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April 26, 2001
Middle school can be a perilous time for students whose test scores are down from elementary school: The stage can too easily be set for failure. In response, Gov. Gray Davis proposed in January to spend $1.45 billion over three years to extend the middle-school year. But many legislators balked at the cost of the governor's proposed six-week extension, saying they would rather provide more money for failing schools.
August 19, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Capistrano Unified School District's newest middle school is holding student registration for the 1997-98 school year. Las Flores Middle School invites parents to register their sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fred Newhart Middle School, 25001 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo. To register, students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and bring verification of immunizations and proof of residence.
November 21, 1997 | LISA ADDISON
The Tustin Unified School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting Saturday to review the design of a new middle school in Tustin Ranch. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room at Peters Canyon Elementary School, 26900 Peters Canyon Road. The new middle school, at Pioneer Road and Pioneer Way, will accommodate students in grades six through eight and is scheduled to open next fall. Information: (714) 730-7339.
October 5, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The transition from elementary school to middle school is for many students a pretty traumatic one. Sixth-graders often have to adjust to having more than one class per day and to meeting classmates who come from different neighborhoods and backgrounds. But a team of Cal State Northridge graduate students and their professor try to ease that pain with "Friendship Days," daylong workshops that share lessons with these students on conflict resolution and diversity.
October 26, 2000 | KATIE COOPER
Conservationists and parents attacked a plan before the Conejo Valley school board to use a portion of open space in Newbury Park for a fifth middle school. Open-space advocates Tuesday said the city of Thousand Oaks bought the 20-acre Rancho Potrero site, near the Dos Vientos subdivision, to keep it free from development.
January 2, 2007
Re "Reformers cite middle school needs," Dec. 26 As a former middle school home economics teacher, I found that even low-performing students -- girls and boys -- could enjoy and succeed in a cooking class. My students found cooking to be a fun way to learn about healthy eating, work as part of a team, master time management (preparing, eating and cleaning up, all before the bell rang), practice math while calculating cost per serving, employ a checklist to ensure that everything was left spanking clean and earn that sense of satisfaction that comes from creating a meal that tastes great.
February 16, 1999 | MILO PEINEMANN
With two weeks left to choose, parents of fifth- and sixth-graders will get a chance in the next few days to take a closer look at the district's three middle schools. The fall semester will begin the third year that Simi Valley parents will be allowed to choose whether their youngsters attend sixth grade at a middle school or at the local elementary school. While the curriculum is the same, some parents prefer the advanced social environment at a middle school.
May 13, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Life may become a little tougher for middle school students in Orange Unified School District next year. Administrators and parents at the four schools have banded together to stiffen graduation requirements and force failing students to face some consequences. "The leadership team of the middle schools is determined to improve the academic experience," said Fran Roney, principal of Cerro Villa Middle School.
Mesa View Middle School Principal Steven Wade Johnson died Thursday at his Tustin home, apparently of a heart attack. He was 44. Johnson was hired by Ocean View School District in August 1993 as principal of Mesa View. A year later, he assumed additional duties as the district's director of computer education. District officials said that Johnson, who had spent more than 20 years in education, loved his job and was respected by his peers and his students.
October 13, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Sergio Rodriguez had a simpler view of art before he helped paint a 125-foot-long mural at Christopher Columbus Middle School. "I thought drawing was just pencil and paper, but it's more than that," said the 13-year-old, who attends Columbus. "It's really putting your mind and hard work into it. You have to be precise." Sergio drew a flying car for a portion of the mural that depicts a future city.
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