A home education teacher known for her dedication to honing her craft, helping colleagues improve and her unwavering faith in her students' abilities was named Bellflower Unified's 2017 Teacher of the Year on May 10. Leah Moak, an 11-year teacher in Bellflower Unified, transferred to the District's Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy to challenge herself.
Hundreds of Mayfair High students, families, staff and community members waved blue and white flags at Ron Yary Stadium to honor Mayfair’s head football coach Derek Bedell as the Los Angeles Charges L.A. County Coach of the Week during the school’s homecoming game on Oct. 6. The school’s band played a celebratory number as Chargers cheerleaders greeted Bedell on center stage with a $1,000 check. He was recognized for his team’s first victory since 2006 in the annual Milk Bucket matchup against rival Lakewood High School on Sept. 8.
Bellflower High School on Oct. 5 launched a Teen Court program, a new element of the school's award-winning civics program that allows students to explore California's court system. The launch began with a reception that included Bellflower Unified Board of Education members, City Council members, judges, attorneys and other dignitaries at the District Office.
Bellflower Unified's Washington Elementary School has received a $5,000 grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians that will benefit the school's new dual-language immersion program. The school was chosen for the award by state Sen. Tony Mendoza, who delivered the grant during a visit to school on Oct. 