Education

AVC Anthropology Expo set for Oct. 24

Keynote speaker Dr. Duncan Earle has been involved in research on the contemporary Maya and their ancestors for more than 35 years.

LANCASTER –  The third annual Anthropology Expo has been set for Friday, October 24.  This year’s theme is “Anthropology in the Real World,” focusing on what students can do with a degree in Anthropology. The afternoon event from noon to 4 p.m. features guest speakers discussing their anthropology careers and an alumni Q&A session. Dr.…

UAV founders continue to give back to alma mater

The Johnson family: (L to R) Devion, Sandra, Tiffany and Marco

LANCASTER – During half-time ceremonies at the Lopes’ homecoming football game Friday night, University of Antelope Valley founders Marco and Sandra Johnson presented a $10,000 check to Antelope Valley High School. The donation marks the sixth annual installment of a 10-year, $100,000 commitment the Johnsons made to their alma mater, Antelope Valley High School, to…

Palmdale Auto Mall selected for 2014 Dream Award

SAVE President Dennis Shaffer and board member Mark Davey announces the 2014 Dream Awards winner -- The Palmdale Auto Mall. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The South Antelope Valley Education Foundation has announced the Palmdale Auto Mall as the 2014 Dream Award Recipient. The award is given annually to a business or individual who has shown exemplary support of education in the community. Palmdale Auto Mall hosted the Celebrate Education event in May, sponsored the Antelope Valley Rubber…

Application period begins for Edison Scholars Program

AVC Foundation Scholarship application deadline

The application period begins today and runs through Feb. 1 for the 2014-15 Edison Scholars Program. The $1.2-million program offers 30 scholarships valued at $40,000 each, paid over four years. The scholarships are available to Southern California high school seniors with a 2.8 GPA or above who either live in or attend public or private…

TPAA robotics team finalists in Fall Classic tournament

A team of approximately 20 students, including engineering, marketing, drive, and design specialists from The Academy, attended the competition in Placentia. (Contributed photo)

The Gryffingear Robotics Team successfully represented The Palmdale Aerospace Academy with two robots reaching the final rounds at the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum’s annual off-season FIRST® Robotics Competition this past weekend. A team of approximately 20 students, including engineering, marketing, drive, and design specialists from The Academy, attended the competition in Placentia. The two…

Local educator named Teacher of the Year

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Elizabeth Anderson, middle school mathematics teacher at Joe Walker Stealth Academy in Lancaster, was honored as Teacher of the Year for Westside Union School District. “We are proud to honor Mrs. Anderson as Teacher of the Year for 2014,” said Regina Rossall, Superintendent of Westside Union School District. “She continues to exemplify the excellence in…

UAV preparing students for mass casualty incidents

A variety of emergency situations will incorporated in the Sept. 30 MCI drill, including earthquakes, gas explosions and multi-vehicle accidents. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – A mass casualty incident (MCI) is declared when an incident involves more casualties than a typical emergency response team can handle. Examples include, but are not limited to: Multiple vehicle collisions, Mass transit accidents, Carbon monoxide emergencies, Hazmat incidents, Multiple shooting victims, and Chemical exposure. University of Antelope Valley has conducted an MCI…

Eastside School District opens fifth campus in Lancaster

At the dedication ceremony, Mrs. Thomas' 6th grade class sang the new school song, "Enterprise Our Home."

LANCASTER –Eastside Union School District officials Friday morning cut the ribbon on the newest school campus in Lancaster. Enterprise Elementary School, the District’s fifth campus, is located at 3730 East Avenue J-4. It hosts a student body of approximately 750 students, but the capacity of the school is approximately 1100 students, according to Eastside School…

Palmdale Aerospace Academy prepares bots for battle

Brian Martin, Robotics Advisor and teacher at The Palmdale Aerospace Academy noted that the Gryffingear team has put in many off-season hours to re-build the practice bots to get ready for these competitions

PALMDALE – The award-winning Gryffingear Robotics Team of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy will be battling for a winning title in a competition later this month. Representing Palmdale at the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum’s annual off-season FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), The Academy’s “Basilisk” and “Golden Snitch” will each be competing among 34 other teams. The…

Lockdown at Tamarisk Elementary

Palmdale lockdown

PALMDALE – A Palmdale elementary school was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a student overheard a comment that a weapon was on campus, according to a statement from the Palmdale School District (PSD). Tamarisk Elementary School, located at 1843 East Avenue Q 5 in Palmdale, was placed on a campus lockdown that ended at approximately…

Vandalism costs school district $12,000

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EDWARDS AFB – Several base schools have been vandalized since Aug. 25 incurring over $12,000 in damages to the Muroc Joint Unified School District. The majority of the destruction has occurred at Bailey Elementary School where windows, ceiling tiles and equipment such as phones, light panels, display cases, over-head projectors and clocks have been broken.…

Rosamond High grad excels at NASA internship

Kassidy was an important asset because she helped relieve the workload of the other RGCS engineers. (KEN ULBRICH)

Kassidy McLaughlin spent her summer at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center helping to develop systems that will one day allow unmanned aircraft to safely fly within the national airspace system (NAS). A lifelong resident of Rosamond, McLaughlin graduated from Rosamond High School’s Class of 2014 this spring and was immediately accepted into the NASA intern…

She lost her sight but not her vision for success

Raenell Weatherspoon is a massage therapy student at UAV and currently completing her externship at Haddad Chiropractic in Lancaster. The mother of six is ready to confront any obstacle while remaining in good spirits, and she is a morale booster for other students, according to UAV staff. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Raenell Weatherspoon is in the midst of defining her personal journey.  Born with a degenerative eye disease, the mother of six young girls eventually lost 100% of her eyesight but never lost her vision for success. Instead, she decided to be an example for her children and focus on her new sense of…

Antonovich tours local charter school

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich interacts with students Aug. 20 at The Palmdale Aerospace Academy. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy last week welcomed a visit from Supervisor Michael Antonovich and CEO Sachi Hamai of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Assistant Headmaster Matthew Winheim  conducted the tour, which highlighted the school’s STEM-based academics and a curriculum based on preparing students for careers in the 21st century.  The Academy…

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

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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…