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  • Special budget meeting July 9

    A budget study session will be held 5 p.m. Thursday, July 9 to address the Chino Valley Unified School District’s 2015-2016 budget, which was approved by the board of education at its June 25 meeting.

    Among items to be discussed are changes in the state’s recently adopted budget, which could result in a projected revenue loss of approximately $3.5 million to the school district.

    The budget study session will be held in the board room at the district office, 5130 Riverside Drive, Chino. It is open to the public.

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  • High school girl being sworn in New student representative to the board of education named

    Shweta Shah, a senior at Ayala High School in Chino Hills, was sworn in June 11 as the new student representative to the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education.

    As student representative, she will provide reports on local schools and is allowed to cast preferential votes during board actions. Student representatives are alternated on the board from the leadership classes of high schools in the district.

    Shweta is currently the United Student Body (USB) President at Ayala and is involved in Future Business Leaders of America. She organizes campus events, including lunchtime activities, rallies and dances. Her role as USB president requires countless hours spent outside of the school day to ensure that Ayala is an excellent and spirited high school. 

    Shweta is “positive, tenacious, and dedicated, and demonstrates an incredible desire to be successful in all that she does,” according to her English Language and Composition teacher.

    The senior has a grade point average of 4.1 (A+).

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  • Cartoon of school house with stick figures of chlldren and sun overhead Cal Aero Preserve Academy’s kindergarten through sixth graders will go on year-round schedule in 2016-2017

    In order to accommodate projected student growth, Cal Aero Preserve Academy’s kindergarten through sixth grade students will be on a year-round schedule beginning in summer 2016.

    The school board approved a resolution at its June 25 meeting to transition the younger students at the kindergarten through eighth grade school in south Chino on a four-track, continuous school program. Seventh and eighth graders will continue on the traditional schedule for school that typically begins in mid-August and ends in early June.

    Under the four-track system, three-fourths of the kindergarten through sixth graders will be in class at any given time during the year. The other one-fourth will be off track.

    Students will be assigned to one of four tracks and will be in class or off track, depending on that track’s schedule. The year round schedule being considered would have students in class for 12 weeks, and on vacation four weeks throughout the year.

    Cal Aero was designed to operate as a year-round campus serving approximately 1,200 students when it opened in fall 2009. However, the school opened with a traditional schedule because of lower than anticipated enrollment as a result of the economic downturn.

    In recent years, the Preserve residential development surrounding the school has grown, along with student enrollment.

    Chino Valley Unified School District recently added 10 portable classrooms on the campus to temporarily accommodate the growth.

    A year-round schedule was proposed for Cal Aero when district officials projected there would be 1,400 students at the campus in the 2016-2017 school year.

    School district officials met with more than 400 Cal Aero parents earlier this year to detail why year-round might be necessary, other options for handling school growth, and what year-round it like. Assistant Superintendent Pat Miller, who previously worked as a school administrator under the year-round program, shared her positive experience with the program.

    Mrs. Miller said parents will discover that every track has its benefits.

    Teachers who do not wish to be on the year-round program can apply for transfers, Mrs. Miller said.

    A calendar for the year-round schedule has not yet been determined.

    More meetings with parents and staff members are planned, Superintendent Wayne M. Joseph said.

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  • Green pie chart with the words SCHOOL BUDGET on top of it Changes in state budget prompt new look at district’s recently adopted 2015-2016 financial plan

    Although the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education adopted a 2015-2016 budget for the district at its June 25 meeting, the document may require some refinement this summer because of the state’s own recently approved financial plan.

    The California Department of Finance’s report of cash receipts for May showed that revenues came in $84 million below the estimate of $6.379 billion for the month, a 1.3% shortfall. Year-to-date, revenues are down $110 million compared with Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision Budget forecast.

    A budget study session will be held 5 p.m. Thursday, July 9 to address the changes in the state’s adopted budget, which could result in a projected revenue loss of approximately $3.5 million to Chino Valley Unified School District.

    The meeting will be held in the board room at the district office, 5130 Riverside Drive, Chino. It is open to the public.

    Board of Education President Irene Hernandez-Blair called for the special meeting at the June 25 board meeting after learning the state budget approved that same day will provide less revenues to school districts than was previously believed.

    While discussing the budget, Hernandez-Blair said the district needs to take another look at providing money to reduce combination grade level classes, and increasing safety officers at high schools.

    Assistant Superintendent Sandra Chen told the school board that the Department of Finance estimated the one-time discretionary funding to be approximated $530 per ADA in the 2015-2016 school year, instead of the $601 per student that had originally been proposed by Governor Brown. She said the change could result in an estimated loss of one-time $2 million in revenue to the district.

    Chino Valley Unified will also lose another estimated $1.5 million in LCFF revenues over the next three years. According to the Department of Finance, the reduction from $6.176 billion proposed in the May Revision to $5.994 billion in the final deal will lower the gap closure percentage from 53.08% in May to 51.52%.

    School board members said the study session will be needed to discuss additional expenditure needs for our students. The district budget contains nearly $227.5 million in expenditures for the 2015-2016 school year.

    Among the district’s expenses in the coming year are approximately $170.5 million for employee salaries and benefits, $4.4 million for books and supplies, $15.1 million for services and other operating expenses, approximately $5.3 million for other costs, and $146,887 for capital outlay.

    The newly adopted budget also includes a 20 percent increase to school site budgets to help with basic operation needs, including copy paper, duplicating costs, and custodial supplies.

    The district had expected to receive $249.2 million in unrestricted revenues, including $225.5 million from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which is targeted for increasing academic achievement, and assisting low-income students, foster youth, and English Language Learners.

    Other revenues listed for the 2015-2016 school year include a $38.8 million beginning balance from the 2014-2015 school year, approximately $21.7 million from other state funding, and $2 million from local funding.

    Governor Jerry Brown has suggested that districts use the one-time discretionary funding of $530 per student for professional staff development, instructional materials, and technology. The district is doing that through its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which was also approved by the board June 25.

    The LCAP is a state-required document that details how school districts use LCFF money to increase student achievement.

    Chino Valley’s LCAP will provide money for new state standards-aligned materials, upgrades to the district’s technology infrastructure, piloting 21st Century technology for students and staff members, refinement of English Language curriculum, and professional development.

    Projected budgets for the next three years – through 2018 -- were also approved by the school board June 25 as required by the state.

    The district is projected to have a positive ending balance of approximately $38.8 million this school year, $60.5 million in 2016, $58.4 million in 2017, and $52 million in 2018. Those balances reflect revenues the district expected to receive before changes were made to the state budget.

    Despite the positive ending balances, the board has been cautioned that spending needs to be kept in check in the future. The district spent more than it took in this school year by nearly $12 million in 2014-2015, and the district is projected to deficit spend by $2 million in the 2016-2017 school year, and by $6.3 million in the 2017-2018 school year.

    Recent developments and factors on the horizon will impact the district’s pocketbook, said Chen, who oversees the district’s finances.

    Proposition 30, which has provided tax money for education since it was approved in fall 2012, ends with the three-year-budget cycle, Chen said. Prop. 30’s 0.25% sales tax ends in 2016, and its income tax increase ceases in 2018.

    The new federal health care act and recently signed California legislation regarding substitute employees could also affect district revenues, she said. The Affordable Care Act requires that large companies provide health benefits to employees that work at least 30 hours a week for 120 weeks or more. AB 1522 requires companies to pay sick leave to substitute employees who work at least 30 days within a year.

    Proposition 2, approved last fall, caps the amount school districts can put into emergency reserves, possibly affecting Chino Valley Unified School District’s budget. The district currently keeps a reserve of $20.3 million a year. Chen said that amount would barely cover the approximately $18 million a month needed for payroll.

    Also affecting the district’s finances are an annual decrease in student enrollment by 500 students, and a significant increase in the percentage the school district will have to pay towards employee pensions each year.

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  • Logo featuring figure reaching for a star and the words Student Success Local Control and Accountability Plan for 2015-2016 approved

    The Board of Education on Thursday night approved a plan to improve student academic performance, particularly among students who are English language learners, low-income youth, and foster youth.

    This is the second year for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), a document required by the state to detail how schools throughout California will spend Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) money earmarked for the three sub-groups  of students (English Language Learners, students from low-income families, and foster youth), and for academic performance.

    Goals in the 2015-2016 LCAP are:

    ·         All students will be provided appropriately assigned/credentialed teachers; teachers and students will have access to standards aligned materials, 21st century learning; and school facilities will be in good repair.

    ·         Students will demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and math.

    ·         Students will have access to a broad course of subject areas which leads to graduation and success in college and career.

    ·         English learners, low income students, and foster youth will receive services to ensure their readiness for college and career.

    ·         Students, parents, staff, and community will receive ongoing and timely communication.

    ·         Student attendance rates and graduation rates will be increased to reduce the number of student drop-outs.

    ·         Safe and secure school environments will be provided.

    Actions and services to support the goals in the 2015-2016 LCAP:

    Additional resources and support for the high school pathways and academies through Linked Learning and Career Technical Educational (CTE) programs will be provided to ensure student success toward high school graduation, college, and career.

    The district will continue to have parent information nights on curriculum, technology, and 21st century skills in the 2015-2016 school year. Community forums and site-based LCAP meetings will be held during the school year. Parent training will continue during the 2015-2016 school year. The 78 parent trainings provided by the district in the 2014-15 school year were well received.

    Intervention teachers will continue to provide the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) model as a means of offering academic and behavioral intervention services to students at all schools and support students not performing at grade level. Nine intervention counselors will be added to support these at-risk students.

    Intervention specialists will continue to provide effective instruction to increase student achievement. Feedback obtained from LCAP meetings with parents, employees and districtwide surveys indicated the need for continued professional development for teachers in the areas of Common Core, 21st century skills, and technology.

