Baldwin Park Unified School District

  • Students Bring Flowers, Pennies to Celebrate Margaret Heath Day

    Margaret Heath Elementary School students honored their school’s namesake by bringing bouquets of flowers and bags of pennies to campus to celebrate Margaret Heath Day in a special ceremony on Oct. 5. Continuing a tradition that began in 1951, Margaret Heath Elementary students presented pennies – donations from their families and neighbors – to help fund a scholarship named in Heath’s honor.

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  • Baldwin Park Unified’s Kenmore Elementary School Honored for Transformative Student Success

    Baldwin Park Unified’s Kenmore Elementary School is being recognized as a silver medal winner in the 2018 America’s Best Urban Schools competition for its success in serving students from ethnic minority populations and low socio-economic households. To receive the honor, all student demographic groups, including English language learners, at the highly diverse campus had to score above state averages on California’s English language arts and math standardized tests. In all, 18 schools were selected as finalists in the competition; of those, 15 received medals – four gold, six silver and five bronze. Just four California schools were chosen as medal winners.

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  • Baldwin Park Unified Students Learn Bike Safety Tips

    Baldwin Park Unified School District partnered with Bike San Gabriel Valley and the City of Baldwin Park to teach eighth-graders at Holland Middle and Jones Junior High schools about the importance of bike safety. Through bike safety classes held Sept. 24-25 and Sept. 26-27, students learned about traffic rules and the benefits of using active transportation, such as being physically active and reducing pollution.

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Baldwin Park Deepens Constellation of STEM Offerings

Baldwin Park Unified this fall is expanding its partnership with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s premier provider of instructional programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Baldwin Park High, which launched a PLTW freshman-engineering class in 2014-15, will add a sophomore-year course; Holland Middle School and Santa Fe School will add PLTW Gateway, an engineering program aimed at middle school students; Santa Fe will also add robotics curriculum to its fifth-grade science classes. The district is partnering with Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering, which provides teacher training and certification. Students who complete the engineering course pathway will move to the front of the registration line for Cal Poly's engineering program. School begins Monday, Aug. 17.

Baldwin Park Unified Expands Plans for Community-wide College Fair

Baldwin Park Unified School District is expanding its annual College Fair to include additional workshops, parent and alumni panel discussions, and community group representatives as a way of delivering college information tailored to meet the differing needs of families with students in high school, middle school and elementary school. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at Baldwin Park High School, 3900 N. Puente Ave., Baldwin Park. Transportation and childcare will be provided; student groups will entertain and sell food as fundraisers. The event is free and open to the entire community.

Baldwin Park Unified Launches Newsletter in Partnership with City

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified sent home its first community newsletter this week, part of a partnership with the City of Baldwin Park. The district newsletter is included in Baldwin Park NOW, a tabloid-sized community newsletter sent to more than 20,000 homes across the city. The inaugural edition includes articles about district achievements and instructional improvements coming in 2015-16. The newsletter will appear six times a year.

Baldwin Park Invests in College, Career Readiness Programs in 2015-16

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified will invest in a host of programs in 2015-16 – including an International Baccalaureate program, an alternative learning academy, STEM programs and added rigor for Advanced Placement and honors classes – to prepare students for success in college or careers as part of its 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plan, adopted June 23, spells out how the district will spend $13 million to benefit high-needs student groups – foster children, English learners and economically disadvantaged students – as well as programs for all students. Baldwin Park will launch extended school year offerings, chances to make up classes or improve grades during summer and a program to help ease the transition from middle school to high school. Teacher development will be a key priority as will a $2.5 million investment in the district’s educational technology.

Baldwin Park Unified Runs e-Textbook, Chromebook Pilot Programs

The first of two electronic textbook pilot efforts at Baldwin Park Unified has returned overwhelming praise for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt materials used on Google Chromebooks. Some 36 eighth-graders at Sierra Vista Middle School and 30 10th-graders at Sierra Vista High School conducted an electronic curriculum trial on the Chromebooks in spring to determine engagement levels. Baldwin Park Unified is one of just two districts in California and four across the U.S. authorized for the pilot by Google and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The pilot was originally scheduled to run nine weeks, but middle school teacher Gabriela Lopez and high school teacher Rafael Marquez received an extension to continue through spring. A second pilot effort will be conducted at four middle schools and two high schools during spring 2016 even as the district builds wireless capacity to support use of additional computer devices by students.

Baldwin Park Unified Board of Education to Consider Adoption of 2015-18 Accountability Plan

Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education will consider adoption of the 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at the District Administration Center, 3699 N. Holly Ave., Baldwin Park. The document – available for public review at the administration center – outlines the district’s vision for educational improvements over three years, sets annual goals and lists actions to achieve those goals. The plan was launched this year with a focus on transition to the California Common Core State Standards, providing access to new instructional materials and preparing students for online assessments. The LCAP was updated over the course of the year with input from students, parents, staff and community members. The board is also scheduled to adopt its 2015-16 budget.

Baldwin Park Unified to Spend $1.5 Million to Bolster Math Instruction

Baldwin Park Unified will spend a $593,903 federal award to enhance math and science instruction for disadvantaged youths in grades six through 11 in 2015-16, the first installment of a $1.5 million, three-year California Mathematics and Science Partnership. The partnership, administered by the state Department of Education, provides professional development for teachers in science, technology, math and science, or STEM. Baldwin Park Unified will work with the University of California, Irvine Math Project to provide math teachers 60 hours of professional development, hands-on lessons and other math resources.

5 Baldwin Park Unified Middle Schoolers Share $10,000 in College Grants

Five students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Jones Junior High will each receive a $2,000 Education Trust Award to help defray college costs thanks to California GEAR UP, a program designed to boost higher education enrollment for low-income students. Jones is the first Baldwin Park Unified school to participate in the program. Recipients were Maria Alvarez, Aizza Carrillo, Arturo Escobedo, Shene Martinez and Victoria Sanchez. The scholarship funds will be held in trust by the California Student Aid Commission until the students enter college.

North Park High School Recognized for Project-Based Learning Program

A two-year, project-based learning initiative has sparked new levels of classroom creativity at Baldwin Park Unified’s North Park High School, the only continuation school chosen to participate in a special UCLA program designed to promote teaching innovation. The program led to a school-wide effort that incorporated student-directed, hands-on activities in all content areas, including collaborative projects that artistically documented milestones in student lives. North Park’s innovations, funded with two $20,000 grants through UCLA’s Teacher-Initiated Inquiry Project, were showcased in a 30-minute video that impressed UCLA educators so much during a May 17 review that they have presented the video to the California Department of Education as a model for future efforts.

Play Shows Baldwin Park’s DeAnza Students Ways to Manage Conflict

Students at DeAnza Elementary School in Baldwin Park will learn ways of managing conflict at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 through a 40-minute play performed by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program. The play, called “It’s Stop Time,” is designed for children in grades three through five. The event is part of a program of Mental Health Month activities sponsored by a community partnership that includes U.S. Rep Grace Napolitano, co-chairwoman of the Congressional Mental Health Congress, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park and the Baldwin Park Unified School District. Parents are invited to attend the event, which will be followed by a workshop for students and parents on Wednesday, May 27.