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San Bernadino City Unified School Board honors October Outstanding Students

The San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education honored 11 students with Outstanding Student Awards at the October 15, 2019, Board meeting. Students were also recognized by the San Bernardino Symphony, which provided them and their families with free symphony tickets, and Assembly member James Ramos, who provided each student with a Certificate of Recognition. Outstanding Student Award winners are recognized for achievement in academics, athletics, fine arts, citizenship, or for showing significant improvement in these areas. Students are awarded and inspired to have hope for their future by thinking about long-term educational and career goals. Davidson Elementary School Outstanding Students Sixth-grader Mileyon Edwards models the behavior that Davidson hopes for in all students. She is responsible and respectful in class and across the campus. Mileyon wants to become a nurse or a hair stylist in the future. Third-grader Alfonso Del Toro Vasquez has made the greatest improvement in his reading skills. He has mastered more than 200 new sight words in one year. Alfonso is considering a career as a truck driver. Fifth-grader Natan Mejia is courteous and thoughtful. He is always…

Over 1,000 teachers receive over $1 million in free school supplies

Over one thousand teachers got extra help for their classrooms at the first I.E.’s Largest Teachers Appreciation Day event held at Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Teachers from all over San Bernardino County chose from over $1 million in new school supplies donated by the Family and Kids Foundation. The event was open to elementary school teachers from all school districts. CAPSCB and Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy provided warehousing, sorting, and distributing the items, as well as publicizing the event to teachers and lending a hand as attendees browsed through the materials and chose items for their classrooms. Assemblymember Eloise Gomez-Reyes stopped by to support the event and presented certificates of appreciation, saying, “This event celebrates the joy of teachers who work tremendously hard to provide the best learning experience that will prepare all students to have successful futures.” Photo CAPSBC: San Bernardino City Unified School District and CAPSBC board member Dr. Margaret Hill peers into a bag full of supplies. CAPSBC board member Dr. Margaret Hill said, “These items go a long way in helping…

Rep. Norma Torres announces legislation protecting students’ access to basic needs

Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA) was joined Wednesday by local students, as well as advocates and experts focused on combatting student hunger and homelessness, to announce new legislation to ensure college students – particularly Pell Grant recipients and attendees of community colleges and minority-serving institutions – are able to meet their basic needs while pursuing their education. The Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act provides $500 million for grants to ensure institutions of higher learning have the resources they need to support their students’ day-to-day needs, and directs the federal government to streamline data sharing across agencies to help students who qualify for aid access it. Courtesy photo: Mt. San Antonio College student, Merlin Diaz, fights back tears as she speaks at the podium with her son, Matthew. “Higher education is an invaluable asset in the 21st century workforce, but students can’t go broke trying to pay for it,” Rep. Torres said. “The legislation I announced today will ensure the federal government is coordinating assistance efforts across agency lines, empower colleges and universities to identify students in need of support, and provide resources…

San Bernardino Valley College to host Alumni & Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

San Bernardino Valley College is proud to usher in its newest distinguished members into its Alumni and Athletics Hall of Fame, all recognized for their award-winning accomplishments and service to the community. SBVC Foundation Board President Beverly Powell said the foundation is honored to partner with the college’s athletics department to laud the achievements of SBVC alumni and former student athletes. “The opportunity to showcase some of Valley College’s best ‘success stories’ not only helps the Foundation raise funds necessary to help students achieve their dreams – but events highlighting our alumni also help inspire our current SBVC students to envision their own success and believe their own dreams are possible,” said Ms. Powell. On Friday, November 8, the Alumni & Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony runs from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The event will be held at the San Bernardino DoubleTree Hotel. Among the inductees is Dr. Louie F. Rodríguez, Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside, who receives recognition for being a catalyst for many academic initiatives to benefit the community. He also serves as Bank of…

Colton advocate Israel Fuentes awarded for providing resources to the Latino community and beyond

On October 17, Israel Fuentes, member of the Binational Parent Leadership Institute (BPLI) and board member of the Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD), was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Fuentes was recognized as an inaugural member of the BPLI, which is led by the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino and founded by Latino Education & Advocacy Days, for his advocacy in providing Latino students and parents with viable resources to strive in today’s society. “It was an honor to receive this recognition. It’s important that we support CJUSD students and their families. There are lots of parents who do not understand the opportunities that are out there for themselves and for their children,” said Fuentes. “Having the opportunity to understand and share resources such as how to apply for financial aid, receive scholarships, enroll or getting accepted into a college or university, obtain citizenship, or learn English…is something I envision myself doing for many years to come,” continued Fuentes. He went on to share how often many Spanish-speaking parents are left unaware of all the…

Fontana High School showcases AVID success to local educators

Nearly 50 local educators on Oct. 22 visited Fontana High School classrooms, met with administrators and learned from students about the school’s highly successful Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. The showcase provided teachers, principals, superintendents and school board members with a look at the inner workings of an AVID National Demonstration School – a status Fontana High School has held since 2006. “AVID boosts achievement by initiating and supporting all students in their efforts to become college and career ready,” Fontana High School AVID Coordinator Jo Sisk said. “AVID students make up more than a quarter of our students, and their work in academics and goal setting has helped to shift the culture of our entire campus in a positive way.” AVID aims to narrow the achievement gap between the lowest- and highest-performing students and ensure more students enroll in four-year colleges and universities. The showcase was held in response to a large number of requests to learn about Fontana High School’s AVID success. In addition to the meetings with administrators, visitors joined AVID students to tour elective classes and sit in on tutorials.…

University of Redlands names first Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The University of Redlands, a premier private liberal arts and professional university in California, has appointed Christopher Leon Jones, Jr. as the institution’s first Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer (SDIO) charged to drive change across the University. Jones will assume the SDIO role on Feb. 1, 2020, and is excited for the new challenge. “A foundation of important work has been laid by the efforts of many members of the University community,” he says. “I look forward to joining my expertise and leadership with the contributions of the University community to create the type of inclusive excellence that is a model for institutions around the country.” University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl says Jones — an experienced higher education professional, honored U.S. Air Force veteran, and lawyer — brings a “wealth of valuable experience and excellent administrative skills. He will be an engaged and visionary leader of our University-wide efforts toward greater inclusiveness and diversity.” A graduate of the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Howard University School of Law, Jones comes to Redlands from Case Western Reserve University.  There he…

Kimbark Elementary unveils San Bernardino school district’s first literary vending machine

Literary options expanded for Kimbark Elementary School students with the installation of a book vending machine – the first of its kind in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. PTO President Amanda Manzano  unveiled the machine on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the school’s lobby amid school and district officials, teachers, staff, parents and select students from each grade.  Students took turns inserting a token and making their literary selections; books are for students to keep. Kimbark Principal Mario Jacquez came across the vending machine on-line, and was confident it would be a great fit for the school. “I realized not everyone has books at home and making sure everyone has books has always been a mission of mine as a teacher and administrator,” Jacquez remarked. Funding for the vending machine was supported through ASB and the site’s Parent Teacher Organization; an allowance and a portion of Book Fair proceeds will be directed to replenishing the inventory. Students will earn tokens by completing 10 Accelerated Reader (AR) tests, or for going above and beyond school expectations for positive behavior. “Kids are going to be excited…

Highland student among top 30 in nation for Broadcom MASTERS

A San Bernardino County middle school student from Highland will compete among the top 30 science projects in the nation at the ninth annual Broadcom MASTERS competition.    Seann Torres of St. Adelaide Catholic Academy in Highland advanced from the top 300 Broadcom MASTERS event to qualify for the finals of the competition, which will be held Oct. 25-30 in Washington, D.C. Winners of the top 30 competition will be announced during a ceremony on Oct. 29.           Torres competed at the 37th annual Inland Science and Engineering Fair, which was held in April in Fontana and organized by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Torres, who was an eighth-grader last academic year, has his project titled, “An Ecosystemic Analysis on Vertebrate Coprolitic Inclusions from the White River Formation.” For more information about the Broadcom MASTERS competition, go to its website at https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-2019-finalists#List The post Highland student among top 30 in nation for Broadcom MASTERS appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

San Bernardino City Unified School District infected by ransomware attack

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) was infected by a malicious ransomware attack over the weekend. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks data with threats to perpetually block access unless a ransom is paid. While SBCUSD computer servers are currently inaccessible due to the cyberattack, student data and related family data is secure. Almost all student and family data is hosted on a third-party platform with its own servers, and those servers were not impacted. “It’s true that there are significant challenges to access the District network because the District systems are down,” said District Safety/Emergency Manager Eric Vetere. “However, student data has not been compromised.” School phones and student meals are not impacted by the cyberattack. Telephone systems for the Transportation Department, which coordinates student busing services with Durham School Services, were briefly affected, but Durham transported students without interruption. Transportation phone systems are now up and running. Lighting and air conditioning systems are not directly impacted by the ransomware. “We are committed to doing all we can to continue serving our families and to strengthening our systems so something like…

Colton Joint Unified School District spreads positivity with “Kindness Bus”

Now in its fourth year, the Colton Joint Unified School District Kindness Bus will be traveling through the district this month to spread a message of kindness, inclusion and acceptance. The bus, which was painted by Washington High School students and District staff, appeared in the Colton High School Homecoming parade earlier this month and will spend the remainder of October visiting sites across the district. It also will join Bloomington High School’s first Homecoming Parade on November 1. The bus serves as a rolling billboard for the CJUSD Kindness Campaign, highlighted in October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. The bus also is an essential part of the district’s observance of Unity Day, which takes place on Wednesday, October 23. “Our number one goal is to help spread positivity, respect and kindness throughout our district and community,” Transportation Director Erick Richardson stated.  CJUSD focuses on kindness throughout the year in an effort to prevent bullying by reinforcing positive behaviors, as reflected in the district’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework. Many CJUSD schools also host their own Unity Day and bullying prevention events…

