SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKS AT TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH TEACHERS

It looks like last year’s bitter and protracted contract negotiations between the school district and its teachers may not be repeated. At least not this time around. Reporter David Haldane explains… In an apparent effort to avoid the mistakes of the past, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education

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NEW PICK-UP RULES CAUSE COMPLAINTS AT YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Chaos reigned at a Yucca Valley elementary school this week as parents railed against new rules allegedly designed to keep their children safe. Reporter David Haldane explains… Parents picked their kids up from Yucca Valley Elementary School yesterday without any handcuffs. That was a departure from the day before when

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL ON THE Z107-7 “UP CLOSE” SHOW TOMORROW

Schools in the Morongo Unified School District are back in session. Tomorrow’s Up-Close Show on Z107.7 will be a “Back-to-School” special, with Superintendent Tom Baumgarten and Director of Secondary Curriculum Amy Woods. Call in with your questions about busing, lunches, curriculum, scheduling, or going back to school. It all begins

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OASIS ELEMENTARY TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM HAS OPENINGS

The Morongo Unified School District has openings in the transitional kindergarten program at Oasis Elementary School. Students whose fifth birthday falls on or between September 2 and December 2, 2017, are eligible to attend. Parents are responsible for transporting their transitional kindergarten child to and from school. For more information,

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HEAR SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT PLANS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meets tonight with a fairly routine agenda including, among other things, consideration of proposed student achievement plans for four elementary schools: Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Condor in Twentynine Palms and Friendly Hills in Joshua Tree. Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.

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A REMINDER ABOUT SCHOOLS AND DRIVER SAFETY

According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are struck by cars near schools than at any other location. With Morongo Basin schools opening today, drivers must exercise more caution than ever in or near school zones. Reporter Mike Lipsitz reminds us of safe driver practices in

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FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS AVAILABLE AT MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS

Today is the first day of school, and parents have lots on their minds. Reporter David Haldane tells us about one of them… Whoever said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch obviously didn’t go to school in the Morongo Basin. As it does annually, the Morongo Unified

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SCHOOL STARTS MONDAY, A REMINDER ABOUT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

School starts in the Morongo Basin Monday, August 21. Thousands of local children will ride the school bus to school every day. Reporter Eric Knabe offers these tips about how we can be safe around the school bus…

It’s back to school and the National Association For Pupil Transportation has

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WITH SCHOOL STARTING MONDAY, YOU ARE INVITED TO “STUFF THE BUS”

In case you’re wondering, school starts next week. Reporter David Haldane has a suggestion on something you can do before then… Got any school supplies you no longer need? If so, the Morongo Unified School District and Student Transportation of America urge you to Stuff the Bus. That’s the name

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LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION TOMORROW

La Contenta Middle School is holding its orientation day tomorrow, Friday, August 18. Seventh-grade students, and eighth-grade students who are new to the school district, should attend the orientation anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Meet in the multi-purpose room at La Contenta Middle School. Students will receive their cafeteria

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RIDE YOUR BIKE BACK TO SCHOOL SAFELY

Schools in the Morongo Unified School District will start the 2017-18 school year Monday, August 21. Do you have fond memories of riding your bike to school as a kid? Reporter Rebecca Havely has tips to bring the joy of biking to school to your own children, and help them

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings may be helpful if your child has a speech delay; is hard to understand; communicates using gestures only; or if your child uses only two to three words in a

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CHANGES LOCATION OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT SESSION

In an update to a story we aired Wednesday about the Morongo Unified School District holding a half-day staff development session August 17 in the Thunderdome at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel in Yucca Valley, Tom Baumgarten told Z107.7 News that the training session has been moved to Yucca Valley High

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings may be helpful if your child has a speech delay; is hard to understand; communicates using gestures only; or if your child uses only two to three words in a

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SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER UPSET OVER TRAINING AT CHURCH

They say you shouldn’t discuss politics or religion among friends. One of those rules was breached at last night’s Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting, causing tempers to briefly flare. Reporter David Haldane, who was there, explains…

Is it OK for public school employees to be trained at

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AGENDA

The Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education meets tonight with a variety of issues on its plate. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Think you graduated from a Morongo Basin high school in June? Well, think again; you haven’t really graduated until the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education says

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FREE BACKPACKS AT “COMING BACK TO SCHOOL DAY” FRIDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

Back to school already? The Morongo Unified School District thinks so. And its way of getting ready for that August 21 first day of school is with a Coming Back to School Day this Friday. Among other things, new and returning students, accompanied by their families, will be able to

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FIVE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED

Five schools in the Morongo Unified School District were honored recently by an organization that promotes positive behavioral interventions and support. The California PBIS Coalition announced that Joshua Tree Elementary School had achieved excellence in the school’s level of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes for students at the Gold level.

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS OFFER ONLINE REGISTRATION

New to the Morongo Unified School District and don’t know what to do? Have no fear, the Internet is here. Reporter David Haldane explains…

That’s right, this year for the first time ever, new incoming students can register online. Just go to the district’s web site at www.morongo.k12.ca.us, find the

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WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM OFFERS PAID WORKERS

Getting graduating high school students into the work force has always been challenging, especially in the Morongo Basin where opportunities for employment are limited. Reporter David Haldane tells us about a school-district-wide effort to address the problem… Free labor. That’s the catchword attracting local businesses to a pair of state-funded

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