Here come the  grads

Here come the grads

Cerro Coso Community College student speakers at last week’s commencement ceremony are (from left) Enrique Carrillo Sulub, Eric Warda and Kayla Voigt. See inside for more coverage. -- Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Graduation ceremonies announced

Rebecca Neipp

As the days remaining in the school year dwindle into the single digits, local schools announce commencement and promotional ceremonies for local graduates. Sierra Sands Unified School District will hold its first graduation of the year on Friday, May 26, with the Adult School graduation . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC alum returns for commencement

CCCC alum returns for commencement

Equipped with a brand-new doctorate, Cerro Coso Community College Alum Dr. Jessica Cash returned to her roots last Friday to address some 250 students at last week’s 44th commencement . “The opportunity to speak today is very special to me as I just finished my . . . Read Full Story >>

Pierce family says goodbye to Principal Pam Barnes

Pierce family says goodbye to Principal Pam Barnes

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After a career in education spanning decades, including 27 years spent at Pierce Elementary School alone, longtime principal Pam Barnes is saying goodbye to the job she loves. “This is totally a family,” said Barnes. “I think a . . . Read Full Story >>

ACSA honors Smith, Christman

ACSA honors Smith, Christman

Rebecca Neipp

Local principals Kirsti Smith of Murray Middle School and Melissa Christman of Faller Elementary School were acknowledged for outstanding achievement in their respective categories for Region XI of Association of California School Administrators. “This is a big deal,” said Mesquite High School Principal Joann McClelland. . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands honors employees of the year

Sierra Sands honors employees of the year

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent Each year, the Sierra Sands Unified School District celebrates outstanding employees with a locally driven Employee of the Year Awards ceremony. “This employee of the year program cultivates and honors the unique qualities of our staff; it allows for . . . Read Full Story >>

District closes Rand School

District closes Rand School

Rebecca Neipp

In light of diminishing enrollment and rising costs, Sierra Sands Unified School District approved an action at last week’s regular meeting to close Rand School — reluctantly closing a chapter of the remote mountain community’s important role in district history. “This is a difficult one,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands tackles youth substance abuse

Rebecca Neipp

A district-wide notification went out this week to parents of students in Sierra Sands Unified School District encouraging parents to participate in an April 17 discussion about drug use in the Indian Wells Valley. “Adolescent substance abuse is on the rise in our schools and . . . Read Full Story >>

Girls get inside look at STEM options

Girls get inside look at STEM options

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs “I’m often the only one or one of few women in a room full of men working to solve problems,” said Traci McCormick, head of Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare, to a roomful of female students. “Women are still a minority . . . Read Full Story >>

KCCD awarded $1.5 million grant

KCCD awarded $1.5 million grant

Cerro Coso Community College is celebrating the awarding of a $1.5-million state grant to the Kern Community College District that will advance the district’s efforts to reduce student costs at both Cerro Coso and Bakersfield Colleges. One of only 14 community college districts statewide to . . . Read Full Story >>

Winning gymnasts return for BHS meet

Winning gymnasts return for BHS meet

By ANGELA MOORE News Review Contributor It was a momentous occasion as members of the 1975-1980 Burroughs Gymnastics team stood and saluted the audience along with the new 2017 BHS women’s gymnastics team. Betsy Babcock LePlatt, Kyra Specht Oreste and Kevin Specht all competed on . . . Read Full Story >>

District, DATA reach tentative agreement

District, DATA reach tentative agreement

Rebecca Neipp

With a tentative contract agreement in place between Sierra Sands Unified School District and Desert Area Teachers Association, the district hopes to be able to offer new incentives to current and prospective teachers in the valley. The proposal is expected to be submitted to DATA . . . Read Full Story >>

RHH donates AEDs to school district

RHH donates AEDs to school district

Celia Mills, administrator of care coordination and community health at Ridgecrest Regional hospital, donates automated external defibrillators to Sierra Sands Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources David Ostash, who accepted them on behalf of local schools. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss

Burroughs High School’s Drama Club performed for students at Immanuel Christian School in connection with the national “Read Across America,” an annual celebration of Dr. Seuss’ many contributions to increasing literacy. “It’s an amazing act of outreach by the high school theater students to all . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure J meets Cerro Coso facility needs

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — At the February meeting of the Kern Community College District, representatives began to lay the groundwork to sell first issuance of Measure J general obligation bonds and prioritize projects. Measure J, which passed last November, will provide the district with . . . Read Full Story >>

Mesquite: an alternative path to success

Mesquite: an alternative path to success

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer At last month’s meeting of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, Mesquite High School Principal Jo Anne McClelland gave a report on her school’s progress toward the district’s mission to “engage all learners.” Unlike traditional . . . Read Full Story >>

Classrooms cropping up at new Murray campus

Classrooms cropping up at new Murray campus

The crew of Columbo Construction erects the first of many classrooms on the new campus for Murray Middle School — located just west of the Burroughs High School campus and scheduled to open next fall. “The entire campus will consist of permanent custom modular construction,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands sees uptick in enrollment

Rebecca Neipp

After decades of a mostly downward trend in enrollment, Sierra Sands Unified School District is reporting the first substantial increase in its collective student body in more than a decade. When compared with other local trends, said Superintendent Ernie Bell, this could be an early . . . Read Full Story >>

Board gets tour, takes action to terminate contract

Rebecca Neipp

Modernization and construction were the focus of last week’s meeting of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, who took a tour of the upgrades at the Burroughs High School campus and discussed several related items in closed session. BHS Principal Bryan Auld . . . Read Full Story >>

Burke named new chancellor of KCCD

The Kern Community College District Board of Trustees, which oversees Cerro Coso Community College along with two other institutions in the county, has named Thomas J. Burke as its new chancellor. He will assume his new role on Jan. 17. According to KCCD Trustee Mark . . . Read Full Story >>