The Burton School District took its first step to officially re-opening its campuses for the 2020-2021 school year at a special board meeting on Monday.

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Porterville College president Dr. Claudia Habib announced at the beginning of this week, the school would implement a “hybrid” approach when its fall semester begins.

Pursuing Victory With Honor Scholarship awarded to seniors

Tulare County Office of Education's CHARACTER COUNTS! program announced Wednesday that four Pursuing Victory With Honor scholarships were awarded to Tulare County scholar-athlete seniors.

Recipients of the scholarship were Jacob Buckley (Monache High School), Clarence Harmon (Porterville), Alicia Fregoso (Golden West) and Sadee Perez (Mt. Whitney).

The scholarship program, now in its eighth year, awards four Tulare County seniors $500 each for their academic achievements and for their exemplary character on and off the field.

Friday night was host to the final drive-thru graduation ceremony for the City of Porterville, and Citrus High School (CHS) ended the graduation season with a bang. After putting together a video showcasing each one of their graduates, including a short biography and what each graduate plans…

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Porterville College wrapped up the final day of its drive-thru graduation ceremonies on Thursday morning. Wednesday and Thursday’s ceremonies were for the more than 650 graduates collected 876 degrees.

Jonathan Schultz, a Terra Bella resident and son of Steven and Deina Schultz, recently earned his Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. 

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Accomplishments were recognized on Wednesday morning as Porterville College (PC) hosted the first day of their drive-thru graduation ceremony in the Jamison Stadium parking lot. Hundreds of students came out to collect their degrees, with some students collecting more than one degree.

At least one beloved summer tradition in Porterville can't be stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Porterville Unified School District's Pathways summer camps and Future Ready Lab are underway and the camps are completely full with the number of students who have signed up to participate in them throughout the summer.

Local high school graduation ceremonies were far from traditional this year, however Lindsay High School (LHS) tried to keep their ceremony as close to traditional as possible. On Wednesday morning, LHS kicked off the first of three days in which learners can arrive at the school’s gym and c…

More than 100 graduates made their way back to the Porterville Adult School campus on Monday morning after completing the remainder of their school year online to take part in the PAS drive-thru graduation ceremony. 

It was a beautiful overcast and breezy Friday evening as Butterfield Charter School staff put the finishing touches on the decorations for their drive-thru graduation ceremony.  Black and gold balloons sayed in the wind, goodie bags were positioned at the end of the graduation walking path, …

 At the Monache High School drive-through graduation ceremony, graduating seniors were cheered on by staff and teachers,Thursday as they were driven to the ceremony in brightly decorated cars, and even a limousine or two.  They walked down a tree lined courtyard in cap and gowns, and receive…

The heat did not keep the remaining Porterville High School (PHS) graduates from taking a walk down the red carpet on Thursday afternoon during the second and final day of PHS’ drive-thru graduation ceremony. With Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background, the remainder of PHS’ Class o…


Spartan Stadium hosts drive-thru ceremony

No question about it, this commencement ceremony was special.

One graduate came in a white limo, another a black party bus and another sat atop a silver convertible. Making their way across the Spartan Stadium track, the Strathmore High School Class of 2020 made the most of their drive-thru graduation Thursday evening.

Strathmore’s worked really hard to give us as much of an experience of a graduation as we can get,” SHS top student, Jacob Martinez, said. “There’s a lot of people that just get off and get their diploma and just go back in the car and the fact that they were able to pull this off for us is just really cool and means a lot. It just shows how much they really care about their students.”

Unlike most drive-thru graduations, vehicles were able to pull right up to the red carpet and family and friends could get out and watch from just a few feet away as their graduate had their name called and went to accept their diploma cover while staff members social-distanced and cheered them on.


Breakfast also provided after graduation

The Knights of Harmony Magnet Academy wrapped their senior year and high school careers with one last trip through the campus parking lot for Friday’s Class of 2020 drive-thru graduation.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to have a ceremony of some sort for them to remember their high school years by,” HMA principal Jeff Brown said. “As they transition, that’s really the key for me, they’re going to have greater and greater challenges in their life; so hopefully we’ve prepared them for that and they’ll take advantage of every opportunity.”

Graduates hopped out of their decorated vehicles and walked down a red carpet as their names were called while their families filmed safely from their vehicles.

After their pictures were taken, graduates were treated to a to-go breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon, courtesy of their parents and Cafe 12:2.


Instead of cowbells, it was the honking of decorated vehicles that announced the graduating class of Granite Hills High School.

Whiteboards lined Putnam Avenue and Grizzly Drive signifying that the Class of 2020 was in for a unique ceremony at Wednesday’s drive-thru graduation. 

“Stop,” read one sign. “Graduates, get out of the car here. Keep your distance. Parents follow your graduate in your car.”

In an attempt to keep many of the traditional aspects of graduation ceremonies alive, students did their ceremonial walk up a slight hill towards the front office where GHHS teacher, Richard Flores, announced their names before they picked up their diploma covers from GHHS principal Apolinar Marroquin, then had their pictures taken by Generations Photography.

Several local students from Summit Charter Collegiate Academy and Lindsay High School were named as winners in Central California's premier film competition for middle and high school students.

(Editor's Note: Those who are having special celebrations for high school and college graduates in their neighborhoods are welcome to submit a short summary of the celebration with photos to be featured in the Porterville Recorder. Submissions can be e-mailed to Porterville Recorder Editor C…

(Editor's note: The Porterville Recorder would like to feature the plans all districts in the Orange Belt have for the Class of 2020 when it comes to their graduation ceremonies. Whatever local districts have planned whether it be videos for the graduates, virtual ceremonies or drive-thru ce…

A live virtual graduation ceremony for the College of the Sequoias will  eventually be featured on the CW59.

The Burton School District’s weekly Wednesday distribution of meals will be moved from Jim Maples Academy and will be held at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy High School today.


heading to Air Force Academy

A proud Lynlee Davis announced her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Friday at Porterville High School.

Unfortunately for the senior, the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing school closures prevented her from making the announcement during the school’s usual signing day. But even in her small ceremony it was obvious to see Davis was thrilled about her next step and serving her country.

“I’m actually an immigrant from South Korea,” Davis said. “My parents adopted me and my brother and I’ve grown up in the best household with so many opportunities that I know that I wouldn’t have been able to receive if I hadn’t come to the United States. So the ability to serve my country and give other people those freedoms and that ability to do the same thing I did is just the best thing I could ever ask for.”

Davis knew since she was asked in a freshman year honor class she wanted to go to a military academy, and was leaning towards the United States Military Academy at West Point before she turned her focus on the Air Force Academy on Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Since the Class of 2020 isn’t receiving all of the normal rights of passage graduates receive, many in the Porterville area are making sure the time in which they graduate will still be remembered.

Two Burton School District administrators have been honored by the Association of California School Administrators.

The Burton School District is holding a Visual and Performing Arts challenge for all of its students in grades K-12.

As the 35th Tulare County Farm Bureau (TCFB) Youth Leadership Class wraps up their experience, it is time for sophomores in Tulare County to apply for the next Youth Leadership Class. The deadline to apply is right around the corner on May 1, 2020.

Students from Harmony Magnet Academy’s Academy of Engineering and Monache and Porterville High School teachers have worked to supply personal protective equipment to Sierra View Medical Center and Family HealthCare Network.

Several local schools have won grants as part of the Tulare County Office of Education’s 2019-2020 Step Up Youth Challenge program. Students at schools created projects that addressed issues they identified that their schools and their communities were facing.

Beginning on Monday, April 27, Porterville Unified School District will be switching its Meals at No Cost service to once-a-week delivery on Mondays. 

The Tulare County Cattlewomen have announced the winners of their scholarships.

Zonta Club of Porterville recognizes that the Class of 2020 will not enjoy many Senior moments due to Covid-19. Fortunately, Zonta Club of Porterville is pleased to award three $1,000 awards to deserving women from our high schools and Porterville College.

Many local students have received $350 scholarships from the Tulare County School Boards Association with the assistance of the Tulare County Office of Education.