- Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools Auction and Fundraiser will take place 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Soledad Club. It will be an evening of community building PB-style with laughter, dinner, drinks, and dancing to support kids at Pacific Beach Middle and Mission Bay High schools. With DJ Artistic in the house, it will be a night to remember. FOPBSS – emphasizing the “fun” in fundraising. Tickets on sale at friendsofkatesessions.schoolauction.net.
Mission Bay High
- The nationally renowned Mission Bay High School Music Program will hold its eighth annual Jazz on the Green 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at MBHS. This music festival is open to the public and will feature the school's award-winning jazz ensembles with some guest musicians including Leonard Patton on vocals, Derek Cannon on trumpet, and Charlie Chavez on congas and percussion.
The schedule includes the MBHS Swing Choir (with Patton) at 6 p.m., Preservationists (with Cannon) at 6:30 p.m., and the Mambo Orchestra (with Chavez) at 7:15 p.m. The Gypsy Jazz Quartet will perform between each group. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and families are encouraged to bring their own seating and blankets. Food from Tacos El Unico will be availble. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/children or $20 for a seat at one of the VIP tables. All ticket sales support the music program at Mission Bay High. Tickets may be purchased the day of the concert or at missionbaymusic.com.
- The Preservationists recently visited New Orleans to soak in the music, culture, and wisdom found in the birthplace of jazz. This one-of-a-kind atmosphere inspired the current crop of Mission Bay Preservationists to outdo themselves with every performance.
This was the fourth time that music director Jean-Paul Balmat led the Preservationists to New Orleans. Current Preservationists include band leader and senior Jake Halvin on percussion, freshman Connor Gilbert on bass, sophomore Paolo Roque on piano, junior Carlos Delgado on guitar, junior Nicholas Archer on trumpet, sophomore Loic Delattre on saxophone, junior Taylor Kavieff on flute and clarinet, freshman Ethan McKinley on trombone, sophomore Piatt Pund on violin and vocals, sophomore Josie LaValle on vocals, and junior Madeline Lynch on vocals.
Pacific Beach Middle
- More than 200 students presented their International Baccalaureate eighth grade community projects at the PBMS IB Student Showcase Night. Projects ranged from local to global issues such as water pollution, volleyball courts for DeAnza Cove, study of native and invasive plant species in Rose Canyon, caring for animals at local shelters, importance of planting trees, homeless hand-outs versus hand-ups, child labor and human trafficking, diversity awareness, bullying prevention, tools for academic success, safe schools, safer pedestrian and bicycle routes, elder-care, and more.
- One team held an art auction with their advisor Mr. Swigart. They raised $278 for the Humane Society’s PAWS organization. Another team held a Jetty Kids FunRun to raise money for Jetty Kids Foundation’s free surf-contests. Ashley Hensen, ASB advisor, was recognized for her support of a “We Day” projects such as “We Care” and “We Stand Up” at the We Day Celebration of Service in Los Angeles. Two projects were also featured at the Civics Showcase at the Town and Country Hotel and other projects will be shared with beautifulPB in support of eco-district initiatives.
Crown Point Junior Music Academy
- Crown Point Junior Music Academy's Cinco de Mayo fiesta is happening Friday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The community is invited to visit the school and enjoy a free event with mariachi, games, entertainment and taco trucks.
- On May 12, CPJMA student violinists will be performing at the Classical Connections Family Festival alongside the Classics 4 Kids orchestra at Point Loma Nazarene University in Crill Performance Hall. The pre-event from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. is free with kid-friendly crafts. The concert is from 3 to 4 p.m. and tickets are on sale at classics4kids.org.
- Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School has partnered with San Diego Youth Science for the second year in a row to give students and teachers the opportunity to create authentic and relevant scientific learning experiences together. Geared toward the fourth and fifth grades, students benefit from an expanded science program that has been integrated into their class curriculum.
In mid-April, the students explored food webs and energy flow in biological systems. They learned that energy flows from the sun, into plants, and ultimately into animals. In order to understand how energy flows to fish, the students inspected a typical marine life diet by dissecting mackerel fish and spiny dogfish sharks. They focused on the fish’s stomach and explored what was inside.
“I was surprised to open the mackerel’s stomach and find other fish inside,” said fourth grade student Texas Z. “Fish are opportunistic creatures and they will eat whatever it takes to survive. It was kind of gross, but also cool and interesting.”
The students also investigated the physical adaptations on their fish, such as the structure of the fins, mouths, and bodies, to consider the impact on species survival. This curriculum extends beyond dissection tables and the walls of the classroom. This spring, the fifth graders took a field trip to the Marine Science Floating Lab, and fourth graders will visit the Cabrillo tide pools. These field trips help students see the science they learn in the classroom in real-world settings, creating a more holistic approach to teaching the subject matter. For these students and their teachers, science is not about answers; it is about a process of discovery.
Pacific Beach Elementary
- The PBE Havana Nights auction was a huge success, and a PBE would like to send a big “thank you” to title sponsors: Advent Property Management, Scott Booth, Coastal Real Estate Expert, the Bonelli family, the Oliver family, the Strasser family, the Panettiere family, the Miller family, Summer Gee Crabtree and Cristine O. Gee with Willis Allen, Trevor Pike with Sotheby's International Realty, Coldwell Banker, Backyard Kitchen and Tap, North Shores Printery, Lighty Financial, freshii, and VFW Post 5985.
- Tuesday, May 15 is the PBE Dine Out at Chipotle – from 4 to 8 p.m., mention PBE, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the school!
Mission Bay Cluster
- The next Mission Bay Cluster meeting will take place 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at PBMS media center.
- Wednesday, May 9, is the Walk and Roll to School. Join students, teachers, and parents in the Mission Bay Cluster as they walk, bike, scoot, and skate to school. Participants will get prizes, snacks, and fun rewards.