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                                                                                                                                                                                                     Summer 2011

Vista Murrieta High School ONCE A BRONCO, ALWAYS A BRONCO
    he top two graduates at Vista Murrieta have been side                                                                                                                                    Approximately 148 seniors in the class maintained a

T   by side since sixth grade and they will continue their
    friendship when they become roommates at the
University of California, Los Angeles.
                                                                                                                                                                                             grade-point average of 3.5 or higher all four years of high
                                                                                                                                                                                             school. There were 42 seniors whose grade-point average
                                                                                                                                                                                             was 4.0 or better. An impressive percentage of the gradu-
Valedictorian Timothy Earr and Salutatorian Wesley Wong                                                                                                                                      ates are headed to universities and colleges across the
were also side by side as they jointly delivered a speech to                                                                                                                                 country including 37% who will attend four-year universi-
the 850 members of the Bronco’s Class of 2011 at gradua-                                                                                                                                     ties and 47% who will attend community colleges. About
tion on June 8. Wong told the members of his class, “We                                                                                                                                      50 graduates plan on entering the military and graduate
should strive to be more than just successful, we should                                                                                                                                     Anthony Recidoro was awarded an $180,000 ROTC scholar-
strive to be significant.” Earr continued the theme of their                                                                                                                                 ship.
speech saying, “To be significant, you have to care, you                                                                                                                                     Devon Graves and Brooke McCandless were named
have to act charitably, you have to take action and have a                                                                                                                                   Students of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Brooke
big heart. You run every day, you study every day, you                                                                                                                                       will attend the University of San Francisco and her goal is
work hard every day,” he said. “If you want to be signifi-                                                                                                                                   to work with special education students as a therapist.
cant you have to be persistent.”                                                                                                                                                             Devon will attend Cal Poly Pomona where he will major in
Principal Darren Daniel said the Class of 2011 finished                                                                                                                                      English and play basketball. He plans to become a teacher
strong and solidified the school’s reputation as one of the                                                                                                                                  and a coach so he can pay forward what his school and the
                                                               ed the seniors for helping Vista Murrieta receive recogni-      saying, “Your daily attitude, resilience and character will
most successful high schools in the state. Daniel commend-     tion as a CIF School of Character for four years in a row       determine your path in the future.”                                                                Continued on page 2

     Murrieta Valley High School NIGHTHAWKS LEAVE THE NEST
      aledictorian Meagan Hennessy and Co-Salutatorians        out high school and 106 seniors who finished with a 3.5

V     A.J. Smith and Dong Ah (Anna) Seo, were the top
      three graduates among 700 seniors at Murrieta
Valley High School and all three will attend the University
                                                               grade-point average.
                                                               Jefferson read the list of the colleges and universities that
                                                               88% of the graduates will attend. In addition to schools in
of California, Los Angeles.                                    California, the Nighthawks will spread their wings across
“This is a class with outstanding academic achievements,”      the country, from the University of Massachusetts to the
Principal Renate Jefferson said at the graduation ceremo-      University of Hawaii.
ny on June 8th. “We are seeing the results of excellent        Valedictorian Meagan Hennessy told her classmates to
teaching at both our elementary and middle schools. The        take chances and step outside their comfort zone.
students are coming to high school better prepared than        “Whatever you do with your life, make it yours. We are all
ever before.”                                                  different people with our own lessons to learn and that is
The Nighthawk Class of 2011 had 92 Golden State Seal           what makes this graduating class so unique. We all have
Merit Diplomas. Jefferson commended 75 graduates who           the courage to make a difference.”
maintained a 4.0 grade-point average or better through-
                                                                                                      Continued on page 2

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Vista Murrieta High School ONCE A BRONCO, ALWAYS A BRONCO

Shown above, left to right: Alexandria Pham, Heidi Velk, Valedictorian Tim Earr, Salutatorian Wesley Wong, Male and Female Students of the Year Devon Graves and Brooke McCandless.

Continued from page 1                                          was fourth in the state,) nine league titles and a CIF       long jump. Slater will attend the University of Southern      challenges with passion and purpose telling them, “You
community have given to him.                                   Division 1 Championship in track. Vista Murrieta had 27      California on a track scholarship. Brooke McCandless was      have one shot to make your dreams a reality.” He also
Daniel said the Class of 2011 would be remembered for          athletes who received athletic scholarships to compete at    the Female Athlete of the Year for cross country and track    encouraged them to remember where they came from say-
having a state qualifier in speech and debate (Mark            the collegiate level. The Male Athlete of the Year was       and she received a partial athletic scholarship.              ing, “Remember, once a Bronco, always a Bronco.”
Bosch), a state wrestling medalist (Reuben Franklin who        Jovonte Slater, a wide receiver and State Champion in the    Daniel challenged the graduates to go out and accept life’s

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Shown left to right: ASB President Austin Quick, Salutatorian Anna Seo, Valedictorian Meagan Hennessy, Salutorian A.J. Smith, Student of the Year Joshua Lamb, Lt. Col. Bell and Jantz Johnson.

