Azusa Unified Students Take a Stand at Youth Empowerment Conference
Follow-up Story: Twenty-five Azusa High School students rallied with their peers at the fifth annual Youth Empowerment Conference on Feb. 25 at Lincoln High School in Los Angeles to support access to education and equal rights for students affected by deportation. Led by the Immigrant Youth Coalition, Azusa students participated in workshop sessions on political activism, coalition building and community engagement, where many shared their experiences growing up undocumented.
Azusa Unified High School Seniors, Adult Students Eligible for Scholarships
The City of Azusa will fund six scholarships for qualified Azusa Unified high school seniors and adult education students. Students who reside in the city are eligible to receive an award of up to $1,000. Applications, available on the city website, will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Applications can be mailed or hand delivered to City of Azusa City Clerk’s Office, 213 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa.
Female students at Azusa Unified are learning the science behind robotic technology and computer programming through the District’s Femineer after-school program. Offered through a partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, the Femineer program encourages girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. At Azusa High School, 16 girls meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to engineer their own original robots using a variety of craft supplies. Azusa students are mentored by Cal Poly Pomona students during the after-school workshops. Photos are available.
Azusa Unified, Community Partners to Distribute Groceries to Families
Azusa Unified School District will partner with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Christ Church of the Valley and God’s Pantry to host a free grocery distribution from 8:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11 in the parking lot of Foothill Middle School, 151 N. Fenimore Ave., Azusa. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
Azusa Unified School District students have a new path to guaranteed college admittance thanks to a partnership with the University of La Verne. The Azusa Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding at its Jan. 31 meeting that guarantees admission into the private university for all qualifying District students. Through ULV’s Partnership for Access to College Education program, students who meet specific requirements will have access to college preparatory courses, guaranteed financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, application fee waivers, and a range of programs to assist with college readiness and the application process.
Follow-up Story: Parents and families eager to support their children and their academic futures attended Azusa Unified’s annual Parent to Parent Symposium on Feb. 25. The symposium united parents with each other and with education experts to establish a common understanding of how to support children through K-12 education and prepare for college. Hosted at Gladstone High School, bilingual workshops highlighted a variety of topics such as Parenting to Raise Healthy, Intelligent Children, Qualities of a Successful Student and College Preparation, which engaged parents in meaningful conversation during two separate sessions.
Azusa Unified Offers Night of Academic Enrichment for 5th-Grade Parents
Azusa Unified School District will host its annual Fifth-Grade Parent Night at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Gladstone High School, 1340 N. Enid Ave., Covina. The event will connect parents to middle school principals to share ways for ensuring a successful transition to middle school. Parents will learn about the academic, enrichment, athletic and before- and after-school programs available to their children. Information on how to prepare students for college success will also be presented.
Azusa Unified School District has launched a mobile app that displays the latest news, events and information surrounding its elementary, middle and high schools. Available for free in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, the Azusa Unified App provides parents with a direct line of communication to their children’s schools, offering customizable displays that deliver pertinent information. The app offers easy access to the District tip line and delivers notifications of get breaking news about school closures, calendar changes and more.
Follow-up Story: Five Slauson Middle School students – the Cyber Crusaders – took on the roles of information technology professionals tasked with finding vulnerabilities in mock operating systems and fixing them in the semi-final round of the Air Force Association Youth Cyber Defense CyberPatriot competition on Jan. 13. CyberPatriot is a six-hour, after-school contest that seeks to inspire students to develop the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills that will lead to highly lucrative careers. Competing against nearly 600 middle school teams from across the country, the Cyber Crusaders hope to advance to the national finals, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland in March. Photos are available.
Azusa Unified Students Learn about Heart Anatomy with APU Mentors
Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified’s Dalton Elementary School students recently learned about the anatomy of the human heart thanks to a group of Azusa Pacific University anatomy students. Over the course of the fall 2016 semester, Dalton students were exposed to the intricacies of the human heart and its effect on the cardiovascular system, receiving one-on-one instruction from APU students enrolled in BIOL 346 Human Anatomy. As part of APU’s service-learning project requirements, APU students engaged with Dalton students, helping to create an understanding of the functions of the heart and how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. The effort helped APU students retain their material while spiking the interest of Dalton students. Photos are available.