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  • High school student holding plaque as several people applaud him in the background Chino High senior Gabriel Powell honored for heroism

    Braving hot embers from the roof of a neighbor’s burning home in March, Chino High senior Gabriel Powell helped lead four people in the house to safety.

    Gabriel was honored for his heroism at the May 21 Chino Valley Unified School District Board meeting at Woodcrest Junior High in Ontario. He was also recognized at the board meeting by the Chino Valley Independent Fire District, who had recently presented the student with a citizen commendation.

    On the morning of March 4, Gabriel was on his way to school when he smelled a fire. He initially thought it was someone barbecuing. When Gabriel discovered flames and smoke coming from a house behind his family’s home, he leapt into action. Hearing people screaming, he ran into the house, checked all the downstairs rooms and helped an elderly couple get out. Gabriel also helped two men who were coming from upstairs get out of the home.

    He arrived later at school with ash still on his face and t-shirt.

    Pictured: Chino High senior Gabriel Powell (right) holds the plaque he received from the Chino Valley Unified School District and its Board of Education May 21 for saving four people from a house fire in Chino earlier this year. Board President Irene Hernandez-Blair (left) presented the award, and Deputy Chief Jeremy Ault of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District presented a commendation to the young man. Applauding in the background are School Board Members James Na, Pamela Feix, and Superintendent Wayne Joseph.

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  • High school seniors honored at CVUSD’s annual Military Salute

    More than 30 high school seniors from the Chino Valley Unified School District were honored at the May 21 school board meeting for enlisting in or being appointed to the military.

    The students received small American flags and certificates during the annual Military Salute.

    The students and their military branch by school are:

    Ayla High principal Diana Yarboi between two male high school students holding American flags Ayala High

    Cade Khademi, Marine Corps; and Chris Viola, Marine Corps.


    Chino High principal Felix Melendez to the left of a group of high school students holding American flags Chino High

    Ethan Taylor, Marine Corps; Julia Hargrove, Army; Felipe Urias, Marine Corps; Jorge Calderon, Marine Corps; Alejandro Morales, Marine Corps; Rene Nieto, Marine Corps; William Bivens, Marine Corps; Michael Alvarado, Marine Corps; David Melgoza, Marine Corps; Amberlee Rosales, Army; Destiny Valle, Army; Jose Rafael Eusquiano, Navy; Kevin Heatherton, Air Force; Tia Melton, Navy; and Fabiola Gonzalez, Army.


    Chino Hills High principal Isabel Brenes between a group of high school students holding American flags Chino Hills High

    Ryan Aquino, Army Reserves; Alex Adame, Marine Corps; Charles Davis, Marine Corps; Brad Smith, Marine Corps; and Joshua Paul Torres, Air Force.


    Don Lugo High principal Kimberly Cabrera between high school students holding American flags Don Lugo High

    Daniel Pulido, Marine Corps; Angel Limon, Army; Stephanie Jackson, Army; Anthony Torres, Marine Corps; Chase Price, Marine Corps; Angel Barajas, Army; Wyatt Bressel, Army; Hieu Nguyen, Army; Vincent Elias, Army; Marcus Pendleton, Army; Anthony Ramirez, Army; and Joseph Bennett, Air Force.


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  • Bobbie Hobby named School Nurse of the YearLaurel Mullally and Bobbie Hobby

    Bobbie Hobby was honored as the peer-nominated 2015 School Nurse of the Year at the Chino Valley Unified School District’s May 21 Board of Education meeting at Woodcrest Junior High in Ontario.

    Ms. Hobby started her professional registered nurse (RN) career in 1986, performing home-health care for medical and surgical patients for the Visiting Nurse Association. She transitioned to pediatric and adolescent mental health, and for the next 10 years, worked as charge nurse at Charter Oak Hospital. In that post, she facilitated parenting education. Sixteen years ago, she joined the Chino Valley Unified School District as a school nurse.

    In addition to her nursing responsibilities, Ms. Hobby has facilitated the Active Parenting (parent education) program in the district, and has acted as mentor to many bachelor’s degree level student nurses. She has also served as a summer school nurse. 

    Ms. Hobby said what she enjoys most about school nursing is being able to utilize all of her past medical and behavioral health training.

    Pictured: Bobbie Hobby (right) is introduced as the 2015 School Nurse of the Year by Laurel Mullally, Director of Health Services for Chino Valley Unified School District.

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  • Logo for Classified School Employees Week featuring a tree inside a circle May 17 to 23 is Classified Employees Week/Semana de Empleados Clasificados

    Let's show our bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, clerks, groundskeepers, maintenance workers, and other support staff how important they are to the community.

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  • California Day of the Teacher poster featuring characters exploring space Day of the Teacher
    is May 13!

    Our employees play a valuable role in educating our students. Please take time to show appreciation for their dedication in serving our students and district!

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  • Wayne Joseph I have often been asked over the previous nineteen years as an employee of our District, why I have stayed in Chino rather than moving to another school district. My answer has always been that the Chino District is a special place due to the quality of its people. I am again reminded of this fact upon realizing that May 13th is the “Day of the Teacher” in our State, and May 17-23 is “Classified Employees Week.”

    One can never overemphasize the impact that teachers have on the students in our District. We naturally think of the academic influence our teachers have especially in light of the outstanding reputation our District has for scholastic prowess. However, equally important is the emotional effect our teachers have on our young people. The kind word, the engaging smile, and the encouraging hug are the typical behaviors of our teachers.

    Meanwhile, our classified staff are the unsung heroes and heroines in our District. Their work often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. The school secretary who greets every visitor with a warm welcome; the instructional aide who ensures that the teacher’s words are understood by the students; the cafeteria worker who makes sure that our students receive healthy, nutritious food are just a few examples of the impactful work that is performed by our classified employees.

    We are all guilty at times of taking for granted many of the favors that have been bestowed upon us. As Superintendent, I am once again reminded of our exemplary employees that expend all of their physical, mental, and emotional energies in an attempt to make CVUSD the wonderful place it continues to be.

    So when I am asked why I have remained in Chino the answer is always the same---it is our magnificent employees who continue to motivate me and make me realize how blessed I am to be in a district where the inspirational and the uplifting are on display each and every day.

    Wayne Joseph
      Wayne M. Joseph, Superintendent

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  • Adult technician showing a high school boy how to use a centrifuge Hands-on medical experience offered to CHHS students

    Chino Hills High students interested in medical careers can get real-life experience through an internship program offered at Chino Valley Medical Center, Priceless Pets animal rescue, and other health-related facilities in the area.

    The internship program began seven years ago through an agreement between Dr. James M. Lally, president and chief medical officer of Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, and the Chino Hills High School Health Sciences Academy (HSA), a career exploration program.  

    HSA students may apply for internships after successfully completing Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems courses at Chino Hills High and enrolling in the Baldy View Regional Occupational Program’s Allied Health Skills course.  

    Students learn about various health care careers in the semester-long unpaid internship through job shadowing, observations, and personal interviews with medical professionals.

    They rotate through eight to 10 departments in the hospital, including patient care, laboratory, front desk, emergency room, and central sterilization.

    During the school year, students volunteer from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, for a total of six hours a week. In the summer, they volunteer 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. for a total of 12 hours a week.

    They must serve a minimum of 90 hours a semester on the job to earn five units of credits. 

    The interns must also be enrolled in the Work Experience Internship program and attend a weekly class where basic job readiness, work ethics, career exploration and labor laws are studied.

    Additionally, HSA students interested in pediatric medicine are encouraged to intern in the Chino Valley Unified School District’s after-school Fun Club programs to determine if they are gifted at dealing with young children.  

    Students interested in veterinary science or who want to practice particular medical skills early are encouraged to intern at Priceless Pets Orphanage in Chino Hills. At the center, the students can practice medical skills such as immunization, wound care, and medication administration on animals.

    Some students intern in private practices specific to their career interest.  

    Over the last year, 41 HSA students have interned at Chino Valley Medical Center, 52 at Priceless Pets, 11 in private practices and at other facilities such as Casa Colina Center for Rehabilitation and the Chino Valley Independent Fire District’s Fire Explorers program.

    Students involved in the HSA internship program this school year include: Jonah Longares, Matthew Sauceda, Hugo Padilla III, McKayla Buchholz, Taylor Sims, Lauren Burgueno, Veronica Mamisay, and Angela Gao, Kyle Ayento, Ashley Staffor, Angelica Framel, Juliana Ospina, Kylie Kelly, Ian Gerodias, Sabrina lam, Albert Chen, and Christopher Montoya, Taylor Barber, Jessica Bonilla, Monica Brizuela, Mikayla Cutter, Faith Chavez, Mariah Diaz, Heather Dungca, Danielle Fjeldsted, Daniel Gaviria, Amanda Hidajat, Marissa Howdershelt, Jovanca Karnadi, Anna Konopelkin, Constance Lai, Juliana Ospina, Komal Oza, Alyssa Padilla, Rhiannon Rivas, Alicia Tien, Samuel Tito, Nicole Truong, Elijiah Valdez, Isaiah Valdez, and Alexandria Williams.

    For information about the internship program, contact Linda L. Zeigler, Work Based Learning and Internship Coordinator at Chino Hills High, linda_zeigler@chino.k12.ca.us. Students may also contact Ms. Zeigler at lunchtime. Parents may also call her at (909) 606-7540, ext. 5108.

    Pictured: Chino Valley Medical Center staff member Jonathan Encarnacion shows Chino Hills High junior Hugo Padilla III how to place blood sample tubes in a centrifuge.

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  • Photo of Chino High senior Andrea Ruedas Chino High senior named Gates Millennium Scholar

    Having parents with limited English speaking skills caused Andrea Ruedas to grow up fast and learn quickly.

    The Chino High senior’s efforts have made her second in her class of 2015 and earned her the title of a Gates Millennium Scholar.

    As a Gates Scholar, she will receive full tuition, up through her PhD, to Stanford University or another college of her choice, where she plans to major in economics and international relations.

    The scholarship, awarded each year to 1,000 students, is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates is co-founder of Microsoft.

    Andrea hopes to work for a technology company or a banking firm in Northern California. She may also pursue a political career, she said.

    She came to the United States from Mexico with her family at the age of 7 and often translated for her Spanish-speaking parents. Andrea said it was tough going at first because her parents weren’t familiar with American culture or educational practices.

    Andrea said her desire to attend college increased after attending a summer college program designed to get low-income students into higher education.

    At Chino High, Andrea has served as an officer for the Associated Student Body, Science Club, and National Honor Society; and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation.

    She has also volunteered in the Citizenship Class at Chino Valley Adult School, providing adults who are not skilled in English an opportunity to do mock interviews, practice citizenship questions, and prepare for their naturalization exam. She is a member of the Kiwanis’ Key Club, a community service group for youth; is serving as an intern for Congresswoman Norma J. Torres; and is an Advisory Board member for the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success for students who are traditionally underserved in higher education. Andrea is also a member of the Young Senators Program, a group of students who meet monthly to discuss local issues, the government, and personal experiences within the community.

    She is also an AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction, a National Hispanic Recognition Program recipient, and was named an Emerging Woman of the Year of the 32nd Congressional District in 2014.

    Andrea is the daughter of Aida Ramos of Ontario.

    This is not the first time a Chino Valley Unified School District student has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar. Illan Rodriguez, a Don Lugo High graduate, received the prestigious scholarship during his senior year in 2013.

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  • Officers from San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office talking to junior high students inside classroom Letters from junior high students warm the hearts of local law enforcement officers

    A box full of heartfelt thank you letters was left in the lobby of the Chino Hills station last week, evoking emotions in the deputies at the station that are often not shared by members of the law enforcement community.

    “When I read the letters written by these junior high students I was overwhelmed with emotions,” said Chino Hills Lt. Dave Phelps. “I am honored to be in the law enforcement profession and these students summed up the reason why: It is about service and protection of others.”

    The letters were delivered anonymously but because the personnel at the Chino Hills Station are trained investigators, it was quickly learned the letters were written by children from a class at Canyon Hills Jr. High in Chino Hills.

    “Dear Sheriff, Thank you,” one letter read. “You risk your lives for ordinary citizens. You try your best every day. You aren’t afraid of doing what’s right. You are my inspiration and my hero.”

    And other letters encouraged deputies to know people value the job they do:

    “I hope you know people appreciate the things you do,” read the letter. “…Even though I don’t know you personally, I know you are great and amazing [people].”

    “So if you ever think the world doesn’t need you anymore just know we do need you!” a letter from a 7th grader read. “At the end of every day just know you are very much respected.”

    Capt. Robert Guillen, who serves as Chief of Police for the Chino Hills contract station, shared the letters with the men and women at the station. The unexpected gift provided encouragement that deputies do not often get. Guillen, and his crew, are grateful to serve a city with future leaders such as these students.

    “Together we felt honored to share this community with those students and felt an even stronger obligation to serve,” Guillen said.

    Guillen wanted to personally thank the students and organized a visit from Sheriff John McMahon and the members of the Chino Hills station to do just that. Monday morning, Sheriff McMahon, Capt. Guillen and about a dozen members representing all ranks from the Chino Hills Station visited the classroom of Debra Rosen, the teacher who prompted her students to write the letters.

    The students asked some very insightful questions about law enforcement, such as the role of psychology in the profession and the requirements to become a deputy. They also asked informal questions about hairstyles and why police drive Ford vehicles. The most poignant question was why do law enforcement professionals do what they do. The answers varied from person to person.

    Guillen spoke about the calling to be in law enforcement and the responsibility deputies face in their day to day jobs. Lt. Phelps talked about the freedom of not being stuck behind a desk, getting out into the community and having fun.

    When asked what they would be if they were not in law enforcement, Sheriff McMahon and Capt. Guillen both answered the same: there is nothing else they would rather do. Law enforcement is the profession they have the greatest passion for and have always wanted to pursue.

    Monday’s event was a great way to connect the “anonymous” students with the nameless and faceless deputies they were writing to. And it was a way for the deputies to say thank you for such a simple gesture that had such a great impact.

    The letters touched members across all ranks of the Chino Hills station giving a much-needed sense of optimism to members of a profession that has been under such intense scrutiny. Despite the fact more than 99% of all public interaction with law enforcement ends peacefully and with no conflict, stories of alleged misconduct seem to permeate public dialogue.

    I received the well wishes with humility,” said Deputy David Lara. “It moves me to know that with all of the daily attacks toward our profession, the youth can still have a positive outlook toward us. I hope we can continue to build a sense of trust and respect for tomorrow, with the youth of today.”

    Posted Monday, May 11 by Detective L. Harper of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

    (The presentation was taped by three local television news crews and aired that day. Sheriffs Department officials delivered goodie bags, beverages and snacks to the students, and had two of their vehicles on display outside the classroom.)

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  • Chino Valley Unified School District logo of rising sun District asking for attendance allowance because of Chino High lockdown

    Chino Valley Unified School District is requesting an attendance allowance from the state because of the lockdown of Chino High on Feb. 23.

    The five-member Chino Valley Unified School Board unanimously approved the district’s request to seek the allowance from the state at its meeting on Thursday, May 8 at Woodcrest Junior High in Ontario.

    The district receives money from the state, based on an estimated Average Daily Attendance (ADA). The request asks that the state credit the school district $31,464 for lost ADA because of the lockdown.

    On the morning of Feb. 23, Chino High was placed under emergency lockdown at the direction of the Chino Police Department. During the lockdown, students were prohibited from entering the campus on Park Place. Several parents also came to the school that day, signing their children out because of safety concerns. As a result, 846 students were absent from Chino High that day, according to school district officials.

    Attendance that day should have been approximately 2,285 students, district officials said.

    The lockdown was called after a bomb threat was made against Chino High students and faculty. Chino Police, Chino Valley firefighters and the Ontario Airport Police canine unit were dispatched to the school at 6:34 a.m. To insure student safety, students already on campus were held in the quad area of the school, and arriving students were prohibited from entering the campus. The lockdown was lifted approximately three hours later, after a thorough search of the campus by emergency personnel. Students were then allowed to enter the campus.

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  • Adults and elementary student holding reading trophy Students tackle more than 3 million pages, raise more than $100,000 in annual Read-A-Thon

    More than 3.5 million pages were read by Chino Valley students during the week-long Read-A-Thon sponsored in March by Citizens for Kids Educational Foundation. And Hidden Trails Elementary School in Chino Hills recaptured the top trophy as the school that read the most pages per student.

    This year’s event raised $103,453. This is the first time in the fundraiser’s 10-year history that it has toppled the $100,000 mark, according to Chino Valley Unified School District Board member Sylvia Orozco, who is a long time member of the Foundation and founded the Read-A-Thon. Grand totals in previous years ranged from $62,000 to $97,000, Mrs. Orozco said.

    The Foundation’s purpose is to supplement the regular funding Chino Valley schools receive.

    The Read-A-Thon has now raised approximately $853,000 for the schools, Mrs. Orozco said.

    This year, Wickman Elementary School raised the most pledges, $15,244. Following closely behind, was Cal Aero Preserve Academy’s elementary students at nearly $12,000.

    Proceeds from this year’s Read-A-Thon were awarded at the May 7 Chino Valley Unified School District Board meeting to participating schools, based on the money raised at the respective campuses.

    Also winning awards that night were the students who took in the most pledges at their schools. They each received a $100 gift card to one of three stores: Target, Barnes & Noble Book Store, or Walmart.

     Top pledgers

    Hidden Trails sixth grader Ria Patel collected the most money, $1,500. She has also been a top fundraiser in several previous Read-A-Thons.

    Students garnering the most pledges and their schools are:

    Ruby Landeros, Borba Fundamental School; Emily Darrington, Briggs Fundamental School; Mitchell McAnany, Butterfield Ranch Elementary School; Cameron Cosico, Cal Aero Preserve Academy (elementary level); Bryden Halstead, Cattle Elementary School; Dylan Ellorin Blackburn, Chaparral Elementary School;

    Madison Ramirez, Cortez Elementary School; Alexis Villamil, Country Springs Elementary School; Isabella Avila, Levi Dickey Elementary School; Emma Jesse, Dickson Elementary School; Steven Huang, Eagle Canyon Elementary School; Shayne Smith, Glenmeade Elementary School;

    Ria Patel, Hidden Trails Elementary School; Sebastian Samayoa, Liberty Elementary School; Malia Ishibashi, Litel Elementary School; Xenia Montgomery, Marshall Elementary School; America Aguayo, Newman Elementary School; Isaiah Wade, Oak Ridge Elementary School;

    Jay Mulvihill, Rhodes Elementary School; Hannah Mirasol, Rolling Ridge Elementary School; Juredmie Gonzalez Rodriguez; Walnut Avenue Elementary School; Phoenix Bruun, Wickman Elementary School; Victoria Prouty, Cal Aero Preserve Academy (junior high level); Kenli Wong, Canyon Hills Junior High;

    Colum O’Brien, Magnolia Junior High; Abel Diaz, Ramona Junior High; Suzanne Dickerson, Townsend Junior High; and Faith DeJong, Woodcrest Junior High.

    In addition, classes that read the most pages at each school won a pizza party from Citizens for Kids Educational Foundation.

    A traveling trophy was presented to Hidden Trails Elementary School in Chino Hills as the school with the most pages read per capita: 424.86 for each of its 503 students. Hidden Trails also won the trophy in 2009, 2011, and 2013.

    Hidden Trails and Wickman Elementary School, also in Chino Hills, have been battling it out for the trophy since the fundraiser began in 2006. Wickman won the prize in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.

    Canyon Hills Junior High received the junior high trophy for the most pages read at that grade level, per capita: 266.26 pages for each of its 1,152 students. Canyon Hills was also the junior high champion last year.

    The trophies are awarded on pages read per capita to give schools with fewer students and lower donations a chance at the top prize.

    The number of pages read at each school site ranged from 18,000 pages to 350,000 pages, Mrs. Orozco said.

    The schools and the average number of pages each of their students read are: Borba,100.07; Briggs Fundamental, 145.76; Butterfield Ranch, 176.52; Cal Aero Preserve Academy (elementary level), 268.83; Cattle, 298.85; Chaparral, 292.54; Cortez, 33.29; Country Springs, 394.05; Dickey, 86.51; Dickson, 126.09; Eagle Canyon,154.83; Glenmeade, 146.47; Hidden Trails, 424.86; Liberty, 193.23; Litel, 375.69; Marshall, 67.63; Newman, 135.45; Oak Ridge,194.32; Rhodes, 187.39; Rolling Ridge, 222.85; Walnut, 79.30; Wickman, 373.36; Cal Aero Preserve Academy junior high level), 92.52; Canyon Hills, 266.25; Magnolia, 136.66; Ramona, 71.24; Townsend, 161.98; and Woodcrest, 46.85.

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  • High school seniors with top grade point average win awards

    The top 20 academic high school seniors from Chino Valley Unified School District’s four comprehensive high schools were presented gift cards from the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Watson Land Co. at the May 7 school board meeting.

    Presenting the awards were community leader Wayne Scaggs, Chamber President Karon Mulligan, Immediate Past President Dale Bright, and Chamber Executive Director Vicki Finklestein.

    Each American Express ‘scholarship” card was worth $25.

    Students were selected for the honor based on their grade point average.

    Card recipients are:

    Group of Don Lugo High students holding certificates Don Lugo High

    Emilie Flores, Stephanie Torres, Dat Nguyen, Austin Frenes, Anthony Rosas, David Avalos, Fauna Fabia, Cody Skeen, Erika Ribota, Kaleb Puckett, Amanda Garcia, Kenneth Gomez, Wyatt Bressel, Araceli Gutierrez, LeLynn Ditsler, Grant Zeman, Antonia Garcia, David Berger, Andrea Waring, and Clare Herlihy.


    Group of Chino Hills High students holding certificates Chino Hills High

    Anupriya Sivakumar, Joyce Xiong, Monica Hana, Daniel Na, Briana Liu, Jaihee Choi, Angela He, Carlee Garcia, Susie Kim, Ryan Aquino, Tiffany Nguyen, Natalie Fetchen, Christina Leung, Grace Wetherbee, Derrick Chien, Nicholas Morataya, Andersen Chiang, Jaie Peshawaria, Delaney Davey, and Dennis Chen.

    Group of Chino High students holding certificates Chino High

    Amanda Te, Andrea Ruedas, Nicole Calvario, Orosco Garcia, Brenna Fekete, Monserrat Renteria, Devin KawamotoKindred, Deena Afana, Shirley Phung, Natalie Nazareno, Carissa Ramirez, Matthew Trevino, Eunice Chang, John Marotta, Patricia Ramirez, Victoria Bandini, Benjamin Salce, Surmeet Kaur, Carter Young, and Brianna Schoonover.


    Group of students from Ayala High holding certificates Ayala High

    Collin Valleroy, Peach Edem, Erin Su, Crystal Tsang, Prisca Kim, Patrick Babb, Raashi Kashyap, William Goebel, Sujay Dayal, Matthew Moore, Robert Ly, Ryan Welch, Whitnie Szutu, Diane Han, Warren Chen, Evangeline Tsai, JustinLanz Cortez, BumKi (Kahn) Jo, Francesca Hall, Eva Cheng.


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  • Gold Ribbon Schools award logo Ayala earns prestigious Gold Ribbon Schools award!

    Ayala High is one of 180 high schools to be honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program.

    An additional 193 middle schools are also receiving the honor.

    “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said Tuesday, May 5 when the awards were announced. “They provide great examples of the things educators do right – embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”

    The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.

    Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.

    The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

    The Gold Ribbon schools will be recognized later this month during regional ceremonies held in Sacramento, San Diego, Visalia, and San Francisco.

    “This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of our school’s educational community.” Ayala High Principal Diana Yarboi said in an announcement May 5 to Ayala students, staff, and parents. “Congratulations to all teachers, staff, students, parents, CVUSD and the entire community.”

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  • Photo of Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock with American flag behind her Chino Police Chief named to Educational Hall of Fame Committee

    Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock, a graduate of Don Lugo High, was appointed to the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame Committee at the May 7 Chino Valley Unified School District Board meeting.

