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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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

Bassett Unified Students Discover Future Professions Through Career Pathway Showcases

Follow-up Story: Bassett Unified eighth-grade students slathered their hands with hand sanitizer before placing them inside a cardboard box. The students then peeked inside the box from an opening on the top and saw a special light illuminating the lingering germs on their palms and under their fingernails. The demonstration was presented by Bassett High’s Health Academy as part of a three-day career and technical education showcase that introduced Edgewood Academy, and Torch Middle and Bassett High school students to pathways in health care, business, engineering and education at the high school.

Nueva Vista Students Dress for Success During Career Week Mock Job Interviews

Nueva Vista High School students dressed for success as they completed their Career Week by conducting mock job interviews with Bassett Unified School District staff on March 9. More than 30 Nueva Vista students spent the week preparing for the interviews by assembling resumes, writing cover letters and listening to professionals from manufacturing and law enforcement sectors. Bassett Unified staff reviewed student interviews, offering feedback for improvement.

Bassett High School Stages ‘Every 15 Minutes’ to Emphasize DUI Dangers

Bassett High School will host the two-day “Every 15 Minutes” program using a trio of techniques to bring home the dangers of drinking and driving: a graphic staging of a deadly drunk-driving crash, students randomly pulled from classes to represent lives lost to intoxicated driving and a mock funeral service. The crash scene will take place at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 at Bassett High School, 755 Ardilla Ave., La Puente. A mock funeral and assembly will be held the following day at 11 a.m.

Bassett Unified Students Share Passion for Books During Read Across America

Follow-up Story: Torch Middle School’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students returned to their alma maters at Sunkist and Van Wig elementary schools on March 2 to conclude the annual Read Across America celebration by reading childhood classics to the younger students. Torch Middle students also brought in books, socks and toothbrushes to donate to a local women’s and family shelter.

Bassett Unified Middle School Donates to Local Shelter

Follow-up Story: Torch Middle School hosted a celebration for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday from Feb. 26 to March 2 to encourage reading and community involvement. In addition to themed activities each day, students brought in donations, including books, socks and toothbrushes for a local women’s and family shelter.

Bassett Unified to Showcase Modernized Facilities, Technology

Bassett High School will open its doors to the community from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3 to showcase modernized facilities and state-of-the-art technology funded by Measure V. The open house will highlight innovative classroom features, including 80-inch touch screen displays, surround-sound audio with wireless microphones and shared classroom sets of iPads and laptops. Bassett High is at 755 Ardilla Ave., La Puente.

Bassett Unified to Host Discussion on District Vision, Safety

Bassett Unified will host its inaugural Coffee with the Executive Cabinet at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Sunkist Elementary School, 935 Mayland Ave., La Puente. The meeting will cover the District’s vision and mission, along with Board of Education goals and safety protocols. Guests also may ask questions of the Superintendent’s executive cabinet members.

Bassett Unified Students Explore Career Pathways During Vocational Fair

Follow-up Story: Edgewood Academy and Torch Middle School eighth-grade students previewed career technical education pathways available at Bassett High School during vocational fairs at the end of January. Bassett High School teachers and students described patient care, business, engineering and education pathways.

Bassett Unified Middle School Students Commit to College

Follow-up Story: More than 200 Torch Middle School eighth-grade students signed declarations signifying their intent to pursue higher education during the school’s inaugural College Signing Day on Jan. 31. Students compiled a list of three colleges they would like to attend, as well as their dream jobs. Torch Principal Dr. Monica Murray recorded each student’s declaration; the videos will be given to parents during an end-of-the-school-year ceremony.