Michaela Christiansen, top left, and her father Dale react as she is named homecoming Queen on Friday during halftime of the homecoming game at Claremont High School. The homecoming king honors went to Chandler Boldig, who escorted Ms. Christiansen from the stage. Claremont defeated Diamond Bar 25-0 bringing their record this year to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in league play. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Senior Donovan Robinson gives freshman Tommy Viat
a lift as they decorate the 9th grade homecoming float
recently at Claremont High School.
It’s homecoming weekend at Claremont
High School. Our Wolfpack will kick things
off at Memorial Park on Friday, October 16 at 3p.m. with the crowning of
the king, followed by the homecoming float parade.
The game starts at 7 p.m. at CHS, where the Pack
will battle Diamond Bar. A special half-time show
will include performances by the band and a fireworks
show to announce the homecoming queen.
CHS alumni and community members are welcome
to attend. Go Pack! COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: Members of the Claremont High School band play Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst on Wednesday at CHS. The band is preparing for their upcoming show, Under the Lights: CHS Second Annual Community Concert, on Saturday at 6:30 at the CHS stadium. The concert is free but the public is encouraged to support the music program through food purchases or with a contribution through the Take a Note fundraiser.
At their Thursday, September 4 gathering, members of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education voted to approve an addendum to the contracts of Superintendent Jim Elsasser and four key district staffers.
Mr. Elsasser was first hired a little more than two years ago, with his contract extending from June 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. Thanks to a unanimous vote by the board, the superintendent’s contract has been extended for an additional year, with his tenure as head of the district going through June 30, 2017.
Natalie Taylor stepped in as Mountain View’s interim principal last February after the school’s former head, Clara Dehmer, moved on to a post as assistant principal of student services at Claremont High School.
This year, it’s official.
As Ms. Taylor becomes Mountain View’s permanent principal, she will likely have less of an adjustment period than most new administrators. It’s not just because she had several months last year to get her feet wet. Ms. Taylor’s previous post was a decade-long stint as a classroom teacher at Oakmont Elementary School.
Last month, Princeton Review put out Best 379 Colleges for 2015, its annual publication ranking institutions in categories ranging from academic rigor to the richness of their extracurricular offerings.
Schools across the nation vie for recognition in the Princeton Review listings, which are based on surveys of 130,000 college students, because they are hugely influential in the college selection process.
The Claremont Unified School District is pleased to welcome Lisa Yamashita as the new principal of Chaparral Elementary School.
Ms. Yamashita spent the last school year as an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Northridge, teaching English Language Development standards and supervising multiple subject student teachers. Previously, she spent five years as an elementary school teacher in Oregon.
Before that, Ms. Yamashita—who graduated from USC and earned her master’s degree in reading and language arts from Cal State Los Angeles.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has granted full approval to Claremont Lincoln University's new master’s degree program in Interfaith Action as well as its master’s degree program in Social Impact, the university announced on Tuesday.
Final approval for the two programs was granted last Friday by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Claremont Lincoln University's master's degree program in Ethical Leadership was approved earlier.
As the school year starts, Claremont Unified School District Board of Education President Steven Llanusa took a moment to reflect on the board’s most pressing priorities.
In March, the board voted to approve six strategic goals for 2014-2016. The first emphasizes success for every Claremont student: “Our students will achieve their academic and creative potential in challenging, relevant and engaging learning environments that prepare them for career, college and post-secondary opportunities.”
School may not be starting until next Wednesday, but Claremont Unified School District Service Center Supervisor Rick Cota and his crew have been busy all summer long.
One of their most pressing projects has been moving into a new Service Center, just in time for the new school year. It’s an 8,400-square-foot steel manufactured building with a customized interior, located on the site of the district office at 170 W. San Jose Ave.
Claremont Unified School District cafeterias will be offering up a whole lot of healthy, thanks to new federal regulations.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has been phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. As of this July, districts that wish to participate in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast programs must fully implement its provisions.
The act, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and signed into law by President Barack Obama in December of 2010, aims to combat childhood obesity while improving kids’ overall wellness.
Local elementary school students are poised to embark on a new math curriculum this fall, written to support the Common Core State Standards.
The Claremont school board will vote on whether or not to approve the adoption of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s “California GO Math!” series at its next meeting, held Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m.
CUSD parents and residents are welcome to attend the gathering, held at the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center (170 W. San Jose Ave. in Claremont), to share their thoughts on the K-6 math books during the public comment portion of the agenda item.
On Tuesday, another group of kids graduated in the City of Trees. These weren’t your typical Claremont students but, instead, 39 teens hailing from Weihai Number One High School in China.
The students, 15 to 17, gathered in a multipurpose room at El Roble, accompanied by teachers, administrators and members of their host families to celebrate a milestone. They had just finished the first ever CalSunshine SLICE program, a collaboration between the Claremont Unified School District and a foreign exchange program run by local education advocate and CUSD parent Wei Luo. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff