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 Elementary P.E. Teaches Life Skills, Encourages Collaboration

Bellflower Unified’s new elementary P.E. program provides a double benefit for students: A balance of exercise, nutrition knowledge and life skills as well as time for classroom teacher collaboration. The program gives students at all 10 elementary schools 210 minutes of P.E. instruction every 10 days – exceeding state requirements. While students are engaged in P.E., classroom teachers use the extra time to collaborate on lesson plans and review student data. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

NFL Honors Bellflower High Greats Ron Yary, Ed Dickson with Golden Footballs

Bellflower High School is celebrating two Golden Footballs received from the National Football League in honor of alumni Ron Yary ('64) and Ed Dickson ('04), who appeared in six Super Bowls stretching from the contest's early days to this year's Super Bowl 50. The Golden Footballs are symbols of the NFL's High School Honor Roll initiative, launched as a Super Bowl 50 outreach program. Yary starred on football, baseball and basketball teams at Bellflower High and helped USC secure a national championship before launching a 15-year NFL career. He played for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI. Dickson led Bellflower in receiving yards and quarterback sacks as a senior, attended the University of Oregon and played for the Baltimore Ravens in their Super Bowl XLVII victory. The tight end also played for the Carolina Panthers in this year's loss to the Denver Broncos. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified Unveils 21st Century Science Lab as District’s STEM Focus Expands

Students in Bellflower Middle School's engineering and robotics program on Feb. 3 moved into a newly renovated, state-of-the-art science laboratory that provides three dozen computer stations, four islands for collaboration, modernized lighting, two interactive whiteboards and an electronic instructor control system. The 1,482 square-foot lab, in the works since late summer, will be the base for a growing number of courses focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Bellflower Middle and High School. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Special Education Programs Prepare Bellflower Unified Students for College, Careers

Bellflower Unified School District educators are applying to renew funding for a pair of programs that help Special Education students get a leg up on careers. WorkAbility programs showcase career opportunities for middle school students, and help high school students prepare for and secure internships at community partners. The Transition Partnership Program helps high school juniors and seniors prepare for their transition to careers after high school or into colleges where they can obtain career-specific training. Bellflower Unified enrolls more than 1,600 Special Education students who grapple with a variety of learning challenges. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower Unified High School Club Video Shoot Celebrates Student Diversity

Students at Bellflower Unified's Mayfair High School are celebrating their unity by creating a 1990s style rap music video to be showcased during a schoolwide assembly at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5. The video was shot by the LAFF Club – the name stands for Learning Acceptance through Friends and Fun – which brings together members of the school’s general and special education populations. The club, with more than 100 members, has taken off in the last few years and is known for annual videos featuring dancing, singing and a lot of silly string. This year's video accompanies a rap by club member Moises Delgado. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Area School Districts Remain Open on Dec. 15, 2015

While there has been an action taken by Los Angeles Unified School District leaders to close schools out of an abundance of caution based on a threat made specifically to LAUSD schools, the following school districts are in session and are urging parents to send their students to school to maintain instructional continuity: Azusa Unified; Baldwin Park Unified; Bassett Unified; Bellflower Unified; Little Lake City; Lynwood Unified; Montebello Unified; Norwalk-La Mirada Unified; Pomona Unified; Santa Monica-Malibu Unified; Whittier Union High. As always, student safety is the first priority and all standard safety measures will be employed by school personnel. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Bellflower, Lynwood Schools Form Partnership to Expand Career Technical Programs

Bellflower Unified School District and Lynwood Unified School District are forming a partnership that will substantially expand access to career technical education (CTE) for students in both districts and, potentially, across the region. The two Boards of Education have voted to create a jointly run program called California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS) that will allow students to take career technical courses at either district – such as the health sciences career program that earned Bellflower Unified a 2015 Golden Bell Award.CalAPS will leverage each district's funding for career technical courses, which often collaborate with industry and provide hands-on learning opportunities as well as strong academic instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subject areas. Media Contact: Media contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Sheriff’s Officials Honor Bellflower Unified Student for $1,000 Donation

Follow-up Story: Bellflower Unified School District's Esther Lindstrom Elementary School celebrated fifth-grader Diego Ulloa's donation of $1,000 to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department during a special assembly on Dec. 15. Diego, 10, went door to door for more than two months and solicited the Bellflower Noon Lions Club three times to raise the funds as a thank-you to the department for helping to protect his family and their business. The funds are intended to help equip officers with tactical gear. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Bellflower High School Wins $5,000 Teacher Breakroom Makeover

Follow-up Story: Bellflower Middle and High School edged out Redlands High School to win a $5,000 teacher breakroom makeover from 104.3 MYfm earlier this week. Bellflower pulled in about 52,000 votes to secure the win. Supporters who registered their email addresses with the radio station were allowed to vote up to five times a day per email address. The school was nominated by biology teacher Tina Mansell, who learned about the contest from a friend at a competing school and who helped spark support across her 2,650-student campus. The prize is a gift card to furniture store Living Spaces. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Bellflower Unified Elementary to Host Veterans Day Program on Nov. 10

Bellflower Unified's Craig Williams Elementary will host a Veterans Day program at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 to honor the legacy of Vietnam War hero Craig Williams, for whom the school is named. Guests will include veteran and author Dennis Landers and Mayfair High School trumpeters and singers, who will perform "Taps" and the National Anthem. Craig Williams was a local resident who died while attempting to rescue a comrade. The school, renamed in his honor in 1987, is at 6144 Clark Ave., Lakewood. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More