More than 13,000 students will attend College of the Sequoias’ three campuses this week. While Monday starts the first day of the Fall 2019 semester, Friday, August 9, provided a time for reflection for faculty, staff and administrators at College of the Sequoias.

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The outpouring of love from the community continues for four people riding their motorcycles who were killed in a head-on collision early Sunday morning, August 4 near the intersection of Avenue 196 and Highway 65 in Strathmore. Funeral services for Gilbert Vargas and Mitzi Rodriguez were he…

At the Porterville Unified School board meeting on August 8 Harmony Magnet Academy sophomore Alex Ramos was recognized for his help over the summer in Terra Bella as an intern. 

Porterville College SMART Lab has just finished another fun filled summer full of science camps. There were five weeks of summer science camp this year.

The Porterville Recorder is looking for sponsors so it can continue its Newspapers in Education program.

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Students and parents were excited and anxious as they returned for the first day of school in the Porterville Unified School District on Thursday, reported staff and the students themselves.

Jack Amaral is the new band director at Burton Middle School. He has been teaching middle school band for almost 10 years, and previously taught at Pioneer Middle School. He will start up the Bulldog marching band during the new school year.


Yasoda Satpathy has graduated from Inspire Charter School in Visalia, and her parents, Kalpana Singh Satpathy and Gyana R. Satpathy, are very proud of their talented daughter,  who has achieved so much.

Yasoda seems to take it all in stride, and is confident in her abilities. It is encouraging to see such success, not just academically, but in the arts also. She has excelled at dual enrollment courses for the past two years, or more, and has taken trigonometry, biology, calculus, physics, and psychology, at Porterville College and College of the Sequoias. 

Journalism teachers Kristy Jackson and Rigoberto Garcia took eight elementary school students from PUSD Migrant Summer School sites, Monte Vista and Olive Street schools, on a field trip to Porterville City Hall Thursday.

The students took a tour of City Hall, looked at City Manager John Lollis office, which dates back to when City Hall was built in the 1930s, and spoke with Lollis in a relaxed manner before their interview with Mayor Martha Flores.

Lollis asked the students if they’d like to work at City Hall in the various departments, such as planning, park and leisure, the fire department, police department, or in the finance department. 

Lindsay High School (LHS) learners embarked on a brand new adventure for LHS this summer through medical internships with Sierra View Medical Center (SVMC) and other local medically related facilities. LHS learners Mattie Gurrola, Madison Norris, Iriane Servin-Ponce, Gabriela Cisneros, Alyssa Salinas, Yarintzi Buckley, Aaron Perez, Alexis Leal-Chavez, Marycruz Narto-Perez, Jamilet Andrade and Ismael Andrade, were lucky enough to land one of the select few spots available in the program, and have gained more insight into the medical field then they ever imagined they would when they began their internships.


Leadership Porterville held a graduation ceremony for its 2019 class on June 13, concluding a nine month program that holds themed day sessions and one evening session throughout each month that focus on organizations in all different aspects of the community such as health, agriculture, and government. 

Porterville Community Strings will present the annual “Pops Goes The Strings” Concert on Thursday evening June 20. This 7 p.m.program will be held in the music room CA-2 at Porterville College. There will be no admission charge, and the public is invited to attend.

Do you want to feel great on the dance floor? Porterville College summer session has the class for learning to dance while gaining health benefits. No dance partner is necessary to enroll. Dance instructor Luis Aguilar is now teaching “Contemporary Ballroom and Line Dancing” through the Continuing Education Department at Porterville College, Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Center Conference Room located inside the PC Cafeteria.

Camps include a variety of science experiments and projects

Registration is now open for the Porterville College Foundation’s summer Science, Mathematics and Resource Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Lab camps. Space is limited so register today!

Four camps will be held throughout the summer: June 24-27, July 8-11, July 22-25 and August 5-8. Camp is held Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon at PC.

Fresno State is working to reverse an acute shortage of qualified math teachers in California by introducing students with an interest in math to rewarding teaching careers.

The Department of Mathematics at Fresno State received a five-year, $1.4 million award from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships to help math majors in the integrated credential option pay tuition and other costs so they can concentrate on earning their degrees.


“Once a cardinal, always a cardinal” 

A large crowd watched from the stands with pride as seniors in red and white caps and gowns walked with excitement and trepidation into the Lindsay High School stadium after their professors and staff in traditional robes.

