Project Lead the Way 2020-21 Presentations

Sage Creek High School students in the Engineering Design and Development pathway at Sage Creek High School completed their Project Lead the Way presentations on Monday, March 1, 2021.

The presentations are a culmination of 12 years of the students’ education in the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) and as participants in the programs granted by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. From Foundation-funded programs like robotics, Science Olympiad, science teaching assistants, and beyond, these projects show the amazing work CUSD students can accomplish.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a non-profit organization that develops hands-on, project-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula for use by elementary, middle, and high schools. Sage Creek High School offers students the Engineering and Biomedical Sciences pathways.

Donor impact through the Foundation provides students with a $50 budget to prototype a product for class. Students start with product specifications, build the prototype, and then self-evaluate against the specifications.

PLTW teaches technical skills through product development within a real-world setting. All PLTW programs are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts, as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

More than 100 universities and colleges have partnered with PLTW to administer professional development, support schools throughout their state, and give academic credit for selected PLTW high school courses.

For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit the PLTW website.

Watch the student presentations on the YouTube Playlist.

Five Tips to Help Navigate Transition!

Our expert panel from January’s Community Talk, ‘Navigating Through Transition: How to Cope Successfully with Change,’ shared personal experiences that helped them deal with change.

Five highlights from the discussion:

“A way to keep kids motivated is to create a space that allows them to be creative and helps remind them what they are working towards.”

Leah Baker, Panelist
School Counselor at Carlsbad High School and Educational Liaison with the San Diego County Office of Education Foster Youth Services.

“The more compassion we have for each other, the smoother this transition will be.”

Jill McManigal, Panelist
Co-Founder of Kids for Peace, a nonprofit that empowers kids to create peace through service, acts of kindness, and The Great Kindness Challenge event.

“Take this time of isolation for personal growth. Learn a new skill and get closer to a family member.”

Nolan Mejia, Panelist
Sage Creek High School Senior and founder of Grocery Grab, a free grocery shopping service to senior citizens and other at-risk groups to reduce the risk of being exposed to Covid-19.

“Some things that can help internally could be breathwork, meditation, exercise, and journaling.”

Kevin Kirk, Panelist
Former Navy SEAL and founder of the Make a Wake Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches students (grades K-6) the power that just one positive action can have on the world.

“Do something for someone else when you are feeling stuck.”

Scott Schimmel, Moderator
President of The YouSchool, which creates curriculum for students and training for teachers and parents to help children build successful and meaningful lives.

– Hosted by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation in Partnership with the Carlsbad Unified School District’s Parent University –

Navigating Through Transition: How to Cope Successfully with Change

Navigating Through Transition: How to Cope Successfully with Change

In partnership with the Carlsbad Unified School District and Parent University, the Carlsbad
Educational Foundation presents its second panel webinar – Navigating Through Transition:
How to Cope Successfully with Change.

Join our panelists on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., as they share personal
experiences navigating through transition and learn about resources to help you cope and
navigate through changes related to the pandemic and life’s inevitable transitions. Registration
for this webinar is free.

Introducing the Panel:

  • Scott Schimmel, Moderator – President of The YouSchool, which creates curriculum for
    students and training for teachers and parents so that all kids have what they need to build
    not just successful but meaningful lives.
  • Kevin Kirk, Panelist – Former Navy SEAL and founder of the Make a Wave Foundation,
    a nonprofit that teaches students (grades K-6) the power that just one positive action can
    have on the world.
  • Nolan Mejia, Panelist – Sage Creek High School Senior and founder of Grocery Grab, a
    free grocery shopping service to senior citizens and other at-risk groups to reduce the risk
    of being exposed to Covid-19.
  • Jill McManigal, Panelist – Co-Founder of Kids for Peace, a nonprofit that empowers kids
    to create peace through hands-on service, global friendships, thoughtful acts of kindness,
    and The Great Kindness Challenge event.
  • Leah Becker, Panelist – School Counselor at Carlsbad High School and former Mental
    Health Specialist with EMQ Children and Family Services and former Educational
    Liaison with the San Diego County Office of Education Foster Youth Services.

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is presenting this panel webinar as part of its
#MoveForwardTogether campaign, launched in response to the Covid-19 health and economic
crisis. The first webinar, “Supporting Our Students’ Social-Emotional Needs During the
Pandemic,” was hosted in September. The conversation and additional resources to support
social-emotional needs are available online.

Register for the free webinar, “Navigating Through Transition: How to Cope Successfully with
Change” by visiting https://carlsbaded.org/community-talks/.

To support students and public education in Carlsbad during this most challenging time, visit
www.CarlsbadEd.org/donate. Every dollar donated through the Foundation will address evolving
challenges and new needs in our schools caused by the pandemic.

Your investment will also help ensure many critical curriculum-based programs in Music,
STEAM, and Innovation are provided and adapted to align with the CUSD’s learning models.
For more information visit www.CarlsbadEd.org.

To watch a recording of Community Talk, click here.

Carlsbad Educational Foundation Presents Carols of Carlsbad: A Showcase of Music from Carlsbad Students

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) celebrates the music programs of the Carlsbad
Unified School District (CUSD) at its annual Carols of Carlsbad event.

Students in CEF’s elementary music program, as well as middle and high school students in
choir, band and orchestra, perform holiday carols at the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Omni La
Costa Resort & Spa. Stay for carols, enjoy complimentary cookies, cocoa, and holiday festivities– including a visit from skydiving Santa!

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation funds music programs at every CUSD school. In the 2019-20 school year, CEF granted more than $350,000 to CUSD for music education, including:

  • A dedicated music teacher in every elementary school to instruct weekly K-5 music
    classes
  • Middle and high school music equipment and instrument repairs
  • Middle and high school music coaches and specialists
  • High school spring musicals and theater operations assistants

Carols of Carlsbad is a free event to say thank you to our community of parents, businesses, and
partners who help ensure music is part of the excellent educational provided by the CUSD.

You may support music and more than 35 other programs by donating to the Carlsbad
Educational Foundation. Every donation of just $50 provides one week of music instruction to an entire K-5 class. Make a gift online today: www.CarlsbadEd.org/Donate.