CA School News Report

Bassett Unified School District

  • 904 North Willow Avenue La Puente , CA 91746 • 626-931-3000
  • Bassett Unified School District operates four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a comprehensive high school, a continuation high school, an adult education program and an early childhood education program.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Alex J. Rojas
  • Board of Trustees: Dolores Rivera, president; Javier Romo, vice president; Armando Barajas, board clerk; Paul Solano, board member; Natalie M. Ybarra, board member

Bassett High Link Crew Welcomes Freshmen to 2017-18 School Year

Follow-up Story: More than 200 freshmen from Bassett High’s Class of 2021 were welcomed to the new school year by students in the BHS Link Crew with a special orientation on Aug. 8, a day before classes began. Freshmen met with 60 members of Link Crew – made up of juniors and seniors – who introduced themselves and spent the morning performing trust-building activities, talking and playing games. The Link Crew will provide support over the course of the school year. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Elementary Students Go on Back-to-School Shopping Spree

Follow-up Story: Nearly 200 fourth- and fifth-graders at Bassett Unified’s Don Julian Elementary School on Aug. 3 received new backpacks and went on a shopping spree for school supplies, such as pencils, rulers and calculators. Don Julian students have received supplies provided by the Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley since 2009. Don Julian students from transitional kindergarten to fifth grade also received No Excuses University T-shirts. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified to Welcome Back 3,600 Students

Bassett Unified School District and the Board of Education are welcoming back more than 3,600 students on Wednesday, Aug. 9 with enhanced career technical education (CTE) pathways and state-recognized programs. Don Julian Elementary will also distribute backpacks to first-graders at 10 a.m. The packs will be filled with supplies courtesy of Golden State Foods. Don Julian is at 13855 Don Julian Road, La Puente. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified, University of La Verne Partner on College Admission

Follow-up Story: With the scrawl of a pen and a handshake, Bassett Unified Interim Superintendent Debra French solidified a partnership with the University of La Verne for the Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE), a program that aims to ensure high school students have access to a first-rate, affordable college education. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Summer Academy Drives Middle School Students to Pursue Careers in Medicine and Engineering

Follow-up Story: Fifty-four Bassett Unified seventh- and eighth-grade students spent a month gaining skills and learning about job opportunities in the engineering and medical fields during the District’s middle school summer academy. The program culminated with a showcase for parents on July 7 at Bassett High School, when each student earned a certificate signifying their competence in concepts and skills learned through the program. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett Unified LCAP Boosts Funding for CTE and Arts Instruction

Follow-up Story: Bassett Unified’s School District Board of Education approved a 2017-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) on June 27 that reaffirms the District commitment to a college-going culture in a safe, clean environment. The plan increases funding for career technical education and visual and performing arts while continuing to support popular programs such as No Excuses University and the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports discipline system. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Van Wig Students Assist Conservation Corps, Supervisor Hilda Solis in Beautification Project

Follow-up Story: Van Wig Elementary School students and Bassett Unified community members joined with the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp and Los Angeles County District 1 Supervisor Hilda Solis to plant 75 trees at the Van Wig campus on June 28 as part of the L.A. County Parks and Recreation “Life is Better with Trees” beautification project. Van Wig Principal Andrew Candelaria and Bassett High School Class of 2017 graduate and former Ecology Club President Amber Chacon received certificates of commendation from Solis for their community outreach. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett High Ecology Club Wins Regional Environmental Competition

Follow-up Story: Five members of Bassett High’s Ecology Club won a regional environmental competition based on the extensive community work they’ve participated in throughout the school year, including advocating for more trees in the community, growing a campus pollination garden and mentoring elementary and middle school students. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Van Wig Students Hone Reading and Math Skills with ‘Breakfast Club’ Computer Programs

Follow-up Story: Popular “Breakfast Club” morning computer lab sessions at Bassett Unified’s Van Wig Elementary School have been continued into the summer session as an afternoon activity, allowing dozens of students and their parents to bolster their English and mathematics skills. Using specialized tutorial programs like Prodigy, Lexia Core 5 and ST Math, the “Breakfast Club” helps students performing under grade level as well as those who are looking for extra practice. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett High School Judo Champion Selected for Junior Pan Am Games

Follow-up Story: Bassett High School junior Antonio Alvarado, who has acquired a Team USA Judo No. 1 ranking in his weight division, will receive his first taste of international competition during the International Judo Federation (IJF) Junior Pan Am Games in Cancun, Mexico on July 1-2. Before traveling to Mexico, Alvarado will compete in the Junior Olympic National Championships in Seattle on June 16-18. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos