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Evening Under the Round Valley Stars

Stars align in support of the Round Valley School

Submitted by the Round Valley School STEP foundation
May 2, 2016

The STEP Foundation will host its most important fundraiser of the year, an ‘Evening Under The Stars’ dinner and auction; as the organization continues to support the educational enrichment of the students at the Round Valley Joint Elementary School.

An ‘Evening under the Stars’ is the crown jewel of STEP fundraising efforts.  The 12th annual event will be held on Saturday, May 14 at its traditional location, the Arcularius Ranch, 225 N. Round Valley Rd.   It’s the “don’t-miss” event of the Owens Valley, with a full western BBQ dinner, silent and live auctions, plus live music, all set in a spectacular outdoor setting. At 5:00 p.m. the extravaganza will begin with a happy hour, appetizers, music from local favorite band “Last Chance” and a silent auction; then a delicious down-home dinner catered by Mammoth Mountain Catering and “Holy Smoke” Texas Style BBQ restaurant, served at 6:30, and followed by a live auction and more music at the foot of the Eastern Sierra and under the evening stars.

The Round Valley School is a special place for children to go to school, being recognized as a California Distinguished School and also a ‘School of Choice’. Established in 1871 on land donated by the Arcularius family the school serves families in both Mono and Inyo Counties. With only 130 children from kindergarten through 8th grade, the kids there truly become a family.

The Round Valley School’s Student Enrichment Program Foundation (STEP Foundation) was formed by passionate parents who wanted to enrich the educational adventure for students (and teachers). As state and county budget cuts have taken a toll on programs, equipment and staff; the STEP Foundation has supplemented the school’s budget through donations and fundraising events.
“The STEP Foundation has upgraded the school’s computer technology on an annual basis; plus provided everything from funding music and art programs, paying for a librarian, bringing in special assembly speakers and supporting classroom programs and equipment, such as a trout farm for the elementary school and dissection material for science class” said Kevin Mazzu, STEP Foundation – President.

Fundraising events generate the bulk of the donations that STEP uses. “STEP raises funds in unique ways that include event dinners, wine tastings and a holiday movie theater experience”, said Karen Marshall, principal/superintendent and STEP board member. “All funds provide educationally and developmentally enriching in-class and extracurricular opportunities that benefit Round Valley School’s students and teachers”.

“This year, we hope to reach the $250,000 mark (since STEP’s 2006 inception), with the bulk of our money coming from events like this” Marshall explained. “We want to thank the community for their ongoing support of this unique and special school”.

Tickets for this adults-only event are on sale now at $50 per guest, $90 per couple and $320 for a reserved group of eight.

STEP Board Vice-President Nick Whirl said, “A big part of living in this valley is remembering its past and educating people about the rich history that is present everywhere. The Round Valley School started as a country school house. It has a rich history and an intimate setting. It’s one of the first and best schools in the Owens Valley!”

According to www.roundvalleystepfoundation.com, STEP honors that rich history by continuing to supplement state and local tax school funding so that students can receive “the highest quality education (by enriching) the educational adventure of students and teachers… wherever possible.”

For information about STEP, and to purchase ‘Evening under the Stars’ tickets, contact STEP Foundation board member Lis Mazzu at (760) 784-5461 or lis.mazzu@dww-inc.com or purchase tickets online at www.roundvalleystepfoundation.com.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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Round Valley STEP Foundation Dinner

Round Valley School “Yamatani Dinner” Fundraiser

Join the Round Valley School STEP Foundation to celebrate children’s education!

Grab your family and friends and enjoy a delicious Japanese style dinner at a great price! Only $25 per person.

This annual fundraiser for the Round Valley School will be held Sunday, March 13th, 2016 beginning at 5pm at the Yamatani restaurant in Bishop.

Please call Yamatani for a reservation; so you can be seated upon arrival.  Yamatani: 635 N. Main Street, Bishop, CA (760) 872-4801

Purchase your tickets in advance online at: www.roundvalleystepfoundation.com; or buy your special ticket at the Round Valley School main office.
For more information see our website or call Lis Mazzu at (760) 784-5461.

The Round Valley STEP (Student Enrichment Program) Foundation is dedicated to improving education for the children of Round Valley Joint Elementary School (RVS) through fundraising to enrich the educational process. The STEP Foundation was formed in 2006 by a group of parents who wanted to enrich the educational process for both teachers and students. RVS offers a unique educational experience in today’s world of big schools and large class sizes. The STEP Foundation adds to that special experience by funding items or programs that state funding may not cover. The goal of the STEP Foundation is to raise funds to purchase new technology, offer enrichment activities, enhance and construct educational programs at the Round Valley School.

cover photo by Gary Young

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40th Ken Baker Basketball Tournament

40th Ken Baker Hoops Tournament this weekend

submitted by Randee Arcularius

The 40th Annual Ken Baker Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 12th at the Bishop High School Gymnasium.  Tip-off is at 8:00 a.m. and a full day of exciting basketball is planned as 8 teams from Lee Vining to Lone Pine participate in this traditional junior high school tournament.

