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 >>

School funding bill passes to next committee

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Burroughs High and Murray Middle School are a step closer to receiving federal funding for much-needed repairs and modernization. Senate Bill 111, introduced by state Sen. Jean Fuller, has successfully passed out of the Policy Committee to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove gets ‘Gold Apple’ for her support of educational choice

SACRAMENTO – Assembly-woman Shannon Grove was awarded by California Parents for Public Virtual Education for her efforts to expand online educational opportunities for California students. Although public online K-12 education has been around for years, bureaucratic rules still limit some students from accessing virtual education . . . Read Full Story >>

Jessica Cash receives SMART scholarship

Jessica Cash receives SMART scholarship

Former Cerro Coso Community College Student Jessica Cash is the recipient of a prestigious Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense. SMART scholarships are awarded to students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields. Upon graduation these scholars are hired . . . Read Full Story >>

Austin recognized as outstanding educator

Austin recognized as outstanding educator

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local musician and educator Simon Austin has been teaching music in the Indian Wells Valley for more than 20 years. Currently the band director and TV/Video Production Regional Occupational Program teacher at Burroughs High School, Austin has been . . . Read Full Story >>

District hosts textbook preview

Selected instructional materials being considered for adoption by the Sierra Sands Unified School District will be available for public examination prior to adoption by the SSUSD Board of Trustees. The instructional materials will support the subject areas of secondary mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra . . . Read Full Story >>

Rotary to hold essay contest

The China Lake Rotary Club is offering an essay contest on “the 4-Way Test of things we think, say and do” to students in Grades 1-12. The “4-Way Test” is applied by asking the questions “Is it the truth?,” “Is it fair to all concerned?,” . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS construction postponed, Murray still on schedule

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The construction firm, Maas Company, gave an update to the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education during last Thursday’s meeting. According to Project Manager Steve Hubbard, a change in architects will delay the remodeling and modernization . . . Read Full Story >>

District to host textbook preview

Selected instructional materials being considered for adoption by the Sierra Sands Unified School District will be available for public examination prior to adoption by the Board of Trustees. The instructional materials will support the subject areas of secondary mathematics and ROP criminal justice. These instructional . . . Read Full Story >>

St. Ann Band earns Superior Command Performance

St. Ann Band earns Superior Command Performance

Members of the St. Ann band (not in order) are Emily Aralar, Jamie Johnson, Julie Koch, Hannah and Sara Ostermann, Caroline and Victoria Pillers, Belle Roquemore, Evelyn Rosas-Mendoza and Melissa Villegas, along with conductor Debra Veit. The band earned the highest possible score of Superior . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS named a top foreign-exchange school

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Burroughs High School has been selected as a top 2015 school by American Field Services-USA. The award includes studying-abroad scholarship opportunities for high schoolers. “AFS is one of the organizations we have worked with that facilitates the selection . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By BLAIR ETOCH BHS?Commissioner of Communications Spring sports are in full force at Burroughs! Boys Tennis will host Hesperia on March 17. The match will begin at 3:15 p.m. Good luck, tennis! Track will have a meet today at Cerro Coso beginning at 3 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

’Denim & Diamonds’ CCCC fundraiser this weekend

’Denim & Diamonds’ CCCC fundraiser this weekend

Hundreds turn out to support the Cerro Coso Community College Fire Mountain Foundation in the annual “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5-10 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center. Last year the foundation awarded more than $58,000 . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

By BLAIR?ETOCH BHS?Commissioner of Communications Graduation is coming fast. The Safe Grad Committee is currently holding meetings. The committee is always looking for volunteers. You don’t have to be a parent of a senior to participate. The Safe Grad Committee started in 1988 as a . . . Read Full Story >>

Murray students wowed by ‘science magic’

Murray students wowed by ‘science magic’

By Jeff Powers NAWCWD Public Affairs Murray Middle School students stood to applaud after watching three NAWCWD scientists perform “science magic” on Jan. 15. The three STEM volunteers — Gary Beckstrom, Andrea Eyre and Matt Jackson — used science demonstrations to entertain and teach the . . . Read Full Story >>

Nurse to speak to AAUW Feb. 21

Members and invited guests of American Association of University Women are invited to attend the monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Grape Leaf Restaurant. Alisha Franklin will be the guest speaker. Franklin is employed as a hospice nurse with the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. She . . . Read Full Story >>

College to host resume writing workshop

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — A resume is often the first contact a potential employer has with a job seeker.  To be useful it must make a good impression immediately. Cerro Coso Community College will hold a free Professional Resume Writing Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 17, . . . Read Full Story >>

Scholarship applications available

The Desert Community Orchestra Association has announced that applications are now available for the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarships. Dr. Peter Pinto was a pediatrician at the Drummond Medical Clinic for many years and a longtime member and supporter of the orchestra, which administers the . . . Read Full Story >>

Sayle, Small graduate from UTI, UMC

Aldeen Sayle, a Ridgecrest native and U.S. Army veteran, recently graduated from the Orlando campus of Marine Mechanics Institute, a division of Universal Technical Institute that trains boat technicians. He graduated with a 3.24 GPA, and nearly 100-percent attendance. “His graduation comes at an opportune . . . Read Full Story >>

Young women’s STEM workshops

The Ridgecrest Women of Math and Science, Inc., in collaboration with the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge, announce that registration for the 14th annual Expanding Your Horizons conference begins Feb. 10. The conference will be held March 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at McLean Laboratory, China Lake. EYH . . . Read Full Story >>