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October 21–29, 2016

Baldwin Park’s Holland Middle School Holds Inaugural ‘Blaze of Color’ Run

Holland Middle School students will raise funds for activities designed to promote a positive school environment during their first-ever “Blaze of Color” color run from 1:44 to 2:35 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. About 170 students – joined by a handful of teachers – are expected run or walk a one-mile course while teachers, parents and other members of the school community “throw color,” dusting them in a rainbow hue of cornstarch. At the end of the run, participants will celebrate with a “color explosion” by tossing their own special color packets. Proceeds from the run, organized by the Associated Student Body, will go for items and activities that encourage a positive school environment, such as academic incentives, brunch activities or Holland’s end-of-year fun day. Holland Middle School is at 4733 Landis Ave., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Los Nietos Elementary School Stages Mud Run to Raise Money for Students

More than 300 Aeolian Elementary students will splash through a mud obstacle course from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 for the school's second annual Mud Run, raising funds to support school programs and increase technology in classrooms. Parents will get the chance to run alongside their kids. The top fundraiser will receive a $100 gift certificate and the chance to race against Principal Becky Speh. Second place will earn a $50 gift certificate and third will take home a $25 gift certificate. The class that raises the most funds will earn a dance party and the Mud Run trophy will be displayed in its classroom throughout the year. Aeolian Elementary School is at 11600 Aeolian St., Whittier. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Gladstone Street Elementary to Host 2nd Annual Classic Car Trunk or Treat on Oct. 21

Gladstone Street Elementary will present its second annual Classic Car Trunk or Treat from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, an event that celebrates the autumn season while raising funds for school supplies and field trips. Rare motorcycles will be presented alongside classic cars in the Gladstone Street parking lot, 1040 E. Gladstone St., Azusa. Treats will be available for children. Nachos and hot dogs will be served, and 25-cent tickets will be sold for games such as “Ring the Witch’s Hat.” Community members are invited to attend. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Launches Open Enrollment for District Schools

Parents of students who reside within the Baldwin Park Unified School District boundaries may enroll their children in any District elementary school during the annual open enrollment period, which runs from Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Monday, Dec. 5. The District offers a transitional kindergarten program to children whose fifth birthday lies between Sept. 1 and Dec. 2. The selection process shall be conducted immediately after the application period, and enrollment in a school of choice shall be determined by lottery. A waiting list shall be established to indicate the order in which applicants may be accepted as more openings occur. Late applicants shall be added to the waiting list by subsequent lotteries. Parents can pick up an open enrollment application at their child’s current school beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Whittier Union to Celebrate Music and Cheer Program with Jamboree

The Whittier Union High School District will hold its annual Band Jamboree celebration at the District’s new Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium at California High School at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. The festive event will feature performances from the District’s five comprehensive high school marching bands, cheer squads and drill teams. Following the band performances, the award-winning drill team from Pioneer High School will perform. The evening will conclude with a parade featuring students from all bands and a mass band rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Baldwin Park Special Education Students Celebrate Arts on Oct. 24

About 150 Baldwin Park Unified special education students will take part in a daylong celebration of the arts on Monday, Oct. 24 organized by the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) of the East San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), a consortium of 10 school districts and five charter schools. More than 850 students are expected for the event, which will include displays of student art work, live performances and skits and a series of stations allowing students to explore new ways of creating art, including sculpture. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Royal Oak Middle School, 303 Glendora Ave., Covina. To cover this event, contact East San Gabriel Valley SELPA at 626-966-1679. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Congressional Leaders to Seek Rio Hondo Student Views on National Policy Issues on Oct. 24

U.S. Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), Norma Torres (CA-35) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) are inviting Rio Hondo College students to share their views at #FutureForum, a town hall style gathering at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, on how Congress should address national policy issues important to millennials. Attendance will be capped at just under 100 students to engender a “town hall” feel. #FutureForum, chaired by Rep. Swalwell, focuses on engaging millennial Americans to ensure their voices are represented in national policy discussions. Rep. Napolitano suggested Rio Hondo College for the town hall. The session will be held in the College's Administration of Justice Room, 3600 Workman Mill Road. For more information, call the Rio Hondo College Office of Government and Community Relations at 562-463-7268. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Magazine Highlights Principal’s Exchange Model for Attacking Inequities

