Rep. women hold essay contest

Based on our First Amendment rights, should students, with civility and mutual respect, be allowed to express their opinions or wear clothing that might potentially offend others? That is the question the Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, are asking local high schoolers for their annual essay . . . Read Full Story >>

Burroughs Band to march in D.C. parade

Burroughs Band to march in D.C. parade

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Burroughs High School Band Director Simon Austin addressed the Ridgecrest Exchange Club earlier this month to give an update on the band’s coming trip to Washington, D.C. The club presented Austin with a $1,000 donation toward trip expenses. . . . Read Full Story >>

Ahmad wins spelling bee

Ahmad wins spelling bee

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When Gateway Elementary School hosted the Sierra Sands Unified School District 2016 Spelling Bee, Gateway 5th grader Mahnoor Ahmad frolicked her way to first place by successfully spelling the word — you guessed it — “frolic.” Mahnoor was . . . Read Full Story >>

Acosta named to dean’s list

Jordyn Acosta of Ridgecrest has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for fall 2015. The honor is reserved for students who achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Champlain provides career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. . . . Read Full Story >>

Orchestra offers Pinto scholarship

The Desert Community Orchestra Association has announced that applications are now available for the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship, offered to students planning to continue their music education after high school. To be eligible, applicants must be graduating this year, and younger than age 22. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso College announces winter recess

All offices and classrooms at Cerro Coso Community College will be closed for winter recess from Thursday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 3. Online registration will be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day through cerrocoso.edu. Try this easy and convenient way to . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso to offer creative writing

By JAMIE WYCOFF Cerro Coso Community College Why take creative writing? Get practical tools to overcome writer’s block. Learn from the best writers and apply their techniques. Learn to workshop and critique the work of others. Whatever you do, you will do with purpose. Because . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By NAYA TAYLOR BHS Commissioner of Communications It has been an eventful week at Burroughs! The school raised a total of $1,691.26 for the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Fundraiser — this total includes money from the coin drive, clubs and a BHS alum’s contribution. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Nelson named student trustee

Nelson named student trustee

Cerro Coso Community College has announced the appointment of Lily Nelson to serve as student trustee on the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees for the 2015-2016 academic year. She will replace Bakersfield College student Alex Dominguez. As the student representative to the KCCD . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

By NAYA TAYLOR BHS Commissioner of Communications Today was Costume Day! Students dressed up in their Halloween outfits in celebration of tomorrow. Tonight is the last home varsity football game of the season. We hope to see you in the stands cheering on our Burros . . . Read Full Story >>

Las Flores students raise more than $11K for school

Las Flores students raise more than $11K for school

Top fundraisers from each class at Las Flores Elementary Dchool are rewarded with the opportunity to “silly string” their principal, Sue Marvin. Through the Believe Kids fundraiser, the students raised $11,613.25 for the school. The top class was Mr. Ratzlaff’s 3rd-grade class with $1,080.75 who . . . Read Full Story >>

State observance honors school administrators

State observance honors school administrators

Rebecca Neipp

“Our school leaders are faced with so many challenges today,” said Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell. Between landmark reforms in education, devastating financial deficits and ever-increasing mandates, administrators are called on to find solutions that protect the integrity of schools in spite . . . Read Full Story >>

Teens extend helping hand to Habitat

Teens extend helping hand to Habitat

Burroughs High School Habitat for Humanity President Jennifer Kendall presents a check for $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity of the Indian Wells Valley President Duke Martin. Students interested in joining the scholastic chapter of the local group, which helps build homes for eligible families, should . . . Read Full Story >>

College welcomes new instructors to IWV campus Submitted by the Cerro Coso

Kessler empowers students through math: Texas native Jaclyn Kessler loves helping students succeed through the power of math. Giving students the tools to be successful not only in classes, but also in their future and professional careers is what she enjoys most about teaching. “It’s . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD board to discuss construction

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education meets tonight and will continue to discuss construction matters regarding the Burroughs High School and new Murray Middle School campuses. Project Manager with Maas Company Steve Hubbard will update . . . Read Full Story >>

Governor signs SB111 into law

Rebecca Neipp

The first piece of legislation signed into law under State Sen. Jean Fuller’s tenure as Republican Leader is a bill that provides a pathway to matching funds for much-needed infrastructure up-grades for local schools. In 2012 federal dollars were allocated to modernize public schools located . . . Read Full Story >>

California schools see $9B on the horizon

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer California Assembly Bill 2235, which would have provided billions of state dollars for California schools, was pulled last year in the face of Governor Jerry Brown’s expected veto. But school advocacy groups have mustered once again and voted . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By NAYA?TAYLOR BHS?Commissioner of Communications Last Saturday the senior class geared up to paint B Mountain with the rightful ’16! Homecoming week is already here! The Burros will be participating in spirit days and competitions all week. Monday is Workout Day, as well as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands outscores county, state

Rebecca Neipp

Three years into a progression that marks a historic shift in education, Sierra Sands Unified School District students have established a new baseline for standards that demonstrate performance well above the average of their peers in the county and the state. “I am really pleased . . . Read Full Story >>

Not too late to join continuing ed. classes

A spokesperson of Cerro Coso Community College reminded residents that it is never too late to enroll in continuing education classes, most of which are just beginning. “These classes don’t award college credit and are available to anyone interested in professional development, skills improvement, cultural . . . Read Full Story >>