Graduation ceremonies begin

Graduation ceremonies begin

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “It’s been an outstanding year for our district,” said Sierra Sands Unified School District Superinten-dent Ernie Bell. Local students and teachers are counting down the days to the end of the school year – and they’re almost there. . . . Read Full Story >>

College offers summer CNA course

Are you interested in a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant? If so, Cerro Coso Community College is offering a CNA training course this summer that will offer training and support for developing the skills necessary to pass the state-mandated certification test. The course, entitled . . . Read Full Story >>

Davis,  Rosenberg  share  McCarthy  award

Davis, Rosenberg share McCarthy award

Rebecca Neipp

Burroughs High School graduating senior Breana Davis was awarded the California Merit Award in recognition of her outstanding scholastic performance. She received her award from U.S. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a Lancaster ceremony. As a winner, Davs was in turn invited to select an . . . Read Full Story >>

Gateway PTO raises $6,000 for Chromebooks

Gateway PTO raises $6,000 for Chromebooks

Gateway Elementary School students display some new Chromebooks purchased by Gateway’s Parent-Teacher Organization for the computer lab. The PTO wanted to make Chromebooks available to younger students who do not have access in the classroom, said a spokesperson. PTO raised $6,000 through various fund-raisers to . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC students earn distinction

CCCC students earn distinction

Members of Beta Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Cerro Coso Community College display awards they received at the recent Nevada-California Regional Convention. From left are Hannah Small, Trent Francis, Megan Budlong, Gloria Middleton and President Nolan Havig. The club received numerous awards, . . . Read Full Story >>

College adds new certificate program

Cerro Coso Community College has announced that a new state-approved Data Analyst I Certificate of Achievement can be obtained through an online 12-unit program. The program is designed to prepare students for positions in data collection, data cleaning and data analysis and to provide a . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Karen Higgins to address AAUW

Dr. Karen Higgins, former executive director of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, will be the guest speaker on Saturday, May 14, at the month meeting of the American Association of Universi-ty Women. Higgins is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and is president . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnson retires, Williams moves on

Johnson retires, Williams moves on

Pierce Elementary School is losing two of its legacy teachers after a combined half-century of service to the local institution of learning. Barbara Johnson (right), special projects teacher and GATE director, is retiring after 27 years at the school. Fourth-grade teacher Brian Williams will be . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD honors exceptional employees

SSUSD honors exceptional employees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Who brings education to life? Who builds inspirational relationships? Who deserves to be recognized? Those were the questions asked at the Sierra Sands Unified School District 2015-16 Employee of the Year program, where more than 80 nominated teachers, . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>