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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

City Council Recap for January

By Tiana Goegebuer

The January 11th, 2017 City Council Meeting was attended by Councilmembers Todd Rigby, Adam Rush, and Brandon Plott were present, as well as Mayor Joseph Tessari and Mayor Pro Tem Clint Lorimore. The invocation was led by Pastor James Turner from Eastvale Bible Church.

The Council held a Closed Session meeting, and no reportable actions were taken as a result, and the meeting then progressed on to the Presentations and Announcements section. Representatives from the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) discussed the Eastvale Health Screening, and then progressed to the Public Comment section.

In the Public Comments, there were two speakers; one who wished to address the mail theft in his area, and the other who asked the Council to find more proactive ways to deal with things such as mail theft and littering.

The Consent Calendar was approved 5-0.

Next, in the Public Hearings section, Item 8.1 was discussed by several members of the community before the Council moved to pull the Item from the calendar or the evening. IT was approved 5-0.

In the City Council Business section, Items 9.6 and 9.7, the appointment of the Public Safety Commission and the Planning Commission positions were addressed first.

Item 9.1, an update of the maternity homes and the enforcement actions taken was presented by the City Manager.

Item 9.2, Consideration of an Ad-Hoc Committee to Discuss Possible Solutions for Maternity Homes, was discussed, and two Councilmembers will serve on the committee, with Mayor Tessari serving as an alternate.

Item 9.3 involved the Community Fruit Tree Public-Private Partnership Memorandum of Understanding. It was approved 5-0.

Item 9.4, the Chandler Station (Fire Station No. 51) Update was presented by Bob Williamson, the project and construction manager for the build.

Item 9.5 had to do with the Acceptance and Quitclaim of Storm Drain Easement for Eastvale MDP on certain lines and parcels.

The Meeting adjourned with closing statements from the City Staff and Councilmembers.

The January 25th, 2017 City Council Meeting was attended by Councilmembers Todd Rigby, Adam Rush, and Brandon Plott were present, as well as Mayor Joseph Tessari and Mayor Pro Tem Clint Lorimore. The invocation was led by Pastor Rob Norris from The Crossings church. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilmember Rush.

In the Presentations/Announcements portion of the meeting, an update was provided by the Public Safety Commission, an introduction of the JCSD Community Affairs Supervisor was presented, a plaque was given to Chief Deputy Jason Horton for his service to the City, and the new president of Norco College came to speak and introduce himself to the Council. Student Liaison Natalie Diaz gave her report on upcoming and current happenings in the Eastvale schools.

In the Public Comment section, a resident came forward to speak about the mailbox break-ins and theft in Eastvale, another resident complained about the traffic around Rosa Parks Elementary School, one implored the Councilmembers to continue taking action against maternity homes.

The Consent Calendar was approved 5-0. There were no Public Hearings.

Item 8.1, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was presented and approved 5-0.

Items 8.2, the Acceptance of the 2016 State Homeland Security Grant Award, and Item 8.3, the Acceptance of the Emergency Management Performance Grant, were both approved 5-0.

Item 8.4 stated additional programs offered by Waste Management, and was approved 4-1, with Councilmember Rush voting ‘no’.

Item 8.5 was an update on the Roadway Adoption Program was presented and approved 5-0.

Item 8.6, a Quitclaim of Presidio Road Storm Drain was given, and it passed 5-0.

The Meeting adjourned with closing statements from the City Staff and Councilmembers.

 

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!

CNUSD held 9/11 Remembrance Assemblies

By CNUSD

Photo courtesy: CNUSD School decorated the campus with American flags.

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
School decorated the campus with American flags.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance, also dubbed Patriot Day, is held on September 11th in remembrance of the 2001 9/11 attacks.  Throughout CNUSD schools held assemblies and presentations in honor of the 2,977 people who lost their lives, and the service men and women who sacrificed their lives to help others implemented in the September 11th attacks. Students involved in the boys and girls scouts were asked to wear their uniforms while other students were encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show their respect and support. Students also participated in activities and crafts with their grandparents in order to learn more about the events of 9/11.

Campuses were decorated with flags and posters titled “We Remember” in honor of those to who lost their lives. Some of our secondary schools held assemblies that featured retired service men and women. Students had the opportunity to with speak them, ask questions and learn more about what goes into protecting our country.

While some classes gathered outside their rooms as their choir sang patriotic songs and recited the Official Proclamation from former President George Bush, others told stories of what they were doing on September 11th, 2011. Students also participated in a flag salute and moment of silence led by their principals.

 

Evening Out with Dad: Adams Elementary Holds “Dad’s All In” Event

By CNUSD

Photo courtesy: CNUSD Dad participating in event activities.

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
Dad participating in event activities.

Corona – On September 15, Adams Elementary invited fathers, grandfathers, and other male role models to spend an evening of barbecued burgers and fun activities with their children. This time spent playing and engaging is crucial in the development of every student. The Dads All In event is an initiative put on at school communities that invites fathers (or other male role models) to spend some quality time with their kids. The goal of Dads All In is to increase the contributions of fathers to the well-being of their children by providing them with opportunities to engage with their child academically, socially, and within the community.

Dads and students were treated to burgers as the sun set over Adams Elementary. A photo booth was set up along with a paper airplane table. Dads and kids then got the chance to play together in activities such as an obstacle course, sack races, a pizza box run, and more. Smiles and laughter echoed throughout the late afternoon as dads and kids ran and played together.

The Adams Dads All In evening was lead by Assistant Principal Manny Gonzalez and Russo Vargas, a parent of the school’s community and Dads All In representative.

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

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.

 

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!

 

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.

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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.

CNUSD School Resource Officers Honored

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Corona/Norco – The School Safety Advocacy Council recently awarded the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) with the 2015 Exemplary School Safety Initiative Award for its Project Safety Net Program.

CNUSD was the only district in California to receive this award, and one of eight in the entire nation.

The Project Safety Net Program is a partnership between CNUSD and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, whose mission is to provide a safe and caring environment so students can excel in their academic studies. The principal goal of Project Safety Net is to identify and anticipate safety concerns and systematically address each concern through the application of best practices.

On Sept. 15, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors recognized and honored CNUSD and Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies Cooper, Huggins, and Thompson for receiving this prestigious award. These Deputies serve as school resource officers for Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Norco High School, and five middle schools in CNUSD.  Each of these Deputies utilized hard work, dedication, and integrity to serve the staff and promote a safe learning environment for the students.

Arrest Made In Centennial Bomb Threats

Staff Reports

Corona – After an extensive investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the Corona Police Department (CPD) has confirmed the arrest of a Colorado Springs minor for making false bomb threats at Centennial High School in Corona, on Tues., Sept. 8.

According to the CPD, the false bomb threats made to the school resulted in significant monetary costs for law enforcement, and the Fire Department’s response and investigation. The CPD’s costs alone exceeded $21,000. The costs for additional security totaled approximately $20,000. In addition, there was the cost of wages and benefits paid to Centennial staff, unable to teach due to the campus closure.

The City of Corona and CNUSD officials intend to pursue restitution for those costs from the responsible parties.
“The Corona Police Department takes threats to our schools very seriously and will devote all necessary resources to investigating threats to their full potential so that people who engage in these crimes can be held accountable,” said Chief of Police Mike Abel. “The safety of our children and schools is our top priority.”

Eastvale’s “Dr. D” Is CNUSD Principal Of The Year

Photo courtesy: CNUSD Principal of the Year, Trevor Dietrich

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
Principal of the Year, Trevor Dietrich

By K.P. Sander

Eastvale – At a Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) event held on Tues., May 7, Trevor Dietrich, Ed.D, was named Principal of the Year.  Dr. Dietrich is the Principal at McKinley Elementary in Corona.

“Principal of the Year” is an Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) award, and those in consideration must demonstrate exemplary performance in criteria for exceptional leadership in managing school programs, strong support of school management teams, and commitment to educational quality and student achievement (and much more).

Each year ACSA sends out ballots with the names of those who are eligible in multiple categories, and administrators vote for who they think are deserving of the awards.

Says Dietrich, “Every year I try and take the process seriously and vote for who is doing a good job.”

Obviously Dietrich’s peers thought the same thing when they nominated him.

“Dr. D,” as he is fondly called by his students, has been with CNUSD for 15 years.  He began as a 5th Grade teacher at John Adams Elementary in Corona, and in 2009 became principal of that school.

Evita Tapia, Public Information Officer for CNUSD says about Dietrich, “He is the perfect fit to be an elementary school principal, with his high energy and amiable personality.”

Two years ago, the District moved Dietrich to William McKinley Elementary to implement some of the successes he had realized at John Adams.

