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Category: Student Spotlight

Irvine Students are Back in School

Last year, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) students had the option to choose their academic model for the year. The hybrid model allowed two days of in-person learning and two days of online learning on the video-chatting app, Zoom. The Irvine Virtual Academy (IVA) model was strictly online learning. Some students at the elementary school level had the option to return to a traditional in-person model.

For the 2021-2022 school year, IUSD is inching towards a return to ‘normalcy’ with its academic model selections. The IVA model is still available this year for families who choose to opt-out of the traditional in-person learning. With the new state mandates, IUSD still requires students and staff to wear masks at all times indoors, but masks are currently not required outdoors.

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Woodbridge High School Junior Wins Orange County Film Festival

Woodbridge High School junior Jake Sanjongco has won the Orange County (OC) Film Festival for American singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker’s song “End.”

The OC Film Festival is an annual, one-night event showcasing work from high school filmmakers all over Orange County.

Through his music video, Sanjongco hopes to tell the story about losing loved ones and being left with the guilt from all of the mistakes and memories made.

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IUSD Hybrid Learning Update

It’s now been several weeks since students returned to IUSD schools. I personally attend Woodbridge High, the school with the most students on campus on any given day with over 1,000 students and faculty back on campus.

These past weeks have given me a better understanding of hybrid learning. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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Irvine Schools Reopen

Irvine Unified School District schools have transitioned to hybrid learning. For the first time in six months, students finally re-inhabited the halls of the various campuses across Irvine. To say the least, it was an experience.

My teachers sounded stressed. I was stressed. The first two days were not a particularly positive experience.

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IUSD Schools Will Start the Fall Semester Online

Under Governor Gavin’s rules for reopening schools this fall, any California county classified as a “red zone” must offer digital courses only, without any in-person classes, regardless of public or private school.

Since Orange County is currently classified as a “red zone,” all Irvine schools will begin the new school year online.

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Meet Nithin Parthasarathy:  Northwood High School Student & Founder of the Zero Waste Initiative

Nithin Parthasarathy is a student at Irvine’s Northwood High School whose passion for sustainability and food equity led him to establishing the Zero Waste Initiative.

While eating at Bruegger’s Bagels here in Irvine, Nithin noticed workers throwing away surplus bagels that they couldn’t sell at the end of the day.  Realizing that a lot of shops throw surplus food away, Nithin decided to take action.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Goes Digital

Along with online learning at school, Advanced Placement (AP) testing has also made the switch to digital.

These tests occur once a year, evaluating a high school students’ year of learning. A strong score on the test can waive necessary college credit for graduation later.

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COVID-19 and Its Impact on Irvine High School Students

All IUSD schools have transitioned to distance learning.  This switch was meant to protect teachers and students alike from COVID-19 (coronavirus).

On Wednesday, March 18th, all classes at my high school, Woodbridge High, transitioned to online. This new way of learning is drastically different from traditional high schools. 

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