Baldwin Park Unified Summer Schools Explore STEM, Healthy Living
More than 1,000 Baldwin Park Unified students are exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as well as strengthening literacy skills and learning about healthy living during a hands-on summer school program through June 29 at seven campuses hosted by nonprofit Think Together. The program features field trips to local museums and discovery centers, and an overnight camping trip at the beach for select middle school students.
Baldwin Park High School valedictorian Camella Audrey Tieu encouraged her graduating classmates to be open to every opportunity and to not fear feeling lost because together they can reach their paths to happiness during the Class of 2018’s commencement ceremony on May 31. The event honored 400 graduating seniors who accepted long-anticipated diplomas in front of families, friends and educators. Salutatorian Melissa Lepe highlighted the ups and downs of high school and challenged her peers to push their boundaries of success. Lepe earned a 4.52 GPA and will attend UC Irvine to study aerospace engineering. Of the 400 graduates, 110 were accepted to one or more four-year universities, including USC, UCLA, Pepperdine and the University of La Verne. Students will also attend community colleges, trade and technical schools and enlist in the U.S. armed forces.
More than 130 graduating seniors received diplomas during a memorable commencement ceremony at North Park Continuation High School on May 30, which featured an interlude with students bestowing orchid leis on parents, teachers and mentors who helped them on their educational journey. Associated Student Body treasurer Mariana Rojo Hernandez and classmate Wilmer Antonio Sanchez encouraged their fellow graduates to never give up and to recognize their resiliency and strength. Hernandez received a scholarship from Schools First Credit Union. Sanchez earned scholarships from the Baldwin Park Education Association and the California School Employee Association.
Baldwin Park Unified to Host 1,120 Students for Summer Program
Baldwin Park Unified will host a free summer learning program for 1,120 students at seven schools from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 29. The program, offered through a partnership with nonprofit Think Together, will include enrichment activities that mix academic instruction with hands-on activities and field trips. In past years, selected seventh- and eighth-grade students have camped at San Clemente State Beach while others explored a planetary research station and enjoyed a simulated helicopter ride at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles.
Amid cheering from parents, the blaring of horns and even the occasional firework blast, Sierra Vista High School celebrated the commencement of 429 graduates during an evening ceremony on May 31. Of the 429 graduates, more than 350 will pursue higher education at seven University of California campuses, 12 California State University campuses, California community colleges and such nationally known private schools as USC, Mount St. Mary’s, University of La Verne, Carnegie Mellon and Azusa Pacific University.
Baldwin Park High School will celebrate the graduation of 400 students – including 110 who were accepted to one or more four-year universities – during a commencement ceremony set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Students will matriculate to such world-class institutions as USC, Pomona College, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Students will also attend area community colleges, trade colleges and technical schools, and enlist in all branches of the U.S. armed forces. Thirty-two students will receive the state Seal of Biliteracy. The ceremony will be held at the school’s Ted K. Gorrell Stadium, 3900 N. Puente Ave., Baldwin Park.
North Park Continuation High School will celebrate the graduation of 135 seniors at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 – a stellar 98 percent graduation rate that is among the best in the state. The high school – recognized as a Model Continuation High School by the state – has developed multiple pathways into vocational and academic fields that drive a consistently strong graduation rate. Many of the graduates have already earned college credits, enrolled in local colleges or trade schools, or have enlisted in the military.
Clad in their graduation regalia, seniors from Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high school hugged siblings and former teachers, and cried a little, as they visited their elementary schools for a triumphant Senior Walk in the days before their commencement ceremonies. The events – the first for Baldwin Park High and the second for Sierra Vista High – were intended to inspire younger students to strive for college and career dreams and to give the students a chance to thank the teachers who helped guide them on their first steps of their educational journey. Some 93 students from Baldwin Park and 177 from Sierra Vista were scheduled to visit each of the District’s 13 elementary schools on May 24 and 25, but numbers topped even those expectations.
Baldwin Park Unified Senior Wins 32nd Congressional District Art Contest
Rafael Mondragon, a senior at Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High School, won first place in U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano’s 32nd Congressional District Art Competition. Mondragon submitted a photo titled "Awaiting a Home," taken at La Plaza at Olvera Street in Los Angeles. He received a free trip to Washington, D.C., where his artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
Baldwin Park Unified High Schools Celebrate Memorable Commencements
More than 950 seniors from Baldwin Park Unified’s two comprehensive high schools and one continuation school celebrated their commencements on May 30 and 31 in memorable ceremonies. North Park Continuation High School on May 30 graduated 135 seniors, celebrating a 98 percent graduation rate that is one of the best in the state. Sierra Vista High School commemorated 429 graduates and Baldwin Park High School honored 400 on May 31.