• Ninth- and tenth-grade history classes are participating in a student art and research showcase honoring World War II veterans from May 24-26 at the Balboa Veterans Museum. The main event will be on Saturday, May 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in partnership with 91X and Lowes.
• The Jazz on the Green concert takes place Saturday, May 17 from noon to 3 pm. Jazz on the Green brings the community together to enjoy fine food and music under the trees of Mission Bay High’s quad area. This annual event will feature the sounds of the Preservationists, jazz ensemble and swing choir of Mission Bay High. Jazz on the Green is family friendly and will feature activities for children. $10.
• The “May Show” Spring Concert takes place Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. This year’s spring concert will showcase all the bands in the MBHS music program playing music from the classics to popular tunes. $5. For more information on the music program of Mission Bay High School, visit www.missionbaymusic.com.
PB MIDDLE SCHOOL
• The Pacific Beach Middle School concert band and orchestra participated in the CMEA Band and Orchestra Festival on May 2, and both received unanimous “excellent” ratings. A big thank you goes out to the hard-working students and their director and IB educator, John O’Donnell.
• The Pacific Beach Middle’s award-winning Garden to Café program is featured on Channel 4’s “Salute to Education.” The original show aired May 4, but you can catch the show at www.4sd.com. Thank you to Mrs. Kaufman, PB Middle Garden Club advisor and school garden coordinator. If you have gardening experience and extra time and want to sign up to be a regular PB Middle garden volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Congratulations to Guadalupe, Sophie and Myka, who all received an award for the “Writing for Literacy” Library Essay Contest. Guadalupe was a semi-finalist and was invited to attend the grand awards program at the new downtown Central Library.
• PB Middle IB World School won a trophy for best scene at the Shakespeare Festival in Balboa Park on May 3. Eight PBMS students (Sophie Adams, Vance Allan, Nicholas Archer, Ryleigh Maple, Whitney Marshall, Nina Morch, Sophie Reich and Emma Rodriguez) — with the assistance of their history and art teacher Mrs. Liebke and music teacher Mr. O’Donnell — performed a scene at the festival in Balboa Park. For more, visit www.sandiegoshakespearesociety.org/festival.
PACIFIC BEACH ELEMENTARY
• Thursday, May 15: celebration of education and art/open house at 5 p.m. Enjoy the student art exhibit in the auditorium and visit classrooms.
• Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Woodstock’s Family Fun Night from 3 to 7 p.m.
• Friday, May 23: The 25th annual Variety Show at 6:30 p.m.
• PBE thanks ELAC families and volunteers for hosting another great Cinco de Mayo event celebrated on May 7.
• School registration continues for enrolling new students for next school year in the office daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
KATE SESSIONS ELEMENTARY
Our fifth-grade students completed their IB PYP exhibitions. Students work in partnership with a small group of their peers and a faculty mentor to complete independent research, prepare a visual display and prepare an oral presentation demonstrating their learning to the whole school and to members of the community. The students are required to participate in a collaborative, trans-disciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues. This year, students researched topics like children’s issues and rights, health issues, war and disappearance of the bees, to name a few.
FRIENDS OF PB SECONDARY SCHOOLS
• Friends of PB Secondary Schools’ School Yard Dash 5K was a runaway hit with nearly 350 runners and walkers. Held on April 26 at De Anza Cove, the event featured running and walking events, a vendor fair, student bands, YMCA activities and a delicious brunch. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and volunteers who made our first run a smashing success. Congratulations to the top male/female finishers in the School Yard Dash: Aaron Batiste and Lori Baechli (adult category); Jacob Cayetano and Alex Briski (high school); Blake Edmunds and Rory Knight (middle school); Harold Gildehaus and Retta Karpinski (elementary school). Results for all finishers can be viewed at www.schoolyard-dash.org under the “Results” tab.
• Teens, get in shape or stay in shape with Futures Fitness programs. Take advantage of a great group workout opportunity for teens this summer from 8 to 10 a.m., June 23 –Aug. 1 at De Anza Cove. This is led by School Yard Dash organizers Pete Hess and Eric Marenburg, NCAA track coaches. The group sessions will be for seventh- through 12th-graders. Five sessions for $125, 10 sessions for $199 and an all-summer pass for $299. Register at hpmovement.com.