The Thursday, September 5 meeting of the Claremont school board was marked by brevity and an agenda that was largely routine.
For the first order of business, Claremont High School student Alexa Ramirez was sworn in as CHS’s student board member for the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Ramirez’ main duty is to make a report at each board meeting on the activities of various schools within the Claremont Unified School District, a task she will share with a representative from San Antonio High School.
It’s never easy for a young person to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. When you live in India, however, a country marked by adherence to traditional values and obedience to the family, it’s even tougher.
Nevertheless, a unique theater group took a very visible stand for LGBT rights this past February, debuting a play called To, Ti, Tey (He/She/It) in the Indian city of Pune. Pomona College theater professor Betty Bernhard spent her sabbatical chronicling the making of the play, which was co-directed by famed actress and writer Sushma Deshpande
Although Steven Llanusa has served on the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education since 2005, he doesn’t feel his work is done so he will be throwing his hat into the ring once more in the November 5 local and municipal election
Mr. Llanusa is the sole incumbent among 5 candidates vying for 3 seats.
Mr. Llanusa is no stranger to stiff competition, having won his first bid for the board in a race with 6 candidates.
Parchment, a leader in education credentials technology, has releases its 2014 Parchment Student Choice College Rankings and 2 of the Claremont Colleges are in the top 10.
Harvey Mudd College placed number 8 and Pomona College placed number 9 in the only ranking completely based on admittance and enrollment choice data, more specifically which college a student chooses to attend among all of the institutions where they are admitted.
The first day of kindergarten can be a memory-stirring experience. Parents are brought back to their earliest school days as they strive to give their child a good start in the classroom.
For the family of 5-year-old Sophia Sink, who had her first day of school on Monday, this feeling of déjà vu was even more acute.
Sophia is now a student at Condit Elementary in Claremont, the same school where her mother Kim and grandmother Katie Thompson attended elementary school. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Two seats are open in the November 5 election for the Citrus Community College District Governing Board, those of longtime board members Gary L. Woods and Edward C. Ortell. Both incumbents are running for another term, a bid that—between brisk competition from 4 candidates and accusations that he is not a resident of the district he represents—may prove contentious for Mr. Woods.
Kim Sink and her daughter Sophia get a sneak peek of Sophia’s kindergarten classroom during the first day of school on Wednesday at Condit Elementary School. Sophia is the third generation in her family to attend Condit, with her grandmother Katie Thompson attending in the early 1960s and Ms. Sink attending in the 1980s. Ms. Thompson is also a kindergarten teacher at Condit. Look for our in-depth story and photos and this special family Friday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Thursday, September 26 is Claremont Day at the Los Angeles County Fair. With a discounted entry fee and Claremont-centric events the day will draw tons of local students on field trips as well as Claremont families.
Are you a Claremont student aged 13 and younger who will be hitting the fair with your classroom or your parents? We’re looking for kid correspondents willing to share what they see and do, one armed with a pen and notepad and another carrying a camera.
If you’re interested in serving as a COURIER reporter covering Claremont Day at the fair, let us know.
Senior Alisha Ryczek paints a dreamcatcher on her parking spot on Monday at Claremont High School. For the past 4 years the ASB office has held a fundraiser by raffling off exclusive parking spots to CHS seniors. The spots cost $30 on top of the $45 for a standard parking permit and the lucky students can custom paint their banners. This year they had 62 parking spaces and 79 applicants.
When Ryan McGowan asked his mother for a bedtime story, she happily obliged her son with a tale of her own invention, The Adventures of Popcorn and Persimmon. Twenty-four years later, Betsy MacLaren’s adventure story is making a comeback with a new generation of Claremont kids, and this time the tale is available in print.
The local storyteller has made her literary debut thanks to the assistance of a couple of old friends and the service of a few new ones at Claremont Print
The Claremont Unified School District has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.
Each school has a copy of the full policy, which may be reviewed by anyone who is interested. Following are a few numbers to give families an idea of whether they qualify. Children qualify for free lunch if they hail from a family of 3 with an annual income of $25,389 or less or from a family of 4 with an annual income of $30,615 or less.
The Claremont Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated—one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations—recently recognized outstanding local high school students with a total of $19,000 in Linking to the Future scholarships with amounts ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 each.
The awards were recognized at a scholarship luncheon held at the Kellogg West event center at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Each student was also presented with a kente cloth and a Claremont Area Chapter Scholarship T-shirt.
In the coming years, Claremont High School students may no longer be required to take 2 semester-long classes that have been graduation requirements.
At a special study session held Monday at the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center, 4 panels suggested that material included in two 5-unit classes, Technology Education for the 21st Century and Fitness and Health, could potentially be embedded elsewhere in students’ curriculum.
Considering that Homer “Butch” Henderson and his wife Rosemary recently moved from their longtime residence to a house in the Pilgrim Place retirement community—downsizing significantly in the process—he hasn’t had much time to read lately. And yet books have been at the forefront of his mind.
While going through his books, deciding which to give away and which to keep, Rev. Henderson, a pastor emeritus who led Claremont United Church of Christ for 20 years, has taken the opportunity to assess which ones have really shaped his worldview.