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Baldwin Park Unified School District

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  • 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: Teresa I. Vargas, president; Diana E Dzib, vice president and clerk; Santos Hernandez, Jr., member

Baldwin Park Unified Elementary Students Recite Poetry

Follow-up Story: Twenty-four students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade recited poems in English and Spanish, including original works, during Margaret Heath Elementary School’s annual Poetry Festival, held Feb. 16. The event, a mainstay at the school for more than two decades, drew dozens of parents as well as applause and cheering from classmates. The students were finalists chosen from grade-level competitions across the school. Photos are available Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Robotics Team to Compete in State Championships

Holland Middle School’s fledgling robotics team has made Baldwin Park Unified history as the first team to qualify for the VRC Middle School State Championship, set for Sunday, Feb. 25 at Fairplex in Pomona. Holland’s Bulldogs demolished the 28 competitors at the second annual Rancho Del Rey tournament on Feb. 3 to snag fourth place overall and earn the right to compete in the State Championship. The team secured the Excellence Award, the highest honor given by VEX Robotics. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Bassett Unified Leadership Students Give Back to Community, Mentor Kindergartners

Follow-up Story: Nueva Vista 11th-grader Barbara Bingham sat down with a group of Edgewood Academy kindergartners, guiding them on identifying farm animals on worksheets and the letter “F”. “Does anyone know what a farm is?” Bingham asked the students. The kindergarteners colored farm animals on one worksheet and, in another activity, looked at a group of animals that included kangaroos and bears, and drew a line from the farm animals to the barn. The mentorship program is part of a project-based learning (PBL) Leadership class in which 14 Nueva Vista students are immersed in hands-on experiences that combine peer mentoring with service projects. Students learn the importance of being role models to younger children and ambassadors for their community through the program. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified’s Bursch Elementary Hosts First Family STEAM Night

Charles Bursch Elementary School will host its first-ever Family STEAM Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, bringing students and their parents together to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through hands-on activities. Participants will create slime, learn about mass using fidget spinners, explore math with dominoes, build towers using just toothpicks and marshmallows, create an art project and make costumes out of butcher paper. Bursch is at 4245 N. Merced Ave., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Elementary School Hosts Annual Poetry Festival

Margaret Heath Elementary School will host an annual Poetry Festival, featuring original works and recitations of classics by students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade, at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. The event has been a campus mainstay for more than 20 years. Heath is at 14321 School St., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified to Screen 12 Student Works during Film Festival

Students from Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high schools have submitted 30 entries for the Baldwin Park Unified School District’s seventh annual Youth Film Festival. Entries will be narrowed to a dozen short films and experimental projects, which will be screened from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at the Performing Arts Center, 4640 N. Maine Ave., Baldwin Park. Prizes will go to the top three short films, to a fan favorite film and to the top experimental project. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified’s Foster Elementary Promotes Invention during inaugural STEAM Night

Follow-up Story: More than 100 students and their families attended Foster Elementary School’s inaugural STEAM night on Feb. 1. The event expanded on an annual event celebrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics by adding art. The school provided 12 project stations ranging from designing a boat and operating a gyrocopter to making slime and building a spaghetti tower. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Two Paramount Unified Schools Named to Schools to Watch List

Follow-up Story: Paramount Park Middle School and Hollydale K-8 School have been named to the 2018 California Schools to Watch List for boosting student achievement, improving campus relations between students and teachers, and reducing suspensions and disciplinary meetings. Paramount Park and Hollydale are two of 22 schools to earn the distinction. The schools will accept the award in Sacramento on Saturday, March 3 and will be honored in Washington D.C. at the National Schools to Watch Conference, held June 27-30 Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Students to Compete in Pinewood Derby

Baldwin Park Unified’s Walnut Elementary School will host a Pinewood Derby STEM Competition at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. The event will test fifth-graders’ ability to design wooden race cars using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Trials will be held during the week leading to the final. The school is at 4701 Walnut St., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Adult Education to Celebrate Lunar New Year

The Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education (BPACE) Older Adult Program, in association with the City of Baldwin Park, will welcome 400 community members to a Year of the Dog celebration of the Lunar New Year from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. The event, held at the Performing Arts Center, 4640 N. Maine Ave., Baldwin Park, will feature a traditional lion dance and other cultural presentations. At the end of the program, dim sum, rice, green tea, oranges and fortune cookies will be served. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More