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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 Students Show School Spirit at College Colors Day Parade

Follow-up Story: Showing their college-bound spirit, students at Bassett Unified’s Don Julian Elementary School waved flags, shook pompons and shouted out college chants during their annual College Colors Day Parade on Aug. 31. Students from 19 classes – from transitional kindergarten to grade five – marched on the Don Julian playground, dressed in the apparel of their homeroom college, representing universities from across the United States and one – Tecnológico de Monterrey – from Mexico. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Students Write Letters for City of Hope Patients

Fourth-graders from Bassett’s Van Wig Elementary wrote letters of healing and hope to children at Duarte’s City of Hope hospital. Bassett Unified distributed brightly colored fleece material to each of its schools so staff and students could put together more than 50 blankets to donate to City of Hope. Fourth-grade teacher Flavio Castaneda had his students write letters so patients would receive a kind message with the blankets. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Elementary School Students Welcome Back with Backpacks, Supplies

Follow-up Story: Eighty-five first graders and nearly 200 fourth- and fifth-graders from Don Julian Elementary School were welcomed back to school with brand new backpacks stuffed with school supplies thanks to generous donations from local organizations and businesses. Fourth- and fifth-grade students were treated to a back to school shopping spree experience on Aug. 3, while first graders received their backpacks on the first day of school. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett High Link Crew Welcomes Back More than 200 Freshmen

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)Read More Photos Video

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