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Hemet Unified serves up new dishes

<strong>Hemet Unified serves up new dishes</strong>
Nutrition Department innovates lunch and breakfast for students Photos by HUSDNew menu items will be served to students in the 2018-2019 school year. ■ By HUSD / Contributed Hemet Unified Nutrition Services Department announced plans of a new menu for the 2018-19 school year. Department staff have been working to find new ways in which they can better serve their students. During the summer, Nutrition Services, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), offered the Seamless Summer Meal Program. This program provided free meals during the summer to all children 18 years and younger. One of the possible new lunch items will be street tacos. Throughout June and (more…)
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Help students get organized

<strong>Help students get organized</strong>
Invest in proper supplies for a strong start to the school year StatePoint MediaWith back to school approaching, it is important to supply your student with best, most durable tools available. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed School-related stress is common among multi-tasking students. But smart organization can make it easier to dash from class to study hall to after-school activities. It all starts with the right supplies. Gear up for a successful, low-stress school year with these handy tips. Consult the list. Give your students the tools they’ll need to hit the ground running, and alleviate their stress of being unprepared, by referencing the supply list the school sends home. Then (more…)
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Tribal Council honors student scholars

<strong>Tribal Council honors student scholars</strong>
Academic standouts heading to college or trade schools Photos Courtesy of Rodrigo Pena PhotographyMany recent high school graduates celebrated their achievements with Soboba Tribal Council members, family and friends on July 28. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed Middle-and high-school students and recent graduates were honored at the annual Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony hosted by the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Council. With a new school year on the horizon, a celebration brunch was held at The Country Club of Soboba Springs on July 28 to recognize outstanding tribal youth from the 2017-18 academic year. Family and friends celebrated Soboba youth at the tribe’s annual Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony on (more…)
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Hemet Unified scheduled to make final decision on bond

<strong>Hemet Unified scheduled to make final decision on bond</strong>
Conflicting views over $150 million school bond on November ballot Photos by hemetusd.orgHemet Unified Board members will need to decide whether or not to propose a $150 million bond measure be put on the upcoming election ballot. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed A $150 million school bond measure is back on the table for the Hemet Unified School District board to either approve or deny its presence on the November ballot. The bond has had a great deal of analysis and multiple surveys have been conducted to test its viability and ratings of approval by FM3, an organization hired to assist in reserving the measure’s spot on this year’s voting agenda. (more…)
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HUSD announces 45 additional 2018 grads

<strong>HUSD announces 45 additional 2018 grads</strong>
Parents and school officials turn out for the graduation ceremony July 13 at Tahquitz HS HUSDA 2018 summer graduate proudly accepts his diploma. ■ By HUSD / Contributed Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) has announced that an additional 45 students have become a part of the graduating class of 2018. The commencement ceremony was held in the Tahquitz High School Theater on July 13. These students completed the required classes during Summer School and were able to graduate as part of the class of 2018. The theater was filled with families and friends, school principals, assistant principals, and district employees all showing their support. The graduating students were met with loud (more…)
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Top football players compete in inaugural Indigenous Bowl

<strong>Top football players compete in inaugural Indigenous Bowl</strong>
Soboba reservation plays host to college-bound athletes Courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansNearly 40 Native American athletes from across the country spent a couple of days at the Soboba reservation to prepare for the inaugural Indigenous Bowl in San Diego on July 7. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed When like minds join to launch a promising project, it doesn’t take long for it to come to a successful fruition. That is what happened with the coordination of the first Indigenous Bowl that attracted Native American football players from across the country to the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians reservation near San Jacinto. Since January, 7G Foundation co-founders Bennae Calac (more…)
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SRCAR awards 30 scholarships to local high school seniors

<strong>SRCAR awards 30 scholarships to local high school seniors</strong>
This year the scholarship amount jumps to $1,000 per student Photo courtesy of SRCARThis year, 30 students and their families were honored by SRCAR at a meeting July 10. ■ By SRCAR / Contributed For 31 years, Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors (SRCAR) has been awarding scholarships to qualifying and deserving local high school seniors. On any given year, up to 24 $500-scholarships are presented to students in southwest Riverside County who are furthering their educations. This year, the scholarship award amount increased to $1,000 per student and 30 scholarships were presented to the following individuals who will attend the named universities in the fall: • Kylie Amundson, Azuza Pacific (more…)
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Scholarship program at The Village awards over $36,000

<strong>Scholarship program at The Village awards over $36,000</strong>
16 award winners receive scholarships and grants at retirement community Photo by Michele Ryneal, Public Relations ManagerThe 10 members of The Village Scholarship Board Program are all smiles as they pose with the award recipients. ■ Michele Ryneal / Contributed The Annual Scholarship Awards were presented at The Village Retirement Community on Tuesday, June 26. The award recognizes those committed to strengthening future leaders in the community and supporting the pursuit of higher education amongst The Village employees. The Village Scholarship Program, an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is made up of 10 Village Residents who meet monthly for the sole purpose of promoting and scheduling activities that support the scholarship (more…)
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Hemet Unified holds first district-wide student essay contest

<strong>Hemet Unified holds first  district-wide student essay contest</strong>
Metro ServiceStudents, kindergarten through grade 12, were asked to submit an essay following the prompt: “A Day in the Life of an HUSD Student.” ■ Hemet Unified School District Hemet Unified School District created its first district-wide student essay contest. However, this contest was unique because although it was created to recognize students, it expanded to mutually benefit staff by gaining a better understanding of the students they serve. Educators are continually asking “what is best for students?” Based on staff’s experience and interactions with students, new programs and initiatives are implemented to best support the students they serve. This year, the staff was able to gain a better understanding of (more…)
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College graduates from Soboba shine

<strong>College graduates from Soboba shine</strong>
Some plan to continue on to graduate school Photo courtesy of Shayne KnutzenShayne Knutzen celebrated her graduation from University of Oregon with family and friends. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians has always been proud this time of year when members complete various levels of education – from preschool through college. Although some tribal members attend schools out of state, their accomplishments are noted by the tribe and applauded by all. The most recent college graduates include Wade Aaron Abbas, Riverside City College; Darla Essie-Ruth Colinet, World Coach Institute Inc.; Kaitlynn Cozart, Portland State University; Corey J. Gilmore Jr., Universal Technical Institute; Shayne Kelly Knutzen, (more…)