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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: Christina Lucero, president; Teresa I. Vargas, clerk/vice president; Santos Hernandez, Jr., member; Carlos Lopez, member

Baldwin Park Unified Offers Summer Breakfasts, Lunches

Baldwin Park youths ages 1 through 18 will receive free breakfasts and lunches Mondays through Fridays this summer. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. and lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. through Friday, June 30 at De Anza Elementary, 12820 Bess Ave.; Kenmore Elementary, 3823 Kenmore Ave.; Pleasant View Elementary, 14900 E. Nubia St.; Vineland Elementary, 3609 Vineland Ave.; Walnut Elementary, 4701 N. Walnut St.; Holland Middle School, 4733 N. Landis Ave.; and Sierra Vista Junior High, 13400 Foster Ave. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch from 11 to 11:30 a.m. through Friday, July 7, closing July 4 at Baldwin Park High School, 3900 N. Puente Ave. and Sierra Vista High School, 3600 Frazier St. North Park Continuation High School, 4600 Bogart Ave., serves breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 to noon through Friday, July 7, closing July 4. Call 626-962-3311, ext. 4224, for details. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Superintendent Earns Doctorate

Baldwin Park Unified Superintendent Froilan N. Mendoza – a professional educator in California public schools since 1990 – earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California on May 11. Mendoza, who took over leadership of the Baldwin Park Unified School District in February 2016, wrote his dissertation about the influence of globalization and multinational corporations on the instructional practices and interest in STEM topics in Ireland’s schools.Mendoza started his career as a substitute teacher in the Jurupa Unified School District before shifting to counseling and administrative posts for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He came to Baldwin Park Unified in 2000 as coordinator of early childhood education. He served as associate superintendent from 2010 to 2015. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Adult School Students Celebrate Graduations

Follow-up Story: More than 1,200 family members and friends cheered as 200 Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education students received career technical education certificates, diplomas and high school equivalency certificates on May 18. The event, held at Baldwin Park High School, featured a rainbow of robes: purple for high school diplomas, white for high school equivalency and yellow for career tech training. In all, 284 students graduated from the adult education programs. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Adult Education Instructor Honored for Excellence by State Council

Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education (BPACE) instructor Mark Steimle has received a 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from the California Council on Adult Education (CCAE), recognizing his contributions as a master teacher. Steimle, who received the honor May 6 at the CCAE conference in Long Beach, has been teaching at BPACE since 1988. His courses include English as a second language (ESL), adult basic education and adults with disabilities. He is currently lead instructor for the independent study program and teaches high school subjects and GED/HiSET equivalency exam preparation classes. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Elementary School Transforms Classrooms into Tech-Infused Learning Centers

Baldwin Park Unified has transformed nine classrooms at De Anza Elementary School into tech-infused, flexible-design learning centers in which each student has access to a laptop, teachers can seamlessly integrate digital tools into instruction and desks can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate almost any lesson goal.The project’s roots stretch to 2015, when Baldwin Park Unified replaced aging portable classrooms at De Anza with Gen 7-style buildings. School leaders saved about $600,000 in matching funds – dollars that would have been lost if not dedicated to the project. So, they upgraded the classrooms’ digital footprint: a 36-laptop Chromebook cart, teacher laptop and tablet, and mobile big-screen TV. Modular, wheeled furniture allows teachers to create collaboration centers of two to five students. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park High School Junior Wins 32nd District Congressional Art Contest

U.S. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano on May 6 named Baldwin Park High School junior Millyna Liu as the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for her work “Off in the Distance,” a drawing that will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the coming year. Honorable mentions went to Sierra Vista High senior Tam Do for “Glenda,” senior Leslie Davila for “Marvel Comic Fan” and junior Eduardo Lopez, for “Horse.” Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Elementary Showcases Dual-language Student Talent

Follow-up Story: Dual-language students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Tracy Elementary lit up the evening in bright blue, red and green garments and traditional Mexican attire as they danced and sang to popular songs by iconic singer Juan Gabriel on May 12. Alternating from English to Spanish, transitional kindergarteners through sixth-graders took the audience through Gabriel’s history and his impact on Mexican music and culture. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park High Senior Receives ROP Merit Scholar Honor

Baldwin Park High School senior Angela Silva is being recognized as a Merit Scholar by the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical Center (ESGVROP/TC) in the area of family consumer services. Silva, who is enrolled in Early Childhood Development classes at Baldwin Park High, plans to attend UC Santa Barbara and major in psychology with an emphasis on clinical care. She would like to become a clinical psychologist for children. Her classes have given her confidence in her ability to help children fulfill their potential, Silva wrote in her Merit Scholar application. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Students Cultivate Vegetables and Nutritional Knowledge

Follow-up Story: More than 130 fourth-graders from Baldwin Park Unified’s Charles Bursch and De Anza elementary schools have carefully tended crops and transformed fresh produce into nutritious dishes as part of Kaiser Permanente’s Garden Gourmet program, a food preparation and nutrition education program. Students celebrated the end of the year-long program on May 5 at the Baldwin Park Community Garden. Photos are available Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Elementary Students to Finish Final Marathon Run

Follow-up Story: Students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Baldwin Park Unified’s Vineland Elementary dashed to the finish line on May 5 to complete the last mile of a 26.2-mile marathon they had been running in weekly stages through Rod Dixon’s Kids Marathon Run Club. Parents, teachers and community members cheered on the students, who since October have finished more than 25 miles in weekly runs. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos