Arroyo High School has earned the first College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in its AP Computer Science Principles course. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, the El Monte Union high school is one of only 685 to reach this achievement. Arroyo was recognized for either reaching 50 percent or higher female representation in the AP course or having a percentage of the female examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population.
Nearly 60 Mt. SAC Early College Academy freshmen dazzled parents and educators with passionate presentations on ecofriendly burials, invasive species, light pollution and fast fashion during the Academy’s first-ever Environmental Issues Fair.
Students throughout the San Gabriel Valley can pursue a rigorous, globally focused education pathway from transitional kindergarten through 12th grade through a newly established International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum at West Covina Unified, a state-certified district of choice. The pathway is open to students throughout the San Gabriel Valley. For 2019-20 enrollment information, visit the WCUSD enrollment page.
Bonita Unified covered the SAT registration costs for more than 600 students, prompting a 44 percent jump in participation over 2018. The District offered to pay the SAT testing costs for all members of Bonita and San Dimas high schools’ Class of 2020 as part of Bonita Unified’s commitment to equity and to preparing every student to live their purpose.
El Monte City School District’s Cleminson School saw growth in multiple areas on the California School Dashboard, a tool that gives parents, students and educators access to important school and district data. Cleminson School students improved their performance on California’s English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests, building on their strong performance in the previous school year. The school’s ELA scores increased 15.8 percentage points from 2017-18 while math scores increased 19.4 percentage points.
Baldwin Park Unified Schools Selected for Top Los Angeles Schools Award
Kenmore Elementary and Santa Fe Fundamental School were recognized for strong results in English language arts and mathematics proficiency for low-income African American and Latino students in 2017-18, earning the Los Angeles County Top Schools Award. Kenmore and Santa Fe are two of 279 schools selected for the first annual report Top Los Angeles Public Schools for Underdeserved Students. Photos are available.
El Monte Union School Honored for Boosting Female Diversity in Science
El Monte Union High School District’s Arroyo High School has earned the first College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles courses. Arroyo was recognized for either reaching 50 percent or higher female representation in the AP course or having a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population.
Two Whittier Union high schools have earned the first College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in their AP Computer Science Principles courses. La Serna and Whittier high schools were recognized for either reaching 50 percent or higher female representation in the AP course or having a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, the schools are among 685 to accomplish this feat.
Holland Middle School’s underdog robotics team pulled a surprise win at the VEX VRC Middle School State Championship, qualifying for the VEX World Championship, to be held Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27 in Kentucky.
Gidley School’s SeaPerch underwater robotics program took home two first-place awards and ranked third overall for demonstrating excellence in engineering against 26 area schools at the Southern California SeaPerch Challenge in Fullerton. SeaPerch is a robotics program that focuses on aquatic applications while teaching students about the different levels of engineering including concepts, process, problem-solving, teamwork and technical applications.
Lynwood Unified Elementary Honored for Support of Undeserved Students
Washington Elementary School is one of 279 schools recognized in the first annual report of Top Los Angeles Public Schools for Underserved Students based on its strong results in English and math proficiency for low-income African American and low-income Latino students in 2017-18.
Inglewood Unified Elementary Celebrates Science Explosion
Students of Inglewood Unified’s Hudnall W. Claude Elementary interacted with boa constrictors and other reptiles, scaled walls and competed in an egg drop contest during the school’s Science Explosion on March 13. The event provided lessons on science through exciting, hands-on experiences. Former Hudnall students provided a musical performance, playing electric guitars and drums to complement the day of learning. Photos are available.
San Gabriel Unified School District has opened enrollment for its kindergarten and transitional kindergarten programs, providing robust early learning opportunities and preparation for the social and academic rigor of elementary school. Program offerings include a 1:1 student-to-tech device ratio, award-winning music immersion instruction, Spanish dual-language immersion, a Leader in Me schoolwide model and STEM curriculum supported by fully equipped labs. Visit www.sgusd.k12.ca.us to enroll online.
Two robotics teams from Monrovia High School and Clifton Middle School are advancing to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships in Houston, Texas after dominating head-to-head challenges that included simulating space rover actions at the Regional Championships at Monrovia High School on March 9. The Kings and Queens from Monrovia High and the Hippie Bots from Clifton Middle School landed the win after forming an alliance with a third team.
Odyssey STEM Academy showcased student work for the Paramount community during an Exhibition of Learning event on March 14. Scholars presented lab concepts, internship projects and more for families and friends. Photos are available.
San Gabriel Unified Selects Assistant Superintendent
San Gabriel Unified’s Governing Board on March 12 selected Jim Symonds as assistant superintendent of educational services, effective for the 2019-20 school year. Symonds, who has served as McKinley Elementary’s principal in San Gabriel Unified since 2014, brings more than 29 years of public education experience to his new role.
Inglewood Unified held a districtwide celebration of the arts with musical performances, art galleries and choreographed dance during the first annual Taste of Art event on March 9. The award-winning Inglewood High School marching band joined the district’s 18 schools in displaying arts, crafts, music and theatre during a day that showcased the programs and talents of IUSD schools and students. Photos are available.
San Gabriel Unified Elementary Celebrates Cultural Diversity, Inclusivity
Coolidge Elementary School celebrated diversity and inclusivity during International/Indigenous Week from March 11-15. Students enjoyed presentations about a variety of cultures from parents, staff, community members and native experts; represented their own heritage during a dress-up parade; and practiced artwork and staged musical performances highlighting various holidays. Highlighted cultures included Lebanese, Filipino, Ghanaian, Gujarati, Burmese, Tongva, Sikangu Lakota, Dutch, Chinese, Mayan, Jewish and Irish. Photos are available.
Baldwin Park Unified Chooses North Park Student as Board Representative
North Park Continuation High School junior Jasmeen Sanchez is the new student board member for the remainder of the 2018-19 academic year. A member of North Park’s Associated Student Body and leadership team, Sanchez will present her first report on Tuesday, April 23 at Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education meeting. Photos are available.
2 Gabrielino High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Carlos Pondevida and Kevin Quach – seniors at San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School – were named National Merit Scholarship finalists, placing them in the running for the prestigious award thanks to exemplary scores on the Preliminary SAT.
Paramount Unified’s Department of Instructional Technology held a districtwide training on March 9 that highlighted the District’s use of technology to serve students. PUSD staff members provided presentations that showcased how the District implements technology to engage students. Photos are available.