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    THE GRADE: Frontier High students launch service projects

    By LAUREN FOREMAN, Californian staff writer
    Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 06:00 PM

    STUDENTS TO GIVE BIG: Kathryn Morales, a junior honor student at Frontier High School, sketched a picture of her left hand on paper before she began redrawing the penciled image on a 6-by-6-inch wooden block.

    She drew the creases on her palms and three groups of thin lines on each finger like sideways tally marks. A half circle formed parenthesis around the hand that Morales said she would recreate with yellow acrylic paint that glows in the dark.

    The words "Human Kindness is powerful..." were printed in the background. It is the theme of a student service project to deliver artwork to patients at the Lauren Small Children's Medical Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, and part of a broader service effort that students in the...

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    KHSD investigating whether photo violated anti-gang policy

    The Kern High School District is investigating whether a Spring Fling Week celebration turned into a gang policy violation. Ten students were photographed twisting fingers into what appeared to be gang signs and sporting what looked like...

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    Track meet a special event for exceptional students

    Students from 15 Kern County high schools ran in 100-meter races, tossed a Nerf javelin and jumped makeshift hurdles Thursday at Centennial High School's sixth annual SDD Track Meet. More than 220 Kern High School District students...

  4. KHSD approves last group of raises

    The Kern High School District board approved a last round of 5 percent raises for union members -- this time transportation workers -- during a special board meeting Thursday. Randy Turner, president of the transportation union, said the...

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    North High rally leads to public apology to seniors

    Administrators at North High School made phone calls and classroom rounds Wednesday apologizing to seniors named by a truancy officer as failing during a Tuesday pre-graduation rally. One of two truancy officers who ran part of the senior...

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    THE GRADE: Solar panels, gay kids and bad teachers

    SOLAR PANELS COMING?: The Kern High School District is taking a serious look at energy efficiency options that could save the district millions in the long run. The district spent approximately $8.7 million for electricity in 2013, and...

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    KHSD approves 5 percent raise for teachers, 2 new principals

    The Kern High School District Board of Trustees approved a package of salary raises for five groups of union workers Monday at the KHSD district office. District representatives ratified collective bargaining agreements that include a...

  8. Local students' foray into state geography bee ends short of finals

    Rik Bose, a sixth-grader at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, finished one answer short of becoming a top-10 finalist Friday in the statewide National Geographic Bee championship at Fresno State. He was one of two local students in the...

  9. Board to vote on teacher raises, principal appointments

    The Kern High School District board on Monday will consider approving a three-year contract giving teachers a 5 percent raise and new principal appointments at West and Foothill high schools. The teachers' contract would impact 1,700 KHSD...

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    Shafter schoolgirl dies; school to continue fundraising

    Students at Sequoia Elementary School colored paper flowers and decorated them with photos. Their teacher, Jillayne Lowe, pieced the flowers together into a paper wreath with the words "Friend" and "Isabel" printed on connected ribbons....

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    Districts report few kinks with new testing method

    Instead of pencils and Scantrons, students are using keyboards and mouse pads this year as part of a pilot of new computer-based testing that will reach all schools in California next school year. The state began assessing the first batch...

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    THE GRADE: Students prep for geography bee and admins seek more money

    Students advance to bee: Rik Bose, a sixth-grader at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, is not the hyper-focused student who studies long hours to make it to state then national academic competitions. His mother, Piyali Bose, said he would...

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    'Olympics' tests students' career readiness

    Kyle Langston, a junior in a Kern High School District diesel and agricultural mechanics program, adjusted each of eight valves in a diesel engine before his instructor deconstructed the engine for the next student. Langston said it is the...

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