Education

Local students advocate for STEM education on Capitol Hill

Team 5012 members meet with Congressman Steve Knight in his office to discuss STEM legislation. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students from The Palmdale Aerospace Academy took to Capitol Hill recently to advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs. Members of Team 5012 “Gryffingear” traveled to Washington D.C., as participants in the FIRST (For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology) National Advocacy Conference June 14-16. The event brought together robotics…

Video: Highland’s Rachel Garcia is Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year!

Rachel Garcia

PALMDALE – Highland High School’s Rachel Garcia is the 2014-15 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year! Garcia was surprised with the news recently by two-time Gold Medalist and former UCLA Bruin Stacey Nuveman. “Rachel really deserves to be this year’s Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year because she embodies everything the award stands…

Simona Grasman selected to attend prestigious conference

Simona Grasman (contributed)

LANCASTER — Simona Grasman, a senior at Quartz Hill High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, from June 28-30. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is…

Students study earth from NASA flying laboratory

Matthew Irish, a senior Climate Impact Engineering major at the University of Michigan, attaches tubing to the Whole Air Sampler (WAS) instrument installed on the NASA DC-8 airborne laboratory. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse them in the agency’s Earth science research. Hosted by NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center facility in Palmdale, the Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) kicked off June 15 with lectures by NASA scientists and program managers. Now in…

UAV names new baseball coach

Jacob Garsez (contributed)

LANCASTER – Jacob Garsez has been tabbed the second head baseball coach in the history of University of Antelope Valley baseball, Director of Athletics Jeff Bussell announced. Garsez joins the Pioneers after being with the baseball program at Corban University since 2011. There was a wide range of applicants for the coveted position, Bussell explained,…

Palmdale Aerospace Academy wraps Summer Science Academy

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy this week held a Summer Science Academy that provided hands-on, interactive activities for students entering the seventh and eighth grades this fall. Around 70 students attended this year’s Summer Science Academy, where they explored engineering careers through activities that were designed to challenge them while making science and learning…

Free summer lunch program announced

: Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, left, gets ready to taste a sample of the lunches that will be provided free to kids 18 and under. Looking on, seated left to right, Pastor Darrell Downs and Councilmember Fred Thompson. Standing is Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado. (contributed photo)

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale and the Palmdale School District on Wednesday announced a new free summer lunch program. At a news conference held at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Palmdale, Mayor Jim Ledford, Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado and Pastor Darrell Downs announced the details of the program, which will be…

Local student wins PBS SoCal’s KIDS Writers Contest!

Aaliyah Lavender

LANCASTER – Aaliyah Brianna Lavender, a third-grader at Life Source International Charter School in Lancaster, is a regional winner of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest, according to an announcement by PBS for Greater Los Angeles. As one of PBS SoCaL’s first place winners, Aaliyah will be moving on to the National PBS KIDS Writers…

Local students train to save lives

High school students from the Health Careers Academy, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Technology programs acted as mentors to the Desert Willow students. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students bobbed rhythmically as the falsetto voices of the Bee Gees’ Staying Alive rang through the gymnasium at Desert Willow Intermediate School. This was no school dance, though. These 7th and 8th grade students were learning hands-only CPR and becoming empowered as lifesavers. “The best thing for me has been seeing the change…

Target, singer-songwriter donate $10k to Cottonwood

Tiffany presents her favorite teacher with a bouquet of flowers. (contributed)

QUARTZ HILL – Former Cottonwood Elementary student Tiffany Alvord partnered with Target to donate $10,000 to the school in honor of kindergarten teacher Mrs. Elliott. Alvord, a 22-year-old Internet celebrity with more than 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube, surprised her former teacher recently with a $10,000 check, presented on behalf of Target. Alvord even treated…

Palmdale honors robotics world champions

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale recognized the students of Team 5012 Gryffingear for their world championship win at this week’s council meeting. The robotics team from the Palmdale Aerospace Academy recently won the world champion title against more than 600 competitors at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) World Championship…

Lancaster student wins Congressional Art Competition for 23rd District

Christiana Macy created her piece, “Lost in Thought,” using colored pencil. (Winning image courtesy Congressman Kevin McCarthy)

BAKERSFIELD – Christiana Macy, an 11th-grade homeschool student at Grace Christian Academy in Lancaster, is the overall winner of the 34th annual “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students in California’s 23rd Congressional District, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday. Under the direction of her art teacher, Alicia Garver, Christiana created her piece,…

Helpful Honda rewards “outstanding” Palmdale teacher

Helpful Honda's Tami Horetski presents Teacher Appreciation Award winner Angie Bohannon with $5000 worth of reading materials and iPads Tuesday, May 5. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Yucca Elementary teacher Angie Bohannon received a special surprise Tuesday morning when the Guys in Blue crashed a school assembly with $5,000 worth of supplies for her classroom. The gift was part of the Helpful Honda team’s effort to recognize and reward five deserving teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, according to spokesperson Destin…

Local students earn National Homeschool Award

Local Memory Masters [L to R] Kate Priest, 9, Saysha Brown, 11, Judah Brown, 7, Kyra Brown, 9, Sophie Schroeder, 10, Eva Sepp, 6, Caden Sepp, 8. (Contributed)

LANCASTER – Seven students from the Lancaster Classical Conversations homeschool community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting hundreds of facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the Classical Conversations Memory Master program. The students, ranging in age from six to 11 years old, earned the title Memory Master on Friday, May…

Joe Walker teacher receives key to the city

Matt ANderson key to Lancaster

LANCASTER – Matthew Anderson from Joe Walker Middle School received a Key to The City award recently from Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. In the month of February, Anderson received national recognition as the Project Lead The Way Gateway Teacher of Year Award, due to his hard-work and dedication at Joe Walker. Anderson’s national recognition…

Teachers, students prepare to care for selves in emergency

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Dale Luvvik leads a debriefing the
conclusion of the exercise. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students at Palmdale Learning Plaza calmly turned off lights and computers and came together behind their teacher’s desk. Meanwhile, their teacher made an announcement over the school PA system to secure all classrooms. In the hallway, a group of school administrators observed, making notes of what went right and what could be improved…

Gryffingear of the Palmdale Aerospace Academy wins FRC World Championship Competition!

Team 5012 Gryffingear is mMade up of 35 students, six mentors and two advisors. (contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s FRC Team 5012 – Gryffingear won the 2015 FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, which was held April 22-26. The championship competition was called “Recycle Rush,” a themed game played by two “alliances” of three robots each. Robots scored points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those…

BMX bike show at Tierra Bonita Elementary

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LANCASTER – Students screamed with excitement recently while attending a one-of-a-kind BMX bike stunt show at Eastside Union School District’s Tierra Bonita Elementary. Eastside district has been implementing new ideas to energize students on their Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing. BMX group Team Soil showcased high-energy air stunts on April 23 to demonstrate to…

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…