Education

Palmdale School Board President to resign May 7

Maria Molina

PALMDALE- Palmdale School District Board President Maria Molina has announced that she will be retiring from the board on May 7. The change comes from the desire to avoid any conflict of interest. “The board will soon be making important decisions about funding and the hiring of new teachers,” explained Molina. “It would be a…

Palmdale School District announces candidate for Superintendent

Raul Maldonado (Photo courtesy McFarland Unified School District)

PALMDALE – Palmdale School District officials have selected Raul Maldonado as candidate for Superintendent. With the public announcement of the selection, the Palmdale School Board will begin contract negotiations during the closed session of the April 15th board meeting. “I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the new Superintendent of Schools for…

TPAA robotics team wins second Rookie All-Star Award

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy Gryffingear Robotics is made up of 36 students, six mentors and two advisors.

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s FRC Team 5012 – Gryffingear won their second Rookie All-Star Award and The Industrial Safety Award at the FRC Las Vegas Regional Competition this past weekend (April 4-6). The Palmdale Aerospace Academy Gryffingear Robotics, which is made up of 36 students, six mentors and two advisors, joined together for…

ITEA Celebrates 2014 grant recipients

The Scorpion Robotics Team Captain, Geoffrey Holmes, Grade 12, demonstrates the scooping mechanism on the team’s robot. (REBECCA AMBER)

EDWARDS AFB – The Antelope Valley Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association celebrated their 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant recipients this month. The group enjoyed Subway sandwiches in the Chapel One Annex March 19 and watched presentations by the honorees. This year’s grant recipients were the Branch Elementary School Mathletes, the…

Palmdale schools rezone for upcoming school year

Know Your Zone

PALMDALE- More Palmdale School District students will have the opportunity to attend neighborhood schools this fall, many of them within walking distance of their homes, thanks to an upcoming 2014-2015 rezone. Palmdale School District is divided into many small geographical regions called zones. Residents in each zone are assigned to attend a specific elementary and…

Palmdale Station graduates third Teen CERT class

The course was hands on, allowing the students to experience every exercise while being taught. (LASD)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Sheriff’s station graduated its third “Teen CERT” class in a ceremony Tuesday night held in the Palmdale School District’s boardroom. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program teaches citizens how to prepare and take care of themselves, their family and neighbors in the event of a disaster or emergency. The Palmdale…

A ‘Major’ surprise!

Major Kevin Van Stone surprise

ACTON – There was not a dry eye at the Meadowlark Elementary assembly Monday when Major Kevin Van Stone walked on stage to surprise his son, Austin. The United States Air Force Major returned home, after months of deployment in Afghanistan, and headed to the school for an emotional reunion with his fourth grade son.…

STEALTH Academy Community Expo Thursday

Joe Walker logo

LANCASTER – Joe Walker Middle School is hosting its annual STEALTH (Science Technology Engineering And Learning Through Humanities) Academy Community Expo this Thursday. This is the public’s opportunity to see the innovative programs they have to offer, including VEX Robotics, Lego Robotics, Civil Air Patrol, design, art and band. The Community Expo takes place from…

McCarthy accepting summer internship applications

Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy is now accepting applications for his Summer Internship Program. “I began my career in public service as an intern, and I invite all interested college students and recent graduates to apply for internships in my offices,” said McCarthy.  “This is an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about our nation’s legislative process, as…

Forum tackles truancy in the AV

The "Tackling Truancy" training event, which took place at the Lancaster Learning Complex, drew about 150 educators, social service providers and law enforcement personnel.

LANCASTER – Studies reveal that nine of 10 youths detained have a history of chronic truancy.  While many schools in the Antelope Valley are making strides in reaching parents and students to prevent truancy, some local elementary schools report truancy rates as high as 55 percent, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Recognizing…

TPAA robotics team wins ‘Rookie All Star Award’

Involved in the regional tournament for TPAA were six mentors, two teacher/advisors, and 36 ninth and tenth graders.

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy robotics team was the top first-year team at the regional competition in Grand Terrace last week, and is now headed for next month’s world championships in St. Louis. The TPAA team, known as Team 5012 Gryffngear, was one of 41 teams taking part in the US FIRST FRC Inland…

UAV founders give back to alma mater

Marco and Sandra AV High donation 2.20.14

LANCASTER – University of Antelope Valley founders Marco and Sandra Johnson Thursday night made another $10,000 donation towards their $100,000 commitment to the Antelope Valley High School Athletics & Arts Department. “Sandra and I have made this commitment to not only give back to our community, but to also challenge the AV High alumni to…

Vigil remembers boy hit, killed by car

Gage Rossi vigil 2

LANCASTER – Dozens of students and teachers gathered in front of Eastside High School Saturday to remember Gage Rossi, the freshman hit and killed by a car as he crossed the street to catch his bus to school. Gage was a confident, easygoing 14-year-old who loved to play the guitar and had many friends, those…

Scorpion Robotics team prepares for regionals

Members of the team work on fine-tuning an arm to be integrated in their robot Scoop Da Whoop. (Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – The Scorpion Robotics team, from Desert High School, is preparing for the Los Angeles FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship Tournament. The team, which has 11 members, was formed in August at the start of the school year. Since that time, they have worked to build and improve their robot, Scoop Da Whoop.…

Palmdale teachers accept tentative agreement

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association (PETA) voted Thursday night to accept the Tentative Agreement for the 2012/2014 negotiations. A total of 822 teachers voted with the following results: 792 yes and 30 no. The Tentative Agreement offers a 1.5% increase on the teacher salary schedule. In addition, the agreement includes an increase in…

Desert High students challenged by science fair

Sabrina Belen and Katherine Lott

EDWARDS AFB – A sea of cardboard, tri-fold presentations filled the Desert High Scorpitorium recently for the Annual Science Fair. This year, there were 143 projects, some completed by teams. A panel of 25 community professionals served as judges for the fair. “The Science Fair represents a lot of hard work and man hours,” said…

Local students get glimpse of careers in science, technology

A student experiences the F-16 Simulator at the 412th Electronic Warfare group. (Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – Students from Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Desert High Schools participated in a science, technology, engineering and math-focused tour of Edwards AFB last week. Their stops included the Air Force Test Pilot School, the 412th Electronic Warfare Group and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. According to Jose Baratas, principal at Lancaster High School,…

Lancaster thanked for supporting NAFJ

A a recent council meeting, Bishop Henry W. Hearns and Gwendolyn Cole thanked Lancaster for embracing NAFJ’s Pen or Pencil movement, and three students from the mentoring program presented the Council with t-shirts that were worn during their Aug. 28th march in Washington D.C. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – At a recent council meeting, the National Alliance for Faith and Justice (NAFJ) thanked the Lancaster City Council for its ongoing support of the organization, in particular the Council’s support of the successful Antelope Valley Mentoring March, which took place September 13, 2013. Inspired by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March in…