Marina High leader named Principal of the Year, Westminster High adds beekeeping program, and more – OECD Newsroom

Marina High School Principal Morgan Smith was named High School Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.

As reported by the Daily Pilot, Smith returned to Marina this year after serving as vice principal at Fountain Valley High from 2015 to 2021. Prior to that, he was principal at Dwyer Middle School for five years and vice principal at Costa Mesa High School for three years. .

“I still have a bit of nostalgia,” Smith told the pilot. “When you’re a first-grade teacher, you remember the names and faces of all your students. It was your first batch; they are your children. The first thing I did (on my return) was pull out a yearbook from 2002. It’s so nice to be in Marina. I feel like coming home. »

ACSA was established in 1971 and serves more than 17,000 California educators. The association annually highlights the best administrators and partners at the regional and national levels.

Smith is expected to be formally honored in November at an ACSA state conference in San Diego. The Orange County ASCA regional winners, including OECD Alternative Education Director Machele Kilgore, will be celebrated May 9 at the Irvine Marriott.

And here are some other school-related stories from the week ending April 15:

  • What’s the buzz at Westminster High School? Well, as the Orange County Register reported, students have established California’s first beekeeping program at the high school level through a collaboration with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County and funds. USDA boot. The idea is to create a sanctuary for six queens and 60,000 worker bees to live, work and eventually produce honey and other bee-related products.
  • School Attendance Review Boards in four Orange County school districts have been named as model programs by the state for practices that have helped reduce rates of chronic absenteeism and improved student attendance.
  • And finally, a new gymnasium and soccer field are the latest pieces of a $72 million fundraising campaign for Samueli Academic, an innovative public charter school that focuses on helping young people. “Done,” said Samueli executive director Anthony Saba. “The campus is now complete.”

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