CA School News Report

Bellflower Unified School District

  • 16703 South Clark Ave. Bellflower, CA 90706 • 562-866-9011
  • The roots of the Bellflower Unified School District stretch back to 1909, when the Somerset School District was formed in the region. The school was one of the main draws for settlers. The school served thousands of students in various incarnations until its demolition in 1951, the same year the community saw the construction of Bellflower High School. The unified school district was formed in 1957. The district operates 10 elementary schools, three high schools, a home study program and a child development center.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Brian Jacobs
  • Board of Trustees: Dr. Sue ElHessen, president; Laura Sanchez-Ramirez, vice president; Debbie Cuadros, clerk; Jerry Cleveland, member; Paul Helzer, D.C., PhD., member

Bellflower Unified Garden Helps Teach Environmental Science, Nutrition

An innovative gardening program at Bellflower Unified’s Ramona Elementary is planting the seeds for hands-on learning about environmental science and healthy eating thanks to a community partnership launched in fall. The program brings in a “Garden Ranger” to work each Tuesday with children from different grades at the Bellflower school’s outdoor garden. School leaders are seeking to raise $2,500 to continue the program for a second year. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Spanish Dual-Language Immersion Program Fills to Capacity

Nearly 100 students fill four dual-immersion, Spanish-language classrooms at Bellflower Unified's Intensive Learning Center in Lakewood -- a capacity crowd for the District's latest foray into new educational arenas. The district launched the program in 2013-14 with kindergarten classes and, this year, added first grade. Research shows dual-immersion students not only learn the targeted language, but also gain significant understanding of cultures associated with the language, show overall cognitive advances and earn stronger grades in school. Bellflower Unified Superintendent Dr. Brian Jacobs said the program is one element of a broader effort to increase academic success, cultural understanding and preparation for a global economy. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Students Receive New Shoes at Shopping Event

Follow-up Story: Sixty-one Bellflower Unified students received new shoes and socks on Jan. 31, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Bellflower's 11th annual Payless Shoe Shopping Event. The event was held in conjunction with Caring Connections, a nonprofit dedicated to helping meet the needs of children and families in the Bellflower Unified School District. Also aiding the effort were Encounter Christian Church and Payless Shoe Source. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Students, Mayor Team Up to Beautify 20-Acre Park

Follow-up Story: Nearly 100 students from Bellflower Unified teamed up with Mayor Sonny R. Santa Ines, Bellflower school board members, parents and Kiwanis Club members on Jan. 30 to beautify 20-acre Ruth Caruthers Park, removing trash, leaves, pine needles and weeds, scrubbing graffiti, spreading wood chips and sweeping walkways. The cleanup was the idea of students at Woodruff Elementary School, who were inspired by a civic learning project run jointly by their school and Bellflower Middle School. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified’s Smaller Classes Help Intensify Instruction

Bellflower Unified teachers are reaping the rewards this year of an aggressive District policy to reduce class sizes in grades K-3 to 24 students. The effort, which cost $2.85 million and required 38 new teachers, is allowing teachers time for more personal interaction with students and making it easy to work with the clsss as whole. The District – along with all other California schools – was given eight years to reduce class sizes in order to qualify for a bump in state funding, but officials decided to make the improvement immediately. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Siblings Receive National Red Ribbon Prize in Jan. 12 Ceremony

Follow-up Story: More than 600 Intensive Learning Center students gathered Jan. 12 to help recognize classmates Beman and Patricia Rezkalla’s victory in the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The siblings, who are in third grade and kindergarten, took home one of 10 prizes awarded across the nation in the fourth annual contest. Their prize: an iPad for their family and $1,000 for their school, which was ceremonially given to the students by DEA Special Agent Vijay Rathi during the event. The victory is the first ever for a Los Angeles-area school. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos