Pierce celebrates National Young Readers Week

Pierce celebrates National Young Readers Week

Pierce Elementary School 4th-graders gather around Principal Pam Barnes as she reads a story Monday, Nov. 7. Barnes spent the entire school day reading to classes to commemorate National Young Readers Week. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

1st Amendment rights are topic at CCCC

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Cerro Coso Community College will host Foundation for Individual Rights in Education speaker Ari Cohn, J.D., on Thursday, Nov. 10. Cohn, an attorney with FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) will speak about freedom of speech, religious . . . Read Full Story >>

College accepting nursing applicants

Cerro Coso Community Col-lege will accept applications through Oct. 31 for its 12-month Accelerated Nursing Program. The course begins in January. Each applicant must schedule an appointment with the counseling department prior to the close of the application process. Upon confirmation of minimum qualifications, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown receives ‘Leader of Promise’ scholarship

Brown receives ‘Leader of Promise’ scholarship

Cerro Coso Community College student Britney Brown, 16, was awarded the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Brown is a high school student concurrently enrolled in classes at Cerro Coso. She will graduate from high . . . Read Full Story >>

Walk-A-Thon raises thousands for SSUSD

Walk-A-Thon raises thousands for SSUSD

Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Michelle Savko (left) and Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon Chair Dean Elliot (right) congratulate the students who raised the most money for local schools. Students pictured (from left) are Tank Summers, Paige Dunn, Fallynne Dunn and Gavin Stone. . . . Read Full Story >>

College accepting nursing applicants

Cerro Coso Community College will accept applications, through Oct. 31 for its 12-month Accelerated Nursing Program. The course begins in January. According to Bureau of Labor statistics, more than 580,000 new and replacement nurses will be in demand by the year 2018. The college program . . . Read Full Story >>

School administrator: ‘It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle’

School administrator: ‘It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle’

Rebecca Neipp

With the California Department of Education’s declaration of Oct. 9-15 as “Week of the School Administrator,” Sierra Sands Unified School District celebrates those who have devoted their careers to the profession. While administrators come to the job through a variety of pathways, and for a . . . Read Full Story >>

Elks announce scholarships

The Ridgecrest Elks Lodge announced that the national Elks foundation is accepting applications for its Most Valuable Student scholarship contest. The deadline is Nov. 30. The Elks will award 500 four- year scholarships in addition to local, regional and state scholarships. The highest award is . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS ties for first in county

BHS ties for first in county

Rebecca Neipp

For the second year in a row, Burroughs High School juniors far exceeded their peers in the county and state with their performances in the English portion of the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress. “When we set the bar last year, there was . . . Read Full Story >>

Local teen starts new academic adventure

Local teen starts new academic adventure

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer As local students settle into the new school year, one 16-year-old is capping off a summer of groundbreaking research by beginning a new scholastic adventure at one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. After earning . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD apace with state, ahead of Kern

Rebecca Neipp

Students in Sierra Sands Unified School District are performing on target with state averages, and well above county averages, according to the recently released results of the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress. During a period of extraordinary changes to funding education, California adopted . . . Read Full Story >>

Parents get a glimpse into upcoming school year

Parents get a glimpse into upcoming school year

Burroughs HIgh School Principal Bryan Auld addresses the hundreds of parents who filled the Parker Performing Arts Center about the policies, activities and changes for the school year during Monday’s back-to school event. -- Photos by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso gears up for first-ever ‘Welcome Week’

Cerro Coso gears up for first-ever ‘Welcome Week’

Rebecca Neipp

As K-12 students settle into the new routine accompanying this week’s start of the school year, Cerro Coso Community College is putting the final touches on its inaugural “Welcome Week,” which starts Monday to help new and returning students prepare for the fall semester. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

School is back in session!

School is back in session!

Pierce Elementary Principal Pam Barnes greets Lashanntii Johnson on her first day of school on Tuesday morning. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Goodbye summer,  hello school year

Goodbye summer, hello school year

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After weeks of bike rides, trips to the pool, sleeping in and probably catching more than a few Pokémon, it’s time to adjust those sleep schedules and settle on first-day-of-school outfits. The Sierra Sands Unified School District school . . . Read Full Story >>

New Murray campus site work completed

New Murray campus site work completed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Site work for the new Murray Middle School campus will be completed by the end of August. That was the word given to the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education during its meeting on Thursday last . . . Read Full Story >>

Acosta makes Dean’s List

Jordyn Acosta of Ridge-crest has been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Champlain College. Acosta, a major in business management, achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 (or higher) to earn the distinction. Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vt., . . . Read Full Story >>

Keeter makes Azusa dean’s list

Ridgecrest resident Elliot Keeter was named to the spring 2016 Dean’s List of Azusa Pacific University. Keeter, a biochemistry major, achieved a 3.5 (or better) grade-point average to qualify for that distinction. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Neill to lead foundation

O’Neill to lead foundation

Justin O’Neill will serve as president of the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation for the 2016-2017 academic year. O’Neill grew up in Ridgecrest and earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and theater from the University of California, San Diego. He said he brings to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Paul makes Georgia Tech Dean’s List

Paul makes Georgia Tech Dean’s List

Local daughter Nasya Paul of Ridgecrest made the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester at Georgia Institute of Technology. The designation is awarded to undergraduate students who achieve a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Nasya graduated from Immanuel Christian School in 2013 with . . . Read Full Story >>