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The standings for Beaumont High School’s Top 10, as they were reported to the Record Gazette two weeks prior to graduation. Last minute changes that could alter a student’s overall grade point average could shift their standing as of commencement.

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Friday 05/27/2016
Beaumont High School Top 10
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:11 am

The standings for Beaumont High School’s Top 10, as they were reported to the Record Gazette two weeks prior to graduation. Last minute changes that could alter a student’s overall grade point average could shift their standing as of commencement.

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Perfect attendance
Posted: May 27, 2016

First photo, back row: Dean of Students, Adirenne Griffith; School Board Member, Kerri Meriner; Fred Toro; Director of Educational Services, Felicia Adkins; Josue Sandoval, Max Sandoval, Ivan Hernandez;Principal, Matt Valdivia; Asst. Principal, Laurie DeSouza; Superintendent, Robert Guillen; School Board President, Alfredo Andrade.

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New Horizons High School graduates 169 students
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 9:55 am

New Horizons High School in Banning held its 2016 commencement ceremony on May 18.

The ceremony celebrated the hard work of 169 graduates. Most importantly, it also taught many that it is never too late to accomplish anything as long as people put their minds to it.

“Don’t ever give up. It’s never too late to go back,” said graduate Katrina Rosado, “And when there’s a will there’s a way.”

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Thursday 05/19/2016
Banning High School’s Top 10
Updated: May 19, 2016 - 8:22 am

The standings for Banning High School’s Top 10, as they were reported to the Record Gazette a week prior to graduation. Last minute changes that could alter a student’s overall grade point average could shift their standing as of commencement.

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Thursday 05/12/2016
Glen View students film reggae star’s debut single
Updated: May 13, 2016 - 8:38 am

It was only fitting that a couple of Glen View High School students got to help film international reggae artist Tippa Irie’s upcoming video, “Big People Now.”

Irie, who lives in London, was at the Craftsman-style home of Cherry Valley couple Jerry and Anna Pearson during the late afternoon of May 3, having connected through Glen View teacher Cesar Lopez, who has done video work for other artists, and has Hollywood connections.

Irie’s voice is featured throughout the 2009 reggae hit — including the title lyric — “Hey Mama,” by the Black Eyed Peas.

“Big People Now” will be the first single on Irie’s upcoming album, “Livin’ the Dream,” due out on June 1.

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Nicolet candy sellers are going to Disneyland
Updated: May 12, 2016 - 10:10 am

Standing among shoppers at the Cabazon Outlets, Prince Waters sold out of a box of chocolate bars in just an hour.

And, within just a few months, he had sold 22 boxes of chocolate, each containing 60 candy bars, selling for a buck apiece.

That made him among the top three sellers in a fundraising campaign that would enable him and 182 other seventh-graders at Nicolet Middle School in Banning to travel to Disneyland — including transportation and admission — for just $20.

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Thursday 05/05/2016
Donation of instruments caps off strings of success for Banning High School bands
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 11:59 am

It has been a banner year of revitalization for Banning High School’s band program.

Its most recent success comes in the form of 20 brand new instruments, compliments of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, based in Studio City.

That’s in addition to $150,000 allocated by the school district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan, and $1,000 awarded earlier this year by the Banning-based San Gorgonio Education Foundation, to replace and update the band’s musical score collection and composition library.

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Two million words later, principal Alissa is ‘Hoffer One’
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 11:34 am

Hoffer Elementary School’s principal for the day, fifth-grader Alissa Zavala, lugged around a pail of lollipops to pass out to fellow students.

In her other hand, she carried around Matt Beilstein’s walkie-talkie, handing it off to her assistant principal for the day each time someone needed to address “Hoffer One.”

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Monday 05/02/2016
Beaumont High School seniors commit to choosing college, careers and the military
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 9:52 am

More than 200 Beaumont High School seniors signed certificates Tuesday morning, committing to attending college, declaring a career path, or joining the military during the “College and Career Signing” day held in the school’s gymnasium.

The seniors were joined by approximately 70 dignitaries, including Beaumont school administrators and staff, city officials, chamber of commerce director and members, school board members and police representatives.

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For second consecutive year, Broncos win Solar Boat Competition
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 9:25 am

There’s been a learning curve since retired Banning High School science teacher and former school board member Larry Ellis first led groups of advanced placement physics students to the Inland Solar Challenge in 2009.

Over the years during the solar boat competition, Banning’s boats have caught fire, and on one occasion, eight month’s-worth of hard work sank in 20 feet of water.

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Monday 04/25/2016
Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten registration in Beaumont
Posted: April 25, 2016

Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten registration will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Educational Support Facility, 350 W. Brookside Ave. in Beaumont.

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Friday 04/22/2016
AVID students, determining college based on site visits
Posted: April 22, 2016

Students can picture their ideal college in their minds, based on what they see in guide books and in glossy brochures.

That can easily change once they step foot on campus, and is a reason why Banning High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination students — typically the first in their families to attend college — fundraise all year for their year-end college road trip.

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Friday 04/15/2016
Beaumont High School Drama Department to present Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 8:16 am

Students from Beaumont High Schools’ advanced theater arts program will take the audience on a magic carpet ride when they present Disney’s Aladdin Jr. the weekend of April 22-24.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
Beaumont schools superintendent to retire, replacement named
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 9:28 am

Beaumont Superintendent Maureen Latham will retire July 8 and Terrence Davis, assistant superintendent of human resources, will succeed her as superintendent beginning July 9.

The school board met in closed session on Tuesday afternoon before making the announcement ninety minutes after their meeting.

Trustee Steven Hovey said that the vote was unanimous yet reluctant to accept the resignation of Latham, who became the interim superintendent in 2012 after Barry Kayrell left for the Hemet school district.

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Friday 03/25/2016
Beaumont schools facilities projects completed on schedule
Posted: March 25, 2016

Shade shelters with additional seating for students at Beaumont High School, and new acoustical wall panels inside the BHS and San Gorgonio Middle School gymnasiums, are among the facilities projects that have been completed on schedule within the last six months.

Beaumont Unified School District facilities director June Lindsey provided a tour Tuesday morning for the Record Gazette at different school district sites to show the finished projects that were started in August 2015.

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Beaumont teen given national President's Volunteer Service Award
Posted: March 25, 2016

The VIP program presented by the AYSO soccer league holds a special place in Aubrey Bennett’s heart.

The 16-year-old junior at Beaumont High School devotes 10 weeks of her Saturdays to a program that gives children with special needs the opportunity to play soccer in Beaumont.

“Every Saturday during the full season at 10 a.m. by the snack bar, we can have five to 25 kids coming out,” Aubrey said.

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Thursday 03/10/2016
Central conducts dual immersion spelling bee, in Spanish
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Central Elementary School celebrated their students’ hard work at their Dual Immersion Spelling Bee on Feb. 29.

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One night of reading, 82 million words later
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 12:13 pm

A kindergarten girl sat in front of Jorge Tagle, the Consul General of Chile, feet folded under her, book in her lap, and read to him.

“Reading opens worlds and opens your mind and makes you a better person,” Tagle said.

Central Elementary School held their Reading Night on March 1 in celebration of Read Across America, a project that aims to encourage young children to read and promotes literacy.

The event happens annually on March 2, to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

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Thursday 03/03/2016
Dry ice and electrolytes tested for science fair
Posted: March 03, 2016

Students at Banning school district’s Science Fair prove that science can be found in just about anything, from Gatorade to germs they might encounter in many school campus facilities.

The fair, held at Nicolet Middle School, showcased projects done by hardworking students.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Banning students participate in history day
Posted: February 18, 2016

Students in Banning Unified School District schools shared their love for history at the 2016 District History Day awards ceremony in Hoffer Elementary School’s cafeteria at the end of January.

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Charter Academy students learn about prospective careers
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 9:41 am

Students at Hope Academy Charter School in Beaumont had an opportunity last Friday to talk with doctors, animal trainers, dancers, paramedics and general contractors during a Career Day program at the school.

This was the second annual event for the charter school, said kindergarten teacher Tammy Slaten, who organized the program.

Slaten said the number of professions doubled this year, at close to 30 different career choices.

The idea for the career day is “just getting the kids thinking of careers out of the norm,” Slaten said.

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Nicolet hosts middle school science fair
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 9:10 am

Nicolet Middle School students discovered the formula for success in science on Feb. 4.

The school held its science fair in their auditorium, where projects were showcased among bright, glowing stage lights.

However, the event was more about the audience and students learning new things than competition.

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Thursday 02/04/2016
Beaumont Unified School District's spelling bee features intense competition
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 9:57 am

After 27 rounds, sixth-grader Katherine Spusta needed to spell “metamorphosis” to win the Beaumont Unified School District spelling bee on Jan. 28.

The San Gorgonio Middle School student correctly spelled the word and was named the winner after more than two hours of competition.

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New Horizon students celebrate Black History Month
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 9:52 am

Okra isn’t as common in Banning as, say, tacos or French fries, perhaps.

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Thursday 01/21/2016
Beaumont High School performing arts presents ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 9:00 am

Beaumont High School Drama Department presents “Fiddler on the Roof,” winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, “Fiddler on he Roof” is a humorous and poignant story about tradition, family and survival.  

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Band director Finch receives SGEF’s first-ever grant
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 9:03 am

The San Gorgonio Education Foundation (SGEF) awarded Banning High School’s band director Thomas Finch with their inaugural $1,000 to upgrade an antiquated music library for his band program.

The nonprofit organization considered grant proposals from Banning teachers who wanted to enhance learning experiences for students, and announced their winner at the Jan. 14 Banning school board meeting.

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Caster wins bee with the help of ‘carnitas’
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 8:57 am

‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ — Caster Dela Cruz won Banning’s district spelling bee with the word “carnitas.”

He will advance to the county spelling bee.

Alissa Zavala and Janelle Manikis came in close behind at the Banning Unified School District’s Spelling Bee at Hemmerling Elementary School on Jan. 12.

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Thursday 01/14/2016
Annual conference inspires girls from the Pass to pursue careers in science, technology
Posted: January 14, 2016

#IamAwesome. That was the message nearly 300 eighth-grade girls from the San Gorgonio Pass heard on Jan. 7 during the American Association of University Women’s STEM Conference at Mt. San Jacinto College.

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Beaumont school district celebrates Top Workplace award
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 9:48 am

The Beaumont Unified School District honored its employees with a reception Tuesday afternoon to recognize the district winning third place, in the larger business category, of Top Workplaces, presented by The Press-Enterprise for 2015.

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Thursday 12/24/2015
At Mojave River, success can be found in students’ code
Updated: December 24, 2015 - 8:25 am

Students at Mojave River Academy in Beaumont were having fun on Dec. 11, learning to code some favorite computer games such as “Star Wars” and “Flappy Birds.”

They were not alone.

During the week of December 7-13, known as Computer Science Education Week, schools across the country and internationally participated in the Hour of Code, a global movement where people took a one-hour tutorial course on computer science.

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Friday 11/20/2015
College trustee announces area committee for MSJC
Updated: November 20, 2015 - 10:31 am

Sherrie Guerrero, a member of the Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustee’s, recently announced the formation of a Communications Outreach Program.

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Thursday 10/29/2015
Brookside's Harvest Carnival celebrates Halloween
Posted: October 29, 2015

Halloween came a week early to Brookside Elementary School as hundreds of students and families enjoyed games such as pumpkin bowling, playing haunted musical chairs to the “Addams Family’’ theme and dressing up as witches, princesses, cheerleaders and colorful skeletons last Friday evening at the school.

The Harvest Carnival was held on the school’s blacktop and in various classrooms as families walked around and had fun with games such as throwing bean bags inside the pumpkin’s mouth, pond fishing for ducks and sharks, and dancing to Halloween-themed songs.

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College, career opportunities explored at Banning High
Posted: October 29, 2015

Stephanie Mendez wants to attend a nursing program, somewhere.

The Banning High School senior was surprised to learn about the Palm Springs campus of California State University, San Bernardino, which had a booth at her school’s College and Career Day Wednesday morning.

“It sounds like it feels more like a private school, even though it’s a state school,” which appealed to her, Mendez said.

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Thursday 10/22/2015
In school board race, two run unopposed, two vie for a single spot
Posted: October 22, 2015

Two individuals are vying for an open seat to represent District 3 for the Banning Unified School District board.

Two other candidates within the five districts are unopposed, and will automatically be seated at the district’s organizational board meeting, according to Registrar of Voters, Rebecca Spencer.

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Brookside Elementary students set sights on college and careers
Posted: October 22, 2015

Students at Brookside Elementary School in Beaumont are already thinking about their future careers.

Scientist, soldier, police officer, bug studier (entomologist), doctor, veterinarian, engineer, chef, illustrator, landscaper, nurse and marine biologist were among the career choices.

The Beaumont Unified School District held a College Awareness Day Oct. 7 to help students think about where they would like to study in order to pursue their careers.

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High school rodeo held at Dysart
Posted: October 22, 2015

For one weekend, Wyatt Sutton didn’t have to get up early on a Sunday to compete in a high school rodeo.

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Arson investigated at Banning High School
Posted: October 22, 2015

Fire investigators are sifting through what has been deemed a crime scene outside the principal’s office at Banning High School, after an early morning fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage on Oct. 15.

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Thursday 10/15/2015
Mayes, Morrell meet with school district about school facilities funding
Posted: October 15, 2015

Beaumont school board members met with Assemblyman Chad Mayes and Sen. Mike Morrell Tuesday evening to talk about the need for future schools and the challenges the district faces in securing funding for these facilities.

