Education

Misunderstanding leads to threat investigation at Redlands school |Aug 15, 2017

REDLANDS >> A misunderstanding over an overheard conversation on a bus led Redlands police to investigate an unfounded threat against Clement Middle School on Tuesday. The perceived threat was made Monday afternoon on one of the school busses, Redlands police Lt.

Longtime dance teacher at Fontana’s A.B. Miller High wins $20,000 grant |Aug 15, 2017

FONTANA >> Nicole Robinson never intended to spend 22 years at A.B. Miller High School in the Fontana Unified School District. “I started working here as just kind of this period between college and maybe wanting to pursue some things professionally,” she said.

Citrus Valley High community remembers Nelson Natividad |Aug 14, 2017

REDLANDS >> Fighter. That’s how friends and family of Nelson Natividad described the 16-year-old whose battle with myeloid leukemia came to an end Sunday.

Person with meth arrested during Rialto school traffic safety sweep |Aug 14, 2017

RIALTO >> Even with three Rialto police officers already writing tickets for three motorists for various traffic infractions near Kolb Middle School on Monday morning, a dark-colored compact car rolled through a posted stop sign in order for the driver to drop a child off.

More California school districts footing the bill for college entrance exams |Aug 13, 2017

An increasing number of school districts and charter school organizations in California are offering either the SAT or ACT, the other college readiness test, for free to all high school juniors. Newly published research concluded that one benefit — a statistically significant increase in four-year college enrollment — shows the effort is a smart investment.

More high school students are taking advanced placement classes, but are they ready for college? |Aug 12, 2017

Two studies released in recent days are worth looking at. One study shows that the number of students taking advantage of high school advanced placement courses has doubled over the past 15 years.

After 6 months on job, Education Secretary DeVos still highly divisive |Aug 12, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ sunlit, spacious office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation. It’s a stark reminder of the bruising process that spurred angry protests, some ridicule and required the vice president’s tie-breaking “yes” vote.

5 tips to have a productive and meaning school year |Aug 12, 2017

Congratulations to all returning students and especially to those who have completed one week of school already. You’re all role models for others because you know the importance of getting to school and your classes on time, as well as waiting for school to be dismissal before leaving for the day.

Western University in Pomona inaugurates second president in 40-year history |Aug 12, 2017

POMONA >> For only the second time in its 40-year history, Western University of Health Sciences inaugurated a new president Saturday. The pomp and circumstance marked a ceremonial fresh start for Daniel R.

Why Tachikawa exchange students are painting messages of hope in San Bernardino |Aug 10, 2017

Stars aligned as the Tachikawa and San Bernardino exchange students gathered to paint Stars of Hope at the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley. Lynn Hildebrand, humane education teacher at the humane society and a passionate advocate of the Stars of Hope message, was eager to meet the students who would paint inspirational messages on the stars to bring hope and healing to people around the world.

Redlands Unified in transition, but mission remains the same |Aug 9, 2017

REDLANDS >> The sound of bells across town Wednesday marked the start of a new school year. Thousands of students returned to their respective campuses with excitement and backpacks filled with supplies.

UCR researchers find way to thwart ovarian cancer, plan to work with City of Hope |Aug 9, 2017

A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have found a mechanism for blocking the spread of ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers for women. Recent University of Notre Dame transplants Mark Alber and Oleg Kim, along with a team of researchers, published a study in Oncology Times in July that detailed how they used a monoclonal antibody named GC-4 to block a protein responsible for allowing ovarian cancer cells to latch onto and penetrate other cells.

It’s back to school for sixth-graders at Moore, ‘Where Everybody Belongs’ |Aug 8, 2017

REDLANDS >> “Good morning, sixth-graders!” The boisterous voice of Jon Martin greeted hundreds of incoming students Tuesday at Moore Middle School’s first “Where Everybody Belongs” orientation.

Rialto Unified superintendent drops off science supplies for first day of school |Aug 7, 2017

Rialto Unified Superintendent Cuauhtémoc Avila spent part of the first day of school on Monday dropping off science supplies at elementary school classrooms. Avila visited Boyd Elementary, Bemis Elementary and Kucera Middle School.

California state universities add dorm rooms as strategy to raise graduation rates, provide affordable housing |Aug 6, 2017

Finishing touches were still being put to Cal State Channel Island’s new 600-bed dormitory named Santa Rosa Village when Jazzminn Morecraft moved in last fall. Early morning construction noise was worth enduring, she said, because of the social and academic benefits of living on the Ventura County campus, situated in a former state mental hospital surrounded by farmland and hillsides.

Record high vaccination rates of 7th-graders reported in 1st year of stricter requirements |Aug 5, 2017

Vaccination rates for California 7th-graders reached their highest recorded levels, the California Department of Public Health reported, in another sign that a stricter vaccination law is having an effect in its first year.

6 months later, Rubidoux High teachers still on leave for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ posts |Aug 5, 2017

When the bell rings to start the school year Tuesday, Aug. 8, the six Rubidoux High educators who were put on paid leave almost six months ago for social media posts that many said disparaged immigrant students won’t be on campus.

Some young immigrants are considering seeking their American dreams elsewhere |Aug 5, 2017

The United States was an inspirational place for Karla Estrada Sanchez’s parents, but she is starting to wonder whether the American dream could be turning into a nightmare for herself and other young immigrants.

Site of San Bernardino school shooting gets facelift as students return to campus |Aug 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Four months after a teacher’s estranged husband shot her, two students and himself at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School, the campus has been redesigned to ease bad memories.

North Park staff returning following shooting because ‘you don’t leave your family in the middle of a crisis’ |Aug 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> There was never any question about whether North Park Elementary School Principal Yadira Downing would return to campus this year, four months after

San Bernardino school shooting hit first responders harder than other incidents |Aug 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> “Walking in the building, you could still smell the gunpowder,” said San Bernardino police Officer Robert Snyder. He and dozens of first responders had raced to North Park Elementary School that sunny spring day where they found a horrifying scene inside Classroom B1.

Highland library to host Neverland event with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell |Aug 4, 2017

Meet the Neverland friends — Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Pirate Jake — during a magical event at the Highland library next Wednesday. San Bernardino County Library invites community members to attend the Netherland Event at Sam J.

Hoping to improve graduation rates, Cal State University makes abrupt shift in remedial programs |Aug 4, 2017

The California State University system is ditching its remedial programs. Recent data have shown that requiring students with weak English and/or math skills to take noncredit remedial classes before being allowed to enroll in regular courses may not be very effective.

Apple Valley Unified limits district police’s jurisdiction after Grand Jury report |Aug 4, 2017

The Apple Valley Unified School District sharply curtailed district police power Thursday night, five weeks after a San Bernardino County Grand Jury report that raised questions about towing practices conducted on behalf of the district.

Happy days to San Bernardino’s summer graduates |Aug 4, 2017

I am so proud of the many students who met the requirements for graduation in June, but I’m just as proud of those who put in the time and effort to complete their requirements and graduate at the end of summer school in July.

Cal State University to drop math, English placement tests |Aug 3, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California State University’s 23 campuses are eliminating math and English placement exams for incoming freshman as part of broader changes aimed at increasing graduation rates.

Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty mourn Midge the Llama |Aug 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Students and faculty at Cal Poly Pomona Thursday expressed an outpouring of grief and sadness at the death of one of the most popular figures on campus — Midge the Llama.

Redlands, Citrus Valley high schools welcome Class of 2021 |Aug 3, 2017

REDLANDS >> The Class of 2021 has officially entered the building. The Link Crews at Redlands and Citrus Valley high schools hosted hundreds of incoming ninth-graders Thursday as part of freshman orientation.

Aquinas High School in San Bernardino has three major projects planned for the coming year |Aug 2, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Aquinas High School students will find a much different campus this year — and administrators hope the rest of the city will, too. Three major projects are slated for completion in the coming school year: a refurbished gym in August, a new administration center in December and a new Performing Arts Center in February.

Rancho Cucamonga teen recognized for activism |Aug 2, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Maelin Aquino wasn’t going to wait to make the world a better place. Starting in middle school, Aquino worked with her family, putting together backpacks full of school supplies for less-fortunate students and collecting donations for impoverished communities in Africa.

No intermediate algebra, no problem: CSU ditches tricky math prerequisite |Aug 1, 2017

If you’re one of those students who dreads math — especially algebra — you’ll soon get a bit of a break at the California State University system. For years, intermediate algebra had been a prerequisite for the system’s general math classes, meaning even students who weren’t majoring in math- or science-related fields had to complete the course before they could complete their math requirement.

Parental pressure won’t keep Oxford Preparatory Academy open, district says |Aug 1, 2017

CHINO >> Oxford Preparatory Academy parents took to email over the weekend to implore the Chino Valley Unified school board to give the high-performing charter school one more chance. “I am writing to you as your constituent asking/demanding that you all call a special meeting regarding OPA and vote on our renewal,” Chino resident Alicia Hedrick wrote in a typical email.

A.K. Smiley library closes the book on summer reading program |Aug 1, 2017

REDLANDS >> The A.K. Smiley Public Library’s summer reading program ended Tuesday with hundreds helping the site “Build a Better World.” The seasonal activity, which began in June, encourages children and teens to pick up a book or four and keep their brains active in hopes of avoiding summer “brain drain.

