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Technology in the Classroom: The Pathway to Integration

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Technology. It’s the buzzword of the 21st century. Handheld devices, apps, social media sites, even emoji’s…are infiltrating our daily lives. Technology went from a cumbersome desktop computer with limited use to a talking Smart Phone that you wouldn’t dare leave behind. So it’s no surprise that the obsession with… Read more »

Common Core for the Not-So-Common

by Hilary Mahan “The K-12 Common Core State Standards represent a major advance in standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts. They are grounded in evidence about what it takes for high school graduates to be ready for college and careers and build on the finest state and international standards. Importantly, they provide a clear… Read more »


By Carolyn Seaton, Executive Director of Human Resources, MBUSD We are thrilled to welcome our new team of Certificated Physical Education Teachers. It is important to note that PE teacher time is distributed based on the number of students in grades 1-5 at each school. All students in grades 1-5 will receive 100 minutes of… Read more »


By Leanne Huebner, June 2014 Recently, our MBEF crew caught up with a number of the most impressive Mira Costa students from the Class of 2014 – the valedictorians. One unique factor about Mira Costa is that any student who receives an “A” in every single class during their four years of high school –… Read more »

Award-Winning Schools backed by Award-Winning Individuals

Forget the Oscars, get your acceptance speeches out for top-notch education, Manhattan Beach. Lately, it has been an awards frenzy here in our schools with several MB folks bestowed numerous honors on local, state and national levels, somehow all related to our excellent public schools. Manhattan Beach Middle School Principal John Jackson was recently selected… Read more »

Here’s to Elementary Science!

This year MBEF is proud to continue support for our district’s Elementary Science Progam – specifically, the Science Specialists at each of our five elementary schools. We sat in recently on one of their collaboration meetings, where they were working out the details of a future lab on Wet Cell Batteries. We talked with them… Read more »

Counselors: The Guiding Light for Costa Students

By Cindy McMahon “I gave up on school a long time ago….but with your help, now I am on my way to graduate. “ “You have always been on my side, never judging, always helping. You have influenced me to be a better student and person.” “You have found solutions to problems in my high… Read more »