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 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

Bassett Unified Students Discover Future Professions Through Career Pathway Showcases

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 Students Dress for Success During Career Week Mock Job Interviews

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 Stages ‘Every 15 Minutes’ to Emphasize DUI Dangers

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.

Bassett Unified Students Share Passion for Books During Read Across America

Follow-up Story: Torch Middle School’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students returned to their alma maters at Sunkist and Van Wig elementary schools on March 2 to conclude the annual Read Across America celebration by reading childhood classics to the younger students. Torch Middle students also brought in books, socks and toothbrushes to donate to a local women’s and family shelter.

Bassett Unified Middle School Donates to Local Shelter

Follow-up Story: Torch Middle School hosted a celebration for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday from Feb. 26 to March 2 to encourage reading and community involvement. In addition to themed activities each day, students brought in donations, including books, socks and toothbrushes for a local women’s and family shelter.