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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…

Sycamore Elementary students enjoy fruits of their labor

Third-grade students in Jessica Betcher’s class at Sycamore Hills Elementary School spent last school year planning and planting a garden as part of a Project Based Learning endeavor. Now they are enjoying the fruits of their labors. Watermelon and pumpkin vines meander across a sunny courtyard, ripe red tomatoes peek out from under the leaves of a robust plant and a few strawberries, hydrangeas and other plants complete the scene. Tall stalks of corn tower above them all. Some of the produce already has been harvested and while more is still ripening. Ms. Betcher’s students – now fourth graders — have sampled tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. They are excited for sweet watermelon and pumpkins still to come. “What I’d like to do with the pumpkins is make pumpkin pie,” said fourth grader Allison Godinez who worked on the project last year. Photo CJUSD: Student Chloe Vargas checks out a pumpkin. Student Chloe Vargas recently shared a carrot from the garden with her Guinea pig Oreo Sprinkles. “She ate the whole carrot!” Chloe said. Other students have enjoyed salsa and marinara sauce made with…

Cal State San Bernardino among top 25 colleges with master’s in security studies

Cal State San Bernardino has been listed among the top 25 colleges in the nation with master’s degree programs in security studies, according to Security Degree Hub. CSUSB, ranked at No. 14, offers a master of arts in national security studies through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and is the only California State University to make the list. “We are delighted to be ranked among the nation’s top master’s programs in security studies. Dr. Mark Clark, Dr. Brian Janiskee, and the talented team of faculty they lead have worked tirelessly on building an outstanding and dynamic graduate program in National Security Studies here at CSUSB,” said Rafik Mohamed, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “On several occasions, I have had the pleasure of visiting with our NSS program alumni who work in the top law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the country. To a person, they credit the high-quality education they received here at CSUSB for training them to think critically and responsively, and for ideally equipping them to capably address our most pressing contemporary national and international security concerns.”…

County Superintendent Alejandre delivers State of Education Address

Photo SBCSS: County Superintendent Ted Alejandre delivered his fifth State of Education Address on Sept. 19 at the California Theatre of the Perfoming Arts. Touting a theme of how innovation and engagement are shaping public education across the region, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre delivered his fifth annual State of Education Address on Sept. 19. The speech was held at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts before a large crowd of educators, elected officials, community stakeholders and students. Photo SBCSS: Anna Smith and Cassandra Davis of the Cajon High School county champion Mock Trial team recited the Pledge of Allegiance. “We aspire to transform lives through education by inspiring engagement, connection, collaboration and innovation,” Alejandre said. “Working in collaboration with school districts, other agencies, families and our community partners, we provide leadership, advocacy and services to ensure innovative and inspired educational practices.” Karen Scott, executive director of First 5 San Bernardino, introduced Alejandre and touted his background in being a champion for early literacy and learning programs across the region. Stephanie Houston, assistant superintendent of Innovation and Engagement for County Schools, made introductions…

Buddy Bench helps students make friends at Crestmore Elementary

On a sunny Monday morning, children are playing on the Crestmore Elementary School playground, when a little girl holding a basketball sits down on a big yellow bench. She looks a little sad and lonely, but in just a few minutes, two other little girls cheerily come up to her to ask her to play and soon everyone is all smiles. That’s the magic of Crestmore Elementary School’s new Buddy Bench. Students who might be in need of a friend simply sit down on the bench and other children know to come up and see if they can be that friend. Even though the bench has only been in existence for a few weeks, it’s already making a difference for the students in need of a friend, as well as those who step up to help, noted Elementary Counselor Angelica Martinez. “They’re aware of the power they have to lift somebody up,” she said. Second grade teacher Vicky Nitch brought up the idea for the Buddy Bench up at a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) meeting last year. “I had heard about them in…

Cal State Professor Verissimo recognized for continued service to community

Angie Denisse Otiniano Verissimo, an associate professor in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology at Cal State San Bernardino, was selected for the Wilmer Amina Carter Award from Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino) office for her continued service to the Inland Empire community. She received the award during Reyes’ 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony and Art Showcase on Aug. 17 in downtown San Bernardino. Photo CSUSB: Angie Verissimo with Wilmer Amina Carter. The 30 Under 30 program was established by former Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, a CSUSB alumna and retired CSUSB staff member. The event honors 30 individuals under the age of 30 who exemplify dedication, innovation and service in the community, and live, volunteer or work in in the 47th district, which includes all or portions of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto and San Bernardino, as well as the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. This year, nine of the 30 awardees are CSUSB alumni. Verissimo, who grew up in Muscoy and Rialto, was a recipient of a 30 Under 30 award in 2008, when Carter represented the district. Verissimo said…

