North County School News, October 9


Workshop explores how teens obtain illegal substances

Carlsbad Unified School District Parent University presents a Carlsbad Community Conversation with the Carlsbad Police Department around teens and illegal substances. The event will take place from 6-7 p.m. on October 25 at Pine Ave. Community Center, 3209 Harding St. Open to everyone, not just CUSD parents. Topics include tobacco vaping and THC, THC and gum, teen access to illegal substances, and fentanyl-related deaths. Dinner will be offered and the presentation will be in English and Spanish. Please book with Rosemary Eshelman, Student Services Specialist, at [email protected]


ALRSD organizes Operation School Bell

Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito, along with six other Southern California AL chapters, recently hosted an Operation School Bell event at Camp Pendleton. This was the 18th consecutive year for the event, which benefited 485 children. Military families received new clothing, school supplies and gift cards for their K-12 students. The ALRSD Chapter provided a hoodie for each child. Other chapters provided underwear, socks, hygiene kits, school supplies, stuffed animals and gift cards for jeans, t-shirts and shoes. ALRSD is an all-volunteer nonprofit service organization that raises funds through its Thrift Shop at 1542 Encinitas Blvd. as well as other fundraising events. Membership is open to everyone. Visit


District hosts free college and job fair

Escondido Union High School District invites everyone to a free college and career fair from 5-7 p.m. on October 17 at San Pasqual High School. Open to all high school students and the community. Representatives from more than 70 colleges, apprenticeship programs and military branches will be available to share information. Resources on financial aid, California State University and University of California requirements, and vocational technical education programs will also be available. The fair will also feature Opportunity Drawings and food will be available for purchase. Visit


Cybersecurity expert to interview

The San Diego County Credit Union presents a live virtual interview with cybersecurity expert Jim Stickley from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 19. This free webinar is open to the public, but virtual seating is limited and reservations are required. To register and for more details, visit The webinar is part of Financial Wellness Wednesdays, an ongoing program hosted by SDCCU to help provide the community with free access to financial wellness information. Find more topics, dates and times on

Camp Pendleton Essay Contest Opens

The Camp Pendleton Historical Society announces its 2023 Historical Essay Contest for high school students living in school districts adjacent to Camp Pendleton. Topics are limited to the history of the land now known as Camp Pendleton: the prehistory of the land (archaeology), its Native American occupants, the era of Spanish exploration and mission, the era of rancho and the history of the camp as an important cultural and cultural site. economic institution of San Diego County since 1942. (Military history of Marine Corps units stationed at camp not included.) First prize is $1,000; second prize is $500. The application letter deadline is January 31; the writing deadline is March 31. Visit

Scholarships offered to veterans enrolled in college

The San Diego County Veterans Writing Group offers Ernie Pyle Scholarships for veterans enrolled in colleges in California. Pyle was a famous World War II correspondent who gave American family and friends news from the war front, first in Europe and then in Asia, where he was killed in Okinawa in 1945. The writing group named its annual scholarships for him. Applicants only need to be enrolled at the university and submit a short essay to qualify. Apply at The deadline is Tuesday. The scholarships will be awarded on Veterans Day, November 11.


Community invited to the annual MCC breakfast

The public is invited to the annual MiraCosta College Community Leaders Breakfast: Report to the Region, held Oct. 21 at the Cape Rey Resort in Carlsbad. MCC Superintendent/President Sunita Cooke will discuss the University District’s accomplishments and vision, and the college’s annual report for the 2021-2022 academic year will be released. Other scheduled speakers are Shannon Stubblefield, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the MiraCosta College Foundation, and Gabriel Simpson, student in the bachelor’s program in biofabrication. Former MCC Trustee Julie Hatoff and her husband, David, will be honored as MiraCosta College Philanthropists of the Year. Networking will take place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., and the program will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Free, but reservations are required to participate.


A feminist author will speak at the CSUSM

The Arts And Lectures program at California State University San Marcos is hosting a virtual lecture by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Arroyo Pizarro is the author of “Caparazones” (2010), the first lesbian fiction novel written in Puerto Rico, and the publisher of “Cachaperismos”, the first Puerto Rican lesbian anthology. An award-winning Afro-Puerto Rican feminist writer, Arroyo Pizarro will discuss issues related to race in Latinx culture, women’s rights, and the LGBTQ+ struggle for equity. Free and open to the community, but reservation required at

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