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October 28, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the warm winds carried the scent of burning ceremonial sage through the air, American Indian Monica Arce raised her arms to the sky Wednesday, seeking permission from the forces of nature to use this canyon land for a school. Her prayers and blessings, which were later mixed with ceremonial songs, dance and the release of doves, were part of a special groundbreaking ceremony for the future Clarence Lobo Elementary School in the hills of San Clemente.
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October 13, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Seventh-grader Andrew Gazdecki isn't looking to use his skateboard to grind sidewalks. The 12-year-old wants to use his board to get to school, and he swears he'll wear a helmet. Officials of Shorecliffs Middle School have told him no. The rule is, skateboards are not allowed on campus. So Andrew began gathering signatures earlier this month in support of his request. He plans to deliver 148 names to his school principal today, along with a speech on self-sufficient transportation.
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October 13, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Seventh-grader Andrew Gazdecki isn't looking to use his skateboard to grind sidewalks. The 12-year-old wants to use his board to get to school, and he swears he'll wear a helmet. Officials of Shorecliffs Middle School have told him no. The rule is, skateboards are not allowed on campus. So Andrew began gathering signatures earlier this month in support of his request. He plans to deliver 148 names to his school principal today, along with a speech on self-sufficient transportation.
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January 14, 2000 | Eric C Sanitate, (949) 248-2152
Parents voiced their support for what would be the first charter school in the Capistrano Unified School District at a recent board of trustees meeting. Leaders of the Journey School Charter Project offered testimonies on the advantages of a charter program, such as freedom from education code restrictions. Franci Sassin, charter project coordinator, presented information on the proposed curriculum and staff of the school, which would open next fall if the trustees approve.
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October 23, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
With two new schools in the works for San Clemente and Aliso Viejo, officials of Capistrano Unified School District are asking for the community's help in naming the new campuses. One of them will be a sixth-through-eighth-grade middle school in San Clemente, next to Truman Benedict Elementary School. It is expected to be completed by September 1998. The other new school will serve kindergarten through fifth grades in Aliso Viejo.
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July 13, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council this week approved funds to build a long-awaited park near the 1,300 homes in the Marblehead development. The council voted unanimously to set aside $81,500 to hire a consultant to prepare site plans for the proposed four-acre Marblehead Inland Park and playing fields for the adjoining site of a future school.
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November 15, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
The county's fastest-growing school district broke ground this week on a middle school set to open in the fall of 1998. Capistrano Unified School District officials gathered Thursday at the site of the planned Bernice Ayer Middle School, named after the city's first schoolteacher. The district is the county's third-largest and has opened three schools this year alone. Ayer, who died in 1994, was hired by the city's founder, Ole Hanson, in 1925 to teach at the first school.
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September 28, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
An elementary school in a predominantly Latino area of the city has been awarded a five-year federal grant to develop a bilingual immersion program enabling students to become literate in both English and Spanish. Las Palmas Elementary School will receive about $172,000 for each year of the grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop the language program, which will be offered to students on a voluntary basis starting in the fall of 1993.
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February 13, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Tests performed in two portable classrooms plagued by strong odors, which reportedly made one teacher and dozens of students sick last year, have revealed no dangerous levels of toxins, officials told an emotionally charged gathering of parents this week. More than 50 parents attended the meeting at Truman Benedict Elementary School, conducted by Capistrano Unified School District officials. The tests, which can detect thousands of volatile organic chemicals, were conducted by Dr.
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December 20, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Capistrano Unified School District officials said Thursday that results of a third test conducted by the Orange County Health Care Agency on two portable classrooms at Truman Benedict Elementary School showed only a "minute" trace of a toxic chemical in the air of one of the classrooms. Tests were conducted last week for trichloroethane and benzyne, two chemicals that were detected earlier in the blood of teacher Kristen Schultz and an 11-year-old student.
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October 5, 1999
A school groundskeeper pleaded not guilty Monday to more than two dozen weapons violations in connection with a cache of guns found at his San Clemente home. Officers entered Jerry Peacock's home to determine whether he had stolen property from the Capistrano Unified School District. But an investigation into the 80 weapons that officials subsequently found in his home led prosecutors to file 27 weapons-related charges against him.
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November 15, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
The county's fastest-growing school district broke ground this week on a middle school set to open in the fall of 1998. Capistrano Unified School District officials gathered Thursday at the site of the planned Bernice Ayer Middle School, named after the city's first schoolteacher. The district is the county's third-largest and has opened three schools this year alone. Ayer, who died in 1994, was hired by the city's founder, Ole Hanson, in 1925 to teach at the first school.
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October 23, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kathy Oshima George is the principal of an elementary school where Japanese is taught to every student from kindergarten through sixth grade. But when students see George on campus at Concordia Elementary, they greet her in English, the only language she speaks. The third-generation Japanese American is scrambling now to learn a bit of her ancestors' language before leaving for Tokyo next month for a three-week program sponsored by the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program.
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February 18, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
For the past three years, Bertha Garcia-Tucker has dedicated herself to helping youngsters stay in school and stay out of gangs. As a counselor with Community Service Programs Inc., Garcia-Tucker, 50, works with city, school and police officials to inspire children who are at risk and offer them choices.
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January 17, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Disaster drills with a real-life feel to them will be the lessons learned today for students and staff at Clarence Lobo Elementary School. During the school's earthquake drill, school doors will be blocked, electricity will be lost, gas and water services will be assumed disrupted and all phone services and intercoms will be out throughout the school, just as they might be in a real disaster.
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October 23, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
With two new schools in the works for San Clemente and Aliso Viejo, officials of Capistrano Unified School District are asking for the community's help in naming the new campuses. One of them will be a sixth-through-eighth-grade middle school in San Clemente, next to Truman Benedict Elementary School. It is expected to be completed by September 1998. The other new school will serve kindergarten through fifth grades in Aliso Viejo.
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April 10, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
At the urging of educators and parents, the City Council this week voted to pay for crossing guards at busy intersections near two schools. The council unanimously approved a plan for the next school year that will provide paid crossing guards at Camino Vera Cruz and Sarmentoso near Truman Benedict Elementary School and El Camino Real and El Portal near Las Palmas Elementary School.
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April 23, 1992 | LEN HALL
Earth Day, said 13-year-old Neil Anderson on Wednesday, is about saving the planet. "If we don't, for me and all the kids today, we'll be living in places where you can't see two feet in front of you because of the smog," said Neil, an eighth-grader at Shorecliffs Junior High School. He was one of 300 pupils from San Clemente area schools who gathered at San Gorgonio Park to plant trees in honor of the 24th Earth Day and upcoming Arbor Day celebrations.
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