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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


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

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
: 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

Staff Reports

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

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
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

Staff Reports

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

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
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 To learn more about Crayola and view free professional development resources, visit For more information about NAESP, please visit

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.


18th Annual Unity Awards Honors CNUSD Students and Teachers

Photo courtesy: CNUSD Seven students and teachers from Corona Norco Unified School District were honored at the 18th Annual Unity Awards.

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
Seven students and teachers from Corona Norco Unified School District were honored at the 18th Annual Unity Awards.

Courtesy of CNUSD

Corona – The 18th Annual Unity Awards honored seven individuals, many of them students and teachers from Corona Norco Unified Schools. The award winners exemplify UNITY’s mission to promote community involvement in the positive development of children, youth, and families.

Student Awards:

Abigail Hwang-Nable – 10th Grade – Centennial High School

Rachel Mershon – 12th Grade – Corona High School

Alyssa Penn – 12th Grade – Centennial High School

Adult Awards:

Jill Castillo – Team Victoria

Clark Eveland – Officer – Corona Police Department

Marisela Ibarra – DELAC, VP – Parkridge Elementary

Veronica Perez – Teacher – Highland Elementary


Auburndale Intermediate Shines

Photo courtesy:  CNUSD Auburndale Intermediate Pre-AP class

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
Auburndale Intermediate Pre-AP class

Courtesy of CNUSD


CORONA– As Auburndale Intermediate School began to prepare for their Trimester 2 Awards Assembly, they realized they had a problem. They had too many students that qualified for the award to host only one assembly. The school recently converted their trimester awards to a GPA-based Honor Roll system. This change, along with a more focused effort on the part of students, families and staff, has resulted in 271 students qualifying for either Principals Honor Roll or Honor Roll.

The standard for Principals Honor roll is 3.5-4.0 and for Honor Roll it is 3.49-4.0. Overall, 57% of the students in the school qualified for one of these honors, with 59% of 8th graders qualifying and 55% of 7th graders qualifying.

The key to the change, according to Principal Ben Sanchez, has been, “intentional instruction, strategic support and intervention programs, improved connections with students and families, and improved school engagement by the students due to elective programs like music, AVID, and STEM. We are thrilled to have this problem!”


The 8th grade Trimester 2 Honor Roll Assembly was held on March 18 and the 7th grade assembly was held on March 21.



More Students Qualify For Diplomas

Courtesy of Corona Norco Unified


Corona/Norco– On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 172, suspending the administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school. The bill provides for the granting of a diploma of graduation from high school to any pupil who completed grade 12 during the years in which the CAHSEE was in effect, and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination. With the passage of this bill, the effective date of granting the diploma can be no earlier than January 1, 2016.

Please assist us in spreading the word and notifying former CNUSD students who may be eligible to receive their high school diplomas. The Corona-Norco Unified School District staff is committed to granting high school diplomas to all eligible persons. We are currently in the process of reviewing transcripts to verify that all graduation requirements of the senior year when you were enrolled.

If you or someone that you know are eligible to receive a Corona-Norco Unified School District high school diploma, submit it either online, or in person to the CNUSD Student Services Office, located at 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco, CA 92860. After the high school transcript is evaluated, and it is determined that you have fulfilled all graduation requirements, you will be notified and mailed the diploma to the address you provide. If you have questions, please call the Student Services office at 951-736-5111.

Santiago Student Perfect in Art

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CORONA– Sarah Ki, a junior at Santiago High School, earned perfect scores and every point possible on her AP Studio Art Drawing Exam taken last year. Sarah was one of 16 students among 4.5 million high students in the world who earned every point possible.

The AP Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, where a 5 is equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course. On top of her score of 5, Sarah was one of 16 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.

“I was simply exalted!” said AP visual art teacher Carlotta Maggi. “AP Studio Art readers actually judge up to a 6 for excellence and high quality and original artwork. So Sarah earned straight 6’s and could be eligible to represent the College Board on the website. Sarah was also competing as a sophomore when she submitted her work, probably being the first student in our school district ever to have earned this well deserved honor for fine art! I am so proud of all her hard work, dedication and original talent!”

“This outstanding accomplishment is a direct reflection of the top quality education being offered at Santiago High School.” wrote Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “We applaud Sarah’s hard work and the AP teacher responsible for engaging students and enabling them to excel in a college-level course.”

