Imperial County Office of Education https://www.icoe.org/rss.xml en Eagles, Spartans split in IVL track and field meet https://www.icoe.org/news/eagles-spartans-split-ivl-track-and-field-meet <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/234/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eagles, Spartans split in IVL track and field meet</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/234/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/IVL_track.PNG" width="586" height="383" alt="Southwest High Student" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/234/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/234/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:03</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/234/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Southwest High’s Mauricio Peña competes in the boys 100 meters against Central Union High during an Imperial Valley League track and field meet on Thursday in El Centro. SERGIO BASTIDAS PHOTO</div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/234/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container" id="paging_container"> <div class="content"> <p><span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">The track and field teams from Central Union and Southwest High schools met at Eagle Field for an Imperial Valley League contest and competitive display of athleticism here on Thursday afternoon.</span></span></p> <p><span class="paragraph-1">Both the Spartans and the Eagles fared well at the meet despite competing against a strong westward wind at times.</span></p> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In the end, the Eagle boys defeated Central 71-56, while the Spartan girls edged the Eagles 67-60.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In addition to battling against one another, the athletes competed against the clock such as the Eagles’ Mauricio Peña.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Peña competed in the 100 (27.10) and 200 (59.24) meter events in an effort to qualify in this year’s CIF State Track and Field Meet’s Wheelchair and Ambulatory Division. The 15-year-old sophomore, who was born with Spina bifida, began competing on the team this year and said while his start in the 100 meters could have been better he still enjoyed the thrill of competing.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“It’s really exciting,” Peña said. “I just like racing and going fast.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In attendance for Peña’s race were plenty of family, school and district support including a CIF-San Diego Section official to record his time in his events.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“This is my first time doing the 200,” Peña said.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In the girls’ 100 meter hurdles, winner Alyssa Miranda (17.84) said she felt the wind at her back helped in her race.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“I like this event because it’s exciting right from the start,” said the Eagle sophomore.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Miranda’s teammate Melany Palacio (18.27) took second in the event and agreed the event was one of her favorites.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“It’s fun because if you have a good start and get over that first hurdle it feels like you can do the rest,” Palacio said.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Palacio also topped the long jump and triple jump</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>While the sprinters likely benefited from the wind, the boys’ 1600 meter competitors battled the weather during certain portions of their race.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“I felt good and just tried to keep pushing against the wind,” said Central’s Michael Garcia who won the event in 4 mintues, 46 seconds after a strong push in the final 100 meters.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Also for the Spartans Karina Soto (13.17) topped the 100 meter dash, while Southwest’s Tyler Saikhon (52.98) won the 400 meters and the 300 meter hurdles ((41.15) and teammate Romeo Corona (15.54) topped the 110 meter hurdles.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Sports Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at 760-337-3434 or <a href="mailto:klopez@ivpressonline.com">klopez@ivpressonline.com</a></p> </div> </div> <div class="page_navigation service-members" style=""> </div> <div class="clear"> </div> <div class="service-members blox-story-tagline service-members" style=""> <p>Sports Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at <a href="mailto:klopez@ivpressonline.com">klopez@ivpressonline.com</a> or 760-337-3434.</p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:03:06 +0000 mmeza 234 at https://www.icoe.org Children’s Fair delights Valley youth with kid-friendly outdoor activities https://www.icoe.org/news/children’s-fair-delights-valley-youth-kid-friendly-outdoor-activities <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/229/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Children’s Fair delights Valley youth with kid-friendly outdoor activities</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/229/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/news%20photo.JPG" width="542" height="594" alt="Children&#039;s Fair " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/229/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/229/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/18/2016 - 13:54</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/229/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Isabella Gerardo, fourth-grader at Heber School, crafts a clay bowl at the 37th annual Children&#039;s Fair at Bucklin Park on Saturday. </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/229/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As many know, Kermit the Frog sings, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green” but Imperial County Child Abuse Prevention Council reminds residents, it is never easy being a parent and you are not alone.</p> <p>The CAP Council’s 37th annual Children’s Fair thrilled young and formerly young alike at Bucklin Park on Saturday. When launched by founders Peggy Calvin and Sue Talley there was just 12 vendors and 200 children but it has grown to 100 vendors and an attendance of 15,000, noted Yvette Garcia, CAP Council executive director.</p> <p>“What we want to do is help parents be effective communicators and disciplinarians without corporal punishment,” said Garcia. “This is a public awareness day to spread the mission of strengthening families.”</p> <p>Co-sponsor, Imperial County Office of Education, made it their mission to inform young people about the dangers of tobacco and asked youngsters to sign a pledge not to smoke, noted Brenda San Roman, ICOE prevention specialist and 15-year fair veteran.</p> <p>“What keeps me coming back, is every child matters and knowing that you make a difference to help children make healthy choices,” said San Roman.</p> <p>But of course the fair’s accent was accelerating the fun meter and helping gin up excitement was the Imperial Valley Desert Museum booth. There, children explored their artistic side crafting clay bowls.</p> <p>Isabella Gerardo, fourth-grader at Heber Elementary School was absorbed in kneading the clay dough like an artisanal master.</p> <p>“It’s really creative,” said Isabella. “We don’t get to do much crafts at school but at home I like to draw Mog the cat faces.”</p> <p>Jessica Sanchez, Isabella’s aunt was visiting from her home in Irvine but is from El Centro and thought the weather was perfect for the fair.</p> <p>“It’s (fair) really great for children in the Valley because it’s isolated and you usually have to drive over the mountain for kid’s attractions,” she said.</p> <p>Getting a grip at the steering wheel of a city fire truck was William Luevano, student at the Christian Child Care Pre-School. Although a bit of a stretch, William enjoyed exploring the dash accessories but he aspires to a medical career rather than an emergency response agency.</p> <p>“I’m going to be a doctor,” he said. “I want to fix the heart.”</p> <p>Parents Elizabeth and Marcus Luevano noted they are regulars at the fair.</p> <p>“The kids have a good time every year and it’s very family-friendly.” Said Elizabeth Luevano.</p> <p>Having fun at the event was Estrella Estrada, fifth-grader from the McCabe Elementary School.</p> <p>“It’s good because I get to do the hoola-hoop,” said Estrella. “At home I play with our dogs, Sam, Bruno and Buddy.”</p> <p>Estrella’s father, Miguel Noyala called the fair an awesome event.</p> <p>“I have four kids and any opportunity they can have to get away from the iPad and go outdoors is a great idea,” he said.</p> <p>Performing in their fearsome yet garishly colored masks was the Calexico Marshal Arts Academy. Leader David Sandoval put students through their paces as they completed a lion’s dance routine. Sandoval called the fair a good opportunity to open doors for the community to come together and support local civic groups.</p> <p>Francisco Lozano is a fifth-grader at the Duel Elementary School and is studying Kung Fu at the martial arts academy.</p> <p>“It was a great (the lion’s dance) opportunity to get outdoors and have some fun,” said Francisco.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>William Roller, Staff Writer<br /> Imperial Valley Press</em></p> </div> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:54:50 +0000 dresden.caston 229 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections April 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-april-2016 <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/219/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections April 2016</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/219/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/ACSA_small.jpg" width="300" height="245" alt="ACSA Administrators of the Year for region 18" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/219/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/219/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/11/2016 - 13:44</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/219/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Congratulations to Danette Morell from Central Union High School District and Monalisa Vitela from Imperial County Office of Education for being recognized as ACSA Administrators of the Year for Region 18.</div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/219/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Click here for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLblJPZk8taVJrYWM" target="_blank">April 2016 </a>ICOEnnections Community Edition.<br /> In this issue, you'll learn more about the upcoming Higher Education Week II, the Imperial County Education Career Fair, our latest academic events, and much more!</p> </div> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:44:38 +0000 mmeza 219 at https://www.icoe.org Students with special needs discover potential career paths at Transition Fair https://www.icoe.org/news/students-special-needs-discover-potential-career-paths-transition-fair <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/220/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Students with special needs discover potential career paths at Transition Fair</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/220/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-04/Transition%20Fair.PNG" width="592" height="396" alt="2016 Transition Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/220/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/220/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 03/19/2016 - 13:57</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/220/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Students talk to a U.S. Navy representative during the Transition Fair at Imperial Valley College on Friday. </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/220/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">More than 400 students with </span></span> <span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">special needs </span></span> <span class="first-paragraph"><span class="paragraph-0">from local schools took part in the 10th annual Transition Fair on Friday morning on the Imperial Valley College campus.</span></span></p> <p><span class="paragraph-1">The fair is held in partnership between Imperial Valley College, Imperial County Special Education Local Plan Area and the San Diego Regional Center.