Principal Gives Awards, Discusses Volunteering and More

Lucerne Valley community members, parents and several students attended the “Breakfast With The Principal” event Thursday morning in the Lucerne Valley Middle High School cafeteria.
Hosted by Principal Nate Lambdin, the event was an opportunity for guests to see first-hand the many positive things happening at the Middle High School campus. Music teacher Amy James conducted a student string quintet as guests were seated. Then, guests were treated to a breakfast catered by the Career and Technical Education students taught by teacher Kimberly Evans. The main item, which was prepared by CTE students, was ham and cheese mini breakfast pies. Donuts, juice, coffee and muffins were also served.

Seventh grade student representative Nathan Bhojwani gave an impressive presentation about happenings at the middle school, and freshman Jasmine Nguyen followed with a report on the school’s AVID program.
Mr. Lambdin introduced school counselor Rebecca Rubio who talked about her office’s student services including the “Helping Hands” volunteer program. At Lucerne Valley High School, students are required to complete 7.5 volunteer/job experience hours per semester, or 60 hours total over four years, she said.
Ms. Rubio’s presentation dovetailed into a presentation by longtime community volunteer Jean Morgan. Ms. Morgan, who has served as a school board member, spoke on behalf of the Lucerne Valley Roadrunners and Lucerne Valley Museum Association. Both are “feel-good” organizations with lots of community service opportunities for Lucerne Valley students, she said.
Mr. Lambdin thanked Morgan and commended the Lucerne Valley’s volunteers. “It’s a unique community,” he said, adding that philanthropic organizations such as Mitsubishi Cement Corporation Educational Foundation have for years helped local students. The MCCEF gives $40,000 annually in student scholarships and teacher mini-grants.
Several students were recognized during the event. They were Students of the Month Jasmine Nguyen (high school), Tyze Walker (high school), Kylee Lambert (middle school), and Athletes of the Month Donovan Moncrief (high school), Ruby Thompson (high school), and Kayden Davis (middle school).
The next “Breakfast With the Principal” will be held in early March. During the event, parents will take a survey on the new Chromebooks, which the district purchased for every student in grades 7-12 with a $40,000 grant.
First-year LVMHS Principal Lambdin, who has served in the education field for about 30 years, praised the students. “This (event) isn’t about the principal. This is about the school. The kids at Lucerne Valley Middle High School are some of the greatest kids I’ve had the opportunity to work with.”
For more information on the Lucerne Valley Roadrunners, call Jean Morgan at (760) 248-6001. For information on the Lucerne Valley Museum Association, call Louis Kannenberg (president) at (442) 243-2515.
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