Education

Local school teaches lesson on giving

The boutique was the pet project of third grade teacher Jeff Pettipas (left), who led the campaign to collect new toys to be given away. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Eager parents slowly browsed tables loaded with dolls, digital cameras and even electric guitars, selecting the perfect gift for each of their children. But there were no price tags or cash registers at this holiday boutique hosted by Manzanita Elementary School. Every soon-to-be Christmas gift was free. “Manzanita is more than a school,”…

Eastside board president celebrated for 19-year legacy

Janette Crawford is honored Dec. 8 with a certificate of appreciate from State Assemblyman Tom Lackey. (Contributed)

LANCASTER –Janette Crawford, school board president of Eastside Union School District in Lancaster, was recently honored for 19 years of service on the school board. “Janette is the type of leader any district would hope to find,” stated Eastside Union School District Superintendent Mark Marshall. “She always makes decisions with our students in mind and…

AVC announces new associate degrees for transfer

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College is offering 19 transfer-specific degree programs, officials announced this week. These Associate in Arts (AA-T) and Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a California State University major and baccalaureate degree. Students who have been awarded the 60-unit AA-T or AS-T are able to…

UAV to join Cal Pac Conference in Fall 2015

UAV currently offers six intercollegiate sports, including Women's Soccer. (Photo courtesy UAV)

LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley has been added to the California Pacific Conference, effective with the 2015-16 academic year. “Our membership is genuinely thrilled to welcome the University of Antelope Valley to the Cal Pac family,” stated Commissioner Don Ott. “UAV adds to the distinctive educational landscape of the conference, and brings yet…

A. V. Freethinkers to offer scholarships

AVC Foundation Scholarship application deadline

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Freethinkers (AVF) has announced a new scholarship for college-bound seniors. “This scholarship is the first of its kind in the Antelope Valley,” stated David Dionne, president of AVF. “Our members have generously donated their time and resources to benefit the freethinking students in our community. We hope to encourage and inspire…

Grace Lutheran School to host Book Fair this weekend

This event will raise money for Grace Lutheran School’s reading programs, including the school and classroom libraries. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Grace Lutheran Christian School, Lancaster will host a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble this weekend featuring musical performances, story times, crafts and STEM-related activities. The family-friendly event will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will take…

Local robotics teams join forces in ‘Battle at the Border’

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy and Lancaster High School teamed up to make it to the quarterfinals.

PALMDALE – In a heated Battle at the Border, two Antelope Valley robotics teams formed a powerhouse partnership that fought to take the title in a competition last week in San Diego. The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s Gryffingear Robotics Team joined together with Lancaster High School’s Eagle Robotics Team to compete in the quarterfinals competition at…

AVC Foundation to award $200,000 in scholarships

LANCASTER –Antelope Valley College Foundation is busy preparing for the 2015-16 Scholarship season. Approximately 275 scholarships will be awarded to students continuing at AVC, transferring to a four-year university, or high school students attending AVC in fall 2015. Scholarships awarded are expected to total $200,000 with most awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. Scholarship applications…

Joe Walker hosts VEX Jets Skyrise Competition

The team received the overall Tournament Champions Award, the Design Award and the Energy Award on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Sky Rise Robotics Tournament. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The VEX Robotics Team at Joe Walker Middle School took home three notable honors at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Skyrise Robotics Tournament on Saturday at the home of the Jets in Lancaster. The team, made entirely of junior high school students at Joe Walker, received the overall Tournament…

AVC Anthropology Expo set for Oct. 24

Keynote speaker Dr. Duncan Earle has been involved in research on the contemporary Maya and their ancestors for more than 35 years.

LANCASTER –  The third annual Anthropology Expo has been set for Friday, October 24.  This year’s theme is “Anthropology in the Real World,” focusing on what students can do with a degree in Anthropology. The afternoon event from noon to 4 p.m. features guest speakers discussing their anthropology careers and an alumni Q&A session. Dr.…

UAV founders continue to give back to alma mater

The Johnson family: (L to R) Devion, Sandra, Tiffany and Marco

LANCASTER – During half-time ceremonies at the Lopes’ homecoming football game Friday night, University of Antelope Valley founders Marco and Sandra Johnson presented a $10,000 check to Antelope Valley High School. The donation marks the sixth annual installment of a 10-year, $100,000 commitment the Johnsons made to their alma mater, Antelope Valley High School, to…

Application period begins for Edison Scholars Program

AVC Foundation Scholarship application deadline

The application period begins today and runs through Feb. 1 for the 2014-15 Edison Scholars Program. The $1.2-million program offers 30 scholarships valued at $40,000 each, paid over four years. The scholarships are available to Southern California high school seniors with a 2.8 GPA or above who either live in or attend public or private…

TPAA robotics team finalists in Fall Classic tournament

A team of approximately 20 students, including engineering, marketing, drive, and design specialists from The Academy, attended the competition in Placentia. (Contributed photo)

The Gryffingear Robotics Team successfully represented The Palmdale Aerospace Academy with two robots reaching the final rounds at the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum’s annual off-season FIRST® Robotics Competition this past weekend. A team of approximately 20 students, including engineering, marketing, drive, and design specialists from The Academy, attended the competition in Placentia. The two…

Local educator named Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Anderson Teacher of the Year 1

Elizabeth Anderson, middle school mathematics teacher at Joe Walker Stealth Academy in Lancaster, was honored as Teacher of the Year for Westside Union School District. “We are proud to honor Mrs. Anderson as Teacher of the Year for 2014,” said Regina Rossall, Superintendent of Westside Union School District. “She continues to exemplify the excellence in…

UAV preparing students for mass casualty incidents

A variety of emergency situations will incorporated in the Sept. 30 MCI drill, including earthquakes, gas explosions and multi-vehicle accidents. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – A mass casualty incident (MCI) is declared when an incident involves more casualties than a typical emergency response team can handle. Examples include, but are not limited to: Multiple vehicle collisions, Mass transit accidents, Carbon monoxide emergencies, Hazmat incidents, Multiple shooting victims, and Chemical exposure. University of Antelope Valley has conducted an MCI…

Eastside School District opens fifth campus in Lancaster

At the dedication ceremony, Mrs. Thomas' 6th grade class sang the new school song, "Enterprise Our Home."

LANCASTER –Eastside Union School District officials Friday morning cut the ribbon on the newest school campus in Lancaster. Enterprise Elementary School, the District’s fifth campus, is located at 3730 East Avenue J-4. It hosts a student body of approximately 750 students, but the capacity of the school is approximately 1100 students, according to Eastside School…

Palmdale Aerospace Academy prepares bots for battle

Brian Martin, Robotics Advisor and teacher at The Palmdale Aerospace Academy noted that the Gryffingear team has put in many off-season hours to re-build the practice bots to get ready for these competitions

PALMDALE – The award-winning Gryffingear Robotics Team of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy will be battling for a winning title in a competition later this month. Representing Palmdale at the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum’s annual off-season FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), The Academy’s “Basilisk” and “Golden Snitch” will each be competing among 34 other teams. The…