YOU, A FAMILY FARM GROWING ORGANICALLY SINCE 1976, OFFERING OUR SCHOOL A HEALTHY WAY TO FUNDRAISE. 

CLICK HERE TO START RECEIVING DELIVERIES RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR! USE CODE: "MesaNation"

 

Here is a Fundraising Video to help you to sign-up & register:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gADy77FgXEs

SIGN UP IS SIMPLE. 

 

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE HERE OR CALL 800.796.6009

  • Check their Delivery Areas and Enter your Promo Code: MesaNation
  • Pick the Best Box for You. Select the Size, Delivery Frequency & Start Date. 

Customize Your Service: No Commitment. You can change your box type or delivery frequency to fit your needs.

 

Connect with Your Farm: Each delivery comes packed with news from your farmer, recipes and produce info. Come out to the farm for tours, harvest activities and more!

For any questions, email CONTACTUS@FARMFRESHTOYOU.COM  or www.FARMFRESHTOYOU.COM

 

CMMS/HS PTA

 

Posted 11/16/20

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To continue to follow our local and state guidelines, our Board of Education meeting will be a virtual meeting. Please see links below for access to Board Meeting live stream link and online form to submit public comments. 

November 17, 2020, NMUSD Board of Education Meeting:

  • Video Link (Meeting starts on November 17, 2020, at 6 pm)

Habrá interpretación al español a través del mismo enlace de Zoom

  • Public Comment may be submitted prior to the meeting via electronic submissions no later than Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by 9:00 a.m. via the following links: 

  • English: Public Comment Form

  • Spanish: Public Comment Form 

All sections must be filled out in order to be read as part of the Board Meeting.


The NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Below are the items that may be of specific interest:

 

Special Recognition

  • 12.a. Special Recognition – Vicki Snell
  • 12.b. Board's Distinguished Service Award to Dana Black
  • 12.c. Board's Distinguished Service Award to Martha Fluor

Report

  • 13.a. Report on Theater Project at Estancia High School

Consent Calendar

  • 16.b.2. Approve 2020-2021 School Plans for Student Achievement

  • 16.b.8. Approve Agreement Number 13025 with the Orange County Superintendent of Schools for Participation in the Inside the Outdoors Virtual Program for the 2020-21 School Year

 


Board Meeting Overview

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session. 

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session. 

  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections:  

  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold.  

  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.

  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.

  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law.  

  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.

Posted 11/16/20

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Human Relations Task Force is hosting a Student and Community Forum.  Please join us for the first of a series of community events to discuss topics of race and racism.  This will be a safe space open to parents, students, and community members.

When:  Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Where:  Virtual Zoom Meeting ID 97621411085

Please bring an open mind and any questions you may have.  This event is presented by the Human Relations Task Force whose mission is to educate not only students, but the larger community and to take a stand against bigotry and hate of all kinds.

Posted 11/15/20

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Posted 11/13/20

Important Information Regarding Spring Registration for Coastline Community College. 

 

Course offerings:


History of Rock Music

 

Career/Life Planning

 

See attached flyer.

 

 

 

Applying to Coastline Community College:

STEP 1

***IMPORTANT: BE SURE TO DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SPELLING AND INFORMATION YOU SUBMIT

  1. Go to www.coastline.edu
  2. Click on Apply Now
  3. Click on Create an Account (if you have never applied for community college in California.  Otherwise, Click on Login)
  4. Answer Questions
  5. You will Get an Application ID
  6. CONTINUE TO FILL Out several more pages
  7. After you verified accuracy of information, Click “Submit” button
  8. Within 24 hours, you will receive RECEIPT OF APPLICATION
  9. In about 3-business days, you will receive your LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE via e-mail with the following information:
  • Coastline Student ID# (this will start with a C), the ID you will use on your High School Release and on all your contacts with the school
  • Coastline Student Email Address
  • Access to MyCCC/MyCoast platform to enroll classes and more
  • Additional information such as steps to register, steps to become a successful student, etc.

Applying to Coastline Community College:

STEP 2

  1. Complete the SPECIAL PART-TIME HIGH SCHOOL RELEASE FORM
  2. Student ID = Coastline College Student ID (NOT your HS Student ID)
  3. Ensure all required signatures are provided (3 signatures – student, parent and principal or designee)
  4. Check for completeness of the form
  5. Turn in release form to your Counselor
Posted 11/12/20

Dear Mesa Families, 

 

Please see the attached flyers for information about SOY Youth Events and Activities! 

