Bassett High to Host College Signing Day, Highlighting Student Success
Bassett High School will recognize Class of 2018 seniors heading to universities with its second annual College Signing Day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Students will sign symbolic letters of intent for colleges and hold a reception to celebrate with family and friends. Bassett High is at 755 Ardilla Ave., La Puente.
Bassett High to Honor Scholarship Seniors during Awards Breakfast
Bassett High will hold an awards ceremony during its annual Senior Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19 to honor seniors who have earned scholarships. The event will be held at Cal Poly Pomona’s Kellogg West, 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona. Each senior will receive a certificate of recognition and announce the college they will attend. Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)
A trio of Bassett Unified students received scholarships for overcoming challenges in their education and showing strong community leadership as part of Principal for A Day, in which San Gabriel Valley community members and educators became principals at each of Bassett Unified’s schools. Bassett High senior Joshua Hernandez, Nueva Vista 2017 graduate Lilliana Fernandez and Bassett Adult School student John Sandoval were recognized with $400 scholarships during a Feb. 20 luncheon.
Bassett Unified Elementary School to Host Testing Kickoff Assembly
Sunkist Elementary School will host a testing kickoff assembly to strengthen student motivation at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23. Students will hear from guest speakers and enjoy a performance by Bassett High’s marching band. Sunkist Elementary School is at 935 Mayland Ave., La Puente.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.