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Congratulations to the ERHS Class of 2019!

Photos Courtesy: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

The ERHS Class of 2019 graduates celebrated at their graduation ceremony which was held at the Citizens Bank Arena on Tuesday, June 4th.
ERHS Principal, Dr. Jeremy Goins, gave a memorable speech at the graduation ceremony. Many students are now fondly referring to him as “DJ Goins” because of how entertaining his commencement speech was.

CNUSD Students Win Awards

Photo Courtesy: Brian Kenney

The City of Corona honored four CeHS computer science winners during the April City Council meeting.

Staff Reports

Corona – Congratulations to all the CNUSD students who won various awards in April.  Students from different schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District were honored at several recent events. 

Five Centennial High School (CeHS) students placed 2nd and 3rd at the 2019 Inaugural Riverside County Programming Competition.  This competition introduced students to the world of coding and featured 129 students from nine Riverside County school districts. Participants had the opportunity to compete individually or as a team of two to four students. 

The second place winners for the Team Competition included the following: Anthony Villegas, Dararith Sao, William Chen, and Vincent Alexander.  The third place winner for the Individual Competition was Noe Martinez. 

Other CeHS students received the Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).  The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award applicants represent “young women highly qualified to enter the computing and information technology workforce,” according to a CNUSD news release.

The winners included the following: Chloe Santos, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Honorable Mention; Jasmine Bae, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Honorable Mention; Madison Hill, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Winner; and Monica Sanchez, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Rising Star.

CeHS Teacher, Brian Kenney, commented on how important these awards are.  “The mission is to increase diversity in Computer Science and Gaming by encouraging young women into these high demand job fields.  These young ladies and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award winners are part of that diversity change,” said Kenney.  “With all of this talent, it is also the intent of Centennial High School to keep highly qualified students in Corona by producing career-ready individuals, and to bring more of these jobs to our area,” added Kenney.

Lastly, from April 2-3, twenty-four CNUSD students earned gold medals at the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair.  “Nineteen Junior & Senior division students advanced to the California State Science Fair and a 9th-grade student is headed to the Intel International Science Fair,” according to CNUSD.

Nearly 500 students from 36 affiliate fairs competed at the Riverside Convention Center.  Among the awards were community organization awards, in addition to Gold and Silver medals.  “Gold medal winners from the Junior and Senior divisions will advance to the California State Science and Engineering Fair on April 29-30 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles,” stated CNUSD.  Congratulations to the sixty-nine CNUSD students who participated and brought home 24 Gold medals, 42 Silver medals, and 13 community and regional awards.  The winners are listed below.

Among the winners was Amanda Mata, of Orange Elementary School, who won the Elementary Sweepstakes Award – Best Overall Project in Grades 4-5.  The Project she created was a Rigatoni Pasta Rocket Engine.  Another winner was Dimple Garuadapuri, of eSTEM Academy at Roosevelt High School.  Dimple earned one of three spots in the county to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  The Project that was created was a Na/Ca/K Pollution Scrub: A Domestic Approach to Chemical Carbon Capture.

Community and Regional Awards include the following:

American Meteorological Society: Dimple Garuadapuri, Eastvale STEM Academy at ERHS

American Psychological Association: Sandra Rodriguez, Centennial High School

California Society for Biomedical Research: Kenny Nguyen, of Eastvale STEM Academy at ERHS, received a plaque and $250 monetary award

Chemistry and Air Pollution Research Center at University of California Riverside: Kayla Cunningham, of Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS, received a trophy and a $50 gift card

HDR, Inc.: Gavin Joyce, of Corona High School, received a certificate and a book

Inland Empire Professional Engineers in California Government: Gavin Joyce, of Corona High School, won $1,000

Intel Excellence in Computer Science: Jiahan (Peter) Cheng, Thomas Rife, and August Wetterau, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

Mojave Environmental Education Consortium: Dimple Garuadapuri, of Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS, won a $50 gift card, and received a certificate and ribbon

Mu Alpha Theta: Malika Nindra and Avantika Rozario, Centennial High School

NASA Earth System Science Award: Dimple Garuadapuri, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

Naval Science Award: Andre Huerto, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP): Amanda Mata, of Orange Elementary School, won $50

Stockholm Jr Water Prize: Nicolas Almeida, Alexander Nguyen, and Nicholas Tan, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS (all Gold medal students in grades 6-12 advance to State):

Clara Barton Elementary: Anneliese Brasher, James Glenny, and Zachary Brasher

Home Gardens Academy: Hope Howard

Eastvale Elementary: Thomas Sherrill

Orange Elementary: Amanda Mata

Temescal Valley Elementary: Carter Gilliatt and Nicholas Gomez

Auburndale Intermediate: Aisha Randhawa, Nala Stewart, Sarah Stutsman

Raney Intermediate: David Ouk and Suraj Jayaraman

Norco High: Spencer Krock

ESTEM at Roosevelt High: August Wetterau, Dimple Garuadapuri, Jiahan Cheng, Kenney Nguyen, Thomas Rife, Faith Inverary, Kayla Cunningham, Lana Lim, Wenxuan Tang, and Jillian Labador

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS:

Clara Barton Elementary: Aiden Stinson and Andrew Glenny

Corona Ranch Elementary: Gavin Cypher

Eastvale Elementary: Joel Licera

Garretson Elementary: Jake Felton

Orange Elementary: Hailey Hild

Prado View Elementary: Jackson Rhodes, Kyla Ishii, and Spencer Tran

Corona Fundamental Intermediate: Ethan Alferez, Sophia Pham, Aidan Bunch, Anisha Prasad, Derek Hsieh, Lucas Dyal, and Ryan Friedman

River Heights Intermediate: Alexander Stewart

Centennial High: Briana Meza, Ellorie Mariano, Jahnavi Issar, Sandra Rodriguez, Brendan Morgan, and Jasmine Bae

Corona High: Gavin Joyce

ESTEM at Roosevelt High: Jeewan Kaur, Kristine Caneda, Paige Prescott, Samuel Alston, Serena Patel, Alexander Nguyen, Andre Huerto, Harshikasai Kellampalli, Jamal Karim, Natalie Hobson, Nicholas Tan, Nicolas Almeida, Noel Simon, Raam Naveen, Sanskriti Balaji, Brian Chen, Hailee Hammond, and Joever Orillosa

Two Local Wrestlers Take State Title

Courtesy: Kathleen Ray

By Chris Helsinger-Pate

 

Corona – A highly competitive wrestling team from Santiago High School sent three wrestlers to the CIF State Boys’ Wrestling tournament. Brayden Ray, Joshua Kim, and Jesse Vasquez traveled to Bakersfield to represent their team.

Senior Brayden Ray, a competitor in the 220-pound weight class, notes that he has “…had to train hard and stay focused on the right path” to reach the state level. He used the disappointment from last season (falling just short of the CIF title) to catapult him to this season’s success.

Joshua Kim and Jesse Vasquez experienced tremendous hard fought success at the CIF State Championship. Both wrestlers advanced to the finals in their weight classes and came out victorious making them state champs. Sophomore Jesse Vasquez says that “Wrestling continually provides me opportunities to grow and achieve my goals.” Vasquez should be a strong candidate to come out on top in the 132-pound weight class considering his first place finish in the CIF Regional round.

Courtesy: Kathleen Ray

All three wrestlers referenced their faith in God as one of the driving forces behind their success. Joshua Kim, a senior at Santiago, “…believe[s] that my success and failures as a student-athlete are God’s plan.”

While Brayden Ray, Jesse Vasquez, and Joshua Kim have been driving forces behind Santiago’s success it is Jesse Vasquez now a two time state champ, that is likely to have the longest lasting impact. Just a sophomore, he’ll have two more seasons to compete at the high school level. Another offseason of training will leave him a favorite to accomplish more accolades at the CIF level.

National Signing Day At ERHS

By Christopher Hilsinger-Pate

Eastvale– Kids around the country dream of becoming professional athletes. They have the vision of becoming the next LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Alex Morgan, or Mike Trout. On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 27 athletes from Eleanor Roosevelt High School took the next step in accomplishing their athletic ambitions by signing their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.

The class of 2018 is the largest group of signees Roosevelt has ever seen, it’s expected that several more athletes will sign with colleges before the conclusion of the school year. Athletic director Aaron Shires was ecstatic about the number of student-athletes that committed to continue their athletic careers in college. “Well, it’s awesome. It speaks volumes to the level of effort and work that our coaches put in, our teachers put in, and the student-athletes themselves have put in, most importantly, the home atmosphere and the families.”

Allison Poole, the goalkeeper for the girls’ soccer team, said that, “Sports has helped me so much. It’s been my getaway; I’m able to become someone different when I get on the field, it’s a blessing to be able to play.” Poole will play soccer at California State University of Fullerton next year.

While the accomplishments of Roosevelt’s athletes on the field are impressive, their successes in the classroom are equally as remarkable. A majority of the athletes have maintained above a 3.5 GPA over the course of their high school careers. Florida Tech commit Jordy Araya took to Twitter to encourage underclassmen to focus on their studies “because of the doors a high GPA and SAT” can open.

National Signing Day is a special day across the country when we are reminded of the impact sports can have on young men and women and their families. While sports may not cure all issues, they do have the unique ability to create phenomenal opportunities and well rounded adults. Sports are an outlet that can create a beautiful paradise for athletes and fans alike. Most importantly is the fact that sports brings people together.

