Mid Valley News - Volume 56 Issue 09 - May 1, 2019

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Vol. 56, No. 09

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May 01, 2019

El Monte City School District Proud to Sponsor Speech Competition by Staff Writer San Gabriel Valley

Gidley School award winning orator seventh-grader Lauren Tran said she drew her inspiration from her father’s journey to America as a Vietnam War refugee for her speech at the District’s fourth annual speech competition. Tran and 25 other El Monte City School District sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders debated whether conflict improved everyday life on subjects including homelessness, the women’s rights movement and mental health. Judges agreed with Tran’s arguments, awarding her secondplace best orator and first place for best team with Gidley School seventh-grader Sofia Hernandez. Students were judged on a written essay and the ability to present their arguments to a crowd of more than 200 parents, faculty and peers on

April 15 at El Monte High School. “I used my father’s experiences as a refugee because his life was riddled with conflict as he escaped Vietnam War, threats from pirates and poverty to gain his freedom,” Tran said. “All of those experiences shaped who he is and that taught me that conflict is essential to our lives.” Teacher Kari McMullin, who organized the event, said the 26 participants were chosen after each school held its own speech competition. McMullin said the competition is the result of six months of work, since students started working on their essays in October. “It never ceases to amaze me how articulate and self-assured our sixth-, seventh- and eighth- graders are because public speaking is one of the top five biggest stress inducers in life,” McMullin said. “I’m very proud of our students for how well they comport themselves and how

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Cleminson sixth-grader Kelia Naranjo speaks to more than 200 parents, teachers and students at El Monte City School District’s fourth annual speech competition. Naranjo tied for first place in the sixth-grade division with Potrero School student Tuan Bui. Courtesy photo EMCSD Speech continued on page 15

Rio Hondo College Debate Students Win First Honors at National Chamionship by Staff Writer El Monte

For the first time in 40 years, Rio Hondo College’s Forensics Speech and Debate Team won first-place honors in the annual Phi Rho Pi National Championships, held April 6-13 in Reno, Nevada. The competition featured more than 50 teams from community and junior colleges across the U.S. Rio Hondo College won gold in parliamentary-team debate and in debate following the International Public Debate Association format, in which individuals argue the merits of pre- established topic. Rio Hondo also won bronze in both categories, a bronze in the National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas style debate and a second-place speakers award. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” Phi Rho Pi President Jeff Przybylo said. Rio Hondo College Debate Coach Grant Tovmasian said the victory represents the culmination of years of training and effort by the College’s students, who placed third in the 2018 nationals. “We are overwhelmed at this incredible achievement by our

For the first time in 40 years, Rio Hondo College’s Forensics Speech and Debate Team won first place honors in the annual Phi Rho Pi National Championships, held April 6-13 in Reno, Nevada. Courtesy Photo

students, who earned these honors through countless hours of hard work,” said Tovmasian, a Rio Hondo College professor. “Their dedication to their craft speaks for itself.” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said the students exemplify

the Rio Hondo College spirit. “Our speech students capitalized on their opportunities at Rio Hondo College to go beyond their classes and apply academic lessons in one of the most competitive arenas available,” Dreyfuss said. “They repre-

sent the determination and dedication that is a hallmark of all our Rio Hondo College students.” Board of Trustees President Gary Mendez congratulated Tovmasian Championship continued on page 11


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Chalk Talk Community Committed to College and Career

A Message from the Superintendent

By Dr. Edward Zuniga, Superintendent, El Monte Union High School District

Board of Trustees Recognizes Academic Decathletes

brought together students from two career technical education programs we are proud to have in our schools: culinary arts and video production.On May 1, we will get a chance to see the Just as quickly as we have welcomed spring, we are now preparing to take a show our VISTA Academy students put together and will find out whose short break from the rigors of culinary dish – Mountain View, Arroyo schoolwork and the fast­paced environment in which we find ourselves or Rosemead – will take the prize. Also, be sure to listen to our two CTE experts, as we near the end of the school year.April has been filled with tons of Director of Curriculum Hillary Wolfe and VISTA Academy teacher John celebrations and recognitions, from our Academic Decathletes who shined Mann, talk about the program on the latest California School News Radio at the L.A. County and state education podcast!I want to thank our competitions to our Adult School The El Monte Union Board of Trustees on April 3 recognized the Rosemead High students for working so hard to succeed School Academic Decathlon team and top team scorer from each school for a students who conveyed to the in their classes and commend our community what education means to successful Academic Decathlon season. teachers, staff, administrators and them and the impact it has on the community. We also welcomed parents parents for rallying behind our students and creating positive environments and students for our Open House every day.I hope you all a wonderful programs and completed SBAC state testing for all 11th­grade students. We and safe spring break with your friends, are also excited to find out the winner family and loved ones. We will see you back on April 29! of the Cooking Showdown, our inaugural culinary competition that

VISTA Academy Students Putting On A Show District project,” VISTA Academy teacher John Mann said. “The culinary arts students really wanted to do this, and they feel it is more authentic if they are filmed by their peers. It was a little nerve­ wracking but fun. And our kids are learning valuable job skills at the same Members of Mountain View’s VISTA Academy production crew got a time.” VISTA Academy will edit the real taste of filming and producing a game show­style cooking competition footage and debut the program on their YouTube channel on May 1, with the as part of the District’s inaugural winning team announced at the Board “Cooking Showdown on March 15. of Trustees meeting later that night. The “Top Chef”­style competition highlighted El Monte Union’s Food Science and Food Service CTE El Monte Union to pathways at Rosemead, Mountain View Celebrate College Signing and Arroyo high schools, as well as the Days VISTA communications and technology program. Hundreds of El Monte Union students VISTA Academy students, equipped are poised to celebrate an important with cameras, boom mikes and next step toward achieving their viewfinders, covered the competition academic pursuits during College from every angle, occasionally having Signing Day ceremonies at each to duck and cover when a student chef comprehensive high school. rushed by them to complete a task. Over the three­hour event, students El Monte High School will hold its conducted on­camera interviews with event at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30; student chefs in the kitchen, judges who Arroyo High School will celebrate on waited for the meals to be prepared and Wednesday, May 1; South El Monte the teams as they watched judging take High School will hold a four­year place from a “green room.” commitment celebration on Thursday, “We thought the Cooking Showdown May 2; and Rosemead High School will was an excellent way to have our CTE hold its event from 11:45 to 1:50 p.m. pathways work collaboratively on a Friday, May 3

Atheltic Director of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Sarah McLarty, Athletic Director of El Monte High School, for being recognized by the California State Athletic Directors Association and the CIF ­ Southern Section as an Athletic Director of the Year Awardee.

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IN THE NEWS: Arroyo High Garden Grows Fresh Produce and Healthy Kids Original Source: KCET “Tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, beans, strawberries, eggplant, sugarcane, guava, corn…” Liz Christy and Marianne Zaugg list the bounty of spring produce that’s being planted at the Arroyo High School community garden before excitedly listing plans they have for improving the space. Christy and Zaugg are from ECo Urban Gardens, a small­ scale agricultural nonprofit that partnered with the high school in 2016. The goal was to transform a barren piece of land into a lush teaching garden. Over the last few years, the community has watched the space go from a few neglected beds to an expansive working garden producing fresh produce. The school garden began as a student project in 2015, spurred on by KCETLink’s Youth Voices program. “Our goal was to create a project that could help the students at Arroyo High School learn about our current environment, local food systems, and urban agriculture, but most importantly redefine the negative way others see our city,” wrote the pilot class of Arroyo High School students working at the garden. Upon seeing the garden’s positive effect in the community (where nearly half of which lies in a food desert), the school partnered with ECo Urban Gardens to keep the project going. “We weren’t really gardeners, so we needed someone who knew what they were doing,” explained principal Angelita Gonzales­Hernandez. Soon after, the garden started to receive funding, with a Healthy Living grant kicking things into high gear. City of Hope, who supplied the grant, is a comprehensive cancer treatment center headquartered just a few miles from the high school. “We felt this was a really great way to create a sustainable healthy food movement in the school district,” explains City of Hope’s Nancy Clifton­ Hawkins. “Now we’ve been able to really expand the vision of how this program can truly impact the health and the lifestyle of people living around the campus as well.” Since then, the space has gone through a couple of phases, first

expanding and improving the garden beds and shed, all the while becoming a bigger part of the school itself. More students have joined the garden club over the years, and culinary arts students make dishes using fresh­ picked veggies. Zaugg estimates that through various clubs and classes, over 500 students have spent time working in the garden in the past year. The school district is currently in the process of approving a horticulture CTE (career technical education) pathway, similar to the culinary arts pathway but centered around agriculture and gardening. Principal Gonzales­Hernandez explains that “kids could be turned on to growing and become farmers or studying insects, biology. It just exposes them to another area, another avenue, another career.” Funding from the U.S. Green Building Council of Los Angeles kickstarted a second phase focused on eco­friendly principles. The goal is to transform it into a regenerative learning garden with good environmental practices like capturing water and attracting good insects. They’ll also be adding a farm stand to serve the community. One of the garden’s essential goals from the very beginning was to reach out to the community with an urban green space that’s open to everyone. “A lot of times our community doesn't know what is happening with the school if they don't have a student here. It's another avenue for us to reach out,” explained Gonzales­Hernandez. “This is the community's culinary oasis,” added Zaugg. The planned farm stand will allow students to learn sales skills and entrepreneurship while letting them connect with El Monte’s other residents. When asked about her favorite garden activities, former garden club president (class of 2017) Natalie Diaz mentioned the bi­monthly volunteer days, “because it allowed us the opportunity to engage with individuals from around the

neighborhood.” Anyone can lend a hand at the garden every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The now­graduated Arroyo High School student decided to spend her free time tending the garden because she “liked the idea of growing something from the seed up until it was ready to eat. I found it extremely calming and therapeutic.” The garden’s not just changing how students think about agriculture — it’s changing how they think about food as a whole. “We didn't want to just grow the garden and vegetables, we wanted to change the food culture,” explained Zaugg. Principal Gonzales­Hernandez says many of the garden­loving students she talks to are starting to eat healthier. “How many kids think about going out and eating kale? But now they're adding it to their diet and bringing it into their homes.” With support from City of Hope and Kaiser Permanente, a long­ term goal is to change the way the students and their families think about food, gradually improving the overall health of the neighborhood. And the big ideas don’t stop there. Phase three of the garden includes plans for an aquaponic greenhouse and an adjoining outdoor classroom. Aquaponic gardening is a practice that combines aquaculture, or the raising of fish in tanks, with hydroponics. The

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waste from the fish is broken down by bacteria and used to feed the plants, which in turn cleans the water. It’s next­ level horticulture that will expose students to a wider range of farming practices and could produce tens of thousands of pounds of produce per year. The structure will involve lots of planning to make it sustainable, climate­controlled, and long­lasting. It will also take more funding. “We need a lot of help,” said Zaugg. While not all schools can house a big greenhouse and twenty­five garden beds, ECo Urban Gardens aims to add a community garden to more schools in the San Gabriel Valley every year. The organization currently works with four schools and adjusts the model to fit the space. Jennifer Swanson, a teacher advisor for the garden club, sees the value in adding a garden to school property. “I think it's very beneficial. It's a totally different way of learning, totally hands­on. And they can take what they've learned and take it home and start their own gardens and encourage their families to eat better.” When Swanson looks back on the garden and how far it’s come over the past few years, she’s struck by its growth. “It is far beyond what I imagined it to be,” she added.

El Monte Union Choir Performing at Los Angeles Master Chorale Festival

The Arroyo High School Choir is among the more than 1,000 students performing in the Los Angeles Master The day will start with coffee and donuts at 8:00 am at the Chamber office at Chorale’s annual High School Choir 1903 N. Durfee Ave, Suite 4, South El Monte ­ then off to be Principal for a Day. Festival at the Walt Disney Concert Hall When your shift is over, we will meet at Mountain View High School for a lunch at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 3rd. catered by the Mountain View High School Culinary Arts Program. A special pop­up performance is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on the stairs of Contact the Chamber office at 626­443­0180 and make your reservation the concert hall for those who wish to today. arrive early.


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What You Need to Know About Pet Insurance

What to do if you find a lost animal Have you ever seen a dog or cat running loose on a busy street and feared for its safety? Here are some tips from the American Human Society that can help next time you see a lost pet: Capture and contain it with care. will look up the owner’s contact Always approach stray animals information by calling the microchip slowly and cautiously while speaking company or accessing the microchip in a calm, gentle voice. You can also database online. use food to coax a frightened animal Take pets with no ID to an animal into approaching you. shelter. If the animal has no ID tag or Call the authorities. Never put microchip, its best chance of being yourself in harm’s way by attempting reunited with its owner is generally at to capture an animal that is behaving an animal shelter. The shelter is the aggressively. Call your local animal one obvious place where owners are control or police department likely to look for lost pets. immediately. Be sure to give the Post fliers. If possible, take a photo of dispatcher the exact street address the pet and post fliers around the area where the animal was last seen. where the pet was found. Be sure to Check for ID. Once you have also distribute the fliers to local contained the lost pet, check to see if veterinary clinics. the animal is wearing anID tag. If so, you may be able to immediately For more tips on how to handle a lot contact the owner and return the pet animal, check the American Human to her or him. Society webpage at https:// Get the pet scanned for a microchip. www.americanhumane.org/fact­sheet/ If the pet is not wearing an ID tag, if­you­find­a­lost­pet/ take the animal to your local animal shelter. If the animal is chipped, staff

Recent Advances in Animal Rights All 50 states have established laws More than half of all states showed that make cruelty against animals a significant improvement in their animal criminal act. Differences between the protection laws in the course of the last states are outlined in depth in the five years including stiffer penalties for Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal offenders and banning animal Protection Laws Rankings Report. ownership following cruelty The longest­running and most convictions. authoritative report of its kind, its object In seven states, immunity laws were passed guaranteeing people who rescue is to assess each state’s animal animals from vehicles in emergency protection laws and then rank states situations don’t face lawsuits. More according to the strength of their protection laws. than 25 states now have some type of The most recently published report, “hot car” law on the books. which looked at data from 2017, Illinois took top spot for the tenth presented a number of positive year in a row, while Pennsylvania developments. showed the most improvement thanks to new legislation granting civil immunity to veterinarians who report suspected animal abuse. For more information on animal protection laws and opportunities to get involved with animal rights, visit the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s website at aldf.org.

According to statistics gathered by Canine Journal, one in three pets may require urgent veterinary attention each year. And as we all know, vet care isn’t cheap. Of course, it’s worth it to care for our best friends but for some pet owners, the financial hardshi Pet insurance has become increasingly popular. It’s similar to human health insurance in that it covers unexpected accidents and illnesses (like when the dog eats something he shouldn’t or the cat is diagnosed with diabetes). Some plans also cover routine vet care.p of urgent vet care means making very difficult decisions. Choosing to enroll in pet insurance can help offset those costs, as you can save up to 90% on vet bills. There are three types of pet insurance coverage: accident only, accident and illness, and comprehensive. The comprehensive

option covers not only accidents and illnesses, but also various health treatments such as vaccinations, worm and parasite prevention, spaying and neutering, dental care and even behavioral therapy training classes. Depending on the provider, you can create a custom plan combining some or all of the above. When deciding if pet insurance is right for you, there are numerous factors to take into account. For starters, consider your pet’s breed: some breeds are more susceptible to specific health conditions than others. Your pet’s age is another factor to take into account as ageing dogs and cats are more susceptible to injury and age­related illnesses. Visit reputable review sites like the Canine Journal, Consumers Advocate, or PetInsuranceQuotes.com to see how each provider stacks up. Then, go ahead and sign up for a free quote. Pet insurance is a great way to not just save money, but anxiety too. Ultimately, though, your decision will depend on your pet, as well as your finances. Hopefully, your pet will never need more than routine veterinary care, but if something terrible does happen, pet insurance can help save a life.

Four Tips For Picking Your Puppy's Name Choosing a name for your dog can be a lot of fun: Peanut, Princess, Paws — all okay! However, here are four things worth keeping in mind when picking a name you and your pup will love. 1. Stick with short names. It’s easiest for dogs to recognize a name with one or two syllables. Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland? Try Liz or Lizzie instead.

year­old name your Rottweiler Tinkerbell, expect to turn some heads at the dog park.

4. Try it out. There’s nothing stopping you from changing your mind after a 2. Avoid names that cause confusion. few days if the name doesn’t feel right. Make sure the name doesn’t resemble a It’s important that you love the name, command such as no, stay, sit, come or seeing as you’ll be saying it a lot. heel. Dogs have trouble distinguishing between similar sounding words. And once you’ve settled on a name, don’t forget to reward your dog with 3. Choose a name you’re comfortable treats, affection and praise when they calling out. The name should be easy to respond to it. yell out and one that doesn’t cause embarrassment. If you let your five­

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Education Forum Highlights Career Technical Education at Citrus College by Melisa Utsuki, Contributing Writer, Citrus College San Gabriel Valley

Representatives from school districts throughout the region recently learned about Citrus College’s many career technical education (CTE) options during the college’s fifth annual K-14 Education Forum. Board of education members, superintendents, principals and school administrators joined college leaders and governing board members for the informative event, which was held in the Citrus College Center for Innovation on April 12. “The theme of this year’s forum is very relevant. Responding to labor market demands has become

a priority for California’s community colleges, and Citrus College is committed to preparing students for the workforce,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. “We want our partners in the K-12 system to be aware of the wide range of CTE programs Citrus College offers, and to know that the college’s faculty and staff are committed to providing students with the education and skills to succeed in the workplace.” After a complimentary breakfast and welcome remarks from Dr. Perri, the morning’s program continued with a brief CTE overview provided by Dr. Arvid Spor, vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Spor then

State Superintendent Announces Distribution of Nearly $1 Million After Camp Fire by Staff Writer El Monte

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced that the California Department of Education (CDE) has negotiated a payment of $973,863.36 from the Microsoft Corporation to Paradise Unified School District to help with rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating Camp Fire. The money is left over from the Education Technology K–12 Voucher Program, which was established after a $1.1 billion settlement in 2003 ordering Microsoft to reimburse California consumers for antitrust violations. “Butte County educators and their communities suffered greatly during

and after the Camp Fire. They have also worked heroically and selflessly toward helping students,” said Thurmond. “I’m proud of the work the CDE is continuing to do in assisting students and educators in Paradise and surrounding communities. This grant will help Paradise Unified rebuild schools and support its education infrastructure.” Fourteen schools were damaged or destroyed during the Camp Fire in November 2018. The fire temporarily forced the closure of 99 schools and displaced 31,670 students. On December 3, 2018, 87 schools reopened with about 28,032 students returning to their school of origin and 2,208 students attending classes Camp Fire continued on page 15

introduced Dr. Eric Rabitoy, dean of natural, physical and health sciences, who shared information regarding Dual Enrollment. “Through Dual Enrollment, also known as Early College or AB 288, Citrus College provides local students with the opportunity to take college courses on their high school campuses,” explained Dr. Rabitoy. “This spring, the college is offering 33 classes at eight area high schools. The courses offered focus on general education curriculum and allow students to begin earning units toward their college degree.” Dr. Rocky Cifone, dean of career, technical and continuing education, also spoke to the event’s attendees.

In addition to providing details about the variety and breadth of the CTE programs, awards and degrees at Citrus College, he introduced three of the college’s outstanding alumni. Ms. Priscilla Englert, a teacher at Bonita High School; Mr. Ryan Keenan, an associate architect at Walt Disney Imagineering and adjunct instructor at Citrus College; and Mr. Serge Mayer, a project engineer at Marshall Engineering Group; shared their experiences as CTE students. They also explained how their time at Citrus College prepared them to pursue their education further. “Career education comes in many forms. The historical perspecCitrus College continued on page 15

Rio Hondo Community College District Announces Superintendent / President Finalists by Staff Writer El Monte

The Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, five finalists are moving forward in the superintendent/president search process. The College invites community members, faculty, staff and administration to learn about the candidates during a public forum from 1 to 5:45 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Board Room, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The next superintendent/president will succeed Teresa Dreyfuss, who will retire June 30 after 32 years of service to Rio Hondo College. The Board of Trustees will hold its interviews on Tuesday, May 7 and is

expected to make a final selection on Wednesday, May 8. Forum schedule • 1 p.m.: Marvin Martinez • 2 p.m.: Dr. Cynthia Olivo • 3 p.m.: Dr. Patricia Hsieh • 4 p.m.: Dr. Alberto Román • 5 p.m.: Dr. Arturo Reyes Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President Finalists Background Dr. Patricia Hsieh Dr. Patricia Hsieh is in her 14th year as president at San Diego Miramar College. She previously served as interim president and vice president of student services at Sacramento City College. Hsieh studied at the Harvard University Management and Leadership in Education Program and Institute for Educational ManRio Hondo continued on page 15


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Community Corner You’re Invited! Books & A Bite A Family Literacy Night Calling all Rosemead-area families with school-age children! Join us at the Rosemead Recreation Community Center for Books & A Bite, a family literacy night to celebrate reading! Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), in partnership with Panda Express, will host an evening of books, food, and fun activities for the whole family. Each child will go home with their choice of three free books!

WHEN: Friday, May 3 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Rosemead Recreation Community Center 3936 N. Muscatel Ave., Rosemead, CA

WHAT: RSVP:

Family fun, food and books!

Food provided by Panda Express.

April 26 by email to Kkolarik@rif.org

Bring your family to this free event. Let us know the number of adults, kids, and the kids’ grade level(s) for those planning to attend.

Join in our mission to give every child the opportunity to read.

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Lambert Park Wins the 34th Annual Pee Wee Cheerleaders’ Jamboree by Staff Writer El Monte

Dia de Las Madres Serenata Para Celebrar Nuestra Madres

Sábado, 11 de Mayo de 2019

“El Corazón de Nuestra Ciudad” Ven y trae a tu Mama para una serenata durante tus compras en el Valley Mall.

Mariachi Serenata Ranchera de 12:00 pm hasta 4:00 pm Rifas Gratis a partir de la 1:00 pm hasta las 4:00 pm

Por favor llene la información abajo y soltar en el comerciante en los Comerciantes Participantes. No es necesario para entrar comprar.

Dibujo del Día de la Madre Nombre: _______________________________________________ Telefono #: ____________________________ Dirección: _____________________________________________ Ciudad ________________________________ Estado: _________________________ Código Postal: ______________

The El Monte Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department held its 34th Annual Pee Wee Cheerleaders’ Jamboree on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Lambert Park Bernie Boomer Gymnasium. It was a spectacular event with over 500 people in attendance. City park cheerleaders from Gibson Mariposa, Lambert, Mt. View, and Zamora Parks participated in the

event with Lambert Park winning the Sweepstakes Trophy. Members of the Lambert Park Cheer squad, led by Coach Destiny Banuelos, are: Isabella BarriosD’Egidio, Jeannette Berumen, Juliana Chavez, Milca Diaz, Jessica Espinoza, Margarita Estrella, Mariana Estrella, Yazmine Franco, Janelle Gonzalez, Kimberly Guzman, Madison Hernandez, Julissa Lopez, Ashley Martinez, Genesis Martinez, Cheerleaders continued on page 13


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Showcase Highlights School District’s Outstanding Schools and Instructional Programs by M. Earle, Contributing Writer, Mountain View School District El Monte

Mountain View School District recently hosted a School Showcase for realtors and media representatives, providing a glimpse of the District’s outstanding schools and dynamic instructional programs and services offered for students and families. Guests in attendance were welcomed with a slide show presentation highlighting the many academic and extracurricular programs provided in MVSD’s 12 schools, Head Start Preschool/Children’s Center and Magnolia Learning Center.

The showcase continued with guests boarding the District’s new all-electric school bus for a tour of three schools. MVSD is the first school district in the San Gabriel Valley to have electric school buses in its fleet, indicating its commitment to green energy, as well as providing safe, clean, and sustainable transportation for students. With stops at La Primaria School, Twin Lakes School and Monte Vista School, attendees were able to see first-hand dynamic instructional programs such as SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language), Write from the Beginning, technology

learning with 1:1 classroom devices, many exceptional offerings to the mathematics and science instruction realtors and media representatives.” in our classrooms. The District is currently enrolling Students also were treated to a students for the 2019-2020 school glimpse of the District’s compreyear and is proud to offer highly hensive Visual and Performing Arts qualified teachers, and exceptional program with a wonderful dance early literacy programs. performance by La Primaria’s 5th Extensive technology learning grade Conga Kids. programs including in school 1:1 “We were honored to host the technology devices, dual immershowcase and share the incredible sion program at select schools, full work of our students, teachers and day transitional kindergarten and staff members,” said Lillian Maldokindergarten programs, visual and nado French, Superintendent. “Our performing arts, STEAM (Science, students were absolutely shining Technology, Engineering, Arts Math) with their intellect, confidence, instruction, early childhood educaand brilliance and represented our tion for birth through 4 years, a schools excellently. Mountain View school-wide uniform policy, clean, School District is at the forefront of safe and secure schools, a nationmany instructional programs and ally recognized family engagement educational services, and we were program, a college-bound culture, happy to showcase these and the Instructional Program continued on page 13

Assemblywoman Rubio Cogswell 6th Grader A National MVP on Jackie Presents Landmark Robinson’s Birthday Legislation to Access High-Quality Child Care by M. Earle, Contributing Writer, Mountain View School District El Monte

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Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) presented Assembly Bill 167, landmark legislation which would greatly increase access to high-quality child care for low-income infants and toddlers in California in front of the Assembly Education Committee. According to research, just 9% of California’s low-income infants and toddlers (0-3 years) who are income eligible for subsidized child care are enrolled. Fewer families have access to the quality early learning programs with comprehensive support services that research shows has the greatest positive impact on lowincome babies. “As a single mother and former school teacher, taking care of our state’s most vulnerable children is a priority of mine,” said Assemblywoman Rubio. “Ultimately, what matters most to me is how well our early childhood education system is serving our children and families – and quite frankly, the status quo is failing our babies because too few of them have access to high-quality child care.” “The first three years are critical

to a child’s development, providing the platform for future health and wellbeing,” said Scott Moore, CEO of Kidango, a Bay Area early education nonprofit sponsoring the bill. “By strengthening and expanding child care programs for our youngest children based on the effective, highquality Early Head Start model, we can give more children the start to life they deserve, and set the foundation for success throughout school and life.” AB 167 would strengthen the existing California general child care program for infants and toddlers by providing funding to improve quality standards based on the proven Early Head Start model and expand access to high-quality, full-day, full-year child care and comprehensive support services for infants and toddlers living in high-need communities. AB 167 (Rubio) may be heard in committee as early as February. Assemblywoman Rubio represents the 48th Assembly District, which is comprised of the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, West

Cogswell School and the Mountain View School District are proud to announce that Karen Solis, a sixth grader from Cogswell School was selected by Major League Baseball and Scholastic as a 2019 National MVP Winner in the Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers in Sports and in Life Essay Contest for 4th-6th grade. The contest was open to students across the country who were asked to share their personal stories about how they used Jackie Robinson’s nine values to face their own barriers.

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Karen chose to share about the challenge that she faced with not understanding the primary language in school. In her essay Karen mentions that after struggling and falling behind, she was determined to catch up to her peers and one day be at the top of her class, which she has achieved. As the MVP winner Karen and her proud teacher, Andrea Castro, will be awarded with laptops and she will also receive a class set of books authored by Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, as well as a class set of T-shirts. Adding to the excitement of being named a National MVP winner, the Dodger organization heard about Karen’s accomplishment and invited the young scholar, her family and teacher to the April 15th Dodger game where she was able to be part of batting practice and a special event celebrating Jackie Robinson’s centennial birthday. While at the event Karen had the honor to meet current Dodger players including Justin Turner and Alex Verdugo, as well as some Dodger greats like Tommy Lasorda and “Sweet” Lou Johnson. Most importantly, she was congratulated by none other than Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s daughter. “Karen is a bright young scholar who constantly defies the odds and has accomplished what for many is just a dream,” said Castro. Cogswell continued on page 13


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Webb’s Rule PLAYING BRIDGE by Eugene R. Webb

With 13 Points or more, open the bid; Usually you’ll be glad you did. Now pick the suit that is stronger; Bid one with five cards or longer. With a four card major, one club is best; Knowing the rules, you won’t have to guess. With sixteen to eighteen points, one no trump is ok; With twenty-two points, two is what you say. Now the opponent opens, which means trouble; If my partner has an open bid, then he’ll double. But if he doesn’t and has cards that are mixed; Then he must pass with less points than six. But if my partner’s count is six points to ten; Then he can bid once but never again. Now if he has eleven to twelve points, that’s nice; For now he can bid not only once but

twice. If my partner has thirteen points, he’ll make game; We must remember there’s no two hands the same. Keep in mind it’s game that you’re going for; With a major (heart or spade) the count is four. Sometimes it’s good to keep the bidding alive;For a minor (club or diamonds) the count is five. But no trump (highest) is heavenly; And you only need to bid to three. Also note that the bidders are winners, so they say; But I can tell you I haven’t always found it that way.

“Working Overtime”

“ Back in the Day When A Car Was A Car!” When I graduated from Mark Keppel H.S. back in the 50’s my parents bought me a 1947 Plymouth Convertible and boy did I think I was hot stuff. I had been accepted into the Pasadena Playhouse School of the Arts, and I was starting to get parts in T.V. and I was doing voice overs while performing on stage at the Playhouse. Driving around in that Plymouth Convertible was it for me. Some of you are old enough to remember the cars back then were solid, during the War they hadn’t change much on the design but by 1947 all the major car companies were coming out with new, sleeker models and my convertible was a real eye catcher. I finally blew the engine driving cross country somewhere in Pennsylvania on my way to New York City but I had fun all the way. I had many cars over the years, good ones, a Chrysler Imperial, a Cadillac, a Lincoln but it was that 47 Plymouth that was my favorite . I was thinking about that car when I read Chuck Hoffman’s story about the 1911 Ford at the El Monte Historical Society’s Museum in the latest issue of their newsletter, The Landmark. Chuck, who is the Vice President of the Historical Society, wrote that within a week of graduating high school he started working for El Monte Motors, which at the time

was the Ford dealership in El Monte over on Garvey. The dealership was owned by Dick James by El Monte Hoyt Curtis whose father, William G. Curtis was a rancher in El Monte back in 1920 and was the Mayor from 1922-24. Hoyt had a run-down 1911 ModelT Ford Touring car: he would pull it out of the warehouse, dust it off, and then drive it in the El Monte Pioneer Day Parade. This same Model-T is displayed now in the Museum, in the Frontier Room. In these days of smaller, look-alike hybrids it’s fun to remember those old, solid cars of the past. Of course at gas being $4.39 a gallon I don’t miss them entirely. <NOTE: To read Chuck Hoffman’s complete article in the Landmark you can stop by the El Monte Historical Society Museum which is located 3150 Tyler Ave. in El Monte. For more information about the Museum call 1(626) 580-2232

May 01, 2019

“Cracker Barrel” “Around Town and a Couple of Perks” by: Mike McClure, Staff Writer El Monte

…so the other day I had a chance to go to the Durfee School’s “World Leaders of Tomorrow” event. Principal Munoz and his staff did a great job showcasing some of the many activities that the students participate in and they conducted interesting tours of several classrooms which were in session giving the parents a chance to ask questions of the teachers and students. Of course, as one of the “Perks of the Elite Media” I get invited to events like this all the time. Here in the El Monte area we are blessed with outstanding schools - the El Monte City School District, the Mt. View S.D. & the Valle Lindo S.D. constantly rank high with the other districts throughout the state, many which are in more affluent communities which have more resources available. I am sorry that I don’t have more time to get out to all of the events, but this column and the Mid Valley News do our best to support them and write about the great things they are doing.

…At Durfee I had the chance to sit with one of the parents who was there to support their children. Wendy Peralta is the mother of three girls, Zoey who is in the 5th grade, Alyssa who is in the 1st grade and little Aliyah who is in Head Start. Both Zoey and Alyssa performed in a short scene from Durfee School’s upcoming presentation of “Mary Poppins” (all of the El Monte City Schools are doing stage shows this month and if what I saw that morning is any indication of the quality of the other productions you are all in for a treat and I would suggest you check your local school for times and dates of their shows). Zoey came back later and sang in the Choir’s presentation of the Durfee Alma Mater to close the morning’s event. The kids were great, Wendy Peralta told me of the many hours they had to rehearse each day to get the dance steps perfected and memorize all the songs for the production, but her main concern was that it did not affect their studies. Cracker Barrel continued on page 13

“Connie’s Comments” Growing up in El Monte in the 50s was amazing for a kid with an imagination and I had that in spades. We had a large lot with a huge backyard on Adelia Street. Half the back lot closest to the house was grass and fruit trees. The rest of the lot was dedicated to livestock. During the summer months, if we were hungry, we picked fruit off the trees. We didn’t worry about insecticides or if the nectarines, plums or peaches were washed. We drank water from the garden hose if we were thirsty. by Connie Keenan El Monte The only toys we received were at Christmas time and by the time go through,’ I thought. summer rolled around, most of those Not considering the consequences. were broken or lost. That’s when I went into the house and grabbed imagination rolled around full tilt. the plastic table cloth off the dinner One very hot summer, I decided to table. make a swimming pool for me and It fit the hole perfectly! I filled my sisters. I dug a square hole about the hole. Voila! It worked. Yeah, the four feet wide on all sides and about water got muddy when I plopped but six inches deep. I was a success. I sat there, proudly “What are you doing?” sister Bersurveying my little kingdom. It nadette asked. dawned on me no one was there to “I’m making a swimming pool,” I share my victory. said. “Hey Bernadette!” I yelled. “Come “Huh,” she said as she sat down see the pool! I fixed it.” and watched me dig. Bernadette sauntered around the “There,” I said. “Now let’s fill it corner. “You know Mama’s going to up.” beat you when she sees her tableI filled the hole with water. Turned cloth,” she said. off the hose and sat down in the “Come on,” I said. “Get in!” water. She walked to the edge of my “It’s kinda muddy,” said Bernapool. dette. “There’s not enough room,” she “Yeah, but it’s cool,” I said sitting said. “Besides the water’s dirty.” there while the water receded into “There’s enough room if we both the ground. just sit,” I said scooting as I talked. “What a stupid idea Connie. Now I was waiting for her to say somethe back of your shorts are really thing nice, like, ‘You’re so smart,’ or dirty.” ‘How great.’ She just walked away. Not one to give up easily, I pon“What on earth are you doing, dered the problem, sitting in the cool Connie?” said Helen, our next door mud. Connie’s Comments continued on page 11 ‘I need something the water won’t


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Spring into the Season Tech News with Upper District’s Smart Ways to Protect Plant Voucher Program Your Smartphone by Staff Writer San Gabriel Valley

