CA School News Report

Paramount Unified School District

  • 15110 California Ave., Paramount, CA 90723 • 562-602-6000
  • Paramount Unified operates 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, one K-8 school, two high schools and alternative education programs. Paramount Unified School District strives to be an exemplary district. In order to achieve this, all stakeholders of the District must have a clear sense of its goals. They must seek out, understand, and emulate the characteristics of exemplary schools and be ready to contribute their knowledge and talents to transform this vision into a reality.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Ruth Perez
  • Board of Trustees: Linda Garcia, president; Vivian Hansen, vice president/clerk; Alicia Anderson, board member; Sonya Cuellar, board member, Tony Pena, board member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 15,547

Paramount Unified Elementary Families Explore Science, Technology

Follow-up Story: Nearly 250 students and families gathered at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School on Feb. 3 to explore science, technology, engineering and math at the annual STEM Family Night. Parents and children engaged in more than 20 activities, including a pompom drop, balloon balance and engineering challenge. Fourth-grade teacher Laura Black headed the event with help from fellow teachers, staff and parents. Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount Unified Science Students Design Wing Prototypes

Follow-up Story: Using only four common household items – index cards, string, tape and scissors – more than 100 Hollydale Elementary School sixth-graders let their imaginations soar on Feb. 6, designing and constructing airplane wing prototypes under the guidance of Boeing engineers. The event was part of a partnership to help students develop collaboration and critical thinking skills targeted by the state’s Next Generation Science Standards. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Elementary School Holds Black History Celebration

Follow-up Story: With songs, great food and presentations, Paramount Unified’s Major Lynn Mokler Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with a community gathering on Feb. 16. Close to 100 students worked with their families to create biographical sketches on pivotal figures of African American origin for display. A select group of students presented projects on the likes of Harriet Tubman and Benjamin Banneker. The celebration is the second of three student/parent collaborations planned at Mokler to highlight multicultural awareness. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Elementary Students to Compete in Battle of the Books

Students at Paramount Unified’s Captain Raymond Collins Elementary School engaged in a Battle of the Books challenge on Jan. 31, boosting literacy and fostering team spirit. Inspired by the annual District event, which will take place on June 2 and feature 11 schools, Collins Elementary hosts battles throughout the year in front of an audience of students, staff and parents. Winners selected Jan. 31 will meet once a week as part of the Collins Book Club and gradually be narrowed to six students who will participate in the June tournament. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Middle School AVID Students Sample College Life at USC

Follow-up Story: Students from Paramount Unified’s Zamboni Middle School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college-readiness program received a taste of college life when they took a guided tour of the USC campus on Jan. 23. Nearly 50 Zamboni seventh- and eighth-grade AVID students visited the Rossier School of Education, the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication, the John McKay Center and the USC Bookstore. The students received school lanyards, posed questions to USC students and lunched in the school cafeteria. Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Middle School, UCLA Partner on Literacy Program

Jefferson Middle School has teamed up with UCLA to launch the inaugural Get Your A’s Up Literacy Academy for sixth- through eighth-grade African-American students. The program is designed for students to experience the enjoyment and power of literacy through a variety of team building, reading, dialogue and problem-solving activities. Every Friday, students meet with UCLA California Reading and Literature Project Director Shervaughnna Anderson-Byrd to discuss assigned program texts. The program will culminate with a field trip to UCLA this spring and a literature celebration. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High Alumni Inspire Jackson Middle School Students to Complete 5K Run

Follow-up Story: Using teamwork to inspire healthy lifestyle choices, two Paramount High School Class of 2009 graduates returned to Leona Jackson Middle School as volunteer coaches for Girls on the Run, an after-school program geared toward empowering young girls to make positive choices in their lives while they train for a 5K run. Gabby Robles and Letti Sandoval met with 15 Jackson fourth- and fifth-graders twice a week for 10 weeks as they prepared for a 5K run at Dockweiler State Beach on Dec. 11. Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit organization that emphasizes empowerment and responsibility for pre-teen and teenage girls. Each after-school practice doubles as a life lesson for the participants, using positive reinforcement to build the stamina needed to complete a three-mile run. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Alum Inspires Female Students to Find Inner Strengths

Follow-up Story: Paramount High School graduate Gabby Robles returned to the District as a coach for the nonprofit Girls on the Run, seeking to inspire girls in fourth and fifth grades to recognize their inner strengths and forge a positive self-image through health and fitness accomplishments. Robles met with students at Leona Jackson Middle School twice a week throughout spring 2016 for training sessions that bolstered their self-esteem and challenged them to establish long-term goals for their lives and accomplish them. The training culminated in a 5K run at Dockweiler State Beach on Dec. 11. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High School Receives Special Visit from Tuskegee Airman

Follow-up Story: Paramount High School received a special visit on Dec. 3 from Lt. Col. Robert J. Friend, one of the Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II. Friend spoke about his time as one of the first African-American aviators in the U.S. armed forces. Social science teacher Anthony Morelli coordinated the event after meeting Friend at an airshow. Friend spoke with nearly 250 students during a question-and-answer session and presented a video about the Airmen. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High Promise Staff Visits 4 Campuses to Glean Curriculum Ideas

The Paramount High School Promise staff has visited McBride High School in Long Beach, Da Vinci Schools in El Segundo, High Tech Los Angeles and Del Lago Academy in Escondido, meeting with school staff to glean curriculum ideas. The Promise staff consists of 29 teachers, staff, parents and community members dedicated to expanding learning opportunities for the District’s nearly 5,000 high school students. The team is building relationships across the state to inspire improvements for Paramount students. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos