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MTU Presents Musical 'Hairspray'

Musical Theatre University at Rancho Mirage High School presents its very first musical, the Tony-winning Best Musical "Hairspray," starring Emmy Winning Actor/Comedian Bruce Vilanch, reprising his Broadway turn as Edna Turnblad, and the MTU students, on January 31 and February 1 and 2 at The Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School.

The students will also be joined by several other Broadway actors including Sal Mistretta (original Broadway "Sweeney Todd," "Evita" and "Sunset Boulevard," and Gwen Stewart (original Broadway "Rent" and the revival of "Big River."  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced from $15 to $35 and can be purchased at www.hgpac.org.

CV Charter Benefit Set for Jan. 26 at Colony 29

Colony 29, a historic artist colony of the 1930s, is the site of this year’s Cielo Vista Charter School Benefit. The event will offer a rare look behind the gates of this now privately owned venue, which has become a popular television production location and photo shoot backdrop.

The 3rd annual fundraising event runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on January 26, 2014. Tickets are $50 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, as well as guided tours of the lush estate grounds that stretch up to the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. Located at 147 South Tahquitz Dr., Colony 29 includes a maze of stone pathways that meander between the six homes that once created a village for pioneer artists. The seven lush acres includes desert flowers, exotic palms, fruit trees and grape vines among unexpected amenities such as a cast-iron outdoor tub, stone massage table, tree house, fire pits, and more.

The benefit will include a silent auction, raffles, plus a showcase of professional and student artists demonstrating their crafts. Principal Lynda Lake will present Community Partner Awards to the Palm Springs Police Department and the Palm Springs Fire Department for their ongoing support of the school including drug awareness, fire safety and citizenship.

Cielo Vista Charter School is a dependent public school of choice and part of the Palm Springs Unified School District. As a charter, the school is open to all students (subject to availability) and tuition-free, however the Cielo Vista community is responsible for raising about one-quarter of the school’s annual budget. Cielo Vista Charter is governed by an independent board of directors, which includes Mark Anderson, David Baron, James Cioffi, William Kleindienst and Frank Tinney.

Sponsors for the event include Colony 29, Sammy G’s, Coachella Valley Brewing Company, Scott Niwa, and Buzz Factory. Additional sponsorships are still available.

For tickets to the Cielo Vista Charter School Benefit go to www.cielovistacharter.com or call 760-699-2939. Parking and complimentary shuttle service will be provided at the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and S. Cahuilla Road on January 26 during the event. The event is organized by the Cielo Vista Charter School Parent Teacher Group, which is a registered 501(c)(3); donations are tax-deductible. Money raised will support student enrichment and classroom supplies.

Palm Springs High Teams up with AMR for Holiday Toy Drive

Palm Springs High School has teamed up with American Medical Response to provide toys for children in the desert.

PSHS and AMR are conducting a toy drive for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. Students and parents have been donating toys for the entire month of December, and the event will conclude Friday, Dec. 20 when AMR will bring an ambulance to campus in the hopes of filling it with toys.

All are invited to join the cause and bring a new, unwrapped toy to Palm Springs High on or before Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Cathedral City High Holiday 5K Walk/Run Dec. 14

Cathedral City High School's Cross Country Team and HealthCorps program will host the "Holiday 5K Walk/Run" on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. at the school. Fee is $5 in advance or $10 on the day of the event. All participants are asked to bring a holiday gift for a child in need. The event benefits the Cross Country Team and Healthy Living Program at CCHS.

CCHS DATA DI Students Selling Shirts at Open Air Market

DATA DI student t-shirt designs (Cathedral City High) can now be found at the Palm Springs Open Air Market every Saturday through May 2014!

The project, launched in partnership with The Right Stuff in downtown Palm Springs, currently features 14 different t-shirt graphics, with all proceeds benefiting students competing in DATA-SkillsUSA.

Can't make it out to Palm Springs on a Saturday? No worries, swing buy the DI studio at CCHS to see whats in stock!

 

Palm Springs Open Air Market

Saturdays, 9am - 2pm through May 2014 

Right by the Spa Resort Casino!

 

View the current 
DI Designs t-shirt album here!

PSUSD Approves New Common Calendar

The Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education has approved a common calendar for all District schools. The new calendar will begin for schools on the traditional school-year calendar in 2014 and for the schools on the Track E calendar in 2015. All District families will receive more information, including a detailed calendar, by mail within the next few weeks. Here are the basics of the new calendar.

Golden Eagle Band Wins State Championship

On Sat Nov. 16, 2013 the Mighty 39 Golden Eagle Regiment (Desert Hot Springs High) traveled to West Valley High School for the 2013 SCJA California State Band Championships. Led on to the field by Head Drum Major Miguel Montes, the Golden Eagle Regiment won Division 1 with a record setting score of 74.1. This state championship is a DHSHS school first.

In celebration of the honor, the Desert Hot Springs High School Mighty 39 Golden Eagle Regiment will be performing their field show for the last time this Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the DHSHS Stadium. The performance is free and open to the public.

Host Families Needed for High School Students

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is seeking host families for high school students coming from abroad who will attend Palm Springs Unified Schools beginning in January.

CIEE is a non-profit organization that has been in operation since 1947 and specializes in international work and education. Our mission is “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”

Host families are needed for our high-school-aged foreign exchange students who are coming to America for a school year on an educational exchange to study, practice their English, and experience the culture. In return, Host families can learn about another culture, enjoy lifelong friendships with students, and make new friends in the community - all while having fun, fulfilling the dream of a young person, and being an ambassador for America.

Palm Springs Unified teacher Jan Ligman is a local representative for CIEE. If you are interested in hosting a student, contact Ms. Ligman at jligman@psusd.us or call her at (760) 799-7393.

Golden Eagle Regiment Heads to State Championships

 

All Invited To Watch Band Compete in Hemet on Saturday 

The Golden Eagle Regiment (Desert Hot Springs High School Band) travels to SCJA California State Band Championships on Nov. 16. The performance will be at 8:35 a.m., and awards at 1:15 p.m. at West Valley High School, 3401 Mustang Way, Hemet.

The band also performed at Shadow Hills High on Nov. 11 where they took first place. The color guard also took first place and remain undefeated.

For more information, call (760) 288-7072.

CSUSB Hosts 'Literacy Summit IV'

Focus on Using iPads in the Classroom

Cal State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus is hosting the "Literacy Summit IV: Using iPads in the Classroom" on Nov. 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, click here.

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