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    Absenteeism costing local schools

    Atziri Flores, 16, failed every class she took her first semester at East Bakersfield High School in 2012. She earned six Fs in English, geometry, earth science, gym, health and Spanish. "I just wasn't going to school every day," Flores...

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    Students ice Garces admins for ALS

    Students at Garces Memorial High School poured buckets of ice water over administrators, teachers and other staff members Friday as part of a fundraising effort. The event is in recognition of students reaching their goal to raise $5,000...

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    Students donate to former foster youth

    Students at Bakersfield Christian High School delivered "fresh start" gift baskets Friday to former foster youth. The baskets include household necessities to help former foster students transition to independent living. Bakersfield...

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    THE GRADE: Teen wins top state 4-H award

    A HEART FOR SERVICE: Linda Snoddy, a senior at Valley Oaks Charter School, has a 6-inch binder full of service and extracurricular projects she has spearheaded since she was 9-years-old. Snoddy, 17, is a Kern County member of a national...

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    BC enrollment up, college adds courses

    Lyse Mugema, a second-year Bakersfield College student, scurried into her first morning anatomy class of the 2014 fall semester Monday with no doubt she'd be allowed to finish the class. She wasn't on a wait list to enroll. But Mugema, 27,...

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    THE GRADE: Teachers find a 'cool way' to sell music offerings

    MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS: The Bakersfield City School District began a music performance Tuesday it has been hosting each year since the 1970s to introduce students to the district's music offerings. The program, Music In Our Schools Week,...

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    BCSD teachers help alum get to college

    Nikki Mailer, a fourth-grade teacher at Owens Intermediate School, instructed a group of 24 fourth-graders Monday on what was their first day back to school following summer break. She told them they are family to her. "'Whatever you...

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    History Day winner's work makes its way to classrooms

    Jessica Stump spoke to more than 15 family members of the late Henrietta Lacks to write a historical paper that in June earned her a first-place national history award. Now the 13 year old's work will be used in an online curriculum...

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    Two new BSCD schools open for students Monday

    Caity Dransoff, a kindergarten teacher at Fletcher Elementary School, said if not for a two-school complex opening Monday parents might have to commute across the city to have their school-age autistic children placed in appropriate classes...

  10. KHSD teachers back newcomer in board race

    The Kern High School Teachers Association will endorse newcomer Aurora Cooper instead of incumbent Mike Williams in one of two contested school board races in the Kern High School District this year. "We just felt like he didn't really...

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    THE GRADE: Back to school again

    READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL? Backpack, check. Notebook, check. Pencils, check. Getting back into the school routine, questionable. As another school year approaches, parents, teachers and students are scrambling to get back into the academia...

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    KHSD insurers to drop assault case appeal

    Kern High School District insurers announced Wednesday they are dropping efforts to appeal a nearly $1.5 million verdict in a civil suit involving an autistic girl harmed in a school bathroom in 2009. KHSD's insurance company --...

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    School starts early -- yes, this early -- for Standard kids

    Students in the Standard School District returned to school for the first day Wednesday following a summer recess. Junior high students at Standard Middle School returned to an updated campus that includes a new administration building,... Daily Deal!

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