Flowers won’t be the only thing blooming this spring. With an array of educational and fun events for the children of Claremont to participate in, the love of learning will be planted early on in the season.
With almost two months gone from the school year’s second semester, now is the time to start thinking about what students will be doing for the district’s upcoming spring break. Be sure to check out our complete list.
The Scantron is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. That was one of the messages delivered at a meeting on the Common Core held at Claremont High School on Friday, January 31.
A few dozen parents and community members—including school board members Hilary LaConte, Dave Nemer and Nancy Treser Osgood—braved the rain, filing into the Don F. Fruechte Performing Arts Center for the evening gathering. Claremont Unified School District administrators took turns covering various aspects of the new standards that are transforming education in California and across the country.
Oakmont student Alex Araneda runs downfield while being pursued by Sumner student James Brazzill on Wednesday during the 14th annual B.L.A.S.T. Superbowl game between the two schools held at Oakmont Outdoor School. Araneda was the unofficial player of the game for his key offensive plays that led to the Oakmont’s 14-7 victory. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In celebration of Catholic School Week, Claremont’s Our Lady of the Assumption (OLA) School published the results of their 2013 8th grade Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) scores, demonstrating intensive academic achievement, which has been the hallmark of OLA since its inception.
The ITBS is one of the standardized tests administered in schools, including Catholic schools, across the country. As students who tested in their 8th grade year in September, OLA students ranked at high school levels with an average core score of 11.4 (11th grade, 4th month).
Vista del Valle Elementary and Oakmont Outdoor School are helping students focus on character building. Both schools are participating in “Project Champion” in connection with two-time Olympic medalist Bryan Clay.
The project has students working towards walking, jogging or running 100 miles by the end of the year, while learning about the traits that define a true champion. At the end, they are asked to write about what traits they exemplify.
Students cannot learn unless they are in the classroom. Which is why the faculty at San Antonio High School was so encouraged during the Thursday, January 23 Claremont Unified School District board meeting.
With the goal set at 95.5 percent, they surpassed the goal with a 97.2 attendance rate last year. It’s a mark worth celebrating and shows the increasing interest SAHS students have in their education.
Dr. Nigel Boyle, director of the Institute for Global/Local Action and Study, and Fulbright advisor for Pitzer College will discuss “Global Education moneyball: The Art of Winning Fulbright Scholarships,” at the League of Women Voters “Food for Thought” community program on February 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theatre.
Pitzer College has been the top-ranked producer of student Fulbright scholars in each of the past four years. How does Pitzer College do that? Dr. Boyle will explain.
The Claremont Colleges are in favor of increased accessibility for low-income students. This topic of discussion was the focus at an educational summit held at the White house on January 16. The Claremont Colleges were one of hundreds of liberal arts colleges, research universities, foundations and nonprofit organizations invited to present and gather ideas. Each of the 5 undergraduate colleges have expressed the shared goal of increasing their endowments, so they may increase their financial aid assistance to students.
One attribute great school librarians share is the desire to instill love of books in their students.
Such was the theme at a recent Vista Del Valle Elementary School assembly during which the teachers and students said goodbye to longtime librarian Cindy Dewey. As a swan song to the school she served for eight years, Ms. Dewey read “Miss Brooks Loves Books, but I Don’t,” a tale of a first grader named Missy who does not like to read and a librarian who won’t give up trying to find the perfect book that will convert her into a reader.
Professor Carl Cohn of the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies has been appointed for a second consecutive term to the California Board of Education. Jerry Brown first appointed him to the position in January 2011. Mr. Cohn earned a Doctor of Education degree in administration and policy studies from UCLA and a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Chapman University. He has over 30 years of education experience and is the coordinator of the Urban Leadership Program at CGU.
Professional hockey player Brian Cooke plays street hockey with a group of fifth and sixth grade students on Friday at Oakmont Outdoor School in Claremont. Mr. Cooke’s visit was part of the L.A. Kings Fan Development program that visits Oakmont and Vista del Valle every year. More in our special children’s section of the COURIER this Friday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Governor Jerry Brown has announced a major shift in budgeting for the 2014-15 year with an increase of $6.3 billion in funding for K-14 education over the 2013 Budget Act level. This increase comes after nearly five years of school districts taking necessary steps to ensure major programs were not cut from schools.
Alisa, played by Madison Dahm, is tormented by the taunts of fellow students during rehearsal for Claremont High School’s production of The Locker Next 2 Mine. Alisa arrives at a new high school in the middle of the semester to find that everyone seems obsessed with the death of a fellow student the previous year. As fate would have it, the shrine erected to the fallen Beth hides Alisa’s locker, but there are more ghosts hanging around this campus. The play will run Thursday through Saturday in the new Don F. Fruechte Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven felschundneff
California schools will be enforcing rules on cyber bullying in 2014. The passage of Assembly bill 256 into law includes cases of off-campus cyber bullying as a reason for suspension or expulsion.
The law was approved by Governor Jerry Brown on October 10, 2013 and took effect as the clock struck midnight on New Years. According to law, cyber bullying is defined as using computers, smart phones and social media to harass or threaten a person