School sites will not reopen this term

School sites will not reopen this term

Rebecca Neipp

Schools in the Indian Wells Valley will finish out the year with the current home-learning model, as increasingly strict directives from California officials finally take off the table a return to campuses this spring. Although the Kern County Superintendent of Schools officially made the announcement . . . Read Full Story >>

College reports response to COVID-19

College reports response to COVID-19

Submitted by AMBER REED Cerro Coso Community College Cerro Coso Community College is much like the rest of the country’s educational institutions, when it comes to the next steps and decisions for its campuses in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Within the past two weeks . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools now closed until May 5

Schools now closed until May 5

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District announced this week that, after consulting with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, campus closures have been extended until May 5. Superintendent Dr. David Ostash sent out a message to staff, students and parents that, after consulting with the . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools rocked by turbulence of ‘social distance’

Schools rocked by turbulence of ‘social distance’

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District, along with educational institutions across the county, state and nation, is struggling to meet the conflicting demands of isolation and service in a landscape where mandates and directives are constantly evolving. “Everything is moving at warp speed,” said Dr. David . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands forms plans for future

Sierra Sands forms plans for future

Rebecca Neipp

In an update to the members of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, who heard about the latest developments in earthquake recovery and coronavirus preparation (see also related story, this page), Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash also shared with the group some . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso hosts ‘Spring Fling’

Cerro Coso Community College students will present their annual “Spring Fling” Saturday, March 14, at the track and field. The day will kick off with the Coyotes facing the Barstow Vikings at 1 p.m. in the Dawg Yard. Other activities, including bubble soccer, ultimate frisbee, . . . Read Full Story >>

Robotic Burros head to state

Robotic Burros head to state

Rebecca Neipp

Two teams from the Burroughs High School robotics team will head to state championships this weekend as the five-year-old program continues to expand in numbers, as well as in the loftiness of its goals. The VEX Robotics California State Championships have increased so vastly in . . . Read Full Story >>

Delta Beta hosts Cosner, initiates Venhaus

Delta Beta, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma’s honorary teachers’ society, heard from Monroe Middle School teacher Marla Cosner (right) about how she shares connections between science, technology, engineering, art and math with her students. Chapter president Linda Klabunde (left) also initiated Monroe math . . . Read Full Story >>

Youngblood addresses local youth

Youngblood addresses local youth

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood speaks to students at Burroughs High School on Tuesday. While he spoke about the importance of pursuing education, he also discussed opportunities, particularly in law enforcement, for people with only high school diplomas. Youngblood said that he “barely finished” high . . . Read Full Story >>

Motivational speaker addresses local students

Motivational speaker addresses local students

Motivational speaker and bullying- and drug- prevention advocate Fabian Ramirez addresses students at Burroughs High School on Wednesday. The first-generation college graduate gives his testimony of how he overcame bullying and the influence of gang culture in his youth. He now addresses students across the . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe observes ‘Kindness Week’

Monroe observes ‘Kindness Week’

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent James Monroe Middle School hosted “Kindness Week,” spearheaded by Counselor Robin Gabriel, in conjunction with the national “Great Kindness Challenge” to improve school culture. “Some of the benefits of this event include increasing the students’ feelings of being cared . . . Read Full Story >>

Elks Lodge donates $500 to BHS Drumline

Elks Lodge donates $500 to BHS Drumline

Letia “Tia” Courtney, exalted ruler of the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge, presents a $500 donation to the Burroughs High School Drumline. The donation will replace a base drum that cannot be repaired. The BHS Music Boosters, who received the Elks donation on behalf of the student . . . Read Full Story >>

Program helps pay for textbooks

Program helps pay for textbooks

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — The typical college student spends more than $1,000 on books and supplies every year, according to a 2018 College Board study. A program at Cerro Coso Community College is making those costs less daunting. Open Educational Resources allows students to . . . Read Full Story >>

Dozens of students attend Scholastic Chess Tournament

Dozens of students attend Scholastic Chess Tournament

Some 50 students compete in the Scholastic Chess Tournament held on Martin Luther King Day at Gateway Elementary School. Gateway Kindergartener Ethan Hernandez was the top player for the K-1 section. Other section winners were Las Flores third-grader Logan Merriman (2-3), Pierce fourth-grader Aiden Goodarzira . . . Read Full Story >>

Proposed budget  could yield $500K  deficit for SSUSD

Proposed budget could yield $500K deficit for SSUSD

Rebecca Neipp

In the days and weeks that followed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, public agencies have been analyzing how those projections will impact their bottom lines. For education in general, the Legislative Analyst Office and other advocates have predicted that trends of increasing mandates without proportionate . . . Read Full Story >>

Service academy forum set

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will host a forum in Bakersfield Saturday, Feb. 8, for students in his district who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy. “Our nation’s service academies offer young scholars some of the best educational opportunities in the country, while . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe’s Avery Thibado takes the spelling bee

Monroe’s Avery Thibado takes the spelling bee

Monroe Middle School eighth-grader Avery Thibado (center), pictured with her father Pete and brother Aiden, claims this year’s trophy as Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Spelling Bee champion. Thibado successfully spelled the word “schnauzer,” claiming the title for Monroe for the first time in more . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools in recovery, planning for future

Schools in recovery, planning for future

Rebecca Neipp

While the quakes caused millions in structural and content damage for local schools, officials took the opportunity to assess not only the destruction, but also the underlying needs revealed during the shake-up. “The earthquakes definitely highlighted how well our facilities performed in the new and . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals make list of alternates for academy appointments

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy this week announced his nominations to U.S. service academies, which included several local students competing alternates for the primary nominations. Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified high school students from California’s 23rd . . . Read Full Story >>

Nuno receives Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship

Nuno receives Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship

Cerro Coso Community College student Zulema Nuno (center) receives a $750 Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship. Also pictured are EOPS-CARE Director Penny Talley (left) and Access Programs Director Pam Campbell. Nuno is a first-generation college student who returned to school after becoming a single . . . Read Full Story >>