In Dietrich’s tenure, McKinley is definitely enjoying some success.  McKinley is the first in the Inland Empire to become a “Leader in Me” site, a whole-school transformational process that teaches students how to be leaders of themselves, and how to work with other people using the soft skills of the 21st century (focusing on Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People).

Implemented in over 2,000 schools worldwide, the Leader in Me process has schools consistently reporting an increase in students’ self-confidence, teamwork, initiative, creativity, leadership, problem solving, communication, diversity awareness and self-directed learning – as well as dramatic decreases in disciplinary issues (according to the Leader in Me website).

“What’s great is that the Leader in Me program has bonded the staff at McKinley; it’s given us something to be proud of.  And, its turning heads, making other schools notice us,” says Dietrich.  “Other District schools are now in the process of becoming Leader in Me schools because of what we are doing.”

Surprised that he won the award, Dietrich says, “It’s validating for what is happening at McKinley.  I’m the one getting the recognition, but it’s all about what the team is doing.”

In fact, Dietrich’s team was just notified that they are receiving the Models of Academic Excellence and Innovation award from the Riverside County Office of Education; and they are one of CNUSD’s three nominations for the California Golden Bell award, a prestigious recognition from the California School Board Association.

“Individuals are getting recognized, but it is all because of what’s happening in the totality of the Leader in Me process,” says Dietrich.  “Parents are recognizing that what we are doing is much more impactful for the whole child in preparing them for the future.”

When asked what his biggest hope for McKinley is, Dietrich says, “Our WIG (Wildly Important Goal) is

Photo Courtesy:  Dietrich Family (L-R) The Dietrich Family, Emma, Sarah, Luke, Trevor and Justin

Photo Courtesy: Dietrich Family
(L-R) The Dietrich Family, Emma, Sarah, Luke, Trevor and Justin

to become a Lighthouse School by the end of next year.  To become a Lighthouse School means you have checked off every box and have done all the things that you can do to ensure that the leadership theme has been built into the culture.  If the principal leaves, the program doesn’t.  My hope is that what we are doing with the Leader in Me program is so impactful that eventually it has nothing to do with me – but it has everything to do with McKinley and what they are doing.”

Dietrich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction from Concordia University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from La Sierra University.  He and his wife, Sarah, have three children:  Emma, Justin and Luke.  He is active in his church, extremely handy around the house, and enjoys sports – as an avid St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers fan; he also enjoys the Lakers (“Just not lately,” he says).  “Dr. D” also teaches leadership classes at Concordia University.  The Dietrich family lives in Eastvale.

CNUSD Boundary Updates

Staff Reports

Ronald Reagan Elementary under construction last October.

Ronald Reagan Elementary under construction last October. (Jennifer Jester-Madrigal)

Eastvale — With the 2015-2016 school year opening of Ronald Reagan Elementary School set to happen in July 2015, some school boundaries within Eastvale have changed. Clara Barton, Harada, and Eastvale Elementary Schools will see the majority of the change, as some of Regan’s new attendance will pull from those directions.

The new boundaries will be discussed in detail at parent meetings to be held at these Eastvale locations, as follows:

 

  • 14, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Eastvale Elementary School, 13031 Orange Street
  • 21, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Barton Elementary School, 7437 Corona Valley Avenue

 

Parents wishing to apply for transfers, as well as open enrollment, for Reagan Elementary need to complete a transfer request by filing out the proper forms. According to the CNUSD website, if you live in the CNUSD attendance area, you will need to complete a transfer request by filling out the proper form.

Map of Barton to Reagan attendance. Please visit the CNUSD website to see maps for other schools. (Image Courtesy of CNUSD)

Map of Barton to Reagan attendance. Please visit the CNUSD website to see maps for other schools. (Image Courtesy of CNUSD)

If you are currently attending a school on a transfer, you do not need to renew that transfer to remain at that school. As long as you maintain continuous residency in the Corona-Norco Unified School District, your transfer shall continue until your child receives a transfer to a new school or leaves the district.

Please note, if your 6th or 8th Grader is attending a transfer school, they will matriculate to the intermediate or high school based on your residence address.

If you live outside the CNUSD attendance area, you will need to renew your transfer permit annually. You must obtain a release from your home school district and submit it to the CNUSD District Office, Student Services, between Dec. 1, 2014 and Jan. 15, 2015.