</span></p> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The transition fair began 10 years ago as an effort to give special education students in the Valley who are juniors or seniors in high school the opportunity to obtain information about adult and training programs available for them after high school.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“The goal is to get the students exposed to the IVC campus, help them see the different options that they have, the vocational training they can participate in and also agencies that can provide the support for them,” said Employment Developer for SELPA Sylvia Lemus.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Most of the students had the opportunity to take part in campus tours to get familiar with the IVC and the services available.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The students also had the opportunity to learn more about the services that IVC Disabled Student Programs and Services has at its disposal, financial aid and its process and vocational training opportunities with the Center for Employment Training.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“The breakout sessions are coordinated with the intention of letting students know what is available on and off campus,” Lemus said. “Our goal is to help them prepare for employment, be able to be prepared so that when they go to the workforce they can be successful.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>The wealth of information that the students can get from the fair is something that teachers feel is extremely valuable as the student start to consider different possibilities for a career path.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“It is amazing the students get to meet with the agencies face to face. All of our needs are different and the students can at their leisure meet with the people they want to learn more about,” said Jarene Schneider, a special education teacher at Holtville High School. “Teachers can also get information for students needs and bring those agencies into the classroom. It really makes a difference.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Ernesto Hernandez, a junior from Southwest High School, took advantage of the fair to approach a representative of the U.S. Navy and was pleased to find out that they offered a career path that aligns with what he intends to do.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“I’m trying to get a career in welding, that’s why I’m here,” he said. “They (the Navy) have welding careers so I became interested in them.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>In the 10 years since the fair has being held the amount of students and schools that participate has grown exponentially.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Lemus said that the first year the fair had 20 agencies, 42 students and two breakout sessions. This year the fair had more than 400 students and more than 40 agencies participating.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Schneider said that on top of the impressive growth of the event one of the things that she has observed is the enthusiasm from the students to take advantage of the opportunity.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“At the beginning of the school year they start asking when it is going to be,” Schneider said. “It’s an event they look forward to get information. It’s very rewarding to watch the students grow and get an idea of what they want to do after high school.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>After all the sessions and visit with the agencies the students anxiously awaited the drawing of prizes.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>A total of 61 prizes that were donated by members of the community, agencies and the college were given out to finish the day on a high note. Lemus said that last year 17 were given and said she was very thankful for the support from the community.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>She said such a large event requires a lot of effort and coordination between agencies, schools and teachers who do an outstanding job with the students.</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>“Teachers play an important role. We’re fortunate to have people who honestly care about their students and their futures,” Lemus said. “Without them we couldn’t do this, the Imperial Valley is very fortunate, our special education directors are excellent. The partnership with the school districts is essential in order to make this successful.”</p> </div> <div class="encrypted-content" style=""> <p>Staff Writer Edwin Delgado can be reached at <a href="mailto:edelgado@ivpressonline.com">edelgado@ivpressonline.com</a></p> </div> </div> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 20:57:06 +0000 mmeza 220 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections March 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-march-2016 <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/214/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections March 2016</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/214/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-03/BEST2.PNG" width="402" height="218" alt="BEST Update" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/214/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/214/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/14/2016 - 09:53</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/214/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Click here for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLTl9tMGlBeTBObms" target="_blank">March 2016 </a>ICOEnnections Community Edition.<br /> In this issue, you'll learn more about our upcoming Education Career Fair, our latest academic events, and much more!</p> </div> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:53:26 +0000 mmeza 214 at https://www.icoe.org Don't miss the Imperial County Education Career Fair https://www.icoe.org/news/don-t-miss-imperial-county-education-career-fair <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/190/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Don&#039;t miss the Imperial County Education Career Fair </span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/190/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-03/ThinkstockPhotos-494094744_sml.jpg" width="500" height="348" alt="Jobs" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/190/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/190/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/10/2016 - 16:38</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/190/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>K-12 school districts in Imperial County want to meet job seekers!</p> <p>This 3rd Annual Imperial County Education Career Fair will be a great opportunity for those seeking careers in educaton to connect with school districts. The job areas include both teaching and non-teaching positions.</p> <p>After years of cutbacks, layoffs and teachers leaving the field, a state-wide teacher shortage is occuring. Imperial County is ramping up recruitment efforts. Private areas will be set up for on-site interviews. In the past, this has been successful in leading to conditional job offers made on the spot! </p> <p>If you are interested in Special Education, Child Development, Arts/Music, Speech, Foreign Language, Subbing/Tutoring/Coaching, Technology (and more) please register for the Imperial County Education Career Fair.</p> <p>Colleges and Universities will also be there with information on Career and Teacher Ed Programs.</p> <p><u>Who</u>: Job seekers in Education</p> <p><u>What</u>: Imperial County Education Career Fair </p> <p><u>Where</u>: Southwest High School Multipurpose Room, 2001 Ocotillo Drive El Centro, CA</p> <p><u>When</u>: April 23, 2016, 9 am- 12 pm</p> <p><u>How:</u> Register by April 23<sup>rd </sup> here: <a href="http://icoe.k12oms.org/1151-111626" target="_blank">http://icoe.k12oms.org/1151-111626</a></p> <p>Click here for the <a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLclNiU2RRTUhFWms" target="_blank">Imperial County Education Career Fair flyer.</a></p> </div> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:38:58 +0000 dresden.caston 190 at https://www.icoe.org Central Union earns right to represent Imperial County in state mock trial competition https://www.icoe.org/news/central-union-earns-right-to-represent-imperial-county-state-mock-trial-competition <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/177/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Central Union earns right to represent Imperial County in state mock trial competition </span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/177/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-02/Capture_0.PNG" width="598" height="442" alt="Mock Trial" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/177/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/177/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/23/2016 - 14:09</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/177/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Natalia Rojas (middle), who was selected as the Most Valuable Participant by the Brawley team, and the rest of the Central Union High School pose with the trophy.</div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/177/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Despite a rough start to their year when members of the Central Union High School mock trial team had to work hard to recruit new members, the team was able to carry through an undefeated season and finished off with a victory over a very tough Brawley Union High School team at the Imperial County mock trial finals Monday.</p> <p>With its win Central has earned the right to represent Imperial County at the state mock trial competition for a second consecutive year. Central finished in second place in the state competition last year and is already looking forward to next month’s competition in Sacramento.</p> <p>“I just think this is crazy, starting off year was really rough to get a team together,” said Central junior Natalia Rojas, who Brawley selected as the Most Valuable Participant for Central. “The fact that we’ve been able to make it to state is unbelievable … I’m crying, I’m blown away.”</p> <p>CUHS selected Reet Goyle as Brawley’s MVP of the competition.</p> <p>Team adviser for CUHS Anna Vizcaino was excited for her team’s win and attributed the success the team has had to the hard work and commitment from the team.</p> <p>“Our attorney, Marco Nuñez, he is a fabulous coach,” Viscaino said. “All the long hours that the team put into it weekends, holidays, long practices were worth it.”</p> <p>During Monday’s mock trial at the Imperial County Superior Court, Central acted as the prosecution for the case and Brawley played the role of defense.</p> <p>U.S. District Court, Southern District for California Judge Peter Lewis praised both teams for impressive effort.</p> <p>“Congratulations to both teams. I saw a relentless cross-examination, which was great to see, sometimes you don’t see that in real cases,” he said.</p> <p>Rojas said that the great result can be attributes to the time that the team has dedicated to practice and to come together. She praised Brawley’s team for making it a much-contested trial.</p> <p>“We really came together as a team, we bonded unlike other teams, that we have each other’s backs throughout the entire competition and throughout the entire season and I think that is what really helped us,” she said.</p> <p>After having an impressive run at last year’s state competition the goal for the team now is to get the state championship.</p> <p>For Rojas having the opportunity to be part of these mock trials with a real judge, people scoring their performance and an audience is a unique experience that allows the students to get a real taste of what being a lawyer is like.</p> <p>“For me honestly it’s amazing, I plan to become a lawyer when I grow up, the fact that I’m able to get this experience I cherished with my heart it’s amazing to me,” Rojas said. “I like being a prosecutor because I like calling people out on all of their lies.”</p> <p>After having won its six mock trials this season a lot more hours of preparation are ahead for the CUHS team that feels confident going into the state competition.</p> <p>“We had many new members, it took a lot of work from the students and time away from families and everything,” Vizcaino said. “I’m very excited, it could have gone either way. This is fabulous. I’m super excited for Central’s win tonight.”