Follow-up Story: Bassett Unified fourth-graders are receiving individualized instruction and immersion in computer programs focused on math through an intervention program that strengthens skills needed to meet or exceed California Standards on state tests. Groups rotate between personalized teacher guidance and computer assignments, which are structured similarly to the state’s standardized assessment in math. Photos are available
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: Nueva Vista 11th-grader Barbara Bingham sat down with a group of Edgewood Academy kindergartners, guiding them on identifying farm animals on worksheets and the letter “F”. “Does anyone know what a farm is?” Bingham asked the students. The kindergarteners colored farm animals on one worksheet and, in another activity, looked at a group of animals that included kangaroos and bears, and drew a line from the farm animals to the barn. The mentorship program is part of a project-based learning (PBL) Leadership class in which 14 Nueva Vista students are immersed in hands-on experiences that combine peer mentoring with service projects. Students learn the importance of being role models to younger children and ambassadors for their community through the program.
Bassett High to Host Expo to Empower Women, Expand Personal Skills
Follow-up Story: Nearly 450 female students attended Bassett High School’s first Girls Expo on March 9, learning lessons in leadership. Experienced women in multiple industries, including law, medicine, computer science and art, led discussions on financial planning, college preparation, healthy relationships, job success and other topics. The school’s Girls Build L.A. staged the event in collaboration with Latinas Unidas.
Bassett High Cross Country Team Compete in State Finals for First Time, Success Credited to Longtime Coach
Follow-up Story: Longtime Bassett High cross country coach Hector Armas is credited with bringing 12 cross country athletes to compete at CIF Southern Section Championship Finals, the first time in the school’s history in which the entire boys’ varsity cross country team has competed in the state finals. Armas started as a counselor at Bassett High in 1985 and expanded his role as a coach in 1994, helping the girls cross country team win league titles three years in a row and the boys team win four consecutive league titles and ranking 10th in the state. Over the last two years, Armas has coached two runners at the CIF State Championships.
Bassett High Leadership Students Inspired to Pursue Passion
Follow-up Story: Bassett High students joined more than 1,000 of their peers from across Southern California at Monrovia High to learn how to become leaders in a digital society as part of Josten’s Renaissance’s “Find Your Grind” Tour. The Jan. 16 assembly was one of 47 stops across the nation. Speakers urged students from 24 area schools to follow their passion, regardless of their educational level and experience, and to commit to contribute to their communities. Photos are available
Students from Bassett Unified’s Edgewood Academy and Torch Middle School are working with college mentors through Citrus College’s Rocketry Outreach Program, gaining hands-on experience designing, building and launching rockets. The students will meet at Citrus College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, on Friday, Feb. 23 to analyze the data from rocket launches and to prepare presentations for a Saturday, March 24 symposium and award ceremony. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: Bassett Unified’s three elementary schools, K-8 academy, middle school and two high schools were recognized as Common Sense Schools for completing lessons on internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, and information literacy. Nueva Vista senior Joshua Almeida, for example, completed a series of digital citizenship and was inspired to write a skit on the consequences of cyberbullying to perform in front of Edgewood Academy students. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: A circle of six high school leadership students volleyed a bag stuffed with five air-filled balloons to each other until a fist-sized balloon filled with bleach was added to the mix, sinking the bag and making the game suddenly difficult – illustrating how a little negativity spoils everyone’s efforts. Roddy Layton, a Pomona Unified School District administrator, led the exercise for students from Bassett High and five other area high schools during the Miramonte League Leadership Symposium at Bassett High on Nov. 9.
Follow-up Story: Bassett High School, led by literature and language teacher Tania Neri, has steadily boosted its California standardized test scores in English language arts (ELA) over the past three years, outperforming many area high schools with similar demographics. Neri, a 20-year Bassett High teacher who has served as ELA department chair since 2008, promotes project-based learning and professional learning communities.
Follow-up Story: Bassett High business teacher Charles Lynch has been recognized as teacher of the week by Lead2Feed, an organization that provides project-based leadership lessons for schools. Lynch inspired his leadership management students to assist homeless residents with the help of Lead2Feed. Students assembled 150 care packages at La Puente’s Louis of France Catholic Church containing homemade burritos, bottled water, juice, pastry snacks and clothing, and brought the items to homeless men, women and children in downtown Los Angeles.