Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2012’

DUSD cuts energy consumption

The Downey Unified School District notched another feather in its cap when it was named an Energy Star Leader by the federal government’s Energy Star program. This means, according to a press release issued by DUSD, that the district has “demonstrated environmental leadership by achieving a portfolio average energy performance score of 99 for the year 2011,” the federal citation …

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Stauffer Foundation donates $15K

The Mary T. Stauffer Foundation on Wednesday presented a $15,000 donation to the Columbia Memorial Space Center to pay for field trips by fifth grade classes in the Downey Unified School District to experience a simulated mission to the moon in the Challenger Learning Center. Accepting the welcome donation from foundation CEO Dr. Mary Stauffer was space center programs manager …

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Eleven CTE students qualify for national contest

Nineteen students representing as many CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses offered at both Downey High and Warren High Schools were presented by director Phil Davis to the Board of Education members on Tuesday last week, with several of the students distinguishing themselves by winning golds and silvers and bronzes in the various regional and state competitions they entered. One …

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Warren students win with solar-powered boat

Warren High School’s solar boat team brought home several trophies at the Metropolitan Water District Solar Cup race this past weekend at Lake Skinner. The race is recognized as the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition in which students build, equip and race 16-ft., single-seat canoes powered only by the sun. The Warren team earned first place for their PSA video …

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DUSD students receiving morning ethics lesson

Downey Unified School District has been selected by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, the creators of our CHARACTER COUNTS! program, to pilot short school announcements (about 90 seconds) consisting of commentaries by Michael Josephson. Patterned after his long-running award-winning radio commentaries, these CHARACTER COUNTS! essays will be tailored to inspire our middle and high school students to think more deeply …

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Opportunity Garden

With minimal direction from their teacher, Kent Kiess, the boys and girls, each with a loaded tool belt and a blue t-shirt began to assemble tables, saws, stacks of lumber and a canopy to create a variety of work stations. It was a beautiful day and there was a lot to be accomplished. That day was monumental in the sense …

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