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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 Students Show Preference for Healthy Cuisines During Annual Taste Testing Show

Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified middle and high school students chose entrees and desserts for District-wide lunch menus in 2017-18 during the District’s annual Taste Testing Show on April 12 and 13. Students from Slauson Middle and Gladstone High schools appraised cuisine from nearly a dozen food vendors, rating food items such as flaquitos and penne pasta. In past years, students have approved inclusion of international cuisine items like tamales and pupusas, as well as fresh salads and meatless entrees. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified Hosts All District Concert at Azusa Pacific University

Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified School District elementary, middle and high school students showcased their musical expertise at the All District Concert on April 20. Themed “Americana,” the concert featured American heritage classics as well as contemporary numbers performed by more than 200 choir and band students Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified’s Powell Elementary Students Reenact American Revolution

Follow-up Story: Powell Elementary School’s fifth-graders brought history to life with their production of a "Walk Through the American Revolution" on March 17. On stage, students re-enacted the early events of America’s history costumed as notable figures from the era, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Abigail Adams. Part theater and part game show, students acted out scenes while earning points through activities and contests. Photos are available Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Parents Graduate from Academic Support Program

Follow-up Story: Nearly 50 Azusa Unified parents from Foothill Middle School graduated from the Parent Institute for Quality Education on March 23. The nine-week program engages parents in their children’s education and strengthens collaboration between parents and schools to improve the academic achievement of students. AUSD Board Member Yolanda Pena was among the graduates. Photos are available Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Disney Illustrator Highlights Third Annual Gladstone Street Career Day

Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified’s Gladstone Street Elementary hosted Disney animator Wayne Kalama, drag racers from the Southern California Drag Racing Association and a dozen other professionals and entrepreneurs during its third annual career day on March 24. Hosted on Gladstone Street Elementary’s campus, children spent the morning learning how Kalama brought drawings to life for some of Disney’s biggest blockbusters. Among other exciting career fields presented were corporate planning, entertainment, fashion, firefighting, food service, forestry, health care, law enforcement, merchandising, retail management and more. Photos are available. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More

Azusa Unified High School Seniors Participate in Annual Job Shadow Day

Follow-up Story: Azusa employers and local businesses opened their doors to more than 160 senior advanced Career Technology Education (CTE) students from Gladstone, Sierra and Azusa high schools on March 9 as part of Job Shadow Day. More than 20 business representatives highlighted their respective industries and provided hands-on experience for interested students. A luncheon, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, followed the event at Azusa Pacific University with guest speaker, former Azusa Chief of Police Sam Gonzalez, who spoke to students on how to be successful in life. Following the event, some students were offered summer jobs and internships. Photos are available Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Students Take a Stand at Youth Empowerment Conference

Follow-up Story: Twenty-five Azusa High School students rallied with their peers at the fifth annual Youth Empowerment Conference on Feb. 25 at Lincoln High School in Los Angeles to support access to education and equal rights for students affected by deportation. Led by the Immigrant Youth Coalition, Azusa students participated in workshop sessions on political activism, coalition building and community engagement, where many shared their experiences growing up undocumented. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified High School Seniors, Adult Students Eligible for Scholarships

The City of Azusa will fund six scholarships for qualified Azusa Unified high school seniors and adult education students. Students who reside in the city are eligible to receive an award of up to $1,000. Applications, available on the city website, will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Applications can be mailed or hand delivered to City of Azusa City Clerk’s Office, 213 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa High Femineers Sharpen Their STEM Skills in Project-Based Learning Club

Female students at Azusa Unified are learning the science behind robotic technology and computer programming through the District’s Femineer after-school program. Offered through a partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, the Femineer program encourages girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. At Azusa High School, 16 girls meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to engineer their own original robots using a variety of craft supplies. Azusa students are mentored by Cal Poly Pomona students during the after-school workshops. Photos are available. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More Photos