Education

Aguilar announces over $47 million in coronavirus relief funds for Inland Empire students, colleges

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced over $47 million in federal funding to support Inland Empire colleges and students during the coronavirus crisis. The funding, which was appropriated by the CARES Act, provides $26,243,781 for California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), $6,732,563 for San Bernardino Valley Community College, $3,388,020 for University of Redlands, and $11,446,484 for Chaffey College. The CARES Act requires that the at least 50 percent of all funds go toward direct relief for students in the form of tuition assistance, financial aid, meal programs and other student services. “The Inland Empire’s students, colleges and universities have always been points of pride in our community. This funding will help these institutions keep their doors open and continue serving students during this difficult time. It will also help students and their families navigate the financial hardships created by this crisis. I was proud to help pass the CARES Act to provide these resources to our community, and I’ll continue to advocate for the Inland Empire as Congress debates next steps,” said Rep. Aguilar. “This is wonderful news that will offer a welcome relief to our students…

Colton Joint Unified School District students utilize Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline is a free over-the-phone tutoring center aiding students from 4th to 12th grades with both math and science. The hotline center is located in Claremont and funded by the Simons Foundation and Harvey Mudd College. “I like to utilize the Homework Hotline as an additional tool and resource at Colton Middle School. Being able to provide this resource to students so they can have another way to advocate for themselves is important,” said Sanya Valdivia, response-to-intervention teacher at Colton Middle School. The program has been active since 2010 and acts as a tool when the student is at home and gets stuck on a problem with no one to assist. “This definitely helps in the sense of reducing frustration and some anxiety between student and their parents. We have had a lot of parents express their inability to assist students with their homework, especially math homework. Since we adopted common core, and since many parents didn’t go through common core math, they’re unable to understand how to help their students,” continued Valdivia. The hotline was first promoted to Colton High School students and…

Boyd Elementary teachers, staff reconnect with students during parade in Rialto neighborhood

Over two dozen vehicles meandered through a Rialto neighborhood Friday morning, April 3, steered by Boyd Elementary School teachers and staff in a spirited show of love to their students, waving and sounding the horn as they drove past. “When we found out we wouldn’t see our kiddos again for the rest of the school year we wanted to let them know that we miss them and that we love them and we’re thinking about them,” said Boyd Principal Kaynee Correoso. Boyd Elementary School Strategist Sasha Lindblom who has worked at the school site for 22 years came up with the idea for the parade. “We want to let the kids know how much love we have,” she said emotionally. “This is a Bulldog family here… and this is my second family.” Photo Rialto Unified: Myra Vera-Rizo and her children Adan and Bella Vera showing support to Boyd Elementary teachers and staff. Myra Vera-Rizo brought her son Adan Vera (5th grade) and daughter Bella Vera (kinder) to greet teachers as they exited the school parking lot in a caravan. “They’re here to support us, and…

Boyd Elementary teachers, staff reconnect with students during parade

Over two dozen vehicles meandered through a Rialto neighborhood Friday morning, April 3, steered by Boyd Elementary School teachers and staff in a spirited show of love to their students, waving and sounding the horn as they drove past. Photo MJ Duncan: A family waits eagerly as the sound of honking cars gets louder. From left: Toddler unidentified, Anna Salguero, Nathaniel Gutierrez (5th grade), Nicole Gutierrez (kinder), and Amanda Fernandez. “When we found out we wouldn’t see our kiddos again for the rest of the school year we wanted to let them know that we miss them and that we love them and we’re thinking about them,” said Boyd Principal Kaynee Correoso. Boyd Elementary School Strategist Sasha Lindblom who has worked at the school site for 22 years came up with the idea for the parade. “We want to let the kids know how much love we have,” she said emotionally. “This is a Bulldog family here… and this is my second family.” Myra Vera-Rizo brought her son Adan Vera (5th grade) and daughter Bella Vera (kinder) to greet teachers as they exited the school…

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond states students will not be returning to campuses this school year

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released a statement Tuesday regarding the 2019-20 school year. “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. In order to allow schools to plan accordingly, and to ensure that learning still occurs until the end of the school year, we are suggesting that schools plan and prepare to have their curriculum carried out through a distance learning model. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning. “With that said, we are doing everything we can to support our schools and their distance learning opportunities for our students. We have been providing webinars, with one coming up this week to specifically focus on serving our students with disabilities in a distance learning model. We have guidance coming out this week to address the concerns of our seniors, and even our juniors,…

Colton public library brings forth edutainment during quarantine

Amidst COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Colton Public Library brings forth creative activities for the entire family in an innovative way to connect to the community. Since the middle of March, the library staff and its Literacy Program Assistant Thomas Robles (Library Tom) have generated Facebook and YouTube videos, inclusive of story time, a sing-a-long music segment and even cooking demonstrations. “We began this online Library Tom Storytime series about three weeks ago. The Community Services Department is unable to engage with the community at this time, so we found a way to bring stories, music and activities to children and families in Colton and beyond,” said Robles. The videos, which are produced by the staff, originated on Facebook…but have recently expanded to YouTube last week. “The feedback we’ve received has been so positive. The only critique or advice we received is for us to place the videos on YouTube so they can stream the videos on their TV screens,” continued Robles. “There is no shortage of inspiration moving forward. When we post our how-to’s, parents will post their child’s drawing in the comments section for us…

Amid school closures, KVCR teams up with Riverside, San Bernardino county schools

As schools suspend classes to slow the spread of COVID-19, the local PBS and NPR member station, Empire KVCR, launched a partnership with the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) and the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) to support at-home learning. Empire KVCR is now offering students, families and teachers programming aligned to California’s state curriculum on TV Channel 24 and kvcr.org/education.   “Our children will be our future scientists, doctors, nurses, and first responders, and they’re at home right now, eager to learn and grow,” says San Bernardino Community College District Interim Chancellor Jose Torres. “Even though schools may be closed, we must continue working together – families and educators – to nurture the life potential of our students.”  San Bernardino Community College District owns the broadcast license for Empire KVCR. As part of the collaboration, the station is tailoring its weekday television schedule for students in Pre-K through high school. The Riverside County Office of Education and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools are developing additional at-home learning content for high school students.  “More than one million preschool to college-aged students in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have seen…

CSUSB MBA program named among best in the world

Once again, Cal State San Bernardino’s Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration has been listed among the top business schools in the world, according to CEO Magazine’s 2020 Global rankings of MBA programs from 27 countries.   The Jack H. Brown College was listed in Tier One of the MBA programs in the world, and ranked 46th out of the top 70 in online MBA programs in the world, according to CEO Magazine. “These rankings recognize the hard work and dedication of our amazing and talented faculty and staff to create and deliver exceptional and challenging MBA programs,” said Lawrence Rose, dean of the Jack H. Brown College. “It is through these innovative programs that help us develop and graduate the future business leaders and entrepreneurs in our communities.” According to its news release, CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programs.  The Jack H. Brown College has been listed among the top in the…

San Bernardino County school districts extend school closures through May 1

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and school district superintendents countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to extend public school closures at least through May 1. “Because of the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus in our region and across the state, we are taking a proactive and aggressive approach to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our schools and communities,” County Superintendent Alejandre said. “These are very difficult circumstances for our education leaders, since developments with this virus are happening so quickly,” he added. “I fully support our district superintendents’ collective decision to do what is best for our students, employees and families across our county.” Most districts in the county decided on March 13 to close schools as a preventative measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the closures, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County continue to rise. On March 17, the Board of Supervisors issued a countywide order to help stop the spread of…

Governor Newsom issues Executive Order to suspend standardized testing for students in response to COVID-19 outbreak

To reduce the strain on students, families and educators during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday, Mar. 18 to waive, pending federal approval, this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 schools. “This time is stressful enough for students, families and educators without the additional burden of annual testing,” said Governor Newsom. “This is an unprecedented time, and our main focus is on supporting the mental and socioemotional health of students, while continuing to provide educational opportunities such as distance learning.” “I appreciate the Governor’s leadership here and recognizing that under the current circumstances, the last thing our students need is to be confronted with a test,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Our districts need some relief and this decision is in the best interest of our students and our state.” “As schools are struggling to maintain instruction, feed students, and provide child care, they need to focus first and foremost on these pressing responsibilities,” said California State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond. “The safety and well-being of children and staff has to…

Board of Education votes to shut down Rialto School District, breakfast, lunch provided to students via “Grab & Go” bags

The Rialto Unified School District Board of Education held an emergency meeting on Monday morning, March 16, to consider adopting a resolution that would allow RUSD Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila the authority to close the district to ensure and protect the welfare and safety of the community in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Board members voted unanimously in favor of the motion; non-essential personnel will not be required to report to work and placed on paid leave. Prior to board members going into closed session, Lisa Lindberg, president of Rialto Education Association, and RUSD educator Tobin Brinker expressed concerns about teachers reporting to school sites during the closure. “During this crisis you must also consider your employees and their families, our members have legitimate concerns about their loved ones and personal circumstances,” Lindberg noted. “Just as (RUSD Board Clerk) Mr. Martinez has chosen to self-quarantine himself from this meeting this morning, our members have the exact same concern.” Martinez participated in the meeting remotely. According to statements read by Brinker teachers were concerned about their safety and that of their families for fear of exposure…

