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Bouchard and Dupree awarded Teacher and Employee of the Year

Special education teacher Susie Bouchard was named TPHS Teacher of the Year and then SDUHSD Teacher of the Year, and special education instructional aide Janine Dupree was named TPHS Classified Employee of the Year, an award presented to non-credentialed staff members, on Mar. 9. Bouchard and Dupree were nominated by their TPHS co-workers and then won after receiving the most votes by colleagues. Bouchard teaches the Transitional Alternative Program, which is a part of the special education department. The program is for “students who require functional, social, vocational and independent living skills...
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Reduce, reuse, recycle?

Custodian Dave Ham makes his daily rounds in the hallways of the B building after school. He enters each classroom, picks up both the trash and recycling bins by the door and then empties them into a single waste receptacle. According to the SDUHSD Quarterly Refuse and Recycle Weights report for October, November and December of 2016, TPHS recycled 5.01 tons of waste, the second-highest amount of recycling at a school in the district. But, according to Ham, the custodial staff has a limited role in handling recyclable materials on campus. “Cardboard goes into a recycling bin, and then ... each room is ...
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Staff chili cookoff won by Collins

TPHS staff participated in the second annual Chili Cook-Off during lunch on Feb. 2 in the woodshop room, and Don Collins took top honors. There were eight slow cookers full of chili sampled by staff members who voted for their favorite without knowing the chefs. The grand prize included several gift cards and bags totaling $50-$100, donated by Starbucks, Trader Joes, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Westroot Tavern, Souplantation, Bing SurfBoards, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Crust Pizzeria and Snooze Eatery.  By the end of lunch, PALS adviser Don Collins won the competition with his “Beef-Bison Five Pepper Chil...
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One Paseo begins construction

One Paseo, a mixed-use project in Carmel Valley, has raised concerns from students and other residents in the community over its possible negative impacts. The project, which has been in progress for nine years, will be a “special community gathering destination with a new dining and shopping experience, multi-family residences [and] an innovative office campus,” according to Jeanne Kim, the public relations coordinator of One Paseo developer Kilroy Realty. The project will also host community events such as farmer’s markets, art exhibits and other outdoor entertainments.  Kevin Ham (1...
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AP Thornton’s absence shifts responsibilities

Assistant Principal Garry Thornton has been absent from TPHS for over two weeks in January and February.  In an email from Principal Rob Coppo to the school faculty, neither the reason behind Thornton’s absence nor the date of his return was given. During his absence, TPHS has “been given some assistance to support TPHS staff and students,” according to the email. Starting on Feb. 7, former TPHS head counselor Jayme Cambra, who has recently worked as a “counselor on special assignment” for the district, will “assist our school in the interim,” according to Coppo...
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Foundation raises record funds

TPHS Foundation, under Executive Director Nicole Baril, this year took on an ambitious new fundraising campaign, which has raised more money by this point in the year than the foundation has raised in past entire school years. The $244,583 raised so far is $100,000 more than has been raised in a single year in the past. The funds raised thus far which will be used to continue funding Career Technical Education pathways on campus. Baril, who became executive director mid-year last year when former ED Bobbi Karlson retired,simply asked parents to donate what they could. Donors who gave at the bronze level, $80...
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Eleven Japanese cultural exchange students visit TPHS

Eleven Japanese students from Kyoto Girls High School in Kyoto, Japan visited TPHS from Feb. 3-10 as part of TPHS’s first weeklong Japanese cultural exchange program. According to Japanese teacher Sato Umabe, who organized the exchange, the exchange students attended all her Japanese classes as well as other classes with their host students during second, fourth and seventh period on Feb. 9 and 10. Japanese National Honor Society also organized activities for them outside of school. “We hiked at Torrey Pines State Reserve, explored Del Mar and had a beach party and bonfire at Moonlight Beach with...
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Prop AA renovations complete at front of school

Proposition AA renovations at the Del Mar Heights Rd. entrance were completed on Feb. 1, ending the second phase of construction, funded by the $78 million TPHS portion of the $449 million Proposition AA bond. An outside ramp winding up to the B building from the student drop-off area was added, the stairs adjacent to the ramp  were widened and the parking lot in the front was expanded. “There’s been expanded handicap parking and the staff parking has been reopened in the front,” science teacher Brian Bodas said. “I’m already seeing a bunch of people parking out front [incl...