Education

Time to tell our story

An Op-Ed by Dr. Enrique G. Murillo Jr. – Professor of Education, Cal State University, San Bernardino; Graciela Torres – Professor of Chemistry, Cal State University, San Bernardino; Kareem Gongora – Professor California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners The Editorial Board of the Southern California News Group (SCNG) published a scathing and biased op-ed on August 8th regarding the model curriculum for ethnic studies. We not only strongly disagree, but reject the notions suggested in response to the draft model curriculum, that operate as a dog whistle to racists— which is absolutely dangerous in today’s political climate. This is the result of an Editorial Board that does not represent the ethnic and racial diversity of the community that SCNG services. Befittingly, they hold strong opinions on this curriculum and remain silent on the existing history curriculum, which promotes nationalism and not the inclusion of our nation’s diversity. The mere existence of ethnic studies, signals the absence of a culturally relevant and centered pedagogy, which our children deserve and has been established through the state’s policymaking process. We want to affirm the “guiding values and principles” and…

Why San Bernardino High School is known as “Cardinal City”

By Maria Santoyo San Bernardino High School, also known as​ ‘’Cardinal City​,” is the only high school to be considered a city. The idea of Cardinal City was introduced in 1949 but was only official for Cardinal citizens. In 1956, San Bernardino Mayor Donald Mauldin, who was a cardinal alumni as well as SBCUSD superintendent, signed the Cardinal City Charter, making SBHS an official city in San Bernardino. In 1963, Michael Lippitt, a student at SBHS who was serving as the unofficial mayor of Cardinal City, took the next step, presenting the idea to Governor Edmund Brown who signed what is now known as the Cardinal City Charter. 56 years after he graduated from San Bernardino High School Lippitt was enthusiastic to hear back from his alma mater and explain how the idea of the city charter came about. “As a junior I met an intellectual, introverted, and, basically, socialist democrat – although that term did not exist. His name was Richard Rodriguez. He was wildly curious and acutely aware of the political environment at the city, state and federal levels. He saw something in…

350 students taking advantage of free college Promise Program at Crafton Hills

The San Bernardino Community College District is offering a “Free Promise Program” for new high school graduates who are starting college this fall at Crafton Hills College or San Bernardino Valley College. The program provides funding for full-time college students to earn an associate degree or get a career training certificate. Students are guaranteed two years of free tuition, free textbooks, free access to a laptop, cash for college expenses, priority registration, student support, and opportunities for paid work experience. In return, students must enroll in and complete at least 12 units per semester, attend a Summer Bridge Program, participate in activities such as workshops, complete a Student Educational Plan, and meet with a counselor regularly.  There are no minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into the program, but Promise Program students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in the program. At the end of their time at Crafton, students should be able to transfer to a four-year university such as a UC or Cal State school, where they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree in just two years, effectively having cut…

CSUSB named a ‘Best in the West’ College by the Princeton Review

Cal State San Bernardino is one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review in its “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website. This marks the 16th year that CSUSB has been named among the top colleges in the region, which lists 127 colleges and universities in 15 western states. The website feature salutes a total of 656 colleges that The Princeton Review recommends over five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International. The 656 colleges are a select group, indeed. They constitute just 22 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. “Cal State San Bernardino is deeply honored to be named as one of the best colleges in the West,” said Shari McMahan, CSUSB provost and vice president of academic affairs. “It reflects the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and administrators who strive to provide our students with an outstanding cutting-edge education at a reasonable cost.” “We chose Cal State San Bernardino and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. He noted that the company considered data from its survey…

Nearly 700 backpacks given out to Lewis Elementary students on first day of school

Best Best & Krieger LLP handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to every student at Mary B. Lewis Elementary School in Bloomington on the first day of school, Aug. 7. Along with local and school officials, BB&K gave out 675 backpacks to the transitional kindergarten through 6th grade students. Photo Best Best & Krieger LLP: Best Best & Krieger LLP Attorney Henry Castillo and Chief Talent Officer Danielle Sakai are joined by Colton Joint Unified School District Board Members Israel Fuentes and Patt Haro at Mary B. Lewis Elementary School. BB&K donated backpacks filled with supplies to all 675 students at the school.  This is the 10th year that BB&K has participated in Operation Backpack. Through donations from the firm’s attorneys, staff and vendors, the firm has helped more than 5,000 California families by giving away the backpacks and supplies. Many of the students at Lewis Elementary come from low income families, and the school is a Title One school. Last year, the school, its students and staff faced challenges, including vandals that left the school without power and telephone service. Then, a few days…

CUSM Class of 2023 focused on service, healthcare for all

Jelena Begovic grew up in Southern California watching her mother care for others as a practicing physician in Pomona. Now, the Wellesley and Boston University graduate is a member of the California University of Science and Medicine, School of Medicine (CUSM) class of 2023, and hopes to follow her mother’s footsteps in her home state. “I am excited to return to my community and to Southern California,” said Begovic, one of 98 students to take the Hippocratic Oath during the second annual White Coat Ceremony July 20. “It would be an honor one day to serve my community as a physician and to keep my family tradition alive.” CUSM is one of the nation’s newest medical schools, founded as a public-private partnership to establish a world class medical university that will address the critical shortage of physicians, improve health disparities and population health, and address the needs of underserved areas such as the Inland Empire of California where it is headquartered. CUSM was made possible through the support of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and the County of San Bernardino and shares…

GTHS Grad Oasis Perez selected for competitive Loma Linda internship

Recent Grand Terrace High School graduate Oasis Perez plans to one day become a medical researcher and professor. She’s getting a great start as one of only 15 students chosen for the highly competitive Apprenticeship Bridge to College (ABC) internship program at Loma Linda University. Oasis, the only CJUSD student in the program this year, was chosen from a pool of about 90 applicants. The eight- week internship focuses on health disparities – a look at why minority and underserved populations are at greater risk of certain diseases. It also aims to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in the field of medicine. “The mission of the center is to increase diversity in the biomedical field,” noted Daniela Soto Wilder, manager of the program. “Surrounding them with people who have the same goal motivates them and lets them know, you can do it!” Students have an opportunity to get first-hand experience with a wide variety of medical careers and practices.  Students practice scientific writing, attend lectures focused on health disparities, and also get an opportunity to work with a Loma Linda University…

Start the school year off right

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year. To help your children put the best foot forward, consider these suggestions from The Salvation Army, which operates hundreds of low-cost after-school programs for kids of all ages in low-income neighborhoods across the country and understands the importance of setting children up for success all year. Get back into a routine. During the summer months, family routines tend to slide, especially morning rituals and bedtime habits. A few weeks before school starts, begin transitioning your way back to a normal school schedule. A gentle progression toward earlier bed and wake-up times is easier on kids physically and mentally. Try adjusting by 15 minutes each day until you reach the optimal schedule for your family. Remember that routines aren’t just about the clock, though. If there are certain steps that are part of the school year routine, such as packing lunches and laying out clothes for the next…

Diana Harrison Memorial Scholarship awards deserving students

Sarah-Beth Roach, Dallas Platter and Laura Acosta are recipients of the Diana Harrison Memorial Scholarship; each student received $1,000. Diana Harrison was the managing editor and co-publisher of Inland Empire Community Newspapers, who passed away suddenly on June 1, 2017. Supporting our youth was one of Diana’s passions, therefore a scholarship established in her memory was so fitting. Sarah-Beth is returning to school after serving in the United States Army as a medic for six years where she received two Commendation Medals and was recognized for leadership. Sarah-Beth is majoring in Biology and plans to transfer to a university to become a Registered Nurse before pursuing her master’s in Public Health and Global Health. Sarah-Beth is very passionate about health care- specifically women’s healthcare and those who do not have adequate access to medical care. Her ultimate goal is to work with MSF (Aka Doctors without borders) as a nurse to provide access to care in impoverished and war-torn areas. After realizing you cannot get anywhere in life without a good education, Dallas decided to follow her passion to become a social worker. Dallas hopes to use her personal…

TOP Closet, Community Closet West offer resources for community, back to school clothes

For the past 4 years, the TOP Closet and Community Closet West clothing resource centers have offered clothing, shoes, jackets, and even some school supplies, books, and toys for students in need in the Colton Joint Unified School District. The CJUSD Student Services team coordinates this effort and they are now getting ready for the new school year with special  “Back to School” dates. TOP Closet, located in Room 558 on the Colton High School campus, will be open Tuesday, July 30 from 9 AM to Noon and Community Closet West, located in Room 911 at Ruth O. Harris Middle School, will be open from 9 AM – Noon on Thursday, Aug. 1. The resource centers also will be open monthly throughout the year (see schedule below). The clothing resource centers offer families an opportunity to shop in a store-like atmosphere where they may choose from a wide variety of items. Each family is able to choose two outfits per child. Clothing featured in the centers has been generously donated by CJUSD staff and members of the community. Donated items are then laundered by students…

CSUSB listed in top programs graduating Latinos in communication, journalism and related programs

Cal State San Bernardino has been ranked among the top 25 communication, journalism and related programs in the country graduating Hispanics, according to rankings from The Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine. The listing, which ranked CSUSB at 23rd tied with Florida Atlantic University, were based on databases from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for total degrees granted in media and journalism for 2017. According to the rankings, Hispanics made up 58 percent of the communication program and media studies graduates with 33 male and 59 females receiving degrees. CSUSB’s College of Arts & Letters does not offer a degree in journalism, but offers a media studies concentration along with its other communication studies concentrations, said Rueyling Chuang, interim dean of the college, which houses the Communication Studies Department. “To be listed in this ranking is an acknowledgement of the outstanding work and mentoring of our faculty and staff not only with our Hispanic students, but with all of our students,” said Chuang. “Our goal is to create cutting edge programs that help our students develop into…

Two SBVC student athletes named ‘Athletes of the Year’ in Foundation Awards

The SBVC Foundation recently announced distance runner Michael Ramirez as the Male Athlete of the Year, and women’s soccer player Karen Jacobs as the Female Athlete of the Year. Ramirez was the fastest Wolverine at the State Championships, as he earned All-American honors by finishing tenth. He has committed to Chico State in the fall, and is the SBVC’s nomination to the PCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jacobs was the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference’s player of the year in 2018, leading the team on offense with team highs in goals (18) and assists (13). Jacobs has committed to continue her soccer career at Louisiana State University-Alexandria in the fall. Congratulations to these SBVC Wolverines! For more information about San Bernardino Valley College, visit valleycollege.edu.  The post Two SBVC student athletes named ‘Athletes of the Year’ in Foundation Awards appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

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