Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified School District hosted the 8th Grade Majors Fair, a collaborative effort between Azusa Pacific University, Cal Poly Pomona and Citrus College on March 17, for a day of academic inspiration and exploration. Among dozens of booths were live demonstrations and interactive activities highlighting subject matters in science, math and technology. The fair provided more than 300 middle schools students with information about specific college majors and encouraged them to increase their knowledge of and interest in higher education.
Azusa Unified’s Mountain View Elementary School has been selected to join No Excuses University, a national network of schools that focuses on college readiness. The school sets aside weekly collaboration time for teachers to find creative ways to motivate students about college.
Paramount and Mountain View elementary schools dedicated their new drought-tolerant gardens on April 27, celebrating completion of the Paramount and Mountain View Landscaping Water Conservation Project. The project was made possible by a $70,000 grant provided by the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, part of a campaign to increase awareness of water conservation efforts.
Azusa Unified School District hosted the 8th Grade Majors Fair, a collaborative effort between Azusa Pacific University, Cal Poly Pomona and Citrus College on March 17, for a day of academic inspiration and exploration. Among dozens of booths were live demonstrations and interactive activities highlighting subject matters in science, math and technology. The fair provided more than 300 middle schools students with information about specific college majors and encouraged them to increase their knowledge of and interest in higher education.
Azusa Unified School District named science and technology teacher Donna Hawkins as the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year for her encouragement, sincerity and knowledge, and being a skilled instructor who promotes critical thinking and collaborative learning with lively, multi-sensory class presentations.
Azusa Unified School District will host its 11th annual Mariachi Benefit Concert from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 at Gladstone High School, 1340 N. Enid Ave., Covina. More than 70 students from fourth to 12th grade representing Mariachi de Azusa and Danzantes de Mountain View will perform. Tickets are $10; under 18 are free. All proceeds will support an after-school mariachi program for students ages 8 to 18.
Students at Azusa Unified’s Powell Elementary will showcase their folkloric dance moves at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. The festival, open to families and friends, will also feature traditional Mexican food, music and games. Powell Elementary is at 1035 E. Mauna Loa Ave., Azusa.
Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified middle and high school students chose entrees and desserts for District-wide lunch menus in 2017-18 during the District’s annual Taste Testing Show on April 12 and 13. Students from Slauson Middle and Gladstone High schools appraised cuisine from nearly a dozen food vendors, rating food items such as flaquitos and penne pasta. In past years, students have approved inclusion of international cuisine items like tamales and pupusas, as well as fresh salads and meatless entrees.
Azusa Unified Hosts All District Concert at Azusa Pacific University
Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified School District elementary, middle and high school students showcased their musical expertise at the All District Concert on April 20. Themed “Americana,” the concert featured American heritage classics as well as contemporary numbers performed by more than 200 choir and band students
Azusa Unified’s Powell Elementary Students Reenact American Revolution
Follow-up Story: Powell Elementary School’s fifth-graders brought history to life with their production of a "Walk Through the American Revolution" on March 17. On stage, students re-enacted the early events of America’s history costumed as notable figures from the era, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Abigail Adams. Part theater and part game show, students acted out scenes while earning points through activities and contests. Photos are available
Azusa Unified Parents Graduate from Academic Support Program
Follow-up Story: Nearly 50 Azusa Unified parents from Foothill Middle School graduated from the Parent Institute for Quality Education on March 23. The nine-week program engages parents in their children’s education and strengthens collaboration between parents and schools to improve the academic achievement of students. AUSD Board Member Yolanda Pena was among the graduates. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified’s Gladstone Street Elementary hosted Disney animator Wayne Kalama, drag racers from the Southern California Drag Racing Association and a dozen other professionals and entrepreneurs during its third annual career day on March 24. Hosted on Gladstone Street Elementary’s campus, children spent the morning learning how Kalama brought drawings to life for some of Disney’s biggest blockbusters. Among other exciting career fields presented were corporate planning, entertainment, fashion, firefighting, food service, forestry, health care, law enforcement, merchandising, retail management and more. Photos are available.
Azusa Unified High School Seniors Participate in Annual Job Shadow Day
Follow-up Story: Azusa employers and local businesses opened their doors to more than 160 senior advanced Career Technology Education (CTE) students from Gladstone, Sierra and Azusa high schools on March 9 as part of Job Shadow Day. More than 20 business representatives highlighted their respective industries and provided hands-on experience for interested students. A luncheon, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, followed the event at Azusa Pacific University with guest speaker, former Azusa Chief of Police Sam Gonzalez, who spoke to students on how to be successful in life. Following the event, some students were offered summer jobs and internships. Photos are available