eNews & Notes - June 3, 2022

eNews & Notes - June 3, 2022
Posted on 06/03/2022
eNews & Notes - June 3, 2022
San Bernardino City Unified School District

A Moment with Doc Ervin
Something I’ll remember fondly about my tenure in San Bernardino City Unified is the tremendous pride that envelops this community come graduation time.

One of my first charges as superintendent last June was attending a whirlwind of high school graduations. In the stands I saw the faces of prideful grandmas, beaming parents, and brothers and sisters dressed in their Sunday best.

Afterall, high school graduation has long been one of life's most important milestones, especially because this graduating class overcame some pretty big challenges. So before I congratulate the Class of 2022 on a job well done, let me assure you that the best is yet to come. May this graduation be the first of many more educational and career milestones in your life. So make this diploma the first of several that will one day adorn your corner office wall.

With that, congratulations SBCUSD Class of 2022, and let me give a special shout out to our valedictorians and salutatorians who are headed to some of the country’s most prestigious universities. You can read about our valedictorians below.

And if you snag a photo or 20 of an SBCUSD graduate, please be sure to tag us using #SBCUSDCLASSOF2022!

Future in Focus
Quick tips, brief updates, and reminders about what’s coming up to help families, employees, and our community make the most of our schools.

eNews on Summer Break
This weekly newsletter is taking a break and will return on Friday, July 29; just in time to welcome families and students back for the 2022–2023 school year.

Join us for a Month of Fun and Engaging Summer School
You still have time to enroll your child in our fun and educational summer school!

Elementary Summer School
Summer School will be offered to elementary students from June 8 – June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students enrolled in the Summer School program.
Transportation will be provided for students who qualify.

Please call your child’s school site if you have any questions about summer school.


Middle School Summer School for Incoming 6th–8th Graders
June 8June 30
8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Monday–Friday (Lunch 12–12:30 p.m.)                                                 
In-Person Only: Students attending will strengthen their academic foundations in English Language Arts, math and a variety of exploratory electives to prepare them for the next grade. Transportation will be provided for those who normally qualify based on current District policy. Students attend summer school at the school they will attend in August 2022.
Late enrollments will depend on the space availability. Please note, transportation will not be available for late enrollments. Call your child's 2022–2023 school site for more information.


High School Summer Bridge and Credit Recovery Programs
June 8 - June 30, 2022
Incoming 9th Graders: All high schools offer an in-person Summer Bridge Program for incoming ninth graders only. This program helps students prepare for a successful start to their freshman year.
Incoming 10th–12th Graders: Credit Recovery for 10–12th grade students who need to catch up on credits to get back on track for graduation will be offered at each high school.
Please call your child’s 22-23 school site if you have questions about summer school.

Virtual Academy
Summer School Dates: June 8–June 30, 2022
Incoming 6th–8th graders who will be attending the Virtual Academy for the 2022–23 school year are eligible to attend summer school virtually through the Virtual Academy. Students attending will strengthen their academic foundations in English Language Arts, math and a variety of exploratory electives to prepare them for the next grade. Click on this link to sign up.
Incoming 9th graders attending the Virtual Academy for the 2022–23 school year can attend the summer bridge program designed to prepare incoming 9th-grade students for a successful start to their school year.  Click on this link to sign up.

High School Students Can Take Free College Classes
Did you know that SBCUSD high school students can take a variety of free courses at San Bernardino Valley College through a thriving partnership with the college?

San Bernardino Valley College is now enrolling SBCUSD students for free fall 2022 college courses. Students in grades 9 through 12 can sign up today and start earning college credit toward an associate’s degree or special certification that gives them an edge after high school.

For more information, email the SBCUSD College and Career Readiness/Linked Learning Department at [email protected].

Pure Land Foundation
Drive-thru Food Distribution
Saturday, June 11, 2022
9 a.m. to 12 noon or until supplies last
Pacific High School
1020 Pacific Street, San Bernardino

Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
5:30 p.m.
Dr. Margaret Hill Community Room
777 North F Street, San Bernardino
Watch live 

Weekly Bulletin
Each Monday morning, SBCUSD publishes the Weekly Bulletin through ParentSquare, where we share a collection of events to keep you connected to SBCUSD and the community. Check out the Weekly Bulletin Mondays at 11 a.m.
Highlights of the Week
Highlights of key news from the week that will help you stay in the know.

A Celebration of Reading

Reading has been a yearlong emphasis for SBCUSD, and we’d like to encourage all students to continue reading during the summer break. This week all schools sent home with students A Celebration of Reading booklet with useful information to promote reading among children of all ages this summer. Be sure to ask your child about it, and set time aside for reading all summer long.

Cabinet in Action
In public education, a Board of Education hires a superintendent to lead and manage the school district and to serve as the chief executive officer of the school system. Superintendents are responsible for the management of schools, the administration of all school board policies, and are directly accountable to the school board.

Superintendent’s have an executive cabinet responsible for assisting the superintendent in addressing the Board of Education’s major priorities. The cabinet also provides input to the superintendent on major operational, programmatic, and fiscal issues impacting the school district.

SBCUSD’s executive cabinet has seven skilled members with extensive experience in public education. This means that when a talented and dedicated cabinet is working together to accomplish a shared vision and mission for the District, great things can happen.

That’s why SBCUSD has invested in hiring and developing the best cabinet possible. These seasoned educators meet weekly and will keep SBCUSD operating effectively as the Board of Education searches for a new superintendent following Doc Ervin’s May announcement that he is retiring.

In the coming weeks, eNews & Notes will feature stories and photos about our deeply committed cabinet, tidbits about their specific roles, and how they support site leaders and staff to ensure they have what’s needed to provide excellent educational services to SBCUSD’s 46,000 students.

Awesome to the Core
Every year, the Board of Education presents the Golden and Crystal Apple Awards to 14 individuals who live and breathe the District’s mission. We’re taking a closer look at the employees who received a 2022 Crystal Apple or Golden Apple Award for their impactful work with our students.


Dominguez Elementary’s Kenya Nelson Enjoys Helping Others
Kenya Nelson has been with the District for 10 years, working for 3 years as a recreational aide in the Early Childhood Development Centers and the past 7 years as a paraprofessional at H. Frank Dominguez Elementary. Sharing responsibility for working with Special Education students, Kenya enjoys fulfilling her purpose of helping others and is always searching for more ways to make a positive difference. Kenya is a mother of three wonderful children, a poet, and author of the book Reflecting New Perspectives.

Double Honor for San Gorgonio’s Matt Maeda
2022 Latino History Bee
Class of 2022 Valedictorians

In the Spotlight

SBCUSD Highlights Class of 2022 Valedictorians
With 23 valedictorians from 7 comprehensive high schools, San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) has a lot to be proud of—two valedictorians are going to Stanford University, one to Princeton University, three are headed to the University of California, Berkeley, and two to California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).

Our valedictorians have even more to be proud of, as they have shown that with hard work and dedication, you can rise to the top, even when life throws obstacles at you.

Wendy Aguilar has a 4.91 G.P.A. and a passion for politics and leadership, as evidenced by her participation in the Global Leadership Academy club and the Young Legislators club at Arroyo Valley High (AVHS) and her decision to major in Political Science at the University of Redlands. The teacher who had the greatest impact in her life was her high school art teacher, Robyn Holt. Holt’s kindness, positivity, and belief in her students made all the difference.

San Gorgonio High School (San G) valedictorian Melody Ambriz’s 4.92 weighted G.P.A. and extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society and Calculus Club, were the ticket to being accepted to almost any college. And after being accepted to UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, University of California, Irvine, and Cal State LA, she has decided to major in psychology or social gender studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR).

With a 4.76 weighted G.P.A., Desteny Becerra Figueroa has earned her place as a Middle College High School (MCHS) valedictorian. In addition to taking both high school and college courses, as all MCHS students do, Desteny was also a member of Key Club, School Site Council, National Honor Society, Principal’s Focus Group, Peer Leaders, and the Class Committee of 2022. She plans to become a general physician or cardiothoracic surgeon.

Cardinal City Mayor and valedictorian Kimberlyn Chavez Quiroz is graduating from San Bernardino High School (SBHS) with a 4.785 weighted G.P.A. She is on her way to UC Berkeley to study psychology. She credits Arrowview Middle School science teacher Roice Bethel with teaching her “the importance of keeping a balance between fun and school.”

Indian Springs High School (ISHS) valedictorian Sarai Conde is graduating with a 4.84 G.P.A. and college acceptance letters from California Baptist University, Creighton University, Xavier University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego. However, she has decided to attend University of California, Riverside (UCR) to study neuroscience and neuropsychology.

Daniela De La Torre is a member of ASB (Associated Student Body), Key Club, the Class of 2022 Committee, and Peer Leaders, and maintains a 4.66 weighted G.P.A. This MCHS valedictorian plans to major in business administration at UC Berkeley with the goal of becoming a financial manager.

San G valedictorian Lilianna “Lily” Gracia is a musician at heart, so it’s no surprise that she was part of the San G Quintet and Symphonie Juenesse and the teacher who inspired her most was her high school orchestra teacher, John Brannon. When college starts in the fall, Lily will be studying music history and the music industry at either Berklee College of Music or the University of Southern California (USC).

AVHS valedictorian Frankie Grant credits her freshman English teacher Brian Mudd for much of her academic success by challenging her to develop the work ethic that would land her at the top of her class. Frankie would go on to participate in Academic Decathlon, Best Buddies, Students for Change and Calculus Club. Her goal is to attend UCLA and eventually become a clinical psychologist.

Michelle Le is graduating from AVHS with a 4.87 G.P.A. and plans to earn an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology degree from University of California, Irvine. Her ultimate goal is to become a marine biologist. She credits her ninth-grade biology teacher, Karen Swedlove, with sparking her love of biology.

With activities like Best Buddies, Students for Change, varsity tennis, NHS, and CSF under her belt, Cajon High School valedictorian Kalea Luna had her choice of colleges, and she decided to attend UCLA. She credits Dr. Stephen Imbriani and Cajon’s Sports Medicine Pathway with teaching her basic first aid and injury prevention and helping her build leadership and teamwork skills that have prepared her to deal with an emergency if one happens.

Cajon valedictorian Luis Luna is planning to dual enroll in New York’s Columbia University and France’s SciencesPo to study political science and eventually become a diplomat. With a 4.0 unweighted G.P.A. and extracurricular activities like Speech & Debate and Model United Nations and being the debate coach at Rodriguez Prep Academy, Luis is well on his way to accomplishing his dream.

Cajon valedictorian Eric Martinez is on his way to Stanford University to major in Anthropology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. The founder and president of the DREAMers Club credits his high school International Baccalaureate teacher John Anderson for teaching him “how to learn, how to question my learning, how to take control of my learning, and what it truly means to be human.”

With extracurricular activities like water polo, National Honor Society (NHS)/California Scholarship Federation (CSF), and Jr. Public Relations and Communications Specialist for Tomorrow’s Talent, it’s no surprise that Cajon valedictorian Roxana Martinez will be attending Princeton. Her goal is to become an immigration lawyer.

Not only does Spencer “White Lightning” Nelson excel in academics, he is also part of the SBCUSD Teen Music Workshop and the cross country and track and field teams. Spencer credits Richardson PREP HI Middle School music teacher Peter Llamas with helping him blossom into the type of hard-working student who becomes a Cajon valedictorian. Spencer’s next stop is UC Berkeley, where he will major in biology or business.

MCHS valedictorian, School Site Council member, and peer leader Julie Nguyen said her sophomore math teacher, Steven Wright, “instilled in me an appreciation and fascination of (math), which ultimately led me to deciding to pursue a career in computer science.” Julie was accepted into UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Barbara, but decided to attend UC San Diego.

Pacific High School valedictorian Miranda Owen excels in academics, sports, and music. She maintained a 4.69 G.P.A. while also playing on the basketball, tennis, and track and field teams, and playing in the band. This Keith Hubbs Award winner was accepted to UCLA, UCR, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, and CSUSB. She has chosen to stay local and study geology at CSUSB.

SBHS valedictorian Fernando Ramirez-Barragan was accepted to UCLA, CSUSB, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Irvine, but he has decided to attend UCLA to become a civil engineer. He maintained an unweighted 4.0 G.P.A. while also participating in track and field, cross country, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.

Stanford, Yale, Claremont McKenna, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine all wanted Alexa Roman Serrano, but this San G valedictorian has set her sights on Stanford University. Alexa has not decided on her major yet, but with her 4.87 weighted G.P.A. and her experience in Academic Decathlon, varsity tennis, Key Club, Thrive Scholars, and Speech and Debate Club, she’s ready for whatever she decides to do.

Cajon valedictorian Vivianna “Vivi” Santos wants to open her own dermatology practice in the future, and she has a plan to get there. Her time with Best Buddies, Caremates, and the Latino Student Union have prepared her to lead her own company and care for patients. Soon, she’ll be majoring in pre-biology, with a minor in business, at UC Santa Barbara. Once she earns her bachelor’s degree, Vivi will be heading to medical school to complete her education.

Sahian Solares will go from a wolverine to a coyote when she graduates as a valedictorian from MCHS with a 4.80 weighted G.P.A. and then joins the CSUSB campus to major in kinesiology. Her final goal is to become a doctor of physical therapy. Sahian said Eva Tillman, her fifth-grade teacher from Jones Elementary School, had the greatest impact on her education.

With extracurricular activities like tennis, Academic Decathlon, Club de Español, Best Buddies, AP Spanish Club, and Calculus Club, it’s no surprise that AVHS valedictorian Alexa Tapia-Plazola was accepted into colleges including the University of Redlands, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and Claremont McKenna College. She plans to major in linguistics at Pomona College.

With her involvement in Best Buddies, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, and the girls’ basketball team, it’s impressive that Cajon valedictorian Mya Verrett maintained a 4.82 weighted G.P.A. In a few months, Mya will be at UC San Diego working toward a degree in bioengineering.

San G Spartan valedictorian Emily Viramontes maintained a 4.0 unweighted G.P.A. while also participating in the National Honor Society, Key Club, the MedicaZone, track and field and cross country, and the BRAINterns Summer webinar. Emily said, “My fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. (Julie) Ohrt, was the first teacher to truly encourage me to push myself to new limits, and expectations I wouldn’t have thought of reaching.” Now she is reaching for new heights as she works towards a career as a neurosurgeon.

In order to qualify for the honor of valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must be among the top 10 to 20 students with the highest grade value based on the specific courses that every student at an SBCUSD high school campus has access to for seven semesters of high school. Additionally, the student must complete all SBCUSD graduation requirements and complete the eighth and final semester at the school from which they have been selected as valedictorian or salutatorian.

Unweighted G.P.A.s are based on the standard grade-point system of four points for every A grade, three points for every B, and two points for every C grade. Weighted G.P.A.s are determined by adding a point to grades earned for Honors-level, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. For example, an A grade earned in a Chemistry AP class would be worth five points instead of four.

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