</p> <p><em>Edwin Delgado, Staff Writer<br /> Imperial Valley Press</em></p> </div> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:09:02 +0000 dresden.caston 177 at https://www.icoe.org STEM students attracted to automation's convenience https://www.icoe.org/news/stem-students-attracted-to-automation-s-convenience <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/176/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">STEM students attracted to automation&#039;s convenience</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/176/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-02/Capture.PNG" width="605" height="417" alt="STEM" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/176/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/176/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/23/2016 - 14:03</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/176/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Students set up 3-D computer-generated cars on a track Friday at the De Anza Magnet School during Robotics Day aimed to urge students to study the sciences with an eye on eventual career work. </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/176/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Maneuvering robots across the playground pavement, students at De Anza Magnet School derived satisfaction from seeing countless hours of classroom preparation pay off powering devices while some aspire to turn what may look like child’s play into productive careers.</p> <p>It was the debut of Robotics Day at De Anza Magnet School, a STEM school focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The event was organized by Ascencion Reyes, technology teacher. The objective was to expose students to robotics. It gave students a hands-on opportunity to program and in some cases assemble and even build their own robots.</p> <p>“It’s a pathway to science and technology careers that are now cutting edge but likely to be a growing trend in the future,” Reyes said. “We hope to prompt students to go beyond the typical career in the Valley yet return here as professionals in the sciences because now we are importing many of the Valley’s high-tech personnel.”</p> <p>Reyes pointed out, clean energy processes such as geothermal and solar are burgeoning industries in Imperial County. Also, De Anza’s tech and electronic courses teach skills increasingly employed in the military, law enforcement, health care, automotive, computer components as well as in NASA.</p> <p>“We hope it inspires kids to engage in hi-tech careers, especially for some of our young ladies we’d like to see them commit to STEM after seeing the robotics,” Reyes stressed.</p> <p>Powering an Arduino rover across the pavement was Maya Garcia, an eighth-grader. An Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects. It consists of a physical programmable circuit board aka microcontroller and a piece of software or IDE, integrated development environment that runs on a computer used to write and upload computer code to the physical board. Maya was excited to be finished with the project because it required a lot of adjustments.</p> <p>“It took four different programs to find what was best,” Maya said. “It was challenging and frustrating but I feel great once the rover ran as it should.”</p> <p>Disappointment hampered Adam Rubio and partner Demarco Marcus as their rover would only zigzag instead of ride straight.</p> <p>“So we had to re-write the code,” said Adam. “But it felt good when we finally got it right.”</p> <p>Helping younger students maneuver their Ollie, an app-controlled robot, was Paavan Patel, an eighth-grader. He and others visit classrooms to help with coding. Paavan cautioned students must concentrate, they cannot be “dumb” with it yet credits Reyes with guiding him through the process.</p> <p>“It took two weeks but I finally learned how to make it do everything,” Paavan said. “But in the beginning I had a really hard time.”</p> <p>Declaring it a “really cool day” was Adriana Jaures a sixth-grader. She and her team tried out a lot of robots using an iPad.</p> <p>“But I’m really into sketching,” Adriana said. “I’d like to focus on my art, draw lots of buildings and clothes, because tech is not really a career for me.”</p> <p>Principal Richard Sanchez applauds Reyes for orchestrating the event yet he had plenty of support from the rest of the teaching staff.</p> <p>“We’re looking forward to doing it again and make it an annual tradition,” Sanchez said.</p> <p><em>William Roller, Staff Writer<br /> Imperial Valley Press</em></p> </div> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:03:08 +0000 dresden.caston 176 at https://www.icoe.org Frank Wright re-designated as model middle school https://www.icoe.org/news/frank-wright-re-designated-as-model-middle-school <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/174/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Frank Wright re-designated as model middle school </span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/174/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-02/frank%20wright.PNG" width="599" height="414" alt="Frank Wright" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/174/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/174/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/11/2016 - 16:07</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/174/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Frank Wright Middle School </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/174/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Monday that 13 schools in the state have been newly designated as model middle grade schools and 20 previously chosen schools retain their designation.</p> <p>Of those 20, Frank M. Wright Middle School in Imperial has been re-designated for the third time as a “Schools to Watch — Taking Center State” high-performing middle school.</p> <p>“We have great support, great help, the teachers do a fantastic job of carrying the ‘Schools to Watch’ program,” Frank M. Wright Middle School Principal Diego Lopez said.</p> <p>In a press release from the state Department of Education which announced the total 33 schools that received the designation, it stated STW-TCS middle grade schools are high-performing model schools that demonstrate academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents and social equity. These schools host visitors from the state and around the world who are looking to learn practices they can use to improve their middle grade schools and close the achievement gap.</p> <p>“All-means-all … you do what you have to do to help students in any capacity that you give them,” Lopez explained the philosophy at Frank M. Wright.</p> <p>“These 33 schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student’s school career,” said Torlakson in the press release. “I congratulate them for their efforts to exceed challenging goals, narrow the achievement gap, and set their students on a solid path toward high school and future success.”</p> <p>A total of four Imperial County middle schools have received the designation including Frank M. Wright — Wilson Junior and Kennedy Middle high schools in El Centro and Heber Middle School.</p> <p>To earn this designation, schools must complete an extensive application that is reviewed by middle grades experts. In order to retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years, stated the press release. All of the schools will be recognized in Sacramento at the California Middle Grades Alliance annual luncheon Feb. 25 and during the California League of Schools' Annual Conference North, Feb. 26-28.</p> <p>“The teaching staff is what makes the school,” Lopez said. “The teaching staff at Frank Wright bends over backwards for its students … they do an outstanding job and I’m fortunate to be their principal.”</p> <p><em>Mario Renteria, Staff Writer<br /> Imperial Valley Press</em></p> </div> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:07:25 +0000 dresden.caston 174 at https://www.icoe.org Science fair showcases projects and acquaints students to emerging technology https://www.icoe.org/news/science-fair-showcases-projects-and-acquaints-students-to-emerging-technology <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/173/title/en/rss" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Science fair showcases projects and acquaints students to emerging technology</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/173/field_news_story_image/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-02/science%20fair.PNG" width="603" height="408" alt="Science Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/173/uid/en/rss" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/173/created/en/rss" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/11/2016 - 15:56</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/173/field_news_story_image_caption/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">The Imperial County Office of Education Science Fair top Senior Division students were the team of Micha McQuitty (white tie) and Duncan Lillegard (red tie) in the photo titled Senior Division Top Award.</div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/173/body/en/rss" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>HOLTVILLE — Electricity in the air this week resonated not just from science projects but by participant enthusiasm.</p> <p>Imperial Palms Hotel &amp; Resort at Barbara Worth hosted the annual Imperial County Science Fair on Tuesday. With 160 students, 10 Imperial County schools competed in 16 subject categories. These included biochemistry, engineering, microbiology, physics, animal, earth, environmental and health sciences.</p> <p>There were two categories of competition. The junior division for grades 7 and 8, while the senior division was comprised of grades 9 through 12. The most stellar students earned medals for first, second and third place. This year had 15 judges volunteer to score 103 projects.</p> <p>Judges were associates of several local companies, including Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, Imperial County Environmental Health, Imperial Irrigation District, The Holt Group and ZGlobal.</p> <p>Students typically become energized for the science fair, noted Kelley Marmolejo, fair coordinator. They had the opportunity to display their scientific discipline as well as swap ideas with classmates and promote scientific progress.</p> <p>“The feedback we received from judges who work locally in science-related businesses, was the students were exploring the same questions in their projects that businesses are trying to figure out themselves,” said Marmolejo. “For example, how to best extract salt from soil so that plants can grow.”</p> <p>During the competition two students were singled out for a top overall award in both the junior and senior divisions. Mary Abatti, a seventh-grader from St. Mary’s School secured the highest award for her project in environmental sciences and management. For the senior division, the freshman team from Central Union High School of Micha McQuitty and Duncan Lillegard bested the field for their project in the engineering, electrical and mechanical category.</p> <p>Honored his team was selected, Micha McQuitty and his project partner Duncan Lillegard, built an electromagnetic gun at the suggestion of Micha’s grandfather who works with elctromagnets. “We fired metal projectiles at a cardboard target to show electromagnets can be used in transport of metal objects,” Micha said.</p> <p>The goal was to demonstrate how electromagnets can efficiently aid in mass transit systems. “There’s actually a bullet-train in Japan that uses electromagnets,” Micha said. Last April the Central Japan Railways successfully tested a seven-car magnetic levitation experimental train near Mt. Fuji. The train carried 49 railway employees at a speed of 373 miles per hour, setting a world record. The train hovers 10 centimeters above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets.</p> <p>Duncan noted he was incredibly happy when he heard his team won. They have applied to exhibit at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair next month. But they want to change the name of their device from “gun” to electromagnetic propulsion device so as not to confuse anyone they produced a weapon. Added Micha, “In the future, I’d like to help other engineers expand our technology and make improvements on our present mechanical systems.”</p> <p><em>William Roller, Staff Writer<br /> Imperial Valley Press</em></p> </div> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:56:01 +0000 dresden.caston 173 at https://www.icoe.org