Continued from page 1                                          community with such a high regard for education.”            country in the Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines.      Melissa Hale were named Male and Female Athletes of the
Co-Salutatorian and Crimson Cadet Band President Anna          Co-Salutatorian A.J. Smith told his classmates about some    Meagan Hennessy and Joshua Lam were named Students            Year and both received athletic scholarships. Van de Mortel
Seo reminded the graduates that they didn’t do it alone.       hardships he faced during his senior year saying, “Life is   of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Lam was the           will attend the University of Santa Barbara and Melissa
Seo acknowledged the support she received from her             not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes     commanding officer in charge of the 150 cadets in Murrieta    Hale is headed to the University of California, Berkeley.
teachers, the community and her parents. “My parents           playing a poor hand well.”                                   Valley’s JROTC unit and a member of the Virtual               Jefferson told the graduates, “You are Nighthawks, and
abandoned their home country of Korea and came to                                                                           Enterprise Team.                                              you have grown strong wings to fly on. Be bold and confi-
                                                               Lt. Colonel Bell presented Jantz Johnson with an appoint-
America when I was 8 years old to provide a better educa-                                                                                                                                 dent and get the most out of each day and make things
                                                               ment to the Air Force Academy at the graduation ceremony.    Thirty-four students received athletic scholarships. Four-
tion for me and my sister. We are truly blessed to live in a                                                                                                                              happen in your life.”
                                                               Jefferson said about 30 of the graduates will serve their    year varsity water polo players Eric Van de Mortel and

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                   Alternate Paths to Graduation                                                                                                                                       In This Issue
 125 Graduate from Adult School, Creekside High and Tenaja Canyon Academy                                                                                                                     Features
                                                                                                                                                                                   Class of 2011                                1
                                                             CREEKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL                                      ny. Proffitt plans to attend Mt. San Jacinto College and
                                                                                                                        following his two-year mission, he hopes to study clas-    Alternative Education Graduates              3
                                                             “Whatever you do in life,” Creekside graduate Erial
                                                                                                                        sical guitar, opera, and composition. While enrolled at    Extended Day Kindergarten                    4
                                                             Finley told her fellow graduates, “just be sure that you
                                                             strive to do your best.”                                   Tenaja, Dallin was also a member of the Murrieta           Murrieta Mesa Interns                        4
                                                             Doing her best was one                                                                                                Supporting our Military Troops               5
                                                             of the reasons Finley                                                                                                 International Baccalaurate                   6
                                                             was chosen as one of                                                                                                  Scholarships Pave Way to College             6
                                                             the Murrieta Chamber                                                                                                  Employees of the Year                        7
                                                             of Commerce Students                                                                                                  Artists Sweep Riverside Art Show             7
MURRIETA VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL                                 of the Year. Her future                                                                                               High Ranking API Scores for Schools          8
                                                             plans include attending                                                                                               Get your Tdap - ASAP!                        8
“When I saw the gates of Murrieta Valley Adult School,
                                                             Mt. San Jacinto
I realized this is where I belong,” said graduate Fiona
                                                             Community College,                                                                                                    Murrieta Valley Unified School District publish-
Nachbar as she addressed her classmates and the audi-
                                                             joining the Air Force                                                                                                 es the Community Newsletter three times a
ence of district administrators, school board members,
                                                             Reserves and eventual-                                                                                                year as an insert in The Press Enterprise.
family and friends at Murrieta Valley Adult School’s
                                                             ly becoming a physi-                                                                                                               Editor/Photographer
commencement ceremony on June 6. “From then on I
                                                             cian’s assistant.                                                                                                                      Karen Parris
knew I had a support team. I wasn’t there for chit chat,
                                                             After the ceremony her                                                                                                        Photographs also provided by:
I was there to get an education and get out,” Fiona
                                                             mother Alethia Finley                                                                                                  Jody Gomez, Mark Fitzpatrick & Donal Pierce
said.                                                                                                                   Valley High School Chamber Choir and he went to the         For more information, contact Karen Parris at
                                                             said, “I’m so very excited and proud of her. She’s come    National Choral Association Conference in Illinois in
The Nachbar sisters came to the United States from                                                                                                                                          (951) 696-1600 ext. 1022 or
                                                             a long way. She’s done very well. But this is only the     March.
Kazakhstan when they were 9 and 10 years old. Zoe                                                                                                                                        email:
                                                             beginning. There’s a lot more for her to do and I know
(shown above receiving her diploma) and Fiona                                                                           Superintendent Stan Scheer congratulated the gradu-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Board of
                                                             she can do it,” she said.
Nachbar were among 39 Adult Education graduates at                                                                      ates and shared some words of wisdom by comparing
the ceremony. “I struggled in high school because I was      A total of 57 seniors graduated from Creekside High        the students’ value to that of a $100 bill. “Whether the