    Eleven additional technology specialists will be hired to support school sites by providing technology support to students and staff. Technology infrastructure and computer devices will also be provided to support school sites.

    Elective courses at two junior high schools will expand with the continued presence of two additional teachers.

    The English Learner Summer Academy, formerly known as Jumpstart, will be expanded to provide increased opportunities for students whose primary language is not English.

    After school tutoring services will be increased for foster youth and homeless students.

    AVID (college preparation) support will continue to be offered to underserved students through teacher training and student tutors.

    Schools with more than 15% of their student population speaking a language other than English will again have part time bilingual clerks, and translation services will also continue to be provided.

    The part-time Parent Trainer, hired in the last school year, will develop a customized curriculum to CVUSD and expand opportunities for parents to participate and become more involved in their child’s education.

    The Parent Resource Centers (HOPE Centers) will expand to three to five more school sites so more families will have access to a variety of family and health-related services. Funding from LCAP will allow the CVUSD Health Clinic and TYKES program to continue serving families. The Health Clinic provides immunizations and general health care to low-income and uninsured children. The TYKES program focuses on providing services that help families meet basic needs, improve family functioning, improve access to health and fitness services/education, and provides programs which promote family literacy and school readiness. 

    CVUSD will provide funding for any student who wishes to participate in the SAT college entrance exam.

    Ongoing training will be provided to school staff to streamline the operational processes and enrollment procedures for foster youth. In 2015-2016, the district will increase resources and services to support foster youth with the addition of a foster youth counselor, expansion of afterschool tutoring services, and increased clerical support to assist the transition of foster youth to schools.

    The LCAP was created with input from CVUSD parents, employees, students, and community members through several meetings held between last fall and this spring. Input was also received through a district wide survey.

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  • Nine adults sitting around a table looking at a map Community Conversation on Local School Needs Begins

    We Have Excellent Schools and We Need To Keep Them That Way

    The first round of Facilities Master Plan update meetings took place at 35 school sites over the past month and ushers in the community engagement and information gathering process to better understand local school needs and the community’s priorities for them.

    An independent community survey of 400 voters in February shows residents feel Chino Valley schools provide a quality education but perceive schools to have a significant need for additional funding. The survey provides insight into community opinions and educational priorities for our schools. More than two-thirds of respondents believe Chino Valley schools provide high-quality education to local students.

    “It is significant that our community recognizes that our teachers and students are doing great work in the classroom and our support staff keeps our schools clean, safe and running efficiently,” said Superintendent Wayne M. Joseph. “Equally important is that residents view local schools as an integral part of the community with 87% believing that improving public schools helps to maintain strong property values.”

    The recently conducted Facilities Master Plan update meetings encouraged teachers, staff, and parents to share their ideas on community education priorities and the needs of Chino Valley schools. Leading the discussion was Jim DiCamillo, President, WLC Architects, and Greg Stachura, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, Planning and Operations.

    The discussion centered on the following four categories:

        Renovating existing buildings

        Completing work at schools to enhance or improve existing conditions

        Building something new at a school that currently does not exist

        Incorporating new technology into classrooms and schools

    “We met with 200 to 300 people over the course of these meetings and it was clear to us that it is important to our community that we maintain parity of facilities and instruction throughout the District,” said Stachura. “Each school had at least one item per category that they feel is needed at their site.”

    Some of the topics that participants raised were repairing schools that were 25-years-old or more under the state’s school modernization program, upgrading classrooms and equipment for career education programs, upgrading technology, adding security features to keep students and staff safe on our campuses, replacing portable buildings with permanent classrooms, and adding equipment that best suits the needs of 21st century classrooms. “Health and safety improvements for our decades-old schools were also common concerns among the participants,” Stachura said.

    The second round of Facilities Master Plan update meetings with school staff and parents will begin in the fall. Ideas brought forward in the first round will be revisited to provide additional opportunities for input from our school communities.

    Further outreach to the community in the first phase of engagement includes an upcoming informational letter to parents and staff and informational presentations to community groups and schools when classes begin later this summer.

    During the summer, Superintendent Joseph will meet with business organizations, service clubs, senior citizen organizations, and a wide range of other community groups to exchange ideas on what it takes to keep Chino Valley schools at the forefront of educational excellence.

    “We have excellent schools and we want to keep them that way, and so it is important to hear from our teachers, classified staff, administrators, students, residents, parents, business owners, senior citizens, and grandparents as to what they think it takes to maintain our level of excellence,” Superintendent Joseph said.

    “The community conversations will continue over the course of the year and will help to inform the Board of Education’s decision regarding a potential educational bond measure in November 2016,” Superintendent Joseph said. “We are focused on listening and gathering information before considering next steps.”

    Improving Chino Valley schools is a long-term investment in our community. Local realtors agree that improving neighborhood schools strengthens local property values, and makes our community a more desirable place to live, do business, and raise a family.

    Chino Valley’s award-winning local schools significantly outperform the County and State average, and its teachers have been recognized as educators of the year on the County and the State levels. If Chino Valley wants to maintain this high level of academic excellence, it will take a unified approach to safeguard our community and invest in our students by addressing the needs of our aging schools.

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  • The words "Your donation is greatly appreciated" Our CARE program and HOPE Resource Centers need your help this summer

    Please consider assisting us as we prepare for the beginning of the new school year.  Read more by clicking on the following link.

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  • Multi-directional sign post, listing the words Advice, Help, Tips, Support, Assistance, and Guidance Top counselor named

    Joseph Hurtado, an intervention counselor at Townsend Junior High in Chino Hills, has been named Counselor of the Year for 2015 by the Associated Chino Teachers union.

    Mr. Hurtado joined the Chino Valley Unified School District in 2007 as a counselor at Townsend.

    “When I first began counseling, there was a need to improve school climate and to create positive relationships among students,” Hurtado said. Five years ago, he collaborated with the Townsend principal to pilot a Safe School Ambassador anti-bullying program at the campus. That program, aimed at reducing bullying, fighting, and creating positive relationships among students, has been in place since 2010 and is now available at several Chino Valley Unified School District sites.

    “Our goal as counselors is to ensure each student has the ability to identify their strengths, explore their talents and skills, and develop a healthy mindset for lifelong success,” Hurtado said. “This would not be possible without the help of the amazing staff at Townsend Junior High School: teachers, support staff, parents and administration. We all connect students to programs such as AVID, Safe School Ambassador, academics, activities, athletics, and performing arts, etc. to successfully transition them into high school.”

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  • Cartoon of health technician helping a female student while a male and femal student wait in the background Health Center summer hours announced

    Summer hours for Chino Valley Unified School District’s Health Center are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays/Miercoles. The center is closed/cerrado 12-12:30 p.m.

    Free medical care for children 0-21 years of age/Cuidado medico gratis para ninos de 0-21 anos


    --Physicals/Examenes fisicos

    --Sick care treatment/Tratamiento y cuidado de enfermedades

    --WIC referrals/Referencia para el programa WIC

    The Health Center is located on the Adult School Campus, 12970 Third St., room L2, Chino.

    Information: (909) 628-1201, ext. 8917 or 8935.

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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2015!  May your future be bright!

     Ruben S. Ayala High

     Female high school graduate in red cap and gown looking at her family Five high school graduates in red caps and gowns looking up





    Buena Vista Continuation High

    High school principal and two high school graduates on stage  High school graduates in blue and white caps and gowns standing in line






    Chino High

    Streamers falling on high school graduates in an auditorium  Teacher and high school graduate in graduation robes





    Chino Hills High

    Three femal high school graduates in blue caps and gowns getting ready for the ceremony  Four high school graduates in blue caps and gowns leaning against wall






    Don Antonio Lugo High

     Two femal high school graduates in gold caps and gowns getting ready for the ceremony High school graduates in gold and brown caps and robes checking in at desk for graduation ceremony



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  • Three men standing in room Associated Chino Teachers union names top teachers

    Liberty Elementary School teacher Stephen Buss has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Ayala High history instructor Kenny Donovan, Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Associated Chino Teachers union.

    Associated Chino Teachers President Todd Hancock announced the two top teachers for 2015 at the May 21 school board meeting.

    Stephen Buss

    Mr. Buss has been teaching 21 years. He joined the Chino Valley Unified School District in 1999 as a fourth/fifth grade teacher at Newman Elementary School in Chino where his wife Tracy also taught. He moved to Liberty in 2003 as a fifth grade teacher and has taught fourth/fifth grade this year at the Ontario campus. Mrs. Buss also teaches at Liberty.

    His class has completed science fair projects and two of his students received trophies at the district level. Over the years, several of his students have participated in the Odyssey of the Mind creative challenge competitions, and he has co-coached several Odyssey teams with his wife. His class also visited the Pomona Courthouse with other fifth graders and “put Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz on trial.” Some of his fifth graders took an overnight field trip aboard the American Pride sailing ship to experience what it was like to be a sailor in the 1850s.

    “When I first started teaching, teachers only had the state framework to use to guide in their instruction,” he said. “…As state standards came into play, state testing became more influential and teachers had to adapt and become more accountable for specific skills measured on high-stakes tests. Now, as we enter Common Core, the importance of teaching students to think for themselves is back in vogue. I see this as a good thing for society, allowing teachers to create arenas where students can push themselves and grow into responsible adults.”

    He said teachers need to be flexible because every day brings new opportunities and challenges. He also said teachers need to be knowledgeable in their craft and compassionate toward their students. “I try to tell my students that no matter what happened yesterday, that today is a new day with new opportunities…Frequently, the roles in my classroom are reversed, and I am honored to be their astute pupil.”

    Kenny Donovan

    Mr. Donovan, who has been teaching 24 years, joined the Chino Valley Unified School District in 2001 as a social science teacher at Ayala High in Chino Hills. In 2008, he began teaching World History.

    He brings pop culture into his classroom with a project called the “British are Coming,” a history of British musicians in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Mr. Donovan said he likes teaching at the high school level, and tries to “hit on each learning style during each unit.”

