Apart from the routine reports and consent calendar item, Tuesday night’s meeting of the Porterville City Council will be host to five items slated for discussion during scheduled matters. Tuesday’s meeting will be conducted over live stream only, and can be viewed via the City of Portervill…

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Porterville Unified School District has reopened to all kindergarten through sixth grade students of families who choose to have their children return to the classroom.

Granite Hills High School's Gisela Marroquin and Sequoia Middle School's Libby Sophia Sanders were the winners of the Alta Mira Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest.

U.S. Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who represents Porterville, issued a press release on Thursday, calling for the state to find a way for students to safely return to the classroom.

“Very frustrating.” That’s what Tulare County Health and Human Services Director Tim Lutz said when it came to the state basically taking away control from local authorities when it comes to guidelines for the reopening of schools to in-person learning.

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With their umbrellas up to keep the light rain away, the staff at Vandalia Elementary School happily welcomed students back to campus Monday afternoon.

Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) and Burton School District (BSD) had high hopes of seeing their students return to campus in Monday, but after new guidelines for reopening schools were released by the California Department of Health (CDH) on January 14, both districts are having t…

The deadline to sign up for Porterville Unified School District Pathways is fast approaching. Students interested in joining a Pathway when they enter high school have until 12 p.m. on Friday to submit their application. Applications can be found at pathways.portervilleschools.org.

Porterville Unified School District is holding off to provide at least some in-person instruction to its K-6 students at all of its elementary schools until January 25.

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Congratulations are in order for Monache High School’s Multimedia and Technology Academy (MTA) Pathway after 19 Marauders won awards in The Friends of Tulare County (FTC) Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge.

The purpose of the competition was to highlight youth-created art focused on promoting COVID-19 safety guidelines in languages representing Tulare County, utilizing three categories: audio, graphic design, and video,” states the FTC website.

A total of five high schools and 30 students participated in the challenge, but Monache was by far the biggest winner. Of the 18 winning entries, Monache claimed 10 through individual and group entries. 

To top it all off, Monache garnered even more attention with its winning work when it was displayed and heard through various mediums throughout the county, showing its efforts weren’t just an assignment but a true public awareness campaign.

When our students are allowed opportunities like this one, they see the true purpose behind their education: their skills contribute to more than just a grade book, but to society,” graphic design teacher Monica Toriz, said. “This is what we want for all of our students.”

The California Table Grape Growers Commission have announced they have opened up applications for scholarships to students headed to a community college or a university. Three types of university/college scholarships are now available to students in the table grape growing regions of California.

The chorus of those calling for middle schools and high schools in purple counties, including Tulare County, to reopen for grades 7 through 12 continues to grow louder.

The National PTA has awarded WilliamR Buckley Elementary with a $5,000 grant to help meet needs of students, families and teachers due to COVID-19. The funding is made possible by TikTok.

October provided good news for Porterville College and its students when it was announced PC was one of 34 community colleges receiving grants as part of a $100 million donation for California community colleges to help students finish college.

“Over 20 years, the $100 million pledge will help eliminate regional educational gaps by providing scholarships to students who are well on their way toward a finish-line goal of completing a certificate or degree at a California community college or transferring to a university and emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected financial hardships,” the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) said in a joint press release.

On her first day returning to school, Meryam, a second-grade student with special needs at Vandalia Elementary School in Porterville, ran out of her home and kissed the bus.Meryam is now able to take advantage of in-person learning twice a week. She's among the Special Services AcCEL student…

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The cost of college is a concern for many students and their families.

However, for Frida Mendez-Arce, a 2017 Granite Hills High School graduate, that concern was eased this October when she was named a recipient of Café Bustelo’s El Café Del Futuro Scholarship.

Mendez-Arce, who now attends California State Fullerton, was one of 20 recipients across the nation to receive a $5,000 scholarship and a Café Bustelo care package.

I was really happy to hear about the scholarship just because it’s really going to help me in my future,” Mendez-Arce said. “One of the biggest stresses in college is always going to be financial things. And so it made me realize I could really focus on school without having to take off a bunch of work.

And then especially receiving it from somebody who is very active in the Latin community was important to me because it correlated to my scholarship and just how as Latin people, we really have to uplift each other and create the groundwork for the next generation so that they can have these same opportunities in the future and be able to pursue higher education. That way, we can get more people into spaces that are going to advocate for us.”

