Perhaps it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, but my declaration that this is an especially busy time certainly was true. And coverage of one of most noteworthy event, the grand opening of the new Mission Crest Elementary school, was delayed until next week's Star. We should have the story on the Web before Tuesday, however.


But Mission Crest isn't without some coverage. The school's Million Minutes of Reading challenge reward can be seen on page A-8 next to a story about Hesperia Junior's event. Hair figured prominently in both.


At Hesperia Junior, Superintendent Mark McKinney spray-painted Principal Robert McCollum's hair pink! Now that's a statement.


Later in the week, four brave male teachers at Mission Crest had their hair cut short by stylists from Generations The Salon. When it was all done, teachers Jimmy Elgan, Allen Neuenschwander, Nathan Timm and Derek Castillo looked ready for summer. Meanwhile, Principal Michelle Murphy lived up to her promise by spending the day on top of the school's roof. Some passersby got sprayed with Silly String.


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On a more serious note, reporter Beau Yarbrough has a three-story package that compares Hesperia's teacher salaries to those of neighboring school districts. Impetus for the articles came after reader Chris Bentley brought in a packet - Beau referred the voluminous pages to "half a tree's worth" - that Mr. Bentley obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Aptly titled "Apples to Apples" by Beau, the articles are well worth the read.


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Another story in this week's paper is one on an upcoming town hall meeting by Mr. McKinney. The May 13 event will provide residents the opportunity to talk with the school district's top administrator.


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As school activities such as grand openings, reward events and the like become more frequent, one of the common faces our staff has seen is that of Mr. McKinney. He was a featured speaker during last week's Mission Crest grand opening ceremony, for instance. That kind of accessibility and support demonstrates a real connection to the schools and students. And that's no surprise; not only was Mr. McKinney a principal at two Hesperia schools, but he was a teacher in the district about two decades ago. Certainly he is no stranger to the classroom.


Also at these events are members of the school board, board president Robert Kirk and board members Helen Rogers, Hardy Black, Lee Rogers and Bruce Minton.


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Although I couldn't stay until the very end, I thoroughly enjoyed last Friday's 12th annual Felix Curi Memorial Talent Show sponsored by the Hesperia High School Parent Center and Drama Club. The emcees - Jonathan Godinho and Quentin Purviance, and Khasarah Afleje and Heather Oliver - were hillarious. Forget Ed Sullivan, the only thing this variety show didn't have was a dancing bear. (Don't get any ideas, guys.) The dancing, singing, acting, music and comedy were wonderfully performed. I especially enjoyed Sarita Fowler's stand-up comedy routine.


Organizing the event were Parent Center Volunteers Denise McKinney, Mary Jane Sampson, Flavia Kraig, Lillian Watson, Mayra Tinoco and Denise Overstreet. Great job!