The Ken Baker Tournament began in Round Valley in 1975 and was started by then Superintendent-Principal Ken Baker. It has run continuously for 40 years.   It is one of, if not the longest, established junior high tournament in California.  Ken Baker and his wife Cindy are retired and living in Polo, Missouri.

Ken was recently contacted to share some of his memories from the tournament.  He remembers fondly, “My favorite tournament was in 1976.  One reason was probably because we won it.  But mostly, it was because of the fine group of players I had on the team.  We started three seventh graders, Tim Reid, Mike Fix and Jeff Russell.  They were anchored by eighth graders Wayne Kilgore, Hans Bannemer, David Hayes and David Jarvis.  We also had plenty of bench strength with the likes of Scott Roripaugh, Paul Lake, Clifton Howell, Mike Kobalt, Steve Forkush and Crispin Chaparro.  I just loved the way these kids pulled together.  They finished the season 15-0, having won the new Jr. High League championship as well.  The most exciting tourney was a little later when Round Valley hooked up against a strong team out of Ridgecrest.  We met them in the championship game and the Rovana gym was packed and loud for the game.  The game was close and exciting all the way and was tied up with something like 7 seconds left.  We had the ball out of bounds and, unfortunately, made a bad inbound pass that was intercepted and led to a lay-up for Ridgecrest as the buzzer went off.  It was truly a great game by any standards.”

A tournament with this long standing and proud history could not have been sustained without the unwavering support of current and previous Round Valley administrators, teacher/coaches, and community volunteer coaches.  Also vital to its success has been the strong community support with local referees, score keepers, and clock operators donating their skills and expertise. This year the Round Valley Eighth Grade class will be providing the snack bar treats as they work to earn money for their annual Catalina trip.
As the 40th Annual tournament approaches, many community members are remembering the times that they played in this exciting tournament and are now watching their children participate.

The list of Top All Tournament Scorers is documentation of the value of this tournament as it provides an opportunity for young players to improve their skills and learn the importance of being a member of a team.  Many of the people on that list have gone on to be top players at the high school level and some of them to play at the college level.  Many of these alumni of the tournament are community leaders and volunteers that are a vital part of our communities today.  The Ken Baker Basketball Tournament has more than achieved its original goals and everyone is invited to come and support our youth and dedicated volunteers and school personnel as the 40th year goes down in the long and proud history books.  Ken Baker would like the community to know that, “I am am grateful and somewhat surprised that our little tournament has survived and thrived for all these 40 years.  It is such a great experience for these young athletes.  Memories and bonds are made that last a lifetime.  I thank all the good people of Round Valley for continuing this tradition.”  Thank you Ken Baker for your wisdom and dedication in establishing this incredible tournament that proudly bears your name.


40th Annual Ken Baker Tournament
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at Bishop Union High School
Game 1 – 8:00: Round Valley vs Big Pine
Game 2 – 8:45: Bishop “A” vs Owens Valley
Game 3 – 9:30: Lone Pine vs Bishop “B”
Game 4 – 10:15: Mammoth vs Lee Vining
Game 5 – 11:00: Loser of Game 1 vs Loser of Game 2
Game 6 – 11:45: Winner of Game 1 vs Winner of Game 2
Game 7 – 12:30: Loser of Game 3 vs Loser of Game 4
Game 8 – 1:15: Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 4
Game 9 – 2:00: 7th / 8th place Game
Game 10 – 2:45: 3rd / 4th place Game
Game 11 – 3:30: Consolation Championship
Game 12 – 4:15: Championship
**Games will be consist of 15 minute running halves.
***Snack Bar will be open

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Readers Needed

Read With Me needs Volunteers

Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and Altrusa of the Eastern Sierra are proud to announce the expansion of Read With Me, a literacy program for select elementary students.  Read With Me is designed to: share the joy of reading; foster lifelong readers; support literacy development; and expand students’ home library.

Organizers are currently seeking volunteers in two main capacities to work in each school – Round Valley, Bishop, Big Pine, Independence, and Lone Pine.  They need Readers to read aloud one on one with students and a Site Coordinator to work with adult volunteers and school staff.  Reading volunteers must enjoy children and reading aloud. Reading sessions will be much like reading a bedtime story to a child: relaxed, informal and fun!  It is their hope that volunteers will read with his/her student once or twice per week in half hour sessions.  Site coordinators will facilitate communication between ICSOS, school staff and volunteers.  They will also assist in scheduling between teachers and volunteers.

For more information, please contact Ilissa Twomey at 760-873-3262 ext. 429 or Sarah Sheehan at 760-920-8762

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