Emmanuel Sanchez, Dean of Culture, welcomed 247 LHS seniors and their families, friends, educators, and loved ones and thanked them for helping the young men and women achieve their goals with their support, love, and encouragement. 


JJ Cairns, Lindsay Adult School and Loma Vista School present Classes of 2019 in combined ceremony

A large crowd of families, friends, and jubilant supporters gathered in the stands to cheer on graduates and faculty from three alternative education schools -- John J. Cairns Continuation School, Loma Vista Charter School, and Lindsay Adult School -- as they entered the Lindsay High School gymnasium on Thursday, June 6, to the uplifting traditional cadence of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance.


Tulare County Sheriff Boudreaux attended the graduation of Juan Bravo this week. Juan’s mother, Cecilia Bravo Cabrera, disappeared in 2016 after a trip to Tachi Palace with her husband, Francisco Valdivia. Cecilia’s car was found on fire near Traver the next morning. Valdivia, along with ano…


Creative fun for children

Imagine Community Arts Center has been in business since 2010 when founder Rebecca Reyes opened the nonprofit art center for chilldren to foster their creativity and art in the community. It is a fun and creative place for kids from third to sixth grade to learn about all kinds of art forms and activities, the center is also teaching kids and young adults about technology as well. “Our mission is to foster and encourage creative expression in everyone,” is on the center's website, and the studio is a truly welcoming place for children, young people, and adults alike.


A reception to recognize Native American graduating seniors was held at the Oak Pit Restaurant on Tuesday, May 21, and was hosted by the Tule River Tribal Council and the Porterville Unified School District.

The reception recognized all Native Americans in the school system. Students came from Oregon, Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA, Porterville and Burton School districts, and outside areas, said Rondii Nieto, Public Relations for the Tule River Tribe.


SCCA’s Class of 2019 includes 5 PC graduates

For the 82 graduates of Summit Charter Collegiate Academy’s Class of 2019, Friday night’s commencement ceremony was an occasion full of happy tears, smiles and unwavering hope in a bright future.

Jeff Brown, Harmony Magnet Academy principal, proudly welcomed parents, students and honored guests to the school’s graduation ceremony during his welcome speech, saying, “We are here to celebrate an end to one thing and the beginning of another,” on Friday, May 31, at the Porterville Memorial Auditorium.


GHHS celebrate the 2019 graduating class of over 250 seniors

It was all happy tears and massive smiles at the Granite Hills High School (GHHS) graduation ceremony Friday night where over 250 seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

As the GHHS band played out “Pomp and Circumstance” the graduates made their way down the football field and to their individual seats for the beginning of the night's milestone ceremony.

Largest graduating class ever took center stage Thursday evening

The largest class to walk in a graduation ceremony at Citrus High School made their way down the aisle Thursday, May 30, during the 2019 commencement ceremony. All 105 graduates arrived to Citrus High School with bright eyes, ready to grab their diplomas and take the world head on.

As soon as “Pomp and Circumstance” began to play over the loudspeakers, Larissa Rojas led the single file line of graduates to the stage, and took her place at the podium to welcome the large audience and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.


“Take pride in how far you’ve come, have faith in how far you can go, but don’t forget the journey,” was the motto of the day for over 440 seniors graduating from Porterville High School Thursday at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

A carpet of orange and green caps and gowns covered half the stadium field as seniors gathered — walking single file or by two under flower arches held by the Porterville High Auxiliary women in summer gowns.

Dr. Claudia Lourido-Habib to begin term on July 8, 2019

Bakersfield, CA—May 31—Chancellor Thomas Burke of the Kern Community College District is pleased to announce the next Porterville College President, Dr. Claudia Lourido-Habib. “Dr. Lourido-Habib comes to us with extensive experience that will ensure that Porterville College continues the outstanding work focused on improved student outcomes,” Burke says. The announcement comes after a successful nationwide search process which included several excellent candidates, on-campus forums, and several rounds of interviews.


“A sea of Blue and Gold” as  432 graduates entered in two lines and took their seats at the center of the football field.

