School Notes

Ensign Construction Update

The Ensign Intermediate School Drop-Off Lot construction plan will be discussed in a Zoom Thought Exchange review on Wednesday, May 27 from 6-7 p.m. 

The meeting will include an overview of the current construction plan and an opportunity for public input. 

The link to join is


NMUSD has contracted with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment to broadcast its high school graduation ceremonies the week of June 15.

The Class of 2020 ceremony broadcasts will include a live broadcast of the master of ceremonies, guest speakers, a personalized photo/video montage of our graduating seniors, and presentation of diplomas. Students also will get a virtual copy of the ceremony as a keepsake of the graduation experience. 

Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment has worked with sports organizations and brands including the NFL, NHL, NCAA and NBA. They recently broadcasted the 2020 NFL Draft and the University of Southern California 2020 commencement ceremony.

2020/21 School Year Start

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has confirmed Monday, Aug. 24 as the start of the 2020-21 school year. The District continues to work with the challenges of reopening schools due to coronavirus issues and has noted that guidance is being developed at the national, state and county levels.

Math Curriculum 

High school math instructional materials have been presented for community review prior to adoption. According to NMUSD the textbooks have been certified as being aligned with State Board of Education adopted content Standards

The Illustrative Mathematics (IM) high school materials are available through three IM certified publishers. 

According to the District website, “IM Certified curricula are rich, engaging core programs built around focus, coherence, and rigor. The curricula are trusted, expert-authored materials developed to equip all students to thrive in mathematics.

“IM Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 are problem-based core curricula rooted in content and practice standards to foster learning and achievement for all. Students learn by doing math, solving problems in mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language. 

“IM Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 lessons are designed with a focus on independent, group, and whole-class instruction, building mathematical understanding and fluency with all students.”

The review of the materials will close on Monday, June 8 at 5 p.m. 

Questions or concerns may be directed to John C. Drake, Director of K12 Curriculum & Instruction at 714.424.7533 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..