Education

Teachers Gather to Rally for Much Needed Contract Reform

Teachers Gather to Rally for Much Needed Contract Reform

By | May 21, 2015 at 2:24 am | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks Tuesday, May 19, teachers gathered in front of the Desert Sands Unified School District, located in La Quinta, CA, near the intersection of 48th Ave. and Dune Palms Road, to rally their concerns for the attempted negotiations with the school district. They...

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Up and Coming Events

Up and Coming Events

By | November 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks With the upcoming Thanksgiving break, many schools in out valley are using this time to show off some talented individuals in their Fall productions. November 21st through the 23rd, the Indio High School (IHS) Performing Arts Department will be performing...

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New Valley School Conducting Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Other Valley Events

New Valley School Conducting Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Other Valley Events

By | November 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks Hope Academy cordially invites the Coachella Valley residents to come to the Palm Desert Hope Academy Charter Ribbon Cutting on November 19, beginning at 12:00 pm. The event will be held at Hope Academy Charter, 47535 Highway 74 in Palm Desert, which is...

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School and Halloween

School and Halloween

By | October 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks This week, our schools will be filled with undead and scary creatures. Normally, I would attest this to the average student crowd that accumulates each morning for school. The end of this week will be filled with students dressed up for Halloween and...

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Red Ribbon Week in the Coachella Valley

Red Ribbon Week in the Coachella Valley

By | October 23, 2013 at 11:44 am | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks Our local schools will be filled with the color red this week and next in support of national Red Ribbon Week. The motto for Red Ribbon Week is “Drug Free.” Schools help students to remember and celebrate being drug free through many daily activities,...

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New Hope at Hope Academy Charter

New Hope at Hope Academy Charter

By | October 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks With more than one month of the school year behind us, it is time to assess your child’s position in his or her current school. Is your child happy in his or her current school? Does the school cater to your child’s academic needs? Has your child had...

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To Infinity And Beyond!… Until Summer Ends

To Infinity And Beyond!… Until Summer Ends

By | June 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks Congratulations to all the graduates and those promoted this 2013! Also, congratulations to the parents of the graduates and those promoted. You have worked hard in the support of your child’s educational success. I am proud to announce that my oldest...

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Time for Finals!

By | May 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks Welcome parents and students to finals season. Schools are beginning to start their end of the year procedures, which may include dances, graduation practices and of course the finals. Many students are already beginning to show signs of summeritis, which...

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Welcome to Rancho Mirage High School

Welcome to Rancho Mirage High School

By | May 15, 2013 at 10:40 am | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks On Friday, May 10, 2013, I attended the Rancho Mirage High School (RMHS) open house. The campus is the most beautiful and spacious campus in the valley. My lucky daughter will be attending RMHS making her part of the first freshman class. Entering the school...

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The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

By | May 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks For many in our valley, school will be out on June 7th, 2013. June is not far off from now. In fact, we have less than one month before summer vacation becomes a reality. For our top grades, such as 8th grade moving on to high school and 12th grade...

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Chances For Education Online

By | May 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks Many people have come to me expressing how they wish they had more time to go back to school. In the early years of my marriage I was having difficulty competing in the job arena. I had a full time job, three kids, and a wife that I wanted to spend...

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STAR Testing, The 2nd Annual 5K to benefit Cara Hrycyk Scholarship Fund, and More…

By | May 2, 2013 at 9:44 am | No comments

By Curtis Hendricks In last week’s article, I wrote about the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests that your child will undergo this week. The STAR tests are a compilation of the California Standards Tests (CSTs), the California Modified Assessment (CMA), the...

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PSUSD Is Sending Another Band to Washington DC, Plus Some Educational Reminders For This Week.

By | April 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm | No comments

The Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) is sending another high school band to our county’s capital. Through invitation, the Cathedral City High School (CCHS) Symphony Band will be leaving for Washington DC on Thursday, April 18, for their six day tour to perform in...

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Big Step Forward for Coachella Valley School District

By | April 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm | No comments

On April 2nd of last week, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in favor for the sale of $21 million worth of bonds. This sale will help clear the way for Coachella Valley School District’s technology upgrade. The upgrade will include making iPads available to...

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Welcome Back, Here are Your Educational Updates

By | April 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm | No comments

Welcome back teachers, staff, and students! I hope the vacation was restful and mentally prepared you to finish this final home stretch of the school year. Private schools, I hope you enjoy this week’s spring break. A message to my third grade math students: “Please don’t...

