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Tutoring Center in Hemet gives students a leg up

<strong>Tutoring Center in Hemet gives students a leg up</strong>
Unique ‘Rotational Approach to Learning’ produces exceptional results Robin Underwood / The Valley ChronicleDirector Amal Allam oversees a tutoring session. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed Parents concerned with their children being hard-pressed by school work and in search of options to help aid their child’s academic success may want to take a look at The Tutoring Center in Hemet. First opened in Huntington Beach in 1993, The Tutoring Center eventually morphed into 122 facilities across the nation. A transformative approach is offered – a combination of the “Rotational Approach to Learning” and “One-to-One Instruction.” Both methods are trademarked having been developed by Edward S.Thalheimer Ph.D., founder of The Tutoring Center. The (more…)
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‘Romeo and Juliet’ come to Hemet High

<strong>‘Romeo and Juliet’ come to Hemet High</strong>
Hemet High Theatre presented their adaptation of Shakespeare on November 1-3 Photos by Corey EvanJuliet takes advice from her family nurse… or fails to, as life would turn out. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Teenage romance is often a complicated thing. But when a couple’s families don’t get along, and when friends don’t agree, matters can often drive these young lovers to suicide. Perhaps no playwright understood this better in his time than William Shakespeare, who detailed such understanding in his tragic love story ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The Hemet High theatre department would bring this star-crossed love story to life in the Ron Murray PAC Center on Thursday through Saturday, (more…)
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How to take advantage of National Scholarship Month

<strong>How to take advantage of National Scholarship Month</strong>
StatePoint MediaNovember is National Scholarship Month, a perfect time to find free money for college. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Bargain hunters will spend November tracking down Black Friday deals to save on holiday shopping, but savvy higher education shoppers know November is also National Scholarship Month, a perfect time to find free money for college. To help students and families get the most out of scholarship season, Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, is offering six tips: Get an early start. Apply for scholarships your junior year of high school and every year in college. Approximately 50 percent of available scholarships are for students already (more…)
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SJHS Culinary Arts facility grand opening

<strong>SJHS Culinary Arts facility grand opening</strong>
New program seeks to provide a school-wide culture Photos by SJHSSJHS Student Keyanna Brown served event guests vegetable pizza, a catering favorite. ■ San Jacinto Unified School District / Contributed San Jacinto Unified School District’s San Jacinto High School has a shiny new Culinary Arts facility, already put into action for the ribbon-cutting event held on Oct. 24, from a dream made real through a three-year Career Technical Education (CTE) grant from the California Department of Education (CDE) awarded in February of 2016. Dr Vince Record, Director College & Career cuts ribbon for new facility. Two classrooms and an unused snack bar in the school’s 500 Building were repurposed for a (more…)
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MSJC nursing students awarded scholarships

<strong>MSJC nursing students awarded scholarships</strong>
Students take advantage of new pathway agreement with Loma Linda University Photo by MSJCMembers of the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation and Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz stand with students who received scholarships during the RN Scholarship Reception on Nov. 1. ■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed The Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation awarded scholarships to 41 MSJC nursing students on Nov. 1 during a scholarship event at Menifee Lakes Country Club. Scholarships disbursed totaled $30,800. Some of the MSJC nursing students plan to take advantage of the new pathway agreement between MSJC and Loma Linda University to complete a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing (BSN). Loma Linda University (LLU) School (more…)
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Cawston elementary school’s unforgettable red ribbon assembly

<strong>Cawston elementary school’s unforgettable red ribbon assembly</strong>
Photos by HUSDStudents and staff got to meet with members of the Hemet Fire Department and take a look at one of the fire trucks. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Staff members at Cawston Elementary School surprised their students with an unforgettable school assembly. On Monday, Oct. 29, students were visited by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Hemet Fire Department, and California Highway Patrol (CHP). Students were shown undercover police vehicles and a helicopter, which landed on the field in the middle of the Red Ribbon Week Assembly. Students and staff members were educated about Officer Enrique Camarena, who was killed in an undercover operation involving drugs. (more…)
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Tiger families celebrate changing season

<strong>Tiger families celebrate changing season</strong>
San Jacinto Elementary hosts third annual Fall Festival Photos by Corey EvanKids “bob” for mini pumpkin buckets as part of the many fun activities at the festival. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter The winds of change have blown into the San Jacinto Valley, sweeping away the summer sun and dropping off cooler temps. But even though summer fun has come and gone yet again, the students of San Jacinto Elementary have found reason to celebrate the changing seasons. They, along with their parents, celebrated the school’s third annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 12. Hundreds of students and their families gathered on campus after school let out for the weekend, (more…)
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Assistant Superintendent promoted out of state

<strong>Assistant Superintendent promoted out of state</strong>
SJUSD Matt Hixson considers offer from Hawkins County Board of Education SJUSDMatt Hixson. ■ San Jacinto School District / Contributed Pending contract negotiations, San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services Matt Hixson has tentatively accepted the position of director of schools, equivalent to the superintendent, for the Hawkins County Board of Education in Rogersville, Tennessee. On Monday, Oct. 2, the board approved Mr. Hixson, by a vote of 7-0, to lead their school district. The position was previously filled by Steve Starnes, who accepted a director of schools position in Greeneville, Tennessee earlier this year. Hixson has been employed by SJUSD for the past 17 years, serving (more…)
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HUSD recognizes teacher with $500 award

<strong>HUSD recognizes teacher with $500 award</strong>
Trustee Megan Haley recognizes LaNett Hollencamp with October Governing Board Recognition and Award Photo by HUSDLaNett Hollenkamp with Governing Board Vice President Megan Haley. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed The Governing Board of the Hemet Unified School District on nomination by Trustee Megan Haley has selected LaNett Hollencamp, a teacher at Cottonwood School, as the October recipient of the Governing Board Recognition and Award. Ms. Hollencamp received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in December of 1991 and a Master’s Degree from California State University, Fresno in December 1998. She began her tenure in Hemet Unified as a teacher at Bautista Creek in 2003. She also served (more…)
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Hemet High chops it up to first place

<strong>Hemet High chops it up to first place</strong>
HHS culinary team wins first prize in chopped cooking competition Photos by HUSDAriana Nassar and Kalin Whitfield hard at work to whip up a first place dish! ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Hemet High School students in the school’s Culinary Career Technical Education (CTE) class won first place in the Culinary Chopped Competition at the Perris Southern California Fair on Oct. 7, 2018. This was the first time Hemet High was represented at this culinary competition. Fernando Parga, Kalin Whitfield, Tammy Bakewell (teacher), Ariana Nassar, and Mackenzie Lanier. The competitors were asked to prepare a salad, appetizer, entrée and dessert with limited resources and ingredients. The Hemet High team (more…)