HUSD recognized for reducing absenteeism

New laws on books regarding truancy ■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor The school attendance program at Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) was recognized for its innovative practices in reducing suspensions, expulsions and chronic absenteeism. Hemet’s program was one of 27 in the state to receive this recognition by the California Department of Education’s…

Out of state college honor roll call

H■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor arry Pimentel makes Champlain College’s Trustee’s List Henry Pimentel of San Jacinto was named to the Champlain College Trustee’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Students on the Trustee’s List have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for two or more consecutive semesters. Founded in 1878, Champlain College is…

Soboba graduates 17 kindergartners

■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed Amid a theme of completing a journey that makes them ready for first grade, 17 Soboba Tribal Preschool kindergarten students received a “passport” that will take them to wonderful places as they continue their educational journey to first grade and beyond. With hand-beaded mortarboards, and leis of dollar bill…

Hemet High School student accepted into exclusive medical school program at 17

■ Kyle selby / Reporter 17-year-old Hemet High School senior and graduating class Salutatorian Anusha Koka is moving on to bigger and better things this summer. Anusha has been accepted into Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University, a seven-year accelerated medical program after three years of undergrad at Pennsylvania State University. “I…

HUSD and union avert strike

Certificated teachers to receive three 1.5 percent salary increases ■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor Hemet Unified School District teachers and union representatives can rest easy now that mediation has hammered out a mutually satisfying contract for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. The contract is now closed and will be ratified by HTA members…