Education

Colton High School 2020 graduates honored with Ken Hubbs Award

Two of Colton High School’s Class of 2020 students, Jose Rubio and Madicyn Martinez, have been honored with the prestigious Ken Hubbs Award. The award, which is given to the best male and female athletes each year in San Bernardino County, is an honor in memory of the late Ken Hubbs a multi-sport athlete who happens to be a CHS and Chicago Cubs alumni, after dying tragically in1964 at the age of 22. Rubio was recognized for his efforts in both wrestling and football, while Madicyn was recognized for her efforts in soccer and track and field. “Its always nice to see a student from Colton High School be recognized for this award. Colton is such a small city, so it’s special to see our students being recognized because there’s not a lot of positive news that gets published regarding our city,” said Football Coach Ray Rodriguez. Rodriguez also recounts initially encouraging Rubio to play football, after witnessing his commitment and success in wrestling. “Rubio was mainly a wrestler at first, so his sportsmanship and athletic abilities transferred well into football, where he played defensive…

San Bernardino City Unified School District valedictorians and twins make Class of 2020 history

The Class of 2020 will go down in history for several reasons, but in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD), there are a few top students who deserve an extra spotlight. The SBCUSD Class of 2020 proudly boasts three African-American valedictorians from three different high schools. All three will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Delta Rho Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Kyla Duhart is not only Indian Springs High School’s first African-American valedictorian, she is also a student Board of Education member and a future SBCUSD math teacher. It’s no surprise that several colleges and universities were eager to welcome Duhart, including Grand Canyon University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, but she is planning to attend Azusa Pacific University and earn her teaching credential. Matthew Jackson is one of three San Gorgonio High School valedictorians. Prior to attending San G, Jackson was a student at Rodriguez PREP Academy. In the future, Jackson will be attending the prestigious Stanford University where he will study electrical engineering to prepare for a career in the renewable energy industry.…

Colton City Council recognizes Teacher Appreciation Day

On June 2, the Colton City Council recognized by proclamation “Teacher Appreciation Day” in honor of Teacher Appreciation month, officially established nationally each year in May. Due to the COVID-19 distancing requirements, the proclamation was officially presented that afternoon in person at the office of the Association of Colton Educators (ACE) located on H Street. According to the latest information, approximately 75 teachers reside in Colton. At the Zoom meeting, Dr. G explained that this was the fifth time teachers were being formally recognized in the City of Colton, and was very pleased the City Council decided to continue the ”tradition.” The first Colton Teacher Appreciation Day was in 2016, and is normally observed the third Tuesday in May, this year being May 19. During the presentation, Dr. G commented, “the Colton Teacher Appreciation Day is an important occasion for all of us.” He went on to point out that “teachers make a positive contribution to help our children succeed. They learn the Pledge of Allegiance, the U.S. Constitution, how to be responsible citizens, and how to vote.” Each year, the search to identify teachers…

Fontana Unified TV Production student wins state film contest for mental health PSA

Summit High School senior Nicole Quinonez-Frias’ raw and emotional approach to highlighting cultural stigmas around depression and suicide, captured in a 60-second film, has earned statewide recognition as a category winner in the Directing Change Program and Film Contest.  Quinonez-Frias’ film captured first place in the Through the Lens of Culture – Suicide Prevention category. As a statewide winner, she will receive a $1,000 prize. She is the first Summit High TV Production student to win an event in the competition.  Her public service announcement (PSA) – titled “Our Story” – depicts Quinonez-Frias as a girl struggling with depression.  A Spanish voice-over, accompanied by English subtitles, expresses the girl’s fear of disappointing her family and highlights the stigma that can surround depression and suicide in the Latino culture. The film ends on a note of hope, with the girl realizing that her story does not end now and telling the audience theirs does not either.  The Directing Change program and film contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. The program offers students an opportunity to lend their perspective to the movement by creating…

Crafton Hills celebrates 48th Annual Commencement with Virtual Ceremony

The 48th Annual Commencement Ceremony at Crafton Hills College was held virtually on Friday, May 22. The ceremony was prerecorded, but the link didn’t go live until 6 p.m. Viewers had a choice to stream the event through Youtube or Facebook through the homepage of the Crafton Hills College website. The event incorporated all traditional elements of the in-person ceremony including individual recognition of the 237 graduates who signed up to participate. The ceremony began with the song “Pomp and Circumstance” while a montage of videos featuring faculty and staff waving and cheering for the graduates set a celebratory tone. Photo CHC: Vanessa Terry, 2020 CHC graduate filming National Anthem performance for virtual ceremony. Crafton Hills College President Dr. Kevin Horan was first to congratulate the class of 2020, which happens to be the largest graduating class in the history of the College. In total, the institution had 794 graduates who earned 650 degrees and 631 certificates during the 2019-2020 academic year. Student senate president and 2020 graduate Tyrone Ross began the ceremony leading the virtual audience in the pledge of allegiance. Ross received an…

The Class of 2020 has really earned it

By R.A. Contreras, a resident of Highland. He can be reached on Twitter @commgrad71 Someone told me once that getting my Master’s degree would be one of the loneliest things I would ever do. I didn’t understand then. “Wait and see,” he said as I was inching towards the apex of my graduate education. After the experience was complete, I realized how much of the so-called ‘down-time’ I had lost. I had no time from visits with friends or family. In addition to work, I had mounds of reading to do and my fingers cramped from those 30-page papers I had to slough through. Coupled with food insecurity and living in my car at times, it really was the hardest –and loneliest—thing I had ever accomplished. That was a mere two years ago but even now I still stare in amazement at that Master’s Degree diploma that is proudly framed on my wall. I really cannot get over the sense of accomplishment after having produced a thesis and probably 50-odd rewrites of my eventual final project. There were long hours of research and constant visits…

CSUSB to offer additional financial aid in virtual summer session

Cal State San Bernardino will offer additional financial aid to encourage students to enroll in the 2020 summer session before the university converts this fall to a semester schedule from a quarter schedule.  Summer session courses will be conducted virtually.  “We encourage our students to enroll and attend our 2020 summer session,” said CSUSB President Tomás Morales. “The university is committed to helping our students, especially our graduating seniors, and encouraging them toward completing their degrees and graduating in a timely fashion. We have dedicated a substantial amount of financial aid to help them save money.” Along with offering a wide range of courses this summer, CSUSB has allocated more than $2 million in additional financial aid, including funds toward the Graduation Initiative Grant for seniors graduating in summer 2020.  The virtual format comes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the university to temporarily suspend all face-to-face classes and all non-essential on-campus operations. The virtual format will also allow students in the summer session to take courses both synchronously and asynchronously. This will allow students the flexibility of continuing with their studies,…

Valley College, Crafton Hills Class of 2020 to graduate in first-ever Virtual Commencement Ceremony

On May 22, San Bernardino Valley and Crafton Hills colleges will celebrate the graduating class of 2020 with a first-ever virtual Commencement ceremony – 9 a.m. for SBVC and 6 p.m. for CHC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person ceremony was converted into an online livestream, where graduates and their families will be able to attend and interact with the ceremony from the safety of their computers or smartphones. The class of 2020 has also been invited to participate in the college’s next in-person ceremony,which is tentatively scheduled for May 2021. This year’s class includes 2,485 graduates who earned 3,528 associate degrees and career training certificates.  “The class of 2020 reminds us that better days will return,” said Dr. Anne Viricel, chair of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees who oversee Crafton Hills, Valley College and KVCR. “Our graduates are the future scientists and health providers who will save lives. They are the future firefighters, paramedics, and public safety officers who will keep us safe. They are the future teachers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers who will make our community better.”  This year’s…

SBVC’s Class of 2020 to graduate in first-ever Virtual Commencement Ceremony

On May 22, San Bernardino Valley College will celebrate the graduating class of 2020 with a first-ever virtual Commencement ceremony. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person ceremony was converted into an online livestream, where graduates and their families will be able to attend and interact with the ceremony from the safety of their computers or smartphones. The class of 2020 has also been invited to participate in the college’s next in-person ceremony,which is tentatively scheduled for May 2021. This year’s virtual ceremony will be a live video that progresses exactly like the college’s traditional in-person ceremony, except that it will be viewed remotely on SBVC‘s website, YouTube channel or Facebook page. The event will feature greetings from President Diana Z. Rodriguez, Chair of the Board of Trustees Dr. Anne L. Viricel, and other speakers who will welcome viewers and acknowledge graduates’ years of dedication and hard work. Student speaker Maritza Mariscal-Medina, who is also the student trustee for the San Bernardino Community College District, has pre-recorded a speech to encourage her fellow graduates, as has keynote speaker Dr. Judith Valles, San Bernardino’s first Hispanic…

Rialto High School senior, Kenny Hua, accepted to Stanford University

Rialto High School (RHS) senior and soon to be valedictorian, Kenny Hua, has been accepted to Stanford University. Hua, whose current weighted grade point average sits at a strong 4.71, will be studying environmental science and humanities this fall. Kenny Hua pictured at a Mock Trial competition, facing Los Osos High School on November 6, 2019. “It’s likely that I became interested in the environment when I was just a child. My family has a big back yard filled with fruit trees, flowers, and cacti and I have been gardening with my mother and grandma since I was a baby, which could possibly be where my interest began,” said Hua. In the meantime, between gardening and being ranked number one out of about 670 seniors at RHS, Hua managed to excel in advanced placement courses all four years of high school. “Throughout high school I chose the most challenging course set that I could take, because I always liked to challenge myself and get as much out of my education as I possibly can. Most students begin taking AP courses in their sophomore year, I…

County Superintendent Ted Alejandre Appointed to K-12 High Speed Network Advisory Board

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre has been appointed by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to the K-12 High Speed Network Advisory Board. Alejandre’s appointment to the board is effective immediately through June 30, 2022. The K-12 High Speed Network is a state program funded by the California Department of Education to provide the California K-12 community with network connectivity, teaching and learning application coordination, and videoconferencing support. The mission of the K-12 High Speed Network advisory board is to enable educators, students and staff across the state to have access to reliable high-speed networks that have the capacity to deliver high quality online resources to support teaching and learning, and promote academic achievement. Alejandre expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment saying, “This is an exciting time of transformation in K-12 education. The impact new technologies are having on education across the state is tremendous-particularly as we shift to distance learning. I look forward to helping our public schools stay on the forefront of these exciting innovations.”        Thurmond remarked, “I am confident that you will be a valuable member of the…

Crafton Hills Fire Academy- Through Fires and Flames

Amid campus closures and stay-at-home orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Crafton Hills Fire Academy has continued to meet and train students who will join the front lines with other first responders fighting fires and saving lives. Against all odds, 29 cadets will complete their Fire Academy training in mid-May. Despite these overwhelming circumstances and challenges to instruction, Crafton Hills College is the only college Fire Academy in California that continued their 16-week training program while also adhering to and maintaining the strictest of social-distancing guidelines. All 29 students have earned their firefighter 1 certificates. “It is truly exceptional how our college president, Dr. Kevin Horan, our Trustees, our administration, and our faculty have stepped up to keep our program going,” said Michael Alder, Chief, Crafton Hills College Fire Academy. “In the face of many uncertainties, everyone was adamant that we should keep going, meet the needs of our firefighting workforce and complete training for these students in advance of the 2020 fire season.” Crafton Hills faculty adjusted for COVID-19 safety requirements by limiting groups of students, adjusting instructional methods, and increasing cleaning of equipment and…

Crafton Hills College continues to train paramedics amid pandemic

The COVID-19 global pandemic is causing a strain on every part of the healthcare system, calling for “all hands on deck.” Crafton Hills College student paramedics feel the tension as well, as they navigate a strenuous paramedic program while also working the front lines in the field. One paramedic student, Gabriel Zavala, says that the most important thing he is learning in paramedic school amid a global pandemic is adaptability. “EMS is a constantly changing field,” he said. “During times of worldwide adversity, maintaining composure is the only way to persevere, and composure is essential while working in the field.” In order to be eligible for licensure as a paramedic in the state of California, students must complete the 39 units of the certificate program, pass National Registry written and skills examinations, and meet all other licensure requirements established by the state. Crafton Hills Paramedic Program offers two cycles per year, and is broken down into three sections – didactive, clinic and field. Zavala says that the program’s instructors are helping students to stay on track to graduate on time. “Our program leaders are admirable,…

University of Redlands donates over 10,000 pounds of food to Family Service Association of Redlands, Inland Harvest

The University of Redlands, leading local efforts to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, organized the donation of nearly 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Family Services Association of Redlands. The food, which was delivered Thursday, April 23 to replenish stocks that have been depleted due to the growing need to combat hunger within the region. “We have always been committed to working hand-in-hand with our local community,” said University of Redlands President Ralph W. Kuncl. “Given the pressing needs caused by the pandemic, there is no better time than now to lend support to our longtime partner Family Service Association of Redlands, whose sole goal is to provide basic services to families who might otherwise go without.” The donated food was part of the University’s disaster preparedness food storage and includes canned fruits, oatmeal, and pasta. “Community support was vital before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now during these unprecedented times, it is absolutely necessary,” stated Jill Prendergast, fund development manager, Family Service Association of Redlands. “This donation will allow us to put food on the table for those who have been affected by…

Much To Do About Something: Kudos To Charters

By Mildred D, Henry, Ph.D.,Professor Emeritus, CSUSB Much print has been devoted to adverse relationships between school districts and charter schools.  However, good positive partnerships that benefit thousands of children have also been formed.  The San Bernardino City Unified School District announced that “In light of Governor Newson’s order for all California residents to stay at home, … all schools will remain closed until May 1.  We are glad to inform you that SBCUSD will provide grab and go meal service for children Monday through Friday during spring break, which begins March 23rd and ends April 3rd”.  Everyone was excited and a partnership was formed. The California Charter School Association, and representative Fatima Cristerna-Adams, stepped in.  Steve Holguin, representative for Better 4 You Meals, was contacted.  Holguin then called Dwaine Radden, CEO of the PAL Center and PAL Charter Academy (PCA) asking if PCA would be the San Bernardino hub for the distribution of food. Mr. Radden replied that “We have a moral obligation to make sure students and families in the community have food to eat”.   Charter schools to the rescue.    The PAL Charter Academy’s two sites – 1691 N. Sierra Way in San Bernardino, and 2450 Blake Street in Muscoy –…

SB Community College District 3D printers producing face shields for local hospitals

Like many of us these days, 21-year-old Juan Zavala spends a lot of time alone in a room. Luckily for local hospitals, his room contains 19 industrial-grade 3D printers. As of last Tuesday night, he had printed 422 medical quality face shields in the MakerSpace lab at the San Bernardino Community College District, for a world with a shortage of personal protective equipment, or “PPE.” Photo Erick Zambrano/SBCCD:    These face shields are gifts from SBCCD for local hospitals. The shields are made up of three parts, a plastic headpiece, a clear sheet of plastic, and a rubber band. These face shields are gifts for local hospitals: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, Mountains Community Hospital in Lake Arrowhead. They have also given face shields to the campus police department, and to Providence Healthcare Group, which operates about ten skilled nursing facilities locally. As hospital staff members arrive to pick up the boxes, there are no handshakes or hugs. But Zavala can tell his work is appreciated. “Their expressions are really great,” he said after Renee and MacKenzie Limpus picked up the order for the…

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