    He is also a coach and has served this year as Ayala’s freshmen football coach, girls’ junior varsity basketball coach, and boys’ junior varsity golf coach.

    In addition, Mr. Donovan advises Ayala’s Model United Nations and Make-A-Wish clubs. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes of seriously ill children.

    Pictured: Elementary Teacher of the Year Stephen Buss (left) of Liberty Elementary School in Ontario, and Secondary Teacher of the Year Kenny Donovan of Ayala High in Chino Hills, stand with Associated Chino Teachers President Todd Hancock at the May 21 school board meeting.

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  • Four female kindergarten teachers standing in classroom Kindergarten teacher retiring after fulfilling her ‘bucket list’ for school

    A teacher who never went to kindergarten herself and didn’t think she would ever instruct the grade level because she can’t play the piano is retiring this month after more than 40 years in education and 26 of those in the same kindergarten classroom.

    Kaye Katsis, known as “Mrs. K” by students and staff at Butterfield Elementary School, said she has fulfilled a bucket list of desires for the Chino Hills school and is ready to move on to another chapter in her life.

    “I’ve said one more year for four years,” Mrs. Katsis said. “Everything on my check list is done, so I feel good about leaving.”

    On that list was getting a web-based assessment for kindergartners introduced at Butterfield, having steps installed on a slippery slope near the kindergarten play area, completing a sidewalk around the playground, and getting its play equipment refurbished.

    She is particularly excited about the online assessment, which has students matching illustrations to text. One of the assessments involves symbols of California, such as the state animal, the California Grizzly Bear.

    Using computers in the classroom is one of the most exciting changes she has seen in her 42 years teaching. She laments that there isn’t more cutting-edge technology for students to use, such as tablets.

    “They’re into it,” she said. “And I’m not at the board with my back to them.”

    She uses five of her own online devices in her classroom to give her students computer access. One of the software applications she uses in class has students tapping a cartoon image that takes them to a video of a real-life version of that image.

    Among the accomplishments of which she is most proud, is writing a proposal to get steps installed on that steep slope near the kindergarten playground. The new entrance to the kindergarten yard was installed this spring, as well as completion of the sidewalk around the play area.

    About four years ago, she was instrumental in getting safer kindergarten playground equipment for the school, and she has arranged for an Eagle Scout to clean up playground tricycles this summer.

    Mrs. Katsis, who was born in California and previously lived in Mississippi, never went to kindergarten because it was not mandatory at the time. She taught in Texas before joining the Chino Valley Unified School District in 1984 as a first/second grade teacher and later kindergarten teacher at Walnut Avenue Elementary School in Chino. She was the second staff member - after the secretary - assigned to Butterfield when it opened in 1989. “I thought they built this school for me,” she said, explaining that she used to drive by it every day while it was under construction, from her former home in Yorba Linda.

    The Corona resident has been in the same classroom at Butterfield for the last 26 years. “This has always been my happy place,” she said, motioning to her colorfully decorated room.

    Although she didn’t know how to play the piano, Mrs. Katsis learned the autoharp to accompany her kindergartners when they sang.

    She was named Teacher of the Year in the district in the 1999/2000 school year.

    Her plans for retirement: “I’ll never drive in peak traffic again. I’ll travel the United States, see National Parks and my family, quilt, and exercise,” she said.

    Mrs. Katsis credits the people she has worked with at Butterfield for making her time there so great. “The people who work here are terrific, they give 110 percent,” she said. “Our parents are amazing, so involved; that makes it so much more meaningful.”

    One of the parents who got involved became a good friend of Mrs. Katsis. Parent Jackie Mikuljan, whose daughter was in Mrs. Katsis’ kindergarten class more than a decade ago, has been helping the teacher in her class for the last six years.

    Mrs. Katsis has high praise for the team of kindergarten teachers at Butterfield, as they do for her.

    “I can’t say enough wonderful things about her,” kindergarten teacher Tina Bozikis-Coccia said. “It’s because of her that I’m at this school teaching kindergarten. Kaye is artistic and incredibly intelligent. And even though she thinks she should retire, she still has great energy.”

    “I am like this to Kaye,” Ms. Bozikis-Coccia said, bowing lowly with both hands stretched in front of her.

    Pictured: Butterfield Ranch Elementary School kindergarten teachers Drew White (left), Tina Bozikis-Coccia, Kaye Katsis, and Tricia Oliver. Mrs. Katsis is retiring after 42 years in education, and the last 26 as a kindergarten teacher in the same room at Butterfield.

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  • Photo of police officer Don Lugo’s school resource officer wins regional award

    Don Lugo High school resource officer Dustin Kato has been named a recipient of the 2015 National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Regional Exceptional Service Award.

    Officer Kato, who has been with the Chino Police Department for more than 11 years, has been a resource officer at Don Lugo for two years.

    He will be presented the award on July 7 at the 25th Annual NASRO School Safety Conference Awards Luncheon in Florida.

    “Officer Kato has an open door policy and it’s not unusual for him to be seen counseling and/or meeting with students, staff, and parents outside of organized school events,” Don Lugo Principal Kimberly Cabrera said in a nomination letter for the award. “This is especially important in a time where other communities have struggled to maintain positive relations with police.”

    The school resource officer has presented information to parents of at-risk students at Don Lugo’s annual Parent Support Night, and at Chino Valley Unified School District’s drug and cyber bullying forums. He has provided training to staff regarding intruders on campus and dealt with traffic safety issues at Don Lugo, Principal Cabrera said. Officer Kato piloted a lobby guard system to ensure that visitors to the Chino campus were safe for students, and wrote a grant that resulted in funds for security cameras on the campus, she said. He has also helped coordinate the Every 15 Minutes impaired driving mock accident at Don Lugo.

    “The most recent and outstanding service Officer Kato provided to students was emotional support when one of our students passed away,” Principal Cabrera said. “He spent time counseling the basketball team for the loss of their team member. He also coordinated a fundraiser with the basketball team and police department to help the boy’s family pay for funeral expenses.”

    School counselor Steven DeLeon commended Officer Kato for being “instrumental in developing the positive culture within the Don Lugo campus.”

    “He has been a great role model here on campus and has definitely made a positive contribution to our school,” Mr. DeLeon said. “Officer Kato can be directly linked to the overall improvement our campus has seen in recent years.”

    Officer Kato began his law enforcement career in 2002 as an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the Chino Police Department 11 years ago, and has received the City of Chino Police Department’s Meritorious Achievement Award and two Life Saving Awards.

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  • Log for Campaign for Business & Education Excellence Seven Chino Valley schools named to prestigious honor roll by business leaders

    Seven Chino Valley Unified School District schools have been named 2014 Honor Roll schools by the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE).

    Schools receiving the distinction from the California business community have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

    Cal Aero Preserve Academy and Rhodes Elementary in Chino, Chaparral Elementary and Eagle Canyon elementary schools in Chino Hills, and Liberty Elementary in Ontario are among 1,328 schools statewide named 2014 Star Schools by CBEE.

    Star Schools are those with significant populations of low-income students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency and reduction in achievement gaps.

    Country Springs and Wickman elementary schools, both in Chino Hills, are among 523 schools statewide named 2014 Scholar Schools by CBEE.

    Scholar Schools also have the same attributes as Star Schools, but do not have significant levels of low-income students.

    In addition, Cal Aero Preserve Academy and Rhodes Elementary have also been named 2014 Stem Schools by CBEE for having high levels of math and science achievement, as well as a high percentage of low-income students.

    “Many of our high performing schools are not getting the recognition they deserve,” said Lee Blitch, CBEE Chairman and past CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “These schools that succeed in reducing the achievement gap and preparing their students for college and careers should be celebrated. There are schools all over California that are leaders in ensuring their students are getting the best quality of education. Those schools need to be recognized.”

    The CBEE Honor Roll schools will receive a banner regarding their designation that can be displayed at their school site.

    The annual Honor Roll award program is made possible with support from numerous businesses and organizations, including State Farm, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the California Business Roundtable, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.

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  • School board members and school district cabinet memebers sitting around a large table Tentative budget numbers discussed at special board meeting

    Although Chino Valley Unified School District’s budget picture appears to be rosy this school year and the next three years, Superintendent Wayne Joseph cautioned board members at a May 28 budget study session to be careful with the money the district has now in preparation for future lean years.

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  • Group of 10 adults, some holding checks Kramer family of Los Serranos Country Club donates money to CVUSD golf, tennis programs

    The Jack Kramer Family Trust donated $2,000 each to Ayala, Chino, Chino Hills, and Don Lugo high schools for their golf and tennis programs at a reception June 4, at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills.

    Summer Moore, a representative of the California Community Foundation -- an arm of the family trust -- presented checks to Chino Hills High head golf coach John Gottbrecht, Chino High athletic director and tennis coach Michael Hinkle, Ayala High athletic director Warren Reed, and Don Lugo High golf coach Rick Clark.

    Among others in attendance were Mr. Kramer’s son, David Kramer, executive director of the country club; family member Joanna Kramer, executive assistant of the country club; Chino Valley Unified School District Superintendent (CVUSD) Wayne Joseph; CVUSD board member James Na; Chino High Principal Felix Melendez; Chino Hills High Principal Isabel Brenes; and Tammy Johnson, donor relations officer of California Community Foundation.

    The Jack Kramer Family Trust also donated funds to the golf and tennis programs in the 2013/2014 school year.

    “The benevolence of the Kramer family is heartening and heartwarming,” Mr. Joseph said. “Not every community pitches in like this, but we have that in the Chino Valley.”

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  • High school students striking yoga pose on field of Chino High Stadium Chino High yoga popular

    “It releases stress that I have, that has been building up all day,” sophomore Regina Guzman said recently of a new yoga class offered this school year at Chino High. “It’s in the middle of the day, and it just refreshes me.”

    Regina is one of 43 students taking the yoga class at Chino High for physical education credit. It is the only yoga PE class offered in the district, teacher Felicia Ambrosia said.

    The class has been so popular, that this fall Chino High plans to offer two periods of it.

    Relaxation breathing is incorporated into the yoga routines that involve stretching the body in different poses as soothing music plays in the background.

    Ms. Ambrosia, who has been teaching yoga for nine years for Chino Valley YMCA and the City of Chino, said yoga improves balance, well-being and increases upper body strength.

    “Students learn how to manage stress through relaxation breathing,” Ms. Ambrosia said. “Yoga allows a student to recognize the potential of their overall muscular strength and flexibility. Yoga increases and improves a sense of balance, not only in the body but the mind as well…It’s amazing how increasing the flow of blood throughout the body and relaxing one’s breathing can affect us on a personal level. Yoga will change your life on so many levels. It not only affects the individual practicing yoga, but it also affects the company they keep.”

    Sophomore Deanna Barajas said the class helps her improve her flexibility, so she can do better in the sports she plays. “It’s just a whole new experience,” she said. “It releases the stress of school…I’m in other sports, so it helps me in other movements.”

    Sophomore Natalie Mosqueda said the class has taught her to “be calm.” She also uses the methods she has learned in the class at home.

    “It has made me so much more flexible,” sophomore Denise Illarmo said. “It helps me get my inner peace, and get my inner calm.”

    After just one class, another student taking the class at Chino High relaxed and realized her stress over an English class was unfounded, Ms. Ambrosia said. 

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  • High school student holding plaque as several people applaud him in the background Chino High senior Gabriel Powell honored for heroism

    Braving hot embers from the roof of a neighbor’s burning home in March, Chino High senior Gabriel Powell helped lead four people in the house to safety.

    Gabriel was honored for his heroism at the May 21 Chino Valley Unified School District Board meeting at Woodcrest Junior High in Ontario. He was also recognized at the board meeting by the Chino Valley Independent Fire District, who had recently presented the student with a citizen commendation.

    On the morning of March 4, Gabriel was on his way to school when he smelled a fire. He initially thought it was someone barbecuing. When Gabriel discovered flames and smoke coming from a house behind his family’s home, he leapt into action. Hearing people screaming, he ran into the house, checked all the downstairs rooms and helped an elderly couple get out. Gabriel also helped two men who were coming from upstairs get out of the home.

    He arrived later at school with ash still on his face and t-shirt.

    Pictured: Chino High senior Gabriel Powell (right) holds the plaque he received from the Chino Valley Unified School District and its Board of Education May 21 for saving four people from a house fire in Chino earlier this year. Board President Irene Hernandez-Blair (left) presented the award, and Deputy Chief Jeremy Ault of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District presented a commendation to the young man. Applauding in the background are School Board Members James Na, Pamela Feix, and Superintendent Wayne Joseph.

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  • High school seniors honored at CVUSD’s annual Military Salute

    More than 30 high school seniors from the Chino Valley Unified School District were honored at the May 21 school board meeting for enlisting in or being appointed to the military.

    The students received small American flags and certificates during the annual Military Salute.

    The students and their military branch by school are:

    Ayla High principal Diana Yarboi between two male high school students holding American flags Ayala High

    Cade Khademi, Marine Corps; and Chris Viola, Marine Corps.


    Chino High principal Felix Melendez to the left of a group of high school students holding American flags Chino High

    Ethan Taylor, Marine Corps; Julia Hargrove, Army; Felipe Urias, Marine Corps; Jorge Calderon, Marine Corps; Alejandro Morales, Marine Corps; Rene Nieto, Marine Corps; William Bivens, Marine Corps; Michael Alvarado, Marine Corps; David Melgoza, Marine Corps; Amberlee Rosales, Army; Destiny Valle, Army; Jose Rafael Eusquiano, Navy; Kevin Heatherton, Air Force; Tia Melton, Navy; and Fabiola Gonzalez, Army.

    Chino Hills High principal Isabel Brenes between a group of high school students holding American flags Chino Hills High

    Ryan Aquino, Army Reserves; Alex Adame, Marine Corps; Charles Davis, Marine Corps; Brad Smith, Marine Corps; and Joshua Paul Torres, Air Force.


    Don Lugo High principal Kimberly Cabrera between high school students holding American flags Don Lugo High

    Daniel Pulido, Marine Corps; Angel Limon, Army; Stephanie Jackson, Army; Anthony Torres, Marine Corps; Chase Price, Marine Corps; Angel Barajas, Army; Wyatt Bressel, Army; Hieu Nguyen, Army; Vincent Elias, Army; Marcus Pendleton, Army; Anthony Ramirez, Army; and Joseph Bennett, Air Force.


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  • Two women and one man at podium at school board meeting Classified employees group names ‘Unsung Hero’

    Diane McEvilly, Chino Valley Unified School District’s attendance technician, has been named the 2015 Unsung Hero by the local chapter of the California School Employees Association (CSEA).

    She was honored at the May 21 school board meeting for her outstanding work for the district.

    Ms. McEvilly started her association with the school district in the 1980s as a parent at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Chino Hills. She was among the founders of the PTA at that school in 1988.

    She officially joined the school district in 1991 as a clerk II at Oak Ridge, becoming school secretary in 1997.

    Ms. McEvilly was hired as the district attendance technician in 2000.

    In 1991, she stated the Cheer Boosters group at Ayala High.

    She was elected as a member-at-large for CSEA’s executive board in 2010, and was elected chapter treasurer for the union in 2011.

    The CSEA chapter represents support staff within the Chino Valley Unified School District.

    Pictured: Denise Arroyo (left), president of the Chino Valley chapter of the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA), names district attendance technician Diane McEvilly (center) the chapter’s 2015 Unsung Hero. Holding an azalea plant for Ms. McEvilly is Danny Torres, labor representative for the state association of CSEA. The presentation was made at the May 21 Chino Valley Unified District board meeting.

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  • Bobbie Hobby named School Nurse of the YearLaurel Mullally and Bobbie Hobby

    Bobbie Hobby was honored as the peer-nominated 2015 School Nurse of the Year at the Chino Valley Unified School District’s May 21 Board of Education meeting at Woodcrest Junior High in Ontario.

    Ms. Hobby started her professional registered nurse (RN) career in 1986, performing home-health care for medical and surgical patients for the Visiting Nurse Association. She transitioned to pediatric and adolescent mental health, and for the next 10 years, worked as charge nurse at Charter Oak Hospital. In that post, she facilitated parenting education. Sixteen years ago, she joined the Chino Valley Unified School District as a school nurse.

    In addition to her nursing responsibilities, Ms. Hobby has facilitated the Active Parenting (parent education) program in the district, and has acted as mentor to many bachelor’s degree level student nurses. She has also served as a summer school nurse. 

    Ms. Hobby said what she enjoys most about school nursing is being able to utilize all of her past medical and behavioral health training.

    Pictured: Bobbie Hobby (right) is introduced as the 2015 School Nurse of the Year by Laurel Mullally, Director of Health Services for Chino Valley Unified School District.

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  • Adult technician showing a high school boy how to use a centrifuge Hands-on medical experience offered to CHHS students

    Chino Hills High students interested in medical careers can get real-life experience through an internship program offered at Chino Valley Medical Center, Priceless Pets animal rescue, and other health-related facilities in the area.

    The internship program began seven years ago through an agreement between Dr. James M. Lally, president and chief medical officer of Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, and the Chino Hills High School Health Sciences Academy (HSA), a career exploration program.  

    HSA students may apply for internships after successfully completing Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems courses at Chino Hills High and enrolling in the Baldy View Regional Occupational Program’s Allied Health Skills course.  

    Students learn about various health care careers in the semester-long unpaid internship through job shadowing, observations, and personal interviews with medical professionals.

    They rotate through eight to 10 departments in the hospital, including patient care, laboratory, front desk, emergency room, and central sterilization.

    During the school year, students volunteer from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, for a total of six hours a week. In the summer, they volunteer 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. for a total of 12 hours a week.

    They must serve a minimum of 90 hours a semester on the job to earn five units of credits. 

    The interns must also be enrolled in the Work Experience Internship program and attend a weekly class where basic job readiness, work ethics, career exploration and labor laws are studied.

    Additionally, HSA students interested in pediatric medicine are encouraged to intern in the Chino Valley Unified School District’s after-school Fun Club programs to determine if they are gifted at dealing with young children.  

    Students interested in veterinary science or who want to practice particular medical skills early are encouraged to intern at Priceless Pets Orphanage in Chino Hills. At the center, the students can practice medical skills such as immunization, wound care, and medication administration on animals.

    Some students intern in private practices specific to their career interest.  

    Over the last year, 41 HSA students have interned at Chino Valley Medical Center, 52 at Priceless Pets, 11 in private practices and at other facilities such as Casa Colina Center for Rehabilitation and the Chino Valley Independent Fire District’s Fire Explorers program.

    Students involved in the HSA internship program this school year include: Jonah Longares, Matthew Sauceda, Hugo Padilla III, McKayla Buchholz, Taylor Sims, Lauren Burgueno, Veronica Mamisay, and Angela Gao, Kyle Ayento, Ashley Staffor, Angelica Framel, Juliana Ospina, Kylie Kelly, Ian Gerodias, Sabrina lam, Albert Chen, and Christopher Montoya, Taylor Barber, Jessica Bonilla, Monica Brizuela, Mikayla Cutter, Faith Chavez, Mariah Diaz, Heather Dungca, Danielle Fjeldsted, Daniel Gaviria, Amanda Hidajat, Marissa Howdershelt, Jovanca Karnadi, Anna Konopelkin, Constance Lai, Juliana Ospina, Komal Oza, Alyssa Padilla, Rhiannon Rivas, Alicia Tien, Samuel Tito, Nicole Truong, Elijiah Valdez, Isaiah Valdez, and Alexandria Williams.

    For information about the internship program, contact Linda L. Zeigler, Work Based Learning and Internship Coordinator at Chino Hills High, linda_zeigler@chino.k12.ca.us. Students may also contact Ms. Zeigler at lunchtime. Parents may also call her at (909) 606-7540, ext. 5108.

    Pictured: Chino Valley Medical Center staff member Jonathan Encarnacion shows Chino Hills High junior Hugo Padilla III how to place blood sample tubes in a centrifuge.

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  • Photo of Chino High senior Andrea Ruedas Chino High senior named Gates Millennium Scholar

    Having parents with limited English speaking skills caused Andrea Ruedas to grow up fast and learn quickly.

    The Chino High senior’s efforts have made her second in her class of 2015 and earned her the title of a Gates Millennium Scholar.

    As a Gates Scholar, she will receive full tuition, up through her PhD, to Stanford University or another college of her choice, where she plans to major in economics and international relations.

    The scholarship, awarded each year to 1,000 students, is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates is co-founder of Microsoft.

    Andrea hopes to work for a technology company or a banking firm in Northern California. She may also pursue a political career, she said.

    She came to the United States from Mexico with her family at the age of 7 and often translated for her Spanish-speaking parents. Andrea said it was tough going at first because her parents weren’t familiar with American culture or educational practices.

    Andrea said her desire to attend college increased after attending a summer college program designed to get low-income students into higher education.

    At Chino High, Andrea has served as an officer for the Associated Student Body, Science Club, and National Honor Society; and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation.

    She has also volunteered in the Citizenship Class at Chino Valley Adult School, providing adults who are not skilled in English an opportunity to do mock interviews, practice citizenship questions, and prepare for their naturalization exam. She is a member of the Kiwanis’ Key Club, a community service group for youth; is serving as an intern for Congresswoman Norma J. Torres; and is an Advisory Board member for the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success for students who are traditionally underserved in higher education. Andrea is also a member of the Young Senators Program, a group of students who meet monthly to discuss local issues, the government, and personal experiences within the community.

    She is also an AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction, a National Hispanic Recognition Program recipient, and was named an Emerging Woman of the Year of the 32nd Congressional District in 2014.

    Andrea is the daughter of Aida Ramos of Ontario.

    This is not the first time a Chino Valley Unified School District student has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar. Illan Rodriguez, a Don Lugo High graduate, received the prestigious scholarship during his senior year in 2013.

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  • Officers from San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office talking to junior high students inside classroom Letters from junior high students warm the hearts of local law enforcement officers

    A box full of heartfelt thank you letters was left in the lobby of the Chino Hills station last week, evoking emotions in the deputies at the station that are often not shared by members of the law enforcement community.

    “When I read the letters written by these junior high students I was overwhelmed with emotions,” said Chino Hills Lt. Dave Phelps. “I am honored to be in the law enforcement profession and these students summed up the reason why: It is about service and protection of others.”

    The letters were delivered anonymously but because the personnel at the Chino Hills Station are trained investigators, it was quickly learned the letters were written by children from a class at Canyon Hills Jr. High in Chino Hills.

    “Dear Sheriff, Thank you,” one letter read. “You risk your lives for ordinary citizens. You try your best every day. You aren’t afraid of doing what’s right. You are my inspiration and my hero.”

    And other letters encouraged deputies to know people value the job they do:

    “I hope you know people appreciate the things you do,” read the letter. “…Even though I don’t know you personally, I know you are great and amazing [people].”

    “So if you ever think the world doesn’t need you anymore just know we do need you!” a letter from a 7th grader read. “At the end of every day just know you are very much respected.”

    Capt. Robert Guillen, who serves as Chief of Police for the Chino Hills contract station, shared the letters with the men and women at the station. The unexpected gift provided encouragement that deputies do not often get. Guillen, and his crew, are grateful to serve a city with future leaders such as these students.

    “Together we felt honored to share this community with those students and felt an even stronger obligation to serve,” Guillen said.

    Guillen wanted to personally thank the students and organized a visit from Sheriff John McMahon and the members of the Chino Hills station to do just that. Monday morning, Sheriff McMahon, Capt. Guillen and about a dozen members representing all ranks from the Chino Hills Station visited the classroom of Debra Rosen, the teacher who prompted her students to write the letters.

    The students asked some very insightful questions about law enforcement, such as the role of psychology in the profession and the requirements to become a deputy. They also asked informal questions about hairstyles and why police drive Ford vehicles. The most poignant question was why do law enforcement professionals do what they do. The answers varied from person to person.

    Guillen spoke about the calling to be in law enforcement and the responsibility deputies face in their day to day jobs. Lt. Phelps talked about the freedom of not being stuck behind a desk, getting out into the community and having fun.

    When asked what they would be if they were not in law enforcement, Sheriff McMahon and Capt. Guillen both answered the same: there is nothing else they would rather do. Law enforcement is the profession they have the greatest passion for and have always wanted to pursue.

    Monday’s event was a great way to connect the “anonymous” students with the nameless and faceless deputies they were writing to. And it was a way for the deputies to say thank you for such a simple gesture that had such a great impact.

    The letters touched members across all ranks of the Chino Hills station giving a much-needed sense of optimism to members of a profession that has been under such intense scrutiny. Despite the fact more than 99% of all public interaction with law enforcement ends peacefully and with no conflict, stories of alleged misconduct seem to permeate public dialogue.

    I received the well wishes with humility,” said Deputy David Lara. “It moves me to know that with all of the daily attacks toward our profession, the youth can still have a positive outlook toward us. I hope we can continue to build a sense of trust and respect for tomorrow, with the youth of today.”

    Posted Monday, May 11 by Detective L. Harper of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

    (The presentation was taped by three local television news crews and aired that day. Sheriffs Department officials delivered goodie bags, beverages and snacks to the students, and had two of their vehicles on display outside the classroom.)

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  • Chino Valley Unified School District logo of rising sun District asking for attendance allowance because of Chino High lockdown

    Chino Valley Unified School District is requesting an attendance allowance from the state because of the lockdown of Chino High on Feb. 23.

    The five-member Chino Valley Unified School Board unanimously approved the district’s request to seek the allowance from the state at its meeting on Thursday, May 8 at Woodcrest Junior High in Ontario.

    The district receives money from the state, based on an estimated Average Daily Attendance (ADA). The request asks that the state credit the school district $31,464 for lost ADA because of the lockdown.

    On the morning of Feb. 23, Chino High was placed under emergency lockdown at the direction of the Chino Police Department. During the lockdown, students were prohibited from entering the campus on Park Place. Several parents also came to the school that day, signing their children out because of safety concerns. As a result, 846 students were absent from Chino High that day, according to school district officials.

    Attendance that day should have been approximately 2,285 students, district officials said.

    The lockdown was called after a bomb threat was made against Chino High students and faculty. Chino Police, Chino Valley firefighters and the Ontario Airport Police canine unit were dispatched to the school at 6:34 a.m. To insure student safety, students already on campus were held in the quad area of the school, and arriving students were prohibited from entering the campus. The lockdown was lifted approximately three hours later, after a thorough search of the campus by emergency personnel. Students were then allowed to enter the campus.

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  • Adults and elementary student holding reading trophy Students tackle more than 3 million pages, raise more than $100,000 in annual Read-A-Thon

    More than 3.5 million pages were read by Chino Valley students during the week-long Read-A-Thon sponsored in March by Citizens for Kids Educational Foundation. And Hidden Trails Elementary School in Chino Hills recaptured the top trophy as the school that read the most pages per student.

    This year’s event raised $103,453. This is the first time in the fundraiser’s 10-year history that it has toppled the $100,000 mark, according to Chino Valley Unified School District Board member Sylvia Orozco, who is a long time member of the Foundation and founded the Read-A-Thon. Grand totals in previous years ranged from $62,000 to $97,000, Mrs. Orozco said.

    The Foundation’s purpose is to supplement the regular funding Chino Valley schools receive.

    The Read-A-Thon has now raised approximately $853,000 for the schools, Mrs. Orozco said.

    This year, Wickman Elementary School raised the most pledges, $15,244. Following closely behind, was Cal Aero Preserve Academy’s elementary students at nearly $12,000.

    Proceeds from this year’s Read-A-Thon were awarded at the May 7 Chino Valley Unified School District Board meeting to participating schools, based on the money raised at the respective campuses.

    Also winning awards that night were the students who took in the most pledges at their schools. They each received a $100 gift card to one of three stores: Target, Barnes & Noble Book Store, or Walmart.

     Top pledgers

    Hidden Trails sixth grader Ria Patel collected the most money, $1,500. She has also been a top fundraiser in several previous Read-A-Thons.

    Students garnering the most pledges and their schools are:

    Ruby Landeros, Borba Fundamental School; Emily Darrington, Briggs Fundamental School; Mitchell McAnany, Butterfield Ranch Elementary School; Cameron Cosico, Cal Aero Preserve Academy (elementary level); Bryden Halstead, Cattle Elementary School; Dylan Ellorin Blackburn, Chaparral Elementary School;

    Madison Ramirez, Cortez Elementary School; Alexis Villamil, Country Springs Elementary School; Isabella Avila, Levi Dickey Elementary School; Emma Jesse, Dickson Elementary School; Steven Huang, Eagle Canyon Elementary School; Shayne Smith, Glenmeade Elementary School;

    Ria Patel, Hidden Trails Elementary School; Sebastian Samayoa, Liberty Elementary School; Malia Ishibashi, Litel Elementary School; Xenia Montgomery, Marshall Elementary School; America Aguayo, Newman Elementary School; Isaiah Wade, Oak Ridge Elementary School;

    Jay Mulvihill, Rhodes Elementary School; Hannah Mirasol, Rolling Ridge Elementary School; Juredmie Gonzalez Rodriguez; Walnut Avenue Elementary School; Phoenix Bruun, Wickman Elementary School; Victoria Prouty, Cal Aero Preserve Academy (junior high level); Kenli Wong, Canyon Hills Junior High;

    Colum O’Brien, Magnolia Junior High; Abel Diaz, Ramona Junior High; Suzanne Dickerson, Townsend Junior High; and Faith DeJong, Woodcrest Junior High.

    In addition, classes that read the most pages at each school won a pizza party from Citizens for Kids Educational Foundation.

    A traveling trophy was presented to Hidden Trails Elementary School in Chino Hills as the school with the most pages read per capita: 424.86 for each of its 503 students. Hidden Trails also won the trophy in 2009, 2011, and 2013.

    Hidden Trails and Wickman Elementary School, also in Chino Hills, have been battling it out for the trophy since the fundraiser began in 2006. Wickman won the prize in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.

    Canyon Hills Junior High received the junior high trophy for the most pages read at that grade level, per capita: 266.26 pages for each of its 1,152 students. Canyon Hills was also the junior high champion last year.

    The trophies are awarded on pages read per capita to give schools with fewer students and lower donations a chance at the top prize.

    The number of pages read at each school site ranged from 18,000 pages to 350,000 pages, Mrs. Orozco said.

    The schools and the average number of pages each of their students read are: Borba,100.07; Briggs Fundamental, 145.76; Butterfield Ranch, 176.52; Cal Aero Preserve Academy (elementary level), 268.83; Cattle, 298.85; Chaparral, 292.54; Cortez, 33.29; Country Springs, 394.05; Dickey, 86.51; Dickson, 126.09; Eagle Canyon,154.83; Glenmeade, 146.47; Hidden Trails, 424.86; Liberty, 193.23; Litel, 375.69; Marshall, 67.63; Newman, 135.45; Oak Ridge,194.32; Rhodes, 187.39; Rolling Ridge, 222.85; Walnut, 79.30; Wickman, 373.36; Cal Aero Preserve Academy junior high level), 92.52; Canyon Hills, 266.25; Magnolia, 136.66; Ramona, 71.24; Townsend, 161.98; and Woodcrest, 46.85.

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  • High school seniors with top grade point average win awards

    The top 20 academic high school seniors from Chino Valley Unified School District’s four comprehensive high schools were presented gift cards from the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Watson Land Co. at the May 7 school board meeting.

    Presenting the awards were community leader Wayne Scaggs, Chamber President Karon Mulligan, Immediate Past President Dale Bright, and Chamber Executive Director Vicki Finklestein.

    Each American Express ‘scholarship” card was worth $25.

    Students were selected for the honor based on their grade point average.

    Card recipients are:

    Group of Don Lugo High students holding certificates Don Lugo High

    Emilie Flores, Stephanie Torres, Dat Nguyen, Austin Frenes, Anthony Rosas, David Avalos, Fauna Fabia, Cody Skeen, Erika Ribota, Kaleb Puckett, Amanda Garcia, Kenneth Gomez, Wyatt Bressel, Araceli Gutierrez, LeLynn Ditsler, Grant Zeman, Antonia Garcia, David Berger, Andrea Waring, and Clare Herlihy.


    Group of Chino Hills High students holding certificates Chino Hills High

    Anupriya Sivakumar, Joyce Xiong, Monica Hana, Daniel Na, Briana Liu, Jaihee Choi, Angela He, Carlee Garcia, Susie Kim, Ryan Aquino, Tiffany Nguyen, Natalie Fetchen, Christina Leung, Grace Wetherbee, Derrick Chien, Nicholas Morataya, Andersen Chiang, Jaie Peshawaria, Delaney Davey, and Dennis Chen.

    Group of Chino High students holding certificates Chino High

    Amanda Te, Andrea Ruedas, Nicole Calvario, Orosco Garcia, Brenna Fekete, Monserrat Renteria, Devin KawamotoKindred, Deena Afana, Shirley Phung, Natalie Nazareno, Carissa Ramirez, Matthew Trevino, Eunice Chang, John Marotta, Patricia Ramirez, Victoria Bandini, Benjamin Salce, Surmeet Kaur, Carter Young, and Brianna Schoonover.


    Group of students from Ayala High holding certificates Ayala High

    Collin Valleroy, Peach Edem, Erin Su, Crystal Tsang, Prisca Kim, Patrick Babb, Raashi Kashyap, William Goebel, Sujay Dayal, Matthew Moore, Robert Ly, Ryan Welch, Whitnie Szutu, Diane Han, Warren Chen, Evangeline Tsai, JustinLanz Cortez, BumKi (Kahn) Jo, Francesca Hall, Eva Cheng.


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  • Gold Ribbon Schools award logo Ayala earns prestigious Gold Ribbon Schools award!

    Ayala High is one of 180 high schools to be honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program.

    An additional 193 middle schools are also receiving the honor.

    “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said Tuesday, May 5 when the awards were announced. “They provide great examples of the things educators do right – embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”

    The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.

    Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.

    The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

    The Gold Ribbon schools will be recognized later this month during regional ceremonies held in Sacramento, San Diego, Visalia, and San Francisco.

    “This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of our school’s educational community.” Ayala High Principal Diana Yarboi said in an announcement May 5 to Ayala students, staff, and parents. “Congratulations to all teachers, staff, students, parents, CVUSD and the entire community.”

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  • Photo of Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock with American flag behind her Chino Police Chief named to Educational Hall of Fame Committee

    Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock, a graduate of Don Lugo High, was appointed to the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame Committee at the May 7 Chino Valley Unified School District Board meeting.

    Chief Comstock replaces former Chino Police Chief Miles Pruitt on the committee that recognizes alumni, former school district employees and major contributors for their service to the district.

    In December, Chief Comstock was sworn in as the first woman police chief in Chino. She replaced Chief Pruitt, who retire that same month. Chief Comstock is a 1987 graduate of Don Lugo High in Chino. She began her police career in 1985 as a Police Explorer, and was later hired as a police cadent. She became a sworn officer in 1990.

    Other members of the Hall of Fame Committee are incoming president George Gonzales, outgoing president Alan Berg, Al McCombs, Bernice Gray, Kevin Cisneroz, Norma Reese, and Robert Guillen.

    The Committee meets next 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the Business Services Department conference room at the district office, 5130 Riverside Drive, Chino.

    Nominations for the Hall of Fame recognition are being accepted through May 31. For details, see related story below.

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  • Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame logo Who do you know who belongs in the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame?

    Do you have a favorite teacher from years gone by that deserves recognition? Or how about that staff member that helped you through the school day? Or maybe it is an organization that has gone above and beyond.

    Now is the time to nominate that outstanding person to the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame.

    The three categories for the Chino Valley Unified School District award are an alumni who has gone on to enrich the lives of others, a former employee who has made a lasting mark on students, and individuals or businesses who have provided distinguished service to the District or one of its schools. Alumni are eligible for nomination 10 years after graduating from a CVUSD school. A former employee becomes eligible for the nomination five years after retiring or departing from the District.

    Hall of Fame winners will be honored by the District in a special ceremony this fall.

    The Hall of Fame is located in the main lobby of the District office in Chino. It features a large bust of Chino founder Richard Gird. He and his wife Nellie were the first recipients of the Hall of Fame, in 2014. The Girds were responsible for establishing the area’s first schools in the late 1880s, and both served on the Board of Trustees in the 1890s.

    The community has through May 31 to nominate individuals or businesses for induction in the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame.

    Links to Hall of Fame nomination forms are available below. Forms must be returned by May 31, 2015 to Chino Valley Unified School District, Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame Committee c/o Communications Office, 5130 Riverside Drive, Chino, CA. 91710; by email to Julie Gobin at Julie_gobin@chino.k12.ca.us; or by fax to (909) 548-6096.

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    A recently commissioned independent survey of voters in the Chino Valley Unified School District shows residents feel Chino Valley schools provide a quality education but perceive schools to have a significant need for additional funding.

    The survey, conducted February 19-22, 2015 by the highly respected opinion research firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, provides insight into constituent opinions and educational priorities, including evaluating interest in a potential educational bond measure.

    More than two-thirds of respondents believe Chino Valley schools provide high-quality education to local students. “Our award-winning schools significantly outperform the County and state average,” said Superintendent Wayne M. Joseph. “I’m pleased residents recognize the great work our teachers and students are doing.”

    Residents view local schools as an integral part of the community with 87% believing that improving public schools helps to maintain strong property values. “Quality schools make our communities more desirable places to live, do business and raise a family,” said Joseph.

    However, more than two-thirds of respondents also believe that local schools have a need for additional funding. When asked about a potential bond measure, 62% of respondents are supportive of a bond to invest in aging schools to retain and attract quality teachers, ensure safe drinking water, and make other health, safety and classroom improvements. Any potential bond measure would be legally required to be spent locally and be subject to strict accountability requirements, including independent annual financial audits. 

    “I’m grateful for the support we see in the community for improving our schools,” said Joseph. “Investing in local schools would allow us to continue to maintain our high level of academic excellence and expand programs like career education, allowing more students to experience real-world job training.”

    “We are encouraged by this initial feedback from the community, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with residents regarding their priorities for local schools,” added Joseph.

    The Chino Valley School District will be kicking off a community engagement effort to get more feedback from residents regarding local school education and inform the community about school needs.

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  •  Initial Community Survey Results

    District Explores Options for Additional Educational Funding


    ·         Presentation of Key Findings

    ·      Summary Memo of Key Findings

    ·        Press Release of Key Findings

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  • Canyon Hills color guard holding Championship banner Canyon Hills color guard takes first place at WGASC Championships

    Canyon Hills Junior High took first place in its division at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Championships, held April 25 and 26 in the Huntington Beach area.

    Canyon Hills beat out four other color guards in its division to take the top prize.

    A color guard from Ayala High came in second in the prestigious Scholastic World division. Chino High came in third in the same division.

    Ayala High’s A color guard came in third in the SAAA division for smaller high school units.

    Townsend Junior High took third in the Junior High AA division.

    Also participating in the competition of color guards from throughout Southern California were color guard units Chino Hills High, Chino Hills #2, Chino High #2, Ramona Junior High, Magnolia Junior High Blue and Magnolia Junior High Red.

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  • Group of high school students dressed in red jackets Ayala students take home awards from career and technical education event

    Several Ayala High School students took top awards in the 68th Annual FCCLA/FHA State Leadership Conference held April 25 to 28. 

    The event for students involved in career and technical education relating to family and consumer sciences drew more than 700 students from all over the state. FCCLA students competed in 20 different categories for more than $600,000 in plaques, trophies, gifts, cash, and scholarships.

    Nine students from Ayala went head-to-head in eight different areas, ending with these awards:

    First place Creed -- freshman Trinity Tat -- $150 cash

    First place Consumer Education -- junior Myra Zhang -- $100 cash and $1,000 scholarship

    First place Job Application & Interview -- senior Kirby Wang -- $150 cash

    Second place Prepared Speech, junior division -- freshman Zheng Dong

    Second place Consumer Education -- senior Lisa Dong

    Third place Energy & Resource Conservation – team of juniors Terry Chern and Andrew Chhur

    Senior Steven Espinoza participated in Teaching Careers, and sophomore Brittanie Chu participated in the senior division of Prepared Speech.

    Sophomore Katrina Arano, Region 10 Historian, earned superior recognition and 1st place for the Region Scrapbook competition documenting the “Spirit of Adventure” theme for 2014-2015. 

    Senior Shirley Wang retired as Region Vice President and sophomore Katrina Arano retired as Region Historian. Representing Ayala on the 2015-2016 FCCLA Region Cabinet will be juniors Terry Chern as Vice President and Andrew Chhur as Treasurer.

    Ayala’s cash prizes totaled $400. The local students also received $1,000 in scholarships, nine plaques, seven trophies and a weekend filled with industry tours, educational and personal workshops and leadership experiences. All participants had a fantastic time in Fresno and are planning for next year’s conference to be held in Riverside.

    Ayala FCCLA advisors are Barbara Allen and Jennifer Mehaffie.

    Please join us in congratulating these students and their outstanding accomplishments! 
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  • Students at a table, interviewing Marine Corps veteran Don Lugo High students interview, honor area veterans

    Six years into coordinating an event in which students interview military veterans for an oral history project, Don Lugo High teacher Chuck Pope is still brought to tears by it.

    The history teacher attributes his high emotions to his pride in America and the way the dozens of students react to the veterans they are interviewing. “Look at their faces and see how intent they are,” he said, pointing to the history students who dressed up for the occasion.

    This year’s event drew 90 veterans, the largest group ever, organizers Mr. Pope and history teacher Tara Ragsdale said. It began six years ago with 40 veterans in the school library.

    At tables spread throughout the school gym, each veteran is interviewed by five or more students.

    The event kicked off with the presentation of the American and California flags by members of Don Lugo High’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Senior Celine Concepcion wowed the large audience with her rendition of the National Anthem, and the Don Lugo High Band performed “America the Beautiful.” Veterans were asked to stand as the band played their military branch’s anthem.

    Don Lugo’s culinary students provided lunch for the veterans and guests.

    A small table at the front of the gym sat empty. It represented Missing in Action and Prisoners of War. Items on the table, including a red rose, symbolized aspects of those soldiers’ service and how they are missed by loved ones.

    Many of the veterans wore their original uniforms, and brought mementos of their service, including badges, photographs, and military manuals.

    “It’s the biggest history lesson we could give our students,” Ms. Ragsdale said. “Everything we’re teaching in the classroom, they can get right here. When all is said and done, kids say they get it.”

    Don Lugo principal Kimberly Cabrera, daughter of an Army Reservist, and sister of a Marine, said this was her first experience with the event. “I didn’t know what to expect and I am overwhelmed,” she said. She told students that the veterans they were about to interview were “living history.”

    Chino Valley Unified School District Board President Irene Hernandez-Blair encouraged students to ask how they could be of service to the veterans.

    Among the other dignitaries attending the event were CVUSD Superintendent Wayne Joseph, Chino Police Chief and Don Lugo graduate Karen Comstock, Chino City Councilmember Eunice Ulloa, and Wes Simmons of the Chino Police Department. A special guest was Gold Star Mother Maria Simpson of Chino, whose son, Marine Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson, died in November 2004 in a battle in Iraq.

    Ms. Ragsdale said the meaning of the oral history project really hit home for her a couple of years ago when Air Force veteran William Davis of Ontario said it was the first time he had ever been thanked for his service in Vietnam. “That’s why you see a lot of guys tear up, because they’ve never been thanked,” Mr. Davis said at this year’s event.

    “I think it’s really interesting,” Don Lugo student Tristan Torres said. “It opens your eyes to what it’s like for veterans. They had a job to do.”
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  • High school senior Jack Kelley holding Harvard pennant Counselors say CHHS student first to be accepted to Harvard

    Chino Hills High senior Jack “Korbin” Kelley is the first student at the school to be accepted into Harvard University, according to longtime counselors at the campus.

    Jack, 18, the son of Brent and Kelley Kelley of Chino Hills, has also been accepted into six other colleges: Cornell, Dartmouth, Rice, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and University of California, San Diego.

    Jack, who recently returned from a trip to Harvard, hopes to go there and major in bio-engineering. He is interested in developing a tissue-based engineered heart valve that will function more like a normal valve. “If we can better the tools we give doctors, we can save more lives,” Jack said on his decision to pursue medical engineering research rather than become a doctor.

    The Chino Hills High senior learned he had been accepted to Harvard in late March while checking an online portal from the university. “I never would have expected it,” Jack said. “Out of 100 kids who applied, less than three get in. I was definitely shocked. Pretty much, my whole life changed in one day.”

    He said Harvard has been his dream school since he was in fourth grade. “It will provide me with a better life,” he said.

    At Chino Hills High, he has served as a Black Student Union officer, on the Let It Be Foundation’s Junior Advisory Board that helps families of children with serious medical conditions, and participated in track and field, and cross country.

    Outside of school, he tutors students in math and science.

    Jack also plans to work this summer on a website to help students who are applying for college. He has applied for a summer internship with Google.

    When Jack’s family was preparing to move from Ohio to California, Jack’s mother did several hours of research to find a high school that would intellectually challenge her son. Mrs. Kelley said she looked at test scores, distinction recognition, and several other factors before deciding that Chino Hills High would be the right fit for Jack.
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  • Ken McCutcheon speaking at podium Ramona Junior High volunteer is Education Medal of Honor winner

    Ramona Junior High Band Booster President Ken McCutcheon was among six people or organizations honored Thursday, April 30 as recipients of the 24th annual Education Medal of Honor.

    The medal winners were recognized at an awards banquet at Sierra Lakes Country Club in Fontana.

    The countywide Education Medal of Honor award is presented by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, along with the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and County Communicators Network. It recognizes individuals and groups who give outstanding service and support to public education.

    Mr. McCutcheon is the Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer award recipient. He has served for the past three years as president of the band booster club at Ramona in Chino, organizing a variety of fund-raising efforts so the band and color guard can compete and attend performances year-round.

    “Mr. McCutcheon serves as a positive role model who is making a lasting contribution to our children,” wrote Ramona Principal Kathy Nash of McCutcheon in his nomination.
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  • The word Scholkarships, a graduation cap and diploma Seniors receive scholarships from golf tournament

    Twenty-five seniors from Ayala, Buena Vista, Chino, Chino Hills and Don Lugo high schools are receiving $1,000 scholarships from Chino Valley Unified School District to assist in their under-graduate studies.

    The funds for the scholarships were raised at the District’s sixth annual golf tournament held in November and hosted by School Portraits by Adams Photography at Vellano Country Club.

    Combined donations from this year and last’s golf tournaments allowed the district to award 10 more scholarships in 2015 than had been awarded in 2014.

    “These outstanding students were committed to obtaining excellent grades as they kept an eye on the future and have made significant contributions to their school and community,” said Wayne M. Joseph, Superintendent. “The District is grateful to Tim Adams of School Portraits by Adams Photography for making the golf tournament possible and by setting an outstanding example for other businesses to support our students.”

    Among the attributes that students needed to demonstrate to receive one of these scholarships was achievement of an overall Grade Point Average of 3.8 or higher, a need for financial assistance, an outstanding attendance record, and/or participation in school activities that promote good citizenship. The winners and the school they plan to attend include:

    Buena Vista High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Kayla Rivas, Mt. San Antonio College; Valerie Nunez, Rio Hondo College

    President’s Award -- Ivan Lizarraga, Mt. San Antonio College; Robert Alfaro, Chaffey College; Richard Castillo, Mt. San Antonio College

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District-- Victor Avina, Mt. San Antonio College; Suzette Penaflor, Mt. San Antonio College

    Ayala High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Crystal Tsang, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Sarah Reis, University of Washington, Seattle

    President’s Award -- Paola Granados, University of California, Davis; Saida Edwards, University of California, Berkeley

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District-- Sujay Dayal, Pitzer College; Alison Meas, University of California, Davis

    Chino High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Andrea Ruedas, Stanford University; Alyssa Sandoval, no college specified

    President’s Award -- Patricia Ramirez, UCLA; Brianna Schoonover, California State University, Long Beach

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District -- Brenna Fekete, UCLA; Jade Ramirez, University of California, Riverside

    Chino Hills High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Justin Rodgers, Washington State University; No additional applications received

    President’s Award -- No applications received

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District -- Devin Barbin, Pepperdine University; No additional applications received

    Don Lugo High School

    Superintendent’s Award-- Cody Skeen, Cal Poly, Pomona; Emilie Flores, University of Chicago

    President’s Award-- Fauna Fabia, University of California, Davis; No additional applications received

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District -- Jennifer Tovar, University of New Mexico; No additional applications received


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  • Students and first responders sitting at table

    First responders visit Chino High academy presentation

     Firefighters, police officers, SWAT teams, and a lifeguard descended on Chino High April 22, but there was no emergency.

