Las Flores up for Distinguished School

By LINDA SAHOLT News Review Correspondent New teaching methods have students and teachers working together as a learning team. This new style is paying off at Las Flores Elementary School, which has recently been rated the second-top-performing school in Kern County, out of all schools, . . . Read Full Story >>

Students teach SSUSD  board about AVID

Students teach SSUSD board about AVID

Linda Saholt

Livening up the Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting on March 20 were several dozen students, who came to show board members what they’ve learned in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID is a college readiness system designed to increase . . . Read Full Story >>

Dollars for Scholars

Dollars for Scholars

At the Rotary Club of China Lake “Dollars for Scholars” event, Peggy Breeden, center, bids on a metal shaman sculpture created by John “Skip” Gorman. Her winning bid was $525. Wade Tallman, one of the organizers, said the event went well, netting approximately $20,000 for . . . Read Full Story >>

School board to meet tomorrow

The Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education will meet Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgecrest City Council Chambers, 100 W. California Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The main items on the agenda are the Citizens’ Oversight Committee’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Bell chosen to lead school district

Bell chosen to lead school district

Linda Saholt

In a decision of wonderful symmetry, the Sierra Sands Unified School District chose as their new superintendent of schools a person whose career has been all about local schools and whose family history has been all about Ridgecrest — Ernest M. Bell Jr., known to . . . Read Full Story >>

Mark Storch continues local  representation  on KCCD

Mark Storch continues local representation on KCCD

The higher-education needs of the Indian Wells Valley continue to be represented at the county level with the temporary appointment of Mark Storch to the Kern Community College District, the locally elected governing body that oversees operations of Bakersfield Community, Cerro Coso and Porterville colleges. . . . Read Full Story >>

Mentors help young women ‘expand their horizons’

Mentors help young women ‘expand their horizons’

Rebecca Neipp

The buzz of excitement over scientific and technological breakthroughs may be part of the everyday landscape at China Lake. But over the weekend, the source of that electrifying enlightenment was the 150 young ladies who gave up their Saturdays to immerse themselves in the world . . . Read Full Story >>

Mentors help young women ‘expand their horizons’

Rebecca Neipp

The buzz of excitement over scientific and technological breakthroughs may be part of the everyday landscape at China Lake. But over the weekend, the source of that electrifying enlightenment was the 150 young ladies who gave up their Saturdays to immerse themselves in the world . . . Read Full Story >>

Registration for YES! to start

Registration will start March 10 for the fifth annual YES! (Young Engineers and Scientists) Conference, to be held at the Dr. William B. McLean Laboratory, Naval Air Weapons Station, on April 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The conference is open to young males in sixth, seventh . . . Read Full Story >>

Local student gets up-close & personal visit to NASA lab

Local student gets up-close & personal visit to NASA lab

Joshua Baca of Ridgecrest is one of 40 community- and junior-college students nationwide selected to travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena this spring for the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. Baca, who is a student at Cerro Coso Community College, said the . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD: Students love Chromebooks

Linda Saholt

The highlight of the Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting Feb. 20 was students from James Monroe Middle School showing the board members what they had learned on their new Chromebooks. These are small laptop computers, which the Board of Education voted . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By LARA?LUU BHS?Commissioner of Communications Welcome back to another slightly shortened, but still beautiful week here at Burroughs High School! The largest event Burroughs is currently hosting is its annual Blood Drive event! Sign-ups are taking place in K-4, and paperwork is being passed around . . . Read Full Story >>

Montessori Elementary Open House set

Montessori Elementary Open House set

Three young lovers of learning try out some of the educational games available at Heritage Montessori Elementary School. The school will host an open house and tour of its new elementary campus on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6-7 p.m., at 1435 N. Downs St. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Expanding Your Horizons sign-ups start Feb. 12

The Ridgecrest Women of Math and Science Inc. and the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge will present the 13th Annual Expanding Your Horizons conference on March 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McLean Laboratory, Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. Registration begins Feb. 12 . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Charter School and SSUSD reach agreement

The Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education held a special meeting Jan. 31 to consider an agreement with the Ridgecrest Charter School. After several earlier attempts to reach an agreement were unsuccessful, this one succeeded. “The two parties have reached agreement for an . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy Column: Author to speak to Astronomical Society

By ROGER BROWER China Lake Astronomical Society The next China Lake Astronomical Society meeting will be held on Feb. 3, at the Maturango Museum at 100 E. Las Flores at 7:30 p.m. The February program will feature Michael Strecker, a physician in Los Angeles who . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy visits Murray technology class

McCarthy visits Murray technology class

By Jessica Weston, News Review Correspondent “When the server shuts down you call the server company to fix it. Who do you call when the government shuts down?” That’s the question Murray Middle School teacher Kate Champeny said she and her students faced last fall . . . Read Full Story >>

St. Ann gives Science Fair results

Saint Ann School’s annual Science Fair was held Jan. 14. Below is a list of winners and titles of their projects. Forth grade winners: First, Annika Houck, “The Importance of Following a Recipe Applied to Making Snow Skis.” Second, Max Pogge, “Art Bot: A Wobbly . . . Read Full Story >>

Expanding Your Horizons  conference set for March 8

Expanding Your Horizons conference set for March 8

The Ridgecrest Women of Math and Science Inc. in collaboration with the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge announced that the 13th Annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference will be held March 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at McLean Laboratory, Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. The conference introduces . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso accepts registrations for Band for Fun class

Local musicians are being given an opportunity to make music together at Cerro Coso Community College this spring. Band for Fun is an opportunity to partner with musicians in the area. College officials point out that the class is designed to provide occasion to build . . . Read Full Story >>