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) launches the region’s first ever Residential Plant Voucher Program to residents within its service area. Keeping with the District’s core value of providing innovative solutions to water conservation, the goal of the program is to incentivize residents to transform their landscapes with drought-tolerant plants and develop water-efficient gardening practices. As Upper District enters its 60th year of incorporation, the district continues to lead the region in providing creative and unique programs that encourage the public to make conservation a way of life. The Plant Voucher Program will provide up to $250 dollars worth of water efficient plants to qualifying residents. Garden View Nursery, centrally located within Upper District’s area of service in the City of Irwindale, was selected for its wide selection of native plants and trees. “We are excited to offer this firstof-its-kind program that we hope will motivate our residents to incorporate more water-efficient practices when gardening. Outdoor water use accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water use every day across

the United States. Going drought tolerant doesn’t mean the landscape can’t look vibrant while also saving water,” said President Ed Chavez, Upper District Board of Directors. To participate, residents will be able to apply online starting Friday, March 1st . When applying, residents will be asked to provide a water bill to verify residency within the service area. Upper District serves all or parts of the following cities: Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, City of Industry, Covina, El Monte, Glendora, Duarte, Irwindale, La Puente, Monrovia, Rosemead, San Gabriel South El Monte, South Pasadena, Temple City and West Covina. Once verified, participants will receive a voucher number which they will present at Garden View Nursery for plant pick-up. A list of plants has been preapproved for this program and are available on the plant voucher program website to access and download. For additional information, please visit www.ecotechservices.net/ usgvmwd-plant-voucher. If you have any questions regarding participation guidelines, application process, voucher status, or any other general Program questions please email plantvoucher@ecotechservices.net.

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(StatePoint) When you check out the latest smartphones from Apple, Google or Samsung, you’ll notice they have something in common: glass designs. Why? Glass allows for wireless charging, better connection signals, bigger display screens, and truth be told, glass feels great and looks beautiful. But these features come with a price -- durability. Compared to metal or plastic, glass cracks, shatters, scratches and can get slippery. Fortunately, there’s guidance available for consumers wondering about the durability of new phones. When new smartphones launch, SquareTrade, an Allstate company that provides highly-rated protection plans to millions of smartphone owners, conducts independent durability tests with their SquareTrade Breakability Robots that drop, bend, tumble and dunk devices to see how they survive everyday activities. These tests recently found that the latest Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones all shatter on the first drop from six feet, no matter if they fall face-down or back-down. This is bad news for consumers, as repairs are more expensive than ever. A screen repair can cost over $300 and a non-screen repair nearly $600. Faced with these steep repair costs and the fact that many of these phones are $1,000 or more to purchase, it’s more important than ever to take steps to protect them. Here are three easy ways to start protecting your phone. Get a Screen Protector While sitting in your pocket or

purse, your phone can rub against different objects (like keys), scratching the glass. Screen protectors placed over your phone’s glass screen will prevent this. While scratches usually won’t affect the usability of a device, they can be annoying visually and impact the resale value, which is something to consider if you’re buying a phone for $1,000. Get a Case A case is the most obvious way to protect your phone, but it’s important to remember their effectiveness varies. For example, you should look for a case with a lip that rises above your phone’s screen. At the same time, you don’t want one that’s so bulky it won’t fit in your pocket. Before you buy any case, be sure to read its reviews to learn how it’s worked in the real world. Get a Protection Plan Screen protectors and cases can help protect your phone -- but unfortunately, they don’t make them invincible. A whopping 66 percent of smartphone owners say they’ve experienced some kind of damage in the past year. For a small monthly fee, protection plans provide coverage against the rising costs of repairs due to accidents like cracked screens and liquid damage, plus hardware failures. Considering that repairs can now cost up to $599 (the same retail cost as the most expensive version of the first Apple iPhone), they’re definitely a smart choice for consumers. Plans can be purchased from SquareTrade for as little as $8.99 a month. Accidents and hardware failures happen. But with a three-step protection strategy, your device will last longer and function more smoothly until your next upgrade.

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neighbor holding a basket of wet clothes that were ready to be hung on the clothes line. “I made a pool!” I crowed with a

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and his team, which includes coach Patricia Hughes. “This is an achievement that will inspire not only the students who earned the victories, but their classmates as well. It makes it clear that, at Rio Hondo College, all dreams are within our reach,” Mendez said. “In addition to our pride in the students, we are also proud of the teachers and coaches who helped make their success possible.”

huge smile. “I see,” she said as she grabbed clothes pins and hung the wash. After that, for my birthday in August, Helen gave me a gift of bath powder and a tiny bottle of cologne. Now I know why. Rio Hondo College Forensics Speech and Debate Team Honors International Public Debate Association Lina Campillo, Gold Brandon Leon, Bronze National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Ed Minasyan, Bronze Parliamentary Debate Edward Minasyan and Lina Campillo, Gold Diana Laureano and Brandon Leon, Bronze Speakers Awards Edward Minasyan, Second Place


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Will Your Finances Weather a Storm?

2. Assess your situation quickly Make sure you are familiar with your insurance coverage and have a plan for From droughts to fires to hurricanes, assessing and reporting any damage natural disasters can affect anyone. It’s quickly. Having a plan will not only best to have a plan in place so you can help you get back on track quicker, but focus on what matters should the also make the insurance company’s job unexpected occur. Here are three easy easier. Keep in mind, however, that ways you can prepare your finances for some effects of natural disasters like a natural disaster: floods can happen well after the initial event, so be sure you have all the 1. Protect your records before disaster information before you act. strikes During an emergency, you should worry 3. Educate yourself about how the about the health and safety of your government can help loved ones. Once the worst is over, The U.S. government established the however, you’ll have to think about Federal Emergency Management your records. Having digital copies of Agency (FEMA) in the late 70s to lend all of them saved somewhere secure support to citizens during disasters. will make working with the government Familiarizing yourself with what help is and insurance companies easier in the available through FEMA and other long run. The El Monte / South El agencies will help you get back on your Monte Emergency Preparedness feet as quickly as possible. Coalition can help with ideas. Even a natural disaster can be recovered from quickly with the right preparation.

Your Taxpayer Bill of Rights When tax season comes around, we all worry about what we owe the government. In 2014, the IRS compiled several established laws into a single, easily understood document called the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Here are three of the most important rights you should know about: 1. The right to pay no more than the correct amount of tax According to the IRS, this means that every taxpayer should expect to pay only the amount due. In other words, the IRS cannot pressure you to pay more than you owe and must return money if you’ve accidentally paid too much.

be no more intrusive into their lives than is necessary to do its job, and that it will respect all due process rights. 3. The right to challenge Dealing with taxes can sometimes be intimidating. You should know, however, that you always have the right to formally object (in a timely fashion) to any action or potential action of the IRS.

Although not many people enjoy tax season, the IRS is there to help. Familiarizing yourself with what you should expect will go a long way toward making the process as easy and straightforward as possible. For more information on the Taxpayer Bill of 2. The right to privacy Rights and what it means for you, All taxpayers should expect that the IRS consult the official IRS website.

You can check if you live in an area that has a high risk of natural disaster by consulting FEMA’s official website at www.fema.gov

How to Spot A Tax Scam It’s an unfortunate that thousands of Americans fall for tax scams every year, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As online activities and technology in general become an increasingly complex and significant part of our daily lives, fraud becomes more complex and technologically sophisticated too. As tax season approaches, attempts to trick the public only increase, but luckily there are easy ways to identify potential tax fraud before it happens.

You need to know that the IRS will not contact you by phone. The IRS sends letters...lots and lots of letters. If you get a call from the IRS, it's probably a scam.

