George Hickman, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, has dealt with war, racism and the Great Depression in the 1930s. Yet the war hero and educator had a single message for the students of Foothill Country Day School on Thursday-live your dream. "The one thing I want to let the kids know is that they can be what they want to be and they can do anything they have a yearning for," Mr. Hickman said. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Sumner Elementary School Principal
Frank D'Emilio updated the Claremont
Unified School District Board of Education
on how the school is progressing in addressing
3 priority areas for improvement for
the current school year.
Closing the achievement gap for Hispanic and socio-economically
disadvantaged students, increasing the level of proficiency
of students with disabilities and reducing the number of office
referrals as a result of negative behavior were the 3 areas of focus
during Mr. D'Emilio's report at the last school board meeting.
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.
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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.