CA School News Report

Azusa Unified School District

  • 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, Community Partners to Distribute Groceries to Families

Azusa Unified School District will partner with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Christ Church of the Valley and God’s Pantry to host a free grocery distribution from 8:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11 in the parking lot of Foothill Middle School, 151 N. Fenimore Ave., Azusa. All members of the community are welcome to attend. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Partners with University of La Verne to Offer Guaranteed Student Admission

Azusa Unified School District students have a new path to guaranteed college admittance thanks to a partnership with the University of La Verne. The Azusa Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding at its Jan. 31 meeting that guarantees admission into the private university for all qualifying District students. Through ULV’s Partnership for Access to College Education program, students who meet specific requirements will have access to college preparatory courses, guaranteed financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, application fee waivers, and a range of programs to assist with college readiness and the application process. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More

Azusa Unified Offers Strategies for Student Success at Parent Symposium

Follow-up Story: Parents and families eager to support their children and their academic futures attended Azusa Unified’s annual Parent to Parent Symposium on Feb. 25. The symposium united parents with each other and with education experts to establish a common understanding of how to support children through K-12 education and prepare for college. Hosted at Gladstone High School, bilingual workshops highlighted a variety of topics such as Parenting to Raise Healthy, Intelligent Children, Qualities of a Successful Student and College Preparation, which engaged parents in meaningful conversation during two separate sessions. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified Offers Night of Academic Enrichment for 5th-Grade Parents

Azusa Unified School District will host its annual Fifth-Grade Parent Night at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Gladstone High School, 1340 N. Enid Ave., Covina. The event will connect parents to middle school principals to share ways for ensuring a successful transition to middle school. Parents will learn about the academic, enrichment, athletic and before- and after-school programs available to their children. Information on how to prepare students for college success will also be presented. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Launches Mobile App to Boost Student and Parent Communication and Engagement

Azusa Unified School District has launched a mobile app that displays the latest news, events and information surrounding its elementary, middle and high schools. Available for free in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, the Azusa Unified App provides parents with a direct line of communication to their children’s schools, offering customizable displays that deliver pertinent information. The app offers easy access to the District tip line and delivers notifications of get breaking news about school closures, calendar changes and more. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified Students to Display Cyber Security Skills in National Competition

Follow-up Story: Five Slauson Middle School students – the Cyber Crusaders – took on the roles of information technology professionals tasked with finding vulnerabilities in mock operating systems and fixing them in the semi-final round of the Air Force Association Youth Cyber Defense CyberPatriot competition on Jan. 13. CyberPatriot is a six-hour, after-school contest that seeks to inspire students to develop the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills that will lead to highly lucrative careers. Competing against nearly 600 middle school teams from across the country, the Cyber Crusaders hope to advance to the national finals, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland in March. Photos are available. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified Students Learn about Heart Anatomy with APU Mentors

Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified’s Dalton Elementary School students recently learned about the anatomy of the human heart thanks to a group of Azusa Pacific University anatomy students. Over the course of the fall 2016 semester, Dalton students were exposed to the intricacies of the human heart and its effect on the cardiovascular system, receiving one-on-one instruction from APU students enrolled in BIOL 346 Human Anatomy. As part of APU’s service-learning project requirements, APU students engaged with Dalton students, helping to create an understanding of the functions of the heart and how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. The effort helped APU students retain their material while spiking the interest of Dalton students. Photos are available. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified’s Valleydale Visually Impaired Students Plant Literacy Garden

With shovels, dirty hands and the help of first-year teacher Diana Dennis, Azusa Unified School District’s visually impaired and blind students are learning about the science of plants with a newly renovated literacy garden at Valleydale Elementary. Dennis, who recently won a grant from the California Retired Teachers Association for the literacy garden, teaches her students the process in which a plant grows and the maintenance required to have a flourishing garden. Before the end of the school year, the goal is for the garden to host an outdoor library where students will be able to read and study in a natural environment. Photos are available. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified Elementary Students Complete College Awareness Program

Follow-up Story: Fourth- and fifth-graders from Azusa Unified’s Magnolia, Murray, Paramount and Valleydale elementary schools received diplomas recognizing completion of the College Headed and Mighty Proud (CHAMP) program at an Azusa Pacific University ceremony on Nov. 30. CHAMP is a semester-long program designed to inspire elementary school students to begin planning their post-secondary education. Students meet with APU mentors for eight weeks, discussing college admissions, financial aid and career exploration. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More Photos

Azusa Superintendent Named to State Board of Education Advisory Group

Azusa Unified Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski was appointed Nov. 2 to the California Practitioners Advisory Group, a committee made up of educational leaders from across the state who provide the State Board of Education (SBE) with critical input on federal Title I responsibilities and streamlining local, state and federal accountability systems. Schools receive federal funding under Title I to improve achievement by disadvantaged students. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More