Redlands Unified’s search for a new superintendent continues |Jul 31, 2017

REDLANDS >> The search for a new superintendent for Redlands Unified is continuing to move forward. Applications for the position left vacant by Lori Rhodes are currently being reviewed by Redlands Unified’s superintendent search team and board of education members, said Bernie Cavanagh, RUSD’s assistant superintendent of business services, on Friday.

New class leads to big gains in number of girls, minorities taking AP computer science exams |Jul 30, 2017

Educators were cheering over newly released results from the College Board showing significant increases in the number of females, Latino and African-American students who took either the Advanced Placement computer science exam or the new computer science principles exam this spring.

Community Foundation puts San Bernardino teens in charge of charitable giving |Jul 30, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> At an age when many of their peers were weighing whether to spend their money on pizza versus tacos, a group of San Bernardino teenagers had to decide how to distribute more than $10,000 in grants to local nonprofit groups.

Home nursing visits provide wide-ranging benefits for mothers, young children |Jul 29, 2017

Children born to low-income, first-time mothers who received home nursing visits showed increased mental health, stronger social and emotional development and academic gains, according to researchers who analyzed the impact of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, one of the largest home visiting programs in the country.

Back-to-school, college spending expected to hit $83.6 billion |Jul 29, 2017

For many students, heading back to school after a long summer break ranks right up there with getting a root canal. But they’re not the only ones feeling the pain. Newly released figures from the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey show that families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $687.

‘Kristen’s Kisses’ created by San Gorgonio High student, helps those battling cancer |Jul 28, 2017

Elizabeth Merriam will be a 10th grader at San Gorgonio High School when school starts in August. She is one of many students who hold many titles. One of hers — founder of non-profit “Kristen’s Kisses.

How a San Bernardino Internship program is preparing special education students for real-world jobs |Jul 28, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino City Unified offered special education students on-the-job training this summer close to home -- in the school district. “We have a transition services program for kids in special ed,” said Chris LeRoy, San Bernardino City Unified School District Program Specialist, who leads the program.

Veterans could regain education benefits through legislation by Riverside Rep. Mark Takano |Jul 28, 2017

New legislation crafted by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, would reinstate GI Bill benefits for veterans who were students at either ITT Technical Institute or Corinthian Colleges — which operated three Everest Colleges in the Inland Empire — before those schools abruptly closed their doors.

Redlands Symphony’s annual academy closes with finale concert |Jul 28, 2017

REDLANDS >> It was the last day of the Redlands Symphony’s annual Summer Music Academy, and dozens of campers were seen running around First Presbyterian Church in preparation for a finale concert.

Renovations underway at North Park Elementary, site of San Bernardino school shooting |Jul 27, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> When students return to North Park Elementary School for the start of the new school year on Aug. 7, it won’t look like the same school that was the site of a shooting that left a teacher and a student dead in April.

Bloomington residents ask for school board support in battle to halt warehouses |Jul 27, 2017

BLOOMINGTON >> Eduardo Galvan Perez had been looking forward to walking his two young daughters to Zimmerman Elementary School for the next few years. Now he’s worried about how pleasant that will be once a nearly 680,000 square foot warehouse is built right across the street from the school in this unincorporated community.

Court ruling forces Oxford Preparatory Academy to shut down for now |Jul 25, 2017

RIVERSIDE >> The 4th District Court of Appeal has ruled against Oxford Preparatory Academy, clearing the way for the Chino Valley Unified School District to shut down the high-performing charter school, even as the legal battle continues.

Inland officials hope the American Aerospace Technical Academy will attract high-tech jobs |Jul 24, 2017

Officials with the March Joint Powers Authority believe a new training program they are supporting eventually will attract more high-tech industry to the Riverside area. Last week, March Field Air Museum became host for the American Aerospace Technical Academy, a nonprofit school that teaches nondestructive testing.

Now for the hard part: translating vision for community colleges into student success |Jul 23, 2017

The stakes for the California community colleges — and California — are exceptionally high. The system serves 60 percent of all undergraduates in California — nearly three times the number enrolled in the University of California and California State University combined.

Building relationships, building a community |Jul 22, 2017

There is a game called Juvenile Justice Jeopardy which is modeled after the TV program. The game is aimed at teaching teens the workings of the juvenile justice system, their rights and obligations, and how to interact with officers respectfully and avoid confrontations.

How Redlands Unified is using its $1.5 million grant |Jul 21, 2017

REDLANDS >> The Redlands Unified School District is on its way to use $1.5 million to increase and retain quality teachers. During the latest Board of Education meeting on July 11, Sabine Robertson-Phillips provided an update on how funds allocated from a state Educator Effectiveness Grant are being used.

UC Riverside researcher gets $14.9 million to thwart disease-carrying mosquitoes |Jul 21, 2017

A UC Riverside professor is leading a team whose goal is to reduce mosquito-borne diseases through genetic engineering. And he’s doing it with the largest amount of money ever received by a researcher at the campus, school officials said.