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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SCHOOL BOARD DISAGREES ON FREE SPEECH AND RAISES FOR ADMINISTRATORS

A decision on a controversy at last night’s meeting of Morongo Unified School District Board of Education turned out to be, well, a little controversial. Reporter David Haldane was there, and explains… Free speech. That was the crux of a testy discussion at last night’s meeting of the Morongo Unified

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SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS TO TAMP DOWN TEACHER’S CLASSROOM OPINIONS TONIGHT

In this time of dramatic public controversy, many school districts are re-examining their policies regarding classroom discussions. Morongo Unified is no exception, as reporter David Haldane explains… Teachers in the Morongo Unified School District may find it more difficult to express personal opinions to students after tonight’s Board of Education

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MORONGO UNIFIED LOOKS AT ESTABLISHING A COLLEGE AND CAREER PREP CENTER

Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten has a vision that he believes will make the district more relevant to Morongo Basin residents’ lives. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Lots of folks have been walking in and out of Yucca Valley’s Town Center Mall lately. What’s strange is that most are

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

Hi-Desert Medical Center recently established two new volunteer programs for students and others interested in real-world experiences in the healthcare industry. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on how to get involved…

Hi-Desert Medical Center volunteers have traditionally been funneled through the hospital’s multifaceted Auxiliary program. But recently, the hospital formed

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD TONIGHT, PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PERSONNEL

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will do some housekeeping at its regular meeting tonight. Public hearings and personnel. That pretty much sums up the agenda for tonight’s meeting. The two public hearings are on the proposed Local Control Accountability Plan and the annual budget and service plans

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN OFFERED LOCALLY

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Reporter Rebecca Havely says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer… Morongo Basin children up to age 18 can receive a free breakfast and lunch this

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SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS AT FUTURE PLANS AND SOME SENSITIVE POLICY TONIGHT

Morongo Basin school officials will make future plans and talk about more delicate subjects at tonight’s school board meeting. Reporter David Haldane explains… Strategy and controversy. Those are two major items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Specifically, the board will

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SCHOOL BOARD IN STUDY, CLOSED, AND OPEN SESSIONS TODAY

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will meet in a work-study session at 5 p.m. today to discuss the district’s strategic plan. The board will then go into closed session at 6 p.m., to discuss student expulsions and readmissions; discipline, dismissal or release of a district employee; negotiations

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LOCAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ALARMED AT STOP LIGHT AND STOP SIGN SCOFFLAWS

Morongo Basin school bus drivers have seen an alarming trend lately of drivers ignoring the red lights and stop signs on their buses, putting kids at risk. They remind drivers that getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part of the school bus ride. If you run

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COLLEGE TO OFFER ADULT EDUCATION IN FORMER MONUMENT HIGH SCHOOL

The former Monument High School in Twentynine Palms joined the Basin’s other continuation, or alternative, Sky High School in 2013 and the two merged and became Black Rock High School. Since then, Monument High’s former home has sat empty. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that’s about to change… Through a joint

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL NAMED A STATE GOLD RIBBON WINNER

Twentynine Palms High School has struck academic gold. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 275 state-wide winners of the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program yesterday. The honor replaces the California Distinguished Schools Program. Schools are lauded for doing a better job putting into action Common Core-based academic content

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SCHOOL BOARD NAMES TWO NEW PRINCIPALS

The Morongo Unified School District named two new principals for the 2017-18 school year. Justin Monical will be the principal at Yucca Valley High School. Jennifer Sands, who is currently the principal at Friendly Hills Elementary School, will become the principal at Black Rock High School. The board of trustees

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, DISPOSAL OF FORMER JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY ON AGENDA

The Morongo Unified School District meets tonight in regular session. On the agenda: a resolution accepting the Surplus Property Advisory Committee Report dealing, among other things, with the disposition of the former Joshua Tree Elementary School site on Sunburst Avenue. The board will also recognize the completion of locker room

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DOUG WELLER NAMED ACTING SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Doug Weller, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at the Morongo Unified School district, is now the district’s acting superintendent. That according to the Board of Education which appointed him during a special session yesterday to fill in for Superintendent Tom Baumgarten, who is on an extended medical leave. A district

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TO CHOOSES INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education holds a special meeting today to appoint an acting superintendent. A district spokeswoman told Z107.7 News, “The appointee will be filling in for Superintendent Tom Baumgarten who is out on ‘an extended sick leave.’” She declined to provide further details, except to

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WITH BUSY AGENDA FROM TEACHERS TO TEXTBOOKS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will consider a variety of issues tonight ranging from textbooks to teachers. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Advanced Placement biology students in the Morongo Unified School District may have a new hero after tonight’s Board of Education meeting. She is Henrietta

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