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Wildwood Elementary School’s Mind of the Marbles team used all of its marbles and came in second place at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition March 7 at Palm Springs High School. With its second-place finish, the Wildwood team advances to the state contest March 28 at UC Riverside, where it will compete against the top two teams from 10 other regions.
When Yucaipa High School’s AVID students wanted to learn more about state colleges and universities, they didn’t just search the Internet. They went on a college road trip. A caravan of vehicles, carrying 53 juniors plus teachers, recently hit the state’s freeways on a three-day trip, stopping at seven colleges and universities and driving by three more to give students an up-close and personal look at the college experience. “We want to get them out there and see what all of their options are,” said Tana De Leon, AVID coordinator. Junior Lily Martinez said she would definitely recommend the trip to other students. “You get to see the colleges firsthand,” she said. ”It’s not just a picture on a website.” De Leon has been working with the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program for about eight years. She said this year’s junior group was the largest since she has been at YHS. “Typically, the AVID student’s parent is a minority, or their parent didn’t go to college,” said De Leon. “Going to college involves a lot of work … We help them navigate that system.” Part of that process is visiting colleges in person. De Leon and her team of YHS teachers choose the colleges to visit themselves. “We pick them. We try to pick a big school, a small school, a state school, a private school,” she said. “We try to have a variety.” First stop on the trip in early March was Cal State University, Fresno. The Last stop on the trip was UC Santa Barbara. Other tours included Cal State University Stanislaus, UC Davis, San Francisco State University, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Drive-by visits to at least expose students to the location and look of the campus included UC Merced, Cal State Sacramento and University of San Francisco. To help students feel more comfortable at the colleges and make the experience more personal, De Leon asks Yucaipa High graduates who attend that particular college to give the tour. She contacts them through Facebook, texts and emails. “It was good to get all of the information from a student perspective,” said Martinez. “It was better to hear about it (college) from someone who is going through that right now.” One of those YHS graduates is Martinez’s sister, Blanca Davis. Davis attends CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, about an hour and half southeast of San Francisco. She will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a concentration in development. “It was really fun seeing her and seeing all the other girls because I haven’t seen them in so long,” said Davis, about taking her sister and other Yucaipa students on this year’s tour. She also gave a tour to her
Yucaipa High School Madrigal and junior Laura Johnson was recently selected as a member of the 2015 California All-State Honor Choir. Johnson is one of a select few Yucaipa High School students ever selected for the All-State Choir. “It’s been a while since we had someone from Yucaipa (go to the state level) and it’s kind of cool to put Yucaipa on the map,” said Mother Kristal. “I’m extremely proud of how hard Laura works. She is so gifted.” The California All-State Honor Choirs is a collaborative effort of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) that encourages young musicians to pursue a creative and rewarding profession. To be considered, high school students first auditioned for the Southern California Vocal Association Regional Honor Choir. Two hundred seventy choir members were selected from approximately 650 students who auditioned to sing in one of three choirs —women’s, men’s or mixed honor choir. The audition process included singing an Italian Aria, tonal memory, sight-reading and scales/triads. Upon selection, singers received a packet of music and rehearsal tracks, and met for one rehearsal prior to coming together again in November at Santa Monica High School for two full days of intense rehearsals culminating into a one evening concert. Student’s SCVA Regional Honor Choir scores were sent to California ACDA immediately after the Regional Concert, which administers the All-State Honor Choir. Members of the All-State Honor Choir were chosen from the top scores of the Northern, Central and Southern Regional Honor Choir singers. “I found out I was selected on Jan. 1,” said an elated Johnson. “I had the audition in Redlands and my mom went with me for moral support. I was very nervous because I had just gotten over a cold. It was nerve racking.” Nerve-racking or not, Johnson earned an impressive 93/100 in the audition. “Singing to me is important because it tells a story with song,” she said. “I love singing. It brings me so much joy and I love to see people’s reactions to music.” Johnson began singing at the young age of seven when she starred in a play. Her hobbies include professional acting, playing the piano and of course singing. After graduation in 2016, she hopes to attend a four-year university and major in psychology with a minor in music. The All-State Honor Choir Performance will be held on March 28 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
Past Pleasures Car Club members and President George Sardeson traveled to the Yucaipa High School track on Friday, March 6 to show off some of their vintage cars but also for a special donation to track team. Past Pleasures Car Club heard about the YHS Track Team stolen camera equipment and they immediately decided to donate. The club donated $250. But it didn’t stop there. PPCC member Dr. Charles Irvin said he would match the donation. In total, $500 was gifted to the team last Friday. Sardeson spoke with the athletes about the club and in return they thanked him and the club for the generosity. A few days later, The Yucaipa Rotary Club presented the track team with checks and cash for a total of $1,000. That donation was followed by a generous check in the amount of $1,000 from Rocky Cobb on behalf of Cobb’s Printing in Yucaipa. Booster President Victor Vollhardt said so far $11,000 has been raised and they are $5,000 away from the goal to purchase the stolen timing/camera equipment. “It’s just been amazing,” he said. “This community is awesome.” For more information, or to donate to the cause, call Vollhardt at 322-0944.
