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SJUSD College Kickoff event

<strong>SJUSD College Kickoff event</strong>
Countywide celebration encourages students to explore college options SJUSDSJHS students Nadia Talamantez and Hennesy Martinez participated in College Kickoff events last year. ■ By SJUSD / Contributed San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) held its annual College Kickoff on Wednesday, Oct. 10, as part of the Riverside County College Kickoff Day events. College Kickoff is an opportunity to promote the college application season and help students throughout Riverside County recognize the importance of planning for their college and career endeavors. SJUSD is committed to ensuring that all of its students graduate college and are career ready. All 14 schools participated in activities promoting college and careers, which enabled all students to (more…)
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West Valley preps students for elections

<strong>West Valley preps students for elections</strong>
Student government registers future student voters Photos by HUSDStudents signed up to pre-register and register for the upcoming fall elections. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed The California Department of Education, along with the State of California, observed High School Voter Education Week from Sept. 17-28. In recognition of the week, the CDE and State of California emphasized the importance of ensuring that students are learning to become active and engaged citizens. West Valley High School Student Government students used Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday Sept. 26 to help register high school students in time to vote in the fall elections. Students worked with retired educators from the Four Seasons (more…)
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Valley schools push each other to new heights

Riverside County Academic Decathlon puts students to the test ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Elsinore High School has won the past two Riverside County Academic Decathlon championships, but that isn’t slowing them down from going for a third. Elsinore, along with Hemet, San Jacinto, and West Valley High Schools are meeting every month to compete against each other in preparation for the Riverside County Championships that begin in January. “I’ve never scrimmaged this early,” said Elsinore coach Ryan Klopp, who, in his fourteenth year of coaching, is leading an Elsinore team that are the reigning champions for two consecutive years. “But it’s good to get feedback on team performance.” (more…)
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West Valley High becomes IB candidate school

<strong>West Valley High becomes IB candidate school</strong>
Mustang freshmen to be considered for International Baccalaureate program www.wvhsmustangs.netThe West Valley Mustangs may be chosen to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school beginning in 2020. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed On Tuesday, Sept. 18, West Valley High School staff hosted a meeting for parents to inform them that West Valley is working to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. The IB program has officially accepted West Valley as a candidate and staff will begin preparing the freshman class, which will be the first students to begin the IB program at West Valley. The International Baccalaureate program gives students a competitive edge in any career field they decide to (more…)
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SJUSD introduces dual language academy

<strong>SJUSD introduces dual language academy</strong>
Legacy of Edward Hyatt continues with SJUSD and Riverside County’s new bilingual program SJUSDDI students in Mrs. Morris’ kindergarten class work from the touch-screen Smart Board on mathematics. ■ San Jacinto Unified School District / Contributed In recognition of “San Jacinto Heritage Month” in October, San Jacinto Unified announced the opening of the new “Edward Hyatt Dual Immersion Academy” eventually serving students from preschool through eighth grade. For the 2019-2020 school year, the academy will offer preschool through fifth grade. The Edward Hyatt Dual Immersion Academy will be the first all-dual language immersion school in Riverside County. Edward Hyatt was the first teacher and principal in San Jacinto in 1884, and (more…)
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9/11 remembrance at Dartmouth Middle School

<strong>9/11 remembrance at Dartmouth Middle School</strong>
Servicemen, women, and dignitaries from city departments pay tribute at school event Photos by HUSDStudents and faculty stand and salute the flags. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Every year the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack brings us back to that horrific day. The majority of our students were not alive when this attack took place, but staff and students alike all take time to think about those that lost their lives and are thankful for first responders and military personnel for the sacrifices they have made for our country. Dartmouth Middle School hosted its fourth annual “9/11 Remembrance” event. Nearly 70 servicemen, women and dignitaries from the (more…)
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Hemet High Theater mixes things up

<strong>Hemet High Theater mixes things up</strong>
HHS theatre department hosts annual Variety Show Photos by Corey EvanNathan Jendrock performs guitar at the Variety Show. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter What’s the best way to get ready for a busy performance season? For the Hemet High School Theatre Department, that would be by putting together song and dance numbers for their “24th” Annual Hemet High Variety Show. Hundreds of friends and family members came on out to the Ron Murray Performing Arts Complex at Hemet High on Thursday, Sept 13 to see these young thespians just wing it, so to speak. The evening was hosted by Jessica Bruce*, Hannah Jacks* and Marion Cotton*, whose intros for each (more…)
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MSJC trustees select new member

<strong>MSJC trustees select new member</strong>
Vicki Carpenter appointed to fill board vacancy Mt. San Jacinto CollegeMt. San Jacinto College Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz administers the Oath of Office to Vicki Carpenter. ■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed Vicki Carpenter was appointed on Thursday, Sept. 13 by the Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees to fill the Trustee Area 3 vacancy. Trustee Area 3, which takes in communities that include Menifee and portions of Hemet, is one of five trustee areas for Mt. San Jacinto College. Mrs. Carpenter resides in Menifee. Mrs. Carpenter took the Oath of Office during a special meeting that allowed the board to interview her and make the appointment. Mrs. Carpenter (more…)
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Soboba Tribal preschool starts strong

<strong>Soboba Tribal  preschool starts strong</strong>
Families show huge support for back to school students Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansSoboba Tribal Preschool two-year-olds’ classroom welcomed family members to its Back-to-School night on Sept. 12. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Tribal Preschool currently has 90 students enrolled and expects to fill up the last few slots to take it over the 100 mark soon. It offers classes for ages two and three and a pre-k class for four-year-olds. A kindergarten class rounds out the student body. A back-to-school night was held on Sept. 12 for parents, siblings and other family members to visit the classrooms where their kids are kept busy during the (more…)
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The Mustangs have a new wrangler

West Valley High School welcomes new principal Shannyn Cahoon Photo by Corey EvanNew WVHS Principal Shannyn Cahoon. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For any school, a change of leadership can mean a lot of uncertainty. Thankfully for the students of West Valley High School, their new principal totally gets this and is ready to show what she brings to the table by word and deed. The new principal is Ms. Shannyn Cahoon. “This is a fun and exciting experience,” says Cahoon. “So far, the kids have been great, the staff has been great, the community experience has been great… I’m having fun! I’m looking forward to all that this year (more…)