La Jolla Schools News: UCSD receives record-high applicants, e-waste recycling, student video wins award


• La Jolla High School to collect e-waste on Jan. 31, 2015: At the seventh annual La Jolla High School E-Waste Collection Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, La Jolla residents can drive up and drop off their unwanted electronic goods. Volunteers will be on hand to unload donations at the end of Westbourne Street off Draper Avenue near La Jolla High.

Acceptable items include computers, monitors, laptops, cameras, scanners, televisions/DVDs, cell phones, and small household items like toasters, vacuums and microwaves. Anything with a screen brings in the most value. Appliances and batteries are excluded.

The La Jolla High PTA is sponsoring the event, with the help from students in the school’s Interact Club, and Cali Resources based in San Diego. Each pound of electronics will be sold to benefit the PTA.

The past six years have yielded more than nine 18-wheeler trucks full of used electronics, just over 80,000 pounds! Everything collected will be shredded to avoid the landfills.

Interested volunteers can contact Jane Wheeler at (619) 822-1120 or e-mail

• Student’s vocabulary video earns a win: Sophia Bacino, an eighth-grader at All Hallows Academy in La Jolla, had one of the 10 winning videos in The New York Times’ “Play on Words Vocabulary Video Contest.”

VIDEO LINK: You can watch all the winning shorts (including Sophia’s) at

More than 600, 15-second videos were entered from across the country and the 10 winners were chosen on how well their video showed an understanding of a word and its use in a specific context.

Bacino scored top honors with her video description of the word “acoustics,” where she sang and played guitar to a song she wrote with the definition of the word in the lyrics that also displayed the varying “acoustic” sounds in different environments.

Bacino began studying music age 7 and has been playing ever since. She is a member of All Hallows Academy’s Glee Club and can be found performing in many YouTube videos, and at local coffee shops, music venues and farmers markets.

• Schools closed Monday, Jan. 19 for MLK Day: All schools in San Diego Unified School District will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

• UCSD nets record number of applications: UC San Diego has received a record 94,200 freshman and transfer applications for fall 2015. The university had the third highest number of applicants among the UC campuses. Within the last decade, UCSD has consistently been one of the nation’s top five universities to receive the most applications.

UCSD received 78,056 freshman applications for fall 2015, up 6.4 percent from last year.

Transfer student applications increased by 2.1 percent from 2014, with a total of 16,144 transfer students applying for admission.

The mean high school grade point average (GPA) for freshmen is 3.80; and the average SAT Reasoning scores are 599, 647 and 613 respectively for Critical Reading, Math and Writing (up slightly from last year’s applicant SAT scores which were 591, 644 and 607). The average GPA among transfer applicants was from 3.37.