Negotiations go on as end of year draws near

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Salary negotiations are still the hot topic for meetings of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board, with teachers, parents and students turning out to advocate for a pay increase for teachers. “Teachers are feeling very undervalued right . . . Read Full Story >>

Students in Burroughs Health Careers course say ‘Thanks!’

Students in Burroughs Health Careers course say ‘Thanks!’

I would like to thank, on behalf of the 55 students in the Burroughs High School Health Careers course, part of the Career Technical Education program, some of the local supporters of this program: Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Heatherstone, Ridgecrest Animal Shelter, VCA Crestwood Animal Hospital, . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Robotics Club awarded for success in Iowa

BHS Robotics Club awarded for success in Iowa

The Burroughs High School Robotics Club and their supporters celebrate recent achievements at the U.S. Open Robotics Championships, held earlier this month in Iowa. According to instructor Damien Jacotin, the team placed 39th out of 97 in their division — a state made more impressive . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By NAYA TAYLOR BHS Commissioner of Communications Preparations for next year have already reached campus. This week a mandatory meeting was held for the future cheerleaders and sign-ups to retake the Cerro Coso placement exams began. Students this week also spent a lot of time . . . Read Full Story >>

Michell Savko to step in as new Superintendent of Curriculum

Michell Savko to step in as new Superintendent of Curriculum

Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell announced this week that Michelle Savko, currently the coordinator of educational technology, assessment and categorical programs, will replace Shirley Kennedy as the superintendent of curriculum and instruction when Kennedy retires at the close of the school year. . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By NAYA TAYLOR BHS Commissioner of Communitications After rally week, things are slowing down at Burroughs. However, ASB is busy planning this year’s prom. Prom permission slips for guests are already out and due by April 13. Tickets will go on sale on April 18. . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Orchestra announces Pinto winners

Community Orchestra announces Pinto winners

The Desert Community Orches-tra Association has announced that this year’s winners of the Peter Pinto Music Scholarships are soprano Sarah McDonald, French horn player Andrew Christison and cellist Katie McClain. The students will perform with the orchestra in the Young Artists Concert on Saturday, April . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers seek young writers for Aubin Scholarship

Ridge Writers will offer the Allison Aubin Scholarship for Young Writers to a high school senior preparing to enter college to study writing in June. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on the topic “Why do I write and what I want to do with . . . Read Full Story >>

Join the marching  band, see the world

Join the marching band, see the world

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Following the Burroughs High School Marching Band’s plans to march in this year’s Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C., the band has now been invited to march in the 2018 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in The Fair City . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By NAYA TAYLOR BHS Commissioner of Communications This week on campus was full of spirit! This Tuesday students dressed up for “Past vs. Future,” followed by “What in the World Wednesday,” “Comic Con Day” and “Blacklight Galaxy Day” that is themed in relation to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals shine at Regional Science Fair

A dozen local budding scientists were honored at the Regional Science Fair in Bakersfield last week. Among the honorees was St. Ann Middle Schooler Hannah Ostermann, who will proceed to the state competition in May with her project. Ostermann, a sixth grader, placed first in . . . Read Full Story >>

Textbook review available

Selected instructional materials being considered for adoption by the Sierra Sands Unified School District are available for public examination. The instructional materials will support the subject areas of advanced- placement language and composition, advanced-placement German, advanced-placement Spanish and welding. These instructional materials are recommended by . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers continue to battle district salary offers

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The council chambers at City Hall were again filled with teachers and their supporters to voice their concerns regarding teacher salary negotiations with Sierra Sands Unified School District during the March 10 meeting of the SSUSD Board of . . . Read Full Story >>

EYH ignites youth interest in STEM

EYH ignites youth interest in STEM

By STACIE BAILEY NAWCWD Public Affairs Creating LED electrical circuits, examining cow hearts and designing catapults were just a few of the reasons middle school students flooded the halls of McLean Laboratory at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division on March 5 to participate . . . Read Full Story >>

DATA says new offer is ‘unacceptable’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Salary negotiations continue between Sierra Sands Unified School District teachers and the district administration, and teachers are still not pleased with the district’s latest offer, according to Desert Area Teachers Association President Barbara Walls. In a press release . . . Read Full Story >>

Cornelius named ’Mr. BHS’

Cornelius named ’Mr. BHS’

Burroughs High School’s Mr. BHS winner Garrett Cornleius celebrates with runners-up Sawyer Chrisman (left) and Wyatt Karakas (right) after the Mr. BHS pageant Friday night, March 11. Sixteen students showed off their dancing skills, adorable escorts, swim apparel and other talents during the evening. Also . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers, district negotiate for new contract

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Kids are not first when teachers are last,” was the mantra repeated by teachers during last month’s Sierra Sands Unified School District Board meeting. Dozens of teachers attended the Feb. 18 meeting to express their frustrations with their . . . Read Full Story >>

Certified nursing assistant course offered

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLGE — Are you interested in a career as a certified nursing assistant? Cerro Coso Community College is offering a certified nursing assistant course this spring that can help you develop the skills necessary to pass the state-mandated test to become a . . . Read Full Story >>

Details revealed on new school construction

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Groundbreaking for the new Murray Middle School campus took place last week. Both the Murray campus and the Burroughs High School modernization project are scheduled to be completed by September 2017. “Both projects are moving forward right now . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS senior is National Merit finalist

BHS senior is National Merit finalist

Rebecca Neipp

While only a fraction of 1 percent of high school seniors across the country meet the stringent requirements for National Merit Scholarship finalists, Burroughs High School Principal Bryan Auld said he is not at all surprised that Colum Marshall is among them. Auld said it . . . Read Full Story >>