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 >>

Cerro Coso closed for winter recess

Cerro Coso Community College will close its campus for winter recess from Friday, Dec. 23, to Monday, Jan. 2. Online registration for the spring semester, beginning Monday, Jan. 17, will be accepted at www.cerrocoso.edu. The campus will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3. Most offices are open . . . Read Full Story >>

School construction back on track

School construction back on track

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The scheduled upgrades at Burroughs High School and construction of a brand new campus for Murray Middle School (plotted just west of BHS) are getting back on track after a series of delays, Sierra Sands Unified School District . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>