Del Mar Heights Garden Programs
Our flourishing garden programs are providing students an opportunity to learn a variety of concepts while developing a passion for the outdoors. Programs include the popular lunchtime garden club as well as a large variety of classroom and community service projects. Students, teachers, and parents work closely with our fantastic garden coordinator, Stephanie Murphy, to come up with new and inventive ways to cover curriculum.
Chair: Stephanie Murphy
Everyone a Reader
Everyone a Reader is supported by the San Diego County Office of Education and run through our PTA. The program provides blossoming readers in grades one through three a little extra support to help them flourish. Del Mar Heights benefits from having several retirees in the community who loyally serve in this program. Each child in the program reads with a reading buddy two to three times a week.
Everyone a Reader is a great way to work with children one-on-one and be an advocate for readers that need a little extra TLC. Many tutors volunteer for this program for more than one year because they enjoy sharing their love of reading with our children. We are always looking for new tutors!
Chair: Lynne Valentine
This program, currently in its second year, connects students' experience in our main garden with local chefs who work with our students to harvest, prepare and cook food from our crops. Students will have a genuine farm-to-table culinary experience.
Chair: Toya McWilliams & Mike Tanghe
In our continuing workshop series, topics are determined by current trends and the interests of our parents. The PTA provides childcare in order to help make it easier for parents to attend.
Chair: Susannah Stern
Rosetta Stone - Foreign Language Education
The PTA supports students' foreign language education with Rosetta Stone, an online language learning program. Students in both 2nd and 3rd grade use Rosetta Stone during class time. The plan is to continue expanding the program into all upper grades in subsequent years.
These monthly evening events enable our kids and their parents to explore various science topics in a fun and interactive environment. See more here.
Chair: Amy Chelesnik
Social Emotional Curriculum
This schoolwide program increases the success of each student and teacher at our school using techniques to increase focus and build awareness of self, thinking and actions, all while building resiliency.
Chairs: Jazmin Blais & Kate Lampe
In a program unique to Del Mar Heights, UCSD athletes inspire children to develop their physical fitness. Created in 2004, student athletes arrive a the Del Mar Heights campus at 7:15am to play games and sports, enjoy activities, supervise, and mentor elementary students until the school day starts at 8:00am.
Learn more HERE from our write up in the UCSD magazine.
Understanding Differences is a unique, award winning disability awareness program created and developed at Del Mar Heights in 2005. This school-wide program teaches students empathy and understanding through participation in science lessons, simulation exercises, and interactions with guest speakers. Each year, throughout January, the Del Mar Heights community participates in a variety of activities designed to foster tolerance. Understanding Differences is supported by the staff and PTA, over 75 parent volunteers, UCSD undergraduate psychology volunteers as well as by multiple community volunteers with disabilities.
This program was honored by the North Coastal Council PTA with a Program Award of Excellence and has been awarded the California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award. Click HERE for comprehensive program information and Grade level curriculum.
Chair: Dana Arnold & Alexa McGuire
Heights Writes Journalism Club - Chair: Amy Mair
Students explore the types of writing associated with a student newspaper. The student-driven newspaper includes interviews, entertainment pieces, news stories, movie reviews, community events, and much more.
Heights Writes Storytellers Club - Chair: Amy Mair
Students explore the fun and magic of storytelling with a working author during this lunch club. Participants write, workshop, and revise while learning how to create thrilling new worlds and dynamic characters.
Junior Model UN (JMUN) - Chair: Jane Quinn
Students learn about current affairs while improving their writing, negotiation, debate, and public speaking skills. Parents help mentor 6th grade students as they work their way through the JMUN program and attend the 2-day conference in May.
Pop Blues & Jazz (PB&J) - Chair: Lena Liu
Kids meet weekly to learn and practice songs on an instrument such as keyboard, guitar, or drums. Students perform during Dancefest in the Spring.
Robotics Club - Chair: Anindita Bhoumik
A parent-run club using Lego Education EV3 computer software and robots. Open to students in grades 4-6.
Speech & Debate - Chairs: Piril Nergis & Ezra Bisom-Rapp
An after-school club run by Torrey Pines High School Speech & Debate team members (and Del Mar Heights alumni!). Students discover what it means to move people with their speech while improving speaking skills, confidence, and competitiveness.
The Cultural Heights program is an initiative to increase respect, awareness and enjoyment of the multicultural world we live in. Each year focuses on a new culture represented in our school. Cultural Heights supports our STEAM+ curriculum by exposing students to programs and performances across cultures and genres.
Chair: Sandy Uslander
Choir participants are led by a San Diego Children's Choir trained music director in singing fun and engaging music from all over the world and from all different time periods. Singers participate in an informal concert for family and friends at the end of the 12-week session. Weekly after-school choir rehearsals include an introduction to music reading and healthy vocal technique.
Chair: Lena Liu
Reflections Art Show
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Reflections is a national PTA program that celebrates the arts. Children can submit original works of art interpreting this year's chosen theme in the areas of visual arts, photography, literature, film/video production, musical composition, and dance choreography. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is What Is Your Story? Click here for more details.
Chairs: Laura Gawle & Kristin Montgomery
Friday, December 9, 2016 & Saturday, December 10, 2016
This program helps students develop imagination and build self-esteem through performing arts. The program culminates in a full-scale production put on entirely by students. Click here for information on this year's production, Walt Disney's Aladdin Jr.
This program is funded partially by participation fees.
Chair: Lani Curtis
Friday, March 24, 2017
Students from every grade level showcase their talents, with performances including dance, music, martial arts, and much more! Get your child together with some friends and put on an act, or let your child showcase a special talent. All students are invited to participate. Click here for more details.
Chair: Corrie Anderson
Funding to support art supplies as well as art shows and lunch clubs.
Assemblies & Speakers
The PTA funds assemblies at each grade level that are identified and organized by teachers. This includes last year's "Walk Through California" (4th grade) and "Walk Through the American Revolution" (5th grade).
The PTA provides classroom grants to each teacher and staff member to fund instructional needs, often those previously funded by the state.
Common Core Support Grants
The PTA provides grants to teachers to supplement common core curriculum with necessary materials not provided by the district or state.
Foreign Language Education
Funding to support our Rosetta Stone foreign language program.
Funding covers 100% of our library materials with a new focus on building out our e-books library with unlimited access e-books.
Physical Education Resources
Funding to purchase sports equipment and supplies to support our award winning Physical Education program with Mr. Phillip.
Funding to support our innovation center, tinker lab, and other school needs that support every student.
Funding covers 100% of all science materials used by our students in their science classes with STEAM+ teacher, Ms. Minarik.