CA School News Report

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November 17–25, 2017

Fontana Unified to Host Free Online Safety Workshops for Parents

Fontana Unified School District will hold free Parent University workshops from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, highlighting social media safety tips and youth drug trends. The workshops will be at the John D. Piazza Educational Center, 9680 Citrus Ave., Fontana. Childcare for children ages 3 to 11 will be available, as well as translation services. Call 909-357-7600, ext. 29409 to register or learn more. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Baldwin Park Unified Seeks Applications to Fill Board Vacancy

Baldwin Park Unified will accept applications through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 from community members who are at least 18 years old to fill a Board of Education seat vacated when Carlos Lopez stepped down for health reasons. The seat’s term runs through December 2018 – extended a year past the original four-year term when the District re-aligned elections to boost voter turnout. An election for the next four-year term will be in November 2018. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Paramount Unified to hold Young Women’s Empowerment Conference

Paramount Unified School District will inspire female students with its inaugural Young Women’s Empowerment Conference from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Paramount High School Senior Campus, 14429 Downey Ave., Paramount. Educators and professionals will offer mentoring. Speakers include Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Baldwin Park Unified Marching Band Plans Trio of Holiday Performances

Sierra Vista High School’s 130-member marching band will hold a trio of holiday-themed performances in coming weeks, topping 2017 field show victories with the 67th annual Covina Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Disneyland’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and its annual winter concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center, 4640 Maine Ave., Baldwin Park. The band recently took home first-place honors at the Baldwin Park and Duarte high school field shows. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Rio Hondo College to Feature 80 School Children in ‘The Nutcracker’

The Rio Hondo Dance Collective will stage a contemporary version of “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 with 26 dancers from Rio Hondo College and more than 80 dancers from area schools and the Rio Hondo College Child Development Center. The production is streamlined to one hour to create a more enjoyable experience for young children. The event will be at Rio Hondo College's Wray Theater, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Schools Collect Canned Goods for City Food Drive

Baldwin Park Unified schools are accepting donations of canned goods through Wednesday, Dec. 13 as part of the City of Baldwin Park’s annual Christmas Food Basket Program, which provides food to residents in need during the holidays. The city will distribute the baskets on Saturday, Dec. 16 to the first 400 families to fill out applications. For information on ways to volunteer or to obtain an application, go to www.baldwinpark.com. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

12 Whittier Union Students Prepare for Tournament of Roses Parade

Twelve Whittier Union High students are perfecting their marching band and musical skills as they prepare to perform in the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. Seven marching band and five color guard members will join more than 160 high school musicians from across Southern California to represent their schools in the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. Performers are: (California High) Edith Garcia, Lauren Hernandez, Jennifer Nieto and Maricruz Villalobos, color guard; and Rocio Vega, trombone; (La Serna) Avery Smith, saxophone, and John Ye Lee, baritone; (Santa Fe) Carlo Bonelli and Jose Salcedo, both on trombone; and (Whittier High) Jacob Cortes, baritone; Nina Roa, flute; and Ava Sanchez, color guard. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Follow-up Stories

Whittier Union Seniors Recognized by State Puente Program

Three Whittier Union High School District seniors who have shown resiliency in their academics and commitment to their community are among 24 students in California recognized with the Puente Statewide Academic and Leadership Award. The Puente Project, sponsored by the University of California, is a national award-winning college preparatory program designed to boost the number of underrepresented high school students who enroll in four-year universities, earn degrees and return to the community as leaders. The program is at Whittier, California and La Serna high schools. Scholarship recipients will be announced in spring. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Names History Instructor as Teacher of the Year

Student political cartoons depicting current issues, including the Trump administration, LGBT rights and war in the Middle East, cover the classroom wall of 24-year Monrovia High School history teacher Annie Van Dyke. Known for inciting lively debates in her class and tackling provocative topics, Van Dyke’s ability to motivate her students to think beyond their own perspectives on real-world topics has earned her Monrovia Unified’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Frontier High Student’s Love for Art is Catalyst for Transformation

A love of art and a determination to succeed has brought Frontier High School senior Meiling Clavesilla from the brink of expulsion to the top of her class, with enough credits to graduate a year ahead of schedule. Clavesilla’s success came after a rocky freshman year, during which she transferred to three Whittier Union schools before landing at Frontier High, a model continuation school that put her on the path to success. Whittier Union High School District’s Board of Trustees has presented her with an Award of Merit. Photos are available Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Lynwood Unified Students Perform Rwandan Student Play

Lynwood Middle School students performed a play written by Rwandan students on Nov. 16 as the District continues to forge international bonds through its Global Exchange (BRIDGE) theater program. “Arthur’s Diary” is a story about forgiveness and reconciliation amid the 1994 genocide. BRIDGE inspires youths to explore global solutions through theater productions written and performed by students. Rwandan students performed a Lynwood play, “The Wall,” last year. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Rio Hondo College to Train Cybersecurity Technicians, Professionals to Meet Rapidly Growing Industry Need

Rio Hondo College educators have developed plans to offer a cybersecurity certificate and degree program in fall 2018 to help meet rapidly growing demand for technical experts capable of shielding sensitive electronic data. The program spans 26 courses in information technology, math, accounting and business law; it includes certificates earned for completing several sequences of the classes, including one for “ethical hacking.” The College plans to offer Associate of Science degrees in cybersecurity and information technology. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

El Monte Union Bolsters Career Tech Programs through Community Partnerships

Two of El Monte’s longest-running businesses recently opened their doors to El Monte Union students interested in pursuing highly-skilled vocational employment, part of a series of field trips organized by El Monte Union’s Career Technical Education (CTE) division to offer students a real-life glimpse into the subjects they are studying. Longo Toyota and Precision Coil Spring – both in operation for over 50 years – provided students with tours of their facilities and reviewed the variety of high-paying technical and administrative positions available. Students also met with former El Monte Union students who are now employed by the companies, including a Ledesma High School graduate who started as a car wash valet and worked his way through the ranks to become Longo’s Used Car Service Manager. Photos are available Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Boasts Five National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Five Gabrielino High School seniors are being honored as 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, placing them in the running for the prestigious award. The distinction marks their place in the top 1 percent of test scorers in the nation. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Whittier Union School Honors Military Veterans

Pioneer High School celebrated staff who have served in the armed forces and remembered members of the Titan family who died while serving their country during the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9. The ceremony featured remarks from school officials and students, performances by the school choir and band, the lighting of the Titan Torch by veterans, and a placing of a wreath at the school’s memorial. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Fontana Unified Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Amandeep Heyer, a senior at Fontana Unified’s Kaiser High School, is being honored as a 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Heyer, who hopes to study computer engineering at MIT or Stanford, is among 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.6 million students who took the PSAT. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Lynwood Film Students Attend Film Screening at TLC Chinese Theatre

About 30 fourth-graders from Helen Keller Elementary and 29 sixth-graders at Rosa Parks Elementary trekked to the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to screen “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” on Nov. 13 as a part of the District’s Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project. Through the program, students learn filmmaking and meet industry professionals as they prepare to produce a film of their own. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Revitalized Fontana Unified Elementary Commemorates 70th Anniversary

Hundreds of Fontana Unified parents, staff, students and community members celebrated West Randall Elementary School’s 70th anniversary on Nov. 15. Attendees took in newly painted murals – courtesy of United Way and Hillside Community Church – as they enjoyed musical performances from students, family friendly games, face painting and more. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More

Dolores Huerta International Academy Celebrates Día de Los Muertos

Dolores Huerta International Academy second-grader Christian Velasco never met his great-uncle Frank “Paco” Avedaño, but said he feels like he knows him after learning about his life and constructing a Día de Los Muertos altar in his honor. Dolores Huerta International Academy on Nov. 9 showcased more than 400 student-made altars that featured photos, keepsakes and favorite foods of their family members. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Upcoming Events

El Monte Union Hosts Cash for College Workshops

El Monte Union High School District will hold the last in a series of Cash for College workshops to help students and families fill out financial aid applications from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at El Monte High School; and Thursday, Jan. 25 at Fernando Ledesma High School. Attendees can get help completing FAFSA and California Dream Act applications. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More

San Ysidro Elementary Hosts Pep Rally to Kick Off School Fundraiser

The Apex Fun Run crew hosted a pep rally on Nov. 14 at Ocean View Hills Elementary to generate enthusiasm for an upcoming school fundraiser. Ocean View Hills students will run 26 to 36 basketball court-sized laps to raise money for their school on Thursday, Nov. 30. During the next two weeks, students will seek individuals to sponsor them in the fun run. Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)

Lynwood Unified Announces Districtwide Art Contest with $1,000 Scholarship

Lynwood Unified is channeling its commitment to the arts and a community spirit by launching a Districtwide art contest open to students from grades one to 12 that will reward the winner with a $1,000 scholarship. The art contest, which will have no restrictions on style or size, is accepting submissions from now until April 1. The scholarship money will be drawn from donations provided by local Lynwood businesses. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos