’Tis the season … for commencement

’Tis the season … for commencement

Rebecca Neipp

As of this week, graduation and promotion ceremonies are in full swing throughout the Indian Wells Valley. This week, Immanuel Christian School promoted nine eighth-graders on Wednesday, and celebrated five graduates on Thursday. Sierra Sands Unified School District Adult School graduated 20 in a ceremony . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS honors Board of Education Scholars

BHS honors Board of Education Scholars

Among the 2019 Burroughs High School graduates honored at this week’s senior awards ceremony were Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education Scholars (not in order) Adelina Anderson, Enyssa Armendariz, Nathan Ashbaugh, Katherine Ashton, Tiana Cope, Julie Koch, Samuel Marler, Aidan Murphree, Levi Rash . . . Read Full Story >>

CC Student Gov. honors achievement

CC Student Gov. honors achievement

The Student Government of Cerro Coso celebrated the achievements of students, faculty, and staff during a recent awards luncheon. The following awards were presented: President’s Outstanding Aca-demic Achievement Awards — Nina Aquino, Noah Bailey, William Banks, Kimberly Borey, Tanya Brown, Olivia Bumbaca, Zulema Castillo, Phillip . . . Read Full Story >>

College reopens after modernization

College reopens after modernization

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — The public is invited to the grand re-opening of Cerro Coso Community College’s main building Wednesday, May 29, from 5-7 p.m. “School facilities can have a profound impact on both employee and student outcomes,” said a spokesperson. The 47,000-square-foot main . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe choir students receive honors

Monroe choir students receive honors

Monroe Middle School 8th graders Natalie Bravo (left) and Citlali Tellez receive the Director’s Award as members of the Monroe Concert Choir under the direction of Lisa Austin. Both recipients delivered solo performances during Tuesday evening’s end-of-year choir performance, Bravo singing “On My Own” from . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD  says thanks

SSUSD says thanks

Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell (left) thanks Marty and Margaret Schlom of Culver-Newlin, a Corona-based business that recently donated new desks, chairs and other classroom furniture valued at more than $500,000 to the district. The Schloms are friends of Daryl and Jennifer . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD gives  Rose Awards

SSUSD gives Rose Awards

Rebecca Neipp

A week after Sierra Sands Unified School District honored its outstanding employees of the year, each school site (and the district at large) selected a volunteer who exemplifies the spirit of collaboration and dedication to educational excellence. Although the News Review had gone to press . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC honor students present research

CCCC honor students present research

Six Cerro Coso Community College students gave presentations at the 19th Annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference at University of California, Irvine, in April. The multidisciplinary conference showcases outstanding faculty-mentored research by community college students in California. Gideon Ondap’s presentation, entitled “Marquez, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Most important profession’ honored

‘Most important profession’ honored

Rebecca Neipp

“Teachers have the capacity to shape the minds and futures of many — and they do so at all kinds of critical life stages.” So writes Dr. Glenn Geher in an article entitled “Teaching: The Single Most Important Profession” from Psychology Today. With the converging . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso graduation is tonight

Cerro Coso graduation is tonight

Cerro Coso Community College will host Dianne Tolliver as the alumni speaker at the 46th annual commencement ceremony this evening, May 10, at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Dr. Raymond A. McCue Sports Complex. Tolliver, nee Butler, grew up in Ridgecrest and graduated . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Drum Line takes WCPA championship

BHS Drum Line takes WCPA championship

The Burroughs High School Drum Line, glad in Steampunk-inspired attire, performs for friends and family during an awards ceremony last week in the BHS Gym. The drum line took first place in this year’s West Coast Performance Association AAA-Division percussion championship. Coach Art Atencio said . . . Read Full Story >>

English named academic scholar

English named academic scholar

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Chance English has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, . . . Read Full Story >>

District gets nearly $1M in relief grant

District gets nearly $1M in relief grant

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District was recently notified that it will receive a grant for approximately $988,000, which will offset the cost of a $1.6-million sewer renovation project. The district applied for the grant in 2018, in hopes of defraying the cost of completely renovating . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD orchestras receive donation from Ridgecrest Music Fest.

SSUSD orchestras receive donation from Ridgecrest Music Fest.

Michelle Findley (center right) of MeloMania Entertainments donates $1,200 to Monroe Middle School Orchestra Director Laura Olinger. MeloMania raised money for local middle school music programs at the April Music Festival — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy honors Bell for service

McCarthy honors Bell for service

Rebecca Neipp

Every year, Rep. Kevin McCarthy calls a top Burroughs High School senior and a teacher who inspired that student to be recognized with a congressional award in Lancaster (see related story this page). And each year, Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell attends . . . Read Full Story >>

Armendariz, Burgess celebrated

Armendariz, Burgess celebrated

Rebecca Neipp

School communities of the winners of the Congressional Merit Awards are praising this year’s honorees for the same reason — dedication, leadership and investment in those around them. Each year House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recognizes outstanding students from high schools within his district. Burroughs . . . Read Full Story >>

’Murray Family’ honors retiring principal

’Murray Family’ honors retiring principal

Murray Middle School President Chris Hill and wife Tammy (left), on behalf of the Murray family, present an award to retiring principal Kristi Smith. “Mrs. Smith has devoted her life to education, in a way that went far beyond the responsibilities and requirements of a . . . Read Full Story >>

Robotics  team returns  from  nationals

Robotics team returns from nationals

Members of the BHS Robotics Club (from left) are Aidan Murphree, Zeneve Jacotin, Samantha Lail, Lars Bartels, Cameron Thornton and Akif Dhar — Courtesy photo ------ By EMILY ARALAR Burroughs High School Blockbuster The Robotic Burros headed to Iowa for the Vex Nationals competition on . . . Read Full Story >>

Aubin scholarship offered to young writers

The Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, will award the $500 Allison Aubin Scholarship for Young Writers to a high school senior preparing to enter college to study writing. To qualify, an applicant must write a 500-word essay on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers initiated into DKA honorary society

Teachers initiated into DKA honorary society

Sandra Burkhardt, Ellen Knehans, Kelly Karakas and Ann Lusher were initiated into the membership of Delta Kappa Gamma, which is an international honorary teachers’ society. These four women are all longtime teachers of the Sierra Sands Unified School District and are all known for “going . . . Read Full Story >>