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February 16–24, 2018

Rio Hondo College to Provide Free Tax Help to Families in Need

IRS-certified students from Rio Hondo College will offer income tax return aid on Fridays from Feb. 2 through April 13 for people who earned $54,000 or less in 2017. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program cycles between two sites: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 16, 23 and April 12 at the Rio Hondo Administration of Justice Building, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier; and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2, March 2 and April 6 at the Rio Hondo Educational Center at Pico Rivera, 9426 Marjorie St., Pico Rivera. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

El Monte Union, Foothill Family Partner to Provide Parent Workshops

In partnership with Foothill Family Service, El Monte Union is hosting workshops to provide parents with information, resources and guidance on issues affecting teens today, including bullying, goal setting, drug use and anxiety. The Spanish-language parent-child workshops will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. once a month. Mountain View High School recently held a workshop on bullying. Other workshops will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Arroyo High School, Wednesday, March 14 at Rosemead High School, Wednesday, April 18 at El Monte High School and Wednesday, May 9 at South El Monte High School. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones to Explore the Impact of Natural Disasters during Rio Hondo College Talk

Dr. Lucy Jones, a noted seismologist for 33 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Rio Hondo College’s Wray Theater on how earthquakes, floods and other disasters have both benefited and beset civilizations throughout recorded history. Jones, who developed the Great ShakeOut, an earthquake drill that has engaged 55 million participants, also will discuss what disasters reveal about mankind’s potential for humanitarian efforts. The theater is at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Lynwood Unified Set to Boost Student Access at Annual Black Teen Summit

Nearly 250 students from Lynwood Unified’s high schools are expected to attend the District’s fifth annual Black Teen Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Guest speakers and workshops will aim to extend opportunities to the District’s African-American students. The event will be held at the City of Lynwood’s Bateman Hall, 11331 Ernestine Ave., Lynwood. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Baldwin Park Unified Campuses to Host Trio of Family Science Nights

Baldwin Park Unified will hold a trio of Family Science Nights to explore the formation and evolution of massive star clusters. Dr. Matthew S. Povich, an associate professor at Cal Poly Pomona’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Department, and his team will demonstrate use of telescopes to examine the clusters. The events will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Elwin Elementary, 13010 E. Waco St., Baldwin Park; Friday, Feb. 23 at Holland Middle School, 4733 Landis Ave., Baldwin Park; and Tuesday, March 6 at Sierra Vista High School, 3600 N. Frazier St., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Paramount High School to Recognize African American Students

Paramount High School will recognize exceptional African American students in language arts, math, leadership and other areas of excellence at the 11th annual Black Family Forum Student Achievement Awards Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 on the PHS campus, 14429 Downey Ave., Paramount. Guest speakers from the Paramount community will be featured, and dinner will be served. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

San Gabriel’s Roosevelt Elementary to Hold Lunar New Year Celebration

Roosevelt Elementary School’s Music Immersion Experience students will hold a Lunar New Year celebration at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Choir, violin and dance students will perform Chinese folk songs and the ribbon dance, while other students present reports about Chinese culture. Students also will enjoy a musical performance by a Chinese ensemble from the California Institute of the Arts. The school is at 401 S. Walnut Grove Ave., San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Bassett Unified Students Build, Launch Rockets Through College Program

Students from Bassett Unified’s Edgewood Academy and Torch Middle School are working with college mentors through Citrus College’s Rocketry Outreach Program, gaining hands-on experience designing, building and launching rockets. The students will meet next at Citrus College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, on Friday, Feb. 23 to analyze the data from rocket launches and to prepare presentations for a symposium and award ceremony, which will be held Saturday, March 24. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos Video

Baldwin Park Unified’s Bursch Elementary Hosts First Family STEAM Night

Charles Bursch Elementary School will host its first-ever Family STEAM Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, bringing students and their parents together to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through hands-on activities. Participants will create slime, learn about mass using fidget spinners, explore math with dominoes, build towers using just toothpicks and marshmallows, create an art project and make costumes out of butcher paper. Bursch is at 4245 N. Merced Ave., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Follow-up Stories

Whittier Union School Recognized as 2018 Model Continuation High School

Frontier High School is one of 32 schools in the state to be recognized by the California Department of Education as a 2018 Model Continuation High School for creating innovative programs that address the academic, social and emotional needs of students who need added support as they pursue their paths toward graduation. This is the seventh time Frontier has been honored with the three-year designation. It will be recognized at the 2018 California Continuation Education Association (CCEA) State Conference in April. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

