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December 17, 1992 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Simi Valley school board members have rescinded a plan to create middle schools in the district. About 150 people attended a meeting at Simi Valley City Hall; more than two dozen spoke before the board voted 3 to 2 Tuesday night to scrap the plan. "It's an extremely grievous loss for our kids," board member Doug Crosse said.
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February 28, 1996 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
When Simi Valley parent Coleen Ary saw the new report card two of her children would receive last fall, she was mortified. Gone were the familiar squares that first- and second-grade teachers filled in with A's, Bs, Cs, Ds or Fs. Gone entirely, in fact, were letter grades, those universal symbols of achievement that made students burst with pride or wallow in shame.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1991 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Negotiations came to a halt Thursday morning after representatives of the Simi Valley teachers union declared an impasse, saying that union and school district officials could not agree on a new contract. The Simi Educators Assn. will contact a state mediator who will "sit down and listen to both sides," said union President Bill Davenport. There are no plans now for the 800 or so teachers and nurses to picket or strike, Davenport said. "I'm still hopeful things will work out," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1994 | TRACY WILSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Seven-year-old Brandon Booker will not be forgotten when the classroom bells ring on the first day of school this fall. A crew of Simi Valley students and parents made certain of that Monday by beginning to paint a mural at Madera Elementary School to honor the second-grader, who was killed in a house fire in May. The boy died alongside his mother May 17 while both were trying to escape their burning Simi Valley home.
SPORTS
May 15, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spring playoff games involving Simi Valley high school athletes will not be played in the communities where heavy rioting occurred in the wake of the Rodney G. King beating case. Four Los Angeles policemen were found not guilty of using excessive force in arresting King at the trial recently in Simi Valley. That decision precipitated rioting in South-Central Los Angeles and other Southland areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Although violence has not been a problem at Simi Valley schools, a task force will be formed to study safety and help develop a plan for targeting problems found at individual schools, officials said. The task force of teachers, students, parents, principals and community leaders will look at issues such as the merits of putting fences around schools, locker safety and weapons on campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1993 | By BRENDA DAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the final bell rang Thursday, hundreds of Valley View Junior High School students screamed with delight, hugging friends and stopping to scribble a few more yearbook goodbys before scattering in different directions. School is out for the summer in Simi Valley, as it will be after today in several other Ventura County school districts and next week in Thousand Oaks and Oak Park. "Oh, it's so sad," said Nicole Mott, 12, slinging her arms over the shoulders of two friends at Valley View.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Simi Valley school board members tonight will consider approving a contract that would grant a 2% across-the-board pay increase to the district's 700 non-teaching workers. Negotiated over the past year, the three-year contract has been approved by the local chapter of the California School Employees Assn., the union for non-teaching employees. The pay increase would be retroactive to July, 1992, when the last contract expired, Simi Valley Unified School District officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1993 | BRENDA DAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Simi Valley sixth-grader Courtney Spencer cocked her arm and let fly with a sleek white paper airplane that arced through the air, leveled out and slid through a hoop erected several feet away. As Courtney, 11, did a jig celebrating the feat, the adults standing nearby didn't reprimand her for the age-old classroom antic. Instead, they praised the Park View Elementary School student for her aerodynamic design.
NEWS
November 19, 1992 | From Times staff and wire reports
School officials have told four teachers who serve as advisers to religious clubs at Royal High School to discontinue their practice of leading the student groups in prayer at noontime meetings. On the advice of the school district's attorneys, Principal David Jackson recently informed the teachers that leading the groups in prayer is unconstitutional. Jackson said several U.S. Supreme Court rulings forbid teachers to lead such activities because teachers are representatives of the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1993 | By BRENDA DAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the final bell rang Thursday, hundreds of Valley View Junior High School students screamed with delight, hugging friends and stopping to scribble a few more yearbook goodbys before scattering in different directions. School is out for the summer in Simi Valley, as it will be after today in several other Ventura County school districts and next week in Thousand Oaks and Oak Park. "Oh, it's so sad," said Nicole Mott, 12, slinging her arms over the shoulders of two friends at Valley View.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1993 | BRENDA DAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Simi Valley sixth-grader Courtney Spencer cocked her arm and let fly with a sleek white paper airplane that arced through the air, leveled out and slid through a hoop erected several feet away. As Courtney, 11, did a jig celebrating the feat, the adults standing nearby didn't reprimand her for the age-old classroom antic. Instead, they praised the Park View Elementary School student for her aerodynamic design.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Although violence has not been a problem at Simi Valley schools, a task force will be formed to study safety and help develop a plan for targeting problems found at individual schools, officials said. The task force of teachers, students, parents, principals and community leaders will look at issues such as the merits of putting fences around schools, locker safety and weapons on campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Simi Valley school board members tonight will consider approving a contract that would grant a 2% across-the-board pay increase to the district's 700 non-teaching workers. Negotiated over the past year, the three-year contract has been approved by the local chapter of the California School Employees Assn., the union for non-teaching employees. The pay increase would be retroactive to July, 1992, when the last contract expired, Simi Valley Unified School District officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1993 | BRENDA DAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some Simi Valley school officials want their district's sex education program to include information about birth-control methods in addition to teaching students to just say no. School board members said the district's curriculum correctly stresses abstinence as the only way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Christina Bradley didn't come to Big Springs Elementary School in Simi Valley with any expectations Monday, but she was heartened by what she saw when she shadowed the school's principal for the day, she said. An area manager with Southern California Edison, Bradley was among more than two dozen business people and community leaders who spent a day in the district's schools to get a firsthand look at the state of education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1993 | BRENDA DAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some Simi Valley school officials want their district's sex education program to include information about birth-control methods in addition to teaching students to just say no. School board members said the district's curriculum correctly stresses abstinence as the only way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Simi Valley Unified School District's new attendance policy will be reviewed for legality after some parents objected to requiring a doctor's note after 12 absences for illness in one school year. After approving the new policy in January, the school board again reviewed the code Tuesday night because some parents complained that it could pose a financial hardship to some, said Leslie Crunelle, director of secondary education and curriculum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
Simi Valley Unified School District's new attendance policy will be reviewed for legality after some parents objected to requiring a doctor's note after 12 absences for illness in one school year. After approving the new policy in January, the school board again reviewed the code Tuesday night because some parents complained that it could pose a financial hardship to some, said Leslie Crunelle, director of secondary education and curriculum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Simi Valley school board members have rescinded a plan to create middle schools in the district. About 150 people attended a meeting at Simi Valley City Hall; more than two dozen spoke before the board voted 3 to 2 Tuesday night to scrap the plan. "It's an extremely grievous loss for our kids," board member Doug Crosse said.
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