Bassett Unified School District

  • 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.

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  • 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.”

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  • Bassett Unified Students Earn College Credits through Mt. SAC Dual Enrollment Program

    Bassett High School students eager to get a head start on their college careers are benefiting from a new partnership with Mt. San Antonio College that will allow them to take college-level classes and earn credits as part of their regular class schedule.

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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.

Bassett Unified Students Attend Assemblies on Mental Health

Bassett Unified students in grades six through 12 listened to motivational speaker Jeff Yalden share his life stories on Sept. 24 and 25 as part of a program on healthy social and online interactions. Parents also attended a workshop regarding healthy relationships with their children and the negative effects of extensive online social interactions.

Bassett Unified Middle School Hosts Second Annual Grandparents Day

Torch Middle School on Sept. 26 hosted its second annual Grandparents Day, in which families participated in fall-themed activities and made fleece scarves to donate to the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless

Bassett Unified Hosts Inaugural State of the District

Bassett Unified hosted its first State of the District event on Sept. 20, outlining the District’s goals for the 2018-19 school year. Superintendent Debra French highlighted the District’s rigorous programs and initiatives to further the success of students. She also reviewed accomplishments, including improved campus safety measures and a Digital Learning Initiative that will provide a laptop for every student.

Bassett High Students to Receive Laptops via Digital Learning Initiative

Bassett High School 10th-graders will receive devices that can be used as laptops or tablets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 28 as part of Bassett Unified’s Digital Learning Initiative, launched this year. The initiative will provide devices to students across the district over the next four years and connect families to low-cost internet. Students in third and sixth grades are also receiving devices this year. Bassett High is at 755 N. Ardilla Ave., La Puente.

Bassett High Integrates Student Input Into Lesson and School Planning

Bassett High students offered input on lesson planning for their first day of school through a partnership with Design School X (DSX), which teaches students how to create change in their communities. DSX representatives met with teachers, staff, students and parents on Aug. 3 for an all-day training seminar, seeking input on how to improve parent engagement, the freshman experience, school image and first day of school. Students also offered input when fall semester started on Aug. 8. Photos are available.

Bassett Unified Welcomes 260 Freshmen on First Day of School

Bassett Unified launched its first day of school on Aug. 8 welcoming 260 freshmen at Bassett High. Freshmen attended a Link Crew orientation before the start of school to smooth their transition to high school. Schools across Bassett Unified held morning rallies, provided free backpacks with supplies and reviewed school culture and expectations to welcome students. Photos are available.

Bassett High to Hold Orientation for Incoming Freshmen

Bassett High School’s Link Crew will hold an orientation for freshmen from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, two days before school begins. Link Crew is a team of juniors and seniors who are trained to mentor freshmen, helping to smooth their transition to high school. Bassett High is expecting about 260 freshmen this year. The high school is at 755 N. Ardilla Ave., La Puente.

Bassett Unified Elementary Students Perform on Steel Drums

Van Wig Elementary School students gave families and community members a taste of the Caribbean during a steel drum performance on June 30, marking the conclusion of an eight-week Saturday morning music training and appreciation class. A dozen Van Wig students displayed their expertise on steel percussion instruments, accompanied by Principal Andrew Candelaria. More than 40 students enrolled in the class, learning the drums used in an ensemble and how to locate the notes to create a melody.

Bassett High Football Coach Sets Values for Success On and Off the Field

Bassett High will kick off the football season this fall with newly hired football Coach Martin Soto, who is seeking to instill a set of core values that will guide his players toward a high school diploma and set them on a course to be leaders of their community.