Monrovia High School will host its annual college fair, giving students and parents the opportunity to connect and speak directly with admissions counselors from multiple institutions. More than 50 colleges, universities and military representatives will attend the fair along with keynote speakers Rob Schwartz, educational consultant for Premier College Guidance, and Trevor Mizrahi, president of Premier College Guidance. Institutions scheduled to participate include UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Los Angeles, Humboldt State University, Biola University and University of La Verne. Representatives from the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Army will also be in attendance.
Monrovia High School Students Learn Job Skills via Coffee Cart Program
Monrovia High School students from the MHS Roasters program don aprons and stock a coffee cart at 7 a.m. to begin selling cups of coffee, tea and hot chocolate to faculty and staff as part of Monrovia High’s WorkAbility and Transition Partnership programs. The programs open doors to job opportunities from local business partners in the community. By going into the community and working for local businesses, students in special education classes learn independence and gain experience for life-skill development. Photos and video are available. Media contact: Andrea Garcia, (909)-447-2403 (office)
Río Hondo College Welcomes New President with Event Celebrating Focus on Transparency, Collaboration
Río Hondo College will hold a reception to welcome Superintendent/President Dr. Arturo Reyes at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, celebrating efforts by the newly appointed College leader to champion collaboration and transparency. Reyes, an educator for 33 years, was appointed Río Hondo College’s 10th superintendent/president in July 2019. He comes to Río Hondo College from Mendocino College, where he held the same post since 2013.
Paramount Unified is partnering with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and Department of Mental Health on a Community Schools Initiative that will increase support services for students. The Community Schools Initiative, launched in September, will focus Los Angeles County resources on Paramount Unified School District students over the course of a three-year pilot. The District will collaborate with community partners to provide additional health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement.
El Monte City School District Hosts Reading Event with Panda Express
Shirpser School students unleashed a barrage of questions during the inaugural Panda Cares Reading event, asking Panda Express associates where they went to college, what they do and how many people they direct. Thirty-two Panda Express associates, ranging from graphic designers to accountants and construction managers, visited Shirpser on Sept. 18 to speak about career options attainable with a college education. Photos are available.
Buena Park School District’s most well-read third- and fourth-grade students are prepping for the annual Battle of the Books, a competition where students face off to answer trivia questions about novels. The event started as a club for Beatty School’s fourth- through sixth-grade avid readers during the 2012-13 school year by Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) fourth-grade teacher Esther Lee and librarian Kelly Bone to promote literacy and encourage teamwork skills.
El Monte Union High School District will host its annual College Night at El Monte High School on Monday, Sept. 23, providing students and parents the opportunity to meet with college representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities and learn more about the college entrance process. Students from all of the District’s high schools are invited to participate in the event, taking place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at El Monte High School, 3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte.
Six Lynwood Unified schools have been recognized with gold, silver and bronze awards by the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coalition for their efforts to create a positive campus culture and increase student engagement.
Monrovia High School students from the school’s Coffee Roasters program are learning financial and communication skills by selling and preparing coffee for faculty and staff as part of the school’s WorkAbility and Transition Partnerships program. The program opens doors to job opportunities from local business partners for students in special education. Students learn independence and gain experience for life-skill development.
A Summit High School pilot program designed to support parents as they transition into their first year as high school parents will be used by peer mentoring provider The Boomerang Project to be implemented by high schools across the nation, beginning in 2020-21.
Fontana Unified Advances 24 Teams to National Robotics Competition
Fontana Unified School District advanced 24 elementary- and middle-school teams to compete in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) – USA National Championships on Sept. 15, where students tested their collaboration, programming and robotics skills against students from across the country.
Paramount Unified students are receiving new digital tools for launching community-focused businesses and an extra year to hone marketing skills thanks to the addition of a third year to the District’s career technical education (CTE) Entrepreneurship pathway.
Juniper Elementary School students learned that saying “hello” to a new face at school could be the first step in beginning a lifelong friendship during an assembly commencing Juniper’s “Start With Hello!” Call to Action Week on Sept. 16.
Baldwin Park Unified School District, in partnership with the California Department of Education and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, will host a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) High School Training day for student leaders and club advisers. NAMI Club members will learn the ins-and-outs of running a successful organization during the all-day training event on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Kaiser’s Baldwin Park Medical Center.
Fontana Unified School District will join forces with Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Rialto Unified School District to host the inaugural Inland Empire Regional College Fair, providing nearly 90,000 students the opportunity to meet with college and university representatives from a variety of public and private institutions. Students and parents are invited to attend the free event, where they can learn about admission requirements and available programs for all nine University of California campuses, 23 California State University campuses and more.
Seventeen Fontana Unified schools have been recognized by the California Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coalition for their efforts to create a positive campus culture and increase student engagement, netting platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards.
In a ceremony at the 47th Annual Smudge Pot game on Sept. 14, Bonita Unified Superintendent Carl J. Coles and a representative from the Marine Corps presented awards to a senior from each football team for their outstanding academics. Jacob Horne, Bonita Bearcats wide receiver, carries a 4.4 GPA. San Dimas Saints lineman Nicholas “Nicco” Guerra was honored for maintaining a 4.2 GPA, representing San Dimas High at Boys State and serving as a Link Crew member. Both students exemplify Bonita Unified’s focus on academics, athletics, activities and arts.
LA Rams Quarterback Jared Goff Encourages Inglewood Students
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff sent a 30-second audio message to Inglewood students encouraging them to maintain strong attendance. The District has launched an attendance campaign this year with a goal of each student missing seven or fewer days for the school year, and Goff challenged the District’s students to stick to the plan to achieve their goals in the classroom.
Bassett High School Partners with Community School Initiative
Bassett High School is partnering with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) to begin the Community Schools Initiative, which will provide students with additional tutoring, enrichment and outreach resources for the 2019-20 school year.
Monrovia’s Mayflower Elementary School Enhances Coding Curriculum
Fifth-grade students from Mayflower Elementary School are learning video capture skills as part of the coding curriculum for the 2019-20 school year. Video capture allows students to actively participate in games they code and build. Students are taking ideas from science and incorporating them into a coding game called Food Chain.
Fontana Unified Elementary’s ‘Start With Hello!’ Week Promotes Inclusion
Juniper Elementary students learned that saying “hello” to a new face at school could be the first step in beginning a lifelong friendship during an assembly launching Juniper’s “Start With Hello!” Call to Action Week on Sept. 16. “Start With Hello!” is a national program conceived by Sandy Hook Promise, designed to bring young students together to promote connectivity and inclusiveness. In partnership with Fontana School Police Department, Juniper held a week of activities to teach students to be more
Hundreds Attend Whittier Union’s Annual College Fair
Whittier Union High School District hosted its annual District College Fair at La Serna High School on Sept. 18, allowing students and parents to meet with dozens of college representatives and get first-hand information about the college systems and financial aid.