Be careful answering suspicious emails Another popular scam is known as “phishing.” Phishing involves sending fake emails or websites that attempt to trick the recipient into giving up their personal or financial information, which can then be used to steal their identity. It is important to know that the IRS The IRS has rules for how it can contact never initiates contact with a taxpayer you through email with a request for Increasingly, over the past few years, personal or financial information. The people claiming to be from the IRS IRS sends letters...lots and lots of have tricked taxpayers into giving letters. money or information over the phone.

Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Bill

Looking for a way to reduce monthly expenses? Then your grocery bill is a good place to start. Here’s how to rein in your spending at the supermarket:

With a little planning and self­control, you’ll be able to significantly reduce your food costs without sacrificing the quality of your meals.

• Go shopping less often. In general, people who only shop once every week spend less overall than those who make several smaller trips during the same period of time. • Shop around. Find out what stores have the best deals and shop at those locations. Buy specific items at the stores where they’re the cheapest. • Make a list. Always make a list of items that you need to help you avoid impulse buys. It’s also good to have a budget in mind as you shop. • Pay in cash. If you struggle to stick to your grocery budget, take out money to spend at the grocery store in cash and leave your credit cards at home. Having to pay with cash will force you to stay on budget.

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ACROSS 1. *Measured in knots 6. Kendrick Lamar’s genre 9. High school breakout 13. More lax 14. Female gametes 15. Rice wine 16. Verdi’s output 17. X 18. Chilled, two words 19. *San Diego and San Francisco connection 21. *Budapest and Belgrade connection 23. Greek H 24. H. H. Munro’s pen name 25. ____ De Triomphe 28. Old World duck 30. Accept without proof 35. Through, to a poet 37. What the Big Bad Wolf did 39. TV and radio 40. Observer 41. Letter-shaped girder 43. Month of Purim 44. What hoarders do 46. Tallest volcano in Europe 47. Trending one online 48. *Phnom Penh and Vientiane connection 50. Lazily 52. Antonym of keep 53. Cathedral area 55. “High” drink 57. *Iquitos and Santarem connection 60. *Shanghai and Jingzhou connection 64. Walter Mondale’s nickname 65. A try 67. Like an unwelcome neighbor 68. Hunter’s fake duck 69. R&B Charles 70. Clear the board 71. “Hurry!” acronym 72. Often follows to 73. Bullseye game

DOWN 1. Pig trough stuff 2. The biggest bear 3. Biz bigwig 4. Fear-inspiring 5. Author’s first copies 6. Campus drillers 7. Hail to Maria 8. Bamboo-eating bear 9. Hokkaido people 10. Bed with bars 11. *French Riviera port 12. WSW opposite 15. Opposite of pluralism 20. Iambus, pl. 22. Theodor Geisel, ____ Dr. Seuss 24. Term of endearment, with pie 25. Mr. T and friends 26. Mother Goose’s poem 27. Floorboard sound 29. *Wittenberg and Dresden connection 31. Clothing joint 32. Milk dispenser 33. *Port in Biscayne Bay 34. Dog-____ pages 36. Approximately, two words 38. Ollivanders’ merchandise, sing. 42. *Island country off the coast of Sicily 45. Stylish 49. Government Printing Office 51. Pined 54. Chow down voraciously 56. Greek bazaar 57. Bellicose deity 58. Flexible mineral 59. At the summit 60. Duncan toy 61. One of the Romanovs 62. Marinara quality 63. Beholder’s organs 64. Food safety org. 66. Needlefish

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character education, free breakfast and lunch programs, free bus transportation for those beyond walking distance from their school, and excellent after school care and instructional sup-

port until 6 p.m. offered through the THINK Together program. For more information on MVSD and its schools, please visit the District website at www. mtviewschools.com

In fact, I watched as she took her “proud mother” hat off and went over to Mr. Munoz and grilled him about fractions! She wanted to know what grade the students were taught fractions. Her 5th grader had learned them by the 4th grade and she wanted to know about her 1st grader. The principal assured her that the students of Durfee were being introduced to fractions in the 2nd grade. I really appreciated seeing the interaction between the parent and the principal, each with a mutual respect and an understanding that for the student to succeed it took everyone working together. So, this week’s “Hat’s Off” goes to both Wendy Peralta and Principal Munoz.

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Covina, and the San Gabriel Valley unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including Bassett, Charter Oak, Citrus, East Arcadia, Ramona, Valinda and West La Puente.

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Ariana Medina, Ariana Meza, Kailey Rodriguez, Angelik Salas, Angelique Vasquez, Sophia Velasquez Lambert Park took First Place in the Free Style Dance Group competition, Zamora Park placed second. In the Cheer Group competition, Mt. View Park took First Place and Gibson Mariposa Park took Second Place. Congratulations to Gibson Mariposa Park who also took home the Spirit Stick! Special thanks to

everyone who made this event possible: Parks and Recreation staff: Lisa Del Real, Victoria Burl, Veronica Meza, Vanessa Rodriguez, Jenny Flores, Ruben Macias, Destiny Banuelos, Brittany Banuelos, Alyssa Anzaldo, and Megan Moberly, El Monte Police Department Sergeant Roger Cobian, who beautifully sang the Star Spangled Banner, Public Works staff, Volunteer DJ Eric Bernal and Volunteer Video Technician Javier Sotelo.

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“Throughout this school year I have observed her perseverance to accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Karen’s eagerness to succeed and willingness to put in the extra work sets her aside from others.” Everyone at Cogswell and in the Mountain View School District know that this wonderful experience will be the first of many for Karen as she continues to strive for her dreams. Ms. Castro is commended for inspiring Karen and all of her students to dream big and never allow any barriers to keep them from reaching their full potential.


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Important Terms for Commercial Leases Signing a lease for a commercial property is a big step for any business. To make sure you get the best deal you can, here are some common commercial real estate terms that you should know. Term In this context, the term refers to the period of time a leaseholder is committed to paying for use of the building owner’s space.

given in dollars per square foot.

Should I Landscape My Yard Before Putting My House on the Market?

Any strictly decorative changes, like adding flowers, might not add much Gross lease value to your home since new owners A kind of lease in which the owner pays will likely change them. However, many of the incidental expenses, such smart landscaping can help prepare a as taxes and utilities. Generally, these home for cold winters and hot summers, kinds of leases are considered the most positioning your house as a smart favorable for leaseholders. investment for prospective buyers.

Net lease A lease in which the leaseholder pays the base rent as well as the taxes for the property. Doublet­net leases also exist Turnkey improvements in which the leaseholder pays base rent, Any improvements to the space that the taxes, and insurance costs. In triple­net building owner commits to making leases, leaseholders also pay operating before the business begins occupying costs. its office or store. Turnkey improvements are often used to Commercial leases are complicated and incentivize new leaseholders. can make or break a business. Be sure to consult your lawyer and accountant Incidental expenses before committing to a lease. These are costs beyond the base rent. Incidental expenses may include things like taxes, insurance and utilities. Different leases divide these expenses up between the leaseholder and the building owner din varying ways.

don’t grow correctly. Roots and branches can harm your home’s roof or foundation if they grow too close.

