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Titans kill their graduation with kindness

<strong>Titans kill their graduation with kindness</strong>
344 Titans crossed the stage with Principal Dahlstrom hoping they remain kindhearted Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleDignitaries greet the Class of 2018 with handshakes, hugs, and huge smiles. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Getting to your graduation day can often be a struggle. But when you’re encouraged to do so with kindness, you should look at the example set by the Tahquitz High School Class of 2018 and follow their lead. This year 344 Titans made their way across Titan Canyon before friends and family, dressed in hunter green and brimming with excitement. Principal Eric Dahlstrom says he and his staff have worked to instill compassion in these graduates, (more…)
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San Jacinto Police, schools launch anti-violence campaign

<strong>San Jacinto Police, schools launch anti-violence campaign</strong>
SJSU twitterSan Jacinto Unified School District. ■ SJ Unified School District / Contributed In response to the proliferation of violence on school campuses that has recently captured the nation’s attention, the San Jacinto Police Department and San Jacinto Unified School District have announced a school anti-violence campaign called “Cultivating a Community of Caring.” The campaign offers both immediate and long-term activities as well as an overall safety plan. One major aspect of the campaign is promoting the, “If You See It, Say Something” refrain throughout the community and especially at each of the school sites. SJUSD has re-launched its mobile application “Anonymous Alerts” for parents and students to report valid safety (more…)
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MSJC student and former marine completes mural for campus veterans center

<strong>MSJC student and former marine completes  mural for campus veterans center</strong>
Patriotic mural represents MSJC and military as a whole Photos Courtesy of MSJCMSJC student veteran Misahel Hernandez interviewing before making final touches to the mural. ■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed Mt. San Jacinto College Student Misahel Hernandez completed a mural this week at the San Jacinto Campus Veterans Resource Center to honor the transition a person makes from serving in the military to becoming a student and re-entering civilian life. Hernandez, a former Marine, worked with MSJC staff and fellow veteran students to complete the mural. “It started from my background as a veteran…and I wanted to portray that in the mural here” said Hernandez, of Hemet. The new (more…)
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These 15 graduates were awarded scholarships at Thursday’s ceremony.

<strong>These 15 graduates were awarded scholarships at Thursday’s ceremony.</strong>
Students from Alessandro High, Hemet Adult and ASPIRE Day schools say goodbye to their alma maters Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleAlessandro, ASPIRE and Hemet Adult schools had a combined 178 graduates last Thursday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Most graduation ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of a single school’s students. But on rare occasions, two or even three schools can and do share their celebrations together and enjoy each others’ company. This was the case on Thursday May 17 at the Ramona Bowl as families celebrated the accomplishments of their graduates from Alessandro Continuation High School, Hemet Adult School, and ASPIRE Day School. While initially planned as a separate ceremony, (more…)
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New Dartmouth Middle School principal

<strong>New Dartmouth Middle School principal</strong>
Kristen Anderson promoted from assistant principal at elementary school to principal of middle school Hemet Unified School districtKristen Anderson. ■ Hemet Unified School District Contributed Kristen Anderson, former Assistant Principal of Cawston Elementary School, was promoted to Principal of Dartmouth Middle School at a board meeting on May 15. She replaced Dr. Jennifer Martin, who was recently promoted to Director of Special Education. Mrs. Anderson is beginning her fourteenth year in education and at Hemet Unified School District. Her first job within the district was at Ramona Elementary School where she used to be a student. Anderson received her bachelor of arts degree and her teaching credentials at California Baptist University (more…)
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MSJC recognizes adult education students

<strong>MSJC recognizes adult education students</strong>
More than 80 students receive their diplomas in campus ceremony Photos by MSJCGED graduates posing before the recognition ceremony. ■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed Winchester resident Cassandra Heredia, 33 and mother of three, said one of her biggest regrets was not finishing high school. She decided to change that. On Friday, May 18, 2018, she received her general education diploma from Mt. San Jacinto College’s Adult Education Program. “It was something I really wanted to get done from a long time ago,” Heredia said. “I tried multiple times through different opportunities. I picked up packets, but never completed them or would get home with material, but never worked on (more…)
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Student Athletes make splash at West Valley

Mountain Pass League Swim Finals took place at WVHS last Thursday Photos by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleSwimmers take their marks at the Mountain Pass league swim finals on Thursday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Cooling off after a long school day is crucial, and when you can hop in the pool, it’s even more effective. Swimmers from across the Mountain Pass League could agree that meeting up at West Valley High School on Thursday, May 3 for the league’s swim finals was a welcome break. But this was no pool party; rather a serious competition. West Valley Coach Rob Avila helped coordinate the meet, and says it was (more…)
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Hemet Unified introduces new assistant superintendent

<strong>Hemet Unified introduces new assistant superintendent </strong>
Photos courtesy of the Hemet Unified School DistrictAssistant Superintendent of Student Services Dr. Karen Valdes. ■ Hemet Unified School District Hemet Unified School District created a new position, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. Dr. Karen Valdes was hired to help support the work within student support services, child welfare and attendance, special education, Parent Resource Center, health services and the after school programs offered throughout the district. Valdes entered a career in education in the early 80s to help make a difference in students’ lives. Throughout college she worked in various capacities to help students either in camps or in orphanages. She brings a great depth of knowledge to Hemet Unified (more…)
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Hemet Unified’s 7th annual reclassification ceremony

<strong>Hemet Unified’s 7th annual reclassification ceremony</strong>
Photos courtesy of the Hemet Unified School DistrictStudents receive their awards in recognition of becoming English proficient. ■ Hemet Unified School District This school year, 492 English Learner (EL) students were reclassified as English proficient students. On Thursday, April 26, an event was held to recognize these students for their dedication and hard work to get to this point. The keynote speakers were Guadalupe Gonzalez and Angel Mejia Zavala, Tahquitz High School students who were former EL students. Both students talked about the journey in becoming English proficient and the support they received from their families and teachers. The event was full of celebrations as families cheered for the children that (more…)
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MSJC announces new location for 2018 commencement

■ Chronicle News Service Mt. San Jacinto College is excited to announce that for the first time in its history, it will hold commencement ceremonies at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. Two ceremonies are scheduled at the new location: one at 10 a.m. for the nursing pinning ceremony; the second at 5 p.m. for all graduates. The 2018 commencements will be held on Friday, May 25 at 45000 Pechanga Parkway Temecula, CA. 92592. The new location offers plenty of parking, security and access for all. Located inside Pechanga’s newest ba l l r o o m, this new location also provides protection against the scorching summer heat. Wristbands required MSJC (more…)