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Volume 6, Issue 29  | April 9, 2021

School Notes

NMUSD making plans for end-of-year graduation and promotion festivities

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) and their schools have begun discussions and planning efforts for end-of-the-year graduations and promotions, which will now be in-person should Orange County remain in the Orange Tier or better.

In-person graduations and promotions will be planned to include speeches and performances, with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. These will include the following requirements: two guests per graduate (or four guests if OC moves to the Yellow Tier), masks required and social distancing.

Because not everyone will want or be able to attend, the in-person graduations and promotions will have live-streaming available for each event.

The schedule of events is as follows: 

High Schools – Back Bay/Monte Vista High School, Thursday, June 10 at 10 a.m., in-person at the Hyatt Regency Amphitheater; Corona del Mar High School, Thursday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m., in-person at Davidson Field; Newport Harbor High School, Thursday, June 10 at 6 p.m., in-person at Davidson Field.

Middle Schools – Corona del Mar Middle School, Wednesday, June 9 at 1 p.m., in-person at Davidson Field; Ensign Intermediate School, Wednesday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m., in person at Davidson Field.

Additional details about the graduations and promotions, including sixth grade promotions, will be shared by the school administration as it becomes available. Schools also will share information related to end-of-year activities and senior events, as guidance on these gatherings was recently updated. 

Twelve district schools, including five from Newport Beach, recognized by Honor Roll program

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announced that 12 district schools that have been recognized as California Honor Roll Schools by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. The Honor Roll program is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. 

The Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition also includes high student college readiness. 

The Newport Beach schools recognized for their first year include Corona del Mar High School, Eastbluff Elementary, Newport Coast Elementary and Newport Harbor High School. Andersen Elementary is on the list being recognized for the second year.

“We are thankful for the hard work of our students and teachers,” said Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung. “This recognition acknowledges the focus and commitment to student success that our school and parent community continually work toward,” he said.

Other district schools receiving honors include California Elementary, Early College High School, Estancia High School, Killybrooke Elementary, Davis Magnet, Paularino Elementary and Sonora Elementary.

Virtual meeting designed to set your child up for success

Dr. Phil D’Agostino, Director of Student Services, will be sharing tips and suggestions to set your child up for success, including building character and resiliency on Wednesday, April 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. This presentation is for all grade levels but will focus on unique elementary, middle and high school age-appropriate tips.

You can join the Virtual Parent Education Meeting at

For more information on upcoming sessions, visit

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