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MSJC announces second scholarship partnership with Perris

I■ Mt. San Jacinto / College n response to the news of allegations of abuse endured by the Turpin siblings in Perris, the city of Perris and Mt. San Jacinto College partnered to create two separate scholarship funds. The first, called the Perris Inspires Fund, was announced on Feb. 8, 2018 and raises funds for the 13 Turpin children so they may attend a college to earn a degree, a career certificate or transfer to a university. The funds will allow the Turpin children to attend MSJC or any educational institution of their choice. The second scholarship is designed to aid students majoring in child care, social work and health care. (more…)
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Tigers strut their stuff

<strong>Tigers strut their stuff</strong>
San Jacinto High School held their spring talent show on Friday Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleCesar Ramirez, far left, the Reader’s Theater troupe, center, and Kristopher Rodrigues, bottom-right, all advance to the grand finale in May. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter Twice a year, San Jacinto High School gives its students the chance to show off their talents before a captive audience. Eleven acts tried their chances at stardom—at least within our valley—at the SJHS Performing Arts Center, Friday, Feb. 9. Managing these acts rested on the shoulders of 12th grade theatre student and actress, Madison Wedel. “I want to thank my stagehands for being so patient with (more…)
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Soboba kindergartners celebrate 100 days

<strong>Soboba kindergartners celebrate 100 days</strong>
Students learn numbers and more in fun ways Photo courtesy of the Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansSoboba kindergarten teacher Cindy Lee explains activities that will mark 100 days. ■ Mike Hiles / Contributed To the 19 kindergarten students attending Soboba Tribal Preschool, age is just a number. In celebration of reaching 100 days of instruction, the five and six-year-olds were asked to dress up like a 100-year-old person. With sprayed-on gray hair and walking canes in hand, the “centenarians” made their way through creative centers that reinforced the number of 100. Kindergarten teacher Cindy Lee said the curriculum standards require students to be able to count by ones and tens by (more…)
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Mustang senior saddles up for Fullerton

<strong>Mustang senior saddles up for Fullerton</strong>
West Valley’s Kamryn O’Brien signed her letter of acceptance to Cal State Fullerton last Wednesday before friends and family Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleSeated: Kamryn O’Brien. From left to right behind Kamryn: Sister Cassandra, father Sean Sr., mother Julia, brother Sean Jr., sister Christine. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter Despite having to balance school, extracurriculars and preparing for university studies, many of today’s young women have proven they can do it. An example of these young women is 12th grader Kamryn O’Brien of West Valley High School. O’Brien signed her letter of acceptance to Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the West Valley gymnasium with family (more…)
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STEAM Expo a success at Estudillo Elementary

<strong>STEAM Expo a success  at Estudillo Elementary</strong>
Photo by: San Jacinto Unified School DistrictEstudillo STEAM math activities. ■ San Jacinto Unified School District The annual science fair at San Jacinto Unified Estudillo Elementary on Feb. 12 was not a typical science fair at all—rather, the event was an exposition, and full of STEAM! Dr. Sonya Scott, Estudillo’s Principal, and her team wanted to make sure everyone knows the school has a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, known as STEAM-style education program, and STEAM is even part of their logo. For the evening’s STEAM Expo, parents and students were invited to visit locations listed on a campus map where all the aspects of a STEAM program were highlighted, (more…)
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Math teacher’s work adds up to district honors

<strong>Math teacher’s work adds up to district honors</strong>
Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleCandi Ballard. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter For some high schoolers, mathematics isn’t considered a favorite as far as class subjects go. But when math teachers take the time to reach out to those students, they can become their favorite teachers. For Tahquitz High School math teacher Candi Ballard, the latest product of her efforts is the February 2018 Hemet Unified School District Recognition of Excellence Award. Ballard was nominated for the award by Governing Board member Stacey Bailey. “It’s quite an honor to be recognized by the board,” said Ballard. For Ballard, the work that made her the math teacher she is today, (more…)
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Visit London with the Ramona All Star Band

<strong>Visit London with the Ramona All Star Band</strong>
The group that visited London, England, in 2016 is planning another musical adventure and accepting students with musical talents Photo by Anne HepburnThe Ramona All Star Band performing in the London parade. ■ By The Ramona Bowl / Contrubuted The Ramona All Star Band is still accepting members for the London New Year’s Day 2019 Parade. The Ramona All Star Band is part of the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre outreach programs. Students from 7th grade to first year in college are eligible to be part of the band. The band and any parents or supporters will go to London, England, from Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 3, 2019. The cost of the (more…)
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National School Counselor Week

I■ Hemet Unified School District f you drove past any of our schools last week, you might have noticed a new banner. This banner was displayed to encourage our students, staff, and families to join us as we celebrated National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). The goal is to highlight the unique contribution of school counselors within the school systems and the impact they have on student success before and after graduation. “School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school (more…)
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Super Kids Bowl inspires

<strong>Super Kids Bowl inspires</strong>
Photos courtesy of HUSDStudents participate in the 14th annual Super Kids Bowl. ■ Hemet Unified School District Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) had its annual Super Kids Bowl on Friday morning Jan. 26. Students with moderate to severe disabilities participated in a safe version of football with the Tahquitz High School football team. Matt Kraemer, principal of Idyllwild School, started this event 14 years ago, and it continues to inspire everyone involved. Every year, students with moderate to severe disabilities will play a game of football with the support of a local HUSD football team. This year, Tahquitz hosted this amazing event. The Titans offensive players assisted elementary grade students in (more…)
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Tahquitz students save two children’s lives

<strong>Tahquitz students save two children’s lives</strong>
Photo courtesy of HUSDAdam Chacon and Samantha Gudiel Veliz. ■ Hemet Unified School District Tahquitz High School (THS) began offering Emergency Medical Response (EMR) classes at the beginning of this school year. The school currently offers the EMR as part of a Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway, which gives students the ability to gain more hands-on experience through classroom and internship opportunities. While students may have enrolled in the class to be able to enter into a career that would allow them to help others in the future, two of the students used the information they learned to save the lives of two children, so that they could continue to have (more…)