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NMUSD Super Star Award




Please help Newport Harbor High School congratulate Jan Reid for her well-deserved NMUSD Super Star award. 


Jan makes those incredibly irresistible coffee cakes on Wednesday, supports all our culinary endeavors, makes anything and everything for us every morning, and accommodates all our empty stomach and peculiar dietary needs with love and a smile. 

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The Newport - Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) Board of Education recognized Teacher of the Year recipients, a National Board Certified teacher and Employee Super Star Award recipients, at the February 9, 2016 Board meeting.


Teachers of the Year

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Above: (left to right) Secondary Teacher of the Year Tim McFadden, TeWinkle Intermediate Principal Kira Hurst, Adams Elementary Principal Gabe Del Real, Elementary Teacher of the Year Melissa Price, N-MUSD Board of Education Clerk Vicki Snell.


The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers recognizes teachers from school sites throughout the District as Teachers of the Year. The top elementary candidate, Melissa Price, from Adams Elementary, and the top secondary candidate, Tim McFadden, from TeWinkle Intermediate, were recognized by the N-MUSD Board of Education as District Teachers of the Year. Price and McFadden will represent N-MUSD in the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year competition.


Elementary Teacher of the Year, Ms. Melissa Price, is an autism teacher at Adams Elementary and is known for implementing creative ways to engage students. She makes substantial contributions to her school community and coaches members of her instructional team while maintaining a model academic and behavioral program in her own classroom.


“Melissa’s intricate behavior systems are a major component of her moderate-severe autism classroom, but never at the expense of developing each student’s ability to read, write, solve math problems, and contribute to class discourse,” said Gabe Del Real, principal at Adams Elementary. 


Secondary Teacher of the Year, Mr. Tim McFadden, is the music teacher at TeWinkle Intermediate School with more than one-third of students enrolled in his music classes. He is a talented teacher and musician and through his love of music, inspires students to learn not only the fundamentals of music, but develop a real love for their craft and instruments. He motivates even the most reluctant student to be successful.


“Tim unequivocally encompasses all of the qualities synonymous with exemplary teaching, while demonstrating unparalleled dedication, ethics and character in the performance of his daily educational responsibilities,” said Kira Hurst, principal at TeWinkle Intermediate.


Price and McFadden also will be recognized, along with all of the District Teacher of the Year winners, at the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation Teacher Award Banquet on February 11.


Board Certified Teacher – Ms. Mary Schiesser, Adams Elementary


The N-MUSD Board of Education recognized the accomplishments of the most recent National Board Certified teacher in the District, Ms. Mary Schiesser, from Adams Elementary.


Ms. Schiesser has a gift of connecting with students, building their strengths and supporting them in areas of need. Parents and fellow teachers recognize this quality in her, yet her humble and service-oriented natures are two of her most powerful characteristics.


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), created in 1987, is an organization of teachers and other education stakeholders working to advance the teaching profession and to improve student learning. The National Board Certification process is rigorous, requiring a two-part assessment based on the National Board standards and reflecting various facets of teaching. The assessment includes a classroom-based portfolio and a set of exams and exercises organized around student work and standards-based teaching.


National Board Certification has become a symbol of commitment to excellence in teaching and the Board congratulated Ms. Schiesser on a well-deserved accomplishment.


Super Star Awards


The Super Star Award program recognizes employees who go far beyond the call of duty, doing more than expected. Recipients strive for and maintain the highest standards, paying attention to the smallest detail and going far and above they daily job duties.

N-MUSD congratulates the following Super Star Award recipients:

  • Diego Arias, Counselor, Ensign Intermediate School
  • Annette Arora, Administrative Assistant, Costa Mesa Middle/High School
  • Erin Gordon, Teacher, Special Education, Victoria Elementary School
  • Kelley Katz, Teacher, Back Bay High School
  • James May, Teacher, Corona Del Mar High School
  • Jamileth Paley, School Community Facilitator, Wilson Elementary School
  • Daniel Patterson, Assistant Principal, Corona Del Mar High School
  • Deborah Pridmore, Nutrition Services, Estancia High School
  • Merrilee Randall, Teacher, College Park Elementary School
  • Janna Reid, Nutrition Services, Newport Harbor High School
  • Cynthia Ridens, Administrative Assistant, Killybrook Elementary School
  • Jean Shanley, Teacher, Special Education, Costa Mesa High School 

Celebrating excellence is an important part of the Board of Education's recognition of the contributions made by the employees of the N-MUSD.


Calling all shoppers! Newport Harbor High School's ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW OPEN!

Shop for various gift cards, vacation stays, jewelry, fashion, art, camps & more.

Simply REGISTER YOUR NAME & CREDIT CARD to start bidding by clicking HERE:

Or visit https://www.biddingforgood.com/NHEF


You'll find some awesome items for sale, and

support programs for Harbor's students at the same time!

It's an exciting and fun way to purchase cool items!

Clickon this link for the Online Auction:  https://www.biddingforgood.com/NHEF  
Click here to use on your mobile phone: https://bforg.com/NHEF


Forget to buy your 2nd semester English Books?

If your student forgot to purchase their English books for 2nd semester

at the on campus book sale, it's not too late! Barnes & Noble Fashion

Island store has ALL the required reading list books in stock.

Look for the NHHS Book display table in the store now. Use this promo code #11801644 when you shop (between Feb. 3-29) and Harbor will receive 15% of your purchase (some exceptions apply). This promo code works at ANY Barnes & Noble store, so please share this with friends and family nation-wide for all kinds of purchases!


Time for all current students to purchase and sign up for their AP exams.  Students can get registration forms in counseling and must pay fees at the ASB office. 


The exams are $94 and financial aid is available.  Students must get the financial aid paperwork from  Christina Charcon in the administration office.


The deadline for signups at this price is March 4, at which time the price goes up to $105.  Absolute last day to pay and register is March 11.


Sailors - If you shop at Barnes & Noble at Fashion Island they will give 15% of your purchase to NHHS if you use this special discount code of #11801644 between Feb. 3 and Feb. 29.  Prefer to buy online? Use this same discount code with your online order – it should apply to most items (a few exceptions exist, like video games and Café purchases). Share this with friends and family around the country and they too can help Support NHHS!


Returning Online Customers: If you have a default payment method at the Checkout Summary screen, you will need to click on the CHANGE button in the upper right hand side of the Payment Section. This will take you to the payment page where you can enter the NHHS Book Sale Promo Code #11801644.


New Online Customers or Guests: Shop as usual. On the payment page, there will be a section at the bottom that states CHECK HERE IF THIS IS A BOOK FAIR (SALE) ORDER. Check the box and you will be asked to input the NHHS Book Sale Promo Code #11801644.


Please download the attached form to see book requirements for the various English classes.


Dear Parent or Guardian,


Your child is being asked to take a survey at school. The California Department of Education requires schools and districts to ask students about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues, as well as questions about school safety and the learning environment. Participation in the survey is voluntary on the part of the student, and we hope you will encourage your child to participate so that his or her opinion and knowledge can be part of the information gleaned from the survey.


The survey is anonymous. No names or any other identifying information is connected to the answers except for the name of the school.


If you have questions, please contact Jack Cusick, Assistant Principal – 949-515-6352.


If you wish to view the survey, you may do so on-line at: 



Please click here if you wish for your student to opt out of the survey

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Jack Cusick

Assistant Principal

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Founded in 1930, Newport Harbor High School uses shared decision-making to create a dynamic and challenging school environment.

Newport Harbor High School Mission Statement
By challenging students to reach their academic and personal potential, we believe we can help all students become productive and successful members of our global society.

The mission of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, in partnership with the Costa Mesa - Newport Beach communities, is to graduate students who have acquired the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to achieve significant career, educational, civic, and personal goals, which will enrich our society.