Students Hit the Road
Students throughout the participated in the Oct. 5 Walk, Ride, and Roll to School effort. The initiative is sponsored by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and coincides with International Walk to School Day. Walk, Ride, and Roll is a month-long campaign that offers a prize to the campus with the most participation and promotes SANDAG’s SchoolPool program, which encourages parents to coordinate groups for walking, bicycling, and driving. For more information on the program, go to icommutesd.com/schoolpool. If your child participated, post your photos to this story.
Golf Tournament Scratches
The Encinitas Educational Foundation’s Fore the Kids! golf tournament to raise money for the Encinitas Union School District has been canceled due to lack of participating players. The event, scheduled for Oct. 11, was in its second year; last year’s inaugural tournament netted $9,000 for the nonprofit foundation that supports programs in the school district, according to a foundation report. A call to the foundation’s extension at the district office was not returned by press time, so it is unclear if a decision has been made on the long-term future of the event.
The board will review potential district calendars for the 2012-’13 and 2013-’14 school years at its Oct. 6 meeting. During the Sept. 7 board meeting, there was talk of changing the calendar to the same type of modified year-round schedule in the Encinitas Union School District, where students have two-week breaks in fall, winter, and summer. Cardiff students currently start school later than in Encinitas and have a one-week break in fall, two weeks at winter, and one-week breaks in February and spring. The board will look at two different calendar proposals at the meeting, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Cardiff School auditorium (1888 Montgomery Ave. cardiffschools.com).
The Encinitas Union and San Dieguito Union High school districts also have meetings this week. EUSD board members will conduct a goal-setting session Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at the district headquarters (101 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, eusd,net), and San Dieguito holds a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the district office (710 Encinitas Blvd., sduhsd.net).
What’s Up? Docs
Students interested in making movies — and in earning money for college — can enter Time Warner Cable and C-SPAN’s annual StudentCam national documentary contest, which offers more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. Middle and high school students can submit five to eight-minute videos on the theme “The Constitution and You.” The submission deadline is Jan. 12; for more information, visit studentcam.org.
Christmas in D.C.
California students have until Oct. 7 to enter a statewide drawing for the chance to help light the 65-foot-tall Christmas tree at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Kids ages 5 to 17 can win a trip to the nation’s capital for the early December ceremony. California students have the opportunity to enter the drawing because the white fir that will be used in the tree lighting comes from our state’s Stanislaus National Forest. Children can also create handmade ornaments to decorate the tree; for more information on the drawing and submitting ornaments, visit capitolchristmastree2011.org.