El Monte Union School Named a 2018 Model Continuation School

Fernando R. Ledesma High School is one of 32 schools in the state to be recognized by the California Department of Education as a 2018 Model Continuation High School for creating an outstanding program for at-risk youths, implementing instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services. The school, which will retain the designation for three years, will be recognized at the 2018 California Continuation Education Association (CCEA) State Conference in April. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Fontana Unified’s Summit High Named AVID Highly Certified Site

Summit High School is being recognized as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Highly Certified Site for its efforts to boost student achievement and build a college-going culture. The program encourages students to prepare for higher education through peer support, campus visits and assistance with college applications and scholarships. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Monrovia Unified Celebrates 100th Day of School With Grandparents Day, Reading 100 Books

Monrovia Unified School District celebrated its 100th day of school with lively classroom and community activities, from having students imagine what they would look like when they turn 100 to kindergarteners playing number games rooted in 100 on Jan. 30. These events gave the opportunity for schools to showcase their students’ successes and progress while creating excitement over what they’ve learned over the first 100 days of school. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos Video

Bassett Unified Leadership Students Give Back to Community, Mentor Kindergartners

Nueva Vista 11th-grader Barbara Bingham sat down with a group of Edgewood Academy kindergartners, guiding them on identifying farm animals on worksheets and the letter “F”. “Does anyone know what a farm is?” Bingham asked the students. The kindergarteners colored farm animals on one worksheet and, in another activity, looked at a group of animals that included kangaroos and bears, and drew a line from the farm animals to the barn. The mentorship program is part of a project-based learning (PBL) Leadership class in which 14 Nueva Vista students are immersed in hands-on experiences that combine peer mentoring with service projects. Students learn the importance of being role models to younger children and ambassadors for their community through the program. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia High Grad Uses Disney Grant to Support Special Needs Students

Monrovia High School Class of 2017 graduate Jenna Seright hosted a Valentine’s Day party for Clifton Middle School’s students with special needs on Feb. 13 with the support of a $500 Disney grant. Clifton Renaissance leadership students partnered with the special needs students to play games, make valentines and eat lunch. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Washington Elementary Students Display Tech Skills during Family STEM Night

Washington Elementary School hosted students and their families for a night of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experimentation at the Family STEM Night on Feb 7. Guests experienced a gaming truck that featured science activities and explored a portable planetarium. An opportunity drawing awarded one lucky winner with a tablet. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos Video

Baldwin Park Unified Elementary Students Recite Poetry

Twenty-four students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade recited poems in English and Spanish, including original works, during Margaret Heath Elementary School’s annual Poetry Festival, held Feb. 16. The event, a mainstay at the school for more than two decades, drew dozens of parents as well as applause and cheering from classmates. The students were finalists chosen from grade-level competitions across the school. Photos are available Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Cal High Senior’s Passion for Research Gains Her Admission to Stanford

California High School senior Kelly Clavel’s dreams of finding a cure for cancer were nearly shattered as a child when a south Los Angeles elementary school teacher advised her to choose a more realistic goal. Using the slight as a stimulus to not only excel academically, but to inspire young Latinas in impoverished areas to strive for the impossible, Clavel has become an exemplary leader on the Cal High campus and a standout student in class. Clavel can now demonstrate that anything – including becoming a surgeon and find cures for the incurable – is possible after gaining early admission to Stanford University, one of the top biomedical research colleges in the country Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Bassett Unified Students Boost Math Skills Through Interactive Labs

Bassett Unified fourth-graders are receiving individualized instruction and immersion in computer programs focused on math through an intervention program that strengthens skills needed to meet or exceed California Standards on state tests. Groups rotate between personalized teacher guidance and computer assignments, which are structured similarly to the state’s standardized assessment in math. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

San Gabriel Unified Celebrates Black History Month through Storytelling

Del Mar High School students on Feb. 13 enjoyed Diane Ferlatte’s and Erik Pearson’s storytelling performance “We Were There: Not Black History but Blacks in American History,” as part of the Music Center’s educational programming. The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the San Gabriel Educational Foundation sponsored the performance. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Bassett Unified Middle School Students Commit to College

More than 200 Torch Middle School eighth-grade students signed declarations signifying their intent to pursue higher education during the school’s inaugural College Signing Day on Jan. 31. Students compiled a list of three colleges they would like to attend, as well as their dream jobs. Torch Principal Dr. Monica Murray recorded each student’s declaration; the videos will be given to parents during an end-of-the-school-year ceremony. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Students Explore Career Pathways During Vocational Fair

Edgewood Academy and Torch Middle School eighth-grade students previewed career technical education pathways available at Bassett High School during vocational fairs at the end of January. Bassett High School teachers and students described patient care, business, engineering and education pathways. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Upcoming Events

El Monte Union Superintendent to Give State of the District Address

El Monte Union High School District will hold its inaugural State of the District with Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the El Monte High School Auditorium, 3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte. The superintendent will review the District’s new vision, mission and goals, Measure D bond construction projects, award-winning educational programs and student achievements. The program will feature student performances. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Monrovia Unified Teams Advance in Robotics Competitions

Four Monrovia Unified robotics teams came a step closer to competing for a world championship after their successes at a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Interleague Tournament at Monrovia High School on Feb. 12. Monrovia High’s Kings and Queens team won the Inspire Award for embodying the gracious professionalism and enthusiasm encouraged in FTC competitions. All four teams – including the Hippy Bots from Clifton Middle School – will meet in a regional championship at Monrovia High on Saturday, Feb. 24. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Robotics Team to Compete in State Championships

Holland Middle School’s fledgling robotics team has made Baldwin Park Unified history as the first team to qualify for the VRC Middle School State Championship, set for Sunday, Feb. 25 at Fairplex in Pomona. Holland’s Bulldogs demolished the 28 competitors at the second annual Rancho Del Rey tournament on Feb. 3 to snag fourth place overall and earn the right to compete in the State Championship. The team secured the Excellence Award, the highest honor given by VEX Robotics. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

San Gabriel Unified to Hold TK-5 Elementary Parent Information Night

San Gabriel Unified School District will host a TK-5 Parent Information Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at Jefferson Middle School, 1327 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel. Families can learn about the District’s robust early learning opportunities, including kindergarten and transitional kindergarten, music and Spanish dual-language immersion, STEM curriculum and design-based learning. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More

Fontana Unified to Host Free Family Math Workshops for Parents

Fontana Unified School District will hold Parent University workshops from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, providing strategies for math proficiency for the entire family. The workshops will be held at the Piazza Educational Center, 9680 Citrus Ave., Fontana. Childcare services 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)

Fontana Unified Middle School to Celebrate Schools to Watch Listing

Sequoia Middle School will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 to celebrate its inclusion on the 2018 California Schools to Watch list, an honor given to just 22 schools in the state. Schools to Watch are lauded for being academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable and structured for success. Sequoia is at 9452 Hemlock Ave., Fontana. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Bassett High to Host Expo to Empower Women, Expand Personal Skills

Bassett High organizations Latina Unidas and Girls Build L.A. are hosting a Girls Expo from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, March 9. The event is geared toward empowering young, female students to take leadership in their desired career fields. Students will hear from experienced women in multiple industries including law, medicine, computer science and art. Topics include financial planning, college preparation, healthy relationships and job success. Bassett High is at 755 Ardilla Ave., La Puente. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

San Gabriel Unified’s Coolidge Elementary to Hold Annual Spelling Bee

Coolidge Elementary will host its 11th annual Spelling Bee from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 in the school cafetorium. Coolidge fourth- and fifth-graders will face off in friendly competition for the opportunity to advance to the Los Angeles County Elementary Spelling Bee in March. Coolidge Elementary is at 421 N. Mission Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Baldwin Park Unified Students to Compete in Pinewood Derby

Baldwin Park Unified’s Walnut Elementary School will host a Pinewood Derby STEM Competition at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. The event will test fifth-graders’ ability to design wooden race cars using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Trials will be held during the week leading to the final. The school is at 4701 Walnut St., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Bassett High Program to Highlight Consequences of Drunk Driving

Bassett High students will experience the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, as well as driving while distracted, through the two-day “Every 15 Minutes” program. The event will begin with a simulated auto crash on Tuesday, March 20, in which students will portray victims of a vehicle collision, followed by a mock funeral on Wednesday, March 21 for family and friends. Bassett High is at 755 Ardilla Ave., La Puente. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)