School’s back in session

School’s back in session

Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell and members of the staff perform “Heard It Through the Grapevine” in California Raisins- inspired attire for the SSUSD all-hands meeting Tuesday morning, where the message was that “schools were doing fine.” -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

School events include bd. mtg., Back to School

The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education will meet this coming Thursday, Aug. 20, at Ridgecrest’s City Council Chambers. This will be the board’s first meeting since the 2015-16 school year began Wednesday, Aug. 13. Meetings are monthly on the second or third . . . Read Full Story >>

Bell: District is ready for, excited about year

Bell: District is ready for, excited about year

Rebecca Neipp

The new school year will bring changes to staff, schedules and online access, according to Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell. “We have some exciting things we will be starting this year, and we can’t wait to get going!” said Bell. The most . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC launches new logos

By NATALIE DORRELL CCCC Public Information Cerro Coso Community College has unveiled a new look for its logos and brand messaging to align with its strategic goals and commitment to student completion and success. A branding survey was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of our . . . Read Full Story >>

Austin graduates from UC Irvine

Austin graduates from UC Irvine

Emma Alexandra Austin graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts Degree in English with a creative writing emphasis (fiction) from the University of California Irvine in March 2015. She made the Dean’s Honor List every quarter as well as completing the campus-wide honors program . . . Read Full Story >>

College offers Spanish

Cerro Coso Community College is offering Elementary Spanish I with Professor Lucila Gonzalez-Cirre on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. The five-unit introductory course teaches basic grammar and vocabulary for speaking, reading, understanding and writing at the beginning levels, as well as . . . Read Full Story >>

New Murray campus sees potential delays

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The 47-acre lot across the street from Burroughs High School is almost ready to house the new Murray Middle School campus. But before that happens, more than 20,000 cubic yards of pesticide-contaminated soil needs to be removed from . . . Read Full Story >>

Countdown to the new school year

Countdown to the new school year

Las Flores Elementary School first-grade teacher Andrea MIller prepares her new classroom for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 12, for students in the Sierra Sands Unified School District. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Kiwanis help students gear up for school

The Ridgecrest Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Child Spree Saturday, Aug. 1. The community outreach program provides $80 worth of new clothing for eligible children preparing to start the new school year. In addition to local sponsorships, Kmart offers a 10-percent discount on all . . . Read Full Story >>

Carroll makes All-California Academic competition

Carroll makes All-California Academic competition

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Kirsten Carroll has been named to the third team of All-California Academic competition, co-sponsored by the Community College League of California and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. The program provides recognition for top-performing students. Phi Theta Kappa judges . . . Read Full Story >>

Peoples retires from Cerro Coso

By NATALIE DORRELL Cerro Coso Community College Dr. Mary Peoples has been an amazing asset to Cerro Coso Community College. She is known to be open and receptive to discuss any issues with not only students, but faculty and staff as well. Her enthusiasm for . . . Read Full Story >>

SMART students receive scholarship opportunity

SMART students receive scholarship opportunity

Students in the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Program carefully inspect the 100-foot plunge below Bay 6 of the Skytop testing facility during a recent tour at China Lake. Since 2006, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division has selected 30 candidates to receive scholarships . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands ranks among top districts in So. California

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Some of the best school districts in the nation are found in sunny Southern California,” according to popular online information service NerdWallet. Sierra Sands Unified School District placed 23rd out of 153 districts in the website’s “Best School . . . Read Full Story >>

District unveils late-start Wednesdays

District unveils late-start Wednesdays

Rebecca Neipp

This week’s announcement of an adjusted start time on most Wednesdays in the up-coming school year has been identified by Sierra Sands Unified School District officials as a creative solution to accurately assessing student needs and an opportunity for real-time sharing of resources and information . . . Read Full Story >>

Letters of support needed for school construction bill

Rebecca Neipp

Local legislators and officials of the Sierra Sands Unified School District are urging residents to write letters of support for a bill that could provide the matching funded needed to release some 55 million in federal dollars allocated to rebuild Murray Middle School and improve . . . Read Full Story >>

Educational Accolades

- Anderson graduates summa cum laude - Connor Anderson of Ridgecrest graduated summa cum laude from University of San Diego, a Catholic liberal arts college. Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and was bestowed honors during the school’s May 24 commencement ceremonies. USD . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS student selected for Annapolis STEM program

BHS student selected for Annapolis STEM program

Grant Vigneault, a student at Burroughs High School was selected by the U.S. Naval Academy to attend its summer science, technology, engineering and mathematics program in Annapolis, Md. Grant was one of 200 tenth graders, out of a pool of more than 5,000 applicants nationwide, . . . Read Full Story >>

Chapter closes for Class of ’15

Chapter closes for Class of ’15

For some 400 local students, this week marks the end of their high school careers. While graduates of Mesquite High School, Sierra Sands Adult School and Immanuel Christian School have already held commencement exercises, the bulk of IWV graduates will celebrate theirmilestone at the Burroughs . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands honors volunteers, staff

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With the academic year coming to an end, the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education took the better part of last week’s meeting to honor dozens of students, teachers and volunteers. Board President Bill Farris recognized . . . Read Full Story >>

Hill, Floyd awarded McClane music scholarships

Hill, Floyd awarded McClane music scholarships

Felice McLane, widow of beloved local musician Jim McLane, presents two scholarships in her husband’s memory, worth $500 each, tp Ruthie Hill (left) and Rebecca Floyd (right). The presentations were made during the Burroughs High School Music Department’s spring concert. Ruthie, a 13-year piano student, . . . Read Full Story >>