Development of Highly Effective Teens Promoted by SJUSD By Donna Alvarez
The importance of a positive school climate promotes an enriching and innovative learning environment for students at Snowline Joint Unified School District (SJUSD). The school board evaluated their LCAP2 goal Tuesday night stating that a positive school climate and, therefore, the related academic achievement, facilitates student success. Shad Grijalva (Administrator of Student Attendance and Interventions) reported on the success of the districts’s LCAP2 Goals. These goals focus on the development of positive social environments and positive learning environments directed at all district schools. Superintendent Dr. Ryan Holman stated that these goals “ provide a consistent, positive, safe and nurturing environment for all students and staff”. Principal Dave Smith of Chaparral High School (also nick named “Chap” by the students) introduced his students who presented a power point program illustrating their community outreach activities. These activities help unite the community’s social environment and the school. They include: holiday food drives for families who need relief due to the Blue Cut Fire; re-planting of vegetation on affected fire damaged hillsides which include plants for ground cover and food; continued alliance with Rubicon (an international relief group) which helped guide students to provide relief activities due to the Blue Cut Fire, and providing an upcoming Christmas ornament drive for the fire victims giving them a sense of normalcy during the holiday season. Chaparral students helped Phelan Elementary students visualize and demonstrate their skills of pride, respect and determination within themselves and their school by guiding them through a specialized sticker project which emphasized how they could use the above qualities. Using the LCAP2 goal as a base of focus on the Chaparral Campus is the utilization of small peer groups called “circles”. These restorative social practices promote the positive and nurturing nature of the goals that promote learning. The students “circle up” and talk about relevant topics and concerns. These peer circles help students feel a sense of connection, belonging and self-worth within the learning environment. Students gave heartfelt testimonies stating how these sessions help them feel more empowered to work harder and more consistently on their school work. The sessions, also, added a positive connection with their peers. Serrano High School is also engaged in this type of “pro-social” learning. Students at the board meeting stated that because of such programs their grades have gone up from F’s in middle school to A’s and B’s in high school. The program helps students who were struggling emotionally and academically. Such struggles can block their ability to be successful. The program helps the students process difficulties and, then, aids them in successful achievement. One 9th grader was thrilled to find out that she could now be successful in high school even after many middle school years of failures. Another young man stated how the concept of “check in and check out” helped him take immediate responsibility and accountability for his school work. This helped raise his grades. Other help for students at Serrano was the AVID Program. “Avid” is researched based strategies promoting student “Advancement via Individual Development.” These strategies empower students to apply their own learning styles in math, science and other subjects in order to be highly successful. Students, also, learn to develop their own action plan for academic success. Character building is another avenue for successful traits called the “seven habits used by highly effective teens”. Other items of interest mentioned by the board was the success of “Muffins for Moms” at Mesa Verde Elementary which is another way the school is connecting students with parents; the Veterans’ Dinner where over 700 people attended, many of whom received their High School Diploma; and the unselfish outreach of SJUSDS Transportation Department who aided a broken down school bus from another district by not only taking the students to their activity but also repairing bus.