The El Café Del Futuro Scholarship is offered to students at colleges that are a part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). This year’s application required an essay of 800 words or less about how a student’s Latino heritage, family, and community in which they grew up impacted their desire and motivation to obtain a college degree and how they plan to give back to the community.

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Two technicals worked from an aerial lift above the roof of Tulare County Office of Education's Mooney Boulevard office building this week to install a four-part antenna to a new mast on the east side of the building.

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The man who took on the challenge of following a beloved superintendent, but eventually left a legacy rivaling that administrator has died.

In times of need, area students are continuing to rise to the occasion and provide help to their communities.

On Saturday, Monache High School’s California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Club hosted a donation drive-thru to collect non-perishable food for the Family Crisis Center in Porterville.

The drive has been done for over a decade and happens in January, but because of COVID, CSF decided to add one more drive.

Right now, especially in this time, we’re trying to look for people who need it the most,” CSF co-president Hassoon Sarwar said. “The women’s shelter, they do. They provide food for people who are in need of it. We’re trying to help them out.”

The Porterville Unified School District Pathways program will host its annual Parent Pathways Showcase on Thursday, October 29.

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The student survey was split into four sections: attitude towards school, how's your time spent, your schoolwork, and your mental/emotional health. Around 61 percent percent of students — 772 to be exact — took the survey in early October, and the results were eye-opening.

“Ultimately, what the survey helped us bring out is that we had the best of intentions to do more than what we did last spring, this fall, but I honestly believe we swung too far,” GHHS principal Apolinar Marroquin said. “We swung too far on the side of, ‘OK, I’m going to build these lessons, and create these videos, and learn this platform, and give these kids assignments and projects.’ And that being said, I think we also lost sight of the fact that the stressors of COVID and the real-life situations that our kids are going through.”

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The dropoff area at Hope Elementary School was abuzz Monday morning with chatter and laughter from students back on campus for the first time in months for in-person learning.

With a smile and a wave, Hope superintendent and principal Melanie Matta, called out “We’re so excited to see you!” to every student as they climbed out of their parents’ and grandparents’ vehicles.

Matta greeted every student by name then bent down to eye level as she helped take temperature checks, ask COVID- 19 screening questions, and distribute hand sanitizer before instructing students on where to go next.

“It’s a family feel here and I think that’s why a lot of people like coming,” Matta said. “The parents know that when they drop their kids off, they’re going to be well taken care of. You see we didn’t have very many parents get out of the car even though they had kindergarteners they were dropping off because we’ve taken that time to build that relationship so they knew that we were going to handle it once they got through the gate.”

Setton Farms has announced it will build a school in Terra Bella that will focus on industrial robotics and technology. The new school will be called Setton Academy.

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How do you keep school spirit and engagement alive when there aren’t any games or rallies, students can’t be on campus and in-person communication is rare? The answer is Instagram.

Monache High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) realized the value of their Instagram account, @monacheasb, when COVID-19 struck and they all had to become virtual.

“No one really understood how valuable our Instagram really is,” ASB president, senior Addison Sampietro, said. “We didn’t realize just how much engagement we could gain from using our Instagram. We would always just focus on school functions and now we have to resort to the Instagram and I think it’s going really well.”

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Students once again graced the campus of St. Anne’s School and kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Dieterle, was overjoyed to see their smiling faces without a screen interfering.

“There really are no words to describe how wonderful it was to be back in the classroom face-to-face with my students,” she said via email. “It brought tears to my eyes to see them arrive dressed in uniform, with these huge smiles, ready to learn. This is the way that five-year-olds should learn. Live and in-person, hands-on with the teacher right there in the flesh — not an image on a screen. And with friends to interact with face-to-face.”

St. Anne’s is one of six schools in Tulare County that was granted a waiver allowing students in kindergarten through second grade (K-2) to return to school for in-person learning. The other schools were Terra Bella’s Zion Lutheran School, Visalia’s George Mccann Elementary and St. Paul’s, Tulare’s St. Aloysius Catholic School, and Dinuba Junior Academy.

Saucelito Elementary School also received provisional approval by the county for in-person learning and its waiver is being reviewed by the California Department of Public Health.