SOY is Now Open for Outdoor Activities

Posted 11/10/20

secondary students

Please see the video message from Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung, regarding the secondary school transition to hybrid in-person learning. 

(Español) Vea el mensaje de video del superintendente Russell Lee-Sung, sobre la transición de la escuela secundaria al aprendizaje híbrido en persona.

Posted 11/10/20

Please see below for the updated NMUSD School Reopening Plan. Visit the School Reopening Webpage for the latest updates. 

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Posted 11/6/20

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AGREEMENT REACHED WITH NEWPORT MESA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS FOR SECONDARY REOPENING 

We are pleased to announce that the District reached an agreement with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) the evening of November 2, primarily related to the reopening of our secondary schools for Level 2.  

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Employees will assist in disinfecting desks in their classrooms

  • Approval of the hybrid secondary instructional model 

    • Four days a week, full days with alternate cohorts 

    • Each class divided into two cohorts; students remain in their assigned cohorts and attend in-person classes on the days designated on their schedules; and students in either cohort may elect to participate in at-home learning

    • Daily live interaction of at least 15 minutes per class with at-home cohort 

    • Student support/intervention block of 30 minutes

    • One day a week Distance Learning (DL) for both cohorts, with teacher professional development and staff/department collaboration time 

    • School sites will vote to finalize their school schedules and will communicate specific schedules later this week

The District and NMFT will continue to negotiate items related to elementary schools for the 2020-2021 school year. 

REMINDER: Costa Mesa Middle and High School, Corona del Mar Middle and High School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Newport Harbor High School and TeWinkle Middle School will transition to hybrid in-person instruction on Monday, November 9, 2020. 

COVID DASHBOARD

In an effort to continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in our schools, a dashboard was created that states the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by school. The number listed includes staff and/or students within the past 14-day period. This information is updated daily. In the event of a positive case in our schools, as appropriate and under the direction of the Orange County Healthcare Agency, the school nurse, principal, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

Posted 11/4/20

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has a Student Board Member Program where a student from each of the high schools, and one from Cloud Campus, serve as student board members. Student board members share updates from their school at each NMUSD Board of Education meeting and have preferential voting responsibilities on student-related items.

The seven student board members serve as spokespersons for their school sites and zones. They are responsible for updating the Superintendent, District leadership, Board of Education, and community with information regarding student interests, activities, concerns, and ideas gathered from their general student populations. 

“Students’ input on decisions we make that directly impact their education and experiences at school is extremely valuable to us,” said NMUSD Board Vice President and current Student Board Member Program Liaison Karen Yesley. “Student perspective and observations of programs and decisions enhance our ability as a Board to provide relevant and purposeful student programs,” she said. 

Student Board Members are elected for one-year terms and are committed to:

  • Maintain good standing in their academics, active involvement in their school community, and with their social peers
  • Attend NMUSD Board meetings,which includes review of the agenda
  • Obtain training on the roles and responsibilities of a student board member, the Brown Act, Robert’s Rules of Order, ethics and other applicable board governance and community relations responsibilities
  • Attend the California School Board Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference 

“I want to give back to my school community, and ensure that students have the same great opportunities and experiences that I have had,” said Corona del Mar High School Student Board Member Troy Tsuboata. “I believe we must use our common ground to create long lasting positive change,” he said.

A formal selection process for student board members includes a submission of an application, resume, transcript, letters of recommendation, introductory video submission, and an interview with the NMUSD Board of Education.

Due to a unique school year, student board members have continually shared thoughts and ideas related to school reopening, student mental health supports, and how students are staying engaged, connected, while apart.

Posted 11/3/20

CMMS/HS Community, 

 

Please see the Zoom IDs below for the webinars tonight:

 

Monday, 11/2 @ 5:30 PM: Grades 7-9 ; Please click this URL to join. https://nmusd.zoom.us/s/94793505377

 

Monday, 11/2 @ 6:30 PM:  Grades 10-12; Please click this URL to join.https://nmusd.zoom.us/j/99652823385

 

See you tonight!

