The retirement celebration, held at the Doubletree Inn in Uptown Whittier, featured lauds for Dreyfuss from local officials, state legislators and national officials for her many contributions to the College, including its two-year guarantee of free tuition for first-time, full-time students, a four-year Bachelor of Science degree and creation of a strong fiscal foundation. The event was also attended by members of Dreyfuss’ family, area K-12 school district superintendents and presidents of other California community college campuses.
Edgewood Schools’ blue and gold campus was bedecked in lime green – the color associated with mental health awareness – during West Covina Unified’s inaugural Mental Wellness Festival on May 18, which connected families with mental health resources and aimed to reduce stigma. The free festival featured nearly a dozen sessions on breaking the stigma, cyber safety, improving one’s wellbeing, healthy and unhealthy relationships, living with someone who has mental health challenges and information on the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
El Monte City School District will host its first annual EMCSD Tech Fair, with a steam punk theme, celebrating technological integration plans and programs sweeping through the District. Students and teachers will share information with visiting parents and community members about how each school is providing hands-on access to new tech such as 3-D printers, green screens and coding classes.
San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School was named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best High School list, honoring its comprehensive approach to promoting college readiness and boosting academic achievement. This is Gabrielino’s ninth appearance on the list in 10 years.
Emphasizing its focus on college and career, Paramount Unified School District distributed personalized College Readiness Guides (CRG) to parents in April to prepare them for their children’s college journeys.
Advocate for Marginalized Communities to Give Keynote at Rio Hondo College’s 56th Annual Commencement
A former Rio Hondo College student who has long advocated for the homeless and other marginalized communities will give the keynote speech at Rio Hondo College’s 56th annual Commencement ceremony.
San Gabriel Unified Students Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault
Students at Gabrielino and Del Mar high schools decorated campuses with jeans painted with messages condemning sexual harassment and assault and discussed consent as part of Denim Day/Week, an international campaign for sexual violence prevention and education. Every Del Mar High student engaged in Denim Day activities in late April, including an assembly on the history of the event and the importance of consent. Gabrielino High hosted a week of activities from April 29 to May 3, including a photo booth, scavenger hunt, healing ceremony and jean-painting session.
The El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees honored LGBTQ Pride Month with a celebration on May 15 featuring a symbolic pin distribution, raising of a rainbow pride flag and a reception hosted by Rosemead High School culinary arts students. The program featured LGBTQ organizations, student clubs and remarks from Board of Trustees Vice President Florencio Briones.
Santa Fe High School senior Miranda Diaz-Infante will pursue her dream of finding cures for cancer and other diseases at UCLA with the help of a $20,000 Destiny Scholarship awarded annually by the City of Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Fontana Unified students with special needs raced to the finish line, launched softballs across the field and cooled off with a water balloon toss on May 13 during the seventh annual Splash and Dash at Henry J. Kaiser High School. Splash and Dash – one of the largest district special education events in California – brought together students from Kaiser’s general education program and FUSD’s middle and high school special education programs for a day of friendly competition and healthy activities.
Hundreds of Monrovia community members cheered as students from Monrovia Unified School District performed with their school bands and rode bikes, unicycles, and floats while dressed in spirit gear on May 18 during the Monrovia Days community festival parade. The three-day festival was hosted by the District, the City of Monrovia, Centre Stage, and the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley. The event featured entertainment by Monrovia scholars, food, games, and carnival rides. Photos are available.
Students in Edgewood Schools’ International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) lit up as they presented a zero-waste challenge, the impact of social media, a comprehensive look at “The Sound of Music,” video game design, the history of the Space Age and more on May 9 during Edgewood’s first-ever Personal Projects Exhibition. The Personal Project is the culmination of the five-year MYP, which serves students in grades six to 10. Students are encouraged to conduct independent research that explores a personal interest and demonstrates MYP-taught skills like critical and creative thinking, self-management and communication.
Buena Park Junior High Students Excel at Robotics Tournament
Eight students from Buena Park Junior High showcased their engineering skills as they competed against a field of 80 students from four area junior highs and middle schools at Robot Nation, an annual robotics contest in which students must maneuver robots around obstacle courses. Two Buena Park teams placed in the competition.
Monrovia Unified Offers Students Alternative Approach to Learning with Tuition-free Independent Study
Mountain Park School, a K-12 tuition-free Independent Study School option provided by Monrovia Unified School District, offers flexibility to non-traditional students – some of whom are pursuing professional careers in acting or athletics.
More than 150 students in kindergarten through sixth grade from Tracy and Vineland elementary schools crossed the finish line at Sierra Vista High School on May 10, completing the final mile of a 26.2-mile marathon as part of Rod Dixon’s Kids Marathon Run Club.
Hundreds of graduating seniors from El Monte Union’s comprehensive high schools celebrated their commitments to colleges and universities during College Signing Day ceremonies in May.
Fontana Unified High Schools Ranked by U.S. News and World Report
Fontana Unified’s five comprehensive high schools were named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best High Schools list, among nearly 3,000 schools in California to be honored for their college readiness efforts and improved academic achievement. U.S. News and World Report evaluates schools on six factors: college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, under-served student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rate.
Baldwin Park Unified Early Childhood Education Celebrates Learning
Baldwin Park Unified’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program celebrated a love for education and learning – and highlighted its 2018-19 achievements – during the 19th annual Family and Community Partnership Recognition Luncheon on May 16. More than 120 people attended the event, themed “Learning is a Fiesta,” with ECE partners receiving certificates of appreciation and enjoying performances by ECE students from Pleasant View Elementary.