Ostash gives Sierra Sands update

Ostash gives Sierra Sands update

Rebecca Neipp

Dr. David Ostash started his first day as superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, on July 1, with a cabinet meeting to outline goals, vision and ideas with leaders of the district. “We had an incredibly productive and energetic meeting,” he said. Then, on . . . Read Full Story >>

Trustee gives history of school funding

Trustee gives history of school funding

Rebecca Neipp

While earthquake recovery efforts play out in the background, the steady growth of Sierra Sands Unified School District has leadership planning for a facilities plan that will meet the needs of the future as well as those of the present. After a gradual decline in . . . Read Full Story >>

Community turns out for ’Ultimate Gaming Tournament’

Community turns out for ’Ultimate Gaming Tournament’

Bringing home the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation Gaming Tournament trophy in the sponsorship competition for Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are Eddie Conde (left) and Armando Contreras, with CCCC President Jill Board at center. More than 83 gamers showed up for the inaugural Super Smash Bros. . . . Read Full Story >>

Board announces retirement

Board announces retirement

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — CCCC President Jill Board announced Aug. 22 that she will retire from her position in June 2020. The announcement marks a milestone in her more-than-30-year career in higher education in California. When Board became the seventh president of the college . . . Read Full Story >>

Scholastic chess tourney is Monday

Scholastic chess tourney is Monday

Rebecca Neipp

The Scholastic Chess Tournament season will kick off Monday, Sept. 2, at Las Flores Elementary School. The free tournaments are held throughout the school year to offer students, kindergarten through high school, an opportunity to compete in a fun and challenging environment. Trophies are awarded . . . Read Full Story >>

Classes kick off for Coyotes

Classes kick off for Coyotes

Coyotes welcome Jacob Lusher, Antonio Ramirez and Mya Morales to the first day of school at Cerro Coso Community College on Monday, Aug. 26. A spokesperson termed that day as “always an exciting time at the college, and a great time for students to set . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Lucy Jones briefs SSUSD

Dr. Lucy Jones briefs SSUSD

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Popular seismologist and science communicator Dr. Lucy Jones made a surprise local appearance when she videoconferenced in during Sierra Sands Unified School District’s all-hands meeting Monday morning at the Kerr McGee Center. Jones patiently stood by in her . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso to host welcome

Cerro Coso to host welcome

Cerro Coso Community College will host its “CCCC Rocks Your Orientation” event Thursday, Aug. 22, from 3-7 p.m. in the courtyard between the main building and the west wing. The event is open to the public and will feature food, counseling assistance, student IDs, games, . . . Read Full Story >>

School meal prices increase

School meal prices increase

Rebecca Neipp

Students buying meals at school this term will see a 25-cent increase in prices. According to Kristen Groves, director of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent nutrition program, student prices for breakfast will be $2 each for elementary schoolers and $2.25 for middle- and . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers factor quakes into planning

Teachers factor quakes into planning

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer As hundreds of teachers across the community turn their attention to the impending return to school, many are giving more weight to a new factor this year — earthquake preparedness. While the mental and emotional fragility of residents . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the new SSUSD administration lineup

Meet the new SSUSD administration lineup

Sierra Sands Unified School District welcomed an unprecedented number of changing roles within its leadership team at a workshop held this week in preparation for the new year. From left are (front) SSUSD Superintendent Dr. David Ostash, Burroughs High School Principal Carrie Cope, BHS Assistant . . . Read Full Story >>

Richmond School to reopen at Vieweg

Richmond School to reopen at Vieweg

Rebecca Neipp

Richmond Elementary School will reopen at the Vieweg Education Center in the coming school year. While the damage from recent earthquakes was a driving influence, Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash also laid out other factors that led to the decision in . . . Read Full Story >>

College reopens after quakes

College reopens after quakes

Following an evacuation in the wake of recent earthquakes and aftershocks, Cerro Coso Community College reopened its Indian Wells Valley campus on Monday, July 22. According to a spokes-person, the campus was closed for two weeks for clean-up and repairs. The report submitted to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Blair  goes to Dickens  Universe

Blair goes to Dickens Universe

Cerro Coso Community College student Carol Blair was one of three recipients of a scholarship to The Dickens Universe, a weeklong series hosted by University of California, Santa Cruz, featuring lectures, seminars, discussion groups, workshops, social events, teas and films celebrating the culture associated with . . . Read Full Story >>

District hears early damage report

District hears early damage report

Rebecca Neipp

What was originally scheduled as a workshop to craft a 10-year master facilities plan for Sierra Sands Unified School District turned into a report and discussion on damages sustained from July 4-5 earthquakes. Following suit with local, county, state and federal government agencies, the SSUSD . . . Read Full Story >>

Hardwick graduates Air Force basic

Hardwick graduates Air Force basic

U.S. Air Force Airman Michael G. Hardwick graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals graduate from Western Governors

Five residents earned degrees from the online, nonprofit Wester Governors University this spring. Those include: • Leslie Marcus — Bachelor of Science, Nursing • Lindsay Johnson — Bachelor of Arts, Special Education • Rosemary Lynn — Bachelor of Science, Nursing • Brandon Rivera — Master . . . Read Full Story >>

Ashley Celaya graduates basic

U.S. Air Force Airman Ashley A. Celaya graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles . . . Read Full Story >>

Reports indicate start of  school will not be delayed

Reports indicate start of school will not be delayed

Rebecca Neipp

“There are many layers to our assessment, and I don’t want to say that I have definitive information, but based on all the preliminary data we have gathered, we believe that school will open on time.” Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash . . . Read Full Story >>

Ashton receives Danhauser Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Ashton receives Danhauser Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Curt Danhauser, with his daughter Chloe (left), presents a $1,000 check to recent Burroughs High School graduate Katherine Ashton as recipient of the Teresa Danhauser Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Katherine will attend Pepperdine University in the fall. The Danhauser family established the scholarship in 2015 to . . . Read Full Story >>