North County School News, Oct. 31


District offers pumpkin composting at farm

The Encinitas Union School District offers pumpkin composting at the Farm Lab farm for Carlsbad residents and Encinitas residents who do not have access to a curbside green waste bin (organics waste bin). Drop off pumpkins from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Farm Lab, 441 Quail Gardens Drive. Follow signs to drop-off area.


Student named as science ambassador

Nathalie Cedillo, a junior at Escondido High School, was recently named as one of two Southern California ambassadors for Young Women In Bio. She is among 24 high school student ambassadors nationally who will work with Young Women In Bio to share their enthusiasm for STEM fields and to inspire and encourage other young women. The Southern California chapter is holding a free virtual workshop at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for students in middle and high school or early college to explore careers related to drug manufacturing in Southern California’s Life Science industry. Register at for the Zoom link. Visit


Nominations open for Lighthouse Awards

The annual Lighthouse Awards, created by the San Diego County Office of Education, spotlights people in local schools, districts and communities who are working for educational equity, diversity and inclusion. Several award categories are available; new this year is an award category for youths, the Student Equity Leadership award. Nominations in all categories are open through Dec. 7 at The honorees will be recognized during the Equity Conference in January.

‘Stuff the Bus’ nets more than $100K

The annual San Diego County Credit Union “Stuff the Bus” campaign reached its goal and collected more than $100,000 to aid students experiencing homelessness. The funds were used to fill 7,977 backpacks plus 120 extra supply kits, and provided 3,046 Passion Planners, 27,825 face masks and nearly 340,000 school supplies for 28 school districts and 30 charter schools. This year’s school supply drive, held with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations, encouraged supporters to donate money online and at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store in the county. According to SDCOE, more than 20,000 school-age children were identified as homeless during the past school year. Homelessness can mean living in a shelter, sharing a residence with whole families, living in a car or trailer, or sharing a room in an apartment with relatives. Visit

Local students graduate

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.: Kathleen Philo of Rancho Santa Fe, bachelor’s degree in economics

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta: Xiwen Cheng and Anh Tran of Carlsbad, Master of Science in analytics; Carly Wood of La Jolla, Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering with highest honors; Michael Bridges of Oceanside, Master of Science in computer science; Jeffrey Wang of San Marcos, Bachelor of Science in nuclear and radiological engineering with highest honors

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio: Lisa Carlson of Carlsbad, Isaac Kim of Escondido, Maureen McGahee of Oceanside and Gabby Torres of Fallbrook, Bachelor of Science in nursing; Ryerson Dalton of Carlsbad, Master of Business Administration in health care

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.: Emily Hoffman of Ramona, bachelor’s degree in social work

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.: Ollie McClymonds of Carlsbad, Bachelor of Arts in French; Tatym Racz of Encinitas, Bachelor of Arts in international relations; Emily Fisher of La Jolla and Alex Burch of Rancho Santa Fe, Bachelor of Science in business administration in accounting and financial management; Chris Phelan of Oceanside, Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing


Camp Pendleton Historical Society names essay winners

The Camp Pendleton Historical Society recently held its first essay contest, open to college students enrolled in a four-year college or university in San Diego County. The challenge was to write an essay of up to 5,000 words on some aspect of Camp Pendleton history, from the days of the native occupants of the land to the present day. First place went to Laura Scott, a student at San Diego State University. Her essay, “A Bridge Between Worlds: The Relocation of Vietnamese Into Southern California,” describes the role played by Camp Pendleton in the settlement of Vietnamese refugees at the end of the Vietnam conflict. Second place went to Anais Garcia for her essay, “A Pico’s Tale.” Garcia, a student at California State University San Marcos, wrote about the Pico brothers, who were early owners of the land that is now Camp Pendleton. Scott won $1,000 and Garcia won $500 for their efforts. Six judges, including the Camp Pendleton base historian, reviewed the essays. Visit


Service day creates outdoor classroom

San Marcos Unified School District students and staff recently joined the San Diego chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and Balfour Beatty (Construction) volunteers for a Green Apple Day of Service. The teams created an Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden for Knob Hill Elementary School. Green Apple Day of Service is an international movement of nearly a million volunteers in 80 countries to celebrate the role of schools in preparing the next generation of global leaders in sustainability. More than 80 volunteers met at the school to plant, paint and do other work to complete the Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden, among other beautification/improvement projects. Now complete, the classroom and garden will be a space where students can learn in a hands-on way. Visit

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