Since the beginning of the school year, high school students in the Redlands Unified School District, and around the country, have been preparing for the Advanced Placement exams offered by the College Board.
Taking place during the first two weeks of May 2022, from May 2 to 13, each AP exam takes approximately two to four hours, depending on the subject of testing.
At Redlands East Valley High School, students are expected to show up to their assigned test start time and testing sites. Testing will take place at J-35, J-23 or the media center at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The Redlands Unified School District’s elementary school bands visited Citrus Valley High School for performances and instruction on Tuesday, April 14. The elementary schools included Bryn Mawr, Mission, Crafton, Highland Grove and Victoria. Beattie Middle School’s sixth and seventh grade band members also made an appearance.
During their visit, the fourth and fifth grade students sat through a performance by the third period Wind Ensemble. The advanced group has worked for many weeks preparing for the kids and their performance of “Carnegie Anthem,” “Amparito Roca,” and “Star Trek Theme,” which will also be performed at the spring concert in May.
After the ensemble was finished, the elementary students were able to perform for the high school students while getting music tips from other music coordinators who also visited Citrus Valley. By the end of their workshop, the ensemble students claimed they could hear improvement in the children’s playing.
The fifth and fourth graders of the Redlands Unified School District enjoy a day full of music at Citrus Valley High School on April 14. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)
The Redlands East Valley senior class of 2022 gathered at lunch on April 29 to celebrate senior commit day—an event to recognize the future graduates education plans after high school.
Between the M and K buildings at REV, the Associated Student Body set up a small gathering of free pizza, soda and chips for the seniors attending college in the fall.
Because the grass yard between both buildings was closed off for only seniors, the students were able to enjoy the lunch with themselves and connect with each other about their plans for college.
“It was nice being able to see where other people are committed to. It makes it feel as if we’re going our separate ways but we’ll always have a shared high school experience,” says Alicia Gullon, a senior at REV with plans to attend University of California, Berkeley.
Along with eating food, the students could also take photos together in front of the photo booth with friends and sign a banner with their name and the college they plan on attending.
Between the M and K buildings at Redlands East Valley High School, Wildcat seniors Prescott Neiswender and Katelyn Kennedy pose in front of a decorated photo booth to take a photo for Senior Commit Day on April 29 during lunch. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/Ethic News photo)
Redlands East Valley seniors Giselle Sefiane Coady, Ella Martinez-Spencer, Luca Smith and Corey Ford sign a banner with their names and the colleges they plan on attending in the fall on Senior Commit Day at REV on April 29. ( ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)
All students in Redlands are invited to participate in the Redlands Day of Community Service on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 am to noon.
Steven Mapes, community member, invites everyone of all ages to come out and take part in the Redlands Day of community service. Mapes encourages students to wear their respective school colors to uplift others by seeing the youth serving in our community.
“One of the best things about the Community Day of Service is the way that it brings so many different people together,” said Judy Cannon, Director of Communications for the Redlands Stake of Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints. “We have all age groups and affiliations working alongside each other. It’s part of what makes Redlands so great.”
Students can obtain volunteer hours and take pride in their community by partaking in Redlands Day of Community Service.
“Some of our favorite volunteers are the students from our local high schools. They bring their youthful energy and a unique spirit of fun to the day,” said Cannon.
To volunteer visit Just Serve and search for “Redlands Day of Service May 7th, 2022.” From there, choose a project to participate in.
The projects to choose from are: Heritage Park-Grounds Landscaping, State Street Planters, Redlands Sports Park Fence-Painting, Ford Park Pond Stabilization and Gateway Ranch Cable Fencing.
It’s that time of year for roses, chocolates, and teddy bears and for Citrus Valley High School multiple organizations are having fundraisers for Valentines day.
There are currently three fundraisers on campus. ASB is selling cakes for $2, Citrus Vallry’s Choir class is doing serenades for $5 which includes a stuffed animal and card as well. Ethic News is selling wooden roses and cards for $1 each. Sales began Feb. 7 until Feb. 11 and will be delivered on Valentines Day on Feb. 14. Grams will be delivered during second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth period.
The class of 2025 is selling little heart shaped cakes as a fundraiser. Each cake is two dollars, sold during lunch by the G-building. A valentines card will also be given with the cake and a message of choice. (Jasmine Rosales/ Ethic Photo)
The choir’s fundraiser will be selling teddy bears and the singing of a song during class. The buyer will choose from the songs “I’m Yours,” “Best Part,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “I’ll Be There For You,” and “My Girl.” Each valentine gram will be five dollars and will be sold during lunch in front of the F-building. (Jasmine Rosales/ Ethic Photo)
Ethic News will be selling wooden roses and heart cards for one dollar a rose and one dollar a card. Wooden roses come in a variety of colors, such as red, pink, purple, blue, and lavender. The buyer will choose from the two messages of “Happy Valentines Day” and “<3 forever” for the heart shaped wooden cards. Roses will be sold during lunch in front of the E-building. (Jasmine Rosales/ Ethic Photo)
“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” is a fast-paced 60-minute show that contains 30 miniature plays that are written and performed by students. Auditions are open to any junior and senior at Citrus Valley High School. At the audition, students will be given a scene to perform as a cold read. There will be no pressure to memorize or prepare a scene in advance. Although not required, students are greatly encouraged to write a short one- to two-page scene or monologue that will be reviewed to help determine casting.
Acting, writing and technical skills are aspects that are being looked for during the auditions for “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.” Auditions for the production are on Dec. 10, at 3:15 p.m. in the Blackhawk Theater. Students have the ability to become a writer or work backstage on tech for the show; however, they are still required to attend the audition. At the audition, they must clarify that they are interested in writing or working backstage on tech. Students can participate in multiple areas if they choose.
Information on the upcoming auditions. (Provided by Victoria Ramirez)
Head student directors Victoria Ramirez and Sophia Partain say they are looking for “storytellers, writers, creative thinkers and those interested in acting.”
After a little over a month since the election took place, California has officially certified its votes securing the election, for now, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. The certification of California’s fifty-five electoral votes puts President-elect Biden nine votes above the two hundred and seventy vote threshold needed to win the election.
The 2020 election has been much different than prior elections in terms of formalities. Even though many have viewed the election to be over and have already seen Biden as President-Elect, the certification of California’s votes makes this clear legally. According to a law professor at Ohio State University, Edward Foley, “Everything prior to that was premised on what we call projections.”
In the coming weeks, the pledged electoral voters and electoral voters from other states will be meeting to vote on Dec. 14. According to the Associated Press, “ All states must certify before the Electoral College meets.” These votes will then be sent to Congress where they will be approved most likely on Jan. 6.
Electoral voters from most states such as California take a pledge to vote for the nominee that receives the most votes in their said state, meaning that Joe Biden will get a majority of these votes. After this President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will then take office on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.
By ISAAC MEJIA, ARIANA GHALMBOR, NYLA DE CARVALHO and HANNAH PATRICK
Redlands Unified School District parents, staff and students were notified on Monday, Oct. 26 about the power outages that affected local areas and impacted the online learning experience for students and teachers.
Southern California Edison customers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino county experienced power outages. As many as 9,688 San Bernardino county customers were affected. The power outages throughout the counties occurred for two reasons: high winds and preventative measurements. According to the SCE website, “high winds can damage power lines.” As a safety precaution, they “shut off power in high fire risk areas as a result of extreme weather conditions.” The company restores power only after their crew inspects power lines and confirms that it is safe to do so.
Many students in or around the San Bernardino county area were among those affected and encountered the darkness within their houses and apartments. Some students reported that the stores and fast food restaurants in their areas were closed down by 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Others reported the produce in their refrigerator getting hot and spoiled or rotten, while others said they couldn’t shower, charge any electronics or do homework because the power was out. Some even chose to move locations temporarily.
Additionally, many students throughout the district struggled to attend classes. Even after the power went back on, Cyrus Engelsman, a junior at Redlands East Valley High School, said that he still continued to struggle. “The power outage left my house without power or internet all day,” Engelsman said, “I was not able to go to any of my classes and missed out on a lot. When the power came back, some of our light bulbs ended up dead, which was very unexpected.”
