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Craig Kausen–Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8

Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson, will be Principal for the Day at McPherson Magnet K-8 school Wednesday, March 13.  

CK with Heli by Russo
Craig Kausen flies a remote-controlled helicopter at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

The Orange Unified School District will celebrate Principal for a Day on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 throughout its campuses. The event partners a business leader or community member with a school principal and allows the participant an opportunity to observe a glimpse of a principal’s daily responsibilities. The purpose of the program is to foster relationships within the community and to share the outstanding work of OUSD teachers, students, and staff.

Chuck Redux believes the children at McPherson are in for a special treat! More about Craig's day as Prinicpal as it unfolds. Stay tooned!

Photo by Stephen Russo

SMILE & CAR Hit the Road Together at McPherson Magnet School

Reporting from Orange, CA: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is pleased to have participated in the SMILE (Scientific Method Information Literary Enhance) and CAR (Credible Accurate Resources) programs at McPherson Magnet school (K-8) in Orange, California recently. Longtime friend of the Center, animator, art director, theme-park , and float designer, John Ramirez, was the special guest artist invited to discuss with the students the 12 Principles of Animation as they relate to the SMILE and CAR programs. 

If, like Chuck Redux, you're wondering what the acronyms SMILE and CAR mean, let us explain: The two acronyms are utilized to explain the method through which the students use the internet to search for accurate sources of information. (Long past are the days when anyone uses the library!) Instructor and educator Glen Warren along with the science teacher, Mrs. Conrad, have instructed the students to use animation and technology to present their findings.

The students are using animation (through PowerPoint technology) in a "something can be made from nothing" conceptual way. A representative from Google was on hand to teach the students how to get the most out of their internet searches. 

Best news: Glen Warren and the students from McPherson Magnet School were the 2013 OCDE Technology Showcase winners!

Hats off to the Center's Craig Kausen and John Ramirez for their participation and contribution to this exciting educational program. 

Kudos to the students from McPherson Magnet School and their teachers, Mrs. Conrad and Glen Warren for their winning entry! See a photo here: http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/.