 

Mesa Administration

Posted 11/2/20

Virtual Parent Ed

Newport-Mesa community,

In partnership with Harbor Council PTA, join us for our Parent Education Series on Wednesday, November 4 at 6 pm. This session will focus on research based mindfulness tools and practices that can be used at home to help children grow into the best versions of themselves. These mindfulness strategies can easily be implemented into family's everyday routines to help promote a calmer and happier climate at home, which results in happier and healthier students in the classroom.

Link to join meeting: https://nmusd.zoom.us/j/94077844919

Questions: 714-424-5050 | scoley@nmusd.us 

For more information on upcoming sessions, please visit our Parent Education Series Website.

 

Posted 10/30/20

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Update: Breakfast will also be included in the grab-and-go meals at elementary schools beginning Monday, November 2, 2020.

Effective Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture has reinstated the waiver to school districts throughout the country that will allow Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) to resume serving free meals to all students without requiring a student ID or payment. As of now, this waiver will be in effect until December 31, 2020. 

NMUSD will continue to serve daily grab-and-go meals at all school sites except Ensign Intermediate and Corona del Mar Middle/High School, due to ongoing construction. Students from Ensign, Corona del Mar, or Cloud Campus may pick up grab-and-go meals from any other NMUSD school. Locations and serving times are subject to change.

Meals will be available for pick up Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Students can pick up meals from any school. As a reminder no paperwork is required; students do not need to be present; and meals must be consumed off-site.

Posted 10/30/20

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Newport-Mesa Community,

We continue to monitor the air quality in our area, which has been impacted by the nearby wildfires. It is anticipated that air quality will continue to fluctuate depending on the winds but the forecast indicates the air quality will continue to improve each day. 

Beginning Thursday, October 29, all preschool programs, elementary schools and special education (SDC) students will resume hybrid in-person instruction on campus. 

Depending on the level of air quality each day, certain outdoor activity may be limited or eliminated. 

We will keep you updated on any changes and thank you for your understanding as we make adjustments to continue instruction while mitigating impacts of the wildfires. 

 

Russell Lee-Sung

Superintendent

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Posted 10/28/20

 

 

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(The following information excludes Cloud Campus, and Special Day Class students) 

At their October 27th Board of Education meeting, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education took action to set dates for secondary schools to transition to hybrid in-person instruction. 

  • NOVEMBER 3, 2020 - BACK BAY/MONTE VISTA TRANSITIONS TO HYBRID IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

  • NOVEMBER 9, 2020 - SECONDARY SCHOOLS TRANSITION TO HYBRID IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

Costa Mesa Middle and High School, Corona del Mar Middle and High School, Ensign Intermediate School, Estancia High School, Newport Harbor High School and TeWinkle Middle School will transition to hybrid in-person instruction on November 9, 2020.

Early College High School - Early College High School will remain in distance learning until further notice due to challenges related to their alignment with the Coastline Community College system.   

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020: NON-STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL DAY  

To allow teachers time for professional development as they make final preparations to transition to hybrid in-person instruction, Friday, October 30, 2020 will be a non-instructional day for secondary students (this excludes Early College High School, Special Day Classes (7-12), Elementary (PK-6) and Cloud Campus). Due to this change, January 11, 2021 will be a student instructional day.

INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL - LEVEL 2  

The Board also approved a revised hybrid instructional model that addresses several areas that were needed to better support students in this challenging environment. The features of the revised hybrid model include:

  • Two cohorts to reduce the number of students on campus at one time by approximately 50%

  • Two days of in-person instruction, two days of at-home learning, and one half-day distance learning per week

  • During at-home learning days, students and teachers connect during the assigned period

  • At-home learning may include simultaneous, synchronous, asynchronous, and/or independent learning. This provides more frequent teacher-student contact focused on providing continuity of Instruction.

  • As needed, there will be an option to learn at-home every day while remaining at current school

  • Student support with teachers is included four days a week in the bell schedule

  • One half-day per week will be dedicated to ongoing teacher professional development and/or meeting time including strategies and practices specific to hybrid instruction

Further site-specific information about the instructional model, schedule and option to learn at-home will be shared by school administration.

Posted 10/28/20

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Newport-Mesa Community,

Based on the latest information regarding the wildfires and in anticipation of excessive smoke continuing in our area tomorrow, our schools will remain closed on October 28, 2020. Secondary special education (SDC) students will continue with instruction via distance learning on October 28, 2020. Since Wednesday, October 28 is a non-student day for elementary students they are not impacted by this. 

