Education

Lockdown at Tamarisk Elementary

Palmdale lockdown

PALMDALE – A Palmdale elementary school was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a student overheard a comment that a weapon was on campus, according to a statement from the Palmdale School District (PSD). Tamarisk Elementary School, located at 1843 East Avenue Q 5 in Palmdale, was placed on a campus lockdown that ended at approximately…

Vandalism costs school district $12,000

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EDWARDS AFB – Several base schools have been vandalized since Aug. 25 incurring over $12,000 in damages to the Muroc Joint Unified School District. The majority of the destruction has occurred at Bailey Elementary School where windows, ceiling tiles and equipment such as phones, light panels, display cases, over-head projectors and clocks have been broken.…

Rosamond High grad excels at NASA internship

Kassidy was an important asset because she helped relieve the workload of the other RGCS engineers. (KEN ULBRICH)

Kassidy McLaughlin spent her summer at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center helping to develop systems that will one day allow unmanned aircraft to safely fly within the national airspace system (NAS). A lifelong resident of Rosamond, McLaughlin graduated from Rosamond High School’s Class of 2014 this spring and was immediately accepted into the NASA intern…

She lost her sight but not her vision for success

Raenell Weatherspoon is a massage therapy student at UAV and currently completing her externship at Haddad Chiropractic in Lancaster. The mother of six is ready to confront any obstacle while remaining in good spirits, and she is a morale booster for other students, according to UAV staff. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Raenell Weatherspoon is in the midst of defining her personal journey.  Born with a degenerative eye disease, the mother of six young girls eventually lost 100% of her eyesight but never lost her vision for success. Instead, she decided to be an example for her children and focus on her new sense of…

Antonovich tours local charter school

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich interacts with students Aug. 20 at The Palmdale Aerospace Academy. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy last week welcomed a visit from Supervisor Michael Antonovich and CEO Sachi Hamai of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Assistant Headmaster Matthew Winheim  conducted the tour, which highlighted the school’s STEM-based academics and a curriculum based on preparing students for careers in the 21st century.  The Academy…

Palmdale begins “Keeping Kids Safe” campaign

Palmdale Keeping Kids Safe Campaign1

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department is kicking off a new “Keeping Kids Safe” campaign at local schools in conjunction with the beginning of the new school year. “Our mission is to increase the safety and awareness in school zones,” said Senior Code Enforcement Officer Sara Shreves. “We are particularly emphasizing safe…

UAV names new Athletics Director

Jeff Bussell (Photo courtesy UAV)

LANCASTER – Jeff Bussell is replacing Chase Tigert as Director of Athletics for the University of Antelope Valley, officials announced. “[Tigert] served UAV well as the assistant baseball coach, associate professor of Health and Fitness, assistant athletic director and concluding as athletic director,” said UAV President Marco Johnson. “Tigert made the difficult decision to step…

SAVES backpack giveaway helps hundreds in need

Back to school should be an exciting time for children, coordinators of the giveaway said.

PALMDALE – Hundreds of Palmdale school children have brand-new backpacks and supplies for the first day of school, thanks to a backpack giveaway Friday at South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES). “We’re providing, this year, 600 backpacks to our community,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales, adding that the backpacks are filled with school supplies according…

Young Entrepreneurs Academy establishes new site at AVC

YEA logo

LANCASTER – The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), an innovative program that transforms local middle school students into real entrepreneurial successes, is coming to Lancaster! Antelope Valley College will pilot the program this fall. “We are excited about launching this expansion and specifically chose the Antelope Valley College because of its reputation for academic excellence,” said Gayle…

UAV offering scholarships for RN to BSN program

The Bachelor in nursing program is for current Registered Nurses and is designed to enable them to become successful leaders, managers, and deliverers of care to patients in health care environments.  (Contributed photo)

By University of Antelope Valley Many people who begin their careers in the healthcare industry by becoming a registered nurse do so because of their passion to help others. As these RNs gain experience, they soon see other ways to serve in the nursing field that could help advance their careers. The University of Antelope…

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong Employee Scholarship

Katherine Lott, the recipient of the 2014 NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship, is congratulated by NASA Armstrong center director David McBride. Flanking the pair are Katherine's parents, Darryl and Boon Lott. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

Lancaster – The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott. A graduate of the class of 2014 at Desert High School on Edwards Air Force Base, Katherine plans to major in bio-medical engineering at the University of California-San Diego this fall. Katherine was a…

AVC accepting applications for Law Scholars program

The program creates a pathway for local students directly to law schools, according to Dr. Erin Vines, Vice President of Student Services.

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College is now accepting applications for its Law Scholars program, an initiative that prepares community college students for admission to some of the top law schools in California. Program benefits include financial aid counseling, academic advising, LSAT prep, exposure to the legal profession and other steps designed to increase the interest of…

Lavender Graduation honors academic achievements, courage and pride

Daniel Alvarez of Littlerock High School.

LANCASTER – Hundreds came out to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Saturday (May 31) for AV PRIDE 2014 – an annual event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people in the Antelope Valley. The festival kicked off at 1 p.m. with Lavender Graduation, a ceremony honoring the academic achievements, courage and pride of local…

School bullying bill clears Assembly

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) on Friday announced that his preemptive solution to school bullying, Assembly Bill (AB) 1993, was approved by the Assembly. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support by a 48 – 15 margin, now will move to the Senate for consideration. “In almost every case of serious school violence, bullying…

New Palmdale School District Board member selected

Trujillo who has been attending Palmdale School District Board meetings for the last three years.

PALMDALE- After interviewing qualified candidates in a special board meeting on Friday, May 30, the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees welcomed Dennis Trujillo as their newest board member. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the District,“ said Trujillo. “I’ve seen some great things happening here since November and I’m excited to be a…

School zone lawbreakers targeted

CHP officer Hernandez cites a driver, whose 8-year-old was not properly buckled in.

QUARTZ HILL – Multiple California Highway Patrol officers were on the lookout Thursday morning for school zone lawbreakers near Quartz Hill Elementary School. The maximum enforcement traffic operation was part of the department’s commitment to keeping children safe while traveling to and from school, according to CHP officer Gil Hernandez. “We’re not out here to…

Bots battle at world championship for third straight year

The VEX Jets won the Create Award at the World Championship.

QUARTZ HILL- The effort to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in engaging and exciting ways has led many local schools to form competitive VEX Robotics teams. The VEX Jets, Joe Walker Middle School’s team, has flown high above the rest, attending the World Championship this year, for the third time in a…

AV High Drumline brings home bronze medal!

AV High Drumine perform

LANCASTER – Congratulations are in order for the Antelope Valley High School Drumline. The team won the bronze medal at the Pep and Pageantry Arts Association of Central California Championships in Bakersfield. The students had been preparing since December for the April 26 championship competition, according to Band Director Stephen Hufford. “Their practice session included six…

Bomb scare at Quartz Hill High School

Bomb scare

QUARTZ HILL – Authorities said nothing suspicious was found at Quartz Hill High School Thursday after a bomb threat prompted a lockdown of the campus. The incident began around 10:30 a.m., when someone called the school and claimed there was a bomb on campus, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Deputies responded and…