Oak View Education Center held its fourth Women’s Day Celebration “Dream Big!” on March 13. The special day celebrated girls who attend OVHS and Ed Center.
The rainy weekend weather cleared up long enough Saturday morning to provide a beautiful sunny backdrop for the sixth annual Run With the Mustangs 5k at Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa. About 500 participants, many wearing shorts, lined up on the Mesa View track to await the starting horn for the 3.1 mile race. After the singing of the National Anthem and a few words from Principal Jim Stoltze, the starting horn blasted and the participants were off to the sounds of the “Rocky” theme song as they ran one lap around the track before heading off through the campus and adjacent streets before a final lap to the finish line. All proceeds from the fundraiser go back into programs at the school, said Stolze, who also was running in the event. “Many people ask that,” he said. “They want to know where all the money goes.” The participants weren’t the only ones lined up on the track. Spectators and volunteers gathered around to take photos of the start and cheer on family and friends. Several of them commented that last year they had to brave a rainy morning to show their support. This year, they got to wear sunglasses. Many continued to hang around the starting line, which also served as the finish line. They were there to cheer on 12-year-old Cole Cooper, who finished first overall, with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds. The Mesa View website states that Cooper’s mother is Ms. LaFourcade, a counselor at the school. Cooper finished just ahead of Frank Brummit, 49, who clocked 19:47, and Joshua Weghorst, 14, who ran 20:27. Sixth-grade teacher Scott Gordon was fourth overall, finishing in 21:12. Among the girls, 13-year-old Atalie Bogh finished first in a time of 22:17. The participants’ times were clocked via RaceWire, with an electronic chip attached to each one of their racing bibs. As they passed the finish line, participants’ times were automatically logged. “Every year we aspire to make the race that much better,” Stolze said. Using RaceWire was one of this year’s improvements, he said. Those interested in seeing more race results can go to the school website, www.ycjusd. mesaview.schoolfusion.us to find a link to my.racewire.com. Once there, click on results, and then Run with the Mustangs. The website also has photos and videos of the race.
Yucaipa High School held its annual Tolerance Week Feb. 23-27. The week culminated with a Tolerance assembly on Friday and students wore their individualized “I AM” T-shirts.
A public hearing for the Inland Leaders Charter School renewal petition was held at the Jan. 27 Yucaipa-Calimesa School Board meeting.
The Yucaipa-Calimesa School district voted on Jan. 27 to repeal new education code SB 858 that requires districts to spend down their reserves and ending balances.
It was an unforgettable day for many students and guests on Jan. 28 as author, lecturer and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal-Lazan visited Yucaipa High School to provide firsthand experiences of the Holocaust. Hundreds of high school students sat riveted and listened silently to an hour presentation in the gymnasium.
The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at Yucaipa High School.
Jane Smith was nominated new President of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District board of trustees at the Dec. 9 meeting.
Newly elected Mayor Joyce McIntire took her seat at the Dec. 15 Calimesa City Council meeting and got right to business.
It was standing room only at a special meeting of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District board of trustees Dec. 4 as parents and teachers turned out to say their piece on the district’s possible creation of an international baccalaureate program.
Students at Oak View High School pledged not to text and drive during the school’s “Don’t drive distracted Campaign” held during lunch on Oct. 16.
Gently used clothing for students in need is now available at Park View's Take and Trade.