Unified School District News
updated: Oct 29, 2012, 3:27 PM
Source: Unified School District
Dos Pueblos High School's Mock Trial Team Shines in the Empire World
Invitational Championship and Weathers Hurricane Sandy
Falling short by just a single ballot, the Dos Pueblos High School Mock Trial
team was defeated in the Empire World Invitational Championship round Monday
morning in Brooklyn, New York.
In an all-California final, La Reina High School from Thousand Oaks defended its
2011 title with 4-3 victory over the Dos Pueblos team. La Reina is the two-time
defending California State Champion that narrowly defeated the Chargers in last
year's state final.
With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the city, today's final was moved from the
Brooklyn Courthouse to the ballroom of the Brooklyn Marriott.
It was Dos Pueblos who had stormed into the tournament by defeating their
bracket's #1 seed -- Henry Grady High School from Atlanta -- in the second round
and winning every single ballot on their way to the final. The Chargers advanced
to the final as the only undefeated team in the tournament before coming up
short against La Reina.
Teams were divided into two brackets and competed in four rounds Saturday and
Sunday, with the top team in each bracket progressing to the championship.
The fictional case tried during each round, with students playing attorneys and
witnesses for the plaintiff and defense, was about a 2-year-old boy who dies
after swallowing toy beads covered in a chemical that converts to GHB, also
known as the "date rape drug."
During the championship round, Dos Pueblos took the role of the plaintiff and La
Reina played the role of the defense. A New York judge heard the case, and
attorneys served as scorers.
With the hurricane set to make landfall this afternoon, the two teams from
California, along with the other 34 teams will be camped out in the hotel until
later this week when area airports are re-opened. Because of their extended
stay, the two California teams are hoping to work together to raise funds to pay
the extra thousands of dollars they will need to stay until they can fly home.
The members of the Dos Pueblos Mock Trial team are Alison Mally (C), Hannah Cruz
(C), Nimisha Shinday (C), Madeline Matthys, Madeline Centrella, Delia Bullok,
Camille Wyss, Sophia Zheng, Ami Thakrar, Bela Lafferty, Sean Strong.
Coaches: Bill Woodard, Maureen Grattan, Joel Block, and Scott Campbell.
How Measure H2008 Parcel Tax Makes a Difference at Santa Barbara High and Santa
A short video is posted online, showing how Measure H2008 is making a difference
in the courses offered at Santa Barbara High and Santa Barbara Junior High. To
view the video, go to
Adams School Engages Students in the Democratic Process
Adams Elementary School will be dedicating time this week to learn more about
the upcoming presidential election. Teachers will be discussing the presidential
election and the voting process. During computer lab rotation, the students will
take place in a mock election and cast their vote for the president/vice
president. Ballots have been specially prepared for Adams students to take part
and results will be online Friday, November 2. After voting, students will
receive a sticker to wear: "I Voted, Kids Vote too!" For more information, the
Elementary School GATE and Advanced Learning Information Night
From 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, our district will hold an
Elementary School GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) and Advanced Learning
Information Night at Adams Elementary School, 2701 Las Positas Road, Santa
Barbara. The meeting will focus on GATE identification and placement as well as
curriculum and instruction, professional development, and parent support. For
more information, contact the Elementary GATE Office, (805) 963-4338, ext. 6249.
Adelante Charter School's Day of the Dead Celebration
From 11:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, November 4, Adelante Charter School will host its
fourth annual "El Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead Celebration 2012." The
event will take place at La Casa de la Guerra at 15 East De la Guerra Street.
Featuring student performances, as well as musicians, dancers and artists from
the community, this cultural celebration is open to everyone. Some student art
from the Incredible Children's Art Network (ICAN) will be exhibited. Mexican
food and desserts will be sold. Admission is free. The schedules follows:
11:00 Folkloric Dancing Group Quetzalcóatl
11:30 Student presentations including Meringue, Bands, Danza Azteca…
12:00 Spirit of Fiesta, Flamenco Dancers
1:00 Las Olas de Mariachi
2:00 Baile folklórico Xochitil
2:30 Los Hermanos Cruz de Guanajuato Band
Preschool Health Screenings to Assure Preschoolers are Healthy and Ready to
On Friday, October 19, 368 preschool children from full- and half-day preschool
centers in our district were screened for body mass index, vision, hearing,
dental, and other health issues. Doctors and nurses were on site to provide
follow-up to parents who joined their child/ren at the Health Fair. Students,
staff, and parents/guardians were transported by bus to the Franklin Community
Center to receive screenings and resources to support the physical health of
their child/ren. The aim of the Health Fair is to assure children are healthy
and ready to learn.
There were 108 volunteers present, including participating agencies. Hats off to
Santa Barbara County Office of Education's Health Linkages Program for
spearheading this event. Participating agencies included Santa Barbara Business
College, Santa Barbara City College, California State University Channel
Islands, American Indian Health Services, Santa Barbara County Public Health
Department, Franklin Health Care Center, Carpinteria Health Care Center, WIC,
Alan Hancock College, Lions Sight and Hearing Center, Santa Barbara Neighborhood
Clinic, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, local dentists, Santa Barbara Promotores
Network, and University California Santa Barbara.
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