New ‘late start’ bill  awaits gov. signature

New ‘late start’ bill awaits gov. signature

Rebecca Neipp

One of a multitude of new bills jammed through the California legislature’s closing sessions last week was an initiative to mandate later start times for schools across the state. Senate Bill 328, if Gov. Jerry Brown adds his signature, will prohibit (with some exceptions) California . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso athletics welcomes two new coaches

Cerro Coso athletics welcomes two new coaches

Cerro Coso’s newest coaches Devin Bennett (softball) and Chris Dugan (men’s basketball) — Courtesy photos ------ Cerro Coso Community College has announced the addition of two new head coaches to lead women’s softball and men’s basketball programs during the coming school year. Coyote Softball Head . . . Read Full Story >>

School’s back in session!

School’s back in session!

Students board Bus 38 at the corner of Reeves Street and Sierra View Avenue for Sierra Sands Unified School District’s first week of school. At press time, district officials were reporting that enrollment continues to trend upward in both primary and secondary schools — Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

St. Ann’s begins school year with new principal

St. Ann’s begins school year with new principal

Rebecca Neipp

St. Ann’s new Principal Alicia Conliffe and Vice Principal Tracy Sherrick. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ When St. Ann’s Catholic School students returned to campus this week, they were greeted by dedicated teachers, new curriculum, an expanding STEM program — and new principal Alicia . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter School completes Phase I of expansion

Charter School completes Phase I of expansion

Staff, boardmembers and students of the Ridgecrest Charter School are joined by members of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the final stages of Phase I of the school’s ongoing expansion. The school wrapped up traffic improvements, parking-lot resurfacing, the addition of two classrooms . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Rotary provides school supplies

IWV Rotary provides school supplies

Rotary Club of Indian Wells Valley members (in yellow vests) present boxes of school supplies to the teachers and students of Inyokern Elementary School at their Back to School Ice Cream Social. “Our little club that does big things is always striving to put service . . . Read Full Story >>

Community ‘Fills the  Bus’ for local schools

Community ‘Fills the Bus’ for local schools

Former Richmond Elementary School Teacher Mrs. “Paz” Pasztalaniec collects school supply donations from shoppers leaving Walmart on Saturday. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Local volunteers helped collect a busload of school supplies for the upcoming school year . . . Read Full Story >>

Staff preps for start of new year

Staff preps for start of new year

Rebecca Neipp

Administrators and teachers collaborate in a series of professional development workshops this week. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ With the start of the new school year just days away, Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell reflected on the challenges and opportunities that . . . Read Full Story >>

Child Support Services holds back-to-school event

Child Support Services holds back-to-school event

Thousands of children and families attend a back-to-school event hosted last week by Kern County Department of Child Support Services. County and local agencies collaborated to offer services and supplies to help prepare children for their return to school next week. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

Back to School!

Back to School!

Members of the Burroughs High School Music Boosters convened Wednesday evening to welcome incoming band, orchestra and choir students. More than 100 students and parents were treated to ice cream and orientation by Director Mark Hatter and his small, but hardworking, group of volunteers. Music . . . Read Full Story >>

Murabito is new dean of CTE

Murabito is new dean of CTE

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso proudly announces the hiring of Maura Murabito, as the new dean of Career Technical Education. Murabito’s responsibilities are to provide academic leadership, direction and support to the 17 technical education programs offered by the college at all seven . . . Read Full Story >>

Marler earns scholarship

Marler earns scholarship

Sydney Marler of Ridgecrest, a former student of Burroughs High School and a 2018 graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., is a recipient of a $2,000 scholarship through the Military Children Program. To qualify for the scholarship, Sydney had to demonstrate academic excellence, along . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso College offers welding courses

Cerro Coso College offers welding courses

Cerro Coso Community College is helping fill a workforce gap in qualified welders, where industry projects a shortfall of 300,000 over the next 10 years. “Welding is one of the few career choices that is in high demand at all times,” said a spokesperson. “Since . . . Read Full Story >>

King graduates from Cal Baptist

King graduates from Cal Baptist

Local son Robert W. King graduated from California Baptist University on May 3, 2018, summa cum laude, with a bachelor of acience in mechanical engineering and a minor in aerospace engineering. He began Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., on July 1 with a . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso offers business courses

Cerro Coso offers business courses

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — At the crossroads of Opportunity Boulevard and Career Drive is a degree in business or management from Cerro Coso Community College that can help fast track your success by helping you to develop a broad understanding of business organizations and . . . Read Full Story >>

College to offer classes in human services

Cerro Coso Community College will offer the following courses this fall that can lead to a certificate in human services: HMSV C101 Introduction to Human Services — Melissa Bowen will instruct this 3-unit course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m. The course will introduce . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest natives earn achievements accross the nation

Smith makes SUNY Dean’s List Megan Smith of Ridgecrest earned a place on the State University of New York, Potsdam, Dean’s List for the spring semester. Smith, a psychology major, was among 313 students who managed to maintain the minimum 3.25 grade-point average while carrying . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Tap into your creative side’ at CCCC

‘Tap into your creative side’ at CCCC

“Tap into your creative side and take an art class at Cerro Coso Community College this fall,” said a spokesperson. “Interested in art history, meeting new people, rekindling a lost-passion, or just because you want to? Cerro Coso is offering a variety of art classes . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD sponsors STEM Summer Camp

NAWCWD sponsors STEM Summer Camp

Elijah Colpitts teaches math — from basic to trigonometry — to the 80 students involved in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Summer Camp, sponsored by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. NAWCWD partnered with Sierra Sands Unified School District to bring in CodeChangers, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dig into something’ this fall

‘Dig into something’ this fall

“For those with a sense of adventure, mystery, and discovery, Cerro Coso Community College is offering an archaeology class this fall,” said a spokesperson. The course offers part detection, part research, and part treasure hunting, the course will cover the basic principles of archaeology, study . . . Read Full Story >>