Curie Elementary welcomes new principal, plus other University City news
by JEMMA SAMALA
Published - 09/02/19 - 03:00 PM | 1154 views | 2 2 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Curie Elementary welcomes Dr. Cynthia Smith-Ough as the new principal. She has experience as an elementary school principal for nine years, and looks forward to bringing the best practices she has learned to Curie’s students. 

Ough is fondly known as “Dr. O” (let’s not confuse her with UCHS Principal Mr. O). Please welcome Dr. O to the UC community!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

University City High School: A little less than two years ago, after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Principal Olivero sent out a request to our UC community to help create an on-campus “neighborhood watch” program. With this call out, UCHS had four amazing retired seniors agree to become senior “ambassadors” to the school. 

Not only did our UC seniors provide an extra pair of eyes on campus, they also immersed themselves into the fabric of the school. They did this by visiting classes, talking to students and staff, and by helping around campus when needed. UCHS again extends this opportunity by asking our senior UC community for a couple of seniors that have two-three hours free a week to join as Senior Centurions.

Olivero “believes our seniors will enjoy this relationship with their local high school as there is nothing better than to be around an energetic and vibrant school community.” If you would like to explore this opportunity, please email Principal Jeff Olivero at jolivero@sandi.net or drop by the school. 

Curie & Doyle Elementary Schools: Everyone A Reader (EAR) is recruiting tutors wanting to make a difference in the life of a child in University City. Doyle Elementary is seeking reading tutors for the 2019-20 school year. Tutors will read with students who have been identified by their teachers as needing help.

Training is available through San Diego County Office of Education at community sites or at Doyle School. The tutoring commitment is about two hours, one morning a week during the school day. Materials are provided and you'll be working with the same students each week. Tutors substitute for one another for appointments, traveling and unexpected events.

  • For Curie Elementary — contact Valerie O’Neill at 858-452-0548 or voneill1@yahoo.com.
  • For Doyle Elementary — contact Carol Parham at 858-864-3141 or cjparham@gmail.com.

Kelsey’s Closet at UCHS: The UCHS PTSA is collecting clothes, gently used shoes, backpacks, and more for students in need. Kelsey’s Closet, named after Kelsey Feinstein who thought of the program, will help provide means for students to obtain items they may not have funds for and feel comfortable in being part of high school life.

High school-appropriate items can be dropped off at the school front office, or contact Kelsey at kelsey@san.rr.com for pickups. Items not appropriate for high schoolers will be re-donated to other charities.

 

DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATE FORUM

Change Begins with Me, an Indivisible Group, will be hosting a San Diego City Council District 1 Candidate Forum on Sunday, Sept. 8, 4-6 p.m. The purpose is to provide the candidates an opportunity to address important issues that affect the community and city. Candidates scheduled include: Joe LaCava, Harid Puentes, Will Moore, Aaron Brennan, Lily Zhou, and Louis Rodolico. Refreshments will be provided, and the location will be provided upon RSVP. Upcoming candidate forums include: Mayoral on Oct. 6, and Board of Supervisors, District 3 on Nov. 3. RSVP at ChangeBeginsWithMeSD@gmail.com.

 

UNIVERSITY CITY DEMOCRATS VOTE ‘NO ENDORSEMENT’

At the August University City Democrats meeting, members voted to go with a “No Endorsement” for the San Diego City Council District 1 candidates. There was not a required consensus on one candidate. During the meeting, members did vote to endorse Marni von Wilpert, currently deputy city attorney, for San Diego City Council District 5.

LOCAL PARK EVENTS

Summer is winding down, but local parks continue to offer special outdoor programs to the community, including: 

Sept. 7 – UC Del Sol softball hosts “Ralph Breaks the Internet” movie at Standley Park, 3585 Governor Drive. The movie starts at dusk, and aside from the movie, UC Del Sol will have raffles and the snack bar will be open. 

Sept. 14 – University City Community Foundation hosts “Greatest Showman” movie at Marcy Park, 5504 Stresemann St. The movie will start at 7:30 p.m. 

Sept. 15 – Doyle Park hosts its annual Music and Arts Festival from 4-6 p.m. at 8175 Regents Road. The Doyle Recreation Advisory Group will host an annual evening of music and art from around the world. In addition to celebrating the park, the group aims to celebrate the diversity of the community as it is a unifying thread for many residents. The celebration is free and open to the public. Bring your own picnic; the recreation advisory group will provide water and cake. For more info, visit sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/doyle. 

SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOP

Sharp Healthcare and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a free informational session about suicide prevention, its risk factors, and how to spot the warning signs in others and in ourselves. The session is on Thursday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., at the North University Community Library, 8820 Judicial Drive. To register, call 1-800-827-4277.

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