Fontana Unified Names 2018 Classified Employee of the Year
Fontana Unified School District named Heather Castillo, senior secretary at Henry J. Kaiser High School, its 2018 Classified Employee of the Year during the April 18 Board of Education meeting. Castillo was praised for being a team player who went beyond her job duties to help anyone who needed a hand. Photos are available
2 Fontana Unified Students Win $40,000 Edison International Scholarships
Kaiser High School senior Winnie Huang and Fontana High School senior Alexandra Ortega are among 30 high school students from across Southern California to receive $40,000 STEM college scholarships from Edison International. Huang and Ortega are AP scholars, student-athletes and active in campus and community service. Huang plans to study mechanical engineering while Ortega aims to study biochemistry and pursue a career in medicine.
Fontana Unified’s A.B. Miller High to Host TV Production Festival
A.B. Miller High School will host its annual TV production festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, showcasing outstanding projects created in the school’s TV production program. A.B. Miller is at 6821 Oleander Ave., Fontana.
Fontana Unified Middle-Schoolers Win Regional Robotics Competition
Students from Wayne Ruble Middle School’s fledgling robotics program will compete in the FIRST Lego League Spring Showdown on Saturday, April 28 at Legoland after winning the Fontana Unified Regional Robotics Championship Cup on April 7. Team C0D3 scored over 260 points at the regional championship and took first place in robot performance and robot design categories.
Fontana Unified Students to Display STEM Skills at State Science Fair
Five Henry J. Kaiser High School students will exhibit their science projects at the California Science and Engineering Fair Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 at the California Science Center after winning gold medals in the tri-county fair on April 3. Kaiser senior Abraham Rubalcava and junior Jashandeep Lobana investigated how to reclaim lead from wild plants in their project, which also earned them the Community Award and a $1,000 check from the Professional Engineers of California Government (PECG) to further their education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
A commitment to protecting the environment has brought recognition to five Kaiser High School students, whose science projects earned them gold medals at the SIM Science and Engineering Fair, held April 3 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Kaiser High senior Abraham Rubalcava and junior Jashandeep Lobana investigated how to reclaim lead from wild plants in their project, “Phytoremediation of Lead through Arabidopsis Thaliana.” In addition to the gold medal, the project earned them the Community Award and a $1,000 check from the Professional Engineers of California Government (PECG) to further their education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Dorothy Grant Elementary was named a 2018 California Distinguished School for “making exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards” that are part of the new California School Dashboard. Grant, which was recently selected by the district to become a Code to the Future school, is among 287 elementary schools in the state to be honored this year.
Henry J. Kaiser High School’s Catamount Pride Band and Color Guard will perform in the opening ceremonies of the 130th annual Rose Parade – the first Fontana Unified school to ever earn the invitation. Kaiser’s band and color guard will be the featured band during the opening ceremonies of 2019 Rose Parade and perform a show highlighting the parade’s theme, “The Melody of Life.”
Fontana Unified Employee to Be Honored by County Board of Education
Poplar Elementary kitchen operator Deborah Leon is one of five employees to be honored this year as a Classified Employee of the Year by the San Bernardino County Board of Education. Leon, who has worked at Poplar Elementary for 30 years, will be recognized Monday, April 9 at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Brier building, 760 E. Brier Drive, San Bernardino.
Fontana Unified to Host Parent Workshops on Community Resources
Fontana Unified School District will hold free Parent University workshops from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, highlighting the district’s community partnerships and resources available to FUSD families. The workshops will be at the Piazza Educational Center, 9680 Citrus Ave., Fontana.