February 14, 2019
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to our Costa student athletes on National Signing Day!

On National Signing Day, 18 Costa athletes that are planning to play a sport at the Collegiate level were honored. These athletes will be playing a variety of sports which include water polo, soccer, rowing, swimming, track and field, lacrosse, cross country, tennis, and volleyball .
Congratulations to these student athletes who signed their NCAA letters of intent. These universities are very lucky to get our Mustangs next year!
Costa Girls Water Polo to compete in CIF Finals!
Girls water polo finished their season undefeated (6-0) in the Bay League, 10-1 in their division and 17-9 overall!
Last week, the CIF playoffs began with an 18-11 win vs. St Lucy’s followed by quarterfinals where the ladies beat Claremont 13-6.
On Wednesday they played Santiago Canyon in one of the closest games of the season – the teams traded goals throughout the first quarter, but Santiago pulled ahead in the second to end the half 4-6. In true Mustang spirit, our ladies came back in the third quarter with an amazing defense starring many blocks and steals by Emma May (top photo). The defense completely shut Santiago down for the quarter, allowing our offense to tie the score 6-6 by the end of the quarter. In the final quarter, three successive goals by Celeste Almendariz (left photo) , Leigh Lyter, and Emma May (right photo) allowed the Mustangs to pull ahead. The game stayed fierce down to the last seconds, but the Mustangs fought to the 9-8 win.
Girls Soccer to compete in CIF Semifinals!

Game is this Saturday, February 16th, at 3:00 at Waller Stadium
Wear your green and gold!
The Mira Costa Girls Soccer team has advanced to the CIF semi finals after defeating a tough Moorpark team in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. It was an impressive win, as it was a true team effort.
The girls will host Vista Murrieta on Saturday at Waller Stadium at 3pm.
This is the first time since the 2013-2104 season that the program has clinched both the Bay league title and advanced to the semi finals.
The program is very proud of their players and are hoping to cheer them on to another victory!

Summer School and Flex Registration is Open!

Please register for the grade your student will be entering in the fall.
2019 Summer School dates are:

Session 1: Monday, June 17 - Tuesday, July 2
(note classes meet Mon. – Fri. the first 2 weeks)
Session 2: Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 25 (Mon. – Thurs.)

Academic courses meet from 8 am to 1:30 pm.

Courses and program information is available at www.mbxfoundation.org under Summer School or by clicking here .
MBX Flex courses are available to students needing a more flexible summer school schedule. Please check our website for more information and available courses by clicking here . Classes can begin as early as June 17 and must be completed by August 9.

Registration for summer athletics opens on March 2.

Costa Wrestling competes in CIF!

The Boy’s CIF Championships were held on Friday and Saturday at Citrus Hill High School in Perris. Congratulations on Costa's three CIF Placers. 
Taro Iyadomi (Jr) – 160 lbs – 4th Place
Tyler Gordon (Sr) – 145 lbs – 5th Place
Greg Sevaston (Jr) – 152 lbs – 6th Place
The boys will wrestle next weekend at the Master’s meet held at Cerritos College.
Highlights from Costa's Model United Nations team!

The Mira Costa Model United Nations team is at the peak of their season. Coming back from winter break, a select thirty delegates began to prepare for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (IMUNC) hosted at the University of Pennsylvania. At this highly competitive conference, Costa delegates adapted to an East Coast style of debate and worked to win numerous accolades within their committees.  Read More
Boys Soccer ends incredible season in loss to
Long Beach Wilson HS
Costa opened the CIF Div. 1 playoffs with a home game last Thursday vs Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks). Costa won 4-0 with a very strong performance. Josh Gaudiano scored a hat trick to give him 31 goals on the season! Read More
Click Here for the Beach Reporter article Mira Costa boys soccer defeated in CIF second round play
Mira Costa Bands congratulate
top musicians!

Congratulations to Ryan Koch and Trevor King on making it into the All Southern California Wind Ensemble, in what seems to have become an intensely competitive endeavor! Ryan performed on the tuba, and Trevor on the trumpet. Read More
Costa Ruggers Take On
La Costa Canyon On Senior Day!
The Mira Costa Rugby team hosted La Costa Canyon on Senior Day, and the two sides put on a tremendous back and forth show for the fans in attendance.The Mavericks, from La Costa Canyon, have had a solid program for years and they are a formidable team. The Mavs opened the scoring with a Try, 5 minutes into the game, however with 24:14 left in the half Winger Tony Cascadden took a nice pass from Fullback Giuseppe Meola from 14 meters out to tie up the match at 5. Read More
Mira Costa Girls Rugby finish regular season with a thriller!

