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Oratorical and Essay Contest

Scholarship Opportunity!

The Antelope Valley Optimist Club is holding an Oratorical Contest and Essay Contest. The deadline for both contests is February 22, 2019. The Oratorical Contest World Championship prize winner can receive up to a $22,500 scholarship, while the Essay Contest winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Apply now! See https://bit.ly/2tlxX3f and https://bit.ly/2th2f7a for more information.

Antelope Valley Union High School District First in US to Receive WASC Accreditation

In July 2017, the Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) elected to embark on a pilot of the first WASC (high school) district accreditation in the United States. In September 2018, ASC WASC formally presented AVUHSD with a six year accreditation, making the District the first in the country to receive ACS WASC accreditation.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first District in the US to achieve WASC accreditation," said Antelope Valley Union High School District Superintendent Dr. David J. Vierra. "This accomplishment is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of our employees towards delivering the best service to our staff, students and community.”

AVUHSD is the largest geographical district in Los Angeles county serving approximately 23,000 students and employing 2,300 faculty and staff. The District encompasses eight comprehensive high schools, an early college high school on the Antelope Valley College campus, three alternative high schools, the no cost, dependent charter Academy Prep Junior High, an online education program and Antelope Valley Adult Education.

The process, which took approximately nine months, allowed the District and its employees a structured way in which to conduct a self-study that provides an analysis of strengths and opportunities, much like a school WASC accreditation process.

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is a world-renowned accrediting association and one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Accreditation is a dual-purpose process that ultimately shows that schools are worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement.

ACS WASC accredited districts are focused on student-oriented missions and goals. The districts continuously examine student performance and accept objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by ACS WASC. They maintain a qualified faculty within effectively organized schools, and regularly collaborate to assess the quality of their educational programs and plans for the future.

Students From Littlerock High School Participate in 2018 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge

Boulder Creek, CA — Thirteen students from Littlerock High School participated in the 2018 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge. The challenge is an academic event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry topics. The event was comprised of a total of 69 high school students from seven schools in the Santa Cruz and central California region.

Participants spend four days in the forest learning about the ecology and management of the forested landscapes that provide communities with water, recreational opportunities, wood products, and wildlife habitat. The Forestry Challenge organization believe, "Youth benefit by better understanding the relationship of the forested environment to their community, by exposure to natural resource management as a potential career option, and by undertaking a rigorous critical thinking exercise which is timely and addresses current forestry topics such as wildfire, insects, and forest health." The event was October 10th through October 13th at Redwood Christian Park, near Boulder Creek, California.

One of the highlights for the students this year was learning how to conduct “Brown’s Transects,” a method to quantify woody debris in a natural landscape. Students measured surface fuel at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in an area that was recently treated to control vegetation and rehabilitate the Santa Cruz Sandhills ecosystem. During the Challenge, the teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge.

“This is an amazing event combining the students’ skills in science, math, technology and environmental studies, all happening in the beautiful redwoods,” said Littlerock High School teacher Cindy Nelson.  Petra Fierros, a senior at Littlerock, summed it up as follows: “I have learned many amazing forestry skills along with meeting terrific people from all over California. I have enjoyed this program all four years of high school, gaining outdoor experience and learning how to protect the environment.”
 

Meet AVUHSD's 18-19 Student Board Member

As AVUHSD's Student Board Member, Noah Sveiven represents the student voice as a member of the Board of Trustees. We asked Noah a few questions and here is what he had to say...

Why did you want to be the student board member?

I wanted to be the student board member to learn more about the high school district and about public service, to serve the students of the district, and to ensure as best I can that the interests of students are represented.

What do you do as the student board member?

As student board member, I attend and participate in the public portion of the meetings of the Board of Trustees. Before meetings, I read the agendas and review the attached documents to decide beforehand whether I will vote for or against an item. During meetings, I can ask questions to presenters and offer comments in discussions. My ability to speak up and inquire is no different than the publicly-elected board members. My votes, on the other hand, are advisory; they do not mathematically count. For this reason, my vote is asked for before the publicly-elected board members, so that the perspective of the student at the table is heard.

What have you enjoyed most about serving as the student board member?

Since I became the student board member, I have most enjoyed the people: the wonderful folks at the district office, the students who constitute the district, and teachers who care. Being the student board member lets me spend more time with them, and learn from them, and work as best I can on their behalf.

What are your future plans?

Next year, I intend to attend a four-year university and study mathematics and philosophy, or political science, or international relations. What I study depends on where I attend. Beyond the near future, I am interested in the prospects of law school. Perhaps one day I'll run for office. I also have several ideas for books.