still learning English,” said Fiona.                         School this year. While all the graduates didn’t make it   $100 bill is crumpled, stepped on, or dirty, it will
                                                             to the ceremony, 24 graduates celebrated alongside         always be worth a $100,” Scheer said. “No matter if
The ceremony also included nine students from the
                                                             nine Tenaja Canyon Academy seniors at their joint          you are dropped, stepped on or crumpled up and
Adult Transition Program who received certificates of
                                                             commencement ceremony on June 7.                           ground into the dirt by the circumstances of life or the            Paul Diffley, President
completion, including Tony Stepheny, shown below.
                                                                                                                        choices you make, you will never lose your value.”                        Robin Crist
Isabel Perez spoke about the path she took to earn her
high school diploma. After attending high school in
                                                             TENAJA CANYON ACADEMY                                                                                                               Ken Dickson
                                                             Tenaja Canyon Academy graduate Joelle Goodwin                                                                                      Kris Thomasian
Mexico, Perez moved to the U.S. 15 years ago. “Right                                                                    Creekside and Tenaja graduates are shown                                  Margi Wray
then and there I decided I needed to get my high             encouraged her fellow graduates to have an adventure       above congratulating Tenaja graduate Joelle
                                                             every day saying, “This is our adventure for today -                                                                       Superintendent, Dr. Stan Scheer
school diploma,” Perez said. Perez married and had                                                                      Goodwin who received a $100 bill taped under                         Upcoming Meetings
children and it wasn’t until her youngest child started      graduating. What will you do tomorrow?”                    her chair before the ceremony by Superintendent                        August 11, 2011
school that she enrolled in the Adult School. “It is never   Tenaja graduate Dallin Proffitt performed the National     Stan Scheer. Shown below is Tenaja graduate                           September 8, 2011
too late to fulfill your dreams,” she said.                  Anthem and a classical guitar selection at the ceremo-     Dallin Proffitt.
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          Extended DayMurrieta Mesa Teens
 Kindergarten Classes Gain Work Experience
     xtended day
     classes are
                       Through Internships                                                   to read, write
                                                                                             two to three
                                                                                             sentences, add
                                                                                                                       urrieta Mesa High School students Kaleb

coming to E. Hale                                                                            and subtract.
Curran and Murrieta                                                                          They also have            Bradley and B.J. Miller were the first student
Elementary Schools                                                                           an understand-            interns in a program that the school and
in August. The                                                                               ing of our         Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Rex
extended school day                                                                          democracy and      Oliver expect to grow each year. “This is a great
will begin at 8:15                                                                           why there is the   beginning to what we really envision for our students
and end at 1:15,                                                                             need for rules.    and our school,” Murrieta Mesa Principal Mary
two hours longer                                                                             “I’m looking       Walters said.
than traditional kinder-                                                                     forward to not     The 16-year old interns worked about three hours a
garten. “This is the first step to getting all our      having to rush through everything,” Dewey said.         week for Ambassador Energy, a three-year-old solar
kindergarten students in class all day,” said Guy       “I will be able to give students a deeper under-        energy company in Murrieta. Ambassador President
Romero, the district’s Assistant Superintendent of      standing of concepts and expand on the curriculum       Kelly Smith said the students brought more to the
Educational Services.                                   in art, science and social studies.”                    table than she expected. “Even though they had
E. Hale Curran Elementary School’s enrollment           “It’s going to be great,” Dewey said. “We can slow      never done a resume or interviewed before, they
has declined over the last few years as children in     down a little bit and not have to cram everything       impressed me right away with their enthusiasm and
the neighborhood have grown up so it is no longer       in three hours.” The longer day also will include a     eagerness.”
necessary to have morning and afternoon kinder-         rest period.                                            Kaleb, who is interested in a career in architecture,
