School District plans for phased reopening

School District plans for phased reopening

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash announced earlier this week via Parent Square that the district intended to implement its phased reopening plan as early as November now that the state’s COVID restrictions have lessened . . . Read Full Story >>

College announces plans for Spring 2021

Cerro Coso Community College has announced its plans to remain primarily remote during the Spring 2021 Semester – with continued emphasis on health and safety to protect students, faculty, and staff. In a message to the campus community on September 30, Kern Community College District . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso virtual parent night is Oct. 28

Parents who have questions about their child’s path to college success are invited to attend an upcoming Cerro Coso Community College virtual Parent Information Night and see firsthand what CCCC offers. From career-training programs that include Nursing, Welding, Emergency Medical Technician, and Cyber Security, to . . . Read Full Story >>

Phased school openings could begin as early as Oct. 28

Phased school openings could begin as early as Oct. 28

SIERRA SANDS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT — Kern County officially transitioned out of California’s most-restrictive Purple Tier today and was placed into the less-restrictive Red Tier under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy (see related story: http://www.news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000011902). After a mandatory two-week waiting period, school districts . . . Read Full Story >>

Young ones donate to CCCC Hunger Free

Young ones donate to CCCC Hunger Free

Vincent, Liam and Eli (from left), sons of Cerro Coso Community College Counselor Tim Allen, saved their birthday money and allowances to purchase donations for the CCCC Hunger Free Campus program, which combats food insecurities for college students. For more information, or to make a . . . Read Full Story >>

Students save $850K on books

Students save $850K on books

Cerro Coso Community College faculty recently implemented a strategy that eventually saved students some $850,000 on textbooks. Through the adoption of Open Education Resources, students have access to textbooks on the first day of class without waiting for financial aid or textbooks to arrive. The . . . Read Full Story >>

"Blockbuster" unveils new online edition

"Blockbuster" unveils new online edition

Rebecca Neipp

The newly unveiled Blockbuster Blast — a supplement to the print edition which has served as the official newspaper of Burroughs High School for 75 years — has allowed this year’s intrepid team of students to push their publication into the future while tapping into . . . Read Full Story >>

Spanish for native speakers

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a Spanish course designed for native speakers who already speak, read and write the language, but wish to develop their fluency further through vocabulary building, spelling, and accentuation rules, cognates, grammatical structures and composition. Spanish C180 will be instructed . . . Read Full Story >>

District adapts to new metrics

District adapts to new metrics

Rebecca Neipp

REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff WriterAlthough Sierra Sands Unified School District reported a slight dip in enrollment at the beginning of this year, the traditional metric for gaging attendance has changed with the implementation of Distance Learning. Because students are no longer arriving at a . . . Read Full Story >>

CNA course at Cerro Coso begins Sept. 21

CNA course at Cerro Coso begins Sept. 21

Cerro Coso Community College is offering its Certified Nursing Assistant course, which will offer students an opportunity to gain the skills necessary for passing the state-mandated test, beginning Sept. 21. HCRS C055 – Certified Nursing Assistant will meet with instructor Matt Wanta, Monday through Thursday . . . Read Full Story >>

Parents thank Pierce Elementary teachers

Parents thank Pierce Elementary teachers

Rebecca Neipp

While students hunker down in their homes for Distance Learning, many teachers still go to work like any other day, doing their best to adapt their traditional tools of learning to reaching kids through a virtual environment. When the faculty and staff of Pierce Elementary . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC offers late enrollment

CCCC offers late enrollment

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a number of late start classes for the fall semester. Most classes are offered completely online, with a few hybrid, scheduled Zoom or on-campus options available. For a complete listing visit www.cerrocoso.edu/ class-schedule. “In addition to taking late start . . . Read Full Story >>

Early insights on distance learning

Early insights on distance learning

Rebecca Neipp

A slight dip in enrollment, an unknown impact on attendance, and a light at the end of the tunnel for special needs families were the highlights of last week’s meeting for the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education. Dr. David Ostash, SSUSD superintendent, . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC students praised for research

CCCC students praised for research

Cerro Coso Community College students Emily Aralar and Luci Bui submitted research to the Honors Transfer Council of California. This multidisciplinary conference showcases outstanding faculty-mentored research by students from community colleges in the Golden State. Although the physical conference, scheduled for April 4 at University . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso begins fall term

Cerro Coso begins fall term

The back-to-school protocol looked a little different for students at Cerro Coso Community College, who returned to school this week with the start of the fall semester. The following changes for this year were highlighted by Dr. Corey Marvin, acting president and vice president of . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools take virtual plunge

Schools take virtual plunge

Rebecca Neipp

As our community closes the first week of Distance Learning in the Sierra Sands Unified School District, stakeholders are trying to take stock of the insights to determine how to refine the process moving forward. Even before the first class went live, students and parents . . . Read Full Story >>

Special needs families struggle in Distance Learning

Special needs families struggle in Distance Learning

Rebecca Neipp

“It is ironic that we are taking all these precautions to make sure that we don’t spread COVID to our most vulnerable population, but in education those seem to be the very ones falling through the cracks.” Such was the comment of one parent of . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC outlines new protocol

CCCC outlines new protocol

Cerro Coso Community College Interim President Dr. Corey Marvin has released guidelines for reopening protocols for the fall semester. “Not only does this document represent a lot of input by a lot of people but it captures the college’s approach to the pandemic and to . . . Read Full Story >>

Day One of Distance Learning

Day One of Distance Learning

Rebecca Neipp

Distance Learning began today, Aug. 17, for the students in Sierra Sands Unified School District. Already, students and parents are expressing the frustration of solving challenges relating to technology, schedule and logistics. But finding immediate resolution in a system that is overtaxed at every level . . . Read Full Story >>

The greatest test in education

The greatest test in education

Rebecca Neipp

On Monday morning, Sierra Sands Unified School District begins its new academic year. But instead of the first-day photos, nostalgic walks to the bus stop and ritual school-supply lists, students and teachers and parents are embarking on a shared journey into the new, and largely . . . Read Full Story >>