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January 12–20, 2018

Paramount Unified 6th-Grader to be Honored by Los Angeles Clippers for Reading Excellence

Melody Bradley, a sixth-grader at Paramount Unified’s Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, will be honored for her prolific reading by the Los Angeles Clippers before their game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Melody logged 14,481 reading minutes in the Clippers’ Read to Achieve literacy program from Oct. 2-Nov. 10, the most among participating sixth-graders. She will receive a commemorative plaque during the on-court presentation. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Lynwood Elementary Students to Receive New Eyeglasses

Nearly 100 Abbott Elementary School students will enjoy clearer outlooks when they receive new eyeglasses at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The service is provided by Vision To Learn, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating vision issues as a barrier to education. Students received eye examinations in fall 2017 to determine if they needed glasses. The glasses will be delivered to Abbott, 5260 Clark Street, Lynwood. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

San Gabriel Unified to Host Special Education Workshop for Parents

San Gabriel Unified’s special education department will host a family-focused workshop titled “Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Behavior” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the board room of the District office, 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel. Family members, teachers and staff who support special needs students will learn strategies for managing behavioral challenges and applying positive reinforcement. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Clippers to Honor Paramount Unified 6th-Grader for Reading Excellence

Melody Bradley, a sixth-grader at Paramount Unified’s Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, will be honored for her prolific reading by the Los Angeles Clippers before their game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The award is part of the team’s Read to Achieve literacy program. Melody logged the most reading minutes among her Zamboni classmates. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Follow-up Stories

Baldwin Park Unified High School Robotics Team Lands NASA Grant

Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High School has won a NASA-sponsored Regional Challenge Rookie Team Grant that will provide the school’s robotics team with the funds to cover registration for the FIRST Robotics Competition, representing the team’s first time entering such a contest. The grant provides Sierra Vista’s Robodons with $6,000 for competition registration and a robotics kit that includes a base model with frame, controller, gears and motor. Bryant Hong, a junior at Sierra Vista and the robotics club president, applied for the grant. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Whittier Union Star Student-Athlete Accepted to Cornell University

Pioneer High School senior Sabrina Hawthorne has been accepted to Cornell University, an Ivy League research university in New York where she will study industrial and labor relations, paving the way for her to become a civil rights lawyer. Hawthorne, who has a 4.2 GPA, is the first in her family to attend college and credits her mother for instilling in her the inspiration to believe in herself. She also credits the Pioneer High staff for their support in the classroom and securing financial aid. Hawthorne is captain of both the varsity swim and varsity water polo teams and a member of the volleyball team. She is also in the Pioneer High Leos Club and is founder and president of the Good Eats Health Club and Science Club. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Bassett High English Language Arts Teachers Spur Increase in Standardized Test Scores

Bassett High School, led by literature and language teacher Tania Neri, has steadily boosted its California standardized test scores in English language arts (ELA) over the past three years, outperforming many area high schools with similar demographics. Neri, a 20-year Bassett High teacher who has served as ELA department chair since 2008, promotes project-based learning and professional learning communities. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Fontana Unified Teacher Named Regional Finalist for CLHS Educator of the Year Award

Jurupa Hills High School teacher Dr. Ruzanna Hernandez was named a Region 10 finalist for the California League of High Schools’ (CLHS) Educator of the Year Award. Region 10 includes Inyo, Mono, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Regional winners are considered for a state Educator of the Year award. The Region 10 winner will be named at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at the Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center, 700 N. Haven Ave., Ontario. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More Photos

Gabrielino High Speech Program Boasts 8 Academic All-Americans

Four Gabrielino High School speech and debate students – Annabelle Cook, Jannelle Dang, Angelina Liang, Jason Tran, Leon Tran, Meng Vong, and co-captains Josh Raymundo and Richelle Chow – were named Academic All-Americans by the National Speech and Debate Association. The award goes to fewer than 500 of the 141,000 association’s student members each year. Students must earn a 3.7 GPA and superior distinction at speech competitions. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Baldwin Park Unified Elementary School Honored for Academic Success

Baldwin Park Unified’s Kenmore Elementary School has qualified as one of 18 U.S. honor schools for the 2018 America’s Best Urban Schools Award given out by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). The award honors schools in urban areas with high percentages of low-income students that create thriving academic communities. A NCUST team will visit Kenmore in spring and decide whether to name it a bronze, silver or gold medal school. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Lynwood Elementary School Celebrates MLK Day with Book Reading from Delta Air Lines Pilots

Nearly 60 Lugo Elementary School third-graders, inspired by talks from Delta Air Lines employees during a Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) celebration, studied the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and even wrote letters thanking the civil rights leader for fighting to obtain racial equality during the 1950s and 60s. Lugo Elementary hosted two airplane captains, one flight attendant and four baggage handlers to the Jan. 11 event, when students learned about the importance of King’s message of racial equality during the Civil Rights era. The captains read “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport, then all the guests took questions explaining their careers. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Upcoming Events

Baldwin Park Unified Middle School Takes 4th Place in Robotics Contest

Holland Middle School’s robotics team snagged fourth place in the qualifying round of a VEX In The Zone Competition on Jan. 6 – far outpacing its previous performances. The Bulldogs also placed third in the elimination round, edging out experienced magnet and private school teams. This is the first year the Bulldogs have competed in VEX Robotics. The team is on the waiting list for a competition on Saturday, Jan. 13 and will compete on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Grace Brethren Church in Simi Valley. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Fontana Unified’s Alder Middle School to Host Free Nutrition Classes

Fontana Unified’s Alder Middle School will hold free nutrition classes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22 and Monday, Jan. 29, providing families with tools to learn healthy recipes and plan budget-friendly meals. The classes, provided by the University of California Cooperative Extension, will be at the school’s parent center, 7555 Alder Ave., Fontana. Call 909-357-5330, ext. 30237 to register or learn more. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Lynwood Unified Families to Explore Tech during Workshop Series

Lynwood Unified families will learn how to use email to connect with teachers during a 21st century learning workshop at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the District Office, 11321 Bullis Road, Lynwood. Families will learn how to use online resources to support children’s academic success during a second session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Abbott Elementary School, 5260 Clark St., Lynwood. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Fontana Unified to Host Free Family Wellness Workshops for Parents

Fontana Unified School District will hold free Parent University workshops from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, highlighting strategies for promoting health and wellness for the entire family. The workshops will be at the John D. 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)

El Monte Union Hosts Cash for College Workshops

El Monte Union High School District will hold the last in a series of Cash for College workshops to help students and families fill out financial aid applications on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Fernando Ledesma High School. Attendees can get help completing FAFSA and California Dream Act applications. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More