Weekly roundup: Costa Mesa grads visit old stomping grounds, a new gym for Oak View, and more

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Before venturing off to make their mark on the world, some graduating seniors from Costa Mesa and Early College high schools squeezed in one final field trip this week.

Dressed in their caps and gowns, local representatives of the class of 2019 visited their old stomping grounds at Costa Mesa’s Sonora Elementary School to share a few words of wisdom with the young scholars who will follow in their footsteps. The “Senior Salute” — known in some districts as a Grad Walk — also offered the graduates a little perspective on how far they’ve come since their elementary days.

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As reported here in the Daily Pilot, the seniors greeted the Sonora student body out on the blacktop, where they emphasized the importance of working hard, listed the colleges they plan to attend next year and explained the medals and cords that adorned their gowns.

“We are all living proof that you guys can truly accomplish anything and everything you want in life,” Costa Mesa High senior Katie Belmontes said, according to the Pilot.

And here are some other stories we’ve been following:

  • While cleanup of the closed Ascon oil-waste landfill site has been put on hold over community concerns, air-quality monitoring continues at nearby Edison High School, which began its summer session this week.
  • California lawmakers are looking to put a $13 billion school construction bond on the 2020 ballot, followed by a second bond in 2022. But as EdSource reports, a number of details still need to be worked out, including the amount of the second bond.
  • Two years after a heart attack nearly took his life, an Edison High senior now has a diploma, an offer to work full-time at a business that upgrades Porsche engines, and a blunt sense of humor.
  • Godinez High School, which opened just 12 years ago, has quickly become a softball powerhouse, winning this year’s CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship and earning praise from County Superintendent Al Mijares.
  • Summer learning loss can affect students of all backgrounds, but it takes a particular toll on the children of low-income families. With that in mind, the OCDE Newsroom offers five tips for keeping young minds sharp in the offseason.
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