New Mesquite principal ushers in school year

New Mesquite principal ushers in school year

By SUSIE BURGESS News Review Correspondent Jo Anne McClelland isn’t a person on a mission – she’s a person on four. While her official title reads simply “Principal, Alternative Education,” the former Burroughs High School assistant principal and longtime Sierra Sands educator is taking on . . . Read Full Story >>

Marvin returns to Lion Pride at Las Flores

Marvin returns to Lion Pride at Las Flores

By SUSIE BURGESS News Review Correspondent Las Flores Elementary School Principal Sue Marvin might be new to the job, but she certainly isn’t to the school. “It feels like coming home,” said Marvin. “I came to LF 26 years ago, enrolling my five-year old in . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum offers bat class

The Maturango Museum will sponsor a class on Southwestern Desert bats, instructed by Patricia Brown-Berry, Ph.D., and held at the Desert Studies Center in Soda Springs (Zzyzx). The course will run from Oct. 10-12. Brown-Berry has been teaching variations of this course for 30 years. . . . Read Full Story >>

History of Mexico offered

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — From the ancient ruins of the Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs to the train routes used by the legendary Pancho Villa and the beautiful beaches of Cancun and Acapulco, Mexico’s history is as romantic, blood-curling, dramatic and complex as it gets. Beyond . . . Read Full Story >>

Victoria Wade Perry earns MBA

Mike and Pattye Wade are proud to announce that their daughter, Victoria (Wade) Perry, received her master’s degree in business administration from Concordia University. Commencement exercises were on May 3. Her studies focused on management and finance. Her team won first place for their MBA . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe welcomes new admins

Monroe welcomes new admins

By SUSIE BURGESS News Review Correspondent New administrators Dr. Bonny Porter and Mike Sernett say they are ready to stir up tiger pride at James Monroe Middle School – and not just by drycleaning the musty mascot suit. The duo have refined the school’s goals . . . Read Full Story >>

Weeks brothers earn degrees from Missouri University of Science and Tech

Last term Joshua Austin Weeks and James Allen Weeks of Ridgecrest completed technical degrees from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, which held commencement ceremonies May 16-17. Joshua earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He was also named to the Spring . . . Read Full Story >>

Summer school changes offer opportunities for student success

Summer school changes offer opportunities for student success

By SUSAN BURGESS News Review Correspondent An innovative online curriculum is allowing Burroughs and Mesquite high school students a chance to fix past mistakes, reinforce skills and get a jump start on the next school year, while still leaving plenty of time for a summer . . . Read Full Story >>

School board tackles complex issues

Linda Saholt

During the meeting of the Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education last Thursday, several issues stood out. Superintendent of Schools Joanna Rummer announced that, while the school year ended with 84 fewer students than at the same time period last year, attendance throughout . . . Read Full Story >>

School board to meet tomorrow

The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education will meet tomorrow, June 19, at 7 p.m. in Ridgecrest City Council Chambers. The board is scheduled to hear an enrollment update from Super-intendent Joanna Rummer, as well as a report from Desert Area Teachers Association. . . . Read Full Story >>

State-of-the-art ROP course gives prep for TV, video production careers

State-of-the-art ROP course gives prep for TV, video production careers

By JEANETTE FRANCIS, News Review Correspondent Although school is out for the summer, students thinking about the next school year have an exciting option to consider — the ROP Television and Video Production course, which was offered for the first time during the 2013-14 school . . . Read Full Story >>

District to hold public forum

The Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education will hold a forum open to the public on June 19 at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers. The public forum will address the district’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, as well as the Local . . . Read Full Story >>

DATA, SSUSD come to terms

Linda Saholt

The union negotiations are over, and the Sierra Sands Unified School District and the Desert Area Teachers Association have a contract that covers both the 2014-15 school year, as well as a retroactive raise for 2013-14. The district team agreed to a 4-percent raise for . . . Read Full Story >>

10-miler raises money for athletes

10-miler raises money for athletes

Over the Hill Track Club members and guests participating in the Inyokern 10 helped raise $652 for members of the Burroughs High School track and field and cross-country teams. Race coordinators said they were pleased with the high level of participation in what they regard . . . Read Full Story >>

Superintendent Rummer retires to a round of applause

Superintendent Rummer retires to a round of applause

Linda Saholt

For a solid decade, Joanna “Jody” Rummer served as superintendent of schools at Sierra Sands Unified School District. She is the longest-serving superintendent in the history of the district. During that time, she has been able to keep the district in the black during one . . . Read Full Story >>

School board updates tobacco policy

The Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education met May 15. The main part of the meeting was devoted to presenting the Rose Awards to outstanding volunteers, awards to site and district Employees of the Year, and service awards to district retirees. (See additional . . . Read Full Story >>

400+ to graduate in IWV

Linda Saholt

The local Class of 2014 will include 302 graduates from Burroughs High School, 32 from Mesquite High School, 65 from Sierra Sands Adult School, eight from Immanuel Christian High School and 12 from Trona High School. David Ostash, principal of BHS, characterized graduation as a . . . Read Full Story >>

Hise is youngest CCCC grad

Hise is youngest CCCC grad

When 14-year-old Sara Hise accepted two associate’s degrees at last week’s commencement for Cerro Coso Community College, she became the youngest grad in CCCC history. Sarah plans to follow up her history-making feat by attending the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin College . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC art students

CCCC art students

Students in Lisa Darty’s Art 121 drawing class at Cerro Coso Community College pose in front of a large scale reproduction of a self-portrait by Albrecht Durer. Each student drew a 20-square-inch panel of the portrait,and the panels were stitched together as part of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Superintendent Rummer awarded

Superintendent Rummer awarded

Retiring Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Joanna Rummer is honored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy during an educational awards ceremony last week in Lancaster. McCarthy also presented awards to Burroughs High School Senior Chad Cracraft and Chemistry Teacher John Cosner (as reported in a previous . . . Read Full Story >>