North Montery County High School Band and Color Guard inspire young musicians
North Monterey County High School Band and color guard students visit elementary schools and middle school in our District to inspire the younger generation of musicians. North Monterey County High School Band and color guard travelled to Castroville Elementary, Prunedale Elementary, Echo Valley Elementary, Elkhorn Elementary and North Monterey County Middle School. At each of the elementary schools several pieces were played by the entire band and select pieces were performed by the drumline. At North Monterey County Middle School, the middle school band students and high school band students played together forming a larger band and powerful sound. The traveling band and color guard students also had the opportunity to speak to younger siblings, teachers and staff alike.
North Monterey County High School College Fair
On Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM the College Fair took place in the Forum lead with a Academic Success Strategies presentation and followed by students, parents and guardians visiting over 20 tabling representatives around the room. Colleges with representatives present: CSU Monterey Bay, Fresno Pacific University, Golden Gate University, Academy of Art University, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, Cabrillo College, Sacramento State, UTI -Universal Technical Institute, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, Brandman University, Cogswell Technical College, CSUMB – CAMP Program, Maryville University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, UCLA, Central Coast College, Grand Canyon University, US NAVY, CET - Center for Employment Training, UC Berkeley
Prunedale Elementary Career Day
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Prunedale Elementary explored over ten different career paths during Career Day on November 16 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Professional included Henry Martinez-Firefighter, North Monterey County Fire; Miguel Guerra- Assistant Vice-President Wells Fargo (parent); Linda Lines-Retired Teacher, President of the Board of Education, North Monterey County Unified School District; Kerry Kantman- Registered Emergency Room Nurse at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (parent); Bethany Collins- Graphic & Web Page Designer (parent); Guadalupe Jaime- Certified Court Interpreter & Translator at County of Monterey (parent); Phillip McCullick- Video Game Developer at Kodeable (parent); Higiunio Ramirez- Financial Advisor (parent); Laureen Diephof-Freelance Journalist; Taran Barca-Hall-Central Coast Regional Director at Junior Achievement of Northern CA; Toby Kallenberger- Self-Employed Businessman (parent); Danny Martin- Officer, Sand City Police Department (parent); Santiago Pineda-Officer, California Highway Patrol (parent). Each student had a series of questions prepared for the professional; highlights included materials and gear brought by several of the professionals.
“From the Artichoke Center of the World," began the introduction from the MC at the Centennial Parade in Carmel-By-the-Sea. On Saturday, October 29 North Monterey County High School band and color guard joined the centennial celebration of Carmel-By-The-Sea.
Coder Dojo is Underway
The North Monterey County Unified School District is in partnership with Hartnell College to bring Hartnell’s CoderDojo program. CoderDojo program is free programming courses to North County taught at a District site. Over the course of six Saturday classes, students will learn the language of computers to create websites, applications, games, and more. No experience necessary!
The program is for any student attending a North Monterey County Unified School between the ages of 8 and 17. The first session took place on Saturday October 15. Classes will continue to take place on Saturdays ending November 19 at North Monterey County High School.
College and Career Day 2016
On Wednesday October 19th, Condors participated in the 1st Annual College and Career Day. The entire school community participated in a variety of events to help inform and prepare students for their futures. Although students reported to different areas depending on their grade level, the day started at 8:15 and ended at 3:15.
9th Grade Students
Freshman students had the opportunity to see firsthand the different career-technical education opportunities available to them. Each freshman toured the Hartnell College’s Advanced Technology programs at their Alisal Campus, the Monterey County Office of Education’s Media Center for Art, Education, and Technology, and the CTE and College resources available at NMCHS.
10th and 11th Grade Students
Sophomores and Juniors took the newly redesigned PSAT, the precursor to the SAT taken by many seniors for college applications. The PSAT allowed students to not only familiarize themselves with the SAT format but also get detailed information on how well they are performing in different subject areas to help them find areas of strengths and areas of improvement. Additionally, the PSAT allows students to access certain college scholarships that are only available to students who score at certain levels on the PSAT, including the National Merit Scholarship Program.
12th Grade Students
Seniors participated in a variety of different college and career presentations and activities to prepare them for career path exploration and/or college applications. Students learned about: the college application process, how to write a personal statement and apply for scholarships, how to succeed in different career paths and other useful information from our North Monterey County Unified faculty, college and career staff, and invited experts from different career sectors.
Castroville Plaza Celebrates 10 years
Castroville Plaza celebrates 10 years with a walk down memory lane with guest speakers that helped set forth the Plaza and the community of today that uses and visits the Plaza for its diverse services.
Sunset Center Partnership
The Twyla Tharp Dance Company visited Prunedale Elementary, Elkhorn Elementary and Echo Valley Elementary to teach students how to choreograph, dance and be creative. The Twyla Dance Company’s visit is thanks to The Sunset Center’s Classroom Connections. The program gives students the opportunity to learn more about the arts by processing and producing the art form. Students learned about the different types of dance and were able to help choreograph a song. The Twyla Thar Dance Company artists’ visit to our elementary schools was just a day before students were able to visit the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea to see the visiting artists preform pieces from Twyla Tharp. The performance included the visiting artists in costumes, with live dramatic music and dance moves unique to our students. The performance also followed a question and answer period between our students and the Twyla Tharp Dance Company.
Garden Day at Prunedale Elementary
Fall season has begun and Prunedale Elementary took the first day of October to beautify their Garden. See the before picture on the left and after picture on the right. "Thanks to the families that came to help clean up and replant our garden for fall, it looks great," Melissa Lewington, Prunedale Principal.
Our Students are Tech Savvy
Click HERE for a clip from our ASES program participating in the TECH Challenge earlier this year.
Elkhorn’s Lunch on the Lawn.
Parents and guardians joined their students for lunch at the annual Lunch on the lawn at Elkhorn Elementary. All students were invited to participate and join the bright sun, green grass and Ocelot family for an exciting and fun lunch.
The High School Migrant office ¡esta presente!
With an ice cream treat welcomed Claudia Diaz, Migrant Program Director; Teresa Ayala-Alverez, Secondary Advisor; Jose Yanez, OSY Advocate and Adrian Rocha, OSY Advocate; the current Migrant Students to the new Migrant Office. Since the Library/Media Center Renovation the Migrant office is located adjunct to the Center. Migrant students have their own space to complete homework, receive help with college applications and more. Migrant Students are welcome to visit the space for any assistance.
Welcome Fall Sports!
Fall sports received energy and recognition at the first rally of the year.
Volleyball, Football, Golf and Cross Country are underway with practice, meets, games and Tees. Click here for a full schedule of games and support our Condors!
Prunedale sets up for the rest of the academic year
Back to School Night set up students, Parents and teachers to a fun-filled and educational academic year. Classrooms were filled with parents asking questions and students showing off their learnings for the first 3 weeks of school.
Middle School Spirit
Middle School kicks off the academic school year with a spirit rally and Back to School Night. Featured were games, and excitement from students and teachers.
High School Gymnasium opening
After a summer of closure the North Monterey County High School Gym is open with positive and exclamatory reactions from students and staff. All students’ phones and cameras were out to capture the moment in which the gym officially opened its doors. Students had no previous view of the outcome that was revealed the morning of August 26.
Along with the gym came wrestling mats and sports equipment for all students to use through the PE department and after school programs.
Upcoming sports games, PE courses and school activities will enjoy the updated facility. The updated gymnasium was a project funded through Measure H, approved in November 2013. Measure H provided $23.8 million for critical renovations and upgrades for the schools within North Monterey County.
Echo Valley back to school night- Message of the night and updates
Echo Valley is working with each student depending on their personal ability and needs by creating better methods of learning specific to the student; the focus is in literacy, mathematics and thinking critically. Parent participation is expected to grow this year.
New this year includes: lunch schedule with one grade at a time, organized bus dismissal, 300 Chromebooks that will be used in the classrooms, availability of 20 hours/weekly of the counselor, new coach for teachers, plenty of literacy materials.
Elkhorn Elementary kicks the academic year off with its second year of its Physical Education Program
“We have phenomenal teachers that are firm, fair and fun,” states Sue Kelly, 3rd grade teacher at Elkhorn Elementary.
Through the PE program, students are learning: sportsmanship, corporation, team building and trust through a series of tasks. “My favorite is “Minute to Win It,” said David, 6th grader. The program has lead students to conduct the activities on their own; some students do the activities at lunch, practicing on their own. Students are quickly learning the end goal of the program of lifelong teaching. “PE is fun, we have fun with teamwork,” Destany, 6th grader.
The Physical Education program is every Monday and Friday for each grade, students should wear their running shoes and be prepared to learn all about movement.