 The Mira Costa Lady Ruggers finished their regular season on a spectacular note in their only home match of the season. The ladies had 3 matches, two against the very formida­ble Carson Colts. The Carson Colts are really the South Bay Spartans masquerading as a le­gitimate high school program, however, it is nothing of the sort. Read More
Click Here for The Beach Reporter article : Mira Costa girls rugby finishes strong, boys team works to rebuild
Congratulations to the Rotary Solo Competition Winners!

Congratulations to all of the finalists for their excellent solo performances last Friday, February 1st. If you were able to attend this event, you will agree that each and every performance was truly extraordinary. Click Here for the results for the finals round

Girls Basketball finishes a great season!
The Lady Mustangs have finished their season with a loss to Arroyo Valley High School in the first round of the CIF playoffs.
We are very proud of all our players who fought hard to get to the playoffs. It was a bittersweet ending for our Seniors. Read More
Costa Choirs are busy preparing for upcoming concerts and festivals!

Choral Union, the Advanced SSAA Choir, is working hard preparing for their performance at the California Choral Directors Association State Conference in San Jose on March 13-16. They will be performing on March 14 in the spotlight concert to be held at St. Joseph’s Basilica. They are one of eight choirs chosen from over forty that auditioned from across the state, which included, Middle School, High School, Community College, University and Community Choirs. Read More  
Updates on Costa Choir alumni!

Rachel Azafrani, Class of 2013 , is now at Oxford in England getting an MSC in Social Science of the Internet as a Healy Scholar, and singing with the University College Chapel Choir. Rachel graduated from Georgetown in 2017 and then worked in cybersecurity in Washington DC. She went to work in technology policy, ethics, and law following this degree for emerging and risky technologies like AI. Congrats Rachel!
Isabel Gray, Class of 2017 , is a sophomore at NYU in New York City, where she is now performing her second leading role in an opera this year, this time singing in Italian as the character Tonina in Antionio Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole. Last fall, she performed the lead in NYU’s opera production of Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. Congratulations, Isabel !
Drama updates plus Mira Costa High School Drama/Tech Department presents The Drowsy Chaperone
Don’t miss Mira Costa Drama/Tech’s spring musical,   The Drowsy Chaperone.  Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score,  The Drowsy Chaperone  is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.  The Drowsy Chaperone  is playing April 26th-May 4th in the Mira Costa auditorium.
Performance Dates:
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 pm
Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Please join us for Costa's new athletic complex
ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow!
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is pleased to invite the public to a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of Mira Costa High School’s new athletic complex on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 12:30 pm. The MBUSD Board of Trustees will be joined by District Superintendent Dr. Mike Matthews, staff, students, and dignitaries as they celebrate the official commencement of construction on the new gymnasium that is expected to be finished in fall 2020.
When the project is complete, Mira Costa High School will have a transformed athletic complex that is commensurate with the extraordinary caliber of athleticism and wellness that is the hallmark of MBUSD faculty and students. The spectacular new Mira Costa High School athletic complex will provide our community with an outstanding resource for our students and the citizens of Manhattan Beach for years to come.
Plan highlights include a 20,000 square-foot three-court gym, a naturally lit Community Pavilion gym, 1,500 square feet of sport medicine space, 4,500 square feet of strength & development space, a 60-person classroom, a dance room, PE locker rooms and team rooms, and a terrace overlooking the track and Waller Stadium. Read More
Support these Costa Booster Club Fundraisers!
Sponsorships of Mira Costa athletic teams and visual and performing arts organizations are only available through MBX Booster Clubs. This includes the sale of banners, branded merchandise, distribution of promotional materials, publishing game calendars and more.

It has come to our attention that several companies are approaching local businesses and representing themselves as selling sponsorships that say they benefit Mira Costa athletics. These are not authorized representations and NO funds from these activities are received by Mira Costa High School or the teams they say they are representing.

If you or your business are approached, please conta c t J ennife r Williams HERE. We can verify the validity of the opportunity and direct you to the appropriate booster officers.
Support Performing Arts Mom's Night Out at the
Comedy Night on March 13!
Click here to purchase from Band
Click Here to purchase from Choir
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Click here to purchase from Orchestra
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