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Don Lugo Graduate Competes In Olympics

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Photo courtesy: Chino Valley Unified School District

Photo courtesy: Chino Valley Unified School District

Chino – A 2000 graduate of Don Lugo High School in Chino will seek her fourth Olympic gold medal in this year’s Olympic Games.

Diana Taurasi will attend the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a member of the United States women’s basketball team.

Taurasi has previously won three Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) championships in her 12 years with the professional basketball team, the Phoenix Mercury, according to the Chino Valley Unified School District. She also was named WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2009, and was on the All-WNBA First Team nine times.

Prior to her professional career, she played for the University of Connecticut, assisting the team in winning three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles in the early 2000s.

The three Olympic gold medals she won for basketball were obtained in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Many were anticipating the Olympics opening ceremony held on Friday, August 5. With Rio just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time zone, the 2016 Summer Games will be the most live Olympics ever, according to NBCOlympics. NBCU will present 2,084 hours of Olympic programming across 11 networks. The Games will conclude on Sunday, August 21, with the Closing Ceremony on NBC.

This year’s events include: Archery (4 events), Badminton (5 events), Beach volleyball (2 events), Boxing (13 events), Canoe slalom (4 events), Canoe sprint (12 events), Cycling – BMX (2 events), Cycling – Mountain Bike (2 events), Cycling – Road (4 events),   Cycling – Track (10 events), Diving (8 events), Equestrian (6 events), Fencing (10 events), Field hockey (2 events), Golf (2 events), Gymnastics (14 events), Handball (2 events), Judo (14 events), Marathon swimming (2 events), Modern pentathlon (2 events), Rhythmic gymnastics  (2 events), Rowing (14 events), Rugby sevens (2 events), Sailing (10 events), Shooting (15 events), Soccer (2 events), Swimming (32 events), Synchronized swimming (2 events), Table tennis (4 events), Taekwondo (8 events), Tennis (5 events), Track & field (47 events), Trampoline (2 events), Triathlon (2 events), Volleyball (2 events), Water polo (2 events, Weightlifting (15 events).


Don Lugo Earned A Six-Year Accreditation


Chino – This spring, Don Lugo High received a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the longest accreditation granted by the organization to an educational institution.

The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.

In its more than 350-page WASC Self-Study Report, Don Lugo administrators and teachers listed a variety of data, citing its strengths, weaknesses, improvements, and goals for the future.

According to the document’s writers, the Chino school has undergone many significant changes in the last six years, and particularly in the last three years.

The school has a new principal and all three new assistant principals. Led by the administrative team, the school has implemented new attendance protocols, new behavior management programs, and new curriculum in English and math, while also making notable changes in social science, career and technical subjects, language, and arts instruction.

Don Lugo has added new Academics and Pathways to its course catalog and expanded its enrollment in honors and Advanced Placement courses.

In the summer of 2015, approximately 60 teachers (85% of the instructional staff) attended three days of training in the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program, a comprehensive philosophy and set of protocols to ensure a culture in which all students feel safe, supported, and where instructional and learning time is optimized. Teachers taking the training use strategies to build better relationships with students, such as getting them to learn each other’s names, sharing something good at the start of class, and creating social norms. The teachers were trained to ask four questions before sending students out on a referral: What are you doing? What are you supposed to be doing? Are you doing it? What are you going to do about that?

Many Don Lugo teachers have said they have noticed an improved atmosphere at the school since the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program was implemented. Plans are in place to provide the remaining staff with training.

Don Lugo now has a second Intervention Specialist for Math who is available to assist teachers with quality instructional strategies for rigor, the formative process, checking for understanding, providing formal and informal feedback, incorporating technology, and differentiation. The Intervention Specialist’s goal is to facilitate self-reflection and growth in teachers and provide instructional support for the new Common Core State Standards in math.

The Chino school’s administrators, teachers and students have worked diligently to increase Don Lugo’s Honors and Advanced Placement program. Don Lugo added AP Psychology and AP Economics to its course offerings. Site administrators and teachers have removed the more stringent prerequisites for admittance into AP courses as a way to ensure that all students have access to those classes. AP courses are publicized to all students during the spring prior to enrollment, and at AP Student and Parent Information Nights. Don Lugo’s AP Club holds fundraisers to help students pay for exams. All AP instructors are trained. Seventy-five percent of Don Lugo’s AP teachers attended the 2015 Summer AP By the Sea Institute in San Diego and/or Pre-AP trainings at the University of California, Riverside.

While the school’s AP program enrollment dropped from 245 in the 2012/2013 school year to 214 in 2013/2014 and 192 in 2014/2015, renewed efforts by the faculty and students have resulted in 320 students (about 20% of the student population) enrolling in AP courses in the 2015/2016 school year.

Two pilot programs are underway at Don Lugo. The school had adopted a multi-tiered system of support for positive behavior and have hired an Intervention Counselor to create the program. Also, four special education teachers are participating in the California Department of Education’s transitional project. In that project, teachers are taught how to successfully develop, implement, and monitor college and career awareness goals in the special education students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

Don Lugo’s academies include the Lugo Engineering and Design (LEAD) Academy; Sports Management Academy; and Technology, Environment, Animal Medicine, Agriscience, and Agribusiness (TEAM A & A) Academy. It recently added an equestrian component and service animal program to its Agricultural department. Under the service animal program, students are raising puppies for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization.


Don Lugo Alumni Honored

Courtesy of CVUSD

CHINO– Don Lugo High honored two of their most famous alumni Friday morning, January 15, during a rally on the Chino campus.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Leah O’Brien-Amico (Class of 1992) and former professional baseball player Chad Cordero (Class of 2000) accepted their framed sports jerseys during the rally. The jerseys will hang in the school’s front lobby at 13400 Pipeline Avenue.
O’Brien-Amico won Olympic Gold Medals in softball in 1996, 2000, and 2004. She is a two-time World Champion softball player (1998 and 2002) and a three-time National Champion (1993, 1994, and 1997) while at the University of Arizona. She was named one of the California Interscholastic Federation Top 100 Athletes for 100 Years in 2013.
Cordero was a first-round draft pick for the Montreal Expos and had his Major League Baseball debut in August 2003. He had 128 career saves and was named a 2005 National League All Star team member. He was named the National League Pitcher of the Month in June 2005, and led the league in saves that year. Following graduation from Don Lugo, he was a three-year starter for Cal State Fullerton, where he was named a two-time All American team member, and a three-time player for the Big West All-Conference Team.

Chino: Pups In Training at Don Lugo High

Photo Courtesy: CVUSD Don Lugo High School students take time out of puppy rearing for a holiday photo.

Photo Courtesy: CVUSD
Don Lugo High School students take time out of puppy rearing for a holiday photo.

Courtesy of CVUSD

Chino– Don Lugo High Future Farmers of America students are raising five puppies for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization.

The new pups – Zedrick, Zee, Waldorf, Baloo, and Frito – will be trained in basic obedience and socialization until they are about 14 to 17 months old. Then they will be returned to Guide Dogs for the Blind for further training.

Training the dogs will be Don Lugo FFA students Abigayle Monroe, Stephen Ryan, Sarah Aispuro, Emily Sevilla, and Viviana Jara. Don Lugo FFA member Lizette DePaz is the school’s Puppy Raising Campus Volunteer.

Last fall, Don Lugo agriculture teacher Ashley Doyle said she would like her students to raise puppies for the Guide Dogs for the Blind program.

“These little ones will be spending their first few weeks down in the Agriculture science lab,” Principal Kimberly Cabrera said of the young canines.

Don Lugo students Melissa Legg and Brianna Cabrera, Principal Cabrera’s daughter, are finishing their training of pups Quest and Quinn for the program. As individual trainers, Melissa and Brianna received their pups in January.

Don Lugo teacher Audrey Rohrer, who has trained several Guide Dog puppies and included them in her classes for socialization, is currently training puppy Paddington.

“They will have the puppies 24/7 for about 14 months,” said Ron Chrisman of Guide Dogs for the Blind. “During that time students, in addition to providing housing and obedience training, will teach the pups how to behave appropriately in public. When the pups are 14 to 17 months old, they are recalled to our San Rafael, California or Boring, Oregon campus to begin formal harness training. Our professional trainers will teach the dogs how to guide a blind or sight impaired person. Our job as Raisers is to prepare the pup to receive that training. When the dog successfully completes training, it is matched with his or her future partner. The Puppy Raiser is invited to attend a graduation ceremony where they meet their pup’s blind partner, and officially present the new guide dog.”

Chrisman said the dogs are placed all over the United States and Canada, and sometimes internationally. He also said guide dogs are placed at no cost to their sight impaired partners.

For more information on the program, visit http://www.guidedogs.com.

CHINO: CVUSD Grad Dies In Bus Crash

  Arthur Arzola Photo Courtesy: Google Images

Arthur Arzola
Photo Courtesy: Google Images

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Orland – Arthur Arzola, 26, of Rancho Cucamonga, has perished in a crash that left five adults and five students dead, and many more injured.

The tragic events unfolded on Thursday evening, April 10, when a bus of high school students – many from Southern California – traveling to Humboldt State University in Arcata was reportedly side-swiped by a Federal Express truck. The bus was on the Interstate 5 freeway passing through Orland (in the northern Sacramento Valley) when the accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Officials are still determining what caused the fiery incident that claimed so many.

Arzola, who was an admissions counselor and recruiter for Humboldt State University, was a graduate of Don Lugo High School, Class of 2006. He served as ASB President in 2005-06. Arzola also attended the University of La Verne, where he recently earned an educational counseling credential as a graduate student.

Arzola is said to have had a passion for helping students realize their academic dreams. He is survived by his wife, Krystle.