Del Mar Union proudly hosts the ribbon cutting for the new Pacific Sky School

The Del Mar Union School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 23. Befitting a school whose mascot is the pilots, the Blue Angels frequently flew in formation in the blue skies over the adjacent McGonigle Canyon in preparation for that weekend air show in Miramar. It was almost perfectly meant to be, said DMUSD Superintendent Holly McClurg.

“We are proud and thrilled that the Del Mar Union School District is part of your community at Pacific Highlands Ranch,” said McClurg. “Pacific Sky is amazing.

The ceremony for the new school on Solterra Vista Parkway included students and families, designers OBR Architecture and builders Erickson Hall Construction, special guest San Diego City Councilman Joe LaCava, and representatives from Solana Beach, San Dieguito and Cardiff School. Districts.

DMUSD administrators Katherine Fitzpatrick and Gee Wah Mok help Pacific Sky principal Alison Fieberg cut the ribbon.

(Karen Billing)

As part of the opening festivities, some of K-6’s youngest students sang the school anthem and the older sixth-grade students read a Pacific Sky poem. Principal crowd favorite Alison Fieberg cut a somewhat stubborn ribbon with her giant pair of scissors, everyone cheered when she finally managed to cut the big ribbon.

“There was joy, fun and a sense of excitement in welcoming everyone to such a beautiful space,” Fieberg said in his comments.

After the ceremony, the guests toured the new school, many of them were impressed by the spacious innovation center and common learning areas, an open and flexible space with lots of unique seating and book shelves , and a scene that opens at the back of the school. .

A parent visits a sunny classroom.

A parent visits a sunny classroom.

(Karen Billing)

The 67,000 square foot campus has 20 K-6 classrooms, modern learning studios that open to the outdoors, and spacious hallways; three labs dedicated to STREAM+; and three after-school classrooms. The design is modern and playful – inside there are nooks and spaces throughout for student learning and exploration. Outside there are slides instead of stairs, benches made from natural tree logs for outdoor seating – the 10.47 acre site features three play structures and a black roof, a field and a track, against the picturesque backdrop of the canyon. Eventually, the school will have access to the future Solterra Vista Park, which is scheduled to open at the end of next year.

Pacific Sky will also house the neighborhood’s first central kitchen.

The children test the playground equipment.

The children test the playground equipment.

(Karen Billing)

“I’m so happy for this community,” said DMUSD administrator Gee Wah Mok, who lives a block away and helped get the vote for the 2018 Measure MM general bond, which made funding for the school possible. “A neighborhood school is not only a place where children can learn and play, but it is also a community gathering space.”

He said that in the first month of Pacific Sky, he had already seen the community gather around the school and he looks forward to seeing those relationships with neighbors continue to grow.

Rufus T. Sifford