Education Notebook: Schoolyard Dash 5K and Fun Run set for Jan. 28
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Festival of the Nile
Pacific Beach Middle was transformed into Egypt for a day at their annual Festival of the Nile on Jan 19. Sixth-grade students applied inquiry-based learning and investigated an aspect of Egypt in which they were interested. Students used higher-learning thinking skills, such as synthesis, when creating something new to go along with their learning. They presented their projects to the community and enjoyed a potluck with traditional Egyptian food. 
Festival of the Nile Pacific Beach Middle was transformed into Egypt for a day at their annual Festival of the Nile on Jan 19. Sixth-grade students applied inquiry-based learning and investigated an aspect of Egypt in which they were interested. Students used higher-learning thinking skills, such as synthesis, when creating something new to go along with their learning. They presented their projects to the community and enjoyed a potluck with traditional Egyptian food. 
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Gulliver’s Travels
More than 60 students from all six Mission Bay Cluster schools, including Mission Bay High, Pacific Beach Middle, Barnard Elementary, Crown Point Junior Music Academy, Kate Sessions Elementary, and Pacific Beach Elementary joined together under the direction of Missoula Children's Theatre to present Gulliver's Travels at Pacific Beach Middle for two performances on Jan. 13. Supported by Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools, tryouts, rehearsal, and production took place in six days and included students from kindergarten through 12th grade. 
Gulliver’s Travels More than 60 students from all six Mission Bay Cluster schools, including Mission Bay High, Pacific Beach Middle, Barnard Elementary, Crown Point Junior Music Academy, Kate Sessions Elementary, and Pacific Beach Elementary joined together under the direction of Missoula Children's Theatre to present Gulliver's Travels at Pacific Beach Middle for two performances on Jan. 13. Supported by Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools, tryouts, rehearsal, and production took place in six days and included students from kindergarten through 12th grade. 
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Mongolian Dance at Barnard
Visiting Chinese teacher Ruixia (Ivy) Dang demonstrates a traditional Mongolian dance with fourth-grade students from Barnard Mandarain Magnet Elementary School. Dang is a visiting Confucius Institute teacher. She is responsible for coordinating the cultural arts program at Barnard and teaches folk dancing in several classrooms each week. ‘Teaching at Barnard means so much more to me than merely helping students learn a language; it is enriching their lives with an entire culture,” said Dang. ‘In China, you cannot separate the language from the culture. Doing it Barnard’s way is best for the students, and it is also a lot more fun.’ 
Mongolian Dance at Barnard Visiting Chinese teacher Ruixia (Ivy) Dang demonstrates a traditional Mongolian dance with fourth-grade students from Barnard Mandarain Magnet Elementary School. Dang is a visiting Confucius Institute teacher. She is responsible for coordinating the cultural arts program at Barnard and teaches folk dancing in several classrooms each week. ‘Teaching at Barnard means so much more to me than merely helping students learn a language; it is enriching their lives with an entire culture,” said Dang. ‘In China, you cannot separate the language from the culture. Doing it Barnard’s way is best for the students, and it is also a lot more fun.’ 
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Mission Bay High

- Are you curious about everything MBHS has to offer? Attend a school tour 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, to meet principal Ernie Remillard, learn about the academic and athletic programs, and tour the campus. 

Kate Sessions

- The International Baccalaureate program at Sessions recognizes students for their "worldly" attitudes and characteristics.  This month, 11 students were recognized for their positive actions. 

Jonas Mendez was recognized for being a "Communicator," Jamison Priest, London Belcastro, Annesia Encinias and Zachary Dyck for "Caring," and the team of Gianna Arevalo-Salazar, Madeleine Matlage, Summer Misarti-Bermoy, Olivia Sisler, Brianna Towry, and Rose Murphy were "Committed" to making the school campus clean.

- The Great Kindness Challenge will take place Jan. 22-26.  This will be another opportunity for our students to practice kind acts and to reflect on their impact on others.  They will be given a checklist with different "acts of kindness" ideas such as:  Entertain a friend with a happy dance, smile at 25 people, learn how to say "hello" in another language and make a wish for a child in another country. You may spot Sessions students around the community demonstrating just how kind they are.

PB Elementary

- Thanks to the community for supporting the school through the auction coming up on Friday, April 20. Email at pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com if you would like to donate or sponsor.

Barnard Elementary

- Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School students are instructed for 50-80 percent of their day in Mandarin, including in-depth instruction in the ancient Chinese arts. In partnership with the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, students are taught tai chi, abacus, calligraphy, tea ceremony, national dances, poetry, and more by visiting Chinese and Taiwanese teachers. This not only gives the students a better perspective on the culture from which the language derives, but it also gives them an opportunity to use the language in settings that are not just purely academic.

Mission Bay Cluster

- The fifth annual Schoolyard Dash 5K and Fun Run will take place 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 28. Enjoy a great morning at De Anza Cove with friends, schoolmates, and community members, while supporting Pacific Beach secondary schools. Form a team or sign up individually at schoolyarddash.org. 

Run or walk along scenic Mission Bay and enjoy local music, delicious food, and vendor booths. Form a team or sign up individually at www.schoolyarddash.org. 

- Mission Bay Cluster meeting, Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 to 7 p.m., at Crown Point Junior Music Academy. Join in the conversation and find out what's happening in Pacific Beach schools and the San Diego Unified School District. 

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