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Senior Award Night

Photo Courtesy:  Karmen Chavez-Sam   Back Row: Uriel Neis, Alex Tung, Nival Patel, Principal Goins; Front Row: Erica Chau, Valerie Kwee, Vivienne Le, and Karmen Chavez-Sam

Photo Courtesy: Karmen Chavez-Sam
Back Row: Uriel Neis, Alex Tung, Nival Patel, Principal Goins; Front Row: Erica Chau, Valerie Kwee, Vivienne Le, and Karmen Chavez-Sam

By Emily Aguilar

Eastvale – After four years of grueling work in studying, sports, and being active in prestigious clubs, ERHS Seniors were finally recognized on Senior Award Night. The event was held on Thurs., May 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Behind the stage, numerous students were cheering one another on; most of the award recipients were life-long friends.  The atmosphere was filled with love as students took selfies and congratulated one another on their awards.

While the award ceremony rewarded students with certificates for being in nationally acclaimed clubs such as CSF and NHS, or receiving anywhere from $500 to $5,000 in scholarship money, the award ceremony was more of an opportunity for teachers and staff to reflect on how grateful they were to have worked with a plethora of talented students.

There exists a rare group of teachers who rightfully believe their students will influence the rest of the world. Thankfully, these teachers can be found at ERHS. As Victor Ruelas, an AP Government teacher, presented the Principal’s Award to Shukan Patel, he began to cry as he swore that Patel’s diligence, brilliant mind, and dedication to politics will one day make him “the next president of this country.”

Patel, who will be attending UCLA as a political science major, was only one of students to be recognized for his brilliance. Future UC Berkeley student, Alex Tung, was showered in scholarship gifts, recognitions, and praise until the night came to a close.

At the end of the ceremony, Valerie Kwee, who had already been given a scholarship for science, was called on stage once more to be declared as the school’s valedictorian. The designation had been a close call with fellow student and friend Alex Tung, and although Kwee was excited to have received the honor, she remains humble about the title.

When asked if she felt relieved to have received the honor, Kwee said “To me, education is a process and it doesn’t just end once you receive a title. I guess you can say being a valedictorian is more exciting than it is relieving.”

Kwee will be attending Harvey Mudd College this fall to study biomedical engineering.

With the awards they have received, and the caring support they have received by peers and fellow friends, ERHS students have nothing less than a bright future ahead of them thanks to the dedicated effort they have put in place for the past four years of high school.

Eastvale: CNUSD Boundary Updates  

Staff Reports

 

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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.

 

Open Enrollment & Transfer Instructions for Corona Norco Unified School DistrictPosted Date:12/8/2014 7:30 AM


City of Eastvale

The following dates have been established as the “OPEN ENROLLMENT” period for the 2015-2016 school year: DECEMBER 1, 2014 TO JANUARY 15, 2015

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 6thor 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 CNUSD attendance area – you will need to renew your transfer permit annually. By getting a release from your home school district, and submitting it to CNUSD District Office, Student Services, between December 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015.

Applications for School of Choice transfers (between CNUSD schools) may be obtained at the following locations:

  • CNUSD District Office 2820 Clark Ave., Norco, CA, 92860, Phone: (951) 736-5111
  • Or 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.

Transfer requests are granted based on space availability.

Dr. Lin Goes To Washington

Staff Reports

 

Riverside County – The Corona-Norco Unified School District is pleased to announce that Superintendent Michael Lin, Ed.D, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders across American to represent their district at the White House. This first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit was held on Wed., Nov. 19, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Lin was among exemplary local school chiefs who were recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. This unique opportunity was another example of how CNUSD continues to be a flagship district for many endeavors that assist in providing a high quality education for all students.

“I am proud to represent CNUSD, as well as Riverside County, as one of the 100 school superintendents in the nation to lead capacity building for education technology. I believe this important endeavor begins with a solid foundation of technology infrastructure built with student achievement in mind,” said Lin.

