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Students collect Legos for hospital patients
Students from Cardiff School in grades K-2 recently collected almost 200 Lego sets for the Bricks of Hope organization to be delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital over the holidays. Midwest-based Bricks of Hope delivers Lego sets to hospitalized children to improve their spirit, create play and inspire imagination. The idea to have Cardiff students collect Lego sets came from first-grade teacher Lesly Easson, who had seen a news story about Adam Petraglia, founder and executive director of Bricks of Hope. Petraglia had been diagnosed with leukemia at age 10 and was hospitalized for treatment, but remembered receiving several Lego presents and enjoying them during his stay. Easson contacted Petraglia and set up the plan for students to begin collecting. Petraglia flew to San Diego to pick up the Legos and deliver them to Rady Children’s Hospital. Visit
CUSD superintendent is guest at YES meeting
Youth Enrichment Services holds its monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Pine Avenue Community Center, 3209 Harding St. The presenter will be Ben Churchill, superintendent of the Carlsbad Unified School District. He will share what is happening with the district, its staff and students. YES aims to help create a positive environment and safety net for young people in Carlsbad and the nearby community by working with other youth-oriented agencies and organizations. Meetings are open to all. RSVP to Rosemary Eshelman at

Conway School earns program credential
Conway Elementary School in the Escondido Union School District recently earned the full EL Education Credential in all three areas of student achievement — mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work. Principal Tina Meglich and her team were honored at the annual EL Education conference in Chicago. Conway is a project-based specialty school that implemented the Expeditionary Learning model, now known as EL Education, in 2016. In August, Conway achieved the credential in two of the three EL areas. However, after California released all of CAASPP test scores, EL Education re-evaluated Conway and found that it was eligible for the full credential. Conway is the first fully EL credentialed school in Southern California.

Common Scholarship applications now open
The San Diego Foundation’s 2022-23 Common Scholarship Application period is scheduled to open Wednesday and will end March 8. A single application will provide qualifying San Diego County students with access to more than 100 scholarships in the foundation’s Community Scholarship Program. Eligible students include graduating high school seniors; current college students (undergraduate or graduate); adult re-entry students; students with financial need (including middle-income families); and those attending four-year universities, community colleges or career/technical schools. Awards range from $1,000 to more than $5,000. Some scholarships can be renewed for multiple years. Visit to learn about eligibility for scholarships and to find a sample application and application tips.

Local colleges in Edsmart rankings
Several area educational institutions were recently listed in Edsmart’s rankings of Best Colleges and Universities in California. Schools were ranked based on affordability, student satisfaction (retention rate), academic quality (four-year graduation rate) and salary after attending. Data for the rankings was gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics and College Scorecard. In Best Accredited Colleges in California, Point Loma Nazarene University was ranked sixth out of 15 colleges. In Best Two-Year Colleges, Grossmont College ranked eighth and Palomar College ninth of 10 colleges. Cuyamaca College received an honorable mention. Visit

Art museum program wins excellence award
The Oceanside Museum of Art’s “Literacy Through Art” program was recently awarded a 2022 Superintendent Award for Excellence in Museum Education. Literacy Through Art promotes reading for third-graders by having them look closely at and analyze works of art. The award came from the California Association of Museums and California Department of Education and recognized outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K-12 students and/or educators. The Oceanside Museum of Art was one of four state museums and the only one in San Diego to be honored. The Literacy Through Arts program is a partnership with the Oceanside Public Library and the Oceanside Unified School District. The program started in 2011 with ArtQuest, an initiative that welcomed all Oceanside Unified School District fifth-graders to the museum. In 2018, the museum connected with Literacy Through Art, a new program designed to build on ArtQuest by partnering with the Oceanside Public Library and OUSD. The program uses informal learning techniques to strengthen and complement classroom literacy instruction, and aligns with Common Core State Standards. Visit

‘Into the Woods’ hosted at Palomar College
Ovation Theatre offers a student production of “Into the Woods” at Palomar College’s Howard Brubeck Theater with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Jan. 27-28, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29. The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone’s wish is granted, but their actions return later to haunt them with disastrous results. Tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for ages 18 and younger, available at The theater is at 1140 W. Mission Road.
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