                                                               E. Hale Curran has the room to add addi-         brought with him a portfolio from his AutoCAD draft-
                                                               tional kindergarten classes and student          ing class. “The kids don’t realize how talented they
                                                               transfers from other schools will be accept-     are,” said engineering teacher Pete Matus. “Being
                                                               ed if parents want their children to go into     able to do an excel spreadsheet, navigate the web       after high school. Internships are a way for students
                                                               the extended kindergarten classes at             with ease and their familiarity with social media -     to align their interests, aptitude and talents with the
                                                               Curran.                                          along with their energy and positive attitude, they     opportunities that are available to them in the work
                                                               Murrieta Elementary School will have two         have a lot to offer.”                                   world. Companies receive free labor and they have
                                                               extended-day kindergarten classes with the       “It’s a win-win,” Smith agreed. “We can show them       an opportunity to develop long term relationships
                                                               goal of expanding the program once space         what a strong work ethic looks like and they bring a    with students who may become future employees.
                                                               is available.                                    quickness about learning new things that is amaz-        “If the interns come out of this experience knowing
                                                                                                                ing.”                                                   what they want to do in life,” Smith said, “that would
                                                               K INDERGARTEN E NTRANCE A GE                     The student interns do everything from answering        be our ultimate goal.”
garten classes. “Our kindergarten teachers have         CHANGES                                                 the telephones to stocking parts. They also draw        The Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce is located
been asking to do this for many years,” E. Hale         The State of California has changed the required        complete wiring diagrams, assemble solar panels         on the Mesa campus as part of a broader effort to
Curran Principal David Koltovich explained, “but        age for children starting kindergarten and first        and audited a solar training program alongside con-     strengthen ties between schools and the business
until now, we didn’t have the space.”                   grade beginning with the 2012/13 school year.           tractors in the solar industry.                         community. Rex Oliver helped establish the intern-
Margaret Dewey has taught for 19 years at E. Hale                                                               “The fun part is the building -- working with my        ship with Ambassador Energy. Smith originally
Curran Elementary School and she saw the need           2011 Children must be 5 by 12/2                         hands,” said Kaleb, a sophomore. Learning about         agreed to take on one intern but after the interviews,
for a longer school day. In a recent visit to Dewey’s   2012 Children must be 5 by 11/2                         solar energy will have practical applications for       she was so impressed with the students she took both
classroom, she began the day with the flag salute       2013 Children must be 5 by 10/2                         Kaleb in the future. “With modern buildings, renew-     Kaleb and B.J. “You have an opportunity to be very
and students sang patriotic songs. Next Dewey           2014 Children must be 5 by 9/2                          able energy is the wave of the future,” he said.        specific about the skills you are looking for,” said
reviewed the days of the week, the months of the                                                                Matus agreed, saying the school is adding a new         Smith. She was looking for students who could use
year, went over the values of coins, and had stu-       Starting in 2012, the district will offer a half day    engineering course next year titled “Our Sustainable    AutoCAD software for computer-aided drafting and
dents counting from one to ten in Spanish and           Transitional Kindergarten class for children born       Future.”                                                said, “Being able to get two students who knew
German. Then students counted by tens before            between the new cutoff date and the previous one,       Murrieta Mesa’s academic program is designed            AutoCAD was huge.”
they settled in to listen to Dewey read a book.         or for children whose parents think their child may     around career pathways, with classes in medical,        B.J., who is interested in engineering or working in
                                                        not be ready for regular kindergarten.                  engineering, business and culinary arts, visual and     the green technology field, said working at
“Kindergarten is more like first grade used to be,”
Dewey said, “without the additional hours in the        For more information on kindergarten, visit the         performing arts and liberal studies.                    Ambassador has enhanced his interest in those kinds
day.” By the end of kindergarten students are able      district website.                                       The pathways are designed to help students identify     of careers.
                                                                                                                future careers so they are better prepared for life     “I look forward to coming to work,” he said.