The November 2016 edition of Educational Leadership magazine will feature an article by two Principal's Exchange leaders explaining how data analysis can reveal why some students fail and how educators can correct those outcomes. The article, by Principal’s Exchange CEO Robin Avelar La Salle and Senior Data and Equity Consultant Ruth S. Johnson, is part of the magazine's focus on "disrupting inequity." Principal's Exchange empowers educators at historically underperforming schools to use data and collaborative practices to enact systemic changes that boost student achievement. Educational Leadership, with a circulation of 135,000, is the flagship publication of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Whittier Union High School Urges Parent Engagement with Education Day

Whittier Union’s Santa Fe High School will hold its annual Parent Education Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, allowing parents to participate in a variety of workshops to ensure students' personal and academic success. Topics include social media, substance abuse, financial aid, community college options, career information, teen dating and safety, resources for foster youth and connecting home and school for success. The program, which began in 2003, attracts hundreds of parents. Workshops are offered in English and Spanish. Free childcare will be provided. Parents of seniors who attend at least two workshops will earn two free additional graduation tickets on top of the five each senior automatically receives. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Baldwin Park Unified High School to Host 34th Annual Field Show Tournament

High school bands from across Southern California will compete Saturday, Oct. 29 at Baldwin Park Unified’s 34th annual Sierra Vista High School Field Show Tournament, a celebration of the complex art of staging music and visual half-time performances by bands, color guards and drum lines. Competitors are judged on musical and visual performance and effect. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Bellflower Unified Pilot Effort Teaches STEAM Concepts through Arts, Crafts

Frank E. Woodruff Elementary is conducting an informal trial of a gripping approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) provided by nonprofit Dramatic Results. In October, the group taught third-graders how to use magnetism to guide a paperclip through a maze sketched onto cardboard – a lesson merging science and art. Other lessons teach origami and basket-weaving, offering a similar mesh of topics aligned with the California Standards for grades three through five. The Signal Hill nonprofit is funding the effort through grants. District leaders say they may try similar pilot efforts at other schools. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Schools Celebrate Red Ribbon Week with Array of Creative Events

Students across Baldwin Park Unified will take a stand against drug use during Red Ribbon Week, which runs Oct. 23-31, through activities that range from poster contests to presentations on the dangers of drinking and using illegal substances. All 20 schools will participate in the program, founded in 1988 after the slaying of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Mexico. This year’s theme is “YOLO. Be Drug Free,” and uses the hashtag #youonlyliveonce. Schools encourage students to stand up against drugs using different daily activities, such as wearing crazy socks to “sock it to drugs,” wearing red, or donning a cap to “put a cap on drugs.” Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College, Automotive Technology Professor Receive 2016 Clean Air Award

Rio Hondo College and automotive technology professor John Frala have received the 2016 Award for Clean Air Education and Outreach in recognition of the College’s groundbreaking Associate of Science degree in hybrid/electric vehicle/fuel-cell technology. The degree is California’s first to serve the growing market in advanced alternative-fuel technology, part of a suite of complementary majors in the College’s innovative automotive technology program. Frala, who is a leader in a statewide effort to create a Hydrogen Highway to support expanded use of alternative-fuel vehicles, designed the degree. The award was presented this month by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Fontana Unified Seeks Community Input on Selection of Superintendent

The Fontana Unified School District will gather input and comments from a wide range of sources and stakeholders within the school district community to help inform the Board of Education’s decision in selecting a new executive leader. Members of the school community and District personnel are invited to participate in meetings in October and November, with dates posted at Online surveys will be available in English and Spanish to community members who cannot attend the meetings. The Board is expected to hear a presentation and review a report on the feedback in December. It will review applications and interview candidates in January, and choose a new superintendent as early as February. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More

Follow-up Stories

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Increases Awareness of Earthquake Preparedness

Students across Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s 17 elementary, six middle and three high schools followed safety drills to “Drop, Cover, and Hold!” on Oct. 20 during the annual Great ShakeOut, a statewide initiative that reminds Californians to be prepared in the event of an earthquake. Leading up to the drill, administrators reinforced earthquake drill procedures with students, including finding appropriate cover to prevent objects from injuring them, where to go for safety and where to find first-aid kits in classrooms. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Superintendent Shares Vision with Business Leaders

Baldwin Park Unified Superintendent Froilan N. Mendoza on Oct. 13 shared the District’s vision for student achievement, goals for securing its vision and recent program expansions with members of the Baldwin Park Business Association. The breakfast gathering, held at the Baldwin Park Unified District Office, drew representatives of Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, SCE First Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo, the Boys & Girls Club, the City of Baldwin Park, Baldwin Park Historical Society and the American Cancer Society. Mendoza stressed the importance of partnerships as a key element of the District’s focus on helping students achieve their greatest potential, an effort that requires a combination of academic and social/emotional support. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