    Chief Comstock replaces former Chino Police Chief Miles Pruitt on the committee that recognizes alumni, former school district employees and major contributors for their service to the district.

    In December, Chief Comstock was sworn in as the first woman police chief in Chino. She replaced Chief Pruitt, who retire that same month. Chief Comstock is a 1987 graduate of Don Lugo High in Chino. She began her police career in 1985 as a Police Explorer, and was later hired as a police cadent. She became a sworn officer in 1990.

    Other members of the Hall of Fame Committee are incoming president George Gonzales, outgoing president Alan Berg, Al McCombs, Bernice Gray, Kevin Cisneroz, Norma Reese, and Robert Guillen.

    The Committee meets next 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the Business Services Department conference room at the district office, 5130 Riverside Drive, Chino.

    Nominations for the Hall of Fame recognition are being accepted through May 31. For details, see related story below.

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  • Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame logo Who do you know who belongs in the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame?

    Do you have a favorite teacher from years gone by that deserves recognition? Or how about that staff member that helped you through the school day? Or maybe it is an organization that has gone above and beyond.

    Now is the time to nominate that outstanding person to the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame.

    The three categories for the Chino Valley Unified School District award are an alumni who has gone on to enrich the lives of others, a former employee who has made a lasting mark on students, and individuals or businesses who have provided distinguished service to the District or one of its schools. Alumni are eligible for nomination 10 years after graduating from a CVUSD school. A former employee becomes eligible for the nomination five years after retiring or departing from the District.

    Hall of Fame winners will be honored by the District in a special ceremony this fall.

    The Hall of Fame is located in the main lobby of the District office in Chino. It features a large bust of Chino founder Richard Gird. He and his wife Nellie were the first recipients of the Hall of Fame, in 2014. The Girds were responsible for establishing the area’s first schools in the late 1880s, and both served on the Board of Trustees in the 1890s.

    The community has through May 31 to nominate individuals or businesses for induction in the Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame.

    Links to Hall of Fame nomination forms are available below. Forms must be returned by May 31, 2015 to Chino Valley Unified School District, Richard Gird Educational Hall of Fame Committee c/o Communications Office, 5130 Riverside Drive, Chino, CA. 91710; by email to Julie Gobin at Julie_gobin@chino.k12.ca.us; or by fax to (909) 548-6096.

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    A recently commissioned independent survey of voters in the Chino Valley Unified School District shows residents feel Chino Valley schools provide a quality education but perceive schools to have a significant need for additional funding.

    The survey, conducted February 19-22, 2015 by the highly respected opinion research firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, provides insight into constituent opinions and educational priorities, including evaluating interest in a potential educational bond measure.

    More than two-thirds of respondents believe Chino Valley schools provide high-quality education to local students. “Our award-winning schools significantly outperform the County and state average,” said Superintendent Wayne M. Joseph. “I’m pleased residents recognize the great work our teachers and students are doing.”

    Residents view local schools as an integral part of the community with 87% believing that improving public schools helps to maintain strong property values. “Quality schools make our communities more desirable places to live, do business and raise a family,” said Joseph.

    However, more than two-thirds of respondents also believe that local schools have a need for additional funding. When asked about a potential bond measure, 62% of respondents are supportive of a bond to invest in aging schools to retain and attract quality teachers, ensure safe drinking water, and make other health, safety and classroom improvements. Any potential bond measure would be legally required to be spent locally and be subject to strict accountability requirements, including independent annual financial audits. 

    “I’m grateful for the support we see in the community for improving our schools,” said Joseph. “Investing in local schools would allow us to continue to maintain our high level of academic excellence and expand programs like career education, allowing more students to experience real-world job training.”

    “We are encouraged by this initial feedback from the community, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with residents regarding their priorities for local schools,” added Joseph.

    The Chino Valley School District will be kicking off a community engagement effort to get more feedback from residents regarding local school education and inform the community about school needs.

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  •  Initial Community Survey Results

    District Explores Options for Additional Educational Funding


    ·         Presentation of Key Findings

    ·      Summary Memo of Key Findings

    ·        Press Release of Key Findings

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  • Soldiers in front of the American flag with the words Chino Valley Unified School District Military Salute

    The Board of Education invites students who have enlisted in the Armed Forces or received an appointment to a military academy to be honored at the regularly scheduled Board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Woodcrest Junior High School, 2725 South Campus, Ontario.

    Students who want to participate in the Military Salute, please complete and return the form in the link below:

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  • Canyon Hills color guard holding Championship banner Canyon Hills color guard takes first place at WGASC Championships

    Canyon Hills Junior High took first place in its division at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Championships, held April 25 and 26 in the Huntington Beach area.

    Canyon Hills beat out four other color guards in its division to take the top prize.

    A color guard from Ayala High came in second in the prestigious Scholastic World division. Chino High came in third in the same division.

    Ayala High’s A color guard came in third in the SAAA division for smaller high school units.

    Townsend Junior High took third in the Junior High AA division.

    Also participating in the competition of color guards from throughout Southern California were color guard units Chino Hills High, Chino Hills #2, Chino High #2, Ramona Junior High, Magnolia Junior High Blue and Magnolia Junior High Red.

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  • Group of high school students dressed in red jackets Ayala students take home awards from career and technical education event

    Several Ayala High School students took top awards in the 68th Annual FCCLA/FHA State Leadership Conference held April 25 to 28. 

    The event for students involved in career and technical education relating to family and consumer sciences drew more than 700 students from all over the state. FCCLA students competed in 20 different categories for more than $600,000 in plaques, trophies, gifts, cash, and scholarships.

    Nine students from Ayala went head-to-head in eight different areas, ending with these awards:

    First place Creed -- freshman Trinity Tat -- $150 cash

    First place Consumer Education -- junior Myra Zhang -- $100 cash and $1,000 scholarship

    First place Job Application & Interview -- senior Kirby Wang -- $150 cash

    Second place Prepared Speech, junior division -- freshman Zheng Dong

    Second place Consumer Education -- senior Lisa Dong

    Third place Energy & Resource Conservation – team of juniors Terry Chern and Andrew Chhur

    Senior Steven Espinoza participated in Teaching Careers, and sophomore Brittanie Chu participated in the senior division of Prepared Speech.

    Sophomore Katrina Arano, Region 10 Historian, earned superior recognition and 1st place for the Region Scrapbook competition documenting the “Spirit of Adventure” theme for 2014-2015. 

    Senior Shirley Wang retired as Region Vice President and sophomore Katrina Arano retired as Region Historian. Representing Ayala on the 2015-2016 FCCLA Region Cabinet will be juniors Terry Chern as Vice President and Andrew Chhur as Treasurer.

    Ayala’s cash prizes totaled $400. The local students also received $1,000 in scholarships, nine plaques, seven trophies and a weekend filled with industry tours, educational and personal workshops and leadership experiences. All participants had a fantastic time in Fresno and are planning for next year’s conference to be held in Riverside.

    Ayala FCCLA advisors are Barbara Allen and Jennifer Mehaffie.

    Please join us in congratulating these students and their outstanding accomplishments! 
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  • Students at a table, interviewing Marine Corps veteran Don Lugo High students interview, honor area veterans

    Six years into coordinating an event in which students interview military veterans for an oral history project, Don Lugo High teacher Chuck Pope is still brought to tears by it.

    The history teacher attributes his high emotions to his pride in America and the way the dozens of students react to the veterans they are interviewing. “Look at their faces and see how intent they are,” he said, pointing to the history students who dressed up for the occasion.

    This year’s event drew 90 veterans, the largest group ever, organizers Mr. Pope and history teacher Tara Ragsdale said. It began six years ago with 40 veterans in the school library.

    At tables spread throughout the school gym, each veteran is interviewed by five or more students.

    The event kicked off with the presentation of the American and California flags by members of Don Lugo High’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Senior Celine Concepcion wowed the large audience with her rendition of the National Anthem, and the Don Lugo High Band performed “America the Beautiful.” Veterans were asked to stand as the band played their military branch’s anthem.

    Don Lugo’s culinary students provided lunch for the veterans and guests.

    A small table at the front of the gym sat empty. It represented Missing in Action and Prisoners of War. Items on the table, including a red rose, symbolized aspects of those soldiers’ service and how they are missed by loved ones.

    Many of the veterans wore their original uniforms, and brought mementos of their service, including badges, photographs, and military manuals.

    “It’s the biggest history lesson we could give our students,” Ms. Ragsdale said. “Everything we’re teaching in the classroom, they can get right here. When all is said and done, kids say they get it.”

    Don Lugo principal Kimberly Cabrera, daughter of an Army Reservist, and sister of a Marine, said this was her first experience with the event. “I didn’t know what to expect and I am overwhelmed,” she said. She told students that the veterans they were about to interview were “living history.”

    Chino Valley Unified School District Board President Irene Hernandez-Blair encouraged students to ask how they could be of service to the veterans.

    Among the other dignitaries attending the event were CVUSD Superintendent Wayne Joseph, Chino Police Chief and Don Lugo graduate Karen Comstock, Chino City Councilmember Eunice Ulloa, and Wes Simmons of the Chino Police Department. A special guest was Gold Star Mother Maria Simpson of Chino, whose son, Marine Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson, died in November 2004 in a battle in Iraq.

    Ms. Ragsdale said the meaning of the oral history project really hit home for her a couple of years ago when Air Force veteran William Davis of Ontario said it was the first time he had ever been thanked for his service in Vietnam. “That’s why you see a lot of guys tear up, because they’ve never been thanked,” Mr. Davis said at this year’s event.

    “I think it’s really interesting,” Don Lugo student Tristan Torres said. “It opens your eyes to what it’s like for veterans. They had a job to do.”
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  • High school senior Jack Kelley holding Harvard pennant Counselors say CHHS student first to be accepted to Harvard

    Chino Hills High senior Jack “Korbin” Kelley is the first student at the school to be accepted into Harvard University, according to longtime counselors at the campus.

    Jack, 18, the son of Brent and Kelley Kelley of Chino Hills, has also been accepted into six other colleges: Cornell, Dartmouth, Rice, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and University of California, San Diego.

    Jack, who recently returned from a trip to Harvard, hopes to go there and major in bio-engineering. He is interested in developing a tissue-based engineered heart valve that will function more like a normal valve. “If we can better the tools we give doctors, we can save more lives,” Jack said on his decision to pursue medical engineering research rather than become a doctor.

    The Chino Hills High senior learned he had been accepted to Harvard in late March while checking an online portal from the university. “I never would have expected it,” Jack said. “Out of 100 kids who applied, less than three get in. I was definitely shocked. Pretty much, my whole life changed in one day.”

    He said Harvard has been his dream school since he was in fourth grade. “It will provide me with a better life,” he said.

    At Chino Hills High, he has served as a Black Student Union officer, on the Let It Be Foundation’s Junior Advisory Board that helps families of children with serious medical conditions, and participated in track and field, and cross country.

    Outside of school, he tutors students in math and science.

    Jack also plans to work this summer on a website to help students who are applying for college. He has applied for a summer internship with Google.

    When Jack’s family was preparing to move from Ohio to California, Jack’s mother did several hours of research to find a high school that would intellectually challenge her son. Mrs. Kelley said she looked at test scores, distinction recognition, and several other factors before deciding that Chino Hills High would be the right fit for Jack.
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  • Ken McCutcheon speaking at podium Ramona Junior High volunteer is Education Medal of Honor winner

    Ramona Junior High Band Booster President Ken McCutcheon was among six people or organizations honored Thursday, April 30 as recipients of the 24th annual Education Medal of Honor.

    The medal winners were recognized at an awards banquet at Sierra Lakes Country Club in Fontana.

    The countywide Education Medal of Honor award is presented by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, along with the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and County Communicators Network. It recognizes individuals and groups who give outstanding service and support to public education.

    Mr. McCutcheon is the Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer award recipient. He has served for the past three years as president of the band booster club at Ramona in Chino, organizing a variety of fund-raising efforts so the band and color guard can compete and attend performances year-round.

