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Corona del Mar High School named as California Distinguished School by state Department of Education

Corona del Mar High School was one of two Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools to be named a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. CdM and Estancia High School in Costa Mesa join 38 other OC secondary schools among the 293 schools selected statewide.

The Distinguished Schools Program recognizes elementary and secondary schools in alternate years.

NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Wesley Smith said, “We’re incredibly proud of their well-deserved recognition. Their dedication and hard work exemplify the spirit of excellence within our district. While celebrating their success, let us also acknowledge the outstanding contributions of all our schools, each playing a vital role in shaping the future of our students.”

CdMHS has focused on collaboration, best first instruction and a commitment to daily meaningful engagement, according to the district. The focus has been on creating an environment where all students feel comfortable sharing their voices and expanding peer-led learning opportunities. The school supports relationship building through its rich offering of extracurricular activities and programs. This is the fourth time Corona del Mar has earned the distinction.

“Receiving the recognition as a CA Distinguished school is verification of the tremendous work of our classified and certificated staff who strive to provide the best educational experience for our students and community. Additionally, this award is a testimony to the level of student achievement throughout our entire school,” said CdM Principal Dr. Jake Haley.

Both schools will be celebrated at a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim in May.

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Let the good times roll! Certainly after much anticipation following the Pyle family’s purchase, the Balboa Fun Zone Arcade will celebrate its grand opening next Friday, March 15 from 5-11 p.m. The details include prizes, music, food, drinks and guest appearances.

The Balboa Fun Zone Arcade is located at 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa.

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Parents in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District are invited to an important, engaging session on “Raising Responsible Digital Citizens: Focus on AI.” Join NMUSD Ed Tech and guest speaker Joe Marquez to explore how students and parents alike can use artificial intelligence responsibly and effectively.

The session, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m., will provide valuable insights and answer your questions about navigating the ever-evolving world of AI in education and daily life. If you would like to submit questions ahead of time, copy/paste this link into a web browser: https://bit.ly/nmusd31324.

To register for the Zoom session, go here.

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If you receive regular updates from the Newport Beach Police Department and have not switched over to their new system (from Nixle to Newport Notified), please be advised that by April 12 the Nixle alerts will no longer exist.

The updates offer crime alerts, traffic advisories, community updates and emergency notifications.

If you want to sign up, you may do so here.

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There goes the neighborhood! According to the Robb Report, Hollywood actor and comedian David Spade has purchased a $9.5 million Cameo Highlands home in Corona del Mar.

The single-story four bedroom, 4.5 bath, 3,800-sq.-ft. new build was designed by local architect Mark Teale and built on spec by developer Nicholson Companies.

One of my faves, Brenda McCroskey from Compass, held the listing, while Stuart Vetterick of Hilton & Hyland repped the buyer side.

Welcome to town David. Give my people a call if we can help to show you around.

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We have “asks out” to the announced Newport Beach City Council candidates to update the community on planned fundraisers so that residents can meet them and find out more about planned policy ideas.

The first up is Nancy Scarbrough who is running for the District 2 seat being vacated by a termed-out Brad Avery.

Nancy will hold a fundraising reception at VEA Newport Beach on Thursday, March 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP here.

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Get ready for those late sunsets and seemingly longer days! This weekend is Daylight Savings Time. And, as I was taught when I was young, spring forward – fall back.

That means, when you go to bed Saturday night, clocks that aren’t automatically updated by technology should be turned forward one hour.

Perhaps on Sunday, you’ll want to get that BBQ cleaned up and get the grill going again as we head into summer.



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