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Bassett Unified School District

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  • 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.

  • Interim Superintendent: Debra French
  • Board of Trustees: Dolores Rivera, president; Javier Romo, vice president; Armando Barajas, board clerk; Paul Solano, board member; Natalie M. Ybarra, board member

Bassett Unified Hosts Area High School Leadership Symposium

Follow-up Story: A circle of six high school leadership students volleyed a bag stuffed with five air-filled balloons to each other until a fist-sized balloon filled with bleach was added to the mix, sinking the bag and making the game suddenly difficult – illustrating how a little negativity spoils everyone’s efforts. Roddy Layton, a Pomona Unified School District administrator, led the exercise for students from Bassett High and five other area high schools during the Miramonte League Leadership Symposium at Bassett High on Nov. 9. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett High School Teacher Oversees Steady Growth in State Test Scores

Follow-up Story: Bassett High School, led by literature and language teacher Tania Neri, has steadily boosted its California standardized test scores in English language arts (ELA) over the past three years, outperforming many area high schools with similar demographics. Neri, a 20-year Bassett High teacher who has served as ELA department chair since 2008, promotes project-based learning and professional learning communities. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett High Teacher Honored for Inspiring Students to Give Back to Their Community

Follow-up Story: Bassett High business teacher Charles Lynch has been recognized as teacher of the week by Lead2Feed, an organization that provides project-based leadership lessons for schools. Lynch inspired his leadership management students to assist homeless residents with the help of Lead2Feed. Students assembled 150 care packages at La Puente’s Louis of France Catholic Church containing homemade burritos, bottled water, juice, pastry snacks and clothing, and brought the items to homeless men, women and children in downtown Los Angeles. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett Unified Honored for Improved Water Conservation Efforts

Follow-up Story: Bassett Unified School District has been named a water smart school district by the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District (Upper District). Bassett Unified has taken part in Upper District’s large landscape survey and retrofit program since 2015 to examine its irrigation controllers, valves, sprinkler heads, possible repairs and suggest improvements. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Students Celebrate Arts Education

Follow-up Story: Students from Bassett Unified’s Edgewood Academy and Sunkist Elementary explored an abundance of art-based activities on Oct. 30 during the third annual Festival of the Arts hosted by the Community Advisory Committee of the East San Gabriel Special Education Local Plan Area. Five special education classes from Bassett Unified joined with more than 850 students from across the region to celebrate visual arts by creating decoupage pieces, colorful tissue paper flowers and beaded bracelets. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett High Ecology Club Receives Oceanography Lessons on Floating Lab

Follow-up Story: More than 20 Bassett High School Ecology Club students received lessons in oceanography from Los Angeles County marine scientists atop a floating laboratory on Oct. 25, measuring water temperature, studying plankton under a microscope, sampling soil and examining suspended particles in the ocean to determine pollution levels. The Ecology Club students received the opportunity after winning a regional environmental competition sponsored by Generation Earth in June. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Student Survivor of Stage 4 Cancer Celebrated for Strength, Courage

Follow-up Story: When Alexus Rodriguez finished fourth grade at Sunkist Elementary in June 2012, instead of spending her summer swimming in the river during family camping trips, she launched into a full-scale battle against stage four Burkitt’s lymphoma. Now a Bassett High sophomore, she plays the flute in the school’s marching band and is a member of the cheer squad, swim team and Associated Student Body. Rodriguez was honored for her courage during Bassett High’s Oct. 13 varsity football game, which was dedicated to students who have been affected by cancer. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More

Bassett Unified Using Common Sense to Become Better Digital Citizens

Follow-up Story: Nueva Vista High School Leadership students visited Edgewood Academy on Oct. 6, performing a skit on the consequences of cyberbullying, part of a districtwide Bassett Unified TK-12 program designed to promote safe online behavior, through courses administered by Common Sense Education. Each grade level completed three Common Sense classes by the end of September, as BUSD moved closer to being designated a Certified Digital Citizenship District. The classes, which are grade-appropriate, center on internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, and information literacy. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Unveils Child Development Center with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Follow-up Story: Bassett Unified unveiled the Bassett Child Development Center at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27. Childcare is free to eligible families. Services include Early Head Start and childcare for children ages 18 months to 3 years old; Head Start and state preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old; and toddler and private programs. The center features new playground equipment, instructional materials and three interactive classrooms with playing and learning centers. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett Unified Ed Tech Conference Showcases Drones, Robots and Virtual Reality Tools

Follow-up Story: More than 700 southern California educators took a peek at virtual reality headsets, hovering drones, and bee coding robots that introduce computer science concepts to elementary school students during San Gabriel Valley’s Computer-Using Educators (CUE) conference on Oct. 14. The daylong conference offered more than 150 workshops, including one led by Bassett Unified teachers on special assignment (TOSAs) Michael Jephcott and Tom Covington highlighting their podcast, TOSAs Talk Tech, and how to capture student voices through audio technology. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos