Bassett Unified School District

  • Bassett Unified Students to Compete in Los Angeles County Spelling Bee

    Six Bassett Unified students who won top spots in campus and District Spelling Bees will compete against the county’s best spellers in the Los Angeles County Scripps Regional Spelling Bee from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at the North Hollywood High School Auditorium, 5231 Colfax Ave., North Hollywood. The students will include Van Wig Elementary School fourth-grader Chelsea Xu, who took first place in the district competition.

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  • Bassett High School Students Showcase Career Pathways for Freshmen, District Eighth-graders

    Bassett High School’s Pathways Showcase introduced eighth-graders from Edgewood Academy and Torch Middle School as well as current ninth-graders to academic pathways in health care, business, engineering and education on Jan. 30. The event also highlighted visual and performing arts (VAPA) classes.

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  • 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.

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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.

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.