MHS Principal Eric Barba was master of ceremonies for the evening, and greeted graduates and their families and friends who packed the grandstands of the stadium and said, “Today we celebrate the accomplishments of 432 graduating seniors. The school’s leader spoke about his graduating class, remembering when they started in August of 2016 with “bright eyes” at the high school orientation, and how they are now leaving Monache with accomplishments that are way beyond his and their wildest dreams, and he is very proud of them. He said, “In particular this class is special too me. It’s my first class as principal. I’ve seen these student grow and I’m proud of what I see. Some have overcome incredible obstacles, they’ve overcome things that most of us don’t even dream of . . . And some of them have challenged themselves and succeeded. We will see on TV what these seniors will do in the future.

Hard work, dedication, perseverance all paid off for 39 seniors at Granite Hills High School, who have worked diligently to receive some well-deserved funds for their college years from 89 scholarships.

Scholarship monies totaled over $450,000, with seniors Estrella Lopez, Sandra Lopez,  and Ayleen Ramos each receiving $90,000 with the U.S. Army G.I Bill. 


2nd annual AASC Invitational set for June 1 at McDermont X

The All-American student classic, a competition for middle grade students from 5-6, and 7-8 grades featuring five academic tests and five athletic contests, was recently sponsored by Woodville Elementary School District.

The four major components of the classic — participation, competition, sportsmanship, and recognition — were all evident both in the classroom and on the athletic fields.

Determination, long hours, and perseverance paid off for 12 seniors Sprtans as they received some well-deserved funds on scholarship night at Strathmore High School, on Tuesday, May 9.

Scholarship monies totaled $131,800, and senior Gerardo Saldivar received $90,000 with the U.S. Army G.I Bill. 

Willow Werlhoff received $27,000 from nine different scholarships that included monies from Tulare County Cattlewoman and Cattleman’s Clubs, the Strathmore Town and County Club, Tulare County Association of Realtors, the Porterville Fair Heritage Association, the Norman L. Norris Scholarship, an FFA Ag Boosters Scholarship, and last but not least Colorado State University Academic Achievement Award, and Rockford School District.


Students learn, have fun, and work toward future

Mimi Schuler and Ruben Alvarez are PUSD Pathways Coordinators, and they worked with Dawson Cox, a YES Program Instructional Assistant and student ambassador Catherine Enteman to introduce 1684 students from 21area schools to the Pathways exhibit at Porterville Military Academy on Tuesday, May 21.

One-act plays tell a story just like a regular play, but they take less time! That’s why the PHS Drama Department can offer five plays in the same evening as they present 'A Night of One Acts' on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.

The performances will take place starting at 7 p.m. in the Drama Room (A-7) on the PHS campus. Ticket prices are $3 for adults and $1 for students/children.


 “It was a lot of hard work to get to this point, but it definitely paid off and it was a phenomenal day,” said Alexis Sanchez, Honor Guard Staff Sergeant at Porterville Military Academy on Saturday, May 18, where over 100 cadets received certificates at the pass in review and were acknowledged by Principal Doug Ihmels and Cadet Commandant Dave Archer. 

Informational parent meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at SCCA

Burton School District will offer more education choices than ever before to Porterville area students when it incoporates a new academy to its curriculum next year at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy.

All of the retiring certified and classified Porterville Unified School District employees had a total of 1039 years of combined service to the school district.

“They are exemplary individuals, our certificated or classified employees that have served our community with dedication their entire careers. They’ve extended that extra reach to the students that have enabled them to be all that they can be,” said Lillian Durbin, PUSD Board president, at the PUSD Retirees Social on Tuesday, May 14.

School was never a priority for Jason Her.

The Merced native enlisted in the U.S. Marines at 17 and took off on a 10-year military career with tours in Japan, South Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq.

It was a move to find himself after years of feeling lost. His father left the family when he was a toddler and his mother remarried, blending two families while Her said Hmong tradition and cultural norms overshadowed his need for love and support.


At Hoops Olympics on Saturday, May 11, 76 preschoolers  called “Hoopsters” and their parents had fun together participating in 11 exciting challenges in an hour-and-half of perfectly organized preschool fun. 

The Olympic challenges for preschoolers and their parents  included an obstacle course, a long jump, frisbee golf, bowling, shooting hoops, kicking a soccer ball, drawing, balancing on a rubber block wall, racing shopping carts, and a water race.  


2019 Porterville Fair kicks off with Physics Day for area 

middle schoolers

Having fun and learning science outside, what could be better? 

