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February 27, 1986
Three San Gabriel Valley elementary schools are among 10 Los Angeles County schools nominated for the National Elementary School Recognition Program sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. Central Elementary School in the Baldwin Park Unified School District, Chaparral Elementary in the Claremont Unified School District and Valley View Elementary in the Duarte Unified School District are among 47 California elementary schools nominated.
October 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An 11-year-old from Moreno Valley died this week after he collapsed playing football during lunch recess at his middle school, authorities said. Elijah Allen collapsed about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday at Vista Heights Middle School in the 23000 block of Old Lake Drive, according to the Riverside County sheriff-coroner office. Authorities said Allen had a medical condition that "may have contributed to his passing" and said there were no visible signs of external injuries. Staff from the school tried to perform CPR on Allen and he was taken to a hospital where he died shortly after 1 p.m. ALSO: L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of battering girlfriend Dashboard camera captures hammer attack on Long Beach taxi driver Police seek man who allegedly raped student at convenience store Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook
April 17, 1986
Five schools in the San Gabriel Valley are among 32 semifinalists from Los Angeles County in the statewide Distinguished School Award competition. The awards are given for excellence in overall educational quality and have been called "one of the highest honors that can be received by a school" by the state Department of Education. There are 257 semifinalists statewide, and 70 will receive distinguished school designation when the competition ends in June.
September 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making phone threats last week against several schools and a hospital in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said Tuesday evening. Gerardo Cortez, 26, was taken into custody around 4 p.m Tuesday as he was leaving his Monrovia home, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Authorities were searching Cortez's home Tuesday evening as his arrest was being announced at a news conference at the Sheriff's Department's  headquarters in Monterey Park.
May 16, 1989
Simi Valley, Saugus and Montclair Prep high schools were seeded among the top four teams in their respective divisions when the Southern Section announced its baseball-playoff pairings Monday. In all, 25 valley-area schools qualified for the Southern Section playoffs. Simi Valley, the Marmonte League champion, was seeded third in the 5-A Division and will play host to St. Francis (11-7-1) in a first-round game Friday. Saugus, the Golden League champion, was seeded third in the 3-A and will open with Hesperia.
June 19, 1986
Monrovia High School has been selected as one of 30 high schools in the state to receive the Distinguished School Award given by the state Department of Education to schools that have shown improvement in test scores over the past two years and growth in the number of advanced-placement courses. Jones Junior High School in Baldwin Park was one of 60 middle schools receiving the award.
December 9, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Nearly 600 computers--donated by businesses and government agencies and refurbished by inmates--will be placed in San Fernando Valley public schools, it was announced this week at a ceremony at Tulsa Street Elementary School. The Pentium 300-megahertz computers, with Windows 95 software, will be delivered next month to 50 schools in the central and northeast San Fernando Valley. Each school will get three to 15 computers, except for six that will receive 30 computers each.
Local schools fell victim to an unwelcome Thanksgiving tradition--school vandalism, inflicted while security guards, students and officials were home enjoying the long weekend. Students at Van Nuys High School returned to classes Monday unable to use the library or health center, both closed after a group of youths broke in and smashed computers and windows, inflicting an estimated $30,000 in damages.
The house that Frank O'Connor has built at Bell High School has taken only three seasons to complete. O'Connor started the Eagles' wrestling program in 1990, and three years and three Central League titles later, Bell has yet another sports champion. Last year, Bell won its first City Section title, breaking the Valley schools' nine-year stranglehold.
The Los Angeles school board voted Monday to ease integration guidelines at 13 elementary schools, including nine in the San Fernando Valley, making about 400 more classroom seats available for students bused from more crowded areas of the city. The change allows for up to 70% of the enrollment at the affected schools to be from minority groups. Previously, those schools were under guidelines that limited minority enrollment to 60% for racial balance.
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Los Angeles County health officials issued a heat alert for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys beginning Wednesday, urging residents to take special care when outdoors. High temperatures in the region were forecast from Wednesday through Friday, and the alert could be extended if weather conditions don't improve, officials said. Temperatures were expected to hover around 100 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley and the mid-90s to 100 in the San Fernando Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
June 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The family of a teenage girl sexually abused by a Chino Hills High School science teacher even after officials learned of inappropriate emails between them has been awarded $5.6 million by a jury. The Chino Valley Unified School District was ordered to pay 60% of the verdict handed down Tuesday by a Rancho Cucamonga jury, and the former teacher, John Hirsch, who is now a convicted sex offender, must pay the remainder. "The jury was outraged at the school district's conduct. This could have been easily prevented if the school had chosen to protect the student, instead of protecting the teacher," said attorney David Ring, who represented the girl's family.
June 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A former Simi Valley elementary school teacher has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a male student, authorities said. Malia Brooks, who worked as a sixth-grade teacher at Garden Grove Elementary, pleaded guilty to three counts of lewd conduct on a child with sentencing enhancements for substantial sexual conduct- - an enhancement that speaks to the severity of the acts, prosecutors said. The victim was under 14 years old, according to the initial charges filed against the teacher.
April 27, 2013 | Steve Lopez
At Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, every student has an iPad. That's 1,200 iPads, and if L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy can figure out how to pay for 660,000 more of them, every student in the district will have a tablet in the next few years. A good idea? "It's magical," declared a student at Valley Academy who loves his iPad. Maybe. But I've got lots of questions. Like many parents, my wife and I have tried to make sure our daughter reads real books and doesn't get addicted to everything digital.
March 8, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A Moreno Valley school board member who was convicted of running a prostitution ring out of his home - once flashing his district business card to recruit a young woman - was sentenced Friday to 14 years in state prison. Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Brusselback said Mike Rios' actions and his total lack of remorse called for a stiff prison sentence. Rios continues to insist he was the victim of a political vendetta, which Brusselback said was evidence of a "warped sense of reality.
March 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Bryan Alberts of Sun Valley Village Christian is 6 feet 5, 195 pounds and plays basketball with the physicality of a football player. He used his strength, aggressiveness and passion to take charge of Wednesday night's Division V state playoff game, finishing with 28 points to help the Crusaders come away with a 60-51 victory over Flintridge Prep at the Master's College. Flintridge Prep made seven three-pointers in the first quarter among its 11 baskets to take a 30-22 lead. But the Rebels made only five baskets the rest of the game.
July 23, 1985 | PAMELA MORELAND, Times Staff Writer
Plans to turn a closed West San Fernando Valley school into a campus for severely handicapped students and to include three East Valley schools in a pilot dropout prevention program were added Monday to the Los Angeles school district's proposed 1985-1986 budget.
April 10, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
Just a few weeks after they swept two Southern California Shakespeare festivals, students from several San Fernando Valley schools were honored at a special best-of-the-Bard showcase in Hollywood on Monday night. The occasion was the California Youth Theatre's "Salute to the Winners," an annual evening spotlighting the work of middle and high school students who finished first in two competitions held last month in Palos Verdes and Littlerock.
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