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Ensign Intermediate School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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    Ensign Construction Update 6/3/2020

    Dear Ensign staff and community,

    I want to let you know that on May 29, 2020, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education took action to proceed with the original construction project plans at our school. They also approved the following project revisions, based on community input received:

    • Maintain the existing memorial tree in the entry plaza
    • Replace removed trees at a ratio of at least one-to-one
    • Create additional enhanced outdoor student gathering areas within the campus
    • Offer to plant additional trees and shrubs in the city right-of-way along Cliff Drive to help shield parking lot views from nearby residents.

    For a full list of project features, please visit the Current Construction Projects webpage

    It is anticipated that construction will be complete by the start of the 2020/2021 school year. The additional project revisions noted above are expected to be complete by the end of summer 2021. 

    As previously communicated, these modifications and improvements on our campus are designed to improve safety and traffic flow to/from our school and eliminate the need for off-campus parking while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing and welcoming environment.

    Thank you for being part of the input process and helping us work toward continuously improving our school. I will be sure to keep you updated on any further developments.

    Sincerely,

    Principal Mike Sciacca

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    Ensign Intermediate School

    About Us

    Ensign Intermediate School was built in 1949. It is named after Horace Ensign, the district's first principal-teacher in 1919. Our school mascot is the Seabees. Much like the Navy's Seabees, we, too, are dedicated to constructing the foundation necessary to ensure democracy. The school is located at 2000 Cliff Drive within the city of Newport Beach and serves seventh and eighth graders. Approximately 1,200 students attend our school and are evenly distributed between the two grade levels.

    Ensign students come from a variety of public and private elementary schools from both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Newport Elementary on the Balboa Peninsula, Newport Heights Elementary in Newport Heights, and Mariners Elementary in Newport Beach feed Ensign from the city of Newport Beach, while Kaiser, Rea, and Whittier Elementary schools send students from their Costa Mesa locations. Collectively, our feeder schools provide Ensign with a rich and diverse student population. Eventually, our students will make their way to Newport Harbor High School.

    Coursework includes the core classes mathematics, history, language arts, science and physical education. Honors courses in language arts and mathematics are available. Both enrichment and intervention programs support the needs of students across the academic spectrum. To enrich our academic programs, we have a number of extracurricular programs including 23 clubs, year-round athletic opportunities, and a wide variety of elective offerings.

    Ensign values the use of cutting edge technology to enhance student learning. Classrooms contain Smartboards, document cameras, and short-throw projectors to enhance teaching. In addition, each student is issued a Chromebook for the school year to utilize for all academic needs. The 1:1 ratio of students to Chromebooks allows our teaching staff to incorporate technology learning accelerators into daily instruction.