We are hopeful that the air quality will improve in the coming days and anticipate the return of our students and staff on Thursday, October 29. Confirmation of the return will be sent to parents tomorrow. 

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. We will continue to update you on any changes.  

 

Russell Lee-Sung 

Superintendent

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Posted 10/27/20

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Posted 10/26/20

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Earlier today a wildfire in the Santiago/Silverado Canyon area began early this morning and rapidly grew due to the high winds and dry conditions. Though we are not affected by the fire, the smoke has spread into our community, particularly in the Corona del Mar/Newport Beach areas, and affected many of our schools. 

Due to these conditions all Corona del Mar Zone elementary schools and SDC students at CdM High school and Middles schools initiated an early student dismissal during their morning session and cancelled in-person instruction for the afternoon. Our other schools less impacted by the smoke in the Newport Harbor, Costa Mesa and Estancia zones completed their morning cohort but also cancelled in-person instruction for the afternoon session. All schools continued to provide instruction via distance learning as much as possible due to this emergency.

I want to thank our teachers, staff, principals and parents who were impacted and for making quick adjustments in response to the smoke. We also hope that the fire will quickly be controlled by the Orange County Fire Authority and that all residents in the evacuation area remain safe. 

Based on the latest information regarding the wildfire and excessive smoke in our area, our schools, including elementary, special education SDC (preschool-adult), and state and tuition preschools will provide instruction via distance learning only on October 27. No in-person instruction will occur on campus tomorrow, October 27, 2020. Your student’s school principal or teacher will provide additional information to you. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding and further updates will be provided to you. 

Posted 10/26/20

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Earlier this month, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education took action to delay the secondary school (grades 7-12) transition to Level 2 - Hybrid in-person instruction in order to further assess the support structures for student learning while in-person and at-home within the Level 2 Hybrid model. This decision allowed an opportunity to review and enhance the instructional model to better support students under these challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic. 

PROPOSED DATES TO TRANSITION TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION 

At the upcoming board meeting on October 27, the District will recommend that all secondary schools (except Back Bay, Monte Vista and Early College High Schools) transition to Level 2 - Hybrid in-person instruction on November 9, 2020.  

The District will also recommend that Back Bay/Monte Vista High School transition to Level 2 - Hybrid in-person instruction one week earlier, on November 3, 2020. Early College High School will remain in distance learning due to the challenges related to the alignment with the Coastline Community College system.   

PROPOSED REVISED HYBRID MODEL 

In addition, a revised hybrid model for Level 2 will be recommended at the board meeting. Features of the revised hybrid model address concerns related to the frequency of student/teacher interaction, student support, and the ability to learn at-home while remaining at their current school. The recommended hybrid model will consist of:

  • Two cohorts to reduce the number of students on campus at one time by approximately 50%

  • Two days of in-person instruction, two days of at-home learning, and one half-day distance learning per week

  • During at-home learning days, students and teachers connect during the assigned period

  • At-home learning may include simultaneous, synchronous, asynchronous, and/or independent learning. This provides more frequent teacher-student contact focused on providing continuity of instruction. 

  • As needed, there will be an option to learn at-home every day while remaining at current school

  • Student support with teachers is included four days a week in the bell schedule 

  • One half-day per week will be dedicated to ongoing teacher professional development and/or meeting time including strategies and practices specific to hybrid instruction

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020: NON-STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL DAY  

If the start dates are approved as recommended, Friday, October 30, 2020 will be a non-instructional day for secondary students in order to allow teachers time for professional development as they make final preparations to transition to hybrid in-person instruction. No instruction will be provided on this day. (This excludes Early College High School, Special Day Classes (7-12), Elementary (PK-6) and Cloud Campus)  

HEPA AIR CLEANER FOR ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CLASSROOMS  

While High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) cleaners are not required for our classrooms, since we have fully functioning ventilation systems in our classrooms, the District will provide HEPA cleaners for all elementary and secondary classrooms. HEPA cleaners force air through a fine mesh that traps particles. This is an addition to our already enhanced ventilation practice that meets the state guidance, such as replacing and upgrading filters and increasing ventilation time before and after occupancy. 

Posted 10/22/20