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April 28–May 6, 2017

More than 350 Expected for Fifth Annual ‘A Taste of Rio’ Fundraiser

The fifth annual “A Taste of Rio” restaurant and wine tasting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Rio Hondo College, 3600 N. Workman Mill Road. The popular event, produced by the Rio Hondo College Foundation, brings together more than 350 guests for an evening of food, fine wine and beer, entertainment and opportunity drawings. The evening raises funds to support scholarships, programs and equipment that promote student success. Admission is $75 for VIP access, $50 general admission at the door, and $35 with advance purchase. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel Unified Students Head to State Speech Championship

Gabrielino High School sophomores Ze Hao Deng and Jia Liu – along with 38 classmates – will face the state’s best high school speakers at the California High School Speech Association State Championship, Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 at Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Drive, Arcadia. The duo, both native Mandarin speakers, made school history as the first two English learners to win a varsity speech tournament. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Students to Compete in Culinary Contest Finals

Three Baldwin Park High School culinary arts students will compete against 37 students in the final round of the Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP) cooking competition from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Mission College in Sylmar. The students are guaranteed scholarships to post-secondary culinary schools for making it to the finals. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

East Whittier City Students Display Art Influenced by the Masters

Sculptures inspired by Pablo Picasso and metal embossing influenced by Vincent van Gogh are among dozens of installations created by K-8 students at East Whittier Unified’s annual Student Art Show at the Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Ave., Whittier. The show closes April 29. Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell) Media Contact: Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

Los Nietos to Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week

Los Nietos School District will celebrate its annual Every Kid Healthy Week from Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28. Families, volunteers and community organizations will take part in Run Club, Zumba sessions, structured play recess and a Veggie App Workshop, among other activities. The Los Nietos Food Service director will also conduct a food demonstration to showcase the use of healthy ingredients in tasty dishes. Media Contact: Media contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-833-1965 (office)

Lynwood Unified to Host HBCU College Football Recruitment Event

A group of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will hold a two-day football recruitment event at Lynwood High School, starting with high-intensity drills at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29. HBCU coaches and staff will invite selected students to a second day of drills at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 30. Students will learn of acceptances and scholarships after the second day. Visiting schools include Tuskegee University, Lincoln State University and Virginia State University. Lynwood High is at 4050 E. Imperial Hwy., Lynwood. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Joins McPrincipal’s Scholarship Fundraiser

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District principals will serve up Big Mac combos and McFlurries to students and members of the community during McPrincipal’s Night scholarship fundraiser from 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 at McDonald’s, 12510 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk. Principals will take counter orders while District administrators staff the drive-through and prep food. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Staff, Teachers and Supporters Award Student Grants

Baldwin Park Unified will award $500 grants to 11 students at the annual Joint Scholarships Event at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at the District office, 3699 N. Holly Ave., Baldwin Park. The scholarships come from the Baldwin Park Organization of Supervisors and Administrators; Baldwin Park Education Association; family and friends of Ramona Burnham, a longtime district educator; and Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of women educators. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Lynwood Unified, Charles Drew University Partner for Scholar Programs

Lynwood Unified School District has launched a partnership with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) that will provide priority admission and scholarships to qualifying District students. The partnership encourages students to enroll in health-related disciplines at CDU and provides them with benefits including scholarships, early admission and waived application fees. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified’s Powell Elementary to Host Cinco de Mayo Festival

Students at Azusa Unified’s Powell Elementary will showcase their folkloric dance moves at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. The festival, open to families and friends, will also feature traditional Mexican food, music and games. Powell Elementary is at 1035 E. Mauna Loa Ave., Azusa. Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Mark Vidal 909-447-2406 or 626-203-8167

San Gabriel Unified to Showcase Award-Winning Speech, Debate Program

Gabrielino High School will host its annual Speech and Debate Showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 to highlight the verbal talents of its state championship winners and national tournament qualifiers. The program won its 20th consecutive Southern California Debate League Championship earlier this year. Students will showcase a variety of speech styles and speak about topics ranging from political issues to shoes and paranormal activity. Gabrielino High is at 1327 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. Media Contact: Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Students to Compete in State History Day Contest

Vineland Elementary sixth-graders Silence Jackson and Ria Santos will represent Baldwin Park Unified at National History Day-California on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at William Jessup University in Rocklin. The students qualified for the state competition after winning the Junior Individual Exhibit Division at the History Day L.A. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Six Students to Represent San Gabriel Unified in State History Day Contest

