Robotics  team returns  from  nationals

Robotics team returns from nationals

Members of the BHS Robotics Club (from left) are Aidan Murphree, Zeneve Jacotin, Samantha Lail, Lars Bartels, Cameron Thornton and Akif Dhar — Courtesy photo ------ By EMILY ARALAR Burroughs High School Blockbuster The Robotic Burros headed to Iowa for the Vex Nationals competition on . . . Read Full Story >>

Aubin scholarship offered to young writers

The Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, will award the $500 Allison Aubin Scholarship for Young Writers to a high school senior preparing to enter college to study writing. To qualify, an applicant must write a 500-word essay on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers initiated into DKA honorary society

Teachers initiated into DKA honorary society

Sandra Burkhardt, Ellen Knehans, Kelly Karakas and Ann Lusher were initiated into the membership of Delta Kappa Gamma, which is an international honorary teachers’ society. These four women are all longtime teachers of the Sierra Sands Unified School District and are all known for “going . . . Read Full Story >>

County office approves REALMS petition

County office approves REALMS petition

Rebecca Neipp

With the Kern County Office of the Superintendent of Schools approval at its April 9 board meeting, Ridgecrest Charter School has been authorized to open under a new format in the coming school year. According to RCS Board President Eric Bruen, the RCS corporation has . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD unveils new logo

SSUSD unveils new logo

Rebecca Neipp

After 40 years, the Sierra Sands Unified School District gave its logo a facelift — unveiling this week a sleek new graphic as part of an effort to modernize its brand. “A logo by itself means nothing without a quality and service behind it,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

District  responds to parents’ concerns

District responds to parents’ concerns

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District officials have responded to concerns about a substitute teacher after a parent unearthed a history of complaints against a former temporary employee. According to reports circulating through social media, substitute teacher David Whitley was accused of inappropriately touching an elementary-school-aged . . . Read Full Story >>

Money Smart returns for students

A team from this year’s Leadership Ridgecrest cohort will bring back Money Smart training on Saturday, April 13 — this time focusing on students in grades 9-12. The opportunity to learn about protecting personal finances will be held in the Ridgecrest Branch Library from 2:30-3:20 . . . Read Full Story >>

College holds tech meet & greet

College holds tech meet & greet

Stephanie Montoya from Trowbridge and Trowbridge connects with students at the Computer Technology Exploration Club’s second annual Employers Meet and Greet. CTEC is composed of students at Cerro Coso Community College. “The event is an amazing opportunity for career seekers to forge new connections with . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals graduate from WGU

Western Governors University announced that three Ridgecrest residents are among the graduates of the online, nonprofit university. Donald Morrison earned his master of business administration in IT management, Rebecca Ferhing earned her bachelor of science in business management and Teri Raley earned her bachelor of . . . Read Full Story >>

Scholarship offered to young writers

Ridge Writers, the Eastern Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, will award the $500 Allison Aubin Scholarship for Young Writers to a high school senior preparing to enter college to study writing. To qualify, an applicant must write a 500-word essay on the topic . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD addresses sub accusations

SSUSD addresses sub accusations

At press time, the News Review learned that David Whitley, formerly employed as a substitute for Sierra Sands Unified School District, has been accused by a local parent of inappropriately touching a student. Whitley was allegedly charged (though not convicted) of child molestation while teaching . . . Read Full Story >>

New charter  goes before county board

New charter goes before county board

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest Charter School Board voted March 27 to allow staff to present the Ridgecrest Elementary Academy for Language, Music and Science petition to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. The Kern County Board of Trustees will vote on the petition at a Tuesday, April . . . Read Full Story >>

College to host opportunity for students

College to host opportunity for students

Cerro Coso Community College will host an Employer Meet and Greet Wednesday, April 3, from 4-7 p.m. in the lobby of the Learning Resource Center. “The event is an opportunity for students and employers to interact for recruitment purposes,” said a spokesperson. “Employers in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Third-grader wins award for reading 1 million words

Third-grader wins award for reading 1 million words

Pierce Elementary School third-grader Nathan Wever of Ms. Loftis’ class is congratulated by his peers at the school’s monthly awards assembly for achieving his goal of reading one million words — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Mockler named to Dean’s List

Georgia Southern University recently announced that Thomas Mockler of Ridgecrest has been among those named to the Dean’s List. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average (or better) while carrying a minimum course load of 12 units for the semester in order to earn this . . . Read Full Story >>

Campaign yields generous donation to schools

Campaign yields generous donation to schools

Rebecca Neipp

Brandon Hoffman, Johnny Parks, Antonio Ramirez and Brock Mather (from left) unload new furniture for local classrooms — Photo by Laura Austin ------ A modest crowd-sourced campaign to fund classroom furniture ultimately caught the attention of a business owner who ended up donating hundreds of . . . Read Full Story >>

Manzanar offers summer program

Manzanar offers summer program

Manzanar National Historic Site will sponsor an eight-week Youth Conservation Corps program this summer and is seeking applicants ages 15-18. Applicants must not reach their 19th birthday before Aug. 2 to be eligible. YCC teammembers will work June 10 through Aug. 2. Members will work . . . Read Full Story >>

Teens invited to get ‘Work Ready’

Rebecca Neipp

Teens and young adults looking to enter the work force are invited to develop their soft skills in the upcoming “Work Ready” program, which begins Saturday, March 30. Slots are still open to young people ages 16-21, who will have an opportunity to study communication, . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter students win STEM challenge

Charter students win STEM challenge

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Charter School STEM teacher Mackenzie Brewster is pictured with Mozzma and Shiza Chaudry and Suphani Reagles, who also participated in the “Wonder Park STEM Challenge” — Photo by Ian M. Terry ------ Ridgecrest Cinemas partnered with Paramount Studios to promote the upcoming release of . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter to pursue  new program, petition

Charter to pursue new program, petition

Rebecca Neipp

Officials of Ridgecrest Charter School announced this week that the school will refocus its attention on launching a new petition, postponing its appeal to the California State Board of Education, previously scheduled for next week. “We have always planned for fighting for the existence of . . . Read Full Story >>