    “Mr. McCutcheon serves as a positive role model who is making a lasting contribution to our children,” wrote Ramona Principal Kathy Nash of McCutcheon in his nomination.
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  • The word Scholkarships, a graduation cap and diploma Seniors receive scholarships from golf tournament

    Twenty-five seniors from Ayala, Buena Vista, Chino, Chino Hills and Don Lugo high schools are receiving $1,000 scholarships from Chino Valley Unified School District to assist in their under-graduate studies.

    The funds for the scholarships were raised at the District’s sixth annual golf tournament held in November and hosted by School Portraits by Adams Photography at Vellano Country Club.

    Combined donations from this year and last’s golf tournaments allowed the district to award 10 more scholarships in 2015 than had been awarded in 2014.

    “These outstanding students were committed to obtaining excellent grades as they kept an eye on the future and have made significant contributions to their school and community,” said Wayne M. Joseph, Superintendent. “The District is grateful to Tim Adams of School Portraits by Adams Photography for making the golf tournament possible and by setting an outstanding example for other businesses to support our students.”

    Among the attributes that students needed to demonstrate to receive one of these scholarships was achievement of an overall Grade Point Average of 3.8 or higher, a need for financial assistance, an outstanding attendance record, and/or participation in school activities that promote good citizenship. The winners and the school they plan to attend include:

    Buena Vista High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Kayla Rivas, Mt. San Antonio College; Valerie Nunez, Rio Hondo College

    President’s Award -- Ivan Lizarraga, Mt. San Antonio College; Robert Alfaro, Chaffey College

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District-- Victor Avina, Mt. San Antonio College; Suzette Penaflor, Mt. San Antonio College

    Ayala High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Crystal Tsang, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Sarah Reis, University of Washington, Seattle

    President’s Award -- Paola Granados, University of California, Davis; Saida Edwards, University of California, Berkeley

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District-- Sujay Dayal, Princeton University; Alison Meas, University of California, Davis

    Chino High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Andrea Ruedas, Stanford University; Alyssa Sandoval, no college specified

    President’s Award -- Patricia Ramirez, UCLA; Brianna Schoonover, California State University, Long Beach

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District -- Brenna Fekete, UCLA; Jade Ramirez, University of California, Riverside

    Chino Hills High School

    Superintendent’s Award -- Justin Rodgers, Washington State University; No additional applications received

    President’s Award -- No applications received

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District -- Devin Barbin, Pepperdine University; No additional applications received

    Don Lugo High School

    Superintendent’s Award-- Cody Skeen, Cal Poly, Pomona; Emile Flores, University of Chicago

    President’s Award-- Fauna Fabia, University of California, Davis; Richard Castillo, Mt. San Antonio College

    Spirit of Chino Valley Unified School District -- Jennifer Tovar, University of New Mexico; No additional applications received


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  • Students and first responders sitting at table

    First responders visit Chino High academy presentation

     Firefighters, police officers, SWAT teams, and a lifeguard descended on Chino High April 22, but there was no emergency.

    The first responders were on campus to critique emergency scenarios devised by 44 students enrolled in the school’s first-year Law, Justice, and Public Service Academy.

    The students, working in teams of four, created scripts and storyboards for a mock emergency situation, and role-played first responders and legal professionals they believed would be involved in the event. “The objective of the project is for students to identify and act out specific skills and duties of professionals in the LJPS career fields,” said Chino High health teacher Melanie Kent, who is involved in the Academy.

    The law enforcement and public service officials visiting that day viewed the storyboards and scripts, offering advice on what they would do in those situations.

    “What an awesome morning with all those professionals in our community,” Ms. Kent said. “Lots of connections were made and many were asking how they can help with our academy.”

    Among the first responders attending were emergency dispatchers, police officers and SWAT officers from Chino Police Department; emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and hazardous material specialists from Chino Valley Independent Fire Department; crime scene investigators and forensic technicians from Corona Police Department; hazardous material specialists from the County of San Bernardino; and a beach lifeguard from the Huntington Beach Fire Department.

    The Academy is offered to incoming freshmen interested in careers in law, justice, and public service. Among the careers associated with the Academy are law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical specialists, social workers, and legal professions such as attorneys and paralegals. For information about enrolling in next year’s Academy, contact a Chino High counselor.


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  • Students in surgery unit, listening to doctor Magnolia students get look at medical field

    Sixty Magnolia Junior High students will graduate this week from a program designed to interest young students in medical careers.

    Hippocrates Circle is offered by Southern California Permanente to motivate under-represented students towards careers as physicians. The community outreach program, founded in 2000, involves field trips to Kaiser medical facilities and interactions with doctors.

    The Magnolia students and their parents attended an orientation in January, in which Kaiser physicians shared how they became involved in medicine.

    “The stories were just amazing. One doctor’s dad had polio. A lot of them were immigrants,” said Magnolia intervention counselor Evelyn Camarena, who coordinates Hippocrates Circle at the school.

    A field trip to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Ontario was held in February. Students visited different parts of the hospital, talking to employees. At least one student volunteered to have a cast applied to her arm while visiting orthopedics.

    The Magnolia students and their parents also attended a Financial Aid/College Night offered by a representative from the University of California, Riverside. “She was very real with them on how competitive it is to get into medical school,” Ms. Camarena said about the college official. Good grades are a must, the students learned.

    On Sunday, April 25, the Magnolia students were among approximately 700 junior high students attending a medical school fair held in Pasadena. One of the interactive exhibits had students dissecting a cow heart, Ms. Camarena said.

    Since joining Hippocrates Circle, some of the Magnolia pupils have changed their ideas on what medical field they would like to pursue, the counselor said.

    The graduation ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at Magnolia.

    “I feel the kids are really proud to be in the program,” she said.

    Coordinating the event for Kaiser Hospital in Ontario is Aldina Washington, project manager of administration/diversity and inclusion.

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  • Anna Borba Elementary shows a caring spiritGroup of students with box of hygiene items they donated

    During the last week, students at Anna Borba Fundamental School have written kind messages to one another, recycled waste, performed thoughtful acts, and collected hygiene items for families in need.

    The “We Care” Week, April 20 to 23, was organized by teacher Kim McCormick to help students learn how to care for one another, the Earth, and the community.

    “They are very caring. They are very nurturing,” Ms. McCormick said of the Borba students. “I really love the kids at this school.”

