Charter students win STEM challenge

Charter students win STEM challenge

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Charter School STEM teacher Mackenzie Brewster is pictured with Mozzma and Shiza Chaudry and Suphani Reagles, who also participated in the “Wonder Park STEM Challenge” — Photo by Ian M. Terry ------ Ridgecrest Cinemas partnered with Paramount Studios to promote the upcoming release of . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter to pursue  new program, petition

Charter to pursue new program, petition

Rebecca Neipp

Officials of Ridgecrest Charter School announced this week that the school will refocus its attention on launching a new petition, postponing its appeal to the California State Board of Education, previously scheduled for next week. “We have always planned for fighting for the existence of . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter school board outlines new opportunity

Charter school board outlines new opportunity

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Charter School officials outlined a potential resolution for keeping the facility going, despite the threat of closure pending a decision this month by the California State Board of Education. The state board will convene March 13-14 to weigh dual recommendations by state committees and . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS student places second in county essay contest

BHS student places second in county essay contest

In a contest sponsored by the Kern County Republican Party Central Committee, Burroughs High School Senior Alysha Owen wins second place, and a $1,000 scholarship, for her essay about how Abraham Lincoln might resolve a modern-day challenge. Kern County 2nd District Supervisor Zack Scrivner presented . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter to  give update  Feb. 27

Charter to give update Feb. 27

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest Charter School Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria to update the community about current efforts to continue operations next fall. A committee and commission at the state level have recommended the California State Board . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD targets improving attendance

SSUSD targets improving attendance

Sierra Sands Unified School District has announced a new goal to help boost student achievement — maintaining a minimum attendance rate of 95 percent. Superintendent Ernie Bell said that he hopes parents will rally around this goal to keep student learning on track. To achieve . . . Read Full Story >>

KCCD approves hemp partnership

KCCD approves hemp partnership

KERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT — KCCD has approved a public-private partnership between Cerro Coso Community College and Apothio, LLC, for researching and growing industrial hemp — a non-intoxicating form of cannabis, legal in all 50 states. Changes to federal and state law that began in . . . Read Full Story >>

Elks donate AED to Sierra Sands

The Ridgecrest Elks Lodge No. 1913 recently donated $500 to the Sierra Sands Unified School District, which sponsored the purchase of an automated external defibrillator. “The monetary donation from the Elks Lodge will provide another life-saving device to the district,” said a Sierra Sands spokesperson. . . . Read Full Story >>

Kovar honored as ’Outstanding’ DKG member

Kovar honored as ’Outstanding’ DKG member

Nel Kovar is selected Outstanding Member of Delta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. A 46-year member of Delta Beta, Kovar has served as chapter president twice, 1992-1994 and again 2014-2016. “During Nel’s years of membership, she has enthusiastically and gracefully served on countless committees,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter considers options

Charter considers options

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the Ridgecrest Charter School Board of Directors met Thursday night to update parents on the outcome of last week’s meeting in Sacramento of the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools, which voted 5-1 to uphold the committee recommendation to deny the RCS charter. When . . . Read Full Story >>

Elks donate $500 to BHS Music Boosters

Elks donate $500 to BHS Music Boosters

Members of the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge donate $500 to the Burroughs High School Music Boosters. The donation helped send music students on a trip that included performing in a parade and workshops with professionals at Disneyland. From left are Anthony Grishard, Kaleigh Allen, Rachel Rosal, . . . Read Full Story >>

Academic excellence, opportunity

Pinto scholarship available The Desert Community Orchestra Association will once again administer the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship for students pursuing continued education in instrumental or vocal music. Dr. Pinto was a pediatrician at Drummond Medical Group for many years, as well as a longtime . . . Read Full Story >>

Commission upholds charter denial

Rebecca Neipp

After about an hour of testimony at the state capitol, and almost no deliberation, the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools voted 5-1 Tuesday to uphold a committee recommendation to deny the charter for Ridgecrest Charter School. Whether the school, which instructs about 500 students, can . . . Read Full Story >>

Auld moves up to district HR head

Auld moves up to district HR head

Rebecca Neipp

Longtime Burroughs High School educator Bryan Auld will take a new assignment for the upcoming academic year — as assistant superintendent of human resources at Sierra Sands Unified School District. His move is one of many changes anticipated among next year’s district administrators (see related . . . Read Full Story >>

More personnel changes for Sierra Sands schools

More personnel changes for Sierra Sands schools

Rebecca Neipp

With two shifts in top positions for Sierra Sands Unified School District, two retiring principals and a cascading effect as in-house personnel are promoted to some of those roles, Superintendent Ernie Bell addressed the myriad changes in educational leadership ahead for the community. “This is . . . Read Full Story >>

Ahmad takes the spelling bee again

Ahmad takes the spelling bee again

Emaan Ahmad (right) of Las Flores Elementary School, winner of the Sierra Sands Unified School District-wide Spelling Bee Jan. 30, receives her trophy from Principal Sue Marvin. The winning word was “magnolia.” At left is another excellent speller, Danielle Vander Werf. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC offers Spanish  for native speakers

CCCC offers Spanish for native speakers

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a Spanish course designed for native speakers. C180 will be offered online with instructor Lucila Gonzalez-Cirre beginning Feb. 11. This course is geared toward those who wish to develop their fluency further through vocabulary building, spelling and accentuation rules, . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Charter in jeopardy

Ridgecrest Charter in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

Charter School Board President Eric Bruin (center left) and Principal Steve Martinez (right) address a crowd of parents following the state recommendation to deny the school’s charter — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Leaders of the Ridgecrest Charter School have been soliciting letters of support . . . Read Full Story >>

Bloom  joins  CCCC  staff

Bloom joins CCCC staff

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso has announced the appointment of William Bloom as the new director of financial aid and admissions and records. Bloom started his vocation in higher education after a career in the private sector. He worked for the University of . . . Read Full Story >>

Student contests and opportunities

Pinto scholarship available The Desert Community Orchestra Association will once again administer the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship for students pursuing continued education in instrumental or vocal music. Dr. Pinto was a pediatrician at Drummond Medical Group for many years, as well as a longtime . . . Read Full Story >>