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Supporting our troops
        hile William Bergman was away serving his      District Superintendent Stan Scheer formed a
                                                                                                                               & their families
                                                                                                                 are deployed or reassigned, they move frequently         dents at the event and explained the difference

W       country, his wife Melissa moved their family
        to Murrieta last April. Like many military
spouses, Melissa was on her own when it came to
                                                       Military Support Advisory Committee in January,
                                                       2011. The goal is to raise awareness of the sacrifices
                                                       and challenges faced by military families, identify
                                                                                                                 and the moves can be extremely difficult,” Swanson
                                                                                                                 The frequent moves often disrupt a child’s friend-
                                                                                                                                                                          between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
                                                                                                                                                                          This year Murrieta Mesa also started a Student to
                                                                                                                                                                          Student transition program where new students are
coordinating the move to a new community where         their issues, needs and provide resources so the dis-     ships, academic progress, and sense of connected-        matched with a student who helps them adjust to
she knew no one. Melissa set up their household        trict staff can help with the transitions military-con-   ness. The district’s goal is to ensure that during the   the school and tells them about extracurricular
and enrolled their son in school.                      nected students experience.                               time military children are in our schools—however        activities and sports and sits with them at lunch.
                                                       MILITARY FAMILIES - TAKE THE SURVEY                       short that time may be—the students have a sense         Alta Murrieta Elementary and Tovashal Elementary
                                                                                                                 of stability, connectedness, and that they stay on       students created more than 1,200 Valentine cards
                                                       With Murrieta’s close proximity to Camp Pendleton,
                                                                                                                 track to graduate.                                       which were distributed to area military hospitals
                                                       the Naval Base in San Diego and March Air Force
                                                       Base there are a significant number of military           Board members expressed their gratitude for the          and facilities that serve veterans.
                                                       families who live in Murrieta.                                         sacrifices military personnel are           Monte Vista Elementary first graders presented a
                                                                                                                                making and Board President                patriotic celebration on March 24 for parents, class-
                                                       Schools receive funding from
                                                                                                                                Paul Diffley said he applauded            mates and members of the military. The play called
                                                       the U.S. Department of
                                                                                                                                the district’s efforts to help mili-      “United We Stand” was written by first-grade teach-
                                                       Education to help ensure mili-
                                                                                                                                tary children. “The troops have           ers Shelly Smith and Melissa Crutcher. All the teach-
                                                       tary children are provided with
                                                                                                                                enough on their plates without            ers were asked to have their students write letters to
                                                       a quality education. However,
                                                                                                                                having to worry about home,”              troops overseas and the students turned them in at
                                                       the district must apply for the
                                                                                                                                Diffley said.                             the performance. School librarian Lynette Dodds
On May 18, Melissa and her son Peyton, shown           funds and show how many mili-
above, attended Tell Me a Story night at Monte         tary students attend district                                                On June 23 Board members              passed the children’s letters on to the USO office in
Vista Elementary. Camp Pendleton School Liaison        schools.                                                                     heard a first reading of a new        San Diego for distribution.
Officer Maria Swanson and Monte Vista’s PTA host-                                                                                   board policy pertaining to the        Among those attending the patriotic play was
                                                       Every year in the fall the district
ed the evening event for military-connected children                                                                                education of the children of mili-    Marine Sgt. Oscar Rauda. Rauda was impressive in
                                                       sends home a Federal Survey of
and their parents. Retired Navy Lt. Commander                                                                                       tary families. Trustees are           his dress uniform as he told the students he has
                                                       Residency and Employment and
Mark Sanders read the story “Night Catch,” about a                                                                                  expected to approve the policy at     been a Marine for 14 years and had served several
                                                       parents are asked to report
soldier and his young son who keep each other in                                                                                    their August Board meeting.           tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “When we receive
                                                       their active duty military ser-
                                                       vice. According to last year’s                                               HONORING OUR TROOPS                   letters and I pass them on to the men, it brings joy
                                                       survey, there were approximately 700 military con-                                                                 to our hearts and makes us think of home.” Rauda
                                                                                                                 Along with the efforts of the Military Support
                                                       nected students in the district. However it is believed                                                            shook hands with many of the students and gave
                                                                                                                 Advisory Committee, schools across the district hold
                                                       that there may be more than twice that number of                                                                   them high-fives.
                                                                                                                 numerous events throughout the year to honor mil-
                                                       military-connected students in the district.              itary personnel. Antelope Hills Elementary recog-        “The play teaches students patriotism and the role
                                                       Superintendent Stan Scheer said, “The results of the      nizes fathers, mothers, uncles, and grandparents         of the military,” said Smith, “We want our students
                                                       survey are kept extremely confidential and impor-         who serve or have served in the military at their        to be thankful and proud of their country. We also
                                                       tant. I encourage parents who are active duty mili-       annual Patriot’s Day event.                              want to show our appreciation to those who make it
                                                       tary to fill out the survey and return it. The more                                                                possible for them to live in such a great country.”
                                                                                                                 Cole Canyon Elementary third grader Marcus
                                                       accurate our numbers are, the more we can provide         Havens enlisted the help of students at his school to    For more information, go to the Military Family
                                                       additional counseling support, after school pro-          collect and send 100 boxes of Rice Krispy Treats to      Support page on the district website.
                                                       grams, tutoring and other services needed by mili-        the troops stationed in Afghanistan,
their hearts by watching the night sky for Polaris.    tary-connected kids.”
After the story, children and parents spent time at                                                              including Havens’ 20-year-old brother.
the arts and crafts activity stations and gathered     SCHOOL BOARD ACTS TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD                  In return, an American flag that flew
                                                                                                                 over Afghanistan was presented to Cole
around a map of the world to place gold stars on       FOR MILITARY-CONNECTED STUDENTS
the countries where their family members were sta-                                                               Canyon students as an expression of
                                                       At the May 26th school board meeting, Maria               gratitude from the troops.
tioned. The event also provided plenty of time for     Swanson told district administrators and school
parents to talk and get to know one another. “It’s     board members about the challenges faced by mili-         For Memorial Day, Murrieta Mesa’s
nice to meet other parents who are going through       tary children and how the Interstate Compact on           Patriot’s Club organized an event to
deployments,” said Melissa.                            Educational Opportunity for Military Children             honor local military personnel who
                                                       addresses those challenges. The average military          have lost their lives in Iraq and
MILITARY SUPPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE                                                                              Afghanistan. Master Gunnery Sgt. Jose
                                                       student attends six to nine different school systems
Tell Me a Story nights are one way the district is                                                               A. Reyna addressed Murrieta Mesa stu-
                                                       from kindergarten to 12th grade. “When parents
working to support military-connected children.

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 International                                                                          Paving the Way to College
Baccalaureate Program
                                                                                  n May 30th 271 seniors from Vista Murrieta and Murrieta Valley

        he 28 students in Murrieta Valley High School’s International
                                                                           O      received $161,000 in scholarships from the non-profit Murrieta
                                                                                  High Schools’ Scholarship Foundation at their 18th Annual

