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Big Bear Valley School Loses API Ranking

Big Bear, CA, October 30, 2012 – The State of California has removed 23 schools of their Academic Performance Index, or API, ranking and enforced consequences on those schools after they reported incidents of testing irregularities, or cheating, in administering standardized tests given to students last spring.  One of the schools reporting to the State was Big Bear Valley’s  Baldwin Lane Elementary.  According to a Los Angeles Times report earlier this week, a series of individual schools reported incidents of isolated episodes being called “adult irregularities” in the testing process with students.  By State standards, if at least 5% of students tested are affected, the school loses it’s API ranking along with becoming ineligible for any State or Federal awards programs, such as Blue Ribbon Schools and California Distinguished School’s Program, for 2012-13.  Penalties do not include any financial commitment or fine.  Additionally, these schools have been placed in program improvement by the State.  As in the case with Baldwin Lane, the California Department of Education’s analysis of the situation showed that 8.11% of the students were affected by the impropriety of one teacher in this isolated incident.  According to Tim Larson, Director of Education Services and Personnel for the Bear Valley Unified School District, the District self reported the incident to the California Department of Education, which becomes public record.  Typically, an incident such as this comes to...

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Elementary School Assemblies Highlight Cycling and the Return of the Amgen Tour of California

Big Bear, CA, April 18, 2012, 3:00pm – In an effort to educate Bear Valley students about the upcoming Amgen Tour of California as well as promote a healthy lifestyle and enlighten students about cycling as a sport, Paul Zamoyta, Board Trustee for the Bear Valley Unified School District and avid cyclist, hosted assemblies at the three elementary schools last week and this week.  Joining Mr. Zamoyta were Connor McCutcheon and three South African top amateur and professional cyclists who are currently training in the Big Bear Valley.  McCutcheon grew up in Big Bear and, along with fellow team mate, Louis Meintjes, are representatives for the Simple Green American team.  Jos le Roux, a member of the South African National Team and Christiaan Kriek, professional cyclist for the Jelly Belly team, discussed some of the equipment, clothing (known as kits), training, and race day practices used by these and other amateur and professional cyclists.  Worthy of mention, Louis at age 20, is the U23, or under 23 time trial champion of South Africa.  Additionally, the students were informed of a Bike Safety Check event at the Sheriff’s Station on May 12th.  The Amgen Tour of California is an 800 mile/8 day bike race with Big Bear hosting the Stage 6 event on May 18thwith the day’s ride ending at Snow...

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Kurt Madden To Run 100 Miles For Access To Track!

Big Bear, Ca, October 18, 2011, 12:00pm – Kurt Madden, Superintendent of Schools for the Bear Valley Unified School District,  is making final preparations for his 100 mile run this Saturday, October 22nd.  Madden is taking part in this event to promote childhood fitness, character development, and to raise proceeds to provide safe access to the track just east of Baldwin Lane Elementary School. Madden will be running 100 miles within a 30 hour time period, with the event taking competitors through three counties and 20 different cities, starting in Corona, and ending at the Santa Monica Pier.  Mountain Fitness Center’s Ted Devito, and outdoor enthusiast Susan Maya will be supporting Madden during the event.  Big Bear’s new Superintendant is no stranger to ultra distance events, having competed in Ironman Triathlons, Ultraman Three Day Triathlons, a 100 mile trail run in Leadville Colorado, and has also set a national age group record by running 200 miles in 48 hours. Madden is estimating that it will take approximately $25,000.00 for the track project which will provide safe access to the track just east of Baldwin Lane Elementary School.  Cash donations and/or checks can be made out to “Bear Valley Unified School District” and sent to the following address: Kurt Madden, Superintendent Attention: Baldwin Lane Elementary School 100 Mile Club Bear Valley Unified School District P.O. Box 1529 Big Bear Lake, CA...

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