Sarah Ki is also a 4.87 GPA Scholar Athlete at Santiago High.  She was the Big VIII League golf champion her freshman year.


Garretson Elementary Girl Heading to Scripps

Photo courtesy of CNUSD

Photo courtesy of CNUSD
Aisha Randhawa qualifies for National Spelling Bee

Courtesy of CNUSD

CORONA– Two-time CNUSD Spelling Bee Champion Aisha Randhawa finally achieved what she has dreamed about since the third grade: She is going to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Aisha was the last speller standing in the 39th Annual Riverside County Spelling Bee at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center. She will represent the county at the National Spelling Bee in May.

Competing against the top spellers in the county, Aisha overcame 18 grueling rounds of intense spelling, finding herself a little bewildered on “succulent” early on. She persevered and spelled toe-to-toe with her peers. In the 17th Round, 8th grader John Terry from Palm Springs Unified misspelled “obdurate”, setting the stage for Aisha’s win. She clinched the round by spelling “cologne”, and emerged victorious after spelling “ambrosia”, which means something very pleasing to taste or smell. After the final moments, Aisha shared, “I thought about it for a second but I was pretty sure I knew it.”

When asked about what she is most looking forward to in Maryland, she replied, “Probably competing at the event and maybe getting to see the Washington Monument.”

The Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place from May 22 to 27. The ESPN channel has been known to broadcast portions of the competition. Perhaps Garretson’s spelling wunderkind will make an appearance!


Norco: Special Ed Art Exhibit Draws a Crowd

Courtesy of CNUSD

Courtesy of CNUSD

Courtesy of CNUSD

NORCO– The CNUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee hosted their 11th annual art show at the District Office. This year’s theme was “My Imagination” and students created a variety of projects, including paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and transfer art.

The event drew parents, students and teachers and packed the room as they supported the students and their work. Each piece of art was given a number and attendees were asked to vote for their favorites in each age bracket (Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, High School, Transition). All participating students received a certificate for their work.

Students enjoyed a dinner courtesy of Chick-Fil-A Norco, Crusty’s Pizza, and Vito’s Pizza.  They were entertained by a magician and had the opportunity to take pictures with Disney’s Rapunzel and Belle.

A mixed media collage by William Karim, a fifth-grader at Prado View took top honors and was named “Best in Show”.

ERHS Cheer Team Wins Nationals

Photo courtesy: Facebook ERHS Cheer Team wins National Championship

Photo courtesy: Facebook
ERHS Cheer Team wins National Championship

Eastvale – Congratulaitons to the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Cheer Team, who won the National Championship in their division at the All Star Cheer Jamz Nationals at the Orleans in Las Vegas on February 27, 2016.


Local Football Coach Honored

Photo Courtesy of CNUSD Centennial Football Coach Named Coach of the Year

Photo Courtesy of CNUSD
Centennial Football Coach Named Coach of the Year

By Sara Cipollone

CORONA – Centennial High School football Coach Matt Logan has been honored for his work and accomplishments with the school’s football team.

USA Today has named Coach Logan the ALL-USA Football Coach of the Year. Coach Matt Logan stated that the best advice he has been given was from Coach Bruce Rollinson, before his first CIF championship game. Robinson told him “Don’t be happy just to be here. Go out and win the thing.” Logan took this advice to heart and has passed on this competitive spirit to his team, telling them “We may get beat, but we always compete.”

This competitive nature has helped Coach Logan garner a very successful coaching career, coaching the Centennial Huskies to a 14-1 season, the No. 7 spot in the final Super 25 football rankings, a second consecutive Pac-5 title and a runner-up finish in state Open Division. According to USA Today, his teams have won 10 CIF Southern Section titles since 2000. He won his 200th game this season against Orange Lutheran, and in 19 seasons Logan has an overall record of 211-46.

The coach said that his secret weapon to winning so much is consistency with the staff. He told USA Today that most of his coaches have been there for seven or eight years, and two coaches have been there since day one.

Whether it’s consistent staff, competitive drive, or just a great amount of skill, this coach is doing something right. Congratulations to Coach Matt Logan, USA Today ALL-USA Football Coach of the Year.


Orange Grove Teacher Named State Finalist

Photo Courtesy of CNUSD Orange Grove Teacher Jessica Fuller poses with her award

Photo Courtesy of CNUSD
Orange Grove Teacher Jessica Fuller poses with her award

By Linda Hawkins, CNUSD

CORONA– Congratulations to Orange Grove teacher, Jessica Fuller, for being named the California League of High School’s (CLHS) Region 10 state finalist at the awards dinner on Thursday, January 21.  Jessica, along with 10 other finalists, was recognized by CLHS as “Educators of the Year” for Region 10, which includes Riverside, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino Counties.

The CLHS “Educator of the Year” award is given annually to ten educators, representing regions throughout California, who exemplify educational excellence and have made significant efforts to implement elements of educational reform in high schools.  Each nominee selected as the representative for their region will be honored at the CLHS Annual Conference in Sacramento, California the weekend of February 26-28, 2016.  One of the regional nominees will be announced as CLHS Educator of the Year at the conference.  Nominees selected may be teachers, administrators, counselors, or other certified personnel.  After being introduced, each finalist gave a brief speech which was scored by a panel of judges.  The Regional Representative was announced at the conclusion of the event and was invited to participate in the CLHS in Sacrament for the state’s Educator of the Year award in February.

Congratulations to Jessica on this very well deserved recognition.  She is an incredible teacher who goes above and beyond every day to ensure the success of her students.

Former ERHS Students Sign with NFL

Photo Courtesy of CNUSD ERHS Alumni celebrate their NFL signing (L-R: Superintendent Michael Lin, Austin Hill, Tyler Slavin, Josh Mitchell, and ERHS Principal Jeremy Goins.)

Photo Courtesy of CNUSD
ERHS Alumni celebrate their NFL signing (L-R: Superintendent Michael Lin, Austin Hill, Tyler Slavin, Josh Mitchell, and ERHS Principal Jeremy Goins.)

Courtesy of CNUSD

EASTVALE– Gleaming smiles and new NFL hats were proudly worn by three former Eleanor Roosevelt High School students from the class of 2010, all of whom have signed with teams in the NFL. Austin Hill signed with the Seattle Seahawks, Josh Mitchell with the Indianapolis Colts and Tyler Slavin with the St. Louis Rams.  This marks a significant moment for Roosevelt High School, its football program and the entire CNUSD community. Josh, Austin and Tyler are Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s first athletes to play in the NFL.

During the students’ football career at ERHS, all three players made First Team All-League.  Austin Hill was awarded Riverside County Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

The three Roosevelt Alumni were the first graduating class to attend Roosevelt all four years. “When Austin, Josh and Tyler joined the football team, Roosevelt HS football stadium was still under construction, causing them to practice at Harada Park and go to Auburndale Intermediate for weightlifting”, recalls Coach Stacy.

“I am honored to have coached them and it is an honor that they have turned out to be such great young men,” said former ERHS Football coach, Coach Stacy.

36 Students Compete in District Spelling Bee

Photo courtesy: CNUSD  Aisha Randhawa of Garretson Elementary spells out her winning word to claim the District’s Spelling Bee title.

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
Aisha Randhawa of Garretson Elementary spells out her winning word to claim the District’s Spelling Bee title.

Courtesy of CNUSD

Corona – The Annual District Spelling Bee brought together the best spellers grades 4-8 to compete at Santiago High School for the District Spelling Bee title. 36 schools, elementary and intermediate, were represented.

Contestants held strong for the first few rounds, but by Round 5, the field whittled down to 18. The dictionary opened up into words with foreign words and the field dropped down to 11 by Round 6.

By Round 9, the spelling bee came down to two students, Max Chen from Citrus Hill Intermediate and Aisha Randhawa from Garretson Elementary.

Aisha defended her title by correctly spelling “effluent”, earning the right to represent the district in the Riverside County Spelling Bee Feb. 23 in Moreno Valley.

Corona-Norco Unified School District K-12 Teacher Job Fair

By Nicole Leiva

On Saturday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Corona-Norco Unified School District held a job fair to recruit teachers for kindergarten through high school. When the district announced the event, they advised teachers to visit to complete an application before attending the fair.  Those who completed their applications on were given numbers that allowed them admittance to the fair before those who had not yet completed their applications online.

Throughout the morning, teachers arrived every few minutes and joined an already lengthy line. Attendees made up a diverse pool; both experienced teachers and new, young teachers came from various parts of Southern California.

One woman is finishing her schooling in Idaho, and wants to come home to Southern California and teach arts in high school.  Another teacher, from Los Angeles, has taught 6th grade for fifteen years. She came to the job fair to compare pay wages. A teacher from the Inland Empire, with ten years of experience teaching math, wanted to consider her options with Corona-Norco Unified.

One attendee, who moved to the Inland Empire from Kentucky, taught high school math and English and led school activities at her last school.  She said, “I really love teaching and seeing the students thrive and that is why I am here today!”

A young male teacher who attended has great passion for teaching special education in high school, which he has done for two years. He proudly stated, “I love teaching special education and would be happy teaching at-risk students as well.” This young, incredibly positive teacher has the potential to change many young lives for the better.

The success of this job fair can be credited to Administrative Director Glen Gonsalves and all the staff that made this happen. Mr. Glen Gonsalves said “this was an exciting job fair and really pleased to see all these people.” Additionally, he said “this was a great way to showcase the District as a great place to teach and work…” Glen and his staff didn’t anticipate the amount of interest in their district and the teaching positions, and were happy to see the fair was such a success.

Local Elementary School Receives Photography Club Grant

Photo by: Paul Moureaux, PMX Photography Rosa Parks Elementary Photo Club received a $5,000 grant from Follow the Light Foundation on Dec. 16. From left to right Scott Heath (Semi-Pro Photographer/Club Leader), Fran Rife (Rosa Parks Teacher/Mentor), Celeste Moureaux (Director, Follow the Light Foundation), Cecelia Verduzco (Principal, Rosa Parks), and Jason Eldridge (Assistant Principal, Rosa Parks).

Photo by: Paul Moureaux, PMX Photography
Rosa Parks Elementary Photo Club received a $5,000 grant from Follow the Light Foundation on Dec. 16. From left to right Scott Heath (Semi-Pro Photographer/Club Leader), Fran Rife (Rosa Parks Teacher/Mentor), Celeste Moureaux (Director, Follow the Light Foundation), Cecelia Verduzco (Principal, Rosa Parks), and Jason Eldridge (Assistant Principal, Rosa Parks).

By Sara Cipollone

Eastvale – Rosa Parks Elementary School is this year’s recipient of the Follow the Light Foundation Grant.
The Rosa Parks Elementary School Photo Club will be receiving a $5,000 grant from the Follow the Light Foundation this year.
The foundation was established in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore, the Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for 30 years, who lost his battle with brain cancer on Oct.10, 2005, according to the foundation’s website. He is described as one of surf photography’s most influential figures, defining the look of surf photos for three decades. The organization was created to help finance the dreams of aspiring photographers.
Celeste Moureaux, co-founder of the foundation and Moore’s sister says that this grant marks the foundations transition from 10 years of recognizing upcoming surf photographer talent to school/club photography recognition.
“Follow the Light Foundation is honored to have such worthy recipients as its first school/club grant awardees,” Moureaux said.  “The Foundation along with the Moore Family is excited to see the legacy of Larry “Flame” Moore touch the lives of so many young and talented artists.”
The Rosa Parks Elementary School Photo Club was started five years ago by one the school’s kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Fran Rife, and parent Scott Heath.
“They are very excited to share their passion of taking pictures with our students,” Rosa Parks Elementary Principal Cecilia Verduzco said. “They dedicate their time to teach students about how to take pictures, angles, color, and lenses. They also spend time reviewing and giving feedback on the photos our students take.”
She says that the Photo Club photo wall was among the first things that caught her eye when she became principal five years ago.
The club is quite a success, with one student even earning money doing portrait photography. According to Principal Verduzco, the grant money will be used to help pay for printing photos and funding the end of the class field trip for the students. She expresses her abundant gratitude towards the Moureaux family for their generosity.

Eastvale: New Attendance Guidelines for ERHS

Staff Reports

EASTVALE– Eleanor Roosevelt High School has revised its attendance policy.  Effective January 11, 2016, parents will no longer be able to sign their child out of school early, including lunch time release, via email.  Parents must release their child in person or speak directly to an attendance clerk by calling (951) 738-2148.  Adults must show a valid photo ID and be listed on the child’s emergency card. In addition, absences and tardies must also be called in to the ERHS attendance office.  Voicemails will be permitted, but emails will not be accepted.  Also effective January 11, 2016, children will no longer be released within the last 30 minutes of the school day, and ERHS is asking that parents plan appointments accordingly.