Bassett Unified School District

  • Bassett Unified Elementary Students Connect Classroom Learning to Nature

    More than 20 Don Julian Elementary fourth-graders harvested crops and explored nature conservation over eight weeks at Hacienda Esperanza, a private Bassett ranch where students learned the health and wellness benefits of being outdoors and became advocates for conserving the local San Gabriel Mountains. The school’s Lions Leadership Academy’s Nature for All project focused on environmental lessons each week, including harvesting vegetables, interacting with farm animals and practicing yoga in nature.

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  • Torch Middle Eighth-Graders Make Commitment to Higher Education During College Signing Day

    Torch Middle School eighth-grader Emerson Melendez relies on a network of social workers for support since he grew up in the foster care system. Their professionalism and empathy inspired Melendez to become a social worker as well. “The social workers and therapists in the foster care system have worked so hard to change my life, I would like to become one myself so that I can be a positive influence to other foster kids,” Melendez said.

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  • Bassett Unified Elementary School Immerses Students in Coding, Robotics

    More than 15 Don Julian Elementary students applied geometry, engineering and computer science skills to program spherical robots to navigate through a maze on the classroom floor during the opening week of Makerspace, an extracurricular class that allows students to explore coding with hands-on creating and building. Students experiment among five stations, including the interactive iPad gaming system Osmo

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Area School Districts Remain Open on Dec. 15, 2015

While there has been an action taken by Los Angeles Unified School District leaders to close schools out of an abundance of caution based on a threat made specifically to LAUSD schools, the following school districts are in session and are urging parents to send their students to school to maintain instructional continuity: Azusa Unified; Baldwin Park Unified; Bassett Unified; Bellflower Unified; Little Lake City; Lynwood Unified; Montebello Unified; Norwalk-La Mirada Unified; Pomona Unified; Santa Monica-Malibu Unified; Whittier Union High. As always, student safety is the first priority and all standard safety measures will be employed by school personnel.

Bassett High Teacher Receives $20,000 for ‘Teacher of the Year’ Honor

Bassett High School math and science teacher Omar Barberena has been chosen from more than 100 California nominees to receive the Carlston Family Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. The award includes a $15,000 gift and $5,000 to be spent toward Bassett High School at Barberena’s discretion. He will also be part of an advisory board for the Carlston Family Foundation and will have opportunities to guide and support potential and current educators throughout California. Photos are available.

Bassett High School Completes Water-Saving Retrofits

Bassett Unified School District launched a water efficiency plan with a project at Bassett High School, where it modernized landscape irrigation systems, added a weather detection system and adjusted functions to eliminate wasted water. The District is launching similar improvements at its remaining schools. The Board of Education held a joint meeting with the City of La Puente on Nov. 17 to discuss a partnership to improve water quality through storm-water system improvements. The collaboration could increase access to grant funding.