International analyses consistently rank
the United States at the very bottom of
the list when it comes to the quality of
education. The fields in which Americans
lag behind most are the so-called STEM
subjects: science, technology, education
and mathematics. What have educators
done to cause American students to fall so
far behind? “Nothing at all,” answered
David E. Drew at a book-signing at Huntley
Book Store on Thursday.
New York native Timothy Donnelly
and Arizona research scientist
Katherine Larson were named as
winners of this year’s Tufts Poetry Awards,
according to a Claremont Graduate University
press release on Wednesday.
The board voted 5-0 to move forward
with putting the former district office
at 2080 N. Mountain Ave. up
for sale. The sale will take place on February
28 during a public auction at the current
district office at 1 p.m.
The event marks the first major step the district has
taken with the property since the board approved a resolution
in July 2011 that ratified the Surplus Property Advisory
(7-11) Committee's recommendation to declare
the 4.35 acres of real property as surplus and authorize its
Laguna Beach consulting firm David Long & Associates will serve the Claremont Unified School District as the search firm working with the school board to find the next superintendent. "The one thing that I did find interesting [about David Long & Associates' presentation] was the aspect of being a good communicator,"Â said CUSD Board President Jeff Stark.
The Claremont Unified School District
Board of Education will select a firm
for the upcoming superintendent
search on Monday.
The CUSD board will decide between The Costa Group,
Dave Long & Associates and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
at a special meeting this Monday, January 30, at
3:30 p.m. at the district office.
â??We had sent out a request for proposal [last month] and
received 5 proposals that weâ??ve narrowed down to 3,â?
said Board President Jeff Stark.
Equipped with iPhones and camcorders, Claremont High School students were the stars of a 24-hour film fest last week. CHS students collected nearly 3 hours of footage over a 24-hour period as a part of Claremont High School’s “Through Your Eyes” project, capturing video of students, filmed by students for a unique Claremont documentary. More than 30 students took part in capturing CHS on celluloid, a first-of-its kind project for the high schoolers, designed as a way to get the students more involved in campus life, according to Josh Gilson, Associated Student Body (ASB) film technician and co-creator of the project.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont has not always been
such a vibrant and cultured community
as it is today. The entire
Los Angeles area was not either. In the
1940s, while the rest of the country's culture
was thriving and evolving, southern
California remained dusty and devoid of
art, so began the lecture read by Barbara
Haskell, the curator of the American Art at
the Whitney Museum, as a way to present
and contextualize the exhibition
Clay's Tectonic Shift at Scripps College's
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery.
More than 300 Mountain View
Elementary School first
through 6th grade students
were honored when the Claremont Public
Art Banner Committee selected their
entry, titled “Diversity,” as one of 14 winners
of this year’s banner competition.
Led by art teacher Lisa Schlick, the students created a
Keith Haring inspired piece that featured hundreds of outlined
figures of many shapes and colors with the word
“DIVERSITY” written in the middle of the drawing to
coincide with the variety of ethnicities among Mountain
View’s student population.
The Claremont Unified School District
was placed into Title III Year
2 status in September 2011 as a result
of its English Learner (EL) subgroup
not meeting an Annual Measurable
Achievement Objective (AMAO) for 2
consecutive years in English-Language
Arts (ELA). CUSD is currently in Program Improvement status
among its EL group. For the 2010-11 school year, English
Learners in CUSD were at 51.4 percent proficiency,
below the target of 67 percent.
Each year, Chino resident and artist
Frank Segura searches for a school
where he can paint a free mural as a
way of giving back to the community. This
year's search landed the 37-year-old at Oakmont
After receiving approval from Oakmont and the Claremont
Unified School District, Mr. Segura began painting
the north side of Oakmont's multipurpose room building
on January 9 with his finished project slated to highlight
the biomes incorporated into the elementary school's
Thanks to Dixie Allen and Stuart Oskamp, the Claremont High School Theatre Renovation Committee is getting even closer to reaching its $1.5 million goal. Ms. Allen contributed $100,000 towards the project at Thursday's Claremont Unified School District Board of Education meeting in honor of former CHS Theatre director Don Fruechte. Committee member Bob Fass said the gift was the largest in CHS history.
The Claremont Unified School District Board of Education will have plenty to vote on during the first school board meeting on 2012 on Thursday. The appointment of a non-voting student board members, review of the 2010-11 annual financial report, school accountability report cards for 2010-11, revisions to the special education local plan and the public hearing of the CUSD negotiations with the Claremont Faculty Association are just a sample of the many items the board will address beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center.
Longtime Harvey Mudd College
history professor and William W.
Keith Jr. Fellow in Humanities
Richard Olson is currently embracing life
Mr. Olson officially retired last month after a 35-
year career at Harvey Mudd that included teaching
history of science courses, and serving in several
leadership roles. Mr. Olsonâ??s accomplishments include
serving as the chair of the Humanities, Social
Sciences and the Arts (HSA) department, authoring
more than 60 published works and working as an adjunct
professor at Claremont Graduate University.
The CUSD Board of Education has
scheduled a special board meeting
for January 30th that will include
interviews with the prospective search
firms and the board’s final decision on
which firm CUSD will work with over the
next several months.
The January 30 meeting had originally been scheduled
for February 2 but the board agreed to change the
date after being advised by Interim Superintendent Gloria