Magnolia’s ambitious agriculture plan, OC’s Blue Ribbon schools, a destructive social media trend, and more – OCDE Newsroom


Educators in Anaheim are watering the seeds of an ambitious new agriculture program that has the potential to result in more healthy diets, sustainable farming and cultural trade.

As the Orange County Register reported this week, Magnolia High already has a 3,000-square foot backyard, however college officers and agricultural membership members have their sights set a lot larger. They’re trying to create a 2.5-acre working farm with fruit timber, berry patches, greens and a greenhouse as a part of a cross-disciplinary initiative.

While plan continues to be staking form, it should begin with college students gathering and analyzing information on the dietary wants of their surrounding neighborhood. The longterm objective is to provide wholesome fruits and greens that may inventory native cafeterias and be shared with households.

Magnolia science instructor Sabina Giakoumis mentioned college students and a few mother and father will probably be a a part of the farm’s decision-making board. She and Superintendent Mike Matsuda envision getting the neighborhood additional concerned with cooking lessons and the distribution of student-made gardening youngsters.

“Our agriculture site is not the solution; we see it as an asset,” Giakoumis advised the Register. “So how can you use this space to create a solution?”

Here are a number of the different tales we’re monitoring this week:

  • Seven Orange County colleges have been awarded the nation’s highest degree of distinction as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Only 28 campuses earned the consideration in California, which means Orange County accounts for 25 % of the state’s Blue Ribbon winners.
  • A bunch of environmentally aware college students from Laguna Beach High School joined in a statewide effort to assist clear trash from native seashores.
  • The Buena Park School District introduced the launch of recent WellSpace facilities at its two center colleges, giving college students at every campus a area to chill out, recharge and reset between classes. That brings the county’s complete to 5.
  • More than 100 new lecturers within the Santa Ana Unified School District reportedly didn’t get their first paychecks on time resulting from delays in processing current hires. District officers are working to repair the issue and say all staff will probably be compensated for all hours labored.
  • Founded in 1940, the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa works to offer college provides, meals and dental well being providers to kids from low-income households. The native chapter just lately geared up 1,500 native college students with uniforms, books and different college necessities as a part of the nationwide Operation School Bell effort.
  • What began as a work-based studying alternative with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools has was full-time employment for 2 current graduates of the Santa Ana Unified School District.
  • A founding member of the muse that helps OCDE’s Inside the Outdoors environmental schooling program has died at age 98. Tony Bube served actively for more than a decade on what was then often known as the Outdoor Science and Environmental Field Study Foundation. Today it’s the Inside the Outdoors Foundation.
  • And lastly, new security measures put in place to stop the transmission of COVID-19 are additionally limiting the unfold of lice, consultants say. School nurses are optimistic that circumstances will probably be decrease this yr.

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