The following is the full list of athletes that signed their letter of intent today:

Football: Andy Koch: Utah State; Lionel Masivi: Dixie State; Michael Macdonald: Azusa Pacific University; Jordy Araya: Florida Tech; Chase Williams: USC; Jeremy Moussa: University of Hawaii

Baseball: Adrian Banales: Pomona Pitzer; Aaron De La Torre: University of Sioux Falls; Jack Drury: California Baptist University; Brandon Gutierrez: Cal State San Bernardino

Girls Volleyball: Dejah Dade: University of California Riverside; Hailey Gomez: Arkansas Pine Bluff

Girls Soccer: Delanie McKeon: Austin Peay State University; Allie Poole: Cal State Fullerton; Sydney Studer: Oregon State; Jasmine Walker: Grambling State.

Girls Softball: Madelyn Ruffin: Long Beach State; Amanda Argomaniz: George Mason University; McKenna Batterton: Florida Gulf Coast; Hayley DiMase: University of Redlands; Hannah Tenberge: Mid America Nazarene University; Kristen Lucas: Butler College; Janna Helberg: College of Charleston

Track & Field: Breanna Bernard-Joseph: USC

Cheerleading: Janae Magpale: California Baptist University; Ashley Padilla: California Baptist University

 

 

 

Three Roosevelt Athletes Sign Early With D1 Schools

By Anthony Saude

Eastvale – Roosevelt high school, in Eastvale, had 3 students from their varsity football team sign early letters of intent on December 21 the theater on campus. There were between 700-1000 people in attendance and Coach Tommy Leech was the master of ceremonies for the day. Jeremy Moussa, played quarterback for the Mustangs and signed with Hawaii. Head coach Tommy Leach said, “Jeremy had multiple offers, but ever since Hawaii came to see him I kept hoping for him to go there”. Leach said that when they first saw him throw the football ball they loved him. Hawaii told me “he can really sling the ball” Leach said. Chase Williams played both ways for Mustangs; he played both wide receiver and defensive back. Leach said, “When I arrived at the school to coach two years ago I asked Chase if he wanted to play defensive back or wide receiver”. Chase said “I am a wide receiver coach”. Leach asked him while he was on the stage, “What position do you play now”, “defensive back coach”, answered Williams. Chase had committed to Nebraska earlier in the year but when their coach, Mike Riley, was terminated Chase terminated his commitment to them in the face of uncertainty. Chase didn’t tell anybody what his choice would be until signing day. He presented everybody in attendance with his decision by revealing a USC shirt after a 10 second countdown.  Andrew Koch played defensive end in high school but signed with Utah State to play offensive line. Leach said that Koch “loves to grind and told his college coach that he wouldn’t wait until the fall to go to school because he wanted to start the grind as soon as possible”. Leach praised each of them, Chase and Andrew, for “keeping an open mind about positions to give each of them the best opportunity possible to play at a great school. Leach gave high praises to all three young men for their commitment to the team, the school and their future. Leach said, “each one of these young men showed exceptional leadership abilities and desire to be the best example they could be to all the other players on the team. Fox news was in attendance along with the press enterprise and other publications. The Mustangs had a winning season this year and these three guys were a huge part.

CBU Officially Opens Events Center With Ribbon

Photo courtesy: Andrew Shortall
CBU President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis officially opens the Events Center by cutting the ceremonial ribbon on Thursday.

News Release

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – California Baptist University added another milestone event in its 67-year history by dedicating the new events center and unveiling the Lancer statue that will stand guard over the sprawling 153,000 square foot building Thursday afternoon.

“This represents another wow day for California Baptist University and Lancer Athletics,” said CBU president Dr. Ronald L. Ellis. “We are thrilled that the new CBU Events Center will be the home of Lancer basketball games, student chapel services and many other great events in the years to come. This building is now one of the magnificent landmarks in the entire Inland Empire.”

CBU’s Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker echoed the impact.

“The mission of the athletic department is to ‘honor Christ through excellence in athletics,'” said Parker. “This facility will definitely help us fulfill our mission. The Events Center will present us with the opportunity to invite the Inland Empire to experience exciting and family friendly events and as a result, we anticipate a great atmosphere due to a growing Lancer nation. We are currently planning the events surrounding the season’s opening weekend Nov. 10-11.”

For the coaches and student-athletes, the rapid ascension of the Lancer basketball programs has had far ranging impact.

Photo courtesy: Andrew Shortall
California Baptist University President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis speaks in front of the Events Center at Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We’re incredibly excited for our past, present and future players,” said head men’s basketball coach Rick Croy. “It is our mission to create a transcendent college basketball experience for our students, faculty/staff, alums, and community that will resonate throughout the Inland Empire, Southern California and eventually onto the national basketball scene. Dr. Ellis’ vision and execution of the building of the Events Center changes that dream into a goal.”