Applications for School of Choice transfers (between CNUSD schools) may be obtained at the CNUSD District Office, 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco, CA, 92860, (951) 736-5111.  Applications may also be downloaded from the CNUSD website at www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/forms.

Please visit the CNUSD website for transfer forms and additional details: http://www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/Page/741.

PLEASE NOTE: Completed applications may be returned to the District Office.  Parents with children who attend Barton, Eastvale or Harada should visit the website to view the maps to determine if their child will be attending another school.

Eastvale: CNUSD Boundary Updates  

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Map of Barton to Reagan attendance. Please visit the CNUSD website to see maps for other schools. (Image Courtesy: CNUSD)

Eastvale — With the 2015-2016 school year opening of Ronald Reagan Elementary School set to happen in July 2015, some school boundaries within Eastvale have changed. Clara Barton, Harada, and Eastvale Elementary Schools will see the majority of the change, as some of Regan’s new attendance will pull from those directions.

The new boundaries will be discussed in detail at parent meetings to be held at these Eastvale locations, as follows:

 

  • 14, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Eastvale Elementary School, 13031 Orange Street
  • 21, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Barton Elementary School, 7437 Corona Valley Avenue

 

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Ronald Reagan Elementary under construction last October. (Image Courtesy: Jennifer Jester)

Parents wishing to apply for transfers, as well as open enrollment, for Reagan Elementary need to complete a transfer request by filing out the proper forms. According to the CNUSD website, if you live in the CNUSD attendance area, you will need to complete a transfer request by filling out the proper form.

If you are currently attending a school on a transfer, you do not need to renew that transfer to remain at that school. As long as you maintain continuous residency in the Corona-Norco Unified School District, your transfer shall continue until your child receives a transfer to a new school or leaves the district.

Please note, if your 6th or 8th Grader is attending a transfer school, they will matriculate to the intermediate or high school based on your residence address.

If you live outside the CNUSD attendance area, you will need to renew your transfer permit annually. You must obtain a release from your home school district and submit it to the CNUSD District Office, Student Services, between Dec. 1, 2014 and Jan. 15, 2015.

Applications for School of Choice transfers (between CNUSD schools) may be obtained at the CNUSD District Office, 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco, CA, 92860, (951) 736-5111.  Applications may also be downloaded from the CNUSD website at www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/forms.

Please visit the CNUSD website for transfer forms and additional details: http://www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/Page/741.

PLEASE NOTE: Completed applications may be returned to the District Office.  Parents with children who attend Barton, Eastvale or Harada should visit the website to view the maps to determine if their child will be attending another school.

 

Eastvale: CNUSD Moves Toward Cloud-Based Technology

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CNUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael H. Lin explains the concept of Cloud-Based Technology at the Eastvale Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 28. (Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Madrigal)

BY JENNIFER MADRIGAL

Eastvale – The Corona-Norco Unified School District, consisting of 49 schools, is the largest school district in Riverside County, and the ninth largest district in California. CNUSD has been providing quality education to more than 53,000 students for over 120 years.

With eight schools – soon to be nine with the opening of Ronald Regan Elementary – in the City of Eastvale ensconced in CNUSD, local citizens have a keen ear tuned into talk of improvements that will upgrade outdated facilities and technologies, and bring some relief to the overcrowding that prevents some children from being able to attend their home school.

Up for vote at the Nov. 4 General Election is Measure GG, the $396 million bond that proposes to address the needs of outdated and aging facilities and technology. If approved, it will provide local funding to CNUSD schools that cannot be taken away by the state. On the bond’s agenda is the completion of Ronald Regan Elementary that should help, somewhat, with Eastvale’s overcrowding issues.

Technology, however, seems to be the biggest concern since most Eastvale schools are still relatively new. CNUSD Superintendent, Dr. Michael H. Lin, attended the Oct. 28 Eastvale Town Hall Meeting and provided a brief update. One of the key points of his report was a summary of the technology upgrades that the District has been working on.

The Los Angeles Unified School District famously suspended their $1 Billion iPad Program, of which half would have gone to Apple for the equipment, and the other half to upgrading the Wi-Fi and infrastructure for the schools. However, that district had already spent $61 million dollars on iPads for 58 schools, and now those schools do not have the infrastructure to support all the new technology. This is an example that Dr. Lin used when discussing the need for a correct and adequate infrastructure being put in place before the technology is acquired.

“The worst thing we could do would be to invest money into technology and not have the capacity to handle it,” said Lin.

For the past five to seven years, CNUSD has been proactive in building up the infrastructure so that the schools and the District would be able to support the growing technology. This “Back Bone Infrastructure” has included the installation of a 1-Gigabyte Fiber Link from each of the 49 schools back to the District office, according to Assistant Superintendent of IT, Dan Odipo. In addition, the District has been working on increasing Internet connectivity, as well as getting wireless technology to all of the schools.

Cloud-based sharing, or technology, is basically offline computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralized data storage and access. “Clouds” can be classified as public, private – or even hybrid – making this technology the perfect vehicle for school districts and other large network businesses.

One of the issues, according to Odipo, is the lack of funds for wireless upgrades.

“We would like to be able to do all the upgrades at once, so that if we do a Level 1 Upgrade at one site – and then have to stop and come back – by the time we get back to that site, it’s already outdated,” Odipo said. He went on to express his desire to be able to upgrade all the schools as technology improves and enrollment grows.

Bill Newberry, Board of Education Member for CNUSD, says that “The District really has a handle on technology, and has been working closely with Cisco Systems and Microsoft to make this Cloud-based sharing a reality.”

With the basic “Back Bone Infrastructure” in place, Lin hopes that the passing of the Measure GG Bond will enable the District to continue with technology upgrades, including the continued advancement of the wireless infrastructure.

K.P. Sander contributed to this story.

Sheriff’s Department Uses Eleanor Roosevelt High School For Training

BY JENNIFER MADRIGAL

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale was the site of a recent “Active Shooter Training Scenario” conducted by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Corona-Norco Unified School District. (Photo Courtesy: ERHS)

Eastvale – In partnership with the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD), the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, overseen by Captain Jason Horton, participated in an Active Shooter Training Scenario exercise.

This training exercise allowed deputies to respond to a mock incident that simulated a real-life crisis whereby someone attempted to create violence on a campus.

According to Horton, “This doesn’t necessarily mean a school shooting only; it can also be where someone is coming on campus with the intent to injure as many victims as they can. It can also be stabbings, etc.”

Every deputy assigned out of Eastvale’s Jurupa Valley station underwent this specialized training, which occurred over a week-long period at a variety of hours. In order to accommodate the shifts of all the deputies, some of the training was held at night.

Using Eleanor Roosevelt High School as a training facility gave the deputies a way to familiarize themselves with the layout of the school, as well as some of the faculty and administration that they would be working with. The Sheriff’s Department used trained “role-players” to make the situation as real as possible.

CNUSD administration was provided training and allowed to watch a demonstration. They will take this learning experience back to the schools and train their staff members.

“We feel that along with the training that the deputies already have, this exercise serves as a way to sharpen their skills even further,” said Horton about the training. This scenario-based instruction caused concern by residents who were alarmed that something awful had happened at the high school. However, the exercise was just a way for our local deputies to further improve their skills to keep our community safe.

 

Eastvale: Corona Norco Unified School District Begins Student City Council Liason Position

BY TIANA GOEGEBUER

 

Eastvale – At the City of Eastvale’s March 12 City Council meeting, CNUSD (Corona Norco Unified School District) Board Member, William (Bill) Newberry, was present to discuss the idea of instating a volunteer student liaison to the Eastvale City Council. The concept behind involving a student liaison in the Council meetings would be to engage local youth in the governmental process, as well as assisting elected officials who are seeking solutions to community problems.

 

According to Newberry, the concept involves one student per semester that would be selected by Eleanor Roosevelt High School staff. This student representative would join the City Council members at meetings, but would not be a voting member of the council.  The liaison would be responsible for conducting the flag salute at each meeting, coordinating and presenting special student certificates, working with the Eastvale schools to obtain an update to provide during the City Council meetings, and writing a brief report that will include bullet points from each school site.

 

This liaison is selected from either incoming or current seniors at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Each student will serve for approximately three months, with one student covering the July-August Council meetings while school is not in session.

 

When presented with the idea, the Eastvale City Council expressed a few concerns, such as who would be in charge of selecting the student liaison and how long a single student would remain in the position.  Aside from that, the Council seemed pleased with the idea not only to further the knowledge of a select few students, but to encourage more of the local youth to be an active part of their community.

 

The first school liaison selected was Julia Vasquez, a senior. She attended her very first City Council meeting on April 9.