Category archives for: Schools

Poway Unified names three Teachers of the Year


The Poway Unified School District’s three Teachers of the Year for 2014 are Mt. Carmel High’s Mike Bird, Willow Grove Elementary’s Stephanie Martin and Sunset Hills Elementary’s Crystal Ochoa.

Parents hear first-hand accounts from teens under academic stress

Poway Unified students Chris Szarek. Emma Bottin, Katerina Stern and Pierre Sobhani talked about the academic pressure they face as teenagers.  Photo by Emily Sorensen

The number one issue teens face today isn’t drugs or sex, but academic pressure, according to students themselves.

PUSD launches online feature for questions, concerns


Parents, students and community members now have a new way to communicate with the Poway Unified School District.

St. Michael’s student wins county spelling bee

Spelling bee

St. Michael’s School eighth grader Allison Grygar won the 45th Annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee Tuesday.

Ride to End Obesity brings bikes to Valley Elementary

POW 3x valley bmx crop

A new program affiliated with the Poway Unified School District brought some BMX fun to Valley Elementary School’s after school program Wednesday, March 12.

Science Festival includes workshops March 20 at Twin Peaks Middle School


By Emily Sorensen Middle and high school students looking into a STEM career should check out these free preparation workshops. The workshops will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Little Theater at Twin Peaks Middle School, 14640 Tierra Bonita Road, in Poway. Part of the San Diego Science Festival, these [...]

Many PUSD students get perfect SAT subject scores


A number of Poway Unified School District students received the maximum possible score of 800 in a subject area on the October or November 2013 Scholastic Aptitude Tests. Two students received the highest score possible, 2400. They are Mt. Carmel High School senior Benjamin Kha and Westview High School junior Nicholas Wu.

A new stadium for Poway High?

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When Damian Gonzalez took over as athletic director at Poway High this school year, he said one of his primary goals is to help bring a new stadium to the school. It appears he is close to making that happen.

Tierra Bonita Elementary an Apple Distinguished School

Tierra Bonita staff and students were on hand at the January school board meeting to make a presentation about their new honor. In the front row, from left, second-grade student Kaden Holliday and fifth-grade student Ty Holliday. Back row, from left, Jim Bainbridge, Carol Parkes, principal Joe Erpelding, Norma Carter, Jennifer Fries, Brett Crawford, Cheri Kellhofer, Susan Peck, Heidi Bartholomeusz, Dena Glynn and Brad Holliday.

The Tierra Bonita Cheetahs have a reason to roar, because the school has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-15.

Westwood Elementary Safety Patrol named best in city

Westwood Elementary’s Safety Patrol with certificates and trophies earned for being the best patrol in San Diego and San Diego Police Department’s Northeastern Division. Also pictured are Adviser Brian Karadashian, back center, and Officer Gary MacPhee from Northeastern’s Juvenile Services Team.                                                                                            Photo by Elizabeth Marie Himchak

Westwood Elementary’s Safety Patrol has been named the best in the City of San Diego. The patrol received two traveling trophies at a school assembly on Jan. 24. Westwood’s 2013-14 patrol was named best among the 19 patrols in Northeastern Division and best among the 89 patrols citywide. The program is run through San Diego Police Department.