Education

Palmdale School District ratifies contract with teachers

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale Elementary Teachers’ Association (PETA) and the Palmdale School District have a three-year contract, District officials announced Thursday. The Contract includes a 4 percent salary increase and an additional 2 percent increase to extend the work year by two days in order to provide professional development for teachers, with a 5 percent off-schedule salary…

Local homeschool students earn ‘Memory Master’ award

MEMORY MASTERS [Top row:] Kate Priest, Kyra Brown, Caden Sepp, Emily Paquette, Jedidiah Eberhard, Seth Albert. [Bottom row:] Judah Brown , Ansley Priest, Lindsey Paquette, Eva Sepp, Makaela Fogde. (contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Eleven students from the Lancaster Classical Conversations homeschool community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting more than 400 facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the national Classical Conversations Memory Master program.  The students, who range in age from 6 to 12, earned their Memory Master awards April 29…

500+ students recognized for 4.0 GPAs

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LANCASTER – More than 500 high school seniors were honored for their academic achievements at the 15th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Celebration. The event took place Tuesday night at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds and was presented by Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair and the Antelope Valley Fair Association. “Together with the A.V. Fair Association, we…

Local robotics team wins Build Award

The local team won the Build Award, which is given to a team with a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail. [contributed]

PALMDALE– The Vex Jets Robotics Team 4073b from Joe Walker Middle School won the Build Award at the 2016 Vex World Championship, which took place  April 20-23.  The students competed against 86 teams in their division from a total of 172 teams from around the world for the title. The team of 12 students traveled…

Vice principal charged with vehicular manslaughter

Jada Jackson [Photo: Knight Prep Academy website]

PALMDALE – The vice principal of a middle school in Palmdale is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge. Jada Lashay Jackson of Knight Prep Academy was charged last month in connection with a 2015 traffic crash that killed 79-year-old Beverly Arlene Dwyer of Lancaster, according to court records. The multi-vehicle crash happened around 3:24 p.m. Tuesday,…

Young entrepreneurs put on their PR hats

Students enrolled in the Young The team at Passantino Andersen provided post-presentation feedback and tips for
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LANCASTER – The Young Entrepreneurs Academy gained some insight in the world of public relations during a recent field trip to Passantino Andersen Communications, a local award-winning public affairs firm. Each year students enrolled in the program have visited the firm to improve their strategic communication skills and help pitch their companies and products to…

Freethinkers suing local school district

Antelope Valley Freethinkers President David Dionne stands in front of the offices of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. [contributed]

LANCASTER – Two groups are suing the Antelope Valley Union High School District for allegedly not informing students about scholarships aimed at non-religious students. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week, the Antelope Valley Freethinkers and the Freedom from Religion Foundation asked district officials to include descriptions of their competitive scholarships in…

Superintendent unveils city-wide literacy initiative

Palmdale School District Superintendent Raúl Maldonado.[contributed]

PALMDALE – Palmdale School District Superintendent Raúl Maldonado and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford held an Innovation Summit recently to unveil the “Palmdale Promise: Early Learning Literacy Initiative.” “The Palmdale Promise: Early Learning Literacy Initiative represents a commitment to our families that all Palmdale students will be able to read by third grade,” Maldonado said. “We…

Lancaster teacher receives marine education fellowship

Christina Betzer, teacher at Amargosa Creek Middle School in Lancaster, has been selected by the non-profit organization Ecology Project International (EPI) to participate in an eight-day Research & Education Fellowship in Costa Rica. EPI is a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecologically critical environments in…

Local robotics teams finish competition season strong

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PALMDALE – Several of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s First Tech Challenge robotics teams competed recently in the Robotics Regional Championship in Monrovia. Three teams from the Academy competed — Secret Team (8396), Torchbots (9777) and Alloymantulas (8714). Alloymantulas ended qualifying matches in sixth place. The closing ceremonies included the Secret Team winning second place for…

RoboSTEM Expo set for Feb. 27

RoboSTEM Expo preview pic

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s Robotics Team 5012, Gryffingear, will host the first ever RoboSTEM Expo in the Antelope Valley on Saturday, Feb. 27. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Event Center, located at 45000 Valley Central Way in Lancaster. The  RoboSTEM Expo is for STEM…

Eastside students put on their cooking hats

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LANCASTER – Students at Eastside Union School District are learning healthy eating habits and vital life skills through cooking classes. The pilot cooking program aims to help at-risk students regain their focus while boosting their confidence in the education system. “We are bridging the gap in our at-risk youth by introducing new opportunities to get…

Marinello shuts down amid fraud accusations

The Marinello location in Palmdale.

LOS ANGELES – The Marinello Schools of Beauty is closing its campuses, including the Palmdale location, as a result of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to cut off access to student financial aid, the company announced. “The Department of Education’s unprecedented and unfounded actions left us with no other option except to close our…

Local students help form robotics team in Japan

The students are collaborating under the guidance of teacher Matthew Anderson [right]. (contributed)

QUARTZ HILL – Students involved in the Vex Jets Robotics team at Joe Walker Middle School helped a former student establish a robotics team in Tokyo, Japan. Under the guidance of teacher Matthew Anderson, the Vex Jets students have been video-corresponding with former student Noah Okada for the past four months. Okada was heavily involved…

DeVry University accused of fraud

DeVry University's Palmdale branch.

LOS ANGELES  – The operator of a for-profit college chain is being sued for allegedly lying about its students’ job prospects and earning potential. The Federal Trade Commission contends DeVry University — which has branches in Palmdale, Anaheim, San Diego and elsewhere — deceived consumers by claiming that 90 percent of its students seeking employment…