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  • Serena Thornburg wins Rotary District Essay Contest

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    Serena Thornburg was presented with a special award for winning the Rotary District 5240 Essay Contest during the Rotary Club of Tehachapi's meeting on June 6. Club President Paul Kaminski introduced Jacque Jans, executive assistant governor for Rotary District 5240 and member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield West, who made the presentation. After winning the essay contest at the local level, Serena went on to win the Middle School Division of the contest, competing against winners from 70...

  • AAUW awards over $11,000 in scholarships for 2024

    Cindy Marble, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    With the help of P-Dubs restaurant, the American Association of University Women celebrated our 2024 award recipients at the scholarship dinner on June 2. This incredible sampling from our community included Ella Jacobs and Tristan Marks, who were chosen by faculty at Jacobsen Middle School for their scholarship, attitude and high ideals. Six high school seniors were also recognized: Layla Mullins received the Edith Mae Hinkle Memorial Scholarship presented by Kathi Hinkle; Olivia Loyd and Priss...

  • Tech Trek Campers announced

    Linda Flores, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    The mission of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is "to advance gender equality for women and girls through research, education and advocacy." One of the ways in which the Tehachapi Mountain Branch does this is by sponsoring local girls to attend Tech Trek, a residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp. The camps are designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. They are run entirely by...

  • Tehachapi school to receive summer revamps

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Tehachapi Unified School District held their regular monthly board meeting on Apr. 9. Topics of this meeting included exploring the creation of a district-wide student cell phone use policy, the official passing of the 2024-25 school year calendar and a long list of summer revamp projects happening across the district. The TUSD 2024-25 school year will run from Aug. 14 to June 12 with eight reserved snow days. Students returning in the fall will be greeted by refreshed, repainted and remodeled campuses and classrooms due to the district’s s...

  • Local student competes at State Science Fair

    Nena Thornburg, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    Serena Thornburg, a sixth-grade student at Jacobsen Middle School, recently competed at the California State Science and Engineering Fair, the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6-12. The fair is hosted by the California Science and Engineering foundation, held entirely online this year on April 16. Thornburg competed with more than 900 of the state's top science students and received an honorable mention for her science project titl...

  • Rotary Essay Contest Winners

    Judy Trujillo, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    Each year the Rotary Club of Tehachapi sponsors an essay contest for elementary, junior high and high school students based on the Rotary 4-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? This year's winners have been announced. They are as follows: High School 1st place: Elliott Gonzales, Valley Oaks Charter School - $200 (Read Elliott's essay at https://www.theloopnewspaper.com/s...

  • TVRPD now offering Lifeguard Certification Classes

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Mar 2, 2024

    At their board meeting on Feb. 20, Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District (TVRPD) announced an upcoming season full of sports and events, and reported on some of their recent successes and hardships. Registration for co-ed youth baseball and volleyball are currently open through March 14 and Summer Adventure Camp registration will open on March 11. Visit www.tvrpd.org/youth-sports for more information or to register. The Polar Plunge, which was held on Feb. 19, will now become an annual...

  • The Four-Way Test: A lesson to be learned

    Serena Thornburg, Jacobsen Middle School, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    Each year the Rotary Club of Tehachapi sponsors an essay contest for elementary, junior high and high school students. Following is the essay from the 1st place middle school winner. See list of winners at https://www.theloopnewspaper.com/story/2024/03/02/community/rotary-essay-contest-winners/11881.html. The Four-Way Test is a guide to learn from, possessing many essential teachings to help us to be our best selves. I took the Four-Way Test for granted when I first learned of it, but now I realize how important it is. The Four-Way Test...

  • Free after-school program with the Tehachapi Boys and Girls Club

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Nov 25, 2023

    With 69 locations scattered throughout Kern County, the Boys and Girls Club serves over 3,000 children two hot meals each day. A service they kept running throughout the pandemic at 5,000 kids per day, with the addition of serving first responders. In addition to their meal efforts, the Boys and Girls Club is known for offering free after-school enrichment programs for students of all ages in the schools they collaborate with. The Boys and Girls Club has been operating in Tehachapi over the...

  • Tech Trek encourages girls

    Phyllis Belcher, contributing writer|Oct 28, 2023

    Tech Trek is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp designed by American Association of University Women to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in eighth grade girls. It features hands-on activities in STEM-related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional and recreational facilities are located on a university campus. Linda Flores is Tech Trek coordinator for Tehachapi. This last year she worked with middle school science and math teachers who recommended camper...

  • Remedial efforts succeeding across district, THS sports teams thriving

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Oct 28, 2023

    On Oct. 10, Tehachapi Unified School District held their regular monthly board meeting. Each month on the second Tuesday, the TUSD school board meets at the Claude L. Wells Learning Center at 5 p.m. to discuss news and upcoming events within the school district. Reports from the superintendent, Tehachapi Association of Teachers, California School Employee Association and the Parent Teacher Organization allow parents and board members to be more aware of and involved in their students'...

  • Turkey Vultures passing through Tehachapi

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Oct 14, 2023

    If you've glanced up in the skies over Tehachapi in the past month or so, you might have seen lots of large dark birds circling. These are Turkey Vultures, and their annual migration is one of the great natural spectacles of California. Each autumn, Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) come through Tehachapi Pass as they migrate south. There are not just hundreds, or even thousands of birds, but tens of thousands – a Turkey Vulture count in the fall of 2000 recorded 38,743 Turkey Vultures flying o...

  • Peace Walk sponsored by Tehachapi Rotary Club, TVHD

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Sep 30, 2023

    On Saturday Sept. 16, 30-40 Tehachapi area students and friends gathered in Centennial Plaza to participate in a Walk for Peace, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tehachapi and the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District. An art contest was held in conjunction with the walk and the winning entries were on display prior to the walk. Judy Trujillo from the Rotary Club met with all the participants before the walk. Participating in the walk were members of Interact Club from Tehachapi High School and...

  • Tech Trek campers announced

    Linda Flores, contributing writer|Jul 8, 2023

    The mission of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. One of the ways in which the Tehachapi Mountain Branch does this is by sponsoring local girls to attend "Tech Trek," a residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp. The camps are designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. They are run entirely by AAUW...

  • New beginnings and endings in sight at council meeting

    Samantha Cook, staff writer|Jun 24, 2023

    New police chief Richard Standridge will report for work on Monday, June 26, 2023 after being sworn into the position on June 19, 2023 at the city council meeting. Standridge comes to Tehachapi from Bishop where he has served as chief of the Bishop Police Department. Standridge has previously served in law enforcement with the Tulare County Sheriff Department and Porterville Police Department. Standridge's swearing in was met with support from fellow officers of the Porterville, Bishop and...

  • TUSD summer projects – solar installations begin

    Pat Doody, staff writer|May 27, 2023

    While the students of the Tehachapi Unified School District are enjoying their summer vacation, there is no rest for the district. Projects are scheduled to begin at each of the schools to make them ready for the student's return in August. District Chief Administrator of Business Services Hojat Entezari outlined the long list of summer projects for the TUSD Board at their May 9 meeting. Entezari said at the top of the list will be field maintenance at Coy Burnett Stadium. A major project...

  • 2023 TUSD teachers and employees of the year

    Pat Doody, staff writer|May 13, 2023

    At the monthly TUSD School Board meeting on May 9, Superintendent Stacie Larson-Everson announced the 2023 Certificated Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year. The awards were presented by the principal of each individual school. They are as follows: Cummings Valley School Elizabeth Gray: Teacher of the Year Stephanie Harris: Classified Employee of the Year Golden Hills Elementary Melanie Kent: Teacher of the Year Sarah Carey: Classified Employee of the Year Tompkins...

  • Steven Vincent Phillips September 14, 1997 – April 8, 2023

    Apr 29, 2023

    Steven Vincent Phillips was born Sept. 14, 1997, in Bakersfield, California to Christina Sanders and Scott Phillips. He grew up in Tehachapi where he attended Carden Elementary and Jacobsen Middle School, finishing High School at Grizzly Academy. Steven enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Steven served as a communications specialist at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC. He was honorably discharged in Augus...

  • Facilities Advisory Committee appointed

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 1, 2023

    At their December 2022 meeting, the Tehachapi Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to form a Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) for the purpose of creating a space where local representatives could meet monthly and provide input on District facilities. This advisory committee would be able to make recommendations, but they would not be binding to either the School Board or the Superintendent. The Committee would be made up of 13 seats. Each school including TILA would hav...

  • 4-Way Test essay contest

    Paul Kaminski, contributing writer|Mar 18, 2023

    For the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi sponsored its essay contest on the Rotary 4-Way Test. The 4-Way Test asks for one to ponder before thinking, saying, or doing something: Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to All Concerned? Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Is it Beneficial to All Concerned? The students were asked to apply the 4-Way Test to something current or in their past where they had a decision to make. Forty-seven essays were collected from these Tehachapi...

  • Tech Trek Campers share their experiences

    Linda Flores, Tech Trek Coordinator|Oct 29, 2022

    At the October meeting of the Tehachapi Mountain Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women), the four young women who were selected to attend Tech Trek this past summer shared some of their experiences. They are Kennedi Clark, Aliya Meza, Gianna Moreno and Isabella Nunez. All four are students at Jacobsen Middle School, and all attended camp at UC Santa Barbara. Tech Trek is a one-week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp sponsored by AAUW. It's designed to make...

  • Jacobsen Middle School girls awarded Camp Scholarship

    Phyllis Belcher, contributing writer|May 28, 2022

    Tech Trek is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp aimed toward encouraging the interest, excitement and self-confidence in 7th grade girls. Sponsored by American Association of University Women, it is week-long event which features hands-on activities in STEM-related fields held on a college campus. Tehachapi Mountain Branch/AAUW has supported this program for many years and provided scholarships for girls from Jacobsen Middle School to attend Tech Trek. Linda Flores, Tech...

  • Rotary awards students

    Paul Kaminski, Rotary Club of Tehachapi President|Mar 19, 2022

    On March 16, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi was happy to recognize 32 students at Jacobsen Middle School and the Tehachapi Independent Learning Academy through the club's Student Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) program. These students all raised their grade point averages by .5 with no Fs from the 1st quarter to the 2nd quarter of this school year. In addition, there were no subjects where the grade was lower than the previous quarter. Each student received a certificate of...

  • Could JMS portables be the answer for TILA/adult school?

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Jan 22, 2022

    At the Jan. 11 meeting of the board of Tehachapi Unified School District, Jacobsen Middle School Principal Eric Loe, as a part of a JMS update, reminded the board that the school has over a dozen empty portables that remained after the opening of the new 6th grade wing, suggesting that the district might find a way to put them to good use. A possible answer came in the form of comments made by former Jacobsen Middle School principal, Paul Kaminski. Kaminski had also acted at Interim...

  • James Walker Crowe: From Guantanamo Bay to the War in Afghanistan

    Dr. Craig Luther, contributing writer|Dec 18, 2021

    (Note: This is the twenty-eighth article in a continuing series about local military veterans and their service to our great country.) James was born in Bakersfield on March 30, 1994, but grew up in the unincorporated area of Hart Flat, where his parents owned a five-acre property. His father, David, teaches history at Tehachapi High School; his mother, Lara, taught English at the high school and other locations through 2020. As a youngster, James worked for neighbors cleaning horse stalls,...

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