- PBMS parent tour will take place 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Sign in at the front office and meet in the library to learn about all of the excellent programs at PBMS. A tour of the school will follow.
Pacific Beach Elementary
- The Pacific Beach Elementary band will show off what they've learned this year with a performance at the school on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium.
- On Jan. 24, PBE will host a Roller Skating Family Fun Night fundraiser at Skateworld in Linda Vista from 5 to 7 p.m.
Kate Sessions Elementary
- During December, Sessions held a coin drive to raise money for the more than 200 Chico State students and families that have been displaced due to the recent catastrophic Camp Fire that ravaged Butte County. The Basic Needs Project is actively assisting these students through the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry located on the Chico State campus. The students raised more than $1,500 in coins to be donated to the food pantry.
Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary
- The fifth grade students at Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School spent a December day reenacting the American Revolution. Through a program called “Walk Through American Revolution,” students dressed up as George Washington, Betsy Ross, and other revolutionary heroes and foes and recreated the events that began with “the shot heard round the world” through to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The half-day event was the culmination of weeks of preparation. Students studied the concepts behind the revolution; rehearsed skits depicting landmark events, such as the Battle of Yorktown; and researched their assigned historical figures, including memorizing important facts and finding costumes that would bring the characters to life. In addition to the names made famous by history books, a number of lesser known figures were also highlighted, such as Crispus Attucks, an African American man who was the first victim of the Boston Massacre.
“I was so lucky to be part of the ‘Walk Through American Revolution’ program, because it taught me a lot more than history books ever could,” said fifth grade student Haziel I., who played the role of King George III. “It was a lot of work, but we were learning and having fun at the same time. I loved it!” Paid for by the Barnard PTA, the “Walk Through American Revolution” program is led by California Weekly Explorer, a group that brings interactive and creative history reenactment programs to schools within the state. The goal is to instill in students a love of history while teaching them about current events.
Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools
- The next Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools meeting will take place 6 p.m. on Jan. 23, in the PBMS library.
- Registration for the 2019 Schoolyard Dash 5K and 1-Mile Kids Run is open and sign is at schoolyarddash.org. The sixth annual Schoolyard Dash 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run is a way to raise money for Pacific Beach Middle and Mission Bay High schools. Join them on Sunday, Feb. 24, to run or walk with family and friends at De Anza Cove along the Mission Bay running path. Breakfast, snacks, coffee, and drinks will follow the race and top runners will be recognized.
- Danielle Adler, founder of San Diego Youth Science, recently introduced Hannah Tandy as a new science educator with SDYS. Tandy, a proud graduate of Mission Bay High School, recently graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University where she received her bachelor's degree in geosciences. Her research in undergraduate school focused on understanding modern day climate change by studying climates of the past. For her thesis work, Tandy received the Princeton Edward Sampson Class of 1914 Prize in Environmental Science. She will be pursuing her Ph.D and continuing her research in the causes and implications of climate change.
Founded in 2016, SDYS is bringing the local Kelp Forest to classrooms at Pacific Beach Elementary and Barnard Elementary this month. A local science education group based in Pacific Beach, SDYS develops custom hands-on science lessons and programs that span all fields of science designed to enhance a school’s existing science curriculum over the school year. SDYS educators teach the hands-on and NGSS aligned programs during the school day, coming in to each classroom once a month.