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.
More than 250 seniors from Baldwin Park Unified’s Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high schools visited their elementary schools on May 24 and 25 to thank teachers for guiding them on their educational journeys and to inspire younger pupils to pursue their dreams. At the events, seniors received high-fives, posters and leis from the schools. Seniors, often tearfully, urged the younger students to treasure their time at Baldwin Park’s schools.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Jones Junior High School has launched a pair of classes emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics along with a new lab that allows seventh- and eighth-graders to bring their ideas to life. Seventh-graders in the new Design and Modeling class are translating two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional designs using specialized software and dedicated laptops while eighth-graders are constructing cars that demonstrate how kinetic energy can be transferred. Both courses are designed by Project Lead The Way, the national leader in STEM curriculum. Jones is the second of Baldwin Park Unified’s middle/junior high schools to emphasize a STEM pathway. The lab, which can accommodate more than 30 students, features state-of-the art electrical systems, upgraded storage and lighting, and reconfigurable work areas so students can collaborate.
Silence Jackson, a seventh-grader at Baldwin Park Unified’s Jones Junior High School, has qualified for the National History Day competition set for Sunday, June 10 to Thursday, June 14 at the University of Maryland after taking top honors in May for a California History Day project examining the lives of sharecroppers. Jackson is one of two champions selected in the Junior Individual Exhibit Division.
Baldwin Park Unified Seniors Visit Elementary Schools to Inspire Pupils
Students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park high schools will visit their elementary schools wearing their graduation regalia to celebrate their achievement, thank their former teachers and inspire younger students to pursue their dreams. Baldwin Park High students will visit campuses at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Sierra Vista High students will visit campuses at 10 a.m. Friday, May 25.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Kenmore Elementary School and Santa Fe School were named to the 2017-18 California Honor Roll on May 16, a recognition of their academic success, improvement over time and narrowing of the achievement gap. The honor is given by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), based on the results of state standardized tests in math and English language arts (ELA) taken in spring 2017. Each school was named a Star School, a category for schools that have a third or more students from high-poverty homes. Each will receive a banner and be recognized on a website as a model for other schools.
Baldwin Park Unified will host a 12-hour Relay for Life of Baldwin Park event from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Baldwin Park High School to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. The event will feature survivor and caregiver celebrations, a luminaria celebration of family members who have been touched by the disease. There also will be entertainment, activities and food. The relay event follows a week of fundraising by students at the District’s 20 schools. The high school is at 3900 Puente Ave., Baldwin Park.
A Baldwin Park Unified high school senior who dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon and eight other exceptional seniors received $10,000 in scholarships on May 10 from Baldwin Park Unified administrators, teachers and community supporters. The top honor at the Joint Scholarship Ceremony went to Alana Resendez, a bilingual student at Sierra Vista High School who has been inspired to study medicine by her mother’s battle against a neurological disease. Resendez received a $5,000 prize from the Ramona Burnham Scholarship Foundation.
Carlos Ortiz, a senior at Baldwin Park Unified's Sierra Vista High School, is one of 300 U.S. high school students chosen for the inaugural Gates Scholarship. Ortiz says his appreciation for his parents’ sacrifices drives his desire to succeed. Ortiz earned a perfect 4.0 GPA (4.47 weighted), took 10 Advanced Placement classes and four honors courses and won acceptance to UC Berkeley.
Alejandro Flores, a senior at Baldwin Park Unified's Sierra Vista High School, will study business at Cal State University, Fullerton with the aid of a $20,000 Dell Foundation scholarship, which includes a laptop and other support services.