Teachers across the district had trouble using Zoom as well, as many of their students could not attend class as regularly scheduled. Jana Bailey, an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) coordinator from REV says, “It didn’t really affect me, but it affected a handful of my students.”
Wendy McClung, a mental health teacher, said she had to change her lesson plans for the day to accommodate her students’ needs. “Although my home was not affected by the outage, many of my students were unable to attend class. I spent much of my day responding to emails and being mindful about slowing down my lesson so those who had missed the day could easily catch up.”
While some students and staff of the district dealt with the power outages, it was found in a small study with a sample of 15 students that 60% had been affected. Anneliese Reese, a freshman at REV in the unaffected 40%, said, “Yuh, was all good.”
A brush fire in San Timoteo Canyon has prompted mandatory evacuations for about 50 homes. This wildfire, named the “Bruder Fire,” has burned over 100 acres in South Redlands as of 5:42 this morning, according to the CalFire Statewide Fire Summary. As of that time, it was about 30% contained.
Both CalFire and the Redlands Fire Department have been working to extinguish the blaze since it started around 9:00 pm Wednesday. Evacuations have been ordered for households south of East Sunset Drives from Edgemont Drive to Puesta Del Sol Street, as well as homes north of Live Oak Canyon Road, according to CalFire. A total of 265 firefighters are dispatched at the scene.
American Red Cross has set up a Temporary Evacuation Point at Redlands High School for those affected. They recommend that households close to the blaze park their car outside in the direction of an evacuation route, close windows and doors to prevent smoke from entering and wear long sleeve shirts, pants and gloves.
The Bruder Fire is the latest fire of this record breaking California fire season. A fire weather watch has been put into place due to high temperatures, low humidity and high winds.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Drone shot of Bruder fire from about 2 miles away Wednesday night (Liam Mapes/Ethic News).
Superintendent of the Redlands Unified School District, Mauricio Arellano, released a statement on the evening of April 27 that recounts the steps that the district has taken to adjust to quarantine life as well as some exciting news for Redlands seniors.
In this letter, Arellano said, “we continue to keep our students of the Senior Class of 2020 at the forefront of every discussion we have” and, following the reassurance that a formal graduation will take place once laws permit, he announced that all RUSD seniors will receive yearbooks for free.
According to Citrus Valley High School’s yearbook advisor, Jennifer Moon, the organization had to ensure that the printers could print enough copies, and those are currently being worked on.
Refunds for pre-orders and other details regarding senior activities will be communicated with families in the near future.
The Coronavirus has officially been named a health emergency throughout the world, declared on Thursday, Jan. 30 by the World Health Organization. The virus has spread to multiple nations across the globe, including China, Thailand, Mexico and the United States. The death toll has now “increased to 427 people and is expected to increase” reported by the New York Times.
Redlands East Valley math teacher, Jorge Cecilio answers whiteboard questions. (Alyssa Ornelas/ Ethic Photo)
The United States has quarantined any incoming passengers from Chinese flights to the United States. They are checked upon entry and kept in quarantine for at most 14 days to be tested. The CNBC reported “if they do not show any symptoms they will be released. Ever since the breakout there has been a total of 11 cases in the United States from California to New Hampshire”.
The recent breakouts of the virus have caused much questioning on what must be done to protect ourselves. The virus has no known cure which causes a sense of fear. CNN reported “WHO has been trying to find new ways to keep it contained but it has been proven to be uncontrollable.” This has caused it to become a world health emergency which can affect almost anybody within any nation.
Saturday School at Citrus Valley High School will be held on Jan. 25from 7:45 a.m. to 1 1:45 a.m. Students will need to report to the administration building outside of Room A-114 at 7:30 a.m. where attendance will be taken.
Saturday School will be approximately four hours, which means that students will be given the opportunity to eat a free snack during their 20-minute supervised break at 10 a.m.
