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 >>

Burroughs High School student and teacher honored by congressional award

Burroughs High School student and teacher honored by congressional award

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The year’s end is nearing, academically speaking, which means the time for scholarly recognition is upon us. In one outstanding example, Burroughs High School senior Joelle Steichen has been selected as the recipient for Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s 2015 . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS and Murray earn ‘Gold Ribbon’ status

BHS and Murray earn ‘Gold Ribbon’ status

Teachers and administrators at Burroughs High School (pictured) and Murray Middle School celebrate their “tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards” and “exemplary achievements” that earned them the Gold Ribbon designation. The News Review will report on these most recent accomplishments in . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By BLAIR ETOCH BHS Commissioner of Communications Students have had a very stressful week! AP English Literature test was Wednesday, and students were able to bring snacks to help get through it. Good luck, AP testtakers! Congratulations, seniors for winning the Spirit Point Pool Party . . . Read Full Story >>

Las Flores Lion Pride breaks school fundraising record

Las Flores Lion Pride breaks school fundraising record

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent The Las Flores Lion Pride Leaders broke a school fundraising record this weekend making more than $3,000 that will go to the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. The students held the benefit Saturday at Freedom Park offering an agility trainer, contests, . . . Read Full Story >>

Progress made on bill for Burroughs and Murray construction projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer State Sen. Jean Fuller’s Senate Bill 111 will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee this Monday, April 27. The bill is crucial to the “safe and adequate” construction and modernization of the Burroughs High School and off-base . . . Read Full Story >>

Three of Cerro Coso students present research results at conference

Three of Cerro Coso students present research results at conference

CERRO COSO — Cerro Coso Community College was strongly represented at the March 28 Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference held at the University of California, Irvine. This multidisciplinary conference, sponsored by UCI and the HTCC, showcases outstanding faculty-mentored research by students from . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By BLAIR?ETOCH BHS?Commissioner of Communications Today, students are Painting the Campus Purple (we’re wearing all things that are purple!). Students are supporting the first annual BHS Relay For Life. This event will be held tonight in the gym. There will be games, food, prizes, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Local students make Azusa Dean’s List

AZUSA — Several local residents made the academic Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University. These students were honored for a fall 2014 grade-point average of 3.5 or better. Ridgecrest natives on the list include Jacob Dent, computer science major; Amanda Smith, chemistry major; and Suzannah . . . Read Full Story >>

STEM is topic of AAUW meeting

The Ridgecrest-China Lake branch of the American Association of University Women will meet for a no-host lunch at Grape Leaf on Saturday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and opportunities for young women. “State Superintendent of Public . . . Read Full Story >>

St. Ann students visit petroglyphs

St. Ann students visit petroglyphs

Saint Ann School students pause at the head of the trail before descending into Little Petroglyph Canyon on the China Lake North Range last Friday. The students retraced the steps of ancient Native Americans and saw thousands of rock art designs. Petroglyph Tour Escort Charlotte . . . Read Full Story >>

Mesquite named model school

Mesquite named model school

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Mesquite Continuation High School has been recognized as a Model Continuation School by the California Department of Educa-tion and Continuation Education Administration. Schools retain this state award for three years, and this is Mesquite’s third time being honored . . . Read Full Story >>