Del Mar High School continuation students Christina Calderon, Michelle Vega, Sergio Landeros, Jio Blanco, Ciara Robledo and Kenneth French will represent San Gabriel Unified at National History Day-California on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at William Jessup University in Rocklin. The contest challenges students to examine history through extensive original research and creatively express their findings before a panel of historians and educators. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

5 San Gabriel Unified Schools Named to California Honor Roll

San Gabriel Unified’s Jefferson Middle School and Coolidge, McKinley, Washington and Wilson elementary schools were named to the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence 2016 Honor Roll for narrowing the achievement gap and for performing strongly on California standardized tests. Each school was honored as a Star School, a category for high-performing schools with substantial populations of socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Media Contact: Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

Paramount High School Student Wins $40,000 Edison Scholarship

Paramount High School senior Arlene Aleman on April 13 was named one of just 30 to receive a $40,000 Edison International Scholarship. Arlene, who plans to study physics at MIT in fall, is a standout student who maintains a 4.5 GPA. The Edison Scholarship is open to exceptional Southern California students who display financial need and plan to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degrees at an accredited four-year college or university. Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

LA County Recognizes East Whittier Middle School Video Students

Video production students from Hillview and Granada middle schools have each won two 2017 Los Angeles County Office of Education Digital Voice Awards, recognizing their digital expertise. The student-produced public service announcements address issues such as digital equity, bullying and literacy, winning in the categories of Character Education and Technical Arts. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Gabriel Unified to Share Fields with Community Recreation Programs

San Gabriel Unified School District will allow community use of school facilities over the next five years to offset the city’s lack of public park space. A new agreement authorizes evening and weekend use of outdoor school facilities for community and recreational purposes, which includes basketball courts, tennis courts and fields. Indoor facilities are reserved for the city’s summer day camp and recreation program. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

CBEE Names 7 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Schools to Honor Roll

Seven Norwalk-La Mirada Unified schools were named to the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) 2016 Honor Roll, which recognizes higher-performing schools that narrow achievement gaps between student populations. One school was also named to the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Honor Roll for excelling in math and science. Media Contact: Media contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-324-0345 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

2 San Ysidro Schools Achieve CBEE Honor Roll Listing

San Ysidro’s Ocean View Hills and Vista Del Mar elementary schools have been listed on the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll for demonstrating high student academic achievement, improving over time and narrowing the achievement gaps. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

East Whittier Named to California Honor Roll for Commitment to Narrowing Achievement Gap

East Whittier City School District has been named a California Honor Roll School District by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). East Whittier is one of 20 California school districts to be named to the honor roll in 2016. This is the fifth consecutive year EWCSD has been named an Honor Roll school district. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

Follow-up Stories

Baldwin Park Students Learn DUI Dangers Through ‘Every 15 Minutes’

Students at Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High School learned the brutal consequences of driving while under the influence during an April 26-27 presentation of “Every 15 Minutes,” a program that simulates a DUI collision with arrests and slain passengers, pulls students from classes to symbolize those killed in DUI-related accidents and stages a mock funeral. Photos are available. Media Contact: Media contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bassett Unified Students Debut Children’s Books for Kindergarteners

Five students from Bassett Unified’s Nueva Vista High School shared children’s books they wrote and illustrated with Edgewood Academy kindergartners on April 21. The students learned how to publish their books through the Author Project, a six-week extracurricular literacy program. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Los Nietos Eighth-graders Recap East Coast Adventures for School Board

Eleven Los Nietos Middle School students presented findings from their field trip to the East Coast during a school board meeting on April 27. The students toured Washington, D.C, New York and Gettysburg from March 24-30, including visits to the White House, Capitol Building and Wall Street. Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Students Published in Literary Journal

Norwalk High School freshman Dominique Guerrero saw the possibility of becoming a writer after her short story, “This is For You, Mom,” was published in a UC Irvine literary journal, which featured 18 writings from students across Norwalk-La Mirada Unified. The literary journal, Pathway to Academic Success, is a collection of exemplary essays, poems and narratives written by NLMUSD students from 2014 to 2016. The District partnered with the Pathways to Success program to adapt a professional development program created by Carol Booth Olson, director of the UCI Writing Project, to improve the reading and writing skills of English learners. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified Hosts All District Concert at Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Unified School District elementary, middle and high school students showcased their musical expertise at the All District Concert on April 20. Themed “Americana,” the concert featured American heritage classics as well as contemporary numbers performed by more than 200 choir and band students Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Bellflower Community Enjoys Reading of Narnia Books

Families picnicked on Mayfair High School’s lawn while student groups sold snacks to raise funds during the seventh annual Mayfair Reads on April 22, an all-day affair that featured students, faculty and administrators reading from “The Magician’s Nephew” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” from the comfort of a green easy chair. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Whittier Union Schools Celebrate Students with College Signing Day Events

Pioneer High School, which was recently named a National AVID Demonstration School, Whittier High School and Santa Fe High School held AVID College Signing Days for seniors on April 26. The schools provided a venue for students to celebrate their accomplishments and declare which college or university they are attending. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is designed to close the achievement gap and provide students with tools for college and career success. Media Contact: Media contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Baldwin Park Unified Early Learning Program Celebrates Partners

Baldwin Park Unified’s Early Childhood Education Program celebrated its 2016-17 accomplishments, including full-day and dual-immersion preschool instruction, during its 17th annual Family and Community Partnership Recognition lunch on April 27. More than 120 community partners, district leaders and teachers attended the event, which included a live performance by students. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Elementary Students Help Plant 25 Trees

Students from two fifth-grade classes from Sanchez Elementary took up gardening gloves and shovels to join Norwalk city workers at Hermosillo Park to plant 25 Golden Medallion trees on April 25. The event celebrated National Arbor Day and taught students about the process of planting trees and the importance of caring for the environment. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Paramount Unified Students Perform on the Big Stage at Spring Concert

Parents, families and teachers gathered as students from Paramount Unified’s Wirtz Elementary School performed lively classics for the spring concert on April 26. Each grade level sang popular numbers like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” Students in kindergarten through fourth grade performed two songs each. The annual performance included woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Monrovia Unified Schools Named to 2016 Honor Roll for Strong Academic Achievement

A Monrovia Unified high school and elementary school were named this week to the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) 2016 Honor Roll, which highlights higher-performing schools that narrow achievement gaps between student populations. Monrovia High and Mayflower Elementary were honored as Star Schools, a category for schools with a third or more students from high-poverty homes. Media Contact: Media contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel Unified Students Celebrate Creativity at 8th Annual Elementary Art Festival

Washington Elementary School hosted its annual ArtFest April 21. The community event celebrated students’ artistic accomplishments in a variety of media. Each grade level put on its own performance, highlighting student progress in choral, dance and instrumental music studies. The event also featured activities for families of all ages, including chalk drawing, watercolor painting and baked goods for sale. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

Upcoming Events

Los Nietos Elementary Students Hold Chess Tournament on May 20

Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary students will hold their final chess tournament of the year at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, an event that will include sister school Ada S. Nelson Elementary. The students hone their concentration and problem-solving skills through the school’s Chess Club, which meets Fridays. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Rio Hondo College to Hold 54th Commencement Ceremony

Rio Hondo College will hold its 54th annual Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Parking Lot A of the hilltop campus at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The ceremony will recognize more than 1,000 students who earned degrees in summer/fall 2016 or spring/summer 2017, including those who have earned degrees that guarantee acceptance to California State University campuses. Also recognized will be the 2017 Fellow of the College. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Norwalk-La Mirada Opens 6th Middle School College, Career Center

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified will open its final middle school college and career center at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 2 at Los Alisos Middle School, 14800 Jersey Ave., Norwalk. The center will provide information on career pathways, UC and CSU admission, financial aid and college degrees. Los Alisos is the sixth NLMUSD middle school to open a college and career center. Media Contact: Media contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-324-0345 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Rio Hondo College to Launch Rio Hondo College Promise with Free Tuition for District’s 2017 High School Graduates

Rio Hondo College on Thursday, May 4 will announce the Rio Hondo College Promise, a student support program launching in 2017-18 that includes free tuition for the first year and priority registration for 2017 graduates of all Whittier Union, El Monte Union and El Rancho Unified high schools and private schools within the college service area. The initiative will be unveiled at a 9 a.m. reception for elected officials and school leaders in the Board of Trustees board room and at a 10 a.m. presentation to 200 area high school students in the College’s Wray Theater. Rio Hondo College is at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Rio Hondo College to Hold Fourth Community Education Forum

Rio Hondo College will showcase transfer and career pathways, honors programs, financial aid, adult re-entry programs and student support services at a Community Education Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Rio Hondo College Educational Center at Pico Rivera, 9426 Marjorie St., Pico Rivera. The forum will provide community members with a chance to meet faculty from Rio Hondo’s academic and career programs, including nursing, public safety, business administration and automotive technology. For details, call 562-908-3403 or email outreach@riohondo.edu. A light dinner will be served and drawings will be held. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More