No exceptions will be made for tardiness, and students must obey Citrus Valley’s dress code otherwise they will not be allowed to attend.
Personal electronic devices will not be permitted for use during school hours and students must bring enough work to keep them busy for four hours.
Nicole Regnier, Corinne Olson and Brandon Acosta, seniors at Citrus Valley High, donate cans for the drive on Dec. 12, 2019 at Citrus Valley High. Seniors and juniors collectively gathered more than 4000 cans during the project. (Ethan Dewri / Ethic Photo)
During the last stretch of first semester and finals week, Citrus Valley High School staff and students dedicated themselves to this year’s canned food drive. Endorsed and organized by ASB, the drive provided canned and non-perishable goods to families in need through a partnership with the
Redlands Family Services Association. Christopher Galloway, Citrus Valley’s ASB advisor, stated that on December 13, the final day of the drive, the school collected “just shy of 5,000 [cans].” This number greatly surpasses the intended goal of 1,000 cans.
In past years, food drives at Citrus Valley have not been as successful, according to Galloway. However, in the future ASB is determined “to move forward with this [project] and put in effort to really do something for our community.”
To finish off the spirit of community, Citrus Valley held a holiday movie night on December 13, wherein the required entry fee was one can per person.
At Citrus Valley High School, the Link Crew program encourages juniors and seniors to involve and support underclassmen by creating a welcoming environment through events such as this year’s “Crammin’ with Cocoa” study session. This event featured upperclassmen Link Crew leaders helping fellow students by offering academic advice and specialized tutoring while enjoying festive sweets and beverages (Jill Wellington / Pexels)
Citrus Valley High School’s Link Crew program hosted their annual “Crammin’ with Cocoa” study session in the Blackhawk Bistro on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Link Crew leaders stayed after school and tutored freshmen who wanted help studying for finals.
Freshmen could focus on specific subjects relevant to their studying needs such as English, science, math and foreign language. When the freshmen arrived, they could join a line for free hot chocolate with whipped cream and a choice of cookies. There were tables set up around the bistro for freshmen to sit, study and work on any assignments or study materials.
The event went from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Link Crew leaders also had the opportunity to catch up on their own work while assisting others. Link Crew advisor Lisa Perry was able to help oversee and provide the event with food and drink.
An AVID mural decorates Redlands East Valley’s walls to demonstrate the program’s influence and involvement at the school. (Amelie Palacios / Ethic Photo)
The AVID program, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, received a mural of recognition on the front of Redlands East Valley High School this month.
The artist, Matthew Cavanagh, is the son of former Citrus Valley High School’s principal Bernie Cavanagh. He has also created other murals in Citrus Valley’s Bistro. All of his other murals can be seen on his website http://caliartworks.com/.
Robert Clarey, REV’s principal, says, “I contracted the mural to recognize the fact that we are an AVID school that has been recognized for the past four years as a School of Distinction. This is a tremendous honor and I was surprised that as our community approaches REV they are not aware of this.”
With the new mural, Jana Bailey, the school’s AVID coordinator, said, “This mural brings a sense of pride to the school. It demonstrates that we are a school with a college-going culture and we embrace great teaching strategies of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Rigor).”
For more information on the REV AVID program or the AVID program in general visit the REV AVID home page.
Both Citrus Valley and Redlands East Valley High Schools have announced the details for their homecoming dances, and the traditional concept of homecoming has been revisited by the two schools.
This year, Citrus will hold its homecoming dance in The Mitten Building in Downtown Redlands, and REV’s dance will be on its own campus, leaning away from the district’s common pattern of leaving town for the dance.
Ticket prices at Citrus have been released and start at $65 with ASB and $70 without for the week of Sept. 3-6. The ticket prices will increase $5 every week until the 27; the dance is Sept. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m.
REV’s ticket prices and details other than location have yet to be announced.
Redlands East Valley High School will be holding the first official pep rally in the gymnasium on Aug. 23, 2019, to celebrate the beginning of fall sports and to showcase the diversity of talent on campus.
