Education Notebook: Pacific Beach Middle music students earn awards at Music in the Parks competition
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PBMS music director John O'Donnell and seventh-grader Addison Watson pose with trophies earned by PBMS musicians.
PBMS music director John O'Donnell and seventh-grader Addison Watson pose with trophies earned by PBMS musicians.
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Catalina Valenzuela was awarded with SDUSD 2019 Classified Employee of the Year. Valenzuela, an elementary school assistant, has been at CPJMA for 12 years. She said: ‘CPJMA is my second home. I have enjoyed being part of the Mission Bay Cluster and being able to work alongside of so many great teachers, families, and staff who make up this amazing cluster of schools. Music has always been a big part of my life, so being able to be at CPJMA is a blessing.’
Catalina Valenzuela was awarded with SDUSD 2019 Classified Employee of the Year. Valenzuela, an elementary school assistant, has been at CPJMA for 12 years. She said: ‘CPJMA is my second home. I have enjoyed being part of the Mission Bay Cluster and being able to work alongside of so many great teachers, families, and staff who make up this amazing cluster of schools. Music has always been a big part of my life, so being able to be at CPJMA is a blessing.’
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Mission Bay High

- On Thursday, June 6, Mission Bay High will be holding its third annual Soldance IB Film Festival, a showcase of student work in a variety of cinematic mediums that is open to students, teachers, parents, and community members. The film festival will be held in the MBHS auditorium and features two unique programs, Program 1 during Period 2 (9 to 10:30 a.m.) and Session 2 during Period 3 (10:30 to noon).

Pacific Beach Middle

- Thank you to the PBMS sponsors for donating food for Staff Appreciation Day: 7-Eleven, Pacific Beach Duck Dive, French Gourmet, Sugar Mamma Caramels, Taco Surf, and Woodstock's Pizza.  

- Pacific Beach Middle music students competed in the Music in the Parks competition on May 18, with the Strings Orchestra winning first place with a score of “Superior” and the Concert Band placing second with a score of “Excellent.” Led by PBMS music director John O'Donnell, the musicians enjoyed a day in Knott's Berry Farm after the competition. “I'm proud of our PBMS musicians for their hard work and dedication,” said O'Donnell.

Pacific Beach Elementary

- Pacific Beach Elementary has done it again. PBE fifth grade students took home first and second place in the Stock Market Game, a competition where thousands of students are provided with $100,000 in mock funds to invest in the Stock Market. Students learned about the importance of saving money, investing funds, and researching companies.

Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary

- Students from Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School won seven of the top prizes in the 2019 Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Competition held at Mission Bay High School on May 8. More than 20 students from the school showcased their Mandarin language proficiency and Chinese cultural talents at this competition, which was hosted by the Education Office, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, and organized by Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. 

Kate Sessions

- Kate Sessions would like to congratulate all of their promoting students. To the kindergartners, your perseverance and ability to handle new obstacles has gotten you ready for the next level. And to the fifth graders, Sessions will miss you as you move on to middle school. Sessions wishes you the best of luck. As long as you all keep on track, the future is in good hands. The promotions are on June 11 with kinder at 8 a.m. in the classrooms and fifth grade at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. 

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