November 15, 2013

Music Teacher, Michael Hayden, takes State's Top Teacher Award

Michael Hayden, lead choral instructor and head of the Music Department at Mira Costa High School, was recently named a California Teacher of the Year.  Only five teachers among California’s 380,000-plus teachers are awarded this special honor. Read more about this significant achievement and Hayden’s journey here.

Imagine That!

TEDx Set to Amaze Sold-Out Crowd on Saturday

This Saturday, November 16th, MBMS will transform into the TEDxManhattanBeach’s stage for the fourth annual day-long conference. This year’s event focuses on creativity – Imagine That! -- and will again feature an  impressive group of speakers. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a ticket, you’re out of luck. This years’ event, co-sponsored by MBEF, City of Manhattan Beach, and MBUSD, is sold out. The good news is that eNews will let you know when the videos are ready. Read more about the event here.


MBEF Pledge Day Highlights Annual Appeal

This year’s Pledge Day was another great success, bringing our community together to focus on everything your donations do for our schools. Parents donated over $600,000, putting us closer to our Annual Appeal goal. Each school hosted coffee from MBEF Business Sponsor, Two Guns Espresso. Smiling teams of volunteers answered questions and distributed the new “We Love MBEF” signs now seen around town. If you haven’t donated, please do so here. And thank you to our donors, with a special recognition to those who go above and beyond with gifts of $5,000 or more. 


FOCUS ON GRANTS: CCC Gets New Counselors

MBEF eNews recently caught up with our two new College and Career Center counselors, Kristi Branim and Megen Anspach. Read about what Costa offers our students, their tips for parents on college choices and their favorite college search resources here.

What else do your gifts fund? Exlpore our grants here.

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

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

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

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