Newport Elementary Glossary of Terms


ACE – The After Class Enrichment Program sponsored by the NESF.  Kids can learn a foreign language, develop their artistic abilities, improve their reading or take up a new sport.  For details, check the Beyond The Bell page


Accelerated Math (AM) – A program specifically developed to help children excel in math, currently available for grades two through sixth.  This math enhancement program is funded by NESF. 


Accelerated Reading (AR) – A program specifically developed to help children excel in reading, currently available for every grade level at Newport El. Encourages reading through goals and assessments and is funded by NESF. 


Art Masters – Once a month our students receive special instruction, focusing on the medium and techniques that were utilized by a specific artist.  By completing their own works of art in the same vein as the artist being studied, our students get a unique chance to learn about art by creating it.  Funded by NESF.


Beacon’s - Newport El Dads who support where needed – fundraising, campus clean-up, heavy lifting, etc. A part of the NESF.


Best on the Beach - A character-building program that rewards kids for ‘doing the right thing.’  Teachers fill out ‘tickets’ for kids, making note of specific actions they witnessed that demonstrate our school behavior expectations.


Book Fair – Held twice a year, the PTA sets up a book shop on school grounds where you can purchase materials designed to help educate and entertain your kids.  A portion of all proceeds goes back to the school directly so that teachers can purchase more books for classroom use. 


Boxtops 4 Education – Part of the PTA’s fundraising efforts, the Boxtops 4 Education coupons found on dozens of products your family already uses can help purchase lots of classroom supplies.  Please clip the coupons and bring them in to your child’s class.  The Newport El PTA will take care of collecting and mailing them in for reimbursement.  


Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) -  CGI is a professional development program that increases teachers’ understanding of the knowledge that students bring to the math learning process and how they connect that knowledge with formal concepts and operations


Flag Deck – Assembly for the entire school held every other Friday to showcase our student activities and accomplishments.  Just Read, Best on the Beach and other awards are given.  Parents are encouraged to attend.


GATE Program – The Newport Mesa Unified School District offers a Gifted and Talented Education Program for eligible students in grades 4 through 12.  The programs are designed to meet the needs of high ability and intellectually gifted students.  Classroom instruction begins with the grade level core curriculum and is differentiated based upon student need and ability.  The development of critical thinking is emphasized.  Inclusion in this program is based on teacher recommendation and passing scores on specifically designed tests.


Grocery Store Partnerships – A program that allows you to take part in a donation program funded by all the big markets.  Pavilions, Albertsons, Ralphs –you can attach your Grocery Store Value Club Cards to this program and a portion of the money you spend at these stores will funnel back to our school.  NESF heads up this effort.  Check out their website for more details.


Hula for Moola – The biggest fundraiser of the year, this live auction and dinner dance is held in the spring.  Amazing and unique items are offered at the auction and this is a great opportunity to socialize with school staff and parents.  The NESF is in charge of this event.


Just Read – A program that encourages kids to ‘just read’ by honoring students who have excelled in their accelerated reading efforts.  


Red Ribbon Week – Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the Country.  Held during one week in October, the PTA arranges for our kids to take part in many activities that help educate them as to the dangers of drug use.  


Room Parents – Fantastic volunteers who assist the teachers in special events, communication and parent support.  


Science Camp – An overnight camp for the Sixth Grade Class traditionally held in the spring. 


Site Council -  The school site council is a group of teachersparents, classified employees, and students (at the high school level) that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.  The site council at Newport El meets approximately six times a year.  Dates are listed on the school’s website and all visitors are welcome.


Talent Show – Held during the school day late in the year, students who enjoy performing can audition to entertain their classmates.  


Teacher Appreciation Week – Traditionally held in the spring, this is the one week where each class plans something special for their teacher.  PTA hosts a luncheon for the teaching and office staff at Newport El.