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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…

Scorpion robotics teams recognized with flags

Maj. David Pangilinan spent time with the varsity team, Scorpion Robotics, while they practiced their interview techniques for an upcoming competition. (Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – The Scorpion Robotics teams at Desert Jr.-Sr. High School were recognized recently with several flag presentations. During their regular practice Feb. 12, they were joined by Maj. David Pangilinan, 452nd Flight Test Squadron, who recently returned from a deployment. Pangilinan presented an American flag that was flown on one of the last…

Local artist taps parents’ creativity to help students

Silva had parents not only learn about the creative process, but also engage in it. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – With classrooms and curriculum looking very different than when they were in school, many parents struggle with supporting their children in their education. Some parents face the added challenge of having grown up with fewer educational opportunities than their children. To help in this effort, Palmdale School District invited more than 100 parents…

Antelope Valley CEOs offer advice to young entrepreneurs

Dan Jacobs (left), CEO of Antelope Valley Fair, and Gus Camacho (right), CEO of Camacho Auto Group. (Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley CEOs offered enriching advice to budding entrepreneurs at a roundtable discussion Thursday night, emphasizing how the road to a rewarding future is paved with personal responsibility. The CEO Roundtable discussion at Antelope Valley College provided an enterprising forum for the 20 middle school students participating in the local Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s…

Local school district taking part in kindness challenge

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LANCASTER – Westside Union School District is preparing to bring compassion and caring to the forefront next week through “The Great Kindness Challenge.” The Great Kindness Challenge is a grassroots program started in Carlsbad, Calif. that has spread to over two million students in more than 4,000 schools in 47 countries. The program challenges students…