    The first responders were on campus to critique emergency scenarios devised by 44 students enrolled in the school’s first-year Law, Justice, and Public Service Academy.

    The students, working in teams of four, created scripts and storyboards for a mock emergency situation, and role-played first responders and legal professionals they believed would be involved in the event. “The objective of the project is for students to identify and act out specific skills and duties of professionals in the LJPS career fields,” said Chino High health teacher Melanie Kent, who is involved in the Academy.

    The law enforcement and public service officials visiting that day viewed the storyboards and scripts, offering advice on what they would do in those situations.

    “What an awesome morning with all those professionals in our community,” Ms. Kent said. “Lots of connections were made and many were asking how they can help with our academy.”

    Among the first responders attending were emergency dispatchers, police officers and SWAT officers from Chino Police Department; emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and hazardous material specialists from Chino Valley Independent Fire Department; crime scene investigators and forensic technicians from Corona Police Department; hazardous material specialists from the County of San Bernardino; and a beach lifeguard from the Huntington Beach Fire Department.

    The Academy is offered to incoming freshmen interested in careers in law, justice, and public service. Among the careers associated with the Academy are law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical specialists, social workers, and legal professions such as attorneys and paralegals. For information about enrolling in next year’s Academy, contact a Chino High counselor.


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  • Students in surgery unit, listening to doctor Magnolia students get look at medical field

    Sixty Magnolia Junior High students will graduate this week from a program designed to interest young students in medical careers.

    Hippocrates Circle is offered by Southern California Permanente to motivate under-represented students towards careers as physicians. The community outreach program, founded in 2000, involves field trips to Kaiser medical facilities and interactions with doctors.

    The Magnolia students and their parents attended an orientation in January, in which Kaiser physicians shared how they became involved in medicine.

    “The stories were just amazing. One doctor’s dad had polio. A lot of them were immigrants,” said Magnolia intervention counselor Evelyn Camarena, who coordinates Hippocrates Circle at the school.

    A field trip to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Ontario was held in February. Students visited different parts of the hospital, talking to employees. At least one student volunteered to have a cast applied to her arm while visiting orthopedics.

    The Magnolia students and their parents also attended a Financial Aid/College Night offered by a representative from the University of California, Riverside. “She was very real with them on how competitive it is to get into medical school,” Ms. Camarena said about the college official. Good grades are a must, the students learned.

    On Sunday, April 25, the Magnolia students were among approximately 700 junior high students attending a medical school fair held in Pasadena. One of the interactive exhibits had students dissecting a cow heart, Ms. Camarena said.

    Since joining Hippocrates Circle, some of the Magnolia pupils have changed their ideas on what medical field they would like to pursue, the counselor said.

    The graduation ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at Magnolia.

    “I feel the kids are really proud to be in the program,” she said.

    Coordinating the event for Kaiser Hospital in Ontario is Aldina Washington, project manager of administration/diversity and inclusion.

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  • Anna Borba Elementary shows a caring spiritGroup of students with box of hygiene items they donated

    During the last week, students at Anna Borba Fundamental School have written kind messages to one another, recycled waste, performed thoughtful acts, and collected hygiene items for families in need.

    The “We Care” Week, April 20 to 23, was organized by teacher Kim McCormick to help students learn how to care for one another, the Earth, and the community.

    “They are very caring. They are very nurturing,” Ms. McCormick said of the Borba students. “I really love the kids at this school.”

    On Monday, students wrote a message to a friend at a table on the playground. The notes were delivered the following day.

    On Tuesday, pupils were challenged to think of a way to help a friend, do that act, and then write about it on a small note that was posted on a “We Care” banner on the playground.

    On Wednesday, students dropped off waste they had recycled in their classrooms throughout the week.

    On Thursday, they delivered dozens of hygiene items they had collected throughout the week to Ms. McCormick’s classroom.

    Each grade level was asked to bring a particular item in. Among the items donated were toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and brushes, washcloths and hand towels, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, soap, and deodorant. Some students gave money.

    Borba assistant principal Jeanne Clements came up with the idea to collect items for the Chino Neighborhood House, which serves families in need throughout the Chino Valley Unified School District.

    The 30 student members of the school’s Safe School Ambassadors anti-bullying group made signs for We Care Week, and Home Depot in Pomona donated boxes for the hygiene item collection.

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  •  Group photo at Autism Walks event Helping solve the puzzle
    Mission Impuzzable - Born to Stand Out!, a team that included several Rolling Ridge and Country Springs elementary school staff members, families and students, participated last weekend in the annual Autism Speaks Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
    The group walked in support of students and families affected by autism. Mission Impuzzable also raised $630 for autism research through collection jars at the two schools.
    The team name refers to the symbol for autism, a puzzle piece, which was designed by a member of the National Autism Society to reflect the mystery and complexity of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. 
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  • Chino High athletes sign with collegesAthletes at table

    Eight Chino High athletes participated in a college scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday, April 21 at the school.

    The students, their sport, and the college they have signed with and accepted scholarships from are:

    Brooke Ligtenberg, Girls Soccer -- Cal State Fullerton
    Blaine Quinzon, Boys Soccer -- Ottawa University (Kansas)
    Angel Flores, Boys Soccer -- Hope International University
    Baldemar Martinez, Boys Soccer -- Rio Hondo College
    Zachary Longe, Baseball -- La Sierra University
    Ashley Amancio, Softball -- Avila University
    Devin Collins, Football -- University of La Verne
    Kenny Sutton, Football -- University of Redlands

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  • Sup and Liz Community gets look at Hope Resource Center

    A little boy who didn’t want to go to school because he only had a piece of rope to hold up his pants is just one of the stories heard in the six months since centers opened at local school sites to help families in need.

    An open house was held April 16 at one of the five Hope Resource Centers offered by the Chino Valley Unified School District.

    The event featured a tour of the Hope Resource Center located on the campus of the district’s Alternative Education Center in Chino Hills. It also included information booths on healthy living and recreation programs offered by the cities of Chino and Chino Hills, and anti-smoking programs offered by the school district.

    The Hope Resource Centers are the result of efforts by Superintendent Wayne Joseph to help families in need in the school district after realizing that many academic problems stem from issues children have at home. In February 2014, he established a Hope Committee of local community leaders to address those issues, and in November of that year, the school district opened the five centers with $250,000 it had set aside for the project.

    During the open house, Chino Valley school board members Andrew Cruz and James Na said the superintendent’s idea to help families in need began long ago with his elders.

    “My mother, father, and grandmother always tried to emphasize the feeling that it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, ultimately it’s about how you treat other people,” Superintendent Joseph said. “(The centers) say something about this community. It’s such a vibrant community; that embraces each other.”

    Each center is manned by a bilingual case manager who helps provide families with food, clothing, parent education, tutoring information, housing information, and counseling, often through referrals to other agencies. The school district contracts with the City of Chino to provide the case managers.

    Clothing comes from the district’s CARE Closet, operated from a room on the Chino Valley Adult School campus in Chino. Families are invited to visit the Closet and select items for their children.

    The Hope Resource Centers are located at the Chino Valley Adult School campus, 12970 Third St., Chino; Alternative Education Center, 15650 Pipeline Ave., Chino Hills; Dickson Elementary School, 3930 Pamela Drive, Chino, room 16; Walnut Avenue Elementary School, 5550 Walnut Ave., Chino, room 20; and Dickey Elementary School, 2840 Parco Ave., Ontario, room 103.

    Chino Valley Unified School District families may visit any of the resource centers.

    Center hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Afternoon appointments are available by calling the Family Resource Center’s main number at (909) 628-1201, ext. 8960.

     “It’s impressive how quickly this came about,” Chino Hills City Councilman Peter Rogers said at the open house. “Normally, bureaucracy holds things up.” He said the open house will generate interest in the centers, as word gets around the community.

    Chino Hills Mayor Cynthia Moran encouraged those attending the event to donate clothing to the CARE Closet. The number one need at the closet is jeans and shoes for children in grades first through sixth, said Liz Lara, program manager for the centers.

    “We have found, the most practical way to help our families is with gift cards,” Ms. Lara said.

    The district is currently working through the Chino Community Center Corporation to get non-profit status for the Hope Resource Centers so donations will be tax-deductible.

    For information about the centers, to donate clothing and gift cards, or to volunteer at the CARE Closet, call (909) 628-1201, ext. 8960.

    To see more photos from the event, visit Chino Valley Unified School District’s Facebook page.

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  • HOPE Family Resource Centers
    We’re here to help! HOPE Family Resource Centers are now open at five locations to assist District families with:
    • Health referrals (Medi-Cal, Covered CA, counseling) 
    • Social services (CalFresh, CalWORKs, WIC)
    • Family support (food, clothing, parent education, tutoring information)                                                                    
    Please see flyer for locations and more information.
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  • Please take a moment to read the attached information regarding an Anthem Blue Cross data breach:

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  • Parent Night - Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced State Assessment


    Parents are invited to learn how they can support their student under the new curriculum and standards.
    Choose the location or evening that works best for your schedule … plan to attend this important parent meeting.
    The Assessment and Curriculum Departments web pages have multiple documents and links for parents and community members on Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced State Assessments. Click here for the Assessment Department web page. Click here for the Curriculum Department web page.
    Common Core Information

    The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards. Click below to find information about the standards and the CCSS-related activities taking place in California.
    California Department of Education
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    Local Control Funding Formula
    LCAP available on LCFF web page 
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