Spotlight Schools – June 1, 2022

Conner Brown, left, LAHS Film and TV teacher, meets with students at the premiere of the student-made film 'Left Field' on May 27 at Los Alamitos High School. Photo: David N. Young

Local reporter Jeannette Andruss has released her latest weekly Spotlight School newsletter.

In this week’s newsletter

June 1, 2022

    • Anti-Gun Violence rally expected today at LAHS.
    • Plus, how local law enforcement is reacting to the tragedy in Texas.
      • Los Alamitos:  Los Alamitos Police Chief Michael Claborn said his department deployed additional officers to campuses located in the city after consulting with Los Al USD officials.  “They were completely supportive of as many officers as we could get on campuses.”
      • Seal Beach:  The Seal Beach Police Department stepped up its presence at McGaugh Elementary last week and brought its facility dog Yosa to campus to comfort staff and students.
    • #1 speller in O.C. advances in national spelling bee.
      • Orange County’s top speller, McAuliffe 8th grader Jason Khan, has made it past the first rounds in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Khan is due to compete again today after advancing yesterday by spelling the words “threnody” and “diffident.”
    • Student film ‘Left Field’ premieres at Los Alamitos High School
      • Trappings of tinseltown came to the Los Alamitos High School Performing Arts Center on May 27 as Conner Brown’s Film and TV students presented their second annual student film, “Left Field.”   The 16-minute long film is the second one made completely by high school students under Brown’s tutelage. 
    • Another Charter school seeks to expand across Orange County;
    • Senior parade this weekend in Rossmoor.
  • RECESS 👏🏼How local Eagle Scouts are supporting our community.
  • Other Stories Worth Reading
    • ACLU calls out Irvine School Board over policy suppressing public comment // Voice of OC
    • Debate heats up over UC proposal to set criteria for ethnic studies requirement // EdSource
    • 362 counselors on how the pandemic has affected kids // The NY Times
    • Students use STEM skills to solve problems in ocMaker challenge // OCDE Newsroom
    • The Los Alamitos-based KidsGuide is out with a new issue all about summer activities in Southern California. Check it out here.

Read the entire newsletter here.


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Yours in knowledge,

Jeannette Andruss, Spotlight Schools Founder and parent of two students in the Los Alamitos Unified School District


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