County Schools’ Dowdy to receive National Lifetime Achievement Award

Brenda Dowdy, homeless education project manager for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, will receive the 2019 Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award at a national conference in Washington, D.C., in November. Dowdy will be honored at the 31st annual National Association for the Education of Homeless Children Conference on Nov. 3. For the past 13 years, Dowdy has worked in County Schools’ Children Deserve Success program, working with liaisons of the county’s 33 school districts in homeless education to provide services for students and families. San Bernardino County is home to more than 33,000 students identified as homeless as defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Dowdy has led efforts through County Schools to provide backpacks with school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene items for students. She also has helped raise and coordinate distribution of college scholarships for high school graduates annually. The post County Schools’ Dowdy to receive National Lifetime Achievement Award appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Rialto Unified School District students earn over $2 million in scholarships

At the end of September, Rialto Unified School District students made history by earning over $2 million in scholarships to four-year universities. “We are here with over 30 colleges and universities that will be conducting on the spot admissions and granting scholarships. Today we hope to see around 1,000 students from the Rialto Unified School District and surrounding districts come out to experience this opportunity. This year we are anticipating getting 200 to 300 students accepted into a university. We are confident we will have 2 million dollars in scholarship offers,” said Dr. Alan Rowe, United Action College Network (U-CAN). On September 17, A.B. Miller High School hosted a U-CAN college fair to provide leadership services, college preparation assistance and award scholarships to qualifying students throughout the district. “Our students have worked hard in preparing their resumes and preparing their communication skills for interviews. What is unique about this college fair is that students receive on the spot scholarships, full ride admissions, and it really helps them get excited about the college admissions process,” said Dr. Edward D’ Souza, math and science lead academic agent.…

SB Community College District makes new investment in the community and The Free College Promise

The San Bernardino Community College District is expanding its reach and its investment in the community with a move to a new building on Hospitality Lane.  Move-in day is Friday, Oct. 18 to a three-story building located at 550 E. Hospitality Lane, Suite 200, San Bernardino, CA 92408.  The community college district will move several offices into the second floor, including business services, human resources, facilities planning, public affairs, technology, research planning, and the chancellor’s office. This building will also house the meeting room for the public meetings of the Board of Trustees. The public will have an opportunity to see the new space at a study session with the board at noon on Thursday, Oct. 24. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be 4 p.m. Nov. 14. When guests enter the building, they will find a commemorative plaque on the first floor that reads, “On the eve of the San Bernardino Community College District’s first 100 years of public service, this building is dedicated to our community as a bridge to a better tomorrow.” Already, the first floor is leased by Molina Healthcare, and the third…

Assemblymember Reyes and School District Police bring Community Healing Forum to San Bernardino

Bullying and violence in our communities were top concerns on Monday night. Over 200 community members joined with Assemblymember Reyes and Chief Joseph Paulino of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police at Arroyo Valley High School to share their frustrations and concerns on important community issues in San Bernardino.  The goal of the Community Healing Forum was to provide a safe space for the community to express their concerns to community leaders. The main topics discussed were bullying and student safety. “It was clear to me that bullying is a main concern to parents and our community. When parents drop off their children at school they expect them to be safe from bullying and other trauma that impacts their children,” said Assemblymember Reyes. “These conversations are difficult, but they are the first step to healing and finding solutions to the community’s concerns.”   The Community Healing: Protecting the Next Generation event was the first in a series of community healing events that Assemblymember Reyes is planning throughout the 47th Assembly District. These events will tackle issues of poverty, gun violence, student safety, homelessness, government…

Former Carter High Principal Dr. Patricia Chavez honored with Champions for Character award

Former Carter High School principal, now serving as Rialto Unified School District’s director of education, Dr. Patricia Chavez, was awarded with the “Champions for Character Award” by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), on September 23. Chavez was recognized at the Grand Ballroom in Long Beach for exemplifying the very finest in sportsmanship, character, and integrity. Photo RUSD: Dr. Patricia Chavez and Commissioner Rob Wigod at the CIF Champions for Character Awards Ceremony on September 23. “I nominated Chavez for this award because she is a true advocate of athletics and showcases integrity of sportsmanship. She is a true champion of character,” said Joe Paluba, Carter High School Athletic Director. Paluba also shared that Chavez has been present in the success of the high school’s CIF in wrestling and showed support even when the school faced difficult seasons in football. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Mr. Paluba and especially our students because they are the ones on the ground running and doing the work. They are the reason why I was recognized,” said Chavez. “I’m passionate about the high school level because it has…

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