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May 18, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scores of donors offering thousands of dollars came forward Thursday so that gifted but impoverished kids could attend a UC Irvine summer program that had lost its scholarship money. Leonard Nimoy, famous for his role as Mr. Spock on the "Star Trek" television show, and his wife, Susan, pledged $10,000 and urged other foundations and donors to match that amount.
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April 26, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET
As part of a broad plan to give $25 million over several years to improve schools serving Irvine Ranch communities, Irvine Co. and the Donald Bren Foundation on Wednesday announced the first distribution of funds. For the 2001-02 school year, about $2.8 million will go to 52 schools as cash awards of $15,000 each to teachers and principals for outstanding work, and to two other education programs. Rich Elbaum, a spokesman for Irvine Co.
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April 11, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In preparing for the Orange County spelling bee this year, winner Marisa Choy devoured medical terms and names of mammals. She pored over names of colors and Spanish words. She scrutinized scientific terms and literary terms and words from myths and famous speeches. By sheer osmosis, she soaked up words as familiar as pump, pillbox and sundown and as obscure as phugoid, seiche and kamelaukion. But in the end it came down to one word: reticule. That's R-E-T-I-C-U-L-E. Never heard of it?
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April 7, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As security was tightened at a Tustin high school and a bomb squad combed a Garden Grove campus Friday, law enforcement officials said threats of violence at Orange County schools just keep coming. Since the shootings in Santee and neighboring El Cajon in San Diego County, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has investigated more than 60 school threats in south Orange County, said spokesman Steve Doan.
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March 15, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona today will officially unveil the department's ambitious plans to team deputies with teachers and administrators to gather intelligence on problem kids to prevent campus violence. Though the effort was conceived months ago, sheriff's officials said the latest round of school shootings--including the deadly violence in Santee last week--underscores the need for tighter security on campus.
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March 3, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Roberta Goodman's first-grade classroom at El Morro Elementary in Laguna Beach, the students' desks were laden Friday with favorite Dr. Seuss books. A Dr. Seuss birthday cake begged to be cut. On a clothesline hung paper hats like those in "The Cat in the Hat," labeled with examples of Seussian words: zizzer-zazzer-zuzz, zongywas, kerchoo, to name a few. Forty children from Goodman's and from Cheri David's first-grade classrooms listened intently to volunteer Jill Doran read Dr.
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February 14, 2001 | DAN ARRITT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Streak may come to an end after all. Principals from 63 Orange County high schools are scheduled to vote Thursday at Fountain Valley High on several league realignment plans for the 2002-06 cycle. Principals will vote on a list of 10 realignment proposals, narrowing the field to three. They will then vote again on only those three proposals. The top vote-getter, if it receives two-thirds of the principals' 63 votes, will be submitted to the Southern Section office for final approval.
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February 1, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first of two $20-million investments the county made in Edison International was paid off on schedule Wednesday, though it will be months before the fate of the second investment is known. County Treasurer John M.W. Moorlach, criticized by some for investing in the utility sector just as the state's energy crisis worsened, confirmed the payment and said the money would be in the county's account by midnight.
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February 1, 2001 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Schools in Orange County were awarded almost $20 million by the state for meeting their targets under the Academic Performance Index, according to figures released Wednesday. The allocations were posted on the Web site of the California Department of Education, which will distribute $227 million to 4,502 schools statewide--380 in Orange County.
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January 31, 2001 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal to add six weeks of classes to California middle schools appears to be meeting with little favor on Orange County campuses, with students moaning at the thought of losing precious summer days and educators saying it would disrupt families. "I agree that we need to do something with the middle schools," said Adele Heuer, principal of Pioneer Middle School in Tustin. "We either need more time or a lower class size. But my preference would be to see smaller classes.
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