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September 5, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Estella Reynoso remembers the slap. She was in the third grade with other Mexican-American children from a nearby migrant camp and was one of the few who could speak English. "I remember the teacher asking me to read out loud from a book in English. I stumbled on a difficult word and couldn't say it. The teacher got up from her desk, came over to me and slapped me hard in the face," Reynoso said.
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June 12, 2000 | ANN L. KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The eggs and flour sacks, better suited for frying omelets or baking cakes, have been sent back to the kitchen in La Habra. In their place, the city's two middle schools use lifelike computerized dolls that wail through the night to teach students the consequences of sex. And the dolls are working better than the baking materials ever did.
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April 8, 1993 | MIMI KO
Leading a pack of about 25 third- and fourth-graders, Veronica Bernal, Karen Krueger and Suneet Bawa raced to church after school. The Walnut Elementary School students couldn't wait to get to the United Methodist Church. "We try to get here fast because we want to hear the stories, eat the snack and get help on our homework so we won't have to do it at home," said Veronica, 9. The third-grader said she has improved her grades since she started coming to the church for tutoring last year.
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January 20, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 13-year-old boy died Wednesday after collapsing during a half-mile run in physical education class at a school in La Habra. Paramedics took Carlos Ruiz to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, where he was pronounced dead. Betty Bidwell, principal of Imperial Middle School, said the eighth-grader had no medical problems the school was aware of. She called him "a wonderful boy" who loved to play soccer.
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September 2, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a pioneering effort to fight both gangs and peer pressure to dress expensively, the La Habra City School District will ask all students in kindergarten through fifth grade to wear only white and navy outfits when school opens next week. The district, which has 4,800 students, is believed to be the first in Orange County and one of just a handful in the state to opt for standard dress districtwide. "I don't know of any other school district that has decided to do this," said John F.
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January 31, 1995 | MIMI KO
The La Habra City School District has given initial approval to a policy that would include parents in the planning of instructional programs. District officials said parent involvement in the education of their children is critical for effective schooling. They said that when a parent cares about their child's education, the child's motivation can rise along with academic success.
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December 29, 1994 | TINA NGUYEN
Parents watched from the sidelines Wednesday at the Children's Museum as children trotted between tables, pondering what kind of ornament to craft, which color to choose and whether they should add yarn to their artwork. While little hands folded together paper dreidels and sifted through buckets filled with markers, adults took a breather from a hectic holiday weekend at the museum's seasonal drop-in art workshop, offered throughout the week.
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February 17, 1993 | MIMI KO
Students at two middle schools here soon will get a chance to appear in their own television programs. With a $9,687 donation from Century Cable of Southern California, Washington and Imperial middle schools will be wired for cable and closed-circuit television. "With closed-circuit, the students can broadcast the morning announcements live, like Tom Brokaw and Vikkie Vargas," Washington Principal Gary Mantey said.
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October 4, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN
The Lowell Joint School District is accepting applications to replace Joyce E. Canfield on the Board of Trustees. Canfield, a school board member for two decades, died after a lengthy illness. Applications will be accepted until Friday. The board will then select a trustee to fill Canfield's term of office, which expires in December, 1994. Candidates must live in the school district's boundaries, which include parts of La Habra and Whittier.
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June 14, 1990
The La Habra City School District will use an anonymous gift of $48,000 to buy 20 computers for Washington Intermediate School. "We are extremely appreciative of this donation," said Antonio Valle Jr., president of the district's board of trustees. "We respect the wishes of the donor that he remain anonymous." Washington Principal Gary Mantey said the computers will be divided into five mini-labs that will be located in classrooms throughout the school.
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January 13, 2000 | Young Chang, (714) 520-2506
Arbolita Elementary School's Adopt-a-Class program recently received $185 from Burch Ford in La Habra, one of its first sponsors. The program is looking for businesses in the city to sponsor a classroom at the school. Teachers would use the donations to buy school supplies and other needed items. The cost is $185 to be a room sponsor, and representatives from organizations can also participate in school events.
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November 11, 1998
Ambulances ferried 22 children and three teachers sickened by gas fumes to hospitals after a construction crew ruptured a pipe at an Orange County school, authorities said. No one was seriously hurt during the Tuesday morning accident. The hospital examinations were precautionary and all were released, with most back for afternoon classes at Washington Middle School, Principal Gary Mantey said. The gas pipeline was ruptured at about 8:30 a.m.
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November 11, 1998 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 20 students and teachers were taken to hospitals Tuesday after a construction crew working on the expansion of a La Habra middle school ruptured a natural gas line, sending fumes into classrooms. The students, who complained of nausea and dizziness, were treated and released to their parents. The accident at Washington Middle School occurred about 9:20 a.m. when a backhoe operator cut into the gas line.
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March 6, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Parents upset over the La Habra City School District's plan to convert Arbolita Child Care Center into an elementary school are forming a group to address their concerns. The parents group is being established because those who have children enrolled in the center's preschool and day-care sessions said they want to provide the district with some plan that may save the programs.
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February 2, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
La Habra City School District's only day-care center and preschool will be converted into an elementary school in 18 months. Supt. Rich Hermann said Friday that the district's class-size reduction program, a lack of funds for new buildings to house more classrooms and a growing enrollment are behind the conversion. The move means that the 30 employees of Arbolita Child Care Center will have to find other jobs by July 1998.
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April 27, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Washington and Imperial middle schools soon will be among the few intermediate schools in the county to require their pupils to wear uniforms. The middle schools are in the La Habra City School District, which last year became the first in the county to implement a voluntary dress code at its elementary schools. School district trustees decided to allow principals to impose the mandatory uniforms with parent approval.
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January 15, 1990 | DAVID F. BURKE
Hundreds of students have been staying after school recently, but not for punishment. Instead, about 300 of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the district's two middle schools choose to stay on school grounds for academic and recreational activities in a pilot program started in November. "I think it's wonderful," said school board member Nancy Zinberg, after hearing a report about the program last week. "They're there because they want to be."
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January 14, 1991 | ROSE APODACA
A new "family math" project in the La Habra City School District will use volunteer tutors from the community to teach basic math to parents and their children. The 32 volunteers will train for 18 hours this month and then meet with parents and pupils once a month in the evenings from February through May. Tutoring will include geometry, measurement, statistics and word problems and will provide exercises and activities for parents and children to do during the monthly sessions and at home.
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