55 Los Nietos Elementary Students Receive Donation of New Shoes

Fifty-five students from Los Nietos School District’s Ada S. Nelson Elementary School received a surprise donation of new shoes from a community member on Oct. 3. Sally Miller, a longtime resident of the Whittier community, gifted the K-6 children through the Shoes That Fit program, saying she wanted to do a nice community deed before departing on a retirement trip to Africa. Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Funds SATs, PSATs for More Than 7,000 Students

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified invested more than $83,000 to provide free aptitude tests, including the SATs and PSATs, for more than 7,000 students in October. Seniors took the SATs, sophomores and juniors took the PSATs and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), and freshmen took the PSAT 8/9 on Oct. 19, while eighth-graders took the PSAT 8/9 on Oct. 13. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Middle School Students Earn Art Awards

Twenty-seven students from Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Benton Middle School won ribbons in photography and studio arts at the Los Angeles County Fair (LACF) America’s Kids fine arts competition. Benton students earned 12 first-place, 13 second-place and two third-place ribbons, as well as two sweepstakes awards, the highest recognition for an LACF winner.. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Lynwood Elementary Kindergarten Class Chosen for J.B. Hunt Adopt-A-Class

A class of kindergarteners from Lynwood Unified’s Lugo Elementary School received $1,000 in school supplies on Oct. 13 through freight shipping services company J.B. Hunt’s Adopt-A-Class program. The class is one of 10 across the nation chosen by the company. As part of the experience, a J.B. Hunt freight truck filled with supplies parked in front of the elementary school, welcoming members of Onehiome Francis’ kindergarten class for a special tour as it delivered a load of magnetic letters, books, crayons and colorful paper. Photos are available. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)

Upcoming Events

Whittier Union Students to Experience Dangers of Distracted Driving

More than 300 Frontier High School students will experience first-hand the devastating impacts of drinking or texting behind the wheel during a Save A Life Tour presentation, which will include students using an interactive distracted driving simulator. The international Save A Life Tour will host two assemblies at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, which will expose students to the deadly consequences of unsafe driving practices and choices. The program will feature a high-impact video showing a recreation of a distracted driving incident, police response, emergency room scenes, family responses and other footage. Following the assembly, students will have the opportunity to use a drinking and driving simulator and texting and driving simulator featuring an iPhone. The event will be held at the Sierra Education Campus Gymnasium, 9401 S. Painter Ave. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Rio Hondo College Production Explores Aftermath of the Murder of a Gay College Student

Rio Hondo College will stage a production of "The Laramie Project," a play that chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyoming during the year after Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was tortured and killed near the town. Shows will be held 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 5; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 in the Wray Theater, Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The three-act play was written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, who conducted hundreds of interviews of Laramie residents in the months after Shepard was slain in 1998. It will be directed by Kirk Vichengrad and performed by 22 Rio Hondo College students, who will portray more than 60 characters. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Whittier Union High School Students Make Blankets for Children in Need

Students at Whittier Union’s Santa Fe High School recently gathered over their lunchtime to make handmade fleece blankets that will be donated to local organizations serving children with cancer as part of the school’s Gratitude Project, launched by counselor Cheryl Redgate and the counseling team in 2013. The effort has attracted dozens of student volunteers each month and has been funded through donations from a growing number of local businesses and organizations. The school has donated more than 700 blankets thus far. The community and students are invited to participate in the program. The next meeting dates are Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Dec. 14. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified to Host College Fair at Gladstone High on Oct. 25

More than 50 colleges and universities from throughout the U.S. will be represented at Azusa Unified’s College Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Gladstone High School’s gymnasium, 1340 N. Enid Ave. Officials from University of California, California State University, Arizona State University, Azusa Pacific University and University of La Verne will be among the colleges represented offering information, resources and guidance to prospective students. For more information, contact Lori Madden at 626-815-3665. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More

Paramount Unified Provides Students with Free Eye Exams, Eyeglasses

Paramount Unified School District held free vision screenings for nearly 600 Los Cerritos School students on Oct. 20 and 21 as part of a first-year project to provide eyeglasses to students in need. The District teamed with Vision To Learn, which will bring its Mobile Eye Clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to conduct eye exams and prescribe glasses to those who need them. Glasses will be delivered on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Paramount Rotary Club organized the project. The District plans to expand it to reach more of its 16,000 students. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More