Rialto City Council declares local emergency in response to COVID-19

An emergency meeting was held in Rialto on March 12 when Rialto City Council announced a local emergency in response to the coronavirus. Although at the time of the meeting no residents within city limits had contracted the virus, City Council was adamant towards being proactive in protecting constituents in the community and beyond. “Let’s all be very diligent, helpful and observant in this space. This is the time for us to look at each other, be kind and understand that we are all in this together. Do not racial profile or give anyone a sense of not being wanted or belonging,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson. During discussion, council recommended residents utilize air purifiers in their home. “This is an unfortunate local and international issue. We need to take action on these items today. I’m proud that we were able to secure some supplies from the Office of Emergency Services from the County of San Bernardino so our police and fire fighters have proper equipment while they’re out in the field,” said Councilman Andy Carrizales. Some of the action taken in the city is the…

Colton Area Museum hosts student tours

Recently, the Colton Area Museum Association (CAMA) has ramped up its community outreach by hosting the first of a series of student tours to promote the rich and legendary history of the City of Colton.  Students from Lincoln Elementary School, under the direction of teachers Mrs. Segura, Mr. Hall, Mrs. Peterson, and Mrs. Macias took to the streets for a walking field trip, and headed south from their Olive Street campus to an exciting tour of the Colton Area Museum. “It was a great trip…a very good learning experience,” said teacher Mr. Delgado, one of the accompanying teachers on the trip. For the last 10 years the Colton Area Museum Association has offered special tours for elementary students each spring. Third grade students who study local history have this opportunity to broaden their experiences by seeing first-hand, real artifacts and pictorial essays, as well as hearing interesting stories of past events, places, and people who have shaped the community we all know and love. “It’s important for our students in the community to learn about Colton history.” says CAMA President Mike Murphy, who welcomed approximately…

CSUSB holds topping off ceremony to celebrate SMSU expansion

More than 150 Cal State San Bernardino students, staff and faculty on March 2 celebrated the placement of the highest beam of the three-story, 120,000-square-foot, $90 million expansion of the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. University President Tomás D. Morales, now in his eighth year in leading the university, called the expansion an essential step in the growth of CSUSB, but added it is the progress that makes the topping off event “so exciting.”   “This building will expand upon the growth opportunities we afford our students. It will offer increased resources where they can ask questions, search for solutions, and share their joys and anxieties with classmates and experienced professionals,” Morales said. “It is a place where numerous and varied discussions will happen. Where friendships will be established. Where customs, beliefs and values will be shared and appreciated.  “This building, in conjunction with the existing union, will be the heart of a vibrant, engaged campus life, strengthening the Coyote spirit within all those who step inside it,” Morales said. The expansion is set for completion in September 2021 and will comprise of a multi-purpose ballroom,…

SB School District will feed, provide child care to students this week

Although classes are not in session from March 16-20 due to COVID-19 pandemic, San Bernardino City Unified Schools continue feeding and caring for children. To support working families with no other childcare options during the week of March 16-20, all SBCUSD elementary schools are offering free, emergency childcare for enrolled students up to age 11.  Childcare will be provided to District students from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Enrolled students can receive childcare at the school closest to them, even if that is not the school they regularly attend.  Parents and guardians are asked to complete an emergency information card on the first day the student receives child care and must sign in and sign out students daily. All children ages 18 and younger will receive free breakfast and lunch only March 16-20 and will not be asked to provide a student ID number or other identification.  Meals will be served during the following times: Elementary SchoolsBreakfast- 8:20 to 8:50 a.m.Lunch- 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.Middle Schools and High SchoolsBreakfast- 7:00 to 7:25 a.m.Lunch- 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The San Bernardino City Unified School District is…

School districts across SB County close due to COVID-19

Several San Bernardino County Superintendent School Districts have closed to students beginning March 16 in efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “I support our local school districts’ efforts to develop plans that will best serve the safety and well-being of the students and staff in their communities,” Alejandre said. “These are unprecedented times for public education in meeting the challenges presented by this virus, as rapidly changing information and dynamics need to be addressed.” Earlier Sunday, Gov. Newsom indicated that further guidance for public schools would be provided March 17 to address the diverse needs of California school districts-urban and remote, large and small-as well as the diversity of student populations, including the need for food services and child care, and supports for the state’s most vulnerable students including special education, foster youth and homeless students. San Bernardino County Public Health officials confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County Sunday. The County Department of Public Health also has issued a low threshold for the spread of the virus countywide. Even so, there have been a tremendous amount of…

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