Education

Films from Knight High School declared regional winners in mental health film program

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PALMDALE – Two films created by students at William J. Pete Knight High School in Palmdale were regional winners in the third annual Directing Change Student Film Program, a statewide prevention effort sponsored by Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) that empowers young people to promote…

Local students to be honored for academic achievements

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LANCASTER – Approximately 358 local high school seniors graduating with a cumulative 4.0 or higher grade-point average will be recognized for their academic achievements at the 14th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Dinner on April 23. “Maintaining a 4.0 (and higher) GPA throughout high school is impressive. It meant long nights spent studying, and many of…

AVC student selected as NASA Aerospace Scholar

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LANCASTER – Victoria Jenne of Antelope Valley College will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this spring to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Jenne is one of 240 community college students from across the country selected for the coveted project. The five-week scholars program culminates with a three-day on-site event…

Local robotics team takes first place at FRC Las Vegas regional competition, wins Imagery Award

TPAA Team 5012 Gryffingear Robotics is made up of 35 students, six mentors and two advisors. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s (TPAA) FRC Team 5012 Gryffingear took first place and won their second Imagery Award at the Las Vegas FRC Regional Competition held March 26-28 at the Las Vegas Cashman’s Center. The competition featured 42 teams from around the country, including Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, California, and three teams…

Valley aerospace STEM pioneer to be recognized

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PALMDALE – Robert “Bob” Johnstone, who passed away Nov. 8, 2014, was among Antelope Valley’s most recognized advocates for educational systems emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). He played a key role in helping promote the broad STEM-based educational opportunities that students have in the Antelope Valley. In his memory, The Palmdale Aerospace Academy…

QHHS STEM Expo set for April 15, judges needed

The QHHS STEM Expo has already attracted more than 170 individual and group entries, according to organizers. (Contributed images)

LANCASTER – Hundreds of students are gearing up to showcase innovative projects next month at the inaugural Quartz Hill High School STEM Expo. The event, which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will be held Wednesday, April 15, inside the small gym at Quartz Hill High School, located at 6040 West Avenue L. Judging will…

SOAR students showcase invention at White House Science Fair

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President Obama on Monday welcomed budding scientists and engineers from across the country to showcase their inventions at the 2015 White House Science Fair. Two local students, Jonathan Hernandez and Fanta Sinayoko, were among the gifted young leaders selected to participate in the fifth annual event. Hernandez and Sinayoko represented the SOAR High School InvenTeam…

Edwards thanked for ‘saluting’ AV youth

Betsy McKinstry, Antelope Valley Union High School District College and Career director, presented Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, with a certificate of appreciation for Edwards AFB's participation in the district's 2014 Salute to Youth program. The presentation was made during the weekly test wing staff meeting March 17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB — The Antelope Valley Union High School District recognized Edwards AFB this week for its contributions to the area’s annual Salute to Youth event. The 23rd Annual Salute to Youth was held Oct. 9, 2014, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. There were featured exhibits, static displays and demonstrations, all showcasing career paths to…

Anderson recognized as ‘Gateway Teacher of The Year’

Matthew Anderson (second from left) pictured with his students at the Project Lead The Way California State Conference in Sacramento, where Anderson received the award. Elizabeth Anderson (far right) is also pictured. [Contributed]

QUARTZ HILL – For students at Joe Walker Middle School, teacher Matthew Anderson is not just a mentor but also a companion, who helps them succeed in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Anderson was presented recently with Project Lead The Way’s Gateway Teacher of Year award, due to his hard work…

Paraclete, Quartz Hill teams among winners at Math Field Day

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LANCASTER – Top math students from 10 area high schools spent 90 minutes Friday morning working through a series of written problems devised by Antelope Valley College math faculty members. When the 35th annual Mathematics Field Day was over, students from Paraclete and Quartz Hill high schools walked away with bragging rights for having the…

Palmdale School District teacher wins award

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PALMDALE – Every child needs a champion to lead, encourage and help them as they learn and grow. Many children have found such a champion in Palmdale School District’s Miriam Torres, the Dos Caminos School teacher who was selected as the California Association of Bilingual Educators’ 2015 Teacher of the Year. “I am honored by…

Palmdale City Library’s “Techmobile” debuts

A student uses a Techmobile IPad. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library’s brand new “Techmobile” made its debut Tuesday at Tumbleweed Elementary School as part of The National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America. Palmdale City Library Director Thomas Vose drove the new vehicle to the school for its outdoor “Reading Party.” Students and parents were able to see it for…

Raising teen dating violence awareness

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O'Dowd, 412th Test Wing chaplain, speaks to parents and teens during the Elephant in the Room event held at Desert Jr.-Sr High School on Feb. 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)

EDWARDS AFB – Family Advocacy joined teens and parents at Desert Jr.-Sr. High School last month to talk about the elephant in the room – teen dating violence. A panel of subject matter experts gathered in the cafeteria to address issues with social media, sexting, dating violence, break ups gone wrong and unhealthy relationships. “If…

Palmdale educators selected for 2015 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program

2014 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. [Courtesy NASA/SOFIA]

PALMDALE – Working to expand professional development opportunities for science educators across the country, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy program, known as SOFIA, has selected 14 two-person teams for its 2015 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. Monique Perez and Jeri Sloane, both teachers at Palmdale Learning Plaza, are among the educators who were selected for…

School administrator accused of dogfighting fired

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PALMDALE – An assistant superintendent awaiting trial for child abuse, dog fighting and animal cruelty has been fired, according to a press release by the Palmdale School District. “[Tuesday, Feb. 24,] the Board of Trustees of the Palmdale School District held a special board meeting to consider whether the District should terminate the employment agreement…