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Chris Phipps, Austin Kaczorowski and Vanessa Mungia named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening March 15. Chris Phipps was named 12th grade Student of the Month for February. Austin Kaczorowski was named 12th grade Student of the Month for March, and Vanessa Mungia was named 8th grade Student of the Month for March.

Lion George Whitfield, Austin Kaczorowski, Chris Phipps, Vanessa Mungia, and Principal Ray Guerrero

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Phipps and Kaczorowski each received $100 and Mungia received $50.

Chris Phipps has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in Interact, Leadership Club, Mentoring, basketball, baseball, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), and Leos. He enjoys playing sports, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends. This year Chris made All-League in basketball.

Chris would like to travel abroad.  After graduation he plans to attend community college and play basketball.   He is good at working with children and writing.

Chris’s parents, Aaron and Lyna Phipps attended the presentation. Expressing pride in his sons accomplishments, Mr. Phipps said, “How far he has come!”

Austin Kaczorowski has a grade point of 3.5. He is involved in 4-H, football, wrestling, and track. In his spare time he likes to read. He would like to go skydiving. In the future, he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Austin’s parents Darrin and Michele Kaczorowski and  his sister Erica attended. His dad said that they are very proud of Austin.

Vanessa Mungia has a 3.29 grade point average. She is a member of California Junior Scholarship Federation. She participates in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She is good at math. She likes going on long hikes and swimming, She also enjoys drawing and watching shows on Netflix. In the future she would like to go to Humbolt Stare University and live in Arcata.

Vanessa’s mother, Merri Wolfin, attended and said, “I know she is going to have a good future.”

Her grandparents Jerrilyn and Randy Quinn, her aunt Tyelo Wilson, her brother Cisco Chacon and sister Ta-sti Chacon, as well as her cousin Madison Villarruel all also came to watch her receive her award.


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Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten Registration at Burney Elementary School

Burney Elementary School invites parents of children planning to attend Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten to registration day on Friday, April 13th. The informational meeting and registration will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the BES multi-use room.

Children who will be five on or before September 1st are eligible to enroll for Kindergarten. Children who will be turning five from September 2nd to December 2nd are eligible to enroll for Transitional Kindergarten. We will place students on a wait list for Young 5’s, as we will offer young 5’s if enrollment allows.

The registration meeting will be an excellent opportunity for parents to meet the staff members who will be working with their children, to receive information about the various programs, and to ask questions.

Parents are urged to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization record to registration day. A child WILL NOT be registered until all documents are completed and submitted. During registration, parents of registering Kindergarten students will make an appointment for the child’s screening and be informed about the visitation day. He/ she WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the visitation day unless the registration and screening processes have been completed.

Telephone the school any time during office hours at 335-2279 for further information.

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Friday, April 13th at 1:30 p.m. at Burney Elementary School in the multi-use room. Parents: Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.

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Devin Murray wins Lions Shasta Central Zone Student Speaker Contest

Devin Murray won the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest for the Shasta Central Zone on Saturday afternoon at the Burney Lions Club.

Chairman Walt Libal, Devin Murray, and Darcy Coulter

Two students competed in the zone level contest. Devin, a Senior at Burney High School, was the winner of the Burney Lions Club level contest. Darcy Coulter, a Junior at Fall River High School, was the winner of the Fall River Lions Club level contest.

Walt Libal, Chairman of the Shasta Central Zone, chaired the contest. The topic was “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each student gave a speech that was to be no less that five minutes and no more than ten minutes.

Both students delivered excellent expositions on the topic. Darcy gave a testimony to a mentor who had deeply influenced her life and then led the audience through an insightful investigation of how honesty, vulnerability, and humility inform integrity.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she stated, citing a study that showed the importance of non-verbal communication. She also pointed out that if you are civil to others it is more likely that they will be kind and helpful to you in return.

Devin artfully delivered a polished speech explaining why integrity and civility are the foundation for a stable community and society. He used the example of a man who had demonstrated moral leadership. He drew an analogy between moral integrity in community building and structural integrity in engineering. His arguments were backed up by quotations from various authoritative sources.

While the judges were tallying the scores, the two speakers introduced themselves. Darcy’s mom attended to support her. Devin’s parents, sister, grandmother, and Burney High speech coach Melissa Madden all came to watch Devin.

After the winner was announced, Chairman Libal presented each of the students with a certificate. Devin received a scholarship check for $150.

Contest Judges Paul Skinner, Dr. Pam Woodin, Travis Lakey, and Connie Cleckler also received a certificate of gratitude and a box of chocolates.

Devin will go on to compete in the Region level contest. The contest will be held before April 9. The exact date and location have not yet been determined.

This is the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation. There are six levels of competition: club, zone, region, district, area, and the final Multiple Four District Contest.

Altogether, the foundation will award more than $103,000 in scholarships to students. Awards increase with each level. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the final Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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Angel Estrada honored as Burney 8th Grade Student of the Month

Angel Estrada was honored as 8th Grade Student of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 19.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Angel Estrada, and Lion George Whitfield

Ms. Estrada was introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented her with a check for $50 from the Burney Lions Club in recognition for her achievement.

Angel has a grade point average of 3.2. She is active in activities at her church. She enjoys making doll clothes, drawing and coloring, and having fun with her family and friends. She would like at some time in the future to be a model. Her goals for the future are to move to Paris, France with her parents and to attend college.

Angel’s parents Martin and Christina attended the award ceremony together with Angel’s seven brothers and sisters, one cousin, and her aunt Noemi Estrada.

Angel’s mother said, “Angel is a very sweet girl. She helps to take care of the other children. She does chores. We are very proud of her.”

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School Board passes resolution calling for increased funding for CA public schools

The Fall River Joint Unified School Board unanimously passed Resolution 8-2017-2018 “Calling for Full and Fair Funding of California’s Public Schools.”

FRJUSD February School Board Meeting

The passing of the resolution is part of a statewide effort initiated by the California School Board Association (CSBA) to encourage the California State Legislature to increase school funding to at least the national average by 2020 and to at least the average of the top 10 states nationally by 2025.

Board President Teri Vigil said, “CSBA has given a resolution to approximately 1000 school districts in the state of California. School Boards of California are uniting to send a message to the Legislature to fund schools at a fair and full amount.”

The resolution points out that while California is the sixth largest economy in the world and has the largest Gross Domestic Product of any state in the nation, the state “falls in the lowest quintile on nearly every measure of public K-12 school funding and school staffing.”

California funds schools at roughly $1,961 per student less than the national average. When adjusted for higher costs in California this translates to approximately $3,462 less per student.

According to the resolution, California spends almost $7,000 per pupil less than the average for the top ten states.

In 2010, CSBA, along with a number of school districts and educational organizations, filed a suit Robles-Wong v. State of California, alleging that the State of California was not fulfilling Article IX of the State Constitution which states that education is “essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of people” and that the  “Legislature shall encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement.” The Constitution guarantees that the “Legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported in each district.”

An appellate court ruled that there is there is no state constitutional guarantee to a certain level of education quality or education funding. The case was consolidated with another case and went to the California Supreme court on appeal in 2016. The Supreme Court of California ruled 4-3 in August 2016 not to hear the case. Justice Goodwin H. Liu wrote in dissent that “It is regrettable that this court, having recognized education in as fundamental right in a landmark decision 43 years ago (Serrano v. Priest) should now decline to address the substantive  meaning of the right.”

FRJUSD School Superintendent Greg Hawkins said that the resolution is “a way for all school districts in the state to speak up.”

Residents can contact the school board for a full copy of the resolution.

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Community Foundation Announces 2018 Scholarship Opportunities

Shasta Regional Community Foundation would like to remind students pursuing higher education that online applications are currently available on their website for over 25 scholarship opportunities. The online application allows for students to apply for a host of scholarships from all participating funds. “Our goal is to make the process more efficient for the students and increase their access to funds available for college,” stated Program Associate, Miriam Leal.

Students are invited to click on “Apply for a Scholarship,” create an account, and begin searching and applying for scholarships for which they are eligible. Scholarship descriptions and their deadlines can be accessed through the Community Foundation website at

All applications must be submitted online by Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 unless otherwise noted on the application.

For further information, contact: Miriam Leal, Program Associate by phone at 530-244-1219, or email

About Shasta Regional Community Foundation

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou counties dedicated to promoting philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $21,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations. For more information, call the Shasta Regional Community Foundation at (530) 244-1219 or visit

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Christmas Songs at the Senior Center

On December 15, members of the Burney High School Choir came to the Senior Lunch at the TriCounties  Community Center to sing  a selection of traditional Christmas Carols for the senior diners. Music and band teacher Hugo Castro accompanied the students on the piano.

High School Students singing Christmas Carols at the Senior Nutrition Center – Photo by Debra Robbins

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