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Spotlight on Ninth District Elementary and Middle Schools

The Long Beach Unified School District honored ninety-one students Thursday, May 29, for earning Most Inspiring Student.  The awards are given annually to students who overcome challenges and demonstrate excellence.

Each school selected at least one student who has battled obstacles. Many honorees have confronted medical problems, family issues, learning challenges and other difficulties. Listed here the most inspiring students chosen from 9th District elementary and middle schools:

Grant: Miguel Morales, Grade 3. Miguel has a positive attitude, practices self respect and makes good choices.

Starr King: Karen Patron, Grade 5. Karen organizes sports activities and gives an orientation to new students.

McKinley: Genesis Martiniez, Grade 3. Genesis is a caring, enthusiastic, and zealous student.


Hamilton: Joseph Colon, Grade 6. Joseph has kept focus while facing obstacles this school year. 

Powell: Maria Martinez, Grade 8. Despite a language barrier, Maria is a motivated student who desires to succeed.

Posted March 18, 2008 - Starr King Elementary School held their 3rd Annual Family Fitness Fair March 14th on the school playground, from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Family Fitness Fair is to increase parent involvement, and promote good nutrition and fitness habits as part of a well balanced, healthy lifestyle, which helps with overall student achievement.

With the support of the LBUSD Health and Nutrition Curriculum Office, the King Parent Involvement Committee incorporated the Kids Healthy Steps for Living Campaign with the Family Fitness Fair. Read more about the program here.

At the event, parents and students participated in a series of physical fitness/nutrition stations conducted by teachers and Starr King's Nutrition Advisory Council (NAC) students.

Additional activities at the event included "Run a Mile for a Prize", an hourly prize give-a-way from the prize booth (several businesses donated prizes), "Exercise in the Jumper", and the Five-A-Day Prize Wheel Booth and Obstacle Course and information/demonstration booths from many community organizations.

The following community organizations were at the event to provide information to Starr King families:

  • The Children's Clinic
  • Long Beach Health Department: Healthy Active Long Beach
  • Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach
  • Children's Dental Health Clinic
  • El Dorado Nature Center
  • Medi-Cal Outreach
  • Long Beach Youth Sports Office
  • 5-A-Day Power Play
  • Kaiser
  • LBUSD Health and Nutrition
  • Network for a Healthy California - L.A. County Latino Campaign

Organized by the Starr King Parent Involvement Committee (KPIC), chaired by grade 3-5 literacy specialist Damon Jespersen, the event enjoyed participation from about 300 families. 

The vision statement of KPIC is:  "To establish and perpetuate a culture of home to school collaboration that supports student social development and academic achievement. We envision quality relationships between students, parents, teachers, support staff, and the community as a distinctive part of the fabric of our school’s culture with the sole purpose of enriching our students’   lives with the best educational experience possible."

Special thanks to the following businesses that donated to the fitness fair: NASCAR; Dodgers; 24 Hour Fitness; CSULB Atheletics; Frog's Club One at the Pyramid; Sport's Chalet; Albertsons; Ralph's Grocery Stores; Superior Supermarket; Bristol Farms; Aquarium of the Pacific; Gondola Getaway; Leeway;Mimi's Restaurant; Auld Dubliner Restaurant.