• CAstroville Teen Leadership Council volunteers at County event

    Posted by Ana De Castro Maquiz on 11/15/2017


    Monterey County Office of Education, Mirgant Education Program Region 16 welcomed Dr. Francisco Jimenez. Dr. Jimenez is author of The Circuit  and Breaking Through among others gave a lecture about his writings at the Sherwood Hall in Salinas, CA. Our students volunteered thier time and were facinated by the experience.  

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  • Youth Cinema Summer Project

    Posted by Ana De Castro Maquiz on 7/24/2017

    Over the summer NMCUSD students worked closely with professional film makers on a special project to expose them to the exciting procedure of creating commercials. These students went through the production process from start to finish which included brainstorming ideas, working in teams, and producing several 30 minute videos. This program helped the students develop leadership skills and also helped stimulate creativity while reinforcing literacy.  All students participated in writing, producing, acting and editing their own commercials.  
    See our students' videos here

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  • NMCUSD Awards Night

    Posted by Ana De Castro Maquiz on 5/23/2017 7:00:00 PM

    May 23 was Awards Night at North Monterey County High School. The evening began with three select pieces from the high school band and followed by scholarships and school department awards. We are so proud of all students awarded! Congratulations!

    Forum Stage full of scholarship recipients

    salidictorian Awardee on Forum Stage

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  • Monterey County Reads delivers books

    Posted by Ana De Castro Maquiz on 5/12/2017

    Claudia Diaz-Abraham read to student On Friday May 12, Mrs. Guerrero's 2nd grade class at Elkhorn Elementary School received a visit from the Panetta Institute. The Panetta Institutes' Monterey County Reads delivered books to students in the class that have been improving their reading. The students enjoy guest one-on-one readers through the program.

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  • Unifying to End Cyber Bullying: A Forum to Empower Students to Create a Positive School Culture

    Posted by Ana De Castro Maquiz on 2/23/2017

    Unifying To End Cyber Bullying: A Forum to Empower Students to Create a Positive School Culture

    On Wednesday, February 22 approximately 500 students, parents, guardians, and school staff members from all across North Monterey County Unified School District gathered at the North Monterey County High School gymnasium for an evening with nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and youth motivator, Michael Pritchard. 

    Pritchard is highly recognized all across the country for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on life skills. Drawing from his counseling background he teaches communication skills, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress. 

    He directly interacted with students, staff, and parents about something very near and dear, the “Upstander” message. 

    The event was sponsored by Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival with special acknowledgements to Monterey County Board of Education and the Monterey County Office of Education.

    A pre-event dinner, prepared by North Monterey County Child Nutrition Services and served by students from the North Monterey County High School Culinary program honored Michael Pritchard and Monterey County Office of Education. 

    Transitional Kindergarten students (pictured left) from Echo Valley Elementary opened the program by reciting their daily pledge “Today Will Be A Good Day,” kicking off the event with a positive and encouraging tone.

    Jessica Jacobo, ASB Vice President followed presenting a “Kindness/Respect” Chain every school built. The chain was carried in by students and staff members from NMCUSD.

    The chain looped around the gymnasium several times showing the impact each act and thought of kindness from NMCUSD can create.

    The attendees then joined Michael Pritchard in reciting the “Upstander” Pledge.  Pritchard carried the message of love, support and acceptance throughout the evening. A clip from the documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” was played; this helped transition into a conversation, led by Pritchard, of respect and community through an “Upstander” message. 

    Several students, a parent, and a teacher were able to share their personal experience with being bullied; each expressed their feelings and shared solutions they believed would help their peers and community. 

    The NMCUSD has planned follow up activities at their school to continue the “Upstander” message. North Monterey County High School will continue its “Upstander” model with its own “Legacy We Live” of respect, kindness and love.  The middle school will continue their “Upstander” message by paving the path for higher expectations from all of us to support their quality of education and quality of life.  Additionally, North Monterey County High School leadership students will work with elementary leadership students to carry-on the message of caring for others with “The Legacy We Live.”

    All students that attended were given a “North Monterey County Cares” T-shirt.  The evening concluded with a performance from North County Middle School 8th Grade band. Thank you to all who were able to attend this memorable event for our community. 

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  • Questions?
    Please contact Ana De Castro, Public Information Officer, (831) 633-3343 ext. 1244, ana_decastro@nmcusd.org