    On Monday, students wrote a message to a friend at a table on the playground. The notes were delivered the following day.

    On Tuesday, pupils were challenged to think of a way to help a friend, do that act, and then write about it on a small note that was posted on a “We Care” banner on the playground.

    On Wednesday, students dropped off waste they had recycled in their classrooms throughout the week.

    On Thursday, they delivered dozens of hygiene items they had collected throughout the week to Ms. McCormick’s classroom.

    Each grade level was asked to bring a particular item in. Among the items donated were toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and brushes, washcloths and hand towels, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, soap, and deodorant. Some students gave money.

    Borba assistant principal Jeanne Clements came up with the idea to collect items for the Chino Neighborhood House, which serves families in need throughout the Chino Valley Unified School District.

    The 30 student members of the school’s Safe School Ambassadors anti-bullying group made signs for We Care Week, and Home Depot in Pomona donated boxes for the hygiene item collection.

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  •  Group photo at Autism Walks event Helping solve the puzzle
    Mission Impuzzable - Born to Stand Out!, a team that included several Rolling Ridge and Country Springs elementary school staff members, families and students, participated last weekend in the annual Autism Speaks Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
    The group walked in support of students and families affected by autism. Mission Impuzzable also raised $630 for autism research through collection jars at the two schools.
    The team name refers to the symbol for autism, a puzzle piece, which was designed by a member of the National Autism Society to reflect the mystery and complexity of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. 
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  • Chino High athletes sign with collegesAthletes at table

    Eight Chino High athletes participated in a college scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday, April 21 at the school.

    The students, their sport, and the college they have signed with and accepted scholarships from are:

    Brooke Ligtenberg, Girls Soccer -- Cal State Fullerton
    Blaine Quinzon, Boys Soccer -- Ottawa University (Kansas)
    Angel Flores, Boys Soccer -- Hope International University
    Baldemar Martinez, Boys Soccer -- Rio Hondo College
    Zachary Longe, Baseball -- La Sierra University
    Ashley Amancio, Softball -- Avila University
    Devin Collins, Football -- University of La Verne
    Kenny Sutton, Football -- University of Redlands

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  • Sup and Liz Community gets look at Hope Resource Center

    A little boy who didn’t want to go to school because he only had a piece of rope to hold up his pants is just one of the stories heard in the six months since centers opened at local school sites to help families in need.

    An open house was held April 16 at one of the five Hope Resource Centers offered by the Chino Valley Unified School District.

    The event featured a tour of the Hope Resource Center located on the campus of the district’s Alternative Education Center in Chino Hills. It also included information booths on healthy living and recreation programs offered by the cities of Chino and Chino Hills, and anti-smoking programs offered by the school district.

    The Hope Resource Centers are the result of efforts by Superintendent Wayne Joseph to help families in need in the school district after realizing that many academic problems stem from issues children have at home. In February 2014, he established a Hope Committee of local community leaders to address those issues, and in November of that year, the school district opened the five centers with $250,000 it had set aside for the project.

    During the open house, Chino Valley school board members Andrew Cruz and James Na said the superintendent’s idea to help families in need began long ago with his elders.

    “My mother, father, and grandmother always tried to emphasize the feeling that it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, ultimately it’s about how you treat other people,” Superintendent Joseph said. “(The centers) say something about this community. It’s such a vibrant community; that embraces each other.”

    Each center is manned by a bilingual case manager who helps provide families with food, clothing, parent education, tutoring information, housing information, and counseling, often through referrals to other agencies. The school district contracts with the City of Chino to provide the case managers.

    Clothing comes from the district’s CARE Closet, operated from a room on the Chino Valley Adult School campus in Chino. Families are invited to visit the Closet and select items for their children.

    The Hope Resource Centers are located at the Chino Valley Adult School campus, 12970 Third St., Chino; Alternative Education Center, 15650 Pipeline Ave., Chino Hills; Dickson Elementary School, 3930 Pamela Drive, Chino, room 16; Walnut Avenue Elementary School, 5550 Walnut Ave., Chino, room 20; and Dickey Elementary School, 2840 Parco Ave., Ontario, room 103.

    Chino Valley Unified School District families may visit any of the resource centers.

    Center hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Afternoon appointments are available by calling the Family Resource Center’s main number at (909) 628-1201, ext. 8960.

     “It’s impressive how quickly this came about,” Chino Hills City Councilman Peter Rogers said at the open house. “Normally, bureaucracy holds things up.” He said the open house will generate interest in the centers, as word gets around the community.

    Chino Hills Mayor Cynthia Moran encouraged those attending the event to donate clothing to the CARE Closet. The number one need at the closet is jeans and shoes for children in grades first through sixth, said Liz Lara, program manager for the centers.

    “We have found, the most practical way to help our families is with gift cards,” Ms. Lara said.

    The district is currently working through the Chino Community Center Corporation to get non-profit status for the Hope Resource Centers so donations will be tax-deductible.

    For information about the centers, to donate clothing and gift cards, or to volunteer at the CARE Closet, call (909) 628-1201, ext. 8960.

    To see more photos from the event, visit Chino Valley Unified School District’s Facebook page.

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  • HOPE Family Resource Centers
    We’re here to help! HOPE Family Resource Centers are now open at five locations to assist District families with:
    • Health referrals (Medi-Cal, Covered CA, counseling) 
    • Social services (CalFresh, CalWORKs, WIC)
    • Family support (food, clothing, parent education, tutoring information)                                                                    
    Please see flyer for locations and more information.
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  • Please take a moment to read the attached information regarding an Anthem Blue Cross data breach:

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  • Parent Night - Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced State Assessment


    Parents are invited to learn how they can support their student under the new curriculum and standards.
    Choose the location or evening that works best for your schedule … plan to attend this important parent meeting.
    The Assessment and Curriculum Departments web pages have multiple documents and links for parents and community members on Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced State Assessments. Click here for the Assessment Department web page. Click here for the Curriculum Department web page.
    Common Core Information

    The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards. Click below to find information about the standards and the CCSS-related activities taking place in California.
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    Local Control Funding Formula
    LCAP available on LCFF web page 
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