Want to explore if the ACT or SAT is right for you? Kaplan Test Prep will hold an ACT/SAT practice test on Saturday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Rowland Heights Library.
The test will have a sample of both tests. The results of the tests will be explained by a representative from KAPLAN on Tuesday, April 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bring two No. 2 pencils and a calculator to the program. Sign-up at the information desk.
The library is at 1850 Nogales St. For information, call 626-912-5348.
Being stranded at the Los Angeles International Airport wasn’t a part of the educational trip to Washington that 27 local eighth-graders spent weeks talking about.
The 12-year-olds planned to lift off for Dulles International Airport at 9:02 a.m. Monday, but American Airlines overbooked the flight. Frank Loya, principal of St. Benedict School in Montebello, said he and the students were disappointed.
“When we got to the gate, they overbooked the plane, and they wanted me to split some of my students,” Loya told KTLA 5.
But Loya said he refused to leave six students behind, especially since the group would have to pay full price for six more tickets, reported KTLA 5.
Mary Frances Fagan, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said the airline is working with the group leader to figure out how to get everyone to northern Virginia.
“Unfortunately we were unable to accommodate a group of passengers flying from L.A. to Washington, Dulles, this morning,” Fagan said. “We have worked with the group leader and determined the best way to transport the group to Northern Virginia. ”
Flight 76 left without any of St. Benedict School’s students or staff. Preliminary plans said the students might fly to Dallas Monday night and get to D.C. by Tuesday afternoon, reported KTLA 5.
You’ve heard of volunteers building homes for homeless people. Well, 15 third-graders from Diamond Bar went the nature route this month and built a home for homeless birds. Because birds need homes, too.
These birds, called burrowing owls, are not your average birds. They are threatened with extinction. And like people, being homeless doesn’t help matters. Burrowing owls prefer to inhabit other animals’ homes. Like squatters, they cozy up inside an abandoned burrow left by a prairie dog or a ground squirrel. The method served them well until the lack of suitable habitat in Southern California produced an owl housing shortage.
So, in came Cub Scout Pack 737 to the rescue. They built an owl den using wood and 6 feet of flexible hose, buried it 2 feet underground but left the pipe sticking up as the entryway. The “on-spec” development is like low-income housing for these miniature owls, the smallest in North America.
Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story OWLS.
Alexis Chernin, 11, left, and Lucas Valero, 10, assist Benjamin Franklin with his “Electrostatic Generator,” during Ben Franklin’s Colonial Assembly: A Museum On Wheels, at St. Marks Lutheran School, in Hacienda Heights. (Correspondent Photo by James Carbone)
Ben Franklin was very frank with the students at St. Mark’s Lutheran School. Electrostatic charges can kill. Just ask Franklin’s colleague, who tried to duplicate the famous inventor’s kite experiment.
Fortunately, none of the kids were hurt by Ben’s electrostatic generator, part of a mobile museum from the International Printing Museum of Carson. But their program on this famous American did spark the imagination of students and staff at the Hacienda Heights campus.
“We study Benjamin Franklin in the fifth grade and I think this program really brings history alive,” said teacher Jenn Estrada, who took her turn holding a fluorescent tube out toward the generator to illuminate the subject.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story FRANKLIN.
Rowland High is cooking with gas, propane gas that is. The Raiders’ restaurant management team earned a third place competing against 27 other high schools in the California ProStart Cup competition.
Culinary students celebrated their victories at an awards ceremony on March 18 in the Pasadena Convention Center. The event was presented by the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Management students from Rowland High took the third place in BJ’s Restaurants Management Cup. The team consists of Daniella De La Fuente, Emmanuel Hernandez, Abigail Peranil and Vanessa Gorgonia. They each won a $1,000 scholarship.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story WIN.
Finalists Madeleine Salem, a fifth grader from Rhodes Elementary School, Jonathan Sun, a seventh grader from South Pointe Middle School, and Hannah Silvestro, a sixth grader from St. Margaret Mary School.
Local students competed in a Saturday contest at Mt. San Antonio College’s Clarke Theater. The winner will represent the Inland region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.
Hannah Silvestro, a sixth-grader from St. Margaret Mary School won. Madeline Salem, a fifth-grader from Rhodes Elementary came in second. And a seventh-grader from South Pointe Middle School in Diamond Bar, Jonathan Sun, came in third.
More than 100 local schools enrolled in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program last fall. Eligible spellers must be enrolled in a state-approved education system in eighth grade or below and are 14 years old or younger.
Students rehearses “Into The Woods, Junior” at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Hacienda Heights.
Fairy tales do come true. At least at St. Mark’s Lutheran School, which is performing “Into the Woods, Junior” for its spring musical.
The Tony Award winning play opens tonight at 7 p.m. And as usual, the Hacienda Heights school has gone to great lengths to prepare an enjoyable experience.
“It’s one of my favorite musicals, but it’s challenging because it has a large cast and each has a solo. I thought we had the singers to do it this year,” said Drama Director Julie Evangelista.
So if you enjoyed “Jack and the Bean Stalk” playing in the local movie theater, or watch “Once Upon a Time” on Sundays, then this is a chance to see your favorite fairy tale characters come to life on stage.
The storybook creatures are all there, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, Rapunzel and Cinderella. Follow the “Into the Woods” as they explore the stories from several tales told by the Brothers Grimm.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story GRIMM.
Castle Rock Elementary School in Diamond Bar school uncovered 240 colorful tiles under a sunny, blue sky on Thursday.
“One of our volunteers, Cindy Yee, thought it would be a great way to beautify our campus and raise money for our programs,” said Principal Carol Sullivan.
The International Baccalaureate school gathered in the amphitheater to get their first glimpse of the four large murals. Until then, the students had only seen the 6 inch by 6 inch tiles that they had designed themselves. Many parents made it a family project, buying a separate tile for each child.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story MURALS.
A special class for the novice iPad or iPad2 users will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Rowland Heights Library.
Jason Galeener will show how to connect to Wi-Fi, use applications, take pictures and download apps.
He will also offer general tips and tricks for using your iPad more effectively. Bring your charged-up iPad and Library card. Registration is required.
The library is at 1850 Nogales St. For information, call 626-912-5348.
In-fighting at one of the San Gabriel Valley’s biggest career-tech programs could put an end to 60 percent of specialized classes being offered at 10 area high schools, and has resulted in 40 teachers being placed on notice for possible fall layoffs.
Classes in computers, the healthcare industry, graphic design and accounting designed for students looking to enter the job market instead of a four-year college are being threatened by a funding dispute precipitated by the Hacienda La Puente Unfied School District, the largest district in the San Gabriel Valley.
On March 1, Hacienda La Puente sent a letter to the cooperative known as the La Puente Valley Regional Occupation Program saying it wants out, angering board members from the other two districts: Rowland Unified and Bassett Unified.
“Either they are bluffing, or they are trying to put Bassett and Rowland’s backs up against the wall,” said Bassett and ROP school board member Paul Solano.
Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story ROP.