Helendale School District CornerWelcome to the news section of what is happening with our local schools of Helendale Elementary and A.C.E. / Riverview School. There are many things going on with both schools. Important Dates; August 6th High School Orientation from 9-10am and Middle School from 11-12:00pm August 3rd Football Practice starts August 12th School Board Meeting 7:00pm at District Office August 17th First Day of School August 28th First Football Game of The Year VS Lone Pine at 7:00pm CSD Field That’s right, Helendale community has its very first football team. This little town gathered together and fundraised and donated their time and money to make Friday Night Lights a reality for the middle of nowhere hidden hideaway. The Helendale School Board and District select a classified employee and teacher every month that has shown outstanding work ethics and that goes beyond their job description. This is the first year that the District has picked employee of the year for both categories. It is my very pleasure to announce Paula Poush as classified employee of the year. Paula works diligently in the district office as the accounting clerk. Paula always has a smile on her face and is extremely helpful is a few of the many descriptions told to me about her. I want to congratulate a very hard working teacher, Scott Bates, that goes beyond his job requirements that makes him teacher of the year. Scott teaches math and is basically the school spirit as he is also in charge of ASB (Associated Student Body). Some comments from his peers were he is friendly, enthusiastic, sincere and extremely dedicated to his job.
Fourth of FunThe Silver Lakes Association put on another wonderful display over North Lake with the yearly fireworks show. Families come from all over the desert communities to see the spectacular event. Then on the 4th North Beach was a fun day full of festivities with bounce houses, rock climbing, food, music, volleyball and hanging out enjoying the weekend with family and friends.
Fiesta TimeThe Silver Lakes Social-Lites faced the hot weather and decided to have a Fiesta Pool Party at one of the lovely ladies house. Margaritas catered as Social-Lites had a choice to take a dip in the pool to cool off and sit under the umbrellas and chat about summer plans. It just goes to prove that no matter the weather, ladies will get together to share memories with friends.
Batter UpThe ACE High School girls softball CIF Champions gave it their all this past season and made it to the final two. The girls took second which is no small prize as we have an incredible group of girls that really are dedicated and I am sure will come back swinging next year.
Water DayWhat a better way to end the school year then with Water Day. Half day full of water slides, bounce houses, beach balls, sponge races, bubbles and barbecue hot dogs. A big thank you to the PTC and all the parents that got out there and spent the day in the sun and of course getting wet.
HairsprayFine Arts Factory dance musical this year was the fun 60’s “Hairspray,” performed at 8th Street Theatre in Victorville. From Pee Wee ballet, to hip hop, tap and jazz all the dancers performed numbers from the musical. The kids really worked hard and that was obvious with every routine flowed smoothly and was entertaining. The costumes were my favorite so far as some glowed in the dark, as others were bright pretty pastels and then of course the 60’s grease back hair and pony tails.
Community Equals FamilyI have lived in so many places all over the world, from big cities to small towns but Helendale is definitely a special town. One of the many wonderful things I can say about Helendale is how this community bands together for the good and the bad. A great example is just recently a small business/ homeowner has been fighting with Cancer, so her daughter decided to start a fundraiser/ raffle to help with her medical bills. Individuals, home based businesses and local shops joined in and donating so many wonderful items for this raffle. Dolce Vita not only donated a 55’ flat screen TV but opened up their doors to host the fundraiser as a dinner with some of the proceeds going to help our friend in need. So, from one little resident…thank you Helendale!!!
Pirates AboardIt’s summer vacation and the kids are bored after two weeks. Well, Silver Lakes Recreation has made sure that is not the case as every summer at the clubhouse there is summer camp of fun. This year’s theme is Pirates with all activities around yer matey. Tennis, golf, archery, swimming and arts & crafts make the week go by way too fast. Every year the wonderful recreation group try to out do themselves and this year was the best yet. During the week, each camp group worked on their boat made of cardboard consumed by duck tape and helped design them to their liking. On the last day of camp parents and friends gathered at the pool as the kids put their customized boats in the water and raced them against each other. What fun! Can’t wait to see what you have planned next year Marta, Kim, Kyle and Camelia.