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An Educational Spring Break with Teachable Moments

By | March 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm | No comments

Spring break is a good tell of the summer to come. Our children long for the days of no school, no homework, and no early rise. Our kids like to take their brains out and put them away until school starts up again. As a result, much learned information is forgotten, skills are...

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The Other School Safety Issues

By | March 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm | No comments

Many schools in our country have been subjected to the most horrible and terrifying attacks that parents, including me, wish not to think about. There are many other types of safety issues in our schools that constantly fly under our parental and teacher radars of protection....

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Controversy at Desert Mirage High School

By | March 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm | No comments

Desert Mirage High School (DMHS) had approximately 100 students walk out of class on Monday in response to the firing of Principal Mario Walker and Assistant Principal Max Friedman. Schools are educational facilities that must have a trust and comfort built between faculty and...

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The Spirit of the Sands Makes Headlines Again in a Controversial Decision that Captivated our Communities Hearts

By | March 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm | No comments

Palm Springs High School’s “Spirit of the Sands” Marching Band and Visual Corps are making headlines again.  According to the Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) website, “A new documentary by Katy and Sam Wilkerson tells the story about Palm Springs High...

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Welcome to High School, 2013-2014

By | February 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm | No comments

Your eighth grade child may be attending, or have already attended some type of high school transition meeting. Please don’t panic, the schools are very good with making the transition a smooth and easy movement into the ninth grade. If you are in a bit of a panic because you...

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New Valley High School to Open for Next School Year

By | February 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm | No comments

The Valley is gaining a new high school on the western side of our valley. According to the Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) website, “Rancho Mirage High School (RMHS), PSUSD’s fourth comprehensive high school, is currently under construction on 60 plus acres...

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Coachella Valley Unified School District Uses iPads in the Classroom, Cathedral City Student Photography Competition, Palm Springs High School Holds “Community Thank You Event”

By | February 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm | No comments

The Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is currently hosting a pilot program, which integrates technology into the classroom via iPads. I am always excited to see schools and districts advancing the classroom through the use of technology. The new generation of...

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Yes, your child needs a tutor!

By | February 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm | No comments

Many parents have recently been asking me about tutoring for their child. The most often asked question is: “Does my child need tutoring?” My answer is always: “Yes!” All students can benefit from tutors, not just those students who are low in their grades. In my...

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Help Support Local Private Schools; Enjoy a Night Out, at an Auction with Dinner and Music; Learn how to get Free Money for College

By | January 30, 2013 at 11:04 am | No comments

I would like to ask that everyone get to know your town’s local private schools this week. Many private schools exist around our valley, and are only funded by tuition, fundraisers, and the few grants available. Many people do not understand that the school districts do not...

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Representation in Washington D.C., Grades Coming Home, and a Concert

By | January 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm | No comments

I was filled with pride and honor while watching the presidential inauguration on Monday, January 21, 2013. My pride does not come from the happenings of the presidential lunch, nor am I impressed by the gifts or even swearing in. My pride comes from seeing a local high school...

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Update on School Security and a Few Reminders for the Upcoming Week

By | January 16, 2013 at 10:56 am | No comments

One month has come and gone since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES). Still in the wake of the shooting, I am constantly asked if anything has been done to further security at local schools. Sharon P. McGehee, superintendent of Desert Sands Unified School...

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Back to the Books and Upcoming Testing

By | January 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm | One comment

This week, most schools in our valley are back to school. Winter break is over, Christmas presents have been played with, and the time for education is back. Children are quick to transition from school to vacation. Most of my students are mentally prepared for vacation weeks...

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Vacations and Knowledge Loss

By | January 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm | 4 comments

Winter break is a down time for our children. Christmas has come and gone, presents have been opened and played with, and any educational interests have undoubtedly been ignored. During the holiday vacations, most children do whatever they can to forget about school and focus on...

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Palm Springs High School Needs Our Help to be a Part of History

By | December 26, 2012 at 9:56 am | No comments

We have many great school bands performing in our valley, but few have the honor of being chosen for something remarkable. Our valley is honored by the accomplishment of one local band. The Palm Springs “Spirit of the Sands” Marching Band and Visual Corps have been selected...

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Local School Safety Against Active Shooters

By | December 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm | No comments

The tragedy that happened in Sandy Hook Elementary School is yet another unimaginable occurrence that took the lives of children and teachers. Like many parents, my wife and I wanted nothing more than to hold our children extra close that day. Now, in the wake of the tragedy,...

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Get in the Spirit with Local School Winter Performances

By | December 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm | 12 comments

The next coming weeks will prove to be entertaining, and give us a true sense of the winter spirit. Local schools across the valley are diligently practicing and fine tuning their winter program performances for your enjoyment. High schools, middle schools, even some elementary...

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