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  • 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 Kindergarten Teacher Stunned by $25,000 Milken Award

Katherine Shaw, a kindergarten teacher at Bellflower Unified’s Washington Elementary School, was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educators Award during a March 3 ceremony led by Milken Foundation President Lowell Milken and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Shaw, who was stunned by the announcement, was praised for sculpting her teaching approach to student needs. She also helps guide fellow teachers. The Milken Award, dubbed the Oscars of Teaching, will go to up to 35 teachers across the U.S. in 2017. Shaw is one of two in California to receive the award and the first Bellflower Unified teacher to be honored. For more information, go to www.milkeneducatorawards.org. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Elementary Holds Bingo for Books to Boost Literacy

Bellflower Unified’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary will hold its second annual Bingo for Books event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, with families moving from room to room across the Dr. Seuss-emblazoned campus playing bingo and winning books. During the event's first year, more than 325 students and their families won over 500 books. Bingo for Books is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Elementary PTA, Associated Student Body and Family Night Committee, with support from staff members who decorate the campus. The books given out are donated by the PTA, staff members and other members of the community. Jefferson Elementary is at 10027 Rose St., Bellflower. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Adds School for Spanish Dual-Immersion Program

Bellflower Unified’s popular Spanish dual-immersion program – launched several years ago at the Intensive Learning Center – will expand to Washington Elementary School in 2017-18, creating a convenient option for families living in the north end of the District. A preschool dual-immersion program was launched at Washington Elementary this year. Kindergarten and preschool registration for both sites opens Monday, March 6. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Fifth-graders Bring History to Life with Wax Museum

Fifth-graders from Bellflower Unified’s Stephen Foster Elementary will don historical attire from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 for the final presentation of a “wax museum” that visitors bring to life by donating coins. Once activated, the students give a speech on their historical figure, Benjamin Franklin, Sitting Bull, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony. Students also made presentations on Feb. 21 and 24. More than 200 students and parents visit the museum each day, donating coins for Pennies for Patients and a science assembly. Foster is at 5223 E. Bigelow St., Lakewood. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Earns WASC Accreditation for Innovative Independent Study Program

Bellflower Unified’s highly innovative Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy has earned a three-year initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The TK-10 school, which offers a blend of homeschool support and core curriculum, was praised by a WASC visiting committee for effective and caring leadership, parent engagement, strong use of technology and an emphasis on hands-on, student learning. School officials, who announced the decision Feb. 8, are expanding the school's high school offerings one grade each year. Each expansion will require a new review. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Two Bellflower Unified Soccer Players Sign Letters of Intent

Two Mayfair seniors signed letters of intent on Feb. 1 to play soccer for California universities in 2017-18. Forward Nadiyah Siqueiros signed a letter of intent for NCAA Division I competitor California State University, Long Beach. Midfielder Cynthia Covarrubias signed a letter of intent for NAIA Division II competitor University of California, Merced. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Mayfair High Hoops Game Builds Special Needs Acceptance, Understanding

About 20 students with special needs from Bellflower Unified’s Mayfair High School, along with general education schools, took part in a Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game during halftime at the Feb. 3 Mayfair/Artesia matchup. Participants were members of Mayfair's LAFF (Learning Acceptance through Friends and Fun) Club, which creates connections between students in the special and general education programs. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Celebrates Successes, Declares Vision for Progress

Follow-up Story: Bellflower Unified Superintendent Dr. Brian Jacobs gave a State of the District address to more than 100 administrators, District Board of Education members, city leaders and area legislators on Jan. 27 at Bellflower High School. Jacobs described the District’s rising academic performance, statewide accolades for innovative instructional programs, a national PTA partnership honor as well as the growth of classroom technology and student support programs. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Home Studies Students Pursue ‘Genius Hour’ Explorations

Homeschooled students who attend a weekly enrichment program at Bellflower Unified's Home Education Independent Study Academy are supplementing their learning with projects of their own devising, endeavors that range from re-crafting a video game to writing a movie script, from creating an original song to building a robotic balance beam. The "Genius Hour" program is modeled on Google’s highly successful motivational tool that allows employees to decide how to spend part of their work hours. Educators say the effort teaches students to dig deep into research and overcome obstacles. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Elementary School Competes to Reduce Trash

Bellflower Unified’s Esther Lindstrom Elementary is competing for a $1,000 science grant that will go to the school that is most effective at reducing waste to landfills and boosts recycling, called the Trash Free Lunch Challenge. The two-year contest is run by Grades of Green, an environmental education nonprofit that shows students how to recycle, reuse and reduce lunchtime waste. Before Esther Lindstrom began its effort in mid-November, the 868-student school was producing 18 to 20 bags of trash a day from its six lunch periods, including items that could be recycled or reused. Now, led by student council members, students sort through the waste to glean such recyclables as milk cartons, water bottles and food packaging. The result: The school now produces just eight bags of trash each day and fills a recyclables Dumpster in just three days. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos