There are a lot of things to love about Claremont: the trees, the Village, the abundant parks and the safe streets among them.
But perhaps at the top of that list for many is the city’s public school system. The perennially high-performing schools from Claremont High School down to the elementary levels, are a major lure for young families looking for a great place to raise their children.
As summer vacation winds down, parents and students are beginning to prepare for the upcoming CUSD school year, which begins August 29. Below are dates to remember to help start the academic year off on a good note.
Claremont High School’s senior registration is on August 20. Juniors register on August 21, sophomores and freshman on August 22.
Moving vans containing modular furniture and dreams are once again appearing on the streets of Claremont, as hopeful college students get settled into their dorms for the 2018-2019 school year.
With the exception of Pomona College, which kicks things off next week, Claremont Colleges fall semester classes get underway the first week of September.
For the second time in a row, the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education election has been cancelled due to lack of opposition.
The nomination period closed on Friday, August 10 and since no candidates filed, incumbents Steven Llanusa, Nancy Treser Osgood and Dave Nemer will stay on the board uncontested. The three incumbents will serve four more years.
Typically, one would expect that ballrooms be used for dancing. The ballrooms at Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, however, were used for debating the week of June 17.
Ten exhausted Claremont students from Claremont High School’s Speech and Debate team returned from Florida after a week of participating in the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Fort Lauderdale.
A big pile of rubble is all that remains of the locker rooms at the former La Puerta Intermediate School on Tuesday afternoon. After years of sitting dormant the school district began tearing the buildings down earlier this month. Crews have demolished all of the out buildings and about half of the main classroom structure. CUSD officials have tried unsuccessfully to sell the property a number of times over the years. The COURIER will provide more information in a future edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School graduate Jeremiah Alarcon waits for his turn to go onstage to sing Dream of Your Inspiration by Scott Brownlee on Thursday during CHS commencement. Mr. Alarcon was one of 628 students who graduated from Claremont High along with 11 from San Antonio and 17 from Claremont Adult School. See the photo gallery for more pictures. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Sycamore Elementary was filled with acute nostalgia on Tuesday morning, as family members, teachers and grade school students gathered to celebrate the 2018 high school graduates who attended the school.
Each of the elementary schools in the Claremont Unified School District held similar events, with graduates visiting their home schools for a final goodbye.
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Claremont’s celebrated school system will absorb another blow next week when beloved El Roble Intermediate PE teacher Terri Kegans retires after 26 years on the job.
Ms. Kegans, 58, joins Claremont High’s Jack Harper, another cornerstone educator who is also calling it quits June 14 after 39 years.
“I don’t think you can replace her,” said seven-year El Roble Principal Scott Martinez. “She’s been a tremendous asset to Claremont. We can only hope to get someone who can carry on. We’re really going to miss her.”
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Jack Harper’s endless summer is about to begin. The beloved Claremont High School biology teacher, football coach and ASB director is retiring June 14 after 39 years at the school, leaving a void that won’t be filled anytime soon, if ever.
“You don’t replace a Jack Harper,” CHS Principal Brett O’Connor said. “You hire somebody and hope they grow into a Jack Harper.” COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Amid a light drizzle, Myrna Reyes struggles to get a photo of her granddaughter Kayla Cummings, during Pomona College graduation on Sunday. It was the 125th commencement at Claremont’s oldest and largest college, which has had rain only a handful of times. See the photo gallery for more pictures of The Claremont Colleges graduation weekend. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Condit Elementary School students Camille Macias Julio Gomez and Alexandra Savage join the rest of the Condit student body performing the song Dorian Diversion on Tuesday at the school. The students learned the song during music class and performed it as a gift for their Principal Christine Malally.
Tamara Nicoll is on a righteous mission to elevate the written word, and after a lot of hard work, she’s making headway. Ms. Nicoll is spearheading the inaugural literary celebration, “Word Play: A Festival of Writing,” Saturday, May 19 at Claremont High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The primary objective of this event is to inspire students with a positive mindset about the transformative power of written expression,” said Ms. Nicoll, a CHS English teacher since 2005.
The Claremont Colleges will host graduation ceremonies Saturday, ?May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Here’s a guide to the festivities:
Claremont Graduate University’s 91st Commencement Ceremony is set for Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Mudd Quadrangle, 170 E. 10th Stt. The commencement speaker is Daniel E. Walker, a filmmaker, scholar, social entrepreneur and public speaker whose films include When Roosters Crow and Sol Brother.