“The CNUSD Board of Trustees has established education technology as a priority in our Local Control Accountability Plan and the community has recently validated this by passing a local school improvement bond measure,” Lin added. “I am honored and humbled by this nomination and look forward to working with the nation’s superintendents in getting our school technology ready for the future. Our goal is to continuously provide a student-centered learning that transforms teaching and approaches to instruction as evidenced by our CNUSD district portal initiative.”

Akin to the classic 1939 Capra film, “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,” portraying one man’s effect on American politics, Dr. Lin’s nomination as one of the 100 top school leaders across America attending this important summit shows his tremendous commitment to quality education and the effect it will have on the future of our CNUSD students.

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.

Eastvale: Bond Measure Will Help Build Local Schools

BY MICHAEL ARMIJO

 

Eastvale – A bond measure proposed by the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) will provide significant help to the overcrowding issue that the fast growing population of Eastvale has been facing these past few years.

“I am frustrated that I can’t get into my “home” school in our city; the school has been full the past two years,” said a resident, who voiced her opinion on the Facebook social media site. “My son is shipped off to a school in Norco. I moved here and expected him to attend local schools. As of now, my expectations have not been met.”

On August 5, the CNUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measure GG on the November 2014 Municipal Ballot.

“Bonds have historically helped raise property values within cities,” said Mark Skvarna, former Superintendent of the Baldwin Park Unified School District. “The upgrading of the schools, facilities, and creation of sports facilities increased the desire to attend our district, which in turn increased popularity and home sales.”

This new bond proposes to address the needs of outdated and aging facilities, and if approved, will provide local funding to CNUSD schools – including Eastvale – that cannot be taken away by the State.

Many of the schools in the District require upgrades and repairs to ensure that classrooms and facilities are secure, and meet current safety standards. As well, the District is committed to providing students with the proper career training they need to prepare for college.

On the bond agenda is the long-awaited completion of Ronald Regan Elementary (formerly called Yorba Elementary) near Half Moon Park off Archibald, in the southwest part of Eastvale.

In short, the $396 million Measure GG will also provide labs and classrooms for career technical education; update instructional technology in the classroom for improved student learning; upgrade classrooms, libraries, science labs and computer systems to keep pace with technology and rising academic standards; improve student safety and security; ensure that all teachers are adequately trained in the use of modern instructional technologies; repair or replace deteriorated roofs, floors, and plumbing, and remove all hazardous materials; and reduce classroom overcrowding by providing new facilities.

The good news is the promise that all money raised within city areas will be equally distributed between Eastvale, Corona and Norco schools, and these funds cannot be taken away by the State, or be used for District administration or employee salaries.

“There were significant changes that helped change the perception of our district and the morale of the students,” Skvarna added. “When you address overcrowding and necessities, the children react.”

For more information on Measure GG, visit http://www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/bond; and see the ad on page 13 of this publication.

 

 

 

Eastvale: CNUSD Renames One School and Announces Another

BY JENNIFER MADRIGAL

Eastvale – Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) will rename Yorba Elementary as Ronald Reagan Elementary.

After researching the area’s history, CNUSD Board Member, Bill Newberry, found that the Yorba Family Rancho was actually on the other side of the Santa Ana River. The District had decided to name the school Yorba Elementary after the Yorba family in 2005. However, with the latest findings, the Board recently voted to rename the school.

The future Ronald Reagan Elementary is currently under construction on Fieldmaster Street, next to Half Moon Park in Eastvale, and is expected to open for the 2015-2016 School year.

Previous Clara Barton Principal, Susan Helms, has been selected as the future school’s first principal.

With many of Eastvale’s schools at or near capacity, there is good news that another elementary school will be constructed to serve students in the area north of Schleisman Roach and east of Archibald Avenue.

Philistine Rondo Elementary will be the seventh elementary school in Eastvale, and will most likely open five to six years from now. The District is still trying to secure land and additional information prior to construction.

Rondo Elementary will be named after Philistine Rondo, who was the first woman and African American superintendent in CNUSD. She taught for 12 years at Garretson Elementary in Corona, and became an interim superintendent in 1993.