Bassett Unified School District

Bassett High School Students De-stress during Finals with Puppy Playtime

Bassett High School students took a much-needed break from the stress of finals with puppy play during lunch on Dec. 12, visiting with about 15 Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese puppies. The event was staged by Bassett Connects, a new club focused on supporting student social and mental well-being. It capped a week of anti-stress activities that included aromatherapy, yoga and meditation.

Bassett Unified Drum Class Teaches Rhythm, Strengthens Classroom Engagement

About 15 students cluster around the row of drums, bongos, congas, timbales and cow bells, banging on the instruments with hands and sticks, vying with one another to see who can be the loudest. Every Friday from 4 to 5 p.m., Van Wig Elementary School students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade join Principal Andrew Candelaria in the cafeteria to learn about cadence and “finding the beat.”

Bassett Unified Students Complete First Launch in Citrus College 3-2-1 Blast Off! Rocketry Program

Bassett Unified middle school students are working with mentors at Citrus College to master engineering skills as part of the 3-2-1 Blast Off! Rocketry program, which runs through March. So far, the students have concluded their first lesson in aerodynamics and launched their first rockets. The program includes training in presentations as well as the hands-on rocketry skills.

Bassett High Students to Combat Finals Stress with Puppies, Meditation

Bassett High School students will combat finals week anxiety with a series of anti-stress activities organized by Bassett Connects, a new student group that focuses on emotional and social health. Funded by a $20,000 grant, the group’s activities will feature a visit with puppies at lunchtime Tuesday, Dec. 11. Bassett High is at 755 N. Ardilla Ave., La Puente.

Bassett Unified Honors Special Education Teacher with Building Dedication

Bassett High School dedicated its special education building on Nov. 2 to Linda Davis, an educator who spent over 30 years at Bassett Unified helping students with special needs transition into college, vocational school or employment. Davis passed away in 2007. The Davis Learning Center will support the District’s Adult Transition program, which is available to all students in the East San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area.

Bassett Unified Partners with LA County Supervisor for Community Resource Fair

Bassett Unified will hold a Family Resources Fair from 9:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Bassett High School, 755 Ardilla Ave., La Puente. The event will feature an array of community resources to support social, emotional, mental and physical health. Organizations include: Mission City, Project Sister, Western University School of Optometry, San Gabriel Valley Foundation for Dental Health, East Valley Health Center, Del Haven and the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless.

Bassett High Teacher Earns $20,000 Grant to Provide Student Pathways

Bassett High Activities Director Christina Topjian-Covington will use a $20,000 California Teacher Association grant to fund Bassett Connects, a program that will guide students on their college and career pathways. Students will have access to Thrively, an online tool that assesses strengths and interests, and provides online courses and lessons on topics that include study skills, financial literacy and career exploration.