Being at the 2019 Porterville Fair riding carnival rides and experiencing G-forces on attractions like the Vertigo, The Crazy Train, and 101 Knots is certainly a good way to add an extra portion of ‘fun’ to fun learning.


Next stop: The University of Arizona

Over the course of their young lives in Porterville, the Randolph twins, Kayla and Sarah, have developed a reputation of being disciplined students and tireless volunteers in the community. Now all that hard work has created a very special opportunity that their entire family is ready to embrace.

The two will soon be graduating from California Connections Academy, an online school that they’ve attended for four years, and both have been accepted to the University of Arizona, where Kayla plans to study elementary education and Sarah will pursue the medical field/nursing. 

In March of 2018, just a few months into the spring semester, Danielle Roche received shocking news. Her biopsy results came back positive for breast cancer. At just 36 and halfway into the Fresno State Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Roche had to make a defining decision.

Should she take some time off to focus on her health or continue with her studies?

Fresno State will graduate its largest class in history with more than 6,200 students meeting requirements. University officials say about 62 percent of the graduating students in the class of 2019 are first-generation students whose parents didn’t receive bachelor’s degrees. Among them, almost 49 percent are underrepresented minority students.

Fresno State’s 108th Commencement season is highlighted by the main University Commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Save Mart Center. The University Commencement procession begins at 1 p.m. All graduates and their guests are encouraged to attend the University Commencement ceremony that celebrates all graduates’ achievements.

Two years ago Steve McCracken, Special Services teacher at Terra Bella Elementary school, planted a vegetable and rose garden that he uses to teach students from kindergarten to multi-age classes (grades 3,4 and 5 in the same classroom) throughout the school year. 

“We do so many cool things at the school,” he said on Wednesday, May 8. “The garden is a group effort by community volunteers. We are working on ELD (English Language Development) classes and students from Carl F. Smith Middle School come and help our younger students. I incorporate history, social studies, math, and science in my lessons for the students in the garden.”

The relationship between poverty and mental health was one of the key talking points at this year’s Porterville College Mental Health Conference Wednesday, May 1. The college once again brought together community agencies, institutions, college faculty and staff in the interest of improving mental health awareness throughout the community. The event was sponsored by the college and the County of Tulare in partnership with Porterville Unified and Burton School Districts and the Tulare County Office of Education.

The Lisa Project comes to PC

The interactive walkthrough exhibit called The Lisa Project has made its way to Porterville College (PC), and the experience is eye-opening.

The Lisa Project is a unique multi-sensory exhibit experience allowing the visitor to hear, see, and experience the reality of the world of child abuse, and it is not for the faint of heart.


Wednesdays are typically short days for sites in the Burton School District, but that didn’t deter five hundred students from grades 7 to 12 from giving up a bit of their free time to participate in the district’s first-ever Youth Summit April 24, at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy.

Guest presenters from Tulare County Office of Education, Porterville Police Department, and Central Valley Family Crisis Center and the Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF) gave classes, encouraged student participation and helped empower them with special activities. Students attended three different presentations out of seven during the day, and topics ranged from fostering healthy self-esteem, social media dangers, the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs to creating healthy boundaries in relationships and preventing teen dating violence. 

Monache sophomores in the Multimedia and Technology Academy pathway interviewed and filmed businesses on Main Street, and Hockett St., on Wednesday, April 10, producing “A Day in the Life” marketing videos for potential business use according to Mimi Schuler, PUSD Student Pathways, Work-based Learning Coordinator.


Pleasant View students apply technology in a handy way with H2O on the GO project

An ag technology project that started as a simple sensor to detect moisture in the soil for farmers became something else when eighth grade students at Pleasant View Elementary met with cowboys at Merritt Ranch in Strathmore and found out what they had to do to take care of the cattle and check the water levels daily on the huge ranch.

In charge of the project is Vahid Motazedian, Director of Rural Community and Research Initiatives for the Foundation for the Application of Science. (FAS)


Monache High School FFA agriculture department sold oranges, vegetables, citrus trees and plants on Saturday, March 30, at their third annual FFA Farmers Day event. Besides the sale, 55 runners also participated in a 5K run earlier in the day. According to teacher and head of the Monache ag department James Corbett, they made $12,000 on Saturday, and over 1,000 people visited the department.