WW Helping Hands, Golden State Water distribute holiday turkeys Staff report
November 21, Golden State Water Company partnered with Wrightwood Helping Hands, a local community based organization, to distribute more than 75 turkeys to individuals and families in need as part of this year’s annual Operation Gobble outreach program. Golden State Water is partnering with elected officials and local charities throughout the state during November to distribute more than 8,400 turkeys through the Operation Gobble effort. The effort seeks to make the holidays a little brighter for local residents that may be struggling. “We appreciate this partnership with Wrightwood Helping Hands, and are proud of the impact the Operation Gobble program has had in our communities. Food insecurity is a problem that affects 1 in 7 Californians and we hope that today’s event will provide holiday meals for those in need,” said Perry Dahlstrom, Mountain Desert General Manager for Golden State Water. “Operation Gobble has been a Golden State Water tradition for 26 years, and we have partnered with elected officials and community leaders to distribute more than 224,000 turkeys since the program’s inception.” San Bernardino Sheriff and Coroner Report Staff report
On Friday, 11/18/2016, at approximately 11:10 pm, officers with the California Highway Patrol-Victorville Area responded to a three-vehicle traffic collision located on Phelan Road near Wilson Ranch Road in Phelan. 19-year old Kase Chip and 22-year old Anthony Soto (both residents of Phelan) were declared dead on scene at 11:43 pm and 11:50 pm. The California Highway Patrol-Victorville Area is investigating the collision. Saturday at 9 p.m. a candle light ceremony for the two young men was held at the crash site on Phelan Road. Mourners were invited to park on the property in front of the crash site, and encouraged to bring electric candles for safety. A collection was taken, on behalf of the men’s families. On 11/21/16, Jason Alexander Shirley, a 44-year old resident of Oak Hills, was riding a motorcycle eastbound along Phelan Rd. in Hesperia, when he collided with a left-turning sport utility vehicle at the intersection with Fremontia Rd. The collision was reported at 6:29 PM. Emergency medical providers arrived on scene and pronounced Shirley dead from his injuries at 6:45 PM. The collision is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol
DATE/TIME: November 16, 2016 – 8:06 am INCIDENT: Possession of Controlled Substances for Sales SUSPECT(S): Nick Zivkovic, DOB 02/11/1969, of Wrightwood SUMMARY: On Monday, November 16, 2016, at approximately 08:06 a.m., deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station served a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Thrush Road in the community of Wrightwood. Deputy Molly Leiker received information that Nick Zivkovic was selling illegal narcotics in the community and authored a search warrant for Zivkovic’ s residence. Deputy Leiker, along with other deputies from the Phelan Sheriff’s Substation served the warrant and found illegal narcotics. Nick Zivkovic was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Molly Leiker at the Phelan Sheriff’s Substation at (760) 868-1006. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com. Refer: Pamela Hoffman Case #: 071603871 Station: Victor Valley Phone No: 760-552-6844 JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
Holiday spirit starts in Wrightwood Village
The event that began in the 1970s as the brainchild of Tom Pinard, then owner of the Mountaineer, had a less than grandiose beginning. In order to encourage residents to spend their money locally, Pinard suggested a Shop at Home night to be held on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Some merchants thought the idea ridiculous; one even circulated a petition to encourage the Pinards to leave Wrightwood. But Tom was able to pull together the advertising and enthusiasm to make the event a success, and it has evolved over the years into the festive three-day holiday event that the town looks forward to every year. The name was changed to Wrightwood Mountain Holiday Celebration several years ago, when members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were concerned that “Shop at Home” would be confused with the now common phrase for Internet shopping. Now the Annual Wrightwood Mountain Holiday Celebration, which will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend, will bring Santa into town and hopefully a sprinkle of snow too. On Friday and Saturday the local stores will open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and most will offer sales, cider, cocoa, and cookies, and all offer a welcoming holiday atmosphere. There will be a hunt for the Elf hiding among the various knick-knacks, clothes, and gifts inside the merchants’ stores. Finding the Elf in each store enters you in a grand drawing of prizes from the participating stores. Elves will be in hiding until December 20th, so you have plenty of time to participate. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make appearances at the Village Grind, Applewood Court, and Grizzly Café. At the Applewood Court shoppers can enjoyed fudge tasting and ornament making, both free of charge. Hay wagon rides have become a favorite feature of the yearly festivities, along with carolers and live music. As is tradition, the town Christmas Tree lighting will be celebrated on Friday evening as hundreds of spectators gather at the Veterans memorial Park. Mountain High and Mountain Hardware strung the lights, and deer and small trees, which were fabricated from white lights, stand as additional décor in the park. Sunrise Church will be providing hot cocoa to stave off some of the chill. Children, led by Lora Steinmann, will sing carols before Honorary Mayor Dee Potter and Santa give the order to light the tree. Along with those of the prior day, Saturday’s activities at the Community Building include the Wrightwood Crafters’ Boutique and a production of Odd Couple by the Snowline Players. The Wrightwood Museum, patrons will be treated to local Holiday History. The biggest attraction will be on Saturday November 26, when vehicles will be decorated for the 15th Annual Parade of Lights. As has become tradition, the Parade of Lights will take a second lap through town, much to the delight of the enthusiastic crowd.
Friday, November 25th Village shops will be open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
“Find the Elf” Scavenger Hunt begins in participating Chamber Business’s. Look for the Elf & Shop Local!!
All day Fudge Tasting and Free Ornament Decorating at Applewood Court on Evergreen.
11:00-1:00 Free Holiday Treat Decorating Sponsored by Cinnamon’s Bakery – at Applewood Court on Evergreen.
12:00-2:00 Free Hay Wagon Rides through town. Meet on Evergreen between Park & Pine.
12:00-7:00 Holiday Music at the Village Grind on Park.
2:00-5:00 Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Applewood Court on Evergreen. Photos available or bring your own camera!
5:30 p.m. Join us for Christmas Caroling and the Countdown to the lighting of the tree at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Evergreen.
6:00 p.m. Village TREE LIGHTING with the Wrightwood’s Honorary Mayor and Santa Clause
WW Helping Hands, Golden State Water distribute holiday turkeys
November 21, Golden State Water Company partnered with Wrightwood Helping Hands, a local community based organization, to distribute more than 75 turkeys to individuals and families in need as part of this year’s annual Operation Gobble outreach program. Golden State Water is partnering with elected officials and local charities throughout the state during November to distribute more than 8,400 turkeys through the Operation Gobble effort. The effort seeks to make the holidays a little brighter for local residents that may be struggling. “We appreciate this partnership with Wrightwood Helping Hands, and are proud of the impact the Operation Gobble program has had in our communities. Food insecurity is a problem that affects 1 in 7 Californians and we hope that today’s event will provide holiday meals for those in need,” said Perry Dahlstrom, Mountain Desert General Manager for Golden State Water. “Operation Gobble has been a Golden State Water tradition for 26 years, and we have partnered with elected officials and community leaders to distribute more than 224,000 turkeys since the program’s inception.”
Kiwanis’ Quartermania, not chump change
Paula McCune of Damsel in Defense
Quartermania event on Veterans Day, to benefit next year’s High Desert Veterans Dinner.
By Terri Hill
Tri-Community Kiwanis (TCK) hosted a Quartermania event on Veterans Day, to benefit next year’s High Desert Veterans Dinner. DCB and PPHCSD sponsored the event. Busy Bee Bakery prepared a tasty pasta dinner for the 50+ attendees and vendor participants. Many of the vendors, direct salespeople, are Kiwanis members. They donated time and products to the fundraiser for the auction. Items, from Do Terra, Pampered Chef, Damsel in Defense, Mountain Man Nuts, and more, worth $25 - $75 were up for bid, and a quarter or three was all it took to win a chance for a prize. The capacity crowd at the Phelan Community Center enjoyed the fun, and the fundraising. In other Kiwanis news, Paula McCune of Damsel in Defense was the guest speaker at the October 13 meeting. McCune introduced a new program from Damsel, Body Boundaries. The new program from Damsel is part of SAFE Hearts, Sharing Awareness for Family Empowerment. The goal, according to their website, “Is to help you empower your children to take ownership over their own hearts and bodies and raise their awareness and ability to protect themselves against anyone who tries to harm them.” Guided by their parents, children use books and activities to learn how to handle sensitive situations, for instance, when a friend’s big brother makes unwanted advances. Go to safehearts.com to learn more about the program. Kiwanis International celebrated its 100-year Anniversary in 2015, and has 53 districts in 85 nations. Service clubs sponsored by Kiwanis include K-Kids (elementary) in 8 nations, Builder’s Clubs (middle school) in 18 nations, Key Clubs (high school) in 18 nations, Kiwin’s (high school girls) in 43 western districts, Circle K Clubs (college) in 15 nations, and Aktion Clubs (Adults with disabilities) in 10 nations. Locally, the club participates in Kiwanis One Day in April, which is a national service day, and for the last several they we have done a desert cleanup allowing the community to get rid of trash and fill containers of tires for recycling. TCK supports “It’s A Gas”, a program to encourage high school students not to miss school and in doing that thousands of dollars stay at the school, the Veteran’s Dinner enabling middle and high school students to interact and appreciate their service, the Serrano Choir and Band, Friends of the Phelan Library, summer movie nights at the Phelan Community Center, Kiwanis Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowships at Loma Linda, and many other community organizations and projects. Kiwanis also provides annual scholarships to students from Serrano and Chaparral high schools. Kiwanis is a service organization that meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at Pizza Factory in Phelan, at 6 p.m. New members are always welcome.
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