News from Santa Barbara Unified School District

Last week, San Marcos High School’s Virtual Enterprise “company,” Coastal Glass & Creations, took the silver at the 2015 Virtual Enterprise International Trade Fair’s web design competition in New York. Eight students represented San Marcos in the Global Business Challenge, a challenge where students were separated and re-grouped with students from eight other countries for a highly competitive, unrehearsed presentation. The newly configured team was charged with justifying why a real corporation, Victorinox ®, should launch a perfume line.

“All thirty groups competed in the preliminary round; after which only six groups qualified for the finalist championship round,” explained Virtual Enterprise teacher Tami Ryan, “and in those six finalist groups were three San Marcos students: Elizabeth Carlos, Armando Chavez, and Marcos Valdivia, Jr.” Valdivia and his group proudly placed second.

The eight students were able to visit iconic New York sites, and even take in a Bulls vs. Nets game, and a Red Sox vs. Yankees game. “It was fantastic to see San Marcos’ name up on the score boards,” said Florita Charco, “we were so thrilled to be there.” The students also saw the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Ground Zero 9-11 Memorial, Barclays Center, the Body Worlds Exhibition, Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, Times Square, and Central Park.

According to the Virtual Enterprises International website, VEI simulates a real business, in which students perform as executives and department employees to run a fictitious company. Through hands-on projects, students create and sell a product for virtual dollars. Students gain a skill set in commerce, something many young people do not learn until they are actually employed.
Free: Viva el Arte to Present Las Cafeteras

On Sunday, April 26, 7:00 p.m., the Marjorie Luke Theatre and UCSB Arts and Lectures present the final free family concert of this Viva el Arte season. Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras’ sound is brought to life by the eclectic instrumentation including jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone, cajón, and a wooden platform used to dance zapateado jarocho. Their debut studio album “It’s Time”, has received great reviews across the country and the group was named “Best Latin Alternative Band 2013” by LA Weekly. The Marjorie Luke Theatre is located on the Santa Barbara Junior High School campus.
Save the Date: Cinco de Mayo at Harding Elementary School

On Friday, May 1, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Harding University Partnership School will hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration. There will be family activities, free entertainment, Mexican food available for purchase, plus a silent auction. The event, put together by the Harding School Foundation, raises funds to support and promote the International Baccalaureate program so that students can enjoy integrated learning through field trips, educational presentations, and hands-on experiences. For more infromation and updates, go to Harding School is located at 1625 Robbins Street, Santa Barbara.
Save the Date: Cinco de Mayo at San Marcos High School

San Marcos High’s MUJERcitas and Cruisers Bike Club will present a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Tuesday, May 5, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The celebration will feature DJ Charco, Sergio Romero Guitar Club, Danza Folklorica. There will be a photo booth, drinks, appetizers, and a raffle. Tickets are $3 (presale) or $5 at the door. For more information call (805) 406-5644.

Harlem Ambassadors Headed to Roosevelt Elementary School

The Harlem Ambassadors comedy basketball team will perform a “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs, Don’t Be a Bully” assembly at Roosevelt Elementary School on Wednesday, May 6, at 8:45 a.m.

During the 40-45 minute assembly, 2-3 Harlem Ambassadors will share personal stories about overcoming obstacles and the character qualities needed to succeed. Students will hear inspiring stories about avoiding negative influences (drugs, alcohol, and peer pressure), not being a bully, the importance of working hard in school and getting an education, and showing respect to yourself and others. The assembly includes an interactive teacher/student component, ball-handling artistry, and music.

Free this Weekend: Science Discovery Day at Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program will host “Science Discovery Day” on Saturday, April 25, from 1:00–5:00 p.m. on East Campus.

This no-cost event—with free parking—is geared toward the entire family and will introduce guests to interactive displays showcasing the wonders of our world.

• Live sea and land critters

• Video game and programming demonstrations

• Fun, interactive chemistry experiments

• Biotechnology and glowing bacteria

• Hands-on earthquake demonstrations

• Solar telescopes

Detailed maps showing the location of all activities will be available at the welcome desk in front of the SBCC Bookstore upon arrival.


Barbara Keyani
Coordinator, Administrative Services and Communications
Santa Barbara Unified School District
720 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-4338, ext. 6206

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