Newport-Mesa Unified School District was unified on July 1, 1966. The award-winning district comprises nearly 60 square miles including Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Corona del Mar. The superintendent and governing board oversees its 32 schools and approximately 22,000 students. The district currently has 22 elementary schools, 2 intermediate schools, 2 middle/high schools, 2 high schools, 3 alternative education programs, and 1 adult education program (in partnership with Huntington Beach Adult School).
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- Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation Awards Teacher Grantson June 18, 2021 at 7:00 am
is pleased to announce that the 2021 (NMSF) Grants to Teachers program (although all staff is eligible to apply) awarded nearly 80 grants. In total, the grants awarded this year were more than $80,000 districtwide. Grants are awarded on a yearly basis and are valued at $1,000 for individual entries or $3,000 for group entries. Grant applications include an overview of how the purchase or production of materials will benefit programs and projects that are creative, innovative, and meet student needs. The selection process is managed by the foundation board of directors and community volunteers. Grant applications are reviewed and judged on the quality of the plan, implementation of objectives, benefits to students, number of students the proposed plan will serve, and an accurate budget for the requested plan. “We are thrilled to celebrate 40 years of continued support of our wonderful teachers and students!” said Cathy Bybee, NMSF board president. “We’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those all who make this initiative possible,” She said. The foundation's continued efforts have contributed more than $7 million dollars to Newport-Mesa schools. Previously, grant recipients were honored at an awards banquet hosted by the foundation. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recipients were each personally presented with their grant awards by foundation board members, school board members, and donors in their respective school zone sites. The Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation was established in 1981 with a focus on raising funds to distribute grants in support of student programs and special curriculum needs. The Grants to Teachers program is funded through various fundraising efforts, membership donations, and support from local communities, families, and businesses. Please visit the website to learn more about how you can support teachers and students.
- Newport-Mesa Nurses Presented with 2021 Excellence in School Nursing Awardson June 15, 2021 at 7:00 am
is pleased to announce that three outstanding health services employees received excellence awards from the (OCSNO). Ms. Susan Curtin was awarded the School Readiness Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Readiness Nursing, Ms. Christy Craig was awarded the School Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Nursing, and Ms. Merry Grasska was awarded the School Nurse Administrator of the Year Award. Health services professionals are nominated for the countywide award program by their peers and/or school community members. Consideration for OCSNO Nurse Awards is based on accomplishments and contributions to the practice of school nursing, student health, and health services programs at schools. The selection process is managed by the OCSNO governing board and nominations are judged based on: Service in schools and the community Level of skill and academic accomplishment Advancement of student and family health Establishment and improvement of standards of care practice Protocol and program development Collaboration with community partners, volunteer work, and leadership, and more “We are grateful to all of our hard-working health services employees,” said Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services Dr. SaraJocham. “We are exceptionally proud and congratulate this year's winners for positively impacting the lives of students, families, and colleagues each and every day!” she said. Nurse Award Winners: Ms. Susan Curtin, School Readiness Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Readiness Nursing Ms. Curtin has served in school readiness and early childhood education for more than ten years and is recognized as a leader, always prepared for what is needed to serve students. She is collaborative and often mentors fellow nurses and student nurses. As a credentialed school nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner, she trains staff in CPR, first aid instruction, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Stop the Bleed. She exemplifies a nurturing, caring, and compassionate approach to all she does. Ms. Christy Craig, School Nurse of the Year for Excellence in School Nursing Ms. Craig joined NMUSD nearly three years ago and has quickly become a valuable nurse at Costa Mesa Middle and High School. She prioritizes building relationships and connections with students and their families. She goes above and beyond to address students’ needs, including both their physical and mental health. Additionally, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Craig was instrumental in contract tracing for the athletic department to foster a healthy environment for staff and students. She is recognized for her extensive knowledge in health services and is a great resource to her school community. Ms. Merry Grasska, School Nurse Administrator of the Year Ms. Grasska has been with NMUSD for more than 30 years and is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner. Throughout her tenure, she has actively served on boards of professional nursing organizations, public health organizations, and school-based health center associations. As the administrative director of health services, she is responsible for the oversight of all school health services employees and programs districtwide. She is responsive to the needs of students and employees, always providing support and encouragement as staff continually develop in their professional roles to support students' needs. Through this past year, she was instrumental in working with school nurse leaders countywide to develop common standards and guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous years, Ms, Grasska also has been recognized as a National School Nurse of the Year. NMUSD's award-winning student support services and mental health programs focus on the holistic development of all students. As a strong supporter of the well-being of our students, the District offers parenteducation wellness programs, flu clinics, and more. The winners will be submitted for consideration in the California School Nurse Organization Awards Program.
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