CBU student-athlete, Tori Mitchell from women’s basketball grew up in Riverside and offered her perspective.

“I think playing in the Events Center for the first time is going to be very exciting and that the environment there is going to thrilling,” said Mitchell. “The addition of the Events Center to CBU will mean that we will be able seat a greater amount of people for games and chapel, which will make it easier for people to come out and support us.”

The design of the two-level building complements the Mission Revival architecture style that is a hallmark of the CBU campus. The centerpiece of the building will be a more than 5,000-seat arena that will showcase some of the CBU athletics teams competing in NCAA competition.

Currently, the Lancers compete in the NCAA Division II PacWest Conference and will remain eligible for all PacWest championships and NCAA D-II postseason play through the 2017-18 season. University officials plan to apply for NCAA D-I membership in June 2018. CBU has already been accepted to join the Western Athletic Conference beginning the 2018-19 season.

Besides athletics, the arena also will provide space for CBU’s chapel program, attended by nearly 5,000 students weekly during the academic year. Other uses planned for the Events Center include student orientation activities and commencement ceremonies.

Photo courtesy: Andrew Shortall
CBU women’s basketball Coach Jarrod Olson, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Kent Dacus, President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker and men’s basketball Coach Rick Croy pose for a photo in front of the Events Center after the ribbon cutting.

STEM Academy Ceremony in February!

By CNUSD

              The Eastvale STEM Academy Ground Breaking ceremony will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Eastvale. The E-STEM Academy is built on three founding principles: Access, Collaboration, and Partnership. E-STEM focuses on preparing students to be college and career ready in the STEM fields upon graduating through partnerships.

Eleanor Roosevelt High School is set to become the district’s second STEM school. The Eastvale STEM Academy building is scheduled to open in 2018. Students enrolled in the STEM program will be exposed to a learning environment which requires critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and collaboration. These skills will be integrated into the STEM curriculum of real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The address to the E-STEM academy is 7447 Scholar Way, Eastvale, CA 92880.

 

Head Up, Phone Down

A Little History

By nsc.org

Back in 1995, children ages 5 to 9 were more at risk than any other age group under 19 for being struck by a vehicle while walking. The good news is, the death rate for kids of all ages in this category declined more than 50 percent in the last 20 years.

But there is much more work to be done. According to a study by SafeKids.org, 61 children are hit by cars every day in the United States, most often during the hours before and after school, and peaking in September. And, there has been a noticeable demographic shift. It is now much more likely a teenager will be hit by a car than his younger counterpart.

Of the 484 pedestrians ages 19 and younger who died after being hit by a motor vehicle in 2013, 47 percent were age 15 to 19, according to Injury Facts 2015. We also know that 16,000 pedestrians 19 and younger were injured in 2013. That’s 44 per day.

The injury and death rates for teens has leveled off over the years, but it has not improved significantly.

They Send How Many Texts??

With this knowledge, the National Safety Council is focused on efforts to eliminatedistracted walking – specifically walking while texting. According to a study by The Nielsen Company, kids age 13 to 17 send more than 3,400 texts a month. That’s seven messages every hour they are awake.

The kids in this video seem to validate those texting statistics.

Before your children head out, remind them of these year-round safety tips:

  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
  • If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device
  • Do not walk with headphones on
  • Be aware of the surroundings
  • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming traffic
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street
  • Cross only at crosswalks

Not Only Kids Are Distracted

Drivers have a lot to pay attention to in school zones, too, and there is never an occasion that justifies using a phone while driving. One call or text can change everything.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that the most common form of travel to school for students age 5 to 14 is the family car. That translates into a lot of cars in school zones at the same time. Eliminating all distractions is key to keeping children safe.

At the National Safety Council, we don’t believe in accidents. Please join us in doing everything you can to prevent senseless injuries and deaths.

 

 

ERHS Boys Cross Country Team CIF Division 1 3rd Place

By Jennifer Stephensonerhs-xc-1-fold-erhs-boys

Eastvale-For the first time in school history, the ERHS Boys Cross Country team qualified for the CIF State Championships! Fresh from Thanksgiving, the boys and their coaches and families headed up to Fresno to compete with the best in the state. While they may have missed out on the Black Friday specials, they soon realized that the best deal of the weekend was a 3rd place finish in the most competitive division in the state of California and Medals around their necks!

ERHS Boys Cross Country team is led by Head Coach Robles and Assistant Coach Cummings, the boys arrived at the course with dreams of standing on the podium and as a result of their hard work and dedication their dreams came true! The team worked together to secure a 3rd place finish led by Juniors Raymon Ornelas and Tyler Spencer who finished within 7 seconds of each other. Freshman Raul (Tony)Chavez, Junior Wayne Richards, who was sidelined earlier in the season with a fractured neck, came back strong, with seniors Isaiah Madrigal, Julian Robles and freshman Michael Sahagun helping to finish the race strong.

Once the race was over and the times finalized, the boys realized they had indeed clenched a spot in school history and most importantly atop the CIF podium. Stay tuned for next year, when 5 of the 7 boys return.

CNUSD Traffic Safety Reminder

A message from CORONA NORCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Corona-Norco Unified School District would like to remind all parents to pay extra attention when driving in or around our schools. We have experienced some traffic collisions involving our students that could have been prevented. As part of our on-going working partnership with the Eastvale Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department we are committed to bring awareness to bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety. Brochures about this safety campaign are available at your school site and videos have been prepared for students and parents. The student video can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/173440043 and the parent video can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/173442504. If you have an questions regarding our traffic safety programs, please call Student Services at 951-736-5111. Remember: by working together we can make a difference in keeping our students safe!

 

Roosevelt HS staff took advantage of a great day of team-building to give back to the community!

Roosevelt HS staff took advantage of a great day of team-building to give back to the community!

On August 10, the T-track students and staff started their first day of school! Teachers wished all the students, families, and staff a wonderful day and school year!!

On August 10, the T-track students and staff started their first day of school! Teachers wished all the students, families, and staff a wonderful day and school year!!

CNUSD welcomed their newest teachers!

CNUSD welcomed their newest teachers!

New Report Shows Chronic Absenteeism Concentrated In 4% Of Districts

By Attendance Works

Nine out of 10 U.S. school districts experience some level of chronic absenteeism among students, but half of the nation’s chronically absent students are concentrated in just 4 percent of its districts, according to a new analysis of federal data.

Preventing Missed Opportunity, released on Tuesday, September 6, by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center underscores how this often overlooked factor is dragging down achievement in communities everywhere – from sprawling suburban places where absenteeism can fester in the shadow of academic achievement to small rural communities where geography complicates getting to school. Disadvantaged urban neighborhoods are particularly hard hit, according to this study of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection.

“What’s clear from our analysis is that chronic absenteeism follows poverty wherever it is found in significant concentrations,” said Balfanz, a Johns Hopkins University researcher who leads the Everyone Graduates Center.

Many of the communities with the highest rates are economically, socially and racially isolated. An interactive data map shows the districts most affected.

“Chronic absence is one of the earliest signs that we are failing to provide an equal opportunity to learn,” said Chang, executive director of Attendance Works and co-author ofPreventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence. “A day lost to school absenteeism is a day lost to learning.”

The study, released in connection with Attendance Awareness Month in September, builds on June’s first-ever release of chronic absence data in the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection.

The data showed that 6.5 million students, or more than 13 percent nationwide, missed three or more weeks of school in excused or unexcused absences that year. That’s enough time to erode their achievement and threaten their chance of graduating. More than half of those chronically absent students are in elementary or middle school. Some gaps in the data suggest the numbers may be an undercount.

“Our analysis shows that large numbers of chronically absent students can be reached in a relatively small number of districts and schools,” said Balfanz, co-author of the analysis. “This tells us we need to combine widespread awareness of the importance of addressing chronic absenteeism with high intensity, community wide, comprehensive efforts in the small number of highly impacted school districts. This is how we can make chronic absenteeism rare rather than common.”

Further analysis of the data revealed:

  • 89 percent of the nation’s school districts report some level of chronic absence. This ranges from two chronically absent students in one district to 72,376 in another.*
  • Half the chronically absent students, however, are found in just 4 percent of the nation’s school districts and 12 percent of its schools. These 654 districts are spread across 47 states and the District of Columbia.
  • This trend of large numbers of chronically absent students affecting a handful of districts also holds true for states. In fact, 10 percent of the chronically absent students nationwide can be found in just 30 districts in two states with very large student populations, California and Texas.
  • Some of the places with the largest numbers of chronically absent students are affluent, suburban districts known for academic achievement. For example, Montgomery County, Md., and Fairfax County, Va., two suburbs of Washington, D.C., each have more than 20,000 chronically absent students. While their rates are close to the national average, the large numbers reflect both the sheer size of the districts and their growing populations of low-income students.
  • Districts serving disadvantaged urban neighborhoods have both high rates and high numbers of chronically absent students. Cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit report that more than a third of students are chronically absent. The concentration of intergenerational poverty in these communities of color and the web of systemic challenges families encounter – not enough affordable housing, poor access to health care, absence of well-resourced schools, too much exposure to violence and environmental pollutants – all complicate school attendance. Punitive school discipline practices such as overuse of suspension also can contribute to absenteeism as well as to community distrust of schools.
  • Many small, rural school districts have few students but extremely high rates of chronic absenteeism. Transportation and other challenges related to poverty can keep students from getting to school regularly in remote areas. For example, 31 percent of the 504 students in Arkansas’ Bradford School District missed three or more weeks of school. So did 31 percent of the 2,752 students in Alabama’s Colbert County School District. Washington state reports that 119 of its districts have rates of 30 percent or greater.

Given the scope of the problem, the study by Balfanz and Chang lays out key steps school districts and states can take to turn around attendance. State and local leaders need to know the size of their chronic absence problem to understand how to improve educational outcomes. Information about the concentration and the severity of absenteeism also sheds light on the intensity and nature of support required.

“Leaders can use chronic absence data to engage students, families, community organizations and government agencies in unpacking barriers to getting to school and crafting solutions,” Chang said. “The federal Every Student Succeeds Act offers a critical opportunity for building chronic absence into the school accountability systems used to measure progress and identify where additional support is needed to improve student performance.”

Featuring success stories in communities such as San Francisco and Grand Rapids, Mich., as well as states like Arkansas and Connecticut, the brief shows chronic absence is a solvable problem. It also shares how communities are tackling chronic absence through efforts like the U.S. Department of Education’s My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors initiative and Diplomas Now.

“The challenge and opportunity of improving attendance is to avoid making the all too common, incorrect assumption that chronically absent students and their parents simply do not care. Instead of blame, schools should use chronic absence as a trigger for collective, strategic, creative problem solving,” Chang said.

 

Great Things Happening At CNUSD

Staff Reports

A variety of great things happened in the Corona Norco Unified School District this last month. Read the recap below for more information.

  1. Centennial Football Coach Matt Logan was chosen to participate in “America’s Best Coach Contest.” He was one of 20 coaches that were selected to be part of the nation-wide honor with a chance to win money for their athletic department and a chance to be named a winner of the prestigious title.
  2. CNUSD proudly announced that former 2008 Santiago High School graduate, Chris Benard, will be representing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio for the track and field triple jump event.
  3. Roosevelt High School offered plenty of fun summer programs that helped students. Norco College STEM Robotics Camp gave them the opportunity to learn how to program a robot in order to move in a perfect square on its own and launch a ball.
  4. A Measure GG project update includes the working on the demolition of existing structures for the installation of the new buildings such as; administration buildings, libraries, multi-purpose rooms, testing labs, and classrooms that will be 21st century updated.
  5. At Harada Elementary School, Ms. Visnaw’s 6th graders are getting college ready by starting their day with a song that has them clapping and standing together as a group.
  6. On July 7, CNUSD opened their new Parent Center, with the goal of providing academic support, interventions, parent information workshops/training, support for parent involvement, mentorship resources, and much more.

 

Great Things Happening At CNUSD

Staff Reports

A variety of great things happened in the Corona Norco Unified School District this last month. Read the recap below for more information.

  1. Centennial Football Coach Matt Logan was chosen to participate in “America’s Best Coach Contest.” He was one of 20 coaches that were selected to be part of the nation-wide honor with a chance to win money for their athletic department and a chance to be named a winner of the prestigious title.
  2. CNUSD proudly announced that former 2008 Santiago High School graduate, Chris Benard, will be representing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio for the track and field triple jump event.
  3. Roosevelt High School offered plenty of fun summer programs that helped students. Norco College STEM Robotics Camp gave them the opportunity to learn how to program a robot in order to move in a perfect square on its own and launch a ball.
  4. A Measure GG project update includes the working on the demolition of existing structures for the installation of the new buildings such as; administration buildings, libraries, multi-purpose rooms, testing labs, and classrooms that will be 21st century updated.
  5. At Harada Elementary School, Ms. Visnaw’s 6th graders are getting college ready by starting their day with a song that has them clapping and standing together as a group.
  6. On July 7, CNUSD opened their new Parent Center, with the goal of providing academic support, interventions, parent information workshops/training, support for parent involvement, mentorship resources, and much more.

 

Eastvale Student Wins Miss California Teen

By Sarah Sanchez  

Photo courtesy: Paget Sanders

Photo courtesy: Paget Sanders
Gabriella Sanders was recently crowned the 2016 National American Miss California Teen.

Eastvale – An Eastvale student, Gabriella Sanders, was recently crowned the 2016 National American Miss California Teen at the state pageant held on July 10, 2016.

She will be representing the state of California at the National Pageant held at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week. She will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes, including a new 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible.

Gabriella and her brother grew up in the Corona Norco Unified School District, both attending Eastvale schools.  “We lived in Eastvale for years,” said proud parent Paget Sanders. “My son, Charles Sanders, graduated from Roosevelt in 2012 and Gabriella attended Rosa Parks, River Heights and was part of the inaugural class at Ramirez Middle School.”

