North County School News, Jan. 22: Teen-anxiety talk in Carlsbad; Italian Association offers scholarships


Parent University to discuss adolescent anxiety

The Carlsbad Unified School District invites parents to learn more about teen anxiety and resources to help them and their children. School counselor Kelly Hatcher will discuss tools people can use or share with a loved one who is dealing with anxiety. The meeting will be held on January 31st from 6-7pm at the Pine Avenue Community Center, 3209 Harding St. Please RSVP to [email protected]


The Italian American Group offers scholarships

The North County Italian Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a North County high school senior with at least 25 percent Italian heritage. The association has been providing scholarships for the past 25 years. Information and applications are available at The deadline for applications is March 11.

7 schools receive kindergarten grants

Berry Good Food, a non-profit that offers programs dedicated to food safety and food education, recently announced awards totaling $15,000 to seven San Diego County schools. Schools are developing horticulture and culinary education into practice, creating access to healthy food for their communities. Classic Academy in Escondido and Carrillo Elementary School in Carlsbad won in the North. This year, in addition to cash awards, grant applicants can also request non-monetary services such as gardening techniques, cooking classes, and garden clean-ups by Berry Good Food volunteers. Each of the 23 schools that applied was evaluated on their project’s food-growing potential, community need, specific goals, long-term goals, mission impact, and community support. Visit

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The high school selection window opens on January 30

The San Dieguito Union High School District high school selection window for the 2023-2024 school year opens at 8 a.m. on January 30 and closes at 4 p.m. on February 17. All eighth graders in the district are eligible for high school selection. students in grades 9-11 in the district who wish to transfer high schools. Students in grades 8-11 who live within the district’s boundaries but do not attend a district school, such as private or Rancho Santa Fe schools, must choose to enroll in a district high school in the fall. District high school students who prefer to remain in their current high school in the fall of 2023 do not have to select a school. They will automatically re-enroll in the school. The district has been holding information nights about its high schools. The next virtual sessions are Tuesday at 6:00 PM at La Costa Canyon and Feb. 2 at 6:00 PM at Torrey Pines High. Parents and students are encouraged to follow the district at and check the district website. ( for regular updates.

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District names new business services executives

Mark Pong

Mark Pong

(Solana Beach School District)

Mark Pong has been named Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Solana Beach School District. He has more than 18 years of experience in various roles in public education, including leading the Del Mar Union School District’s finance office for the past 11 years. Pong will provide support in finance, accounting, payroll, procurement, nutrition, district budget development and district budget planning. He is an active member of the California Association of School Business Officials, both locally and statewide.

Students prepare meals for those in need

During the holiday season, elementary students at Santa Fe Christian Schools prayed to prepare and package more than 50,000 meals to distribute to those in need around the world. The meal was prepared in partnership with Kids Around the World, a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing child malnutrition. SFC’s Global Ministries and Community Partnerships program encourages students to practice selfless giving by volunteering and investing in places of need around the world. Elementary students write letters to service members overseas, donate Halloween candy, and prepare meals for underserved citizens. Middle school students help those in need in Tucson, Ariz. High school students also work with schools and churches around the world by working with students abroad and visiting their communities. Santa Fe Christian continues outreach and service projects during the school year and during the summer, traveling to Tucson each year to participate in six international ministry trips with high school students. please visit

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The District will extend the application period

The Vallecitos School District Board has extended the deadline to apply to become a trustee in Zone 1. The new deadline is February 10 at noon. To pick up an application, visit the school at 5211 Fifth St., Fallbrook, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekdays 4:00 p.m. To determine if your area qualifies you to represent a trusted area, visit and enter your address. Your address must be within the boundaries of Trusted Zone 1. If you have difficulty verifying your address, please contact the school at (760) 728-7092.

Please send items to [email protected] at least two weeks before the event.


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