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Bob’s Shoes gifts Hemet Elementary

<strong>Bob’s Shoes gifts Hemet Elementary</strong>
HUSD celebrates the holiday season across the district Photos by HUSDHemet Elementary students were able to pick up a new pair of Bob’s Shoes and decorate them outside with their family. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Hemet Unified School District staff got into the holiday spirit this year. Students throughout the district were able to participate in various activities and events for the holiday season. Cawston Elementary turned their library into Whoville; Whittier and Tahquitz students created a parody to famous holiday songs; and Hemet Elementary School students were given new shoes donated by Skechers, DSW, Santa Claus Inc., and Delivering Goods. HUSD Student Support Services team coordinated with (more…)
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HUSD welcomes new Board President and VP

<strong>HUSD welcomes new Board President and VP</strong>
HUSDNewly elected 2019 Board Vice President Rob Davis (left) and Board President Megan Haley (right). Megan Haley and Rob Davis debut on new 2019 Governing Board ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed Hemet Unified Governing Board held its Annual Organizational Meeting before the last board meeting of 2018 on Dec. 11. During the organizational meeting, the newly elected board members, Megan Haley, Vic Scavarda, Rob Davis, and Hortacio “Ross” Valenzuela, were administered the Oath of Office. The Governing Board unanimously voted Megan Haley to serve as Board President for 2019. Mrs. Haley served as Vice President last year for the Governing Board and is excited to serve as the President (more…)
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HUSD welcomes Superintendent of Business Services

<strong>HUSD welcomes Superintendent of Business Services</strong>
HUSDDeputy Superintendent of Business Services, Darrin Watters. Mr. Darrin Watters approved as Deputy Superintendent last Tuesday ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed The Hemet Unified School District Governing Board approved Mr. Darrin Watters as the Deputy Superintendent of Business Services at a board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The current Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Mr. Vincent Christakos, is retiring at the end of the month after nine years in his position with Hemet Unified and 25 years in education. Mr. Watters joins the Hemet Unified team after serving the Val Verde Unified School District as the Deputy Superintendent of Business Services since 2013. Mr. Watters brings a breadth of (more…)
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How students can handle the transition to middle school

<strong>How students can handle  the transition to middle school</strong>
Metro ServiceWhile in school, kids have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and meet new people. A child’s school-aged years are filled with many different lessons and experiences. While in school, kids have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and meet new people. Many students will attend various schools before moving on to college, and therefore they must learn how to adjust to new schools. While many students attend elementary school together for years, students may not know their classmates once they make it to middle school, which tends to boast larger student bodies than elementary schools. That’s because many middle schools’ student bodies are a combination of several elementary schools. (more…)
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College is worth the cost, but planning is key

<strong>College is worth the cost, but planning is key</strong>
StatePoint MediaEven those willing to stretch financially are taking deliberate, resourceful and concrete steps to make college more affordable. Despite rising college costs, a clear majority of families believe higher education is well-worth the investment, and most students and parents are willing to stretch themselves financially to make it happen, according to a new study. The national study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos, “How America Values College 2018,” found that 66 percent of college-going families believe they are getting a good value for the price they’re paying for college, and 20 percent say college is worth every penny. Even those willing to stretch financially are taking deliberate, resourceful and concrete steps (more…)
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Money tip for students

<strong>Money tip for students</strong>
How to get in trouble with credit card debt Pixabay.comOne quick way to get into trouble with credit cards is to carry a high balance and pay only the minimum payment each month. ■ Tim Ballard / Contributed Students can get into trouble with credit card debt if they don’t take time to think about what they’re doing, according to KHEAA. One quick way to get into trouble is to carry a high balance and pay only the minimum payment each month. If you have a $1,500 balance, your minimum payment might be $30 a month, since many credit card companies set the minimum payment at two percent of the balance. (more…)
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8 things to consider when choosing a high school

<strong>8 things to consider when choosing a high school</strong>
Metro ServiceAcademics, college preparation, campus size, and extracurricular activities all should be considered when choosing a high school. Planning ahead for the future often involves having a strong educational foundation upon which a secure and financially rewarding career can be built. While many students and families give ample thought to where they will attend college, taking such an approach to high school can be beneficial as well. High school is a critical time in a child’s life. Many students simply attend their local public high schools, even if that school may not be the best fit for the student. It behooves families to investigate other possibilities they have to ensure teenagers (more…)
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Hemet Unified students receive seal of multiliteracy

<strong>Hemet Unified students receive seal of multiliteracy</strong>
Photos by HUSDHemet High School award winners. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed 47 Hemet Unified students from Tahquitz High School, Hemet High School, and West Valley High School were recognized by Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) for receiving the Seal of Multiliteracy. This prestigious award verifies that the student has a high level of proficiency in another language. The seal will appear on college transcripts informing all of this marketable skill. The RCOE intent to celebrate this accomplishment is to encourage the learning of all languages, contribute to a better global understanding, and emphasize the value of knowing multiple languages. Students had to submit an intent to apply (more…)
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Hemet student could be sent to space

<strong>Hemet student could be sent to space</strong>
Photos by HUSDKrystal Horton and her fellow student ambassadors. ■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed A senior at Western Center Academy is making quite a name for herself in the science world. Last year, Krystal Horton won a first place special award at the International Science and Engineering Fair with another fellow student. This year, her work around nature reserves has been published and she is one of 22 student ambassadors for the “Back to Space” mission. The Back to Space mission is a space module which is being designed and built to hold eight crew members. The website states, “Based on the goals of the project, the crew will (more…)
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Wait, what? Scholarships are taxable?

<strong>Wait, what? Scholarships are taxable?</strong>
StatePoint MediaLater legislation has specified portions of a scholarship could be taxed if it is considered “fees for services.” Everyone knows about scholarships. They’re no-strings-attached money to help students pay for their higher education. Right? Usually, but not always. In some cases, there are significant strings attached – including situations in which scholarships are treated as taxable income. While unusual, it’s important for students, their families and scholarship providers to understand all the implications. Tax status The tax status of scholarships first codified in 1954 was simple: for students pursuing a degree, all scholarships, fellowships and grants were tax-free. But later legislation specified portions of a scholarship could be taxed if (more…)