Education

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…

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…