CA School News Report

Azusa Unified School District

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  • 546 S. Citrus Ave., Azusa, California 91702 • 626-967-6211
  • Azusa Unified operates 12 elementary, one K-8 school, three intermediate and three high schools, as well as an Adult School. The district provides a student-centered program that emphasizes a standards-based curriculum, enrichment classes and a commitment to educational technology.

  • Superintendent: Linda Kaminski
  • Board of Trustees: Helen Jaramillo, president; Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, vice president; Paul Naccachian, clerk; Jeri Bibles-Vogle, member; Yolanda Rodriguez-Peña, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 9,277

Azusa Unified Student Chalk Art Festival Featured ‘Si Se Puede’ Theme

Follow-up Story: Sierra High School has encouraged students to say “Si Se Puede,” or “Yes I can,” to their dreams by expressing their aspirations in the form of chalk art on May 22 in the annual Chalk Art Festival. After preparing and learning about the medium all week, students in teams of two created 30-inch images on sections of concrete to be judged by local educators and former students. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Azusa Unified Mariachi Group to Perform in Annual Benefit Concert

More than 100 student musicians from Azusa Unified’s Mariachi de Azusa after-school program will be decked out in matching charro outfits from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 8, when they host a benefit concert at Azusa Pacific University. The Mariachi de Azusa group, now in its 16th year, comprises third- through 12th-grade students from throughout the District, who have the opportunity to learn from professional musicians about music and Mexican-American culture. The evening will include performances by Ballet Folklorico Raices, Mariachi Relampago and Mountain View Danzantes. A suggested donation of $15 is requested for adult admission. Children under 18 may attend for free. All proceeds go to the Mariachi de Azusa program. The event will take place at Azusa Pacific University’s Upper Turner Campus Center, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Azusa Unified to Launch School Construction Projects This Summer

Azusa Unified this summer plans to launch the first school construction projects to be funded by its $92 million Measure K facilities bond, approved by local voters in November 2014. Work will include the renovation of roofing at Center Middle School, and the addition of four new classrooms at Ellington, which began expanding from an elementary school to a K-8 site two years ago. The District is in the process of submitting plans to the Division of State Architect for approval. As part of the process to launch the bond program, the Board of Education also appointed seven members to its bond oversight committee. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Azusa Unified’s Sierra High Recognized as Model Continuation School

Azusa Unified’s Sierra High has once again earned recognition as a state Model Continuation School, a designation it has held since 2005. The honor is awarded by the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA), which is recognizing the Azusa Unified school at the 2015 CCEA State Conference in San Francisco, starting Friday, May 1. Sierra’s Underdog Mural program, administered by art instructor Elaine Stricklin, has been named an Exemplary Program by the CCEA. Student murals are commissioned within the city, with the money raised used to buy art supplies and pay for field trips to local art museums. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Slauson Middle School Duo Win Scholarships for National Space Camp

A student and a teacher at Azusa Unified’s Slauson Middle School this summer will attend the Huntsville, Alabama-based Northrup Grumman Space Camp, which aims to inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists, teachers and engineers. Seventh-grader Rafael Rosas III and sixth-grade STEM teacher David Hartman will have the opportunity to tour the Rocket Park and U.S. Space and Rocket Center to learn about the history of space programs, as well as participate in robotics and rocketry simulations. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Azusa Unified ‘Parent University’ Workshops Empower, Engage Families

Azusa Unified is empowering parents to make an impact on the education of their children through a series of workshops featured in its annual Parent University to be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at Azusa High School, 240 N Cerritos Ave, Azusa. The nearly 50 available workshops will focus on a variety of topics including bullying, social media oversight, health and wellness, study skills, college preparation, graduation requirements and the Common Core State Standards. The public is invited to attend the free event, where childcare will be available. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)