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More than 700 Students Participate in Summer Programs
Posted 7/25/18

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) attracted more than 700 students to its Summer Engineering Academy, Music Academy, and Costa Mesa SMART CAMP Program. Students needing additional support also had opportunities to participate in English and math summer programs to better prepare them before advancing to the next grade level.  

Students at Summer Engineering Camp

Summer Engineering Academy

More than 450 first through seventh grade students participated in the three-week Summer Engineering Academy. The academy provided students with the opportunity to use the Engineering is Elementary Curriculum. Students also learned from the California Environment Education Curriculum, which taught them the importance of our environment.

Summer engineering allows students to explore new technologies and get excited about creating their own ideas. Students take pride in solving problems and testing possible solutions.

“I love seeing students get excited about things they originally thought were "too hard" or challenging,” said Lindsey Goff, teacher.

Students had the opportunity to:

  • Design and build cars and boats out of index cards, popsicle sticks, and other materials
  • Design, build, and test water filters, knee braces, and windmills
  • Learn basic coding skills using Ozobots, which are pocket-sized robots, coded/programmed via colored markers and/or iPads
  • Build simple machines in the Lego Robotics room
  • Practice controlling VEX Robots and paper rockets

“We get to do experiments and sometimes we have to figure it out by ourselves,” said second grade student Jazmin Haro. “Sometimes you have the best ideas and you get to build them. Sometimes you need help and your friend can help you solve the problem,” she said.

The Summer Engineering Academy Fair, on July 26, is the culminating event where families have the opportunity to view their students’ engineering projects in action.

Summer Engineering Academy Fair

July 26, 2018, 9 am
Rea Elementary School
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 62627

Summer Engineering Academy Photos

Students in Summer Music Program

Summer Music Academy and City of Costa Mesa SMART Camp Music Program

More than 250 students in grades fourth through eighth participated in the NMUSD Summer Music Academy and the City of Costa Mesa’s SMART CAMP Music Program. Students participated in the three week music program in beginning and intermediate strings, beginning and intermediate band, and jazz band. The Summer Music Academy was offered in the mornings and the City of Costa Mesa's SMART Camp Music Program was offered in the afternoon, giving students a full day of music!

“The music teachers and I are thrilled that we had elementary students working well together and high school volunteers who were great mentors to younger players,” said Mr. Scott Fitzpatrick, music teacher on special assignment.

The highlight of the summer program is typically the culminating summer music concert, where students’ hard work, dedication and talents are showcased through their performances in strings orchestra, concert band, and jazz band.

Join us in celebrating students’ accomplishments:

Summer Music Concert

July 26, 2018
9 am to 12 pm
Rea Elementary
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

9 am - Beginning and Intermediate Strings
10:30 am - Beginning and Intermediate Band

City of Costa Mesa SMART Camp Music Program

1 pm - Intermediate Strings
1:45 pm - Beginning Band
2:15 pm - Jazz Band

Visit the Summer Programs webpage to learn more.

Summer Music Academy Photos

Teacher Assisting Student

Language Explorers English Language Development Program

Nearly 35 English learners, from grades 8-11, had the opportunity to strengthen their skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading in English through the Summer English Language Development Program. Students explored poetry, short stories, their communities and their cultures. They also used art as a vehicle of self-expression while building language. 
Family members were invited to attend an open house where they learned more about the program, toured classrooms, asked questions, and were able to see firsthand the progress their students have made through their displayed work.
One of the highlights from the program was the opportunity for students to visit the California State University, Fullerton campus on July 25th. This exclusive field trip teaches students fundamental skills for preparing for a life after high school. This experience exposes them to a range of possibilities to help them stay focused and engaged in school.

Summer Language Program Photos