Education

Kindergartener aims pellet gun at teacher (UPDATED — Boy suspended by school)

Thursday nearly ended with a bang at Oak Hill Elementary School when a kindergarten student reportedly showed up with a pellet gun and threatened his teacher and possibly other students. The unidentified 5-year-old boy brought the pellet gun in his backpack, according to Escondido police. He became upset during class, took the gun out of his backpack and aimed it at the teacher, police said….


Indiana Jones meet them bones, fossils and rocks of Roynon Museum

Don’t look now Indiana Jones, but Keith and Judy Roynon and their highly eclectic, totally jaw-dropping Roynon Museum of Earth Sciences and Paleontology is gaining on you. The Roynon’s’ huge, private collection of fossils from around the world along with rocks and pre-historic artifacts once filled their South Escondido home. It brought in school groups by the busload for about 15 years. Museum official Jeannie…


Tweens and teens tech up and read ‘Wonder’ at Escondido Public Library

Take the Teen Tech Challenge at the Escondido Public Library March may come in like a lion, but it goes out like a techie as in Teen Tech Month running through March 31. “This is an annual celebration raising awareness about how libraries extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom by enabling their exploration and creation of content utilizing non-print resources,” Escondido Public Library teen librarian…


Escondido Union School District: Warning, vultures ahead

(Editor’s Note: Embattled EUSD trustee Jose Fragozo was due back in Vista Superior Court on Wednesday, March 9 for a readiness hearing to see if his attorney Manuel Torres and San Diego County deputy district attorney Leon Schorr were ready to go to trial March 23 as set by arraigning Judge James A. Mangione. The state alleges Fragozo is guilty of 13 felony charges related…


Escondido high schools going solar

Escondido Union High School District is going solar with a no-money-down agreement to install solar carport systems estimated to save the district $13.4 million over the next 20 years. New solar carport systems will provide three-quarters of all district energy needs and be in place by Christmas, officials said. “As a result of this agreement with SunPower, Escondido Union High School District will significantly reduce…


To the victor goes the spoils at Orange Glen food fight

Orange Glen High School was the scene Tuesday for the 2016 San Diego County CTE MasterChefs Competition. Ten San Diego County high school “culinary arts teams” competed for the third time to determine who was best at the art of food with expert judges’ scores assigned for safety, sanitation, cooking procedures and their finished product Doing its impression of the New England Patriots, the Vista…


From crossing guards to crossing picket lines and declining school enrollment

Task Force looks into EUSD enrollment drop Inquiring minds wanted to know: Why were Escondido Union School District enrollment numbers dropping like a rock? Maybe a task force can help tell us why. That pernicious 12 percent drop in enrollment at Escondido elementary schools over the past decade has led to the formation of a special task force aimed at reversing the precipitous decline. Escondido…


Back to school for San Pasqual H.S. teens charged with bringing knives to campus

Zero tolerance yielded to a bit of tolerance on Saturday, Feb. 13, as two San Pasqual High School teens suspended for having knives in their trucks on campus got as good a news as might be expected. In separate actions, Escondido police said no charges would be brought against Sam Serrato, 16, and Brandon Cappelletti, 18, for alleged misdemeanor possessing knives on campus while school…


Escondido police weigh in on controversial EUHSD suspensions

In an unusual move, Escondido police weighed in late Thursday on a highly controversial suspension of two high school students that has hit the news, sparking protests from hundreds of Escondido residents at this week’s Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) board meeting. Meanwhile, a hearing on whether the two students would be expelled was moved up from Feb. 25 to today, Friday, Feb. 12,…


EUSD trustee Jose Fragozo pleads not guilty to 13 election fraud felony charges

Escondido Union School District’s circus came to Vista Superior Court Thursday, but it was no laughing matter as embattled school trustee Jose Fragozo pleaded not guilty to 13 election fraud felony counts. Subdued and wearing a dark coat, Fragozo stood in front of arraigning Judge James A. Mangione around 2 p.m. at Department 14, beginning a process that will see a readiness hearing on March…