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.
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.
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.
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.