The athletic fields at Diamond Ranch high school may be a construction zones now but by August it will be the site of football games and the platforms for students to showcase their talents.
Last week, the Pomona Unified School District held ground-breaking ceremonies for what will be modest but much-improved athletic facilities at Diamond Ranch, Garey and Pomona high schools.
Each facility will be improved in two phases. As part of the first phase of work, the schools will have improved fields, tracks, lighting, scoreboards and seating by the fall. Restrooms and snack bars will be added by fall 2014.
The total budget for the fields is $16 million, said Leslie Barnes, Pomona Unified’s assistant superintendent for business services and chief financial officer.
Board President Roberta Perlman said the three construction projects will represent a bit of an inconvenience as the current academic year wraps up, but many people in and outside of the schools are looking forward to the improvements.
“There was so much excitement from parents and community members,” Perlman said of the ceremonies.
Perlman said she has told students that the fields are a way of showing them they are valued by the district and the community.
The improvements to the fields will be made using revenue from the 2008 voter-approved Measure PS.
Revenue from the bond measure must be used for school facilities including replacing out-dated infrastructure.
Diamond Bar and Walnut High School business students competed in the State Leadership Conference in Santa Clarita on April 18-21. They’re members of Future Leaders of America (FBLA). They qualified for the competition during regional Inland Section contest in February.
Both high schools brought home many awards. Seven students also qualified for the national competition: Crystal Chang and Sachin Vernin from Diamond Bar High; Jefferey Huang, Hana Haideri, Annie Liu, Howard Chen, and Vivian Huang from Walnut High.
Read more in BIZ.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” offers lots of singing and tap dancing at Diamond Bar High School this weekend and next.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a really big production at Diamond Bar High. It has three different casts with more than 50 actors and actresses, plus twin directors.
No wonder, the drama department is adding two more shows, offering a total of six different performances this weekend and next.
While the students may be thoroughly modern with their iPhones and iPods, the play takes us back to 1922, when these gadgets were the stuff of science fiction.
Some would say a simpler time, but whenever it comes to love and life, do things ever really change? The zany musical opens with our ingenue from Kansas moving to the Big Apple to take a bite out of life.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story MILLIE.
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.
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.