Bassett Unified School District

Bassett Unified Alumnus Gives Back to Community as Mentor to Olympian Peers

Bassett High School Class of 2007 graduate William Herrera was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at birth but that has not deterred him from pursuing a college education and becoming a graphic designer. Herrera has returned to Bassett High as a youth leader for community outreach provider THINK Together, giving back to the Bassett Unified community that supported him and inspiring a new generation of students.

‘Celebrating Bassett’ Event to Recognize 2017-18 District Achievements

Bassett Unified will host a “Celebrating Bassett” event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 to highlight student, teacher and District successes from the 2017-18 school year. Students will demonstrate coding, rocketry and visual arts. Interim Superintendent Debra French, Teacher of the Year Jessica Estrada and students will speak. The event will be at the Torch Middle School Watanabe Center, 751 Vineland Ave., City of Industry.

Bassett High Seniors to Promote College-Bound Spirit

Bassett High’s Class of 2018 soon-to-be graduates will wear their caps and gowns while visiting their elementary schools from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 21. Seniors will speak with their youngest peers on how they reached their goals to graduate high school and what colleges they will attend. They will also read to the students.

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)

Bassett Unified Students Receive Principal for A Day Scholarships

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.

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.

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.

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