The rally will begin after second period at 9:18 a.m. and will end at 10:18 a.m., with a modified schedule for the day. The event will consist of multiple performances by school programs, including cheerleading, Song, and choir, as well as several games that will incorporate the student body if they choose to volunteer.
Britania Olea, a freshman at REV, says, “I am looking forward to a lot of excitement, good music, and a lot of bright colors!”
Wondering what the thunderous noises booming over Redlands were starting the afternoon of Friday, May 17?
On May 18 and 19, Hangar 24 charities hosted its eleventh annual Airfest at the Redlands Municipal Airport. This Airfest publicizes extreme pilots who execute daring stunts, like spinning in circles and free falling thousands of feet.
Sue Cook, Hangar 24 Charities Air Fest Coordinator sent notification to Redlands Unified School District in advance with information about the AirFest, including: “We have an exciting event planned with the USAF A-10 Warthog Jet Demo Team, USN F-18 Super Hornets, world class civilian performers and much more. Please visit the website http://www.hangar24airfest.com for the full line up of events. “
The event was available to all ages, with scheduled Air Show performers and live musicians throughout the weekend.
The audience was kept at the edge of their seats as they indulged in a variety of craft beers, aircraft displays and live music.
The Redlands Scholarship Foundation is a local non-profit organization that supports Redlands Unified School District students by giving them the opportunity to earn scholarships. The deadline for the application is Jan. 31.
Seniors fill out applications in the last two weeks of January during their second semester. Seniors find out if they got a scholarship a week before their graduation night at their senior awards night.
To learn more about all the scholarships there is a website that explains the process at
The Annual Redlands Emergency Services Academy is offering career experience to the senior class. For those who are interested in a career in firefighting, law enforcement or emergency medical services, there is an informational meeting being held on Jan. 31 in Citrus Valley’s Career Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and in Redlands East Valley’s Career Center from 11:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
Students who are interested in the program can sign up on the class of 2019 google classroom. There are very limited spots for the trip. The academy dates are July 10-17. This trip allows students to further explore careers in the field of emergency services fully funded.
On the trip, seniors will do real-life rescue scenarios, like “live” fire and water rescue drills, which will allow them to experience the reality of those jobs.
Redlands East Valley High School is hosting a talent show in the Blackstone Theater at 6 p.m on Friday, Nov. 30.. There will be more than 20 acts performing and a few surprise teacher acts.
Currently, the project commission of the REV Associated Student Body is in charge of the talent show. Brookie Fashempour, REV ASB project commissioner, said, “There will be three teachers judging the talent show. Mr. Clements, Ms. Luther and Mr. Porter.”
The cost of the talent show is $5. Additionally, drinks will be sold there.
The 4th annual Nissfest car show and track day was held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Sunday, Oct. 7. It featured both Nissan and Infiniti cars in the five-hour long event, where awards, such as Best-In-Show, were given. There were also ride-alongs available for autocross and an active time attack event. Music and food trucks were present, which made a great backdrop for the event.
The Redlands YMCA’s program, Model Legislature and Court, has an informational meeting with pizza and games on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the upstairs conference room at the YMCA at 7 p.m. to get teens involved in a state-recognized program.
The program is for 9th-12th graders and runs from October until February. There are three conferences a year, and the outline for the program will be discussed at the meeting.
Co-president Kyrah Williams said, “The program has been a great experience and it’s difficult to describe the amazing program and why others should join, it’s something you have to experience to realize it’s worth.”
There is a reminder that can be used to reach co-presidents, Dominic Rios and Kyrah Williams. To join text @mlc201819 to 81010 for any information or questions you may have.
Music Changing Lives (MCL) and Hartlis Apparel hosted “Ball 4 A Cause” on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Redlands Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m.. In an effort to promote art and music, several local artists, pro basketball players, and celebrities attended this celebrity benefit basketball game.
Josiah Bruny, CEO of MCL, was quoted in the Redlands City News stating, “I want to thank my staff, board members and everyone who answered our call to come out and Ball 4 A Cause. It’s vital we bring awareness to the issues affecting our youth and community, and I’m grateful for those who see the need and vision and want to get involved to bring change. In the words of Helen Keller ‘Alone, we can do so little; yet together we can do so much,’ and I truly stand by that.”
The event also featured a tour of MCL’s art lab and studio, where fans had an opportunity to record a short shoutout for MCL and Hartlis Apparel.
Whiteboard question: “What clubs are you planning to be in this year?” Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 (Lilian Mohr/Ethic Photo)
By MIRIAM YORDANOS
Several clubs across Redlands East Valley High School participated in Club Fair Week to encourage new members to be part of the school community throughout the week of Aug. 27-31.
Although REV’s school plus two policy encourages being involved with two or more extracurricular activities to create success in academics, REV’s club week promotes togetherness, new friendships, and involvement in school activities.
Zoe Armida, freshman, stated, “Club Fair Week is important because it informs us of the opportunities the school is offering.”
On Thursday, Aug. 27, clubs on campus raised money by selling various types of food, such as corn in a cup, root beer floats, and popsicles. Speech and Debate sold out within minutes from Cuca’s Burritos, while a long line of people waited for tacos sold by Packs.
Every day of Club Fair Week, music played and students signed up for clubs they were interested in.
Citrus Valley High School featured it’s first fashion show of the year on Aug. 31. Media commissioner Sarah Connell and Marlon Funaki made the show possible. In the display, the couples walked down the catwalk with inspirational attire for those attending homecoming. Michael Cohen and Hannah Hill were announcing the pairs of dresses and tuxes. This year, CV’s homecoming is located at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Sept. 29 from 7-11 p.m.. Tickets go on sale this week for $70 with ASB and $75 without.
Superior Court Judge Donald Alvarez ruled on June 27 that the Harmony project as currently envisioned cannot be built. The Harmony project is a proposed project to build 3,600 homes between the current eastern edge of Highland and the Seven Oaks dam proposed and paid for by Orange County.
According to a July 5, 2018 press release in the Highland Community News, Alvarez ruled against the current project based on a lack of environmental considerations. His major objections were that the planned homes are too dense, a second bridge over the wash would be needed for the extra traffic, and the effects on wildlife and the wash itself are not adequately defined.
The project may still occur; however, this is a major step backward as the City Council will not be able to review this in time to put it on the 2018 ballot, and so the final decision will not be made until at least 2019. This extra time will allow opponents of the project to gain momentum. The increased costs of the project necessitated by the decreased density of homes and a bridge across the wash will lessen the motivation for building it as well.
Citrus Valley High School will be holding its first Comedy Sportz match of the school year on Aug. 31 in the Blackhawk Theatre at 7 p.m.. For their first match, the team has decided to allow all students from the Redlands Unified School District into the match for free upon showing a valid 2018-19 I.D. Concessions will be sold for varying prices, and season tickets will be on sale for $30 with guaranteed reserved seats. For everyone else out there, tickets are $5 at the door.
BY LAURYN BEST
Attention all Blackhawks: Starting next week Jojos Grill-A-Dog, located in Mountain Grove, is starting a special promotion for students of Citrus Valley High School dubbed the Blackhawk Classic.
If students show their student I.D’s, they can get a Classic Style Dog ,with ketchup, yellow mustard, sweet relish, and raw onions, along with a drink for $5.
This will be a permanent special for all CV students.
On June 10, 2016, Citrus Valley High School Blackhawks will be attending their graduation and will see all of their hard work put into four years pay off.
On September 24, the seniors met with Citrus Valley principal Rhonda Bruce and assistant principal Curtis Marcell and discussed the senior contract. The senior contract was a formal agreement that all seniors will sign and say they will act accordingly throughout the year in order to attend graduation and walk across the stage on June 10.
A representative from Jostens was also present and discussed information regarding caps and gowns and reinforcing that all students must wear the black and gold gowns and nothing else. After an informative meeting, Marcell ended the gathering by telling the seniors to enjoy their last year at Citrus Valley, continue to do your best in your classes and make memories while we are still here.
June 10 will quickly approach, so until then seniors must strive to make the best year yet.