The special study session also included Roger Schultz, president of Mount San Jacinto College, MSJC trustee Sherrie Guerrero; Paul Jessup, Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Riverside County Office of Education; Ben Dolinka, president and CEO of Dolinka Group LLC, and Roger Clarke of the architectural firm Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke.

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Thursday 10/08/2015
Chronic absenteeism can affect students' college, career opportunities
Updated: October 10, 2015 - 9:18 am

Chronic absenteeism can have long-lasting effects on students as far as enrolling in college or looking for work.

School districts, including Beaumont and Banning, are working to reduce the number of days that students miss school in their early educational years to prevent chronic absenteeism.

“Parents don’t understand the importance of it and how it’s going to affect their child’s performance in later years,” said Domenica Bernauer, director of Student Services for the Beaumont Unified School District.

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Friday 10/02/2015
Beaumont High School distributes Chromebooks to students
Updated: October 03, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Beaumont High School students will now be able to do their homework and research more efficiently this school year now that they have their own Google Chromebooks, which were handed out last week in the school’s library.

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Thursday 09/17/2015
Assessment tests show Banning, Beaumont students meeting State standards
Posted: September 17, 2015

Banning and Beaumont school districts met or exceeded state standards for the Smarter Balanced Assessment computer tests in English Language Arts and Math, according to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test results released Sept. 9 by the California Department of Education.

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Friday 09/04/2015
Banning believes the time is right to reauthorize school bonds
Updated: September 04, 2015 - 9:29 am

Banning’s school district is likely to go to voters in an upcoming election to ask them to reauthorize Proposition 39 bonds, in order to finance projects that were either never started, or not completed.

Superintendent Robert Guillen told the school board at its Aug. 27 meeting that costs for intended projects will go up if the district waits to finance them later.

Guillen would like the district to follow through on promises to build a more modern library at the high school, as well as provide the campus with a performing arts theater and a technology center.

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Supporters hopeful to rename Hoffer School for Maxine Smith
Posted: September 04, 2015

Relatives and fans of the late school board member Maxine Smith hope that the Banning community will join in their crusade to rename Hoffer Elementary School after her.

Doing so would prove as “an additional concrete example of Banning school district’s sensitivity to, and respect for, diverse culture and race,” former principal, teacher and counselor Clara Wooten-Thomas told the school board at its Aug. 27 meeting.

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Thursday 08/27/2015
Beaumont High School students adjust to new construction on campus
Posted: August 27, 2015

Beaumont High School’s major construction projects, including a shade shelter with permanent tiered seating, photovoltaic shade covers in the lower parking lots, and acoustical wall panels in the large gymnasium, have closed the south entrance to the high school for an estimated 180 business days.

Classes began Aug. 13 for the 2015/16 school year. Parents accustomed to picking up and dropping off their children at the south entrance onto Brookside Avenue are having to use the north entrance instead.

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Thursday 08/20/2015
Banning High School students check out Chromebooks
Posted: August 20, 2015

Groups of students waited patiently around tables in the library as Banning High School assistant principal Kelly Daly explained the laptops about to be handed to them.

“You can put stickers on it if you want to — just not the glue kind,” Daly said. “You can take it home. It’s just another tool to add to your class,” to be used at the teacher’s discretion. “I’m so excited for you guys. You’re right on the right path for the 21st century learning. Aren’t you excited?”

A rather subdued response of agreement came back to her.

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Aiming for a bright future at MSJC and beyond
Posted: August 20, 2015

With their sights set on the future, thousands of students returned for classes on Aug. 17, 2015 at Mt. San Jacinto College. 

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Thursday 08/13/2015
Beaumont's new teachers are inspired and excited to start school year
Posted: August 13, 2015

The first day of school is always an exciting and nerve-wracking time for students.

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Morongo provides children with free shoes, backpacks
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 11:53 am

Eight hundred low-income students from across the San Gorgonio Pass received new shoes, clothes and backpacks stuffed with back-to-school supplies this week as part of an annual program funded by the Morongo Charity Golf Tournament.

Excited schoolchildren and their parents arrived at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse in Banning on last Wednesday morning to receive brand-name athletic shoes, hooded sweatshirts and backpacks stuffed with pencils, pens, crayons and other supplies.

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Thursday 08/06/2015
Pass area students return to the classroom
Posted: August 06, 2015

School is almost back in session.

After a few months of vacation, Banning and Beaumont students will be heading back to the classroom to start another school year.

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