Sierra Sands ranks among top districts in So. California

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Some of the best school districts in the nation are found in sunny Southern California,” according to popular online information service NerdWallet. Sierra Sands Unified School District placed 23rd out of 153 districts in the website’s “Best School . . . Read Full Story >>

District unveils late-start Wednesdays

District unveils late-start Wednesdays

Rebecca Neipp

This week’s announcement of an adjusted start time on most Wednesdays in the up-coming school year has been identified by Sierra Sands Unified School District officials as a creative solution to accurately assessing student needs and an opportunity for real-time sharing of resources and information . . . Read Full Story >>

Letters of support needed for school construction bill

Rebecca Neipp

Local legislators and officials of the Sierra Sands Unified School District are urging residents to write letters of support for a bill that could provide the matching funded needed to release some 55 million in federal dollars allocated to rebuild Murray Middle School and improve . . . Read Full Story >>

Educational Accolades

- Anderson graduates summa cum laude - Connor Anderson of Ridgecrest graduated summa cum laude from University of San Diego, a Catholic liberal arts college. Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and was bestowed honors during the school’s May 24 commencement ceremonies. USD . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS student selected for Annapolis STEM program

BHS student selected for Annapolis STEM program

Grant Vigneault, a student at Burroughs High School was selected by the U.S. Naval Academy to attend its summer science, technology, engineering and mathematics program in Annapolis, Md. Grant was one of 200 tenth graders, out of a pool of more than 5,000 applicants nationwide, . . . Read Full Story >>

Chapter closes for Class of ’15

Chapter closes for Class of ’15

For some 400 local students, this week marks the end of their high school careers. While graduates of Mesquite High School, Sierra Sands Adult School and Immanuel Christian School have already held commencement exercises, the bulk of IWV graduates will celebrate theirmilestone at the Burroughs . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands honors volunteers, staff

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With the academic year coming to an end, the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education took the better part of last week’s meeting to honor dozens of students, teachers and volunteers. Board President Bill Farris recognized . . . Read Full Story >>

Hill, Floyd awarded McClane music scholarships

Hill, Floyd awarded McClane music scholarships

Felice McLane, widow of beloved local musician Jim McLane, presents two scholarships in her husband’s memory, worth $500 each, tp Ruthie Hill (left) and Rebecca Floyd (right). The presentations were made during the Burroughs High School Music Department’s spring concert. Ruthie, a 13-year piano student, . . . Read Full Story >>

Students gather for BHS Yearbook Extravaganze

Students gather for BHS Yearbook Extravaganze

From left, juniors Tamara Hansen and Chelsea Hernandez and seniors Salvador Espindola and Brenda Solis peruse the new yearbook at Burroughs High School’s Yearbook Extravaganza Thursday afternoon, May 21. The 2015 yearbook marks BHS’s 70th volume of the “El Burro.” -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Principal duct-taped to school wall...for a good cause

Principal duct-taped to school wall...for a good cause

Pierce Elementary School Principal Pam Barnes (left), is duct-taped to the school by first-grader Kelsey Hardy. Barnes and Office Manager Elaine LoPresti allowed members of the student body to tape them to the wall — for a good cause. Students paid for the privilege, raising . . . Read Full Story >>

St. Ann’s welcomes new principal

St. Ann’s welcomes new principal

St. Ann School staff and families welcome new principal Darlene Lopez (back left) during a recent meet-and-greet event. Members of the Student Council served ice cream (donated by Baskin Robbins) and teachers met with parents and children of the upcoming year. For information about the . . . Read Full Story >>

Governor sends more money to education

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer An unexpected windfall will benefit California schools, according to new allocations for funding outlined in Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revisions to the draft budget released earlier this year. “Since the January budget, the state’s economy has strengthened and . . . Read Full Story >>

More than 300 graduate from CCCC

More than 300 graduate from CCCC

More than 330 grads eagerly await their turn to walk across the stage at the Cerro Coso Community College Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex on Friday, May 15. Hundreds of friends, family, staff and faculty gathered to honor the graduates from the Ridgecrest, Edwards, Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

GATE students’ projects showcased

GATE students’ projects showcased

Sairilia Denson shows her presentation on the differences between the common cold, the flu and more fatal ailments, like ebola, during Las Flores Elementary’s Gifted and Talented Education showcase. Denson chose this as her year-long project, inspired by last year’s ebola scare. A GATE member . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS seniors awarded for academic achievement

BHS seniors awarded for academic achievement

Burroughs High School seniors who attained a grade point average of 4.0 or higher show off the Academic Achievement Awards they won during the BHS Senior Awards Ceremony last Monday, May 18. From left are Sierra Sands Unified School District Boardmember Amy Castillo-Covert, Alexxa Varela, . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Gara graduates from SDSU

Robert O’Gara graduated with honors from San Diego State University during last week’s commencement ceremonies. An alumnus of Burroughs High School, O’Gara graduated cum laude with a degree in television, film and new media. “Graduating with honors is a sign of a student who has . . . Read Full Story >>

St. Ann’s run-a-thon raises thousands

St. Ann’s run-a-thon raises thousands

A student at Saint Ann enthusiastically participates in St. Ann School’s run-a-thon to help raise funds for a playground shade structure. Father Denis Ssekannyo ran 41 laps and gathered 25 sponsors to single-handedly raise $1,000 for the cause. The entire student body, as well as . . . Read Full Story >>

Hetherton is Sierra Sands ‘Teacher of the Year’

Hetherton is Sierra Sands ‘Teacher of the Year’

Murray Middle School math teacher Lynne Hetherton is Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year. Hetherton was selected by her peers as the Teacher of the Year for Murray, then selected by SSUSD cabinet members to represent the district. She was honored by . . . Read Full Story >>

Burroughs, Murray win ‘Gold’

Burroughs, Murray win ‘Gold’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer California is home to more than 1,300 middle schools and as many high schools. Fewer than 200 of these schools are awarded “Gold Ribbon” status, and Ridgecrest is home to two of them. Burroughs High School and Murray . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso graduation is tonight

Cerro Coso graduation is tonight

Cerro Coso Community College will hold its commencement ceremonies tonight, May 15, at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex. More than 320 degrees and certificates will be presented to eligible graduates from the IWV, Kern River Valley and East . . . Read Full Story >>