CA School News Report

Baldwin Park Unified School District

  • 3699 N. Holly Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706 • 626-962-3311
  • Baldwin Park traces its roots back to the 1882 construction of a school house and the 1888 establishment of the Vineland School District. The district, renamed for Baldwin Park in 1914 when the community chose a new name, served elementary students until the early 1950s, when unification of districts led to the creation of the Baldwin Park Unified School District. Today, there are 13 elementary schools, three junior high schools, one middle school, two comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, an adult school and an early childhood education program.

  • Superintendent of Schools: Froilan N. Mendoza
  • Board of Trustees: Christina Lucero, president; Teresa I. Vargas, clerk/vice president; Santos Hernandez, Jr., member; Carlos Lopez, member

Baldwin Park Unified High Schools Graduate 1,026 in Class of 2017

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified celebrated the graduation of 1,026 students from Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista and North Park Continuation high schools on May 31 and June 1, sending students off to prestigious colleges across the nation, including the UC system. Graduates include QuestBridge Scholarship winner Jeronimo Reyes, the valedictorian for Sierra Vista High. Some 53 students at the schools also received Seals of Biliteracy, recognizing fluency in two or more languages. Photos are available Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Seniors Thank Elementary Teachers Ahead of Graduation

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified’s Tracy Elementary students raised colorful congratulations signs and cheered along to Queen’s “We Are the Champions” as they welcomed 41 of Sierra Vista’s graduating seniors during the high school’s inaugural Senior Walk on May 26. Seniors – wearing their caps and gowns – were greeted by more than 150 third- through fifth-graders and educators, who cheered and waved pom-poms to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating students. The Senior Walk returned Sierra Vista students to their educational roots to thank teachers for impacting and inspiring their academic careers. At each of the nine feeder elementary schools, more than 230 seniors presented teachers with invitations to attend their June 1 graduation ceremony. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park High School Celebrates 433 Graduates in Class of 2017

Baldwin Park High School celebrated the graduation of 433 seniors during an evening ceremony on June 1 that featured remarks by salutatorian Sharon Wen Tran, valedictorian Ann Mariel Bautista Pacada and Principal Anthony Ippolito. The event included recognition of 23 students who earned California Seals of Biliteracy, which indicate fluency in at least two languages. In addition, 25 students received $72,750 in local and community-generated scholarships and grants for their colleague endeavors. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Celebrates Sierra Vista High’s Class of 2017

Follow-up Story: Sierra Vista High School valedictorian Jeronimo Reyes, speaking to classmates at the school’s June 1 commencement, detailed the importance of improving the world through education, lessons learned and forgotten, the impact of helpful teachers and the philosophy of friendship delivered by the high school comedy “Mean Girls.” The event recognized the academic achievement of the school’s 408 graduating seniors, who were adorned with colorful leis, elaborately decorated caps and cheerful smiles as they earned their long-awaited diplomas to the roaring applause of more than 1,000 attendees. Photos are available Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

185 Students Graduate from North Park Continuation High School

More than 180 graduating seniors received diplomas during an emotionally charged commencement at North Park Continuation High School on May 31 that featured an interlude during which students bestowed orchid leis on family, friends and mentors to recognize their support. The high school graduated 185 students, topping its 2016 graduation rate of 92 percent – one of the highest for continuation schools in the region. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Students to Receive Hundreds of Wireless Devices

Baldwin Park Unified School District high school students are set to receive 300 wireless devices, coupled with free internet service, for the 2017-18 school year and hundreds more devices for the following four school years through Spring’s 1Million Project, which seeks to put 1 million digital tools in the hands of economically disadvantaged students across the nation. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park High Schools Hold 2017 Commencement Exercises

Baldwin Park Unified will hold graduation ceremonies for its three high schools on Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1. North Park Continuation High School’s ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 31, at North Park High, 4600 Bogart Ave. Baldwin Park High will hold its commencement at 5:30 p.m. June 1 at the school’s Ted K. Gorrell Stadium, 3900 N. Puente Ave. Sierra Vista’s ceremony will start at 7 p.m. June 1 at the Sierra Vista High Stadium, 3600 N. Frazier St. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park High Science Instructor Named District Teacher of the Year

Raquel Viramontes, a nine-year science teacher at Baldwin Park High School, has been named Baldwin Park Unified’s 2017 Teacher of the Year for her commitment to students and colleagues. Viramontes teaches biology, forensics and human anatomy, and brings the lessons to life with a focus on project-based instruction that goes beyond the mechanics of the science. For example, she created a genetics lesson in which students must create designer babies. Students must examine all the technical aspects of their choices for character and physical traits, as well as the implications behind why they value specific traits and the impact of breeding other traits out of the gene pool. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Honors Staff Members for Excellence

Baldwin Park Unified has announced its 2017 Certified Administrator, Classified Administrator and Classified Employee of the Year. Harris Vincent Pratt, principal of North Park Continuation High School, is being honored as Certificated Administrator of the Year for his ability to connect deeply with his students and staff. Nancy Mejia, senior executive assistant for the business services division, was named Classified Administrator of the Year for her patient and kind approach to meet the needs of her colleagues. Richard Robles, head custodian of Vineland Elementary School, was named Classified Employee of the Year for his attention to staff needs, quick and cool response to emergency services and the thoughtful and thorough quality of his repairs. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Sierra Vista High Seniors to Thank Elementary Educators

More than 200 graduating seniors from Sierra Vista High School will return to the nine Baldwin Park Unified elementary schools that launched their education journeys at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 26 to thank their teachers during the school’s first-ever Senior Walk. The seniors will wear their caps and gowns during the event, which celebrates their accomplishment and aims to inspire younger students to pursue higher education. At each elementary school, seniors will present teachers with invitations to attend their graduation ceremony. Elwin Elementary will welcome 43 graduates and Tracy Elementary will greet 41. Kenmore Elementary will hold an assembly, at which its 33 seniors will share where they will attend college and thank their elementary teacher for helping them reach this point in their education. De Anza kindergarteners will greet their 38 seniors at the bus and the remaining grades will form a tunnel to welcome them. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More