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Officials cut the ribbon for Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy’s grand opening.
Officials cut the ribbon for Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy’s grand opening.
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria proclaims Sept. 27 to be Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy Day.
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria proclaims Sept. 27 to be Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy Day.
The Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, the first of its kind in Southern California, celebrated its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 27. The event kicked off with a dragon dance performance by the Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society, featuring Barnard students. In attendance were SDUSD superintendent Cindy Marten, Board of Education members Richard Barrera and Kevin Beiser, interim Mayor Todd Gloria, representatives from Kevin Faulconer’s office and representatives from county Supervisor Ron Robert’s office.

Sept. 27, 2013 was declared Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy day by the City of San Diego, the San Diego City Council and Roberts.

The newly established Barnard Asian Language Foundation received $34,000 in contributions from organizations around the world. The Japan Foundation awarded Barnard with $20,000 to launch the Japanese Language and Culture program. Other donations came from the San Diego Korean Parent Association, House of China, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), Better Chinese Publications and the Hom Family Foundation.

Barnard offers a Chinese Mandarin immersion program, with exploratory classes in Korean and Japanese language and culture. Additional languages, including Vietnamese and Tagalog, will be offered in the future.

The celebration concluded with a presentation of performances by the Chongching performing troupe from Chongching, China.

Mission Bay High School

• The next MBHS IB school tour is on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Meet principal Fred Hilgers, learn about the highly acclaimed International Baccalaureate Programme and tour the school.

• Mission Bay High School Homecoming is almost here! The Mission Bay High School Alumni Association will be hosting the seventh annual all-alumni Homecoming celebration on Friday, Oct.18, 3 p.m. This year’s event will include VIP tents on the end zone, $2 tacos donated by the PB Shore Club, BUC merchandise and prime end-zone seating for the game. MBHSAA will be hosting a silent auction. Those interested in sending a donation contact

• Writing Center and ACES: We have expanded our after-school Writing Center, and introducing the new MBHS ACES program. ACES, or After-school Center for Excellence and Support, will provide consistent academic support and will be open Monday through Thursday in the Mission Bay Library from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. providing assistance in English, history, math, science and special populations, including English language learners, special education, IB and art and access to technology resources. ACES will provide an array of holistic services, including social-emotional support, college readiness and self-advocacy through leadership-building seminars, workshops on health-related topics and access to school counselors. For more information, contact Mr. Lancia in room 342.

Pacific Beach Middle School

• Looking for a place to advertise your business? Purchase an ad in the PBMS yearbook. A yearbook ad is an ideal way to circulate your business name in our school community. Students and their families look over their cherished yearbooks repeatedly over the years and your ad will be a permanent reminder of your support of our Pacific Beach community schools. A yearbook ad reaches over 500 families while helping keep the price of the yearbook affordable for more students and families.

1/8 page (4¼ x 2 ¾) $40.00 (A little bit bigger than a regular business card)

1/4 page(4 ¼ x 5 ½) $75.00

1/2 page (8 ½ x 5 ½) $145.00

Contact yearbook volunteer and science teacher Don Wood for more information at

• Attention surfers! Do you know any middle schoolers who like to surf? The PB Locals Surf Club and Team welcome all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who live or attend school in Pacific Beach to join. Practices are held on Mondays, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Kathy Miller Gray at for more information.

Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy

• Korean Alphabet Day, known as Hangul Day in South Korea, is a national Korean commemorative day marking the invention and the proclamation of the Korean alphabet by King Sejong the Great. It is observed on Oct. 9 in South Korea.

• Barnard Elementary will be celebrating Hangul Day on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is sponsored by IKEN (International Korean Educators Network).

Hangul Day Itinerary:

10 a.m.: Introduction/guest speaker

10:30: stations (each classroom has a different Hangul learning activity)

Noon: lunch

12:45 p.m.: outdoor activities (games, learning K-pop [South Korean pop music] choreography)

1:15 p.m.: K-pop flash mob dance performance, fashion show

Crown Point Junior Music Academy

• On Oct. 7, the CPJMA PTO launched their Popcorn fundraiser. Students will be selling various flavors of gourmet popcorn.

• Classics for Kids teacher training will be held in the auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Teachers will take a two-hour course to qualify for a field trip to the Classics for Children.

Kate Sessions Elementary School

• Kate Sessions PTO Craft Fair, Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters, reserve your space now. Handmade items only, with 10x10 booths going for $40 before Oct. 15 ($50 after Oct. 15). Email

• Kate Sessions would like to welcome to the family our new staff members: Jackie Lewis (school clerk), Nancy Crocker (elementary school assistant), Ashley Bruce (grade 2/3 teacher) and Kim Lee (long-term substitute teacher for Mrs. Solis).

• Thanks to our Kate Sessions families, Kona Ice, Chupa Cabras and Kato Sushi for making the first Sessions Family Dine Out on Sept. 18 a huge success. We raised $472.

Pacific Beach Elementary School

• Thank you to everyone who helped make our back-to-school Penguin Pride night a success! Kids enjoyed playing games, painting tiles, eating hotdogs and nachos and so many kids won treats at the fabulous cake walk.

• Join us at Chipotle at 1504 Garnet Ave. on Oct. 17 for a PBE Family Fun Night. Chipotle is donating a portion of the proceeds back to the school. Support PBE and enjoy a dinner out with friends and family.

• The PBE Contributions Drive runs until Oct. 25. Donate online at

Pacific Beach Neighborhood Schools

Save the date for the Pacific Beach Neighborhood Schools Fair! Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Mission Bay High School campus. Pacific Beach schools have made great changes in recent years now offering a wide variety of program choices, including International Baccalaureate Programme, a Mandarin-immersion magnet and a Junior Music Academy magnet. Join local families and discover the opportunities offered in our schools. Listen to students play their music, enjoy delicious food and play fun games. School principals and staff will be presenting information and answering questions.

Mission Bay High School Alumni Association

It is the goal of the MBHSAA to help fill the “funding gap” with the needs of the school and help Mission Bay High School achieve the highest level of academic excellence. A few of the MBHSAA recent accomplishments include: bass fish tanks for Marine Biology Department; fans for new Charger Weight Room; historic logo murals; Teacher Appreciation Week; and the Alumni Excellence Lecture Series featuring Dr. Richard Schrock, the 1963 Nobel Prize recipient in chemistry. The MBHSAA has been successful in collecting thousands of alumni names and contact information through the help of volunteers and the establishment of its popular website,, and Facebook page,

Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools (FOPBSS)

Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools is a joint parent-teacher organization 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation for both Pacific Beach Middle School and Mission Bay High School. The FOPBSS Board of Directors consists of teachers, principals and parents from both schools. Its mission is to foster an environment of excellence in education and student activities. The next FOPBSS meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m., PBMS library.

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