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 Unified Academy Named AVID Highly Certified Site

Edgewood Academy, a K-8 school in Bassett Unified, has been recognized as an AVID Highly Certified Site for teaching students to take ownership of their decisions, understanding the impact their decisions have on their futures and learning the importance of having a higher education. The program is offered to Edgewood students in grades three to five, and will expand to include kindergarten, first- and second-grade students in 2017-18. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett High Students Feature Short Films at Creative Artists Agency

Follow-up Story: Three Bassett High student-crafted short films were featured at the end of May at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an international entertainment and sports agency in Beverly Hills, thanks to the Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project. The project, created by Academy Award-winning actor Edward James Olmos, brought industry professionals to Bassett Unified Schools to teach filmmaking. The CAA – which represents such clients as George Clooney, Will Smith and Tom Hanks – showcases local high school films every year to encourage students to pursue a film pathway. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Poetry Contest Introduces Bassett High Students to Joys of Spoken Word

Follow-up Story: Reciting poems written by such prominent authors as Walt Whitman and Judith Ortiz Cofer, more than 50 Bassett High School students took part in BUSD’s Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 18. Junior Rogelio Aguilera took first place for his recital of California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia’s “Pity the Beautiful” and will advance to a regional final in February. Poetry Out Loud is a national contest co-sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The winner of the National Final, held in Washington, D.C. in April, will take home a $20,000 cash prize. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Children’s Author Inspires Bassett Unified English Learners to Publish Book

Bassett and Nueva Vista high schools’ long-term English learners – students who have been living in the United States for six or more years – will write and publish their own children’s book through a program that helps strengthen reading and writing skills by learning about the writing process. Children’s book author Elizabeth Jimenez inspired the students to tackle the project during a Jan. 17 talk and reading of her bilingual book, “Lalo and the Red Hot Chile Pepper.” The program begins in February. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified’s Edgewood Academy Named an AVID Highly Certified Site

Bassett Unified’s Edgewood Academy has been recognized as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Highly Certified Site for its expansion of AVID programs to third- to eighth-grade students. The program builds a foundation of college-level, independent learning skills. Students learn the building blocks of WICOR – writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading – and visit colleges. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett Unified High School Students Write, Produce and Premiere Film

Follow-up Story: Camera flashes brightened the faces of Bassett High School students as they walked down a red carpet at AMC Covina 17 on Dec. 14 for the premiere of their short film on the big screen. Bassett High’s Associated Study Body and THINK Together after-school program students joined together to write, act and produce a film with the help of Unleashing Giants, an organization of film professionals who guide students to create their own films from start to finish. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett Unified Superintendent Leads SoCal Storm Water Forum Discussion

Follow-up Story: Follow-up Story: Bassett Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Alex J. Rojas led discussions on Bassett High School’s storm water initiatives with a crowd of more than 100 during the SoCal Storm Water Forum held by U.S. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano on Nov. 18 in San Dimas. Panel discussions included drought solutions, sustainability concepts and collaborations with local school districts, California universities and labor organizations. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett Unified Declares all Campuses as Safe, Sanctuary Schools

Bassett Unified’s Board of Education has unanimously adopted a District policy that pledges to shield identifying information about students, families and employees. The move declares all campuses as safe, sanctuary schools, an effort to protect the rights of students to attend school regardless of immigration status, religious beliefs, nationality, gender and sexual orientation. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More

Bassett Unified Podcast Rises in Popularity after Conference Presentations

Downloads of a tech podcast launched a year ago by two Bassett Unified School District teachers quadrupled to more than 400 in November after co-hosts – teachers on special assignment (TOSAs) Tom Covington and Michael Jephcott – gave presentations at conferences organized by tech advocates Computers Using Educators. The podcast, TOSAs Talking Tech, focuses on technology integration in the classroom. Through the podcast and speaking engagements, the TOSAs have networked with hundreds of educators throughout California. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

2 Bassett Unified Elementary Schools Join No Excuses University Network

Van Wig Elementary School and Edgewood Academy have joined the No Excuses University network, pledging to immerse students in a college-going culture from an early age. The action means students at all four Bassett elementary schools, starting in transitional kindergarten, will learn about different programs and majors at higher-education institutions. As part of No Excuses University, each classroom is decorated with college pennants and famous alumni, and students learn college chants, inspiring them to go to college after high school. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos