Education Notebook
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Eric Flores, a seventh-grader at Pacific Beach Middle School, was the winner of the school spelling bee on Feb. 13. His championship word was “contemporaneous,” which he spelled with great confidence and no hesitation. Eric will now participate in the county spelling bee, which will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. If he is the champion of the county bee, he will move on to Washington D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee between May 26-June 1, 2013. Courtesy photo
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• Mission Bay High School's annual talent show, “Get Your Act Together!,” will be held on Friday, March 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the MBHS auditorium. There will be cash prizes and celebrity judges. Jen Smith, national longboard champion; Academy Award-nominated documentary artist Larisa Hall; and Jack Conca, affectionately known as “Mr. Frostie,” will cast their votes for the most original, polished, entertaining act. Come and see the crazy talented students of Mission Bay High! Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance in the school office or the night of the event.

• The Mission Bay High School Robotics Team (Team 4160) has completed a remote-controlled Frisbee-throwing, pyramid-climbing robot and will be participating in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in the Valley View Casino Arena between March 7-9. This is the second year Mission Bay High School will be competing in the FIRST Regional Competition. Thanks to sponsors FOPBSS (Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools), JC Penney and Qualcomm, FIRST, Luna Games and CCTE of SDUSD, the MBHS Robotics Team — after countless hours of work — has an outstanding competition robot and is looking forward to competing in March. A special thanks to Mr. Alex Cannon, robotics mentor and engineering teacher at MBHS, whose commitment and talents have inspired this year’s robotics team to create a versatile, aggressive, potentially award winning robot!

• Mission Bay High Open House is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Visit the classrooms and learn about the curriculum at Mission Bay High. The evening will begin with a short presentation in the auditorium.


• Students at Pacific Beach Middle School have grown enough organic lettuce in their school garden to feature it in the cafeteria’s salad bar. “The PBMS garden club will be supplying the cafeteria salad bar with fresh produce on Fridays, whenever there is something to harvest,” said library technician Sally Kaufman. “It looks like we’ll have enough to harvest for several weeks and maybe more.”

• College, Make it Happen! Join us for a presentation about preparing for college in the coming years during this event on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the media center.

• PB Middle School Tour is set for Thursday, March 7. Learn more about the prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme during this event at the media center. Sign in at the front office. For more information about Pacific Beach International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle School, visit


• March is Merchant Appreciation Month for the ongoing eSprip fundraiser. PBE officials would like to thank the local Vons (1702 Garnet Ave.) for its commitment to the school. This simple, efficient fundraiser helps the school as families do their shopping. The funds come back to the school and help fund the art and science garden programs. To learn more, visit

• Enrollment for the 2013-14 school year will begin March 4. Inquire in the office at 1234 Tourmaline St. between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Friends of PBE will have its monthly meeting on Wednesdaym, March 6 at 6 p.m. in room 9. All are welcome, childcare will be provided.


• Crown Point Jr. Music Academy’s 65th anniversary celebration is Friday, March 22 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed to make this event successful. If you can volunteer as a food handler, set up for the silent auction and carnival, break down and clean up, or playground supervision, email For more information, visit The event is open to the community.


The Auction Committee will host a Wine Pull Party at Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club, located at 2606 North Mission Bay Drive, on Saturday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. A bottle of wine per adult is the entry ticket. Admission for children is $5 includes pizza, drinks, s’mores and entertainment. There will be a 50/50 raffle and live music. An RSVP is required to attend the event. Respond by Friday, March 1 to Susan Fall at


The next Mission Bay Cluster meeting will be Thursday, March 7 AT 6 p.m. at Mission Bay High School. San Diego Unified School District’s Shawn Loescher will present Proposition Z information regarding College and Career Technical Education at MBHS. Come hear the latest budget news, updates on the task forces and learn how you can help make a difference in the MB Cluster.


The Taste of North PB Art and Restaurant Walk is slated for Wednesday, March 13. The fun event features art and music from PB Elementary, PB Middle and Mission Bay High, while guests enjoy tasty samples from 17 restaurants along Cass and Turquoise streets. Last year, this great event sold out, so buy your tickets now. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in school offices, Turquoise Animal Hospital, Java Earth Cafe, Leilani’s, Turquoise Coffee and Kathryn Miller’s chiropractic office.


Seaside Farmer’s Market is coming! The MBHS Alumni Association will celebrate the grand opening of the Seaside Farmer’s Market on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MBHS Grand Avenue student parking lot. There will be unique artisans, delicious food, produce and more to enjoy each and every Saturday. And best of all — 100% of the profits from weekly Saturday Seaside Farmer’s Market will benefit MBHS.

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