• This year’s spring concert will be held on May 29 at 7 p.m. to showcase all the bands in the program and the music unique to each. There will be baked goods and refreshments for sale in the foyer to support the program. From classics to popular music, we‘ll have you tapping your feet to the multifaceted beat.
• This year, there are 28 candidates going for the full IB diploma at Mission Bay High. These extraordinary Mission Bay High School seniors have not only reached the demanding requirements of the internationally challenging coursework but have also completed a 4,000-word analysis paper (extended essay) and performed more than 150 hours of action and service. A full diploma candidate is the student who has decided to “run the marathon” or “get their black belt.” These MBHS students have been rewarded with entrance into some of the finest universities in the nation, including Princeton, NYU (New York University), Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Carleton College, Tufts University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSD, UC Davis, USD and many others. Congratulations to all the Mission Bay High School seniors and to the International Baccalaureate full IB diploma candidates. Their hard work has set them on an exciting path for success beyond high school.
PACIFIC BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL
• Congratulations to the PBMS Mathletes Math Team for placing fifth overall at the San Diego County Math Field Day on May 10 at Westview High School. Mathletes coordinator Laura Daly said that “after diligently practicing for several months, the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders brought home many ribbons, and all had a great time.”
• Congratulations to the PBMS Music Department for another impressive year. On May 17, the PBMS concert band and orchestra competed at the Music in the Parks Festival. Both groups received straight “excellent” ratings. Director John O’Donnell said “both groups performed brilliantly.”
• The PBMS IB Music Department has several concerts coming up in June. The strings concert is June 4 at 6 p.m. The band concert is June 5 at 6 p.m. Both concerts will be in the PBMS auditorium and will showcase their accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year.
PACIFIC BEACH ELEMENTARY
• Congratulations goes out to Dave Sandler’s class that had two groups of his fourth- and fifth-grade students place first and second in this year’s Stock Market Game Program put on by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). First-place winners were Reid Cain, Luke Scherrer and Zachary Welch; second-place winners were Maya Jessee and Martina Antoninetti. The students went to an awards ceremony on May 19 at San Diego City College put on by SIFMA.
• Another round of kudos goes to The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Frosty Band that won third place in a talent competition on May 17, put on by The Old Mission Rotary to raise money for The Thousand Smiles Foundation. Band members include fifth-graders Noah Kapchinske and Kory Watson, and sixth-graders at PBMS, Evan Sandler, Drew Tolley and Piatt Pund. Thanks to band manager Dave Sandler and band roadie Jason Kapchinske and band filmmaker Andy Tolley.
FRIENDS OF PB SECONDARY SCHOOLS
• Parents’ Night Out! will celebrate another school year coming to an end with yummy food and drink at Turquoise Cellars (5026 Cass St.) on Saturday, June 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit Mission Bay High School and Pacific Beach Middle School. For more information, contact ewills@-sdhumane.org.
• Thanks to everyone who helped make our local schools even better. Listed below are some of our major endeavors and funded enhancements: supplies for art, science, technology, English, drama, library, sports, office supplies, teacher-appreciation treats, Missoula Children’s Theatre, assemblies for anti-bullying and healthy lifestyles, open-house dinners, memberships to National Honor Society and National Scholastic Association, awards programs and video equipment. Our major fundraising events were the School Yard Dash 5K, Contributions Drive, Family Night Fundraisers, Taste of North PB and the Beachfest Duckie Race. Finally, we provided $10,000 in matching funds for the MBHS weight-room renovation funded by the Chargers Foundation.
• Students, get in shape with Futures Fitness Programs. Take advantage of a great group workout opportunity for older students this summer from 8 to 10 a.m. from June 23 to Aug. 1 at De Anza Cove, led by our own School Yard Dash organizers Pete Hess and Eric Marenburg, who are also NCAA track coaches. The sessions will be for seventh- through twelfth-graders, group sessions. Come when you can, five sessions for $125, 10 sessions for $199 and an all-summer pass for $299. Register at www.hpmovement.com.
MISSION BAY CLUSTER OF SCHOOLS
The last Mission Bay Cluster meeting of the 2013-14 school year will be Thursday, June 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Mission Bay High School in the library. The agenda will include a panel discussion with a group of MBHS seniors sharing their experiences at Mission Bay High School. The discussion will be moderated by a graduate of MBHS and will include time for Q&A. Take the opportunity to hear about the success, struggles and rewards of high school straight from the students themselves. The MB Cluster will also hold elections for new officers and discuss the LCAP and how it affects funding at the MB Cluster schools.