Baldwin Park Unified School District

  • Holland Middle School Robotics Team Advances to World Championship

    Holland eighth-grader Lorenzo Gomez had a flash of panic at the VEX State Championship when he realized his USB drive with programming for the team robot was left in the classroom. Gomez, lead programmer for the Bulldog’s robotics team, pored over his laptop to identify and input correct coding instructions prior to the day’s series of competitions. The underdog team pulled off a surprise win, qualifying for the upcoming VEX World Championship in Kentucky. Photos and video available.

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  • Baldwin Park High School Wins National Champions of Breakfast Award

    Baldwin Park High School’s food and nutrition services recently earned the 2019 Champions of Breakfast Award for implementing innovative serving models and increasing the number of students who eat breakfast on a daily basis by 25 percent. The Champions of Breakfast Awards recognize schools and districts across the country that operate exemplary School Breakfast Programs (SBP).

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  • Baldwin Park Unified Celebrates Schools, Programs at District Showcase

    Baldwin Park Unified students, families, educators, administrators and community members attended the inaugural District Showcase on March 2, learning about how the District prepares students for 21st century careers and highlighting opportunities available to students. The District’s 20 schools, Early Childhood Education and Adult and Community Education displayed their school pride and programs at interactive booths.

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Baldwin Park Unified Expands Tech Tools for 2016-17 Via Updated LCAP

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education adopted an updated Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) on June 21 that outlines how the District will dedicate $32.9 million to high-needs students. The plan would expand classroom technology and teacher technology training, hire a team of health aides, purchase English language arts instructional materials, add a 12th-grade expository writing and reading class and fund two prototype classrooms for multi-lingual instruction.

North Park High School Holds Commencement for 168 Graduates

Follow-up Story: North Park High School celebrated commencement for 168 graduating seniors on June 1, recognizing accomplishments as they prepare for the next stage of their educational and career journeys. Students will matriculate to Mt. San Antonio College, Rio Hondo College, Pasadena City College, East Los Angeles College, UTI and Citrus College, as well as enter the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Army. The event included a posthumous honor for Jorge Contreras, who died before his planned graduation in 2015. The honor was given to his brother, Cristian Contreras, who graduated this spring.

405 Students Graduate at Sierra Vista High School Ceremony

Follow-up Story: Sierra Vista High School celebrated the commencement of 405 graduating seniors from the Class of 2016 on June 2, including students who will pursue the next stage of their college and career journeys at notable colleges and universities. The school’s football stadium was painted red by graduation gowns as the students received diplomas and heard encouraging remarks from valedictorian Luz Mercado, salutatorian Raymond Phan and Principal Christine L. Simmons.

420 Students Graduate at Baldwin Park High School Ceremony

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park High School celebrated the commencement of 420 graduating seniors from the Class of 2016 on June 2, including students who will pursue the next stage of their college and career journeys at notable universities, the U.S. armed forces and regional trade and technical schools. The school’s Ted K. Gorrell Stadium was awash in blue and white as students received diplomas and heard encouraging remarks from campus leaders and Principal Anthony Ippolito. Valedictorian Selina Han will attend UCLA; salutatorian Cesar Joaquin Arevalo will attend Stanford University.

Baldwin Park Unified Celebrates Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified celebrated commencement ceremonies for 420 students at Baldwin Park High School and 405 students at Sierra Vista high schools on June 2, celebrating graduates who are embarking on the next stage of their college and career journeys. Students at North Park High School held their commencement exercises on June 1. Photos are available.

Baldwin Park Graduation Rates Soar to Record Highs

Baldwin Park Unified raised its graduation rate to an all-time high of 93.9 percent in 2014-15, closing the achievement gap for the District’s Hispanic and socio-economically disadvantaged students. The graduation rate for Hispanics matched the District’s overall figure while students from low-income households did even better, topping out at 94.1 percent. The rate for English learners also improved significantly, climbing to 90.3 percent.

Baldwin Park Unified Senior Wins Prestigious Gates Scholarship

A Sierra Vista High School senior with dreams of becoming a doctor has received one of the final 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholarships ever to be awarded, covering all unmet expenses of her academic career at Stanford University. Luz Mercado, who will be the first in her family to attend college, was inspired to pursue medicine when her grandparents began to struggle with health issues. Mercado earned a 3.98 unweighted GPA and a 4.63 weighted GPA, bolstered by 12 Advanced Placement courses.

Baldwin Park High School to Host 24-Hour Relay For Life Anti-Cancer Event

Baldwin Park Unified will host a Relay For Life fundraiser to help support the fight against cancer from 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14 to 9 a.m. Sunday, May 15 at Baldwin Park High School, 3900 N. Puente Ave. This annual cancer-awareness event, in which participating individuals and teams take turns walking a track for 24 hours, has raised $321,000 since 2010.

Baldwin Park Unified Gold Ribbon Schools Receive Title I Honors

Eight Baldwin Park Unified elementary schools honored as Gold Ribbon Schools in April are being recognized for their efforts to help students living at or below the poverty line achieve their goals.Baldwin Park Unified’s Central, Charles Bursch, Elwin, Ernest R. Geddes, Foster, Kenmore, Pleasant View and Tracy elementary schools were each recognized by the California Department of Education on May 3. The eight elementary schools were recognized through the Gold Ribbon program for boosting student achievement through programs that promote college, literacy, English/Spanish biliteracy, collaborative teaching and parent engagement. Title I is a federal program that provides money to schools to improve performance by disadvantaged students.

Baldwin Park Senior Accepted by Six Ivy League Schools, 5 UCs and Stanford

Baldwin Park High School senior Cesar Arevalo, who didn’t speak English at age 5 when his family came to the U.S. from El Salvador, has received letters of acceptance from 11 of the 12 colleges to which he applied, including six Ivy League heavy-hitters. Arevalo, 18, who plans to become an engineer, was accepted at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UCLA and Stanford. His only rejection: MIT. Arevalo, 18, announced Friday during an interview with KIIS-FM’s Ryan Seacrest that he is leaning toward Stanford. Next week, he will visit several of the Ivy League schools that are courting him.