Bassett Unified School District

Bassett Unified Students Receive Rocketry Awards

Torch Middle School and Edgewood Academy students presented projects on building and launching their own rockets during the Citrus College 3-2-1 Blast Off! Symposium on March 16 at Citrus College’s Innovation Center. The event, which included awards for the students, capped a program launched in fall 2018 in which Citrus students mentored Bassett students on aerodynamics and rocketry.

Bassett Unified Teachers’ Tech Talk Podcast Celebrates 100th Episode, Reaches 70,000

A podcast launched in fall 2015 by two Bassett Unified teachers on special assignment (TOSAs) celebrated its 100th podcast this month and logged its 70,000th download by educators who are keen to learn ways to integrate technology into their instructional plans. Called “TOSAs Talking Tech,” the podcast was created by Tom Covington and Michael Jephcott to connect with District educators with busy schedules. The show’s popularity skyrocketed after the duo presented at classroom tech conferences in 2017.

Bassett Unified Swears in New Board Members, Names 2019 Officers

Bassett Unified held an Oath of Office Ceremony on Dec. 11 for returning Board of Education members Dolores Rivera and Paul Solano and newly elected board member Patrice Stanzione. At an organizational meeting that followed, Rivera was appointed president for a fourth consecutive term, board member Natalie Ybarra was appointed vice president and board member Armando Barajas was appointed clerk.

Bassett Unified Holds Science Fair Series Leading to District Competition

Students from Bassett Unified’s elementary, middle and high schools will compete in a District science fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Torch Middle School’s Watanabe Center, 751 Vineland Ave., City of Industry. Students in grades three through 12 qualified for the contest by placing first, second or third in competitions at their schools in January. The event also will showcase group projects created by students in kindergarten, first and second grades.

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 Combat Finals Stress with Puppies, Meditation

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.