North County School News, March 27



History Center Announces 2021 Legends

The Escondido History Center recently announced the recipients of its third annual Escondido Legends, sponsored by Jack Raymond. This program honors outstanding high school students with $1,000 each, awarded in the name of influential people in Escondido. This year’s recipients and 2021 Escondido Legends are: Amber Morales, Escondido High School, for Max and Viola Atilano; Natasha Tran, Escondido High School, for the Baker family; Joy Abdelmalak and Angeleen Duong of Escondido High School for Marvin and Carilyn Gilbert; Silvia Mendoza Orozco of Escondido High School for Helen Heller; Escondido High School’s Alexis Vega for Lloyd “Lefty” Mitchell; Jimmy Pham of Del Lago Academy for Ruben T. “Rube” Nelson; MacKenzie Taylor of San Pasqual High School for Bud Quade; and Annelise Jackson of the Classical Academy for George and Cynthia Weir. Biographies of the 2021 Escondido legends and student recipients are available at

EUSD holds free vaccination clinics

Escondido Union High School District will host free COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics on its five high school campuses. No registration is required and the clinics are open to everyone. Students and their families can attend any clinic, regardless of the school in which they are enrolled. Everyone ages 5 and up can get a free COVID-19 vaccine. Booster shots will be available for eligible people age 12 and older. Flu shots will also be available. Parents/guardians must be present with their students to provide consent. The three available vaccines will be offered: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Young people between the ages of 5 and 17 can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Anyone aged 18 and over will be able to choose their preferred vaccine. The time: San Pasqual High, 2-6 p.m. Monday; Orange Glen High, 3-6 p.m. Tuesday; Escondido High, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday; Del Lago Academy, Thursday from 3-6 p.m.; Valley High, 3-6 p.m. Friday. Call (760) 291-3200.


Credit Union offers scholarship programs

Wheelhouse Credit Union invites applications from local San Diego County high school students for its 2022 scholarship programs, which offer a combined $10,000 in scholarships. Wheelhouse Badge of Honor scholarships are available to high school seniors with a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is an active member of law enforcement, fire protection, health care, or law enforcement. the EMT in San Diego County. Five $1,000 Badge of Honor Scholarships will be awarded. The Wheelhouse Sustainability Scholarships are offered to students who wish to support the environment through eco-friendly initiatives. Five $1,000 sustainability scholarships will be awarded. Find details and apply at Affiliation with a credit union is not compulsory. Applications will be accepted until April 30.


AAUW offers three scholarships

The Poway-Peñasquitos branch of the Association of University Women is offering three $2,000 scholarships to be awarded in the fall. The scholarships benefit female students whose education differs from the traditional four-year course. For eligibility criteria and application, visit The application deadline is April 15.

Music Boosters Host Rubio’s Fundraiser

The Poway High School Band Boosters invite the community to a fundraiser from 2-8 p.m. April 4 at Rubio’s, 13504 Poway Road. The restaurant is donating 30% of all orders on or through the mobile app, using “DONATE” as the coupon code. Guests can also present a flyer downloadable from


MCC’s eight-week spring courses begin

MiraCosta College’s Spring 2021 eight-week classes begin Monday, 3/28, with hundreds of classes ending at the same time as “regular” classes. The eight-week courses are offered primarily online. Through the College Promise program, the college subsidizes tuition for all new full-time students for two years. All students registering for at least 12 credits per semester for the first time are eligible for a tuition waiver. Spring semester courses are still available at MiraCosta, including transfer-level courses in several areas. Students who do not qualify for the MiraCosta College Promise can still take classes at $46 per unit for California residents. These fees are waived for secondary students enrolled simultaneously. Visit


The community invited to the public session

The community is invited to join Superintendent Dr. Cheryl James-Ward and School Trustee Julie Bronstein at a town hall from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday that will include a question-and-answer session. The event will take place at Canyon Crest Academy Learning Commons and will be held in person. Questions can be submitted online by Monday at (English) or (Spanish), or they can be submitted in person. All questions are submitted anonymously.

District Announces Two Directors

The San Dieguito Union School District named Justin Conn as principal of La Costa Canyon High School and Reno Medina as principal of Earl Warren Middle School. Conn is in his 16th year with the district, now serving as principal of Earl Warren Middle School. He returns to high school after serving as vice principal there from 2015 to 2018, where he oversaw the creation of the International Baccalaureate program. He was also the athletic director of San Dieguito Academy and was an English teacher for 10 years. Medina is in her 18th year with the district and is director of La Costa Canyon. He will return to Earl Warren, where he served as Principal from 2017-2018. Medina has also served as Vice Principal at La Costa Canyon, Deputy Principal at Earl Warren, Senior District Special Education Program Specialist, and served on the faculty founder of Canyon Crest Academy. Visit


The new school has a completion ceremony

The new Richland Elementary School recently celebrated the final beam being placed on the building in the traditional “Finishing Ceremony.” The San Marcos Unified School District rebuilt and modernized the entire school – the oldest in the district at 60 years old. The 910 Borden Road campus now has five new buildings, over 40 classrooms, new creative space, reconfigured parking and drop-off areas, as well as new play structures, playgrounds and an elevated garden . Visit


Teacher wins equipment through grant

Lisa Harrison

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Lisa Harrison, a teacher at Rancho Minerva Middle School for 12 years, is one of 95 recipients nationally and internationally of a grant from the nonprofit Society for Science. Grants are distributed through the company’s Washington, DC-based STEM Research Grant Program to engage underserved and underrepresented communities. Harrison started as a science teacher in eighth grade and now teaches STEM electives: computer science for grades 6-8, robotics, and Maker Lab. She will receive a STEM research kit from the company, worth $1,000, to encourage students to do independent research. Each kit contains four Arduino starter kits (open source hardware and software platform); two PocketLab Voyagers, which allow students to conduct research from anywhere; four motion-activated trail cameras; and four LaMotte water monitoring kits. It was Harrison’s first time applying for the grant. “I was intrigued by the concept of putting technology in the hands of children and letting them lead the investigation, and that’s what I wrote in my proposal,” she said in an interview. by email. With help from other professors, she said, students will be asked to come up with research ideas using the kits. “Students can use the kits at school or take them home. When they are finished, they can present what they have learned in any way that makes them feel most comfortable. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society for Science has donated more than 9,000 kits to educators in the United States and its territories, Peru, Mexico and Uruguay. Visit

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