The new Miss California Teen enjoys a variety of activities in her spare time, including swimming, water polo, cheerleading, track, and volunteering in the community.

“Gabriella is a very kind person that loves her family, loves the Lord Jesus, and loves people,” said Paget. “I believe the judges looked beyond her outward beauty and saw who she is on the inside!”

The National American Miss (NAM) Pageants program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation, and offers an “All American Spirit” of fun for family and friends, according to a NAM news release.

“Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future!” states NAM.

The National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across the nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate; they offer pageants in each state for girls ages four to eighteen in five different age groups. NAM takes pride in being for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

 

 

 

CNUSD Parent Center Officially Opens in Corona

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Corona – On June 7, the CNUSD Parent Center opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attended by City Council members, the CNUSD Board of Education, CNUSD Administrators, staff, and community members, the launch of the Parent Center is a critical

: CNUSD officials celebrate the Parent Center officially opening last month

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: CNUSD officials celebrate the Parent Center officially opening last month

component in the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. Goal 6 of the strategic plan hopes to establish family and school partnerships which build solid relationships between school and family. This includes establishing a centralized Parent Center for parents to access college and career pathways, academic support, interventions, parent information workshops/training, support for parent involvement, and mentorship resources.

“We thought about making sure that the community is engaged, connected, making sure there is a facility in place, a support for that,” said Dr. Lin as he addressed the packed house. “You hear me say this many times, it takes a village to raise a child, and I mean it sincerely. There is no better way than to do public education with a working partnership with community members. It’s not just a building, it’s about the work that we do and the people in this building that make a difference. So we look forward to that collaboration. It’s going to be fantastic.”

Cassandra Willis, Director of the Parent Center, has made it her mission to build the bridge that connects parents to the schools. “What is the parent center all about? It is about making sure that every family that walks through those doors is taken care of. Families have always been something that has driven me and inspired me to do greater things.” Willis, a former principal at Home Gardens Academy, brought with her the parent engagement practices that are still in place at Home Gardens. “We want to be able to provide those wonderful resources to our families, whether it’s parent education workshops, family engagement opportunities, or mentorships programs, we provide training for our school sites. All of these things we hope will benefit our community.”

Ailsa Villela, a parent herself who works as a Community Assistant at the Parent Center, shared her experiences at Home Gardens Academy that will be standard practice at the Parent Center. “The key to my success with my children, my family, my school, my community, has been through parent engagement,” she said. “When I became a mother, I realized I was going to need more if I wanted to see a change with my children. And I saw that change through parent engagement, there I learned I needed to take that quality time with them. There I learned  that I needed to practice the academics and math and reading at home. Without the support at the school sites, I don’t know how successful I would have been. I work with passion and I love my community and I know that if I wouldn’t have taken that path or first class at Home Gardens Academy as a parent, I wouldn’t be standing here today as a community assistant.”

The Parent Center is located on 152 East 6th Street in Corona. You can contact them at (951) 273-3132.

 

ERHS Teacher Surprised

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Photo courtesy: CNUSD ERHS teacher, Amanda Sandoval, was surprised when she found out she became a 2017 Riverside County Teacher of the Year.

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ERHS teacher, Amanda Sandoval, was surprised when she found out she became a 2017 Riverside County Teacher of the Year.

Eastvale – An Eleanor Roosevelt High School teacher was recently surprised after being recognized as a 2017 Riverside County Teacher of the Year.

Amanda Sandoval, an ERHS U.S. history teacher, was taken by surprise last month when she walked into the Mustang theater filled with balloons, hundreds of cheering students, colleagues, family members, and District representatives. She was given flowers and the Riverside County Office of Education Superintendent, Mr. Kenneth Young, announced that she was selected as one of the 2017 Riverside County Teachers of the Year.

Superintendent Young also shared student feedback from Sandoval’s application process that revealed how one of her students expressed a desire to become a history teacher like her. “There is no greater honor you can give a teacher,” Superintendent Young said.

Following the surprise, Sandoval shared: “I love my coworkers and my principal. It’s easy to be good at the job with so much support.”

Sandoval has taught U.S. history at Eleanor Roosevelt High School since first becoming a teacher in 2007. “She creates opportunities for her students to engage with history in their own community, is a sought-after presenter on topics related to English language learners and technology, and has been described as having ‘an unquenchable thirst to maximize her instruction,’” said a CNUSD news release.

Ms. Sandoval’s approach to helping students understand history includes assigning projects that propel her students into historical moments in time so they can envision history happening as if they were an actual character in the story. Not only does Ms. Sandoval promote positive praise and digital literacy in her classes, she shares her social studies lessons online with other teachers and regularly receives feedback from teachers around the country who are successfully utilizing her ideas in their classrooms, according to CNUSD. She earned a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a resident of Corona.