‘T      Baccalaureate program are risk-takers. Following their first
        year in the program, they said stepping out of the box and
taking risks has its rewards. In spite of their concerns about what the
                                                                           Awards Ceremony. Many of the 102 donors attended the ceremony and
                                                                           said they give scholarships to “pay it forward” after they or their chil-
                                                                           dren received scholarships.
academically rigorous International Baccalaureate program, or IB as it     While students received a minimum of $250, many donors who con-
is known on campus, would do to their grade-point averages and class       tributed $250 or more selected students who will receive their scholar-
ranking, the 11th graders are convinced that the program has value         ship based on their own criteria. The Southwest Healthcare staff gave
and merit.                                                                 scholarships to students who will pursue careers in medicine.
                                                                           Alexandria Pham received six scholarships, including one from the
“It’s more real life and relevant, “said Allyn Abadie. Tyler Maxim said,
                                                                           Murrieta Police Association, which she will put to use in pursuing a
“There is more room for creativity and I really like the project. They
                                                                           career in criminal justice and international affairs. “One of the ways            Foundation President Robin Crist said, “All of these people are here
are more engaging, and we are more self-directed.” The students in
                                                                           students get motivated is knowing someone cares,” Scholarship                     tonight because we care about you.”
the IB program are from a variety of groups on campus and they come
from different backgrounds and cultures. IB teacher Alanna Fields
said, “We have an eclectic group; all the students are involved in dif-
                                                                                                                                       2011 SCHOLARSHIP DONORS
ferent sports and activities. We have students in Mock Trial, Model        Academic Achievement Honored by                                                                           Studio 94
United Nations, dance, soccer, band and choir.” “The diversity has         Murrieta Teachers An Awesome                                                                              Temecula Valley Master Chorale
added depth to our discussions,” Tyler said. “We respect each other        Award from Todd Tatro                                                                                     Temecula Valley Women’s Club
and talking to people from Jordan gave me a whole new perspective          Antelope Hills Elementary PTA                                                                             Tovashal Elementary School PTA
on what is going on there politically,” said Allyn.                        ASB Herff Jones Scholarship                                                                               Tru-Health Enterprises Swim Scholarship
In addition to the 28 students enrolled in the IB Diploma program, 80      Assistance League of Temecula                                                                             Virginia Peters Memorial Scholarship
                                                                           Valley                                                                                                    Walters Family Award
students take IB classes. Fields said the number of students in the
                                                                           Baldridge Family Scholarship                                                                              Wilson Family Scholarship
diploma program and individual classes will double next year. In
                                                                           Ballet Folklorico                                                                                         Winninger Family Scholarship
addition to the diploma program and classes, the IB Club meets every
                                                                           Blazing Blue and Gold                                                                                     WLC Architects Scholarship
week and students have dinners at each other’s homes based on inter-
national themes. They have sampled Japanese, French, Italian, Cajun        Scholarship                                                                                               Murrieta Valley High School
                                                                           Brandon Keating Foundation                              Monte Vista Elementary School Staff Scholarship
and Polish cuisine. Along with their Polish dinner, Tyler entertained                                                                                                                MVHS ASL Scholarship
                                                                           Cal Oaks Vision                                         Murrieta Breakfast Lions Club
the group by playing a polka on an accordion. The club is also                                                                                                                       MVHS Counseling/Guidance Scholarship
                                                                           Carlos & Laura Gonzales Scholarship                     Murrieta Counseling Scholarship
involved in service-oriented activities and they have made internation-                                                                                                              MVHS CSF
                                                                           Carolyn Ellis Memorial Scholarship                      Murrieta Elementary School PTC
al connections with other IB students around the world via Facebook                                                                                                                  MVHS Loma Linda Medical Center
                                                                           Chapman Family Scholarship                              Murrieta Lions Club                               MVHS Mr. Nighthawk Scholarship
and Skype.                                                                                                                         Murrieta Mesa High School Scholarship
                                                                           Class of 200 MVHS Alumni Scholarship                                                                      MVHS Pechanga Scholarship
The IB Diploma Program is a two-year program for students during           Cody Legg Memorial Scholarship                          Murrieta Mesa PTSA Scholarship                    MVHS National Honor Society
their junior and senior year. Students begin taking pre-requisite          Cole Canyon Elementary School PTC                       Murrieta Police Officers’ Association             MVHS Pepsi Leadership Award
courses in the 8th and 9th grade and they make a commitment to the         Colony Men’s Golf Club                                  Murrieta Rotary Foundation                        MVHS PTSA
IB program in 10th grade. IB prepares students for university and          Crist Alumni Scholarship                                Murrieta Unified Political Action Committee       MVHS Publications/Journalism Scholarship
some universities apply 30 units or more toward general education          CSEA Tom Paulson Memorial                               Murrieta Valley Council PTA
requirements. IB also promotes international understanding and                                                                     Murrieta Valley Town Hall Association             Vista Murrieta High School
                                                                           Cusack Family Scholarship
emphasizes intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. “The                                                               Murrieta Youth Soccer League                      VMHS A CLASS ACT
                                                                           Daniel Buchanan Elementary School Scholarship                                                             VMHS AVID
classes teach students to be independent thinkers,” said Fields. “There    Daniel G. Herring Scholarship                           MVUSD Administrators’ Terry Olson Scholarship
is also time for them to reflect on what they learn.”                                                                              MVUSD Superintendent’s Award                      VMHS Boys’ Baseball Scholar / Athlete Award
                                                                           Dare To Dream                                                                                             VMHS Bronco Bleacher Creatures
Transfer students interested in participating in the IB program will       DeLuz Women’s Club Scholarship                          MVUSD Employees’ Scholarship
                                                                                                                                   Nighthawk Baseball Boosters                       VMHS Choral Scholarship
find more information on Murrieta Valley High School’s web site.           Dickson Family Scholarship                                                                                VMHS California Scholarship Federation
                                                                           District Support Center Denim for Dollars Scholarship   Noorigian Family Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                     VMHS Club Cervantes
                                                                           Doug Reeves Scholarship                                 Pacific Western Bank Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                     VMHS Latino Club
                                                                           E. Hale Curran Elementary School PTA                    Pickrahn Family Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                     VMHS Legacy Brick Fund
                                                                           Elleen Sarace Scholarship                               Rail Ranch Elementary School PTA Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                     VMHS Mr. Bronco
                                                                           Hernandez Family Scholarship                            RC Grading, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                     VMHS National Honor Society
                                                                           Interact Club/Murrieta Rotary                           Roy W. Moore, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                     VMHS Parents’ Scholarship
                                                                           Linsley Family Scholarship                              Schools First Credit Union                        VMHS PTSA
                                                                           Lois Timms Aitcheson Memorial Scholarship               Shivela ASB Alumni Award                          VMHS Pechanga
                                                                           Marty Martelli Scholarship                              Shivela PTSA Award                                Ron Stoeger Award
                                                                           Murrieta High Schools Scholarship Foundation            Southwest Healthcare Medical Staff                VMHS SAT Club
                                                                           Michael John Daly Scholarship                           Stephani Schneider Memorial                       VMHS Trading Post

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  Employees of the Year Are the Best                                                                                        Artists Sweep Awards
                                                                                                                            at Riverside Art Show
       n June 1st Murrieta Valley Unified

O      honored 70 employees who were
       voted Administrators, Teachers and
Support Employees of the Year by their
                                                                                                                              istrict students swept the awards at the 49th Annual Riverside Art Show in May. There were 236 entries

peers. District Superintendent Stan Scheer
offered his congratulations to each of the                                                                                    from high school students across Riverside County. Students from Vista Murrieta and Murrieta Valley
employees and thanked them for their                                                                                          High Schools submitted the most entries in the show and took four out of the nine first place awards and
exemplary work and for their commit-                                                                                    two sponsor awards.
ment to make a difference for students.                                                                                                                                                                  First Place
                                 ADMINISTRATORS OF THE YEAR                                                                                                                                             Colin Moyer
 Principal                                                                   Randy Rogers, Monte Vista Elementary
 Assistant Principal                                             Stephanie Vasquez, Cole Canyon Elementary School
 Classified Administrator                                          Karen Parris, Media & Communications Specialist
 Certificated Administrator                                             Dean Lesicko, Student Services Coordinator
 Site Support                                                                          William Bennett, Psychologist
 Counselor                                                             Sharon Tucker, Elementary School Counselor
 Confidential Employee                                                           Keri Baldridge, Certificated Analyst

                              2011 DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
                               Shauna Dauenhauer - Dorothy McElhinney Middle School
                                      Scott Kosters - Vista Murrieta High School
                                    Melinda Loera - Murrieta Elementary School

                      2011 DISTRICT SUPPORT PERSON OF THE YEAR                                                                     First Place
                                   Maria Charron, Vista Murrieta Activities Secretary                                          Watercolor/tempera
                                          TEACHERS OF THE YEAR                                                                    Lindi Ingram
                                                                                                                                Murrieta Valley                        The Press-Enterprise
Alta Murrieta Elementary             Monique Petrucci        Shivela Middle School                 Steve VanVoorhis                                                      Sponsors Award
Antelope Hills Elementary              Virginia Rogers       Thompson Middle School                      Becki Saltee
Avaxat Elementary                          Kay Brande        Thompson Middle School               Theresa Schneider
Buchanan Elementary                           Kim Hern       Warm Springs Middle School                   Diana Elias                                                     Mike Flaherty
Cole Canyon Elementary                       Anne Hess       Warm Springs Middle School         Monica Farmer-Hadjuk                                                      Vista Murrieta
E. Hale Curran Elementary                  Cheri Bryan       Murrieta Mesa High School                    Pate Matus
Lisa J. Mails Elementary                Mary Eskridge        Murrieta Mesa High School            Tiffani Thunstrum
Monte Vista Elementary                    Shelly Smith       Murrieta Valley High School                  Diana Hess
Murrieta Elementary                     Mark Zavodnik        Murrieta Valley High School             Steve Tarabilda
Rail Ranch Elementary               Marianne Coonradt        Vista Murrieta High School                 Jason Bowen
Tovashal Elementary                       Linda Becker       Vista Murrieta High School            Kristine LaPierre
McElhinney Middle School               Lori De La Cruz       Creekside High School                        Kip Shipley
McElhinney Middle School                 Ken Williams        Tenaja Canyon Academy                      Loretta Scott                                                                                                 First Place
                                 SUPPORT PERSONS OF THE YEAR                                                                                                                                                            Pearce
Alta Murrieta Elementary                  Kelli Komenda      Warm Springs Middle School            Danielle Palomo                                                                                                    Lawrence
Antelope Hills Elementary                  Patty Keenan      Murrieta Mesa High School                    Cori Isbell                First Place                                                                    Vista Murrieta
Avaxat Elementary                          Charles Howe      Murrieta Mesa High School               Natalee Boggs                   Acrylic/oil
Buchanan Elementary                         Stacy Stevens    Murrieta Valley High School           Kathleen DeBord                 Melody Zhuang
Cole Canyon Elementary                     Jeanette Fiori    Murrieta Valley High School              Tomi Harding                 Murrieta Valley
E. Hale Curran Elementary                 Sherry Wyman       Vista Murrieta High School                  Connie Kim
Lisa J. Mails Elementary                   Nancy Leavitt     Vista Murrieta High School               Marisa Stuppy
Monte Vista Elementary                   Betty Velasquez     Creekside High School                       Ron Nelson
Murrieta Elementary                       Mary Shufford      District Support Center                   Angie Scholz
Rail Ranch Elementary                            Pay May     District Support Center                   Christina Hill
Tovashal Elementary                      Kristy Demarah      Child Development                      Joanie Richards
Dorothy McElhinney Middle School            Corrie Cruise    SEED                                  Whitney Williams
Dorothy McElhinney Middle School       Christine Beadles     School Readiness                        Angie Williams
Shivela Middle School                       Linda Tucker     Maintenance & Grounds                   Teresa Danker
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Walgreens Sponsors
Thompson Middle School                  Andrea Genevay       Operations Department                      Raul Esteves
Thompson Middle School                     Charles Ojeda     Transportation Department                Terry McClure
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Award Ceramics
Warm Springs Middle School               Bonnie Cagigas                                                                                                                                             Daniel Aleman
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Murrieta Valley

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 Get Your     State’s Base API Report
  Tdap Confirms District has high performing schools
  ASAP! C                                       ole Canyon Elementary School ranked in the top ten percent of
                                                schools statewide according to the 2010 Base Academic
                                                Performance Index (API) released in May by the California
                                                                                                                                                              2010 Base
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Similar School
                students in grades 7-

                                                                                                                       Murrieta Valley Unified                   837                     B                      B
                12 must provide proof      Department of Education. The Base API scores indicate district schools
                                                                                                                       Elementary Schools
                of a Tdap booster          are continuing to exceed goals set based on last year’s achievement.
                                                                                                                       Alta Murrieta Elementary                   890                     9                      9
before they can start school in August.    The state ranks schools academically on a scale of 1 to 10 to determine a   Antelope Hills Elementary                  896                     9                      9
The California Department of Public        school’s standing compared to other schools around the state. The rank-     Avaxat Elementary                          829                     7                      6
Health (CDPH) declared an epidemic         ings are based on the school’s API score which comes from the results of    Cole Canyon Elementary                     916                    10                      7
of Pertussis (whooping cough) in the       the school’s performance on the Standardized Testing and Reporting          Daniel N. Buchanan Elementary              868                     8                      8
State earlier this year following          Program and California High School Exit Exam.                               E. Hale Curran Elementary                  836                    7                       3
reports of more than 8,300 cases of        With an API of 850, Dorothy McElhinney Middle School was one of six         Lisa J. Mails Elementary                   871                    8                       6
pertussis, —the most cases reported                                                    middle schools in               Monte Vista Elementary                     844                    7                       4
since 1947 according to Mark B.                                                         Riverside County to            Murrieta Elementary                        855                    8                       6
Horton, Director of the California                                                      receive a statewide and        Rail Ranch Elementary                      839                    7                       6
Department of Public Health.                                                            similar schools ranking        Tovashal Elementary                        879                    9                       7
Assembly Bill 354 was signed into law                                                   of 9 out of 10.
in September 2010 requiring students                                                         Vista Murrieta High       Middle Schools
entering grades 7 through 12 to be                                                           School was one of         Dorothy McElhinney Middle                  850                     9                      9
immunized with the pertussis vaccine                                                         three high schools in     Shivela Middle                             809                     7                      4
booster called Tetanus Toxoid,                                                               Riverside County to       Thompson Middle                            857                     9                      6
Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and                                                                receive a score of 9 on   Warm Springs Middle                        802                     7                      3
Acellular Pertussis (Tdap).                                                                  both the statewide and
                                                                                             similar schools ranks.    High Schools
Parents who don’t know if their child                                                                                  Murrieta Mesa High                          819                    9                      8
has had the booster shot are urged to                                                     All district schools         Murrieta Valley High                        823                    9                      7
schedule a visit to their family doctor                                                   exceeded the 800 tar-        Vista Murrieta High                         819                    9                      9
or have their child vaccinated at one                                                     get on their base API
of the local drug stores. Parents may                                                     score, with the excep-       Small Schools
also get the vaccination done at a                                                        tion of Tenaja               Tenaja Canyon Academy                     729 *                   5*
public health family care center. To                                                      Academy, the district’s
locate a family health care center         independent study program, and the district’s alternative high school,      Alternative Schools
location, go to       Creekside High School.                                                      Creekside High                            736 *                    B                      B
tussis                                     The report also shows that Murrieta Valley Unified schools are closing
Parents don’t have to wait until school    the achievement gap between white students and students in sub-             “B” Districts and alternative schools which do not receive a statewide or similar schools ranking.
offices reopen to turn in proof of the     groups.                                                                     “ * “ Small schools - Similar schools ranks are not calculated for small schools.
vaccine. From June 20 through July         “In spite of the economic challenges we face with the reduced funding
15 at Buchanan Elementary a school         from the State,’’ said District Superintendent Stan Scheer, “these scores
nurse will be available from 8:00          are evidence that our students are continuing to excel in the classroom
until noon to accept proof of the vac-     thanks to their hard work and the efforts of dedicated administrators,
cine and she will also update the stu-     teachers, support staff, and the support students receive at home.”
dent’s computer file before sending
the record to the child’s school.
                                               Academic Performance Index of Sub-Groups
Jose Arballo Jr., spokesperson for the                                            District            Statewide
Riverside County Department of                                                   Base API             Base API
Public Health, said parents are being       White                                  860                   838
urged not to wait for the new school        Filipinos                              872                   851
year to begin, since there will be no       Asian                                  887                   890
grace period.                               Black                                  766                   686
Under the new law, students will not        Hispanic                               803                   715
be allowed to start school without          English Learners                       722                   692
proof of vaccination.                       Economically Disadvantaged             784                   712

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