North County School News, April 24



New manager, maintenance manager hired

Jennifer Person

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The Del Mar Union School District has hired Jennifer Peirson as the new principal of Del Mar Heights School. For the past two years, Peirson served as principal of the Vista Unified School District, where she also worked as a vice-principal and special assignment teacher, and taught grades 2, 4, and 5.

Carlos Avalos

Carlos Avalos

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The district also announced the hiring of Carlos Avalos as director of maintenance, operations and facilities. Avalos is from the Magnolia School District in Orange County, where he held the same position. He has worked in school districts for the past seven years and in maintenance and operations for over 17 years.


Latest vaccination clinics taking place this week

The Escondido Union High School District will host COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics on each of the high school’s five campuses this week. These will be the last clinics for this school year. No pre-registration is required and the clinics are open to all members of the community. Students and their families can attend any clinic, regardless of the school in which they are enrolled. Everyone ages 5 and up can get a free COVID-19 vaccine. Booster shots will be available to eligible people aged 12 and over. Flu shots will also be available for community members. Parents/guardians must be present with their students to provide consent. The schedule: Monday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., San Pasqual high school; and 3-6 p.m. at other schools: Tuesday at Orange Glen High; Wednesday at Escondido High; Thursday at Del Lago Academy; and Friday at Valley High.

Opening of wellness centers in two high schools

The Escondido Union High School district recently celebrated the opening of wellness centers at Orange Glen and San Pasqual high schools. The centers each have a student center, as well as meeting spaces for school social workers and others to interact with students. Students can take a self-assessment and access mental health resources, including books, as well as spend time with social workers and more. The centers are designed to provide an environment for students focused on supporting their mental well-being. Wellness centers will also host student groups, book clubs and other mental health-related gatherings. Community partnerships made the first wellness center possible, and district maintenance crews worked with a small group of contractors to build not one, but two centers in five months. Volunteers from the Church of Rancho Bernardo provided support for the centers, and the Wildflower Initiative added a reading nook to each, including books, cabinets and other decorations.


Nordson Corp. offers scholarships

Nordson Corp., which has offices in Carlsbad, has a scholarship program for students pursuing careers in STEM or manufacturing. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for a Nordson BUILDS scholarship. Nordson Corp. offers three types of scholarships: career and technical, academic, and industry equity creation. These scholarships are for students whose permanent home or college is near a Nordson facility and who are pursuing studies in manufacturing, engineering-related STEM disciplines, or business. Scholarships of $2,000 to $10,000 will be awarded to students who are planning to enroll or are already enrolled in these institutions. The application deadline is May 15. Children/dependents of Nordson employees are eligible to apply. Find the application forms on For questions, contact Brett Fields at [email protected]

A student creates an SLA matching program

Carmel Valley resident Cole Spector recently created a pen pal program for people with ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. There is no cure and the life expectancy is usually two to five years. Cole has participated in, and sometimes created, awareness and fundraising events for ALS research and care. He also regularly volunteers for the non-profit association ALS. More recently, he launched PALS4PALS – friends for people with ALS. Through PALS4PALS, volunteers work through the ALS Association to write notes to PALS on occasions like birthdays or holidays, or just to let them know someone is thinking of them. There is no expectation for PALS to rewrite. Cole introduced PALS4PALS at his school, Torrey Pines High, and at Congregation Beth Israel. This week, he’ll speak at Solana Pacific Elementary, where students will write PALS “thinking of you” cards. Cole continues to recruit people for the program. If interested, email [email protected]


PHS music boosters plan a casino night

Tickets are available for the Casino Night Dinner and Silent Auction sponsored by the Poway High School Music Boosters. This spring fundraiser featuring an Italian dinner and casino-style games (roulette, craps, and blackjack) will take place from 6-9 p.m. May 20 at the Mickey Cafagna Community Center, 13094 Civic Center Drive. Auction items range from a San Diego Sockers game to a visit to the USS Midway to a night out at local restaurants or a brewery tasting. Tickets are $60 and are available at


Palomar College is looking for committee members

Palomar College is seeking local residents to fill two vacancies on its Independent Citizen Oversight Committee, which reviews spending of Proposal M funds. The college needs an active member in a support organization for Palomar Middle School; and an active member in a ratepayers association. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live in the Palomar Community College district, which stretches from Camp Pendleton and part of Oceanside in the west, to Borrego Springs in the east, and the border from Riverside County to Poway and Rancho Peñasquitos to the south. Proposition M is a $694 million bond measure that allowed the district to make improvements to its San Marcos campus. It has also funded the opening of education centers in Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook, as well as other projects since voters approved it in 2006. The committee ensures that bond proceeds are only spent for the purposes described in the voting measure Proposal M. Find the nominations on or contact Heather Sutton at [email protected] or (760) 744-1150, ext. 2116. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on May 13.

COVID vaccination clinic scheduled for Saturday

The San Marcos Unified School District is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the San Marcos Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 1 Tiger Way. Walk-ins are welcome. The vaccines are intended for people aged 5 and over; sponsored by San Diego County and Universidad Popular. To reduce waiting times, make an appointment in advance at Additionally, the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos is hosting a clinic for ages 5-18 from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at 1 Positive Place. Call (760) 736-6777 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. The parent or guardian must be present.

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