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Girls Team from San Elijo Hills Advances to World Finals in ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ Competition at Iowa State University
A San Elijo Hills team, consisting of six sixth-grade girls from San Elijo Middle School, tied for first place in the California state “Odyssey of the Mind” competition at UC Riverside and is advancing to the World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames, May 25-28. They will compete against sixth to eighth graders from around the world.
Earlier, they won first place in the regional competition held at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas.
“What’s amazing is the team is going to the World Finals for the second year in a row,” said Ted Yun, who co-coaches the team along with Ella Negrou and Lisa Rodgers. “The girls competed as a team at the World Finals last year and for the same team to advance two years in a row is extremely rare.”
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. In this annual competition, team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and about 25 other countries participate in the program. Approximately 800 teams compete at the World Finals.
The San Elijo Hills team chose a theatrical challenge, a skit focusing on a mammal, a fish and a bird, according to Yun. “The animals must work together to solve challenges to help a stranger, help each other, and ultimately prevent the imminent demise of all animals in the world! All the while, the animals must display unique emotions. And on top of that, they must incorporate a song and dance!” he said.
In the team’s eight-minute original play the animal characters work together in order to help a middle schooler who is getting older and losing interest in her creative world as her real world responsibilities begin to become more important.
“The skit is entertaining, insightful and really fun to watch,” said Yun, adding that the team consists of Elisenne, Ella, Katja, Marissa, Maya and Morgan.
As part of the competition, the youngsters must brainstorm, research, write the script, build sets and props, create costumes, rehearse the play, and finally, compete against other teams. And, they have to do all of it on their own, without outside involvement.
The nonprofit San Elijo Hills Foundation provided the team with the nonprofit status they needed to compete.
The team has established a GoFundMe site to raise money for expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/bkxk64qc
“All donations, small or large, are gratefully encouraged,” said Yun. “It will cost about $10,000 to send the team to the World Finals, where more than 10,000 kids, coaches and parents will congregate.”
“The girls had an amazing time last year at the World Finals,” said Yun. “They all agreed it was the ‘best experience of their lives!’”
While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.
In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next year. Planned projects include resurfacing of Rancho Santa Fe Road and annual pavement repair work throughout the community. Intersection safety upgrades throughout the city that have highest collision rates will receive safety improvements this spring. This summer, residents will also see a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of South Santa Fe Road and Smilax Road to make it safer to cross through the intersection.
During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.
Tween takes cooking skills to TVSan Elijo Hills’ Talia Thessen, 11, competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped Junior’
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Middle School XC Championships were last night at Kit Carson Park. Go Eagles!
Attention San Elijo Middle School Parents and drivers:
SEMS has an opportunity for you to find a carpool to school. SEMS has registered with iCommute, a program through SANDAG. iCommute gives you access to a database of commuters – neighbors who live near you – looking for a carpool match.
Go the SEMS website @ www.sanelijmiddle.org and look for iCommute headline for link and instructions. Register to join our private network today. Plan a trip with TripPlanner, potential matches displayed, if you find a match, send a message OR “Post Your Own Carpool.”
Save time, money and help alleviate traffic. iCommute is one small step to help our parents, community and most importantly our students get to school safely and on time.
Eleven year old San Elijo Hills resident Talia Thessen could only dream about being on the Food Network when her family left San Elijo Hills and moved to a small village outside Moscow, Russia in 2012. Her engineer father was transferred to to a small Russian village called Potavo where very few people spoke English and the family followed. Being a self-proclaimed “foodie”, Talia would stream Food Network’s Chopped show to study her craft and feel closer to home. She couldn’t have dreamed in just a few short years, she would be in the Chopped Kitchen competing on the very first edition of Chopped Junior!
Check out fellow San Elijo Hills resident and SEMS sixth grader, Talia Thessen on the very first episode of Chopped Jr, November 10th at 8 pm on the Food Network!
This email was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families Today
Hello SEES Families,
Thank you for your quick response to our incident on Monday morning on the trails. With the help of several parents, we have been able to identify the person who was offering our students candy. Our school resource officer visited his home and spoke to him and his family about stopping this action immediately. The man does live in our community so you may encounter him on the trails. We have no further information to believe that there is any further concern.
Please continue ongoing conversations with students about stranger danger as well as keeping the school office informed of any situations.
Thank you for your support!
Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff