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MBX Summer School Registration is Open for Incoming 9th Graders
Registration for MBX Summer School classes opened on Thursday, 3/25 for incoming Freshmen and Sophomores. Athletics registration opens on Thursday, 4/15. To register, you must create an account in MBX Aeries (not Mira Costa Aeries!). Before your registration date, click here to create an account. Information on all classes is available at the MBX website.

Play Freshman Football at Costa!
Has your 8th grader thought about playing freshman football at Mira Costa? It's a no-cut sport so everyone makes the team! The best way to learn more about the program is to participate in the summer football conditioning program (no pads/no tackle). The summer program is a great way for incoming freshmen to get fit, learn basic fundamentals, meet new friends and cultivate a sense of connection to Mira Costa before school even starts. Registration for summer conditioning opens Thursday, April 15 through MBX. Check this Costa Football Summer Fact Sheet to learn more and to register!

Register NOW For Mira Costa Media Arts Classes – Broadcast, Cinema, Photography
8th Graders!!! Now that it’s time to enroll in classes for next school year, consider leveling up, getting honors credit and taking an advanced Media Arts class. Give students purpose and voice in their learning, and have the chance to earn national recognitions (which is especially important now that many colleges no longer accept SAT/ACT scores). Apply now for Broadcast Journalism (the class that produces the Mustang Morning News) or Find out more about our Cinematic Arts and Photography classes. Email Mr. Hernandez if you have questions about which classes to sign up for, or find out more about this award-winning program and how to join. You can also attend an information session on Tuesday 4/13 at 7pm to learn more! Contact Marcie Cullen for details.
2021-2022 Information
 
MBX Summer School Opens for Incoming 9th Graders on 3/25
Registration for MBX Summer School classes opens at 9am on Thursday, 3/25 for incoming Freshmen and Sophomores. Athletics registration opens on Thursday, 4/15. To register, you must create an account in MBX Aeries (not Mira Costa Aeries!). Before your registration date, click here to create an account. Information on all classes is available at the MBX website.

MIRA COSTA ASB SPIRIT WEAR 2021

For order assistance contact Donna Cessor ASB Accountant

at 424-209-7099 or dcessor@mbusd.org
Order by phone and local pickup available
All Items adult sizes and limited to stock on hand.  For style information click HERE

Submit Your 8th Grade Baby Photos for the Yearbook Today!
Calling ALL 8th Graders...Believe it or not, it's time to submit those darling baby photos for inclusion in the yearbook! This is an annual MBMS tradition for our 8th graders. Get more info and submit your photo here. Deadline for submissions is December 1st.

8th Grade Tribute Ads Due by 12/1
Now's a great time to purchase and design your 8th Grade Tribute Ad for the yearbook -- an MBMS tradition! The ads are ONLY for 8th Graders and the submission deadline is December 1.
iPad is the on the 1:1 device for eighth graders.  Personally owned Chromebooks are optional.  iPads are available to check out and borrow.  Due to lack of inventory, Chromebooks are not available to check out for eighth graders.
Here is the information about How to purchase the MBUSD Repair Program:
MBX Summer School Opens for Incoming 9th Graders on 3/25
Registration for MBX Summer School classes opens at 9am on Thursday, 3/25 for incoming Freshmen and Sophomores. Athletics registration opens on Thursday, 4/15. To register, you must create an account in MBX Aeries (not Mira Costa Aeries!). Before your registration date, click here to create an account. Information on all classes is available at the MBX website.

8th Grade Promotion and Celebration Information 8th

Update from Ms. Ahrens as of 5/12/20:

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Families,
Sadly, due to COVID-19, state and county regulations do not allow us to hold an in-person promotion and celebration in June and the timeline for when that may be possible is undeterminable. Our focus now is on giving our 8th graders a promotion in June that allows families the opportunity to celebrate safely and then turn attention toward cultivating a successful launch into high school for this class. As such, we are preparing a virtual celebration that will include a video as well as home delivery of a celebration kit. We know that this is not what a lot of us imagined — including me, but I hope you will join me in making this a special opportunity to celebrate your 8th grader at home with family.

For now, we need you to take these actions NO LATER THAN MAY 20:

SUBMIT ONE UPDATED PHOTO for PROMOTION VIDEO: The virtual promotion video will include a reading of all 8th graders names juxtaposed with their photo. If you would like, submit one updated photo of your 8th grader for this video.

  • Send to kspencer@mbusdapps.org by May 20.
  • Name the file with your child’s full name, example: Aguero_Kerry. No nicknames.
  • The photo should only include your child and should be taken from the waist-up.
    • Promotion-appropriate attire — no t-shirts, no hats, no strapless tops, no bikini or midriffs.
    • Given our COVID world, no masks or signage of any kind.


If a photo is deemed inappropriate or at all questionable, a yearbook photo will be used in its place. In this case, no notification or additional submission will be requested. We hope that students take this opportunity to celebrate and dress for success.

If an updated photograph is not submitted for the video by May 20, the candidate’s yearbook photo will be used. In addition, if you prefer that your child’s photo not be included in the promotion video, please send an email to mbmspromotion2020@gmail.com.

REVIEW PRIMARY ADDRESS ON FILE: We will deliver the promotion kit and certificate to the primary home address on file. Please review your child’s primary address on file in Aeries under Student Info > Demographics. This is especially important for students who may have moved within the last three years and/or split their time between multiple homes. Please update that address by May 20 if it is not correct. Preparation of the kits will follow full safety protocols. Alternatively, if you wish to not receive items at your home, please email mbmspromotion2020@gmail.com with that request.

We sincerely appreciate the contributions by so many families toward the promotion and celebration. Although original plans for promotion have changed, significant expense will still be incurred to make our virtual celebration memorable. If, however, you prefer that your contribution be refunded, please email MBMSPromotionRefund@gmail.com by May 20 to request a refund.

I want to take a moment to thank the PTA and the Promotion Committee for mobilizing their efforts to bring this celebration to our students. I am thoroughly grateful for the collective efforts of this team and our community as a whole as we focus on our students during this time.

More information will be coming so stay tuned.

Best,
Rose

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PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

As you know, we partnered with the trained coaches from Fulcrum and our MBMS staff to provide a unique experience for our 8th graders that highlighted skills such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, citizenship and critical thinking.  The skills learned on this day are valuable and important to a successful year, transition to high school, and life in general!  Examples of challenges were:
 
  • Designing and building a boat that can race across Begg Pool
  • A station revolving around community and positive impact - focusing on experiential games and challenges focusing on student choices impacting the bigger community and global impact
  • A station with 3 Leadership challenges - requiring students to plan, strategize, lead, create and implement their strategies as a team to complete their mission
 
We are looking forward to continuing to build on the skills learned Wednesday throughout the year with additional follow up in and out of class.  Students will be surveyed for their feedback as well so that this first-time-ever program can be improved upon for future years.

 

MCHS Model UN Preview for 8th Grade Students & Parents, 12/5 & 12/6
Mira Costa’s nationally ranked Mira Costa High School Model United Nations program is excited to welcome all eighth-grade students and parents to attend this year's informational session and tour (virtual) of their annual conference (normally hosted on the Costa campus), Los Angeles Invitational Model United Nations (LAIMUN).

Model United Nations allows students to debate pressing world issues on behalf of different countries, all while making new friends and memories and traveling domestically and internationally. Students/Parents can REGISTER TO ATTEND either attend on Saturday, December 5 or Sunday, December 6, both 9-10am.