At Moreno Valley Unified School District, it is never too early to think about going to college, as the district was a proud participant in the Riverside County College Kickoff on Wednesday. The day focused on ensuring all students are college and career ready when they graduate from high school. Activities were held at all schools and organized with the assistance of the College and Career Ready Department under the direction of Kristen Hunter.
“I am so proud that our district is emphasizing the importance of education beginning in our earliest grades,” said Board President Susan Smith, “Education after high school, whether it be at a university, community college or trade school provides a foundation for a successful career which we want all students to obtain.”
Check out some highlights from some of our schools:
At Badger Springs Middle School, the staff rolled out the red carpet and dressed up in cap and gown regalia to welcome students to campus. There were cheers, applause, and college fight songs playing in the background, as students were welcomed to their future.
Bear Valley celebrated, encouraged and mentored students on their path to college with an assembly, presentations and college decor on classroom doors. Staff and students also wore college attire for the day.
The Business Services Division at the district office supported students by wearing their favorite college gear to work.
Canyon Springs High School’s College Kick Off included a College Campout theme. Students in 11th and 12th grade participated in college related games and activities sponsored by the various academic departments on campus. The school’s counseling department hosted a College and Career Fair featuring UCs and CSUs along with other colleges, universities and trade schools. The counseling department also hosted an opportunity for seniors to begin college applications and begin filling out the FAFSA or CA Dream Act through the California Colleges website.
Cloverdale Elementary School students participated in College Kickoff by dressing up in attire from their dream job. Teachers adopted a college and talked to students about their adopted college. Students also shared their excitement as they received college pencils and stickers to show their college awareness.
At North Ridge Elementary School, Counselor Ashley Stiles organized events at lunchtime that included school fight songs and college pennants. Students used paper to create a unique college pennant for their favorite school. Around the school, students and staff wore their favorite college attire. School Board Vice President Jesus Holguin and Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora visited for the event.
Sunnymead Elementary School celebrated with a classroom door decorating contest. The teachers and students researched and worked together to decorate their doors with college inspired themes. Shelley Crandall, Assistant Director of Special Education, was a special guest judge for the door decorating contest. The winning class received a pizza party.
Classes at Sunnymeadows Elementary School dressed up and made signs and pennants for their homeroom college. A pep-rally style event took place while college fight songs played and classes competed to see who had the most spirit.
Staff and teachers at TownGate Elementary School dressed in college shirts and caps and gowns were recognized during an assembly in front of the whole school. They marched through a line of cheerleaders and students to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Teachers had the group participate in cheers form their alma maters. In each classroom, teachers showed virtual college tours, students colored school mascot pictures and played college games with choices of going to college to be smarter, more mature or to make more money. Students in grades 3 through 5 filled out practice college applications and had opportunities to ask questions and to research colleges they might like to attend depending on their future career goals.
As students arrived to Vista Heights Middle School they were treated to a red carpet arrival to celebrate the College Kick Off Day. All students were greeted by community members, teachers, counselors, administrators, and Board Vice President Jesus Holguin with a high-five and words of encouragement. ASB and AVID students rallied students with posters reading “You’re Going to College”. Students showed their school spirit and pride with the help of the school’s band and dance team.