Cooley Ranch students honor 9-11 with Remembrance Day ceremony

There were hundreds of smiling faces and lots of flag-waving at the Cooley Ranch Elementary Annual Remembrance Day on September 11, 2019.  Looking throughout the sea of red, white and blue dressed miniature patriots, it was hard to realize that the majority of those little faces were not even alive on that fateful day in 2001 or that the oldest among them had been barely born, or was maybe one or two years old at the time.  The Cooley Ranch students all started their day reporting to the flagpole, where the Colton High School Navy Jr. ROTC student color guard presented the colors and stood at rapt attention as Boy Scout Troop 42 members raised the flag to half-mast.  After the Pledge of Allegiance echoed throughout the courtyard, everyone sang some patriotic songs.  The Kiwanis Club K-Kids offered information on the meaning of 9-11 and then shared a poem with the students.  9-year old Cub Scout Devan Smith felt it was important that the students remember what happened on 9-11, stating, “We need to remember everything that happened and grow from it.”  When asked what…

Annual College Night, U-CAN College Fair give students boost for college

Indian Springs High School, 650 N. Del Rosa Drive in San Bernardino, is hosting the 29th Annual College Night on Tuesday, September 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. College Night is open to all San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students and their families. During the two-hour event, students and parents can learn about FAFSA and other financial aid options and AB 540, which makes it easier for qualified, undocumented students to attend college. Students and parents can also meet with dozens of college representatives to learn about admissions requirements and course offerings. Among the scheduled attendees are representatives of the California State University and University of California campuses, San Bernardino Valley College, trade schools, and military recruiters. High school seniors can also attend the U-CAN (United College Action Network) college fair at Cajon High School on September 19, 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon. U-CAN is focused on connecting high school seniors with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). One of the benefits of U-CAN is that select high school seniors may receive on-the-spot scholarships or admission to HBCUs. Students must bring a copy…

27 Rialto Unified School District schools earn state PBIS honors, including Gold Level

An unprecedented 27 schools in the Rialto Unified School District will be honored by the California State Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) coalition. Three RUSD schools (first for the District) earned Gold Level, sixteen RUSD schools earned Silver Level, and eight schools earned Bronze Level. Representatives from the District will officially be honored at the end of October in Sacramento. The PBIS frameworksupports schools to address the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students using multi-tiered supports before misbehaviors manifests. The framework is designed for adults to develop their skills to better addressthe sources of the issues affecting students in a positive and constructive way, rather than addressing the symptom (e.g. poor behavior) with punitive measures. “I know how hard Mrs. Melissa Rubio, PBIS Coordinator, and our school site PBIS Teams have worked, over the years, to continue to press forward with ongoing efforts to improve the implementation process,” said Angela Brantley, who oversees PBIS as part of her responsibility as the Lead Agent for Student Support Services. RUSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, credits the RUSD Board of Education for initiating the…

Meet new student trustee of the CCCT Board: Elijah Gerard

Please join us in congratulating Elijah Gerard, Student Trustee from San Bernardino CCD, on his election to the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board. Gerard was elected by his peers at the 2019 Student Trustees Workshop on Saturday, August 17, and will serve a one-year term on the CCCT Board. Gerard is a student at Crafton Hills College currently pursuing a degree in cultural anthropology and in philosophy and hopes to transfer to a UC. His main advocacy points are increasing student input as well as the diversity of student input and changing Education Code 72023.5 to increase the value of Student Trustees. Gerard looks forward to his service on the CCCT Board and meeting experienced individuals who will fight for higher education for all. The post Meet new student trustee of the CCCT Board: Elijah Gerard appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

CSUSB center recognized for accelerating Latino student success

The Undocumented Student Success Center (USSC) at Cal State San Bernardino has been named one of “20 Programs to Watch” by Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating Latino success in higher education. The USSC is one of 20 other higher education programs around the country recognized by Excelencia in Education for accelerating student success. The nonprofit has also named 16 initiatives at the college level as the 2019 Examples of Excelencia finalists. “This is wonderful news and an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the Undocumented Student Success Center’s leadership, staff and students,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “It’s also a tribute to all our faculty and staff who support the center. The center is an exceptional example of our ongoing mission to help students excel.” “By promoting and celebrating what works in serving Latino students in higher education, Excelencia increases awareness about the positive impact of the growth of the Latino population and programs that serve them well,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “Examples of Excelencia inspires leaders to implement innovations that can serve all…

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