“Congratulations Mrs. Sandoval! Your passion, vision, and hard work leaves a lasting impact in the lives of our students!” stated a CNUSD post.

 

Eastvale Elementary Carnival

By Sarah Sanchez

Eastvale – On May 13, Eastvale Elementary held a free community c

Adrian Prado looks up to Spider-Man, as he posed just like him.

Adrian Prado looks up to Spider-Man, as he posed just like him.

arnival in honor of their 10-year anniversary: their celebration of excellence.

“We just wanted to celebrate with all our current students, our alumni, and have a big carnival for everyone,” said Emily Mitchell, 4th grade Eastvale Elementary School teacher and head of the Carnival Committee. “This was our first carnival ever,” added Mitchell.

The carnival was an exciting event with booths, food trucks, vendors, and games. Each grade level had a booth of activities for the community to participate in, such as various games of basketball, a bean bag toss, and even an Angry Bird game.

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Photo by: Sarah Sanchez Keri Forgey with her daughters, Sierra and Kayla, who said they enjoyed the balloon booth.

A DJ played music for the kids to dance to and the students were even able to take pictures with Spider-Man and two Stormtroopers.

Balloon animals were being made for kids to enjoy and Eastvale Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Lisa Hoffman, was seen face painting.

Mitchell explained that Eastvale Elementary’s performing arts group showed a preview of their Jungle Book play at the carnival. Well-known Eastvale player, David Lee, and his band Minor Strut also performed at the carnival.

In addition, there was a train available for community members to ride around the carnival in.

With all of the games and activities that took place at the carnival, Mitch

Face painting Zoe Pineda. Eastvale Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Lisa Hoffman, face paints Z

Face painting Zoe Pineda. Eastvale Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Lisa Hoffman, face paints Z

ell said it was all thanks to the volunteers and community members who made the event happen. “We have such a great community, they all came out to help and [the carnival] turned out really awesome,” said Mitchell.

“We had a great committee with Kathy, Liz Paskey, Lizette Sweaza, Teresa Cimino, and a bunch of people joining together to make this happen.”

Congratulations on 10 years of excellence Eastvale Elementary!

Coronita Elementary Selected By Crayola

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Photo courtesy: CNUSD A CNUSD student uses Crayola products to paint.

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A CNUSD student uses Crayola products to paint.

Corona– Coronita Elementary School was selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to receive a “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school grant.

Crayola and NAESP together selected 20 schools to receive the grants, which will fund innovative programs aimed at fostering children’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.

“The Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are intended to help schools build creative capacity, nurture children’s creativity and inspire other schools to do the same,” according to a CNUSD news release. Coronita received a $2,500 monetary grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products.

The Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program asks principals to explore a “what if…” learning opportunity. For example, what if arts-infused learning thrived every day in schools? What if schools relied more on project-based authentic assessment rather than standardized tests? What if parents and schools found ways to document and articulate the value of creative experiences? The entries were judged on innovation, collaboration, and sustainability.

“From the moment I stepped onto Coronita Elementary School, I saw students happily and deeply engaged in purposeful, creative academic work,” said Celena Turney, Western Regional Manager, Education Leadership in a CNUSD news release. “A culture of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity is evident throughout this campus.  Kudos to Principal Kevin Kazala, his staff, students, and parents!”

“Principals understand the value of using arts-infused education to ignite deep learning for all students,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly. “We’re proud to work with Crayola and the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program to provide schools with this unique opportunity for resources to enhance students’ creativity and success.”

“Coronita is extremely excited about receiving the Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant from Crayola in association with the National Association of Elementary School Principals,” said Principal, Kevin Kazala in a news release. “Art is in an integral part of learning for students to visualize content.  If you look carefully at the Common Core State Standards for California, you will find that art elements are woven throughout.  There is amazing learning happening at Coronita, and the Coronita family is proud to be recognized.”

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit www.naesp.org/creativity. To learn more about Crayola and view free professional development resources, visit www.crayola.com/educator. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org.

This information was courtesy of Corona Norco Unified School District.

Corona Norco Unified School District 2016 Retirees

Photo courtesy: CNUSD On May 3, Corona Norco Unified School District 2016 Retirees were recognized and celebrated for their service to the district and for their dedication to CNUSD students. CNUSD reported that the retirees provided a combined total of 1600 years of service.

Photo courtesy: CNUSD On May 3, Corona Norco Unified School District 2016 Retirees were recognized and celebrated for their service to the district and for their dedication to CNUSD students. CNUSD reported that the retirees provided a combined total of 1600 years of service.