School board swears in members

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Sierra Sands Unified School District board met Thursday, Dec. 11, the latest members were sworn in. Incumbents Kurt Rockwell and Amy Castillo-Covert were welcomed back to the board as was former boardmember Tim Johnson. Bill Farris . . . Read Full Story >>

Students learn by doing

Students learn by doing

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin In an educational landscape of increasing standards and declining budgets, teachers have fewer resources to divert into artistic, interdisciplinary, . . . Read Full Story >>

Pink Ladies award scholarships

Pink Ladies award scholarships

Winners of $500 scholarships from the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Pink Ladies Auxiliary are congratulated by hospital workers. Seated in front from left, are Lori Bollinger, Kellee Clodt, Menchie Schneiter, Chrissie Jensen, Luis Enrique Carillo and Barbara Dolan. Clodt is a student of Career Care Institute, . . . Read Full Story >>

Justus Scott to coach Cerro Coso Coyote baseball

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — In the game of baseball, timing is everything, and for Justus Scott the time was right to take over as the new head baseball coach and interim athletic director at Cerro Coso Community College. Scott is the fourth head coach . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

By Blair Etoch BHS?Commissioner of Communications It’s a busy time at Burroughs! We’re looking forward to our Christmas break but we have to stay focused on our finals and semester grades. And many activities are still happening at Burroughs. The Burroughs Band will be playing . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso open house is Dec. 5

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso will hold an open house Friday, Dec. 5, featuring campus tours, financial aid, program information and much more. The open house, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., is free and open to the public. “This event offers a perfect opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By BLAIR?ETOCH BHS?Commissioner of Communications Burroughs students are back to the high school grind after a very relaxing Thanksgiving break. For a student at Burroughs, there is never a dull moment. This week many students will be participating in the Great Strides Games Thursday at . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff chats with criminal justice class

Sheriff chats with criminal justice class

Students in Rick Smith’s criminal justice class at Burroughs High School got the chance to hear from our county’s top law enforcement officer when Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood came in for a chat. Youngblood shared his experiences with the youth, reminding them of their . . . Read Full Story >>

Local student selected for NASA program

Local student selected for NASA program

Rochelle Caravalho, a student at Cerro Coso Community College, has been selected to travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory this fall to participate in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. Caravalho is one of 40 community college students from across the U.S. to be . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso Community College to honor veterans with films, exhibits

Cerro Coso Community College will celebrate veterans during the month of November with activities dedicated to honoring those who served our country. A variety of activities, films, and exhibits are planned for the Ridgecrest campus and local community. To kick off Veterans Month, Cerro Coso . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Ooi brings expertise, passion for science

Dr. Ooi brings expertise, passion for science

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Dr. Guck Ooi, is a new associate professor of biology at Cerro Coso Community College. Dr. Ooi has been teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology classes at the college since 2011 as an adjunct faculty member. Born in Malaysia, Dr. Ooi . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the Candidates SSUSD Board of Education

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Four candidates are seeking three seats on the SSUSD?Board of Directors. The board is in the final phase of implementing a 2012 action to reduce its seven-member board down to five, so this election voters will choose three . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

By BLAIR?ETOCH BHS?Commissioner of Communications It’s Rally Week at Burroughs High School! Students have been dressing up each day this week, earning spirit points for their class. Tourists were everywhere on Tuesday, and today there are flowers everywhere as we celebrate Floral Day. We will . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC offers GED prep course

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso is once again offering a General Educa-tional Development Exam Prepa-ration course, EDUC C005, online for those who want to take the GED. The exam changed in 2014 with greater focus on in-depth thinking skills. The GED Exam Prep . . . Read Full Story >>

McNair is new dean of CTE

McNair is new dean of CTE

Cerro Coso President Jill Board announced that Mike McNair has been hired as the college’s new dean of Career Technical Education. “Mike is a seasoned educator and his vast leadership experience in the classroom and administration will make him a tremendous asset to the college,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Program helps student land dream job

Program helps student land dream job

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Welding is one of the few career choices in which a student can receive certifications after two semesters of course work and start earning $30 to $40 an hour. For Cerro Coso student Ryan Holden, the accelerated welding program proved just . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe students clean-up campus

Monroe students clean-up campus

Monroe Middle School seventh-grader Elsie Christy-Huber freshens up one of the school’s buildings with a new coat of paint during last week’s campus clean-up. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Pang has big plans for distance education

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — New Director of Distance Education Rebecca Pang has big plans to improve distance learning at Cerro Coso Community College. Her first priority is improving student retention for online courses through the services the department provides. Pang knows that once a . . . Read Full Story >>

School board hears update for new year

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Thursday marked the first school board meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year. Superintendent Ernie Bell reported that enrollment is up from 4,897 students in August 2013 to 4,925 this year. SSUSD staff is also up by 65 members. . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>