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The Nesting Place opens at Ramona Elementary

<strong>The Nesting Place opens at Ramona Elementary</strong>
Photo courtesy of HUSDClothes are sorted by size at The Nesting Place, a room that hosts the Ramona Clothing Exchange at Ramona Elementary School. ■ Chronicle News Service In an effort to build relationships with families and provide a need to families that may be struggling, Ramona Elementary School Principal Stacy Sorenson and counselor Richard Patterson created The Nesting Place, a room that will host the Ramona Clothing Exchange where parents can bring in clothes they have and exchange them for different clothes for their family. Ramona staff hosted the first clothing exchange event at the beginning of September and received a lot of positive feedback from parents. The plan is (more…)
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Jacob Wiens students send cards to hurricane-ravaged Houston school

<strong>Jacob Wiens students send cards  to hurricane-ravaged Houston school</strong>
Photo courtesy of HUSDStudents at Jacob Wiens Elementary in Hemet work diligently to create hopeful cards for students at Beverly Hills Intermediate School in Houston. ■ Chronicle News / Service Hurricane Harvey and Irma destroyed businesses, homes, and people’s sense of security. People across the country watched the storms unfold, and the Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) pondered what could be done to help those that had been affected. Some donated money, some donated clothes and food, but students at Jacob Wiens Elementary School took a different approach and sent heartfelt cards to students in Houston. The first week of September, Jacob Wiens Principal Dana Childs-Mazzei was contacted by her cousin (more…)
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Bulldog volleyball girls spike Tigers

<strong>Bulldog  volleyball girls spike Tigers</strong>
Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleThe Bulldogs faced off against San Jacinto on Thursday, winning all three sets for a shutout match of 3-0. ■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter Hemet High School’s volleyball girls didn’t roll over like good Bulldogs last Thursday, but demonstrated their tenacity and ferocity as they welcomed their cross-town rivals, the San Jacinto Tigers. A faulty serve gave the Tigers the first point of this first set, but the Bulldogs soon pulled their act together. Despite some slip-ups along the way, the Bulldogs took this first set 25-13. The Bulldogs got a better start in the second set, taking six points before the Tigers got on (more…)
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Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation unveils new logo

<strong>Mt. San Jacinto College  Foundation unveils new logo</strong>
Photo courtesy of MSJCThe new logo for the MSJC Foundation pays homage to the college’s mascot, a soaring eagle. ■ Chronicle News Service The nonprofit Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Foundation, which supports the MSJC District and its students, has unveiled a logo that marks a major transformation since the Foundation’s inception in 1983. The new logo is a departure from the college’s logo, giving the MSJC Foundation its own identity as an auxiliary of the college. The MSJC Foundation partnered with MBDX designs and kept in mind the college’s commitment to provide students with opportunities to make their dreams a reality and soar into the future, according to a news (more…)
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West Valley High gets new athletic field turf

<strong>West Valley High  gets new athletic field turf</strong>
Heavy rainfall, poor drainage cited as cause of flooding Photo courtesy of HUSDAnthony Pipkins, HUSD director of maintenance and operations, performed the coin toss at the first game of the season. Pipkins was instrumental in replacing the drainage and flooded turf at West Valley High School. ■ Chronicle News Service School has been in session for almost two months and fall athletics are in full swing. Students show their school pride by wearing school shirts or colors, reminding each other of games via social media, and making their voices heard in the cheering section at athletic events. However, staff members at West Valley High School used the first football game of (more…)
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Navigating tech choices for school use

<strong>Navigating tech choices for school use</strong>
Photo courtesy of Hemet Unified School DistrictTechnology is transforming education. ■ Metro service Technology is essential in the daily lives of students. Whether it’s kids learning their ABCs or graduate students pursuing advanced degrees, technology has transformed the way lessons are taught and learned. Statistics support the notion that technology in the classroom is irreplaceable. According to data from the tutoring resource PracTutor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and various colleges, 98 percent of schools have one or more computers in the classroom. In addition, 77 percent of teachers use the internet for instruction, while 40 percent of teachers report students use computers during instructional time in the classroom. Many instructors now assign (more…)
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San Jacinto Valley natives receive Founders’ Scholarship to Southern University

<strong>San Jacinto Valley natives receive Founders’ Scholarship to Southern University</strong>
Photo courtesy of Southern UniversitySouthern University Alumni Los Angeles Chapter Scholarship Committee Co-chairs Dyvar Anderson, (far left) and Lois C. Hale, (far right) flank scholarship recipients, (l-r), Makaylah Thompson, Kamren Phillips, Danielle Tolliver, Kamari Harris, Michaela Culbertson and Jasmine Grover during the chapter’s Second Annual, “Jags on the Lawn.” ■ Chronicle News Service Two local students received Founders’ Scholarships from Southern University and A&M College. On Aug. 21, the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter’s second annual “Jags on the Lawn” event disbursed $8,000 in Founders’ Scholarships. The event reunited supporters of the Baton Rouge, La. university, the 512-acre flagship campus of the world’s only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) System. But, (more…)
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Solar eclipse learning event at Western Center Academy

<strong>Solar eclipse learning event  at Western Center Academy</strong>
Photo courtesy of HUSDWestern Center Academy senior Tanner Packham used a telescope and placed a piece of paper a couple feet away from the eyepiece, so the image could be projected onto the paper for safe viewing. ■ by HUSD / Contributed Fun and engaging activities are important to create a love of learning. Western Center Academy staff used the recent solar eclipse as a teaching tool about various viewing techniques and safety tips. Here in Hemet, we only saw a partial eclipse, but that didn’t stop staff from creating a day for students to further their knowledge about solar eclipses. Leading up to the solar eclipse, students spent a lot (more…)
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MSJC offers childcare services

I■ Chronicle News Service f you’re having difficulty finding child care, look no further than MSJC. The college’s Child Development and Education Centers (CDEC) are now enrolling on the San Jacinto Campus (1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, 92583) and the Menifee Valley Campus (28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee, 92584.) The centers offer child care and preschool for children 18 months through 5 years and is open to community members and MSJC students. Free parenting classes are also available. Several enrollment options are offered based on family income and need, including free California state preschool/pre-K program, subsidized child care, and children of CalWORKs students. Full and partial day care programs are (more…)
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Mustang Valedictorian wins $100K Ronald McDonald scholarship

<strong>Mustang Valedictorian wins $100K Ronald McDonald scholarship</strong>
WVHS 2017 Valedictorian Isabel Michel is one of four nationwide Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship winners Photo Courtesy of HUSDIsabel Michel is studying at Stanford University this fall. $100,000 will go a long way toward her tuition! ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter These days, paying for college can be like trying to cook hamburgers without a spatula. But there are millions of kids who are willing to pick up a spatula if it helps make a dent in their student loans. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) understand this, and this year they have offered four scholarships worth $100,000 each to help out Hispanic students achieve their college dreams. One of (more…)