June 11, 2015

Thank you!
We want to take a moment to thank you. Thank you for staying informed, for volunteering in your kids’ classes, for giving us feedback, and for investing in our schools. There is no question that your financial support has a significant impact on the educational opportunities, both traditional and exploratory, our schools are able to provide. For example, in 2015/16 we will be adding three additional units of STEM at the middle school. Last year at this time, there were 100 students who were not able to participate in a STEM class. This year, through your support and feedback, every child who applied to take STEM has been offered a spot. This is just one example, but this single opportunity can significantly impact our children’s lives, the paths they choose or don’t choose. These kinds of opportunities take more than money; they take dedication, and they take partnership from all community stakeholders. Thank you for being part of the community.


The Shift to STEM: Project Lead the Way
The cultural shift around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teaching and learning is dramatically affecting education around the world. Studies show that our global economy is changing – and jobs in STEM fields are estimated to grow by 17% by 2018, leaving more than 1.2 million STEM jobs open because there are not enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is not just a “buzz word” – it is a reality for the students of today and tomorrow. Read more here...

  Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely To Succeed
More than 900 parents attended the conversation about the future of education and watch Most Likely To Succeed, a highly acclaimed documentary exploring how students learn and the future of education in the United States. Touted as a message Americans need to hear now to start the discussion on how to better prepare our children for the future, the movie features High Tech High, a San Diego High School centered around project based learning (PBL). Lectures are rare, if any. Projects, intrinsic motivation, collaboration, creativity, grit, persistence, courage, and empathy are abundant. Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Read more here...

  Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring: All Mira Costa Students Benefit
Peer tutoring can be traced to the school budget hardships of the late 18th and early 19th centuries when tutoring became an essential part of maintaining a quality education. By definition, peer tutoring is a system of instruction in which learners and teachers, other students at the school, help each other. The benefits of peer tutoring are many – not only does it bring a clearer understanding of a subject to the pupil, it also provides the tutor with essential skills in the art of translation. In either case, the collaboration and growth that occurs is one of the most powerful tools for educational change.

The tried and true practice of peer tutoring is thriving at Mira Costa High School. To learn more, click here.


Mira Costa Class of 2015
Thank you to the parents who have donated on behalf of their graduating senior. We are truly greatful for your support! it is not too late to give a gift in honor of your son or daughter. Please click here to give now.

Renata and Gonen Abrahami on behalf of Samantha Abrahami
Debby and Irv Edwards on behalf of Steven Edwards
Catherine Gaillard on behalf of Hannah Perch
Amy and Mark Howorth on behalf of Jack Howorth
Faith and Tom Lyons on behalf of Phoebe Lyons
Linda and Robert Pahl on behalf of Adam Pahl
Katherine Robak
Ellen and Mike Rosenberg on behalf of Joseph Rosenberg
Jennifer and John Russell on behalf of Derek Russell
Frances and Steven Schiff on behalf of Catherine Schiff
Caren and Rick Sheckter in honor of Dana’s Graduation
Tiffanee and Michael Watts on behalf of Katelyn Watts
Anna Yu and Bing Wu on behalf of John Wu


This article by a Stanford Dean feels painfully true. How do we as a community/ parents shift this cycle of over- parenting and over-stressing? How can we find the space and time to let kids be kids so that they can grow into independent adults? "Did the safety-conscious, academic achievement-focused, self-esteem-promoting, checklisted childhood that has been commonplace since the mid-1980s and in many communities has become the norm, rob kids of the chance to develop into healthy adults?... We treat our kids like rare and precious botanical specimens and provide a deliberate, measured amount of care and feeding while running interference on all that might toughen and weather them. But humans need some degree of weathering in order to survive the larger challenges life will throw our way. Without experiencing the rougher spots of life, our kids become exquisite, like orchids, yet are incapable, sometimes terribly incapable, of thriving in the real world on their own." Click here to read more.

MBEF would like to recognize the following Business Sponsors
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:

Fresh Brothers   Bank of the West      

Thank you to all of our Business Sponsors. Click here for a full list and to learn more.

About MBEF:  Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is an independent non-profit established by parents and community leaders to financially support the seven public schools of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.  Since 1983, MBEF has granted much needed funds to supplement state funding and has helped MBUSD continually rank in the top 1% of school districts in California.  With nearly 3,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5 million, MBEF is one of the oldest and most successful educational foundations in the state.  Any questions or concerns about this communication should be sent to communications@mbef.org.

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