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Newport-Mesa praises 'social and emotional support' for students at State of the Schools breakfast

Newport-Mesa praises 'social and emotional support' for students at State of the Schools breakfast
Karen Yelsey, Newport-Mesa Unified School District board president, speaks during the district's fourth annual State of the Schools breakfast on Wednesday at Costa Mesa High School. (Kevin Chang | Staff Photographer)

It was a celebration of education at the fourth annual Newport-Mesa Unified School District State of the Schools breakfast on Wednesday.

Hundreds attended the event in Costa Mesa High School's newly renovated gym. Proceeds from donations will benefit the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.

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The breakfast included performances from Costa Mesa High singers and jazz musicians, a highlight reel explaining the district's educational offerings, and remarks from Mesa ASB President Manuel Morales and Principal Jake Haley. The table settings were Western-themed with horseshoes — a nod to Mesa's mascot, the Mustang.

In a keynote address, Russell Lee-Sung, acting district superintendent in place of Fred Navarro, who remains on leave following an injury in August, touted Newport-Mesa's recent accolades and award-winning teachers and staff.

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Band teacher Sandy Gilboe directs the Costa Mesa High School jazz band at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District State of the Schools breakfast on Wednesday at Costa Mesa High.
Band teacher Sandy Gilboe directs the Costa Mesa High School jazz band at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District State of the Schools breakfast on Wednesday at Costa Mesa High. (Kevin Chang | Staff Photographer)

He noted new efforts to address students' mental health and wellness, including hiring full-time social workers, and the campus receiving about 15 recognitions from the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports program, which seeks to establish a positive school climate.

"The state of Newport-Mesa Unified School District is as strong as ever, fiscally, academically and with the comprehensive social and emotional support our students deserve," Lee-Sung said.

He also described how new software is helping to monitor students' attendance.

Newport-Mesa will continue to support technology and innovation through its Chromebook, robotics and summer engineering programs, Lee-Sung said.

He also noted recent improvements to Newport-Mesa campuses, including new playgrounds, the modernization of Early College High School and work at Mustangs and Davidson fields.

Costa Mesa High School Principal Jake Haley, wearing a cowboy hat inspired by the school's mascot speaks during Wednesday's State of the Schools breakfast.
Costa Mesa High School Principal Jake Haley, wearing a cowboy hat inspired by the school's mascot speaks during Wednesday's State of the Schools breakfast. (Kevin Chang | Staff Photographer)

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