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.
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’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.
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.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Walnut Elementary School will host families at 5 p.m. Friday, May 11 for “Nuestras Raíces,” a celebration of the school’s Dual Language program through songs and dances. The event will conclude with all students presenting flowers to their families while “The World Es Mi Familia” plays in the background. Walnut Elementary School is at 4701 Walnut St., Baldwin Park.
Students from Baldwin Park Unified’s 13 elementary schools will walk and bike to school from 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday, May 10 to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and to emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The event is a collaboration between the District, the City of Baldwin Park and Bike San Gabriel Valley. The event is designed to build connections between families, schools and the broader community. Students will be eligible to win opportunity drawing prizes that include LED lights and helmets. For information on Bike SGV, contact Monica Curiel at monica@bikeSGV.org or 909-764-8737 or go to bikesgv.org or www.saferoutesinfo.org.
Baldwin Park Unified and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center will hold a year-end celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10 for their award-winning Nutrition in the Garden partnership, which teaches elementary students the value of healthy eating. The program received a 2017 Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association. More than 160 fourth-graders took part in the program, planting seeds in the Baldwin Park Community Garden, tending them throughout the year, harvesting the produce and creating meals to share with their families. About 80 students along with instructors, parents, school and Kaiser Permanente officials will attend the event, which will feature a meal made and served by students from garden produce. The event will be at the community garden, 13067 Bess Ave., Baldwin Park.
L.A. Board of Supervisors Honors Baldwin Park Unified Robotics Team
Holland Middle School’s robotics team, which won the Teamwork Award at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Kentucky in April, was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on May 1. The team is in its first year of competing and secured a spot at the World Championships with a come-from-behind second-place finish in the California finals. Photos are available. Photos are available.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Adult and Community Education program lauded more than 190 graduates of its academic and career technical training programs during commencement exercises held May 24 at Baldwin Park High School. The festive event included the National Anthem performed by the Baldwin Park High School band and speeches by valedictorian Tarah Zharny Abregana Amor and salutatorian Lourdes Suastegui Melchor, as well as the awarding of scholarships
Students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista Junior High and DeAnza and Tracy elementary schools are growing stronger emotionally and physically through Girls on the Run, which meshes running with social-emotional learning.
Baldwin Park Student Named 2018 Dell Scholar, Receives $20,000 Scholarship
Sierra Vista High School senior Alejandro Flores will pursue a degree in business at California State University, Fullerton with the aid of a $20,000 Dell Scholarship. Flores, a student in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and a black belt in taekwondo, received the scholarship for his accomplishments in high school and determination to succeed.
Students at Baldwin Park Unified high schools are learning ways to strengthen understanding of mental health issues as part of an emerging mental health career pathway to be launched in the 2018-19 school year. Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high schools already offer courses in psychology, including Advanced Placement Psychology, and are home to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) clubs. The pathway is expected to include a new course in sociology and existing courses in psychology.