• Even if you don’t use them that often, any plumbing for your yard should be fully operational before your home goes on the market. This includes outdoor faucets, underground pipes and any • Your yard is an important part of your other water elements you may have. property. One of the easiest and best If you’re unsure if your yard is in good ways to add value to your land is to make sure that your yard slopes in the shape, you should a home inspector, real estate agent or local arborist. They right direction to divert water away can help make your property ready for from the foundation. the competitive real estate market. • Although trees and bushes can add a lot of beauty and value to a home, they Remember, your yard is a part of the property too. Is it ready to go on the can also cause a lot of damage if they housing market?

Tenant improvement allowance An amount of money the building owner contributes towards improving the premises. This sum is typically

Biggest Threats to Your Homes Value Water infiltration is perhaps the biggest problem a homeowner can face. Think of all the problems it can cause. Water corrodes unprotected metals and creates an environment that breeds mold and rot. If your home floods, as more and more North American homes have in recent years, the floodwater can cause extensive damage to your belongings. Here are three potential problem areas that you should make watertight if you want to increase the resale value of your home. DRAINAGE One of the first places you should look to prevent water from entering your

home is outside. Make sure that your downspouts properly direct water at least six feet away from the base of your home and that your yard slopes in such a way that it directs water away from, rather than towards, the house. PLUMBING This is probably the most important part of protecting your home from unnecessary moisture. Make sure that all your plumbing is up to date before putting your home on the market. Installing flood prevention equipment such as sump pumps will only add to your home’s value. LEAKY ROOF Your roof is not only meant to protect you and your loved ones from the elements; it also serves to channel water and ice away from the home. Even the tiniest leak in your roof can be disastrous for your home’s interior. To make money off of your home when you resell it, make sure you protect it from water damage. And always have your home thoroughly inspected by a professional to identify any problems before putting it on the market.

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tive of ‘vocational education’ is an anachronism, as is the stigma that CTE is not for the college-ready or transfer-bound student,” Dr. Cifone said. “The CTE success stories shared during the forum emphasized the fact that career education is a lifelong pursuit that is not necessarily limited to training for entry-level jobs. Much like these successful graduates, many Citrus College CTE students pursue a transfer track leading to baccalaureate or other professional degrees.” The forum concluded with a presentation by Dr. Dana Hester, dean of social and behavioral sciences and online education. After sharing details about the college’s many transfer degree opportunities, Dr. Hester introduced Azusa Police Chief Steve Hunt. “Administration of Justice is one of Citrus College’s most popular CTE programs, and Chief Hunt has a unique perspective because he has been involved in the program in several different ways,” Dr. Hester said. “Not only is he a former Citrus

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Mid Valley News College student and current adjunct faculty member, he also leads the Azusa Police Department, which is an employer for the program. His inspiring story is an excellent example of what is possible with a CTE pathway.” According to Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, attendees left the event with an indepth knowledge of the many CTE options available at Citrus College. “The career technical education programs at Citrus College have been created to meet industry demands and support the regional economy. Our faculty and staff work closely with business and industry professionals to ensure that students receive the knowledge needed to secure and sustain employment,” said Mrs. Keith. “As president of the governing board, I am happy that the college has had the opportunity to spread the word about these remarkable programs. I am certain that they will continue to be beneficial to the region and its students.”

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at temporary school sites. Microsoft was ordered in 2003 to reimburse eligible California consumers $1.1 billion for antitrust violations. After the opportunity for reimbursement ended, a substantial settlement balance remained. The Superior Court of California ordered that residual funds be offered to California’s K–12 schools and districts for educational technology purchases through the Education Technology K–12 Voucher Program. After five K–12 Voucher funding distributions totaling $482.3 million were disbursed to California schools, $973,863.36 remained. Upon the CDE’s request, Microsoft agreed to distribute the remaining funds directly to the Paradise Unified School District, which will use these funds at its own discretion to rebuild and serve students.

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well they communicated their arguments to the audience.” Potrero School sixth-grader Tuan Bui, who tied for first place in the sixth-grade division, said the competition helped him reflect on his life and the conflicts he faced leaving Vietnam for Missouri, learning English and leaving his friends behind when he moved to El Monte. “The District’s speech competition

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agement. She received a doctorate in institutional management focusing on community college administration at Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s in western languages and literature from Chengchi University in Taiwan. Marvin Martinez Marvin Martinez serves as president of East Los Angeles College. He also serves as board president of the Chief Executive Officers for California Community Colleges. Previously, he served as president of Los Angeles Harbor College from August 2010 through July 2013. A native of El Salvador, he immigrated to Brooklyn, New York and then moved to Long Beach, where he graduated from Long Beach Wilson High. He holds a Master of Arts in urban planning and a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA. Dr. Cynthia Olivo Dr. Cynthia Olivo is vice president of student services at Pasadena City College. She is president-elect for the Statewide Chief Student Services Officers of California Community Colleges. Dr. Olivo is an adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Doctoral Program. She completed the Harvard Institute for Management & Leadership in Education and the American Council on Education Advancing to the Presidency Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in counseling from California State University, San Bernardino. She earned a doctorate in education with an emphasis in urban leadership from Claremont Graduate University in 2009. Dr. Arturo Reyes Dr. Arturo Reyes has served as superintendent/president of Mendocino College in Northern California since 2013. Prior to Mendocino College, is a perfect example of an event that benefits our students by improving their communication skills and ability to form logical arguments, which will be invaluable as they enter high school, college and the job market,” Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia said. “Congratulations to all of our winners and participants, we are very proud of the work you’ve done putting these essays and speeches together.” Speech Competition Seventh-/ Eighth-grade Winners: 1st place best orator - Sofia

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Dr. Reyes served as executive vice president of academic and student affairs at the Solano Community College District, interim president and vice president of academic affairs at San José City College and dean at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento. Dr. Reyes was a Spanish professor and coach at Cosumnes River College before serving as the college’s dean of humanities and social sciences. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from UC Davis, and a Master of Arts in education and an administrative services credential from California State University, Sacramento, where he also received Bachelor of Arts degrees in communication studies and Spanish. Dr. Alberto Román Dr. Alberto Román is vice chancellor of human resources at the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Prior to LACCD, he worked as vice president for the Southwestern Community College District. He has also worked as an assistant superintendent and as director of human resources and has taught at the community college level. Prior to these positions, he worked as a congressional representative for the federal government and field representative for the California Senate. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in public administration from the University of La Verne and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Riverside. Rio Hondo College, located in Whittier, California, is committed to the success of its diverse students and communities by providing dynamic educational opportunities and resources that lead to degrees, certificates, transfer, career and technical pathways, basic skills proficiency, and lifelong learning. For information on the College or its programs, please call 562-6920921 or visitwww.riohondo.edu.

Hernandez; 2nd place best orator Lauren Tran; 3rd place best orator - Oscar Vasquez; Honorable mention for essay - Giselle Peralta. 1st place best team - Sofia Hernandez and Lauren Tran; 2nd place best team - Giselle Peralta and Johnson Yu Speech Competition Sixth-grade Winners: 1st place best orator - Tuan Bui and Kelia Naranjo; 2nd place best orator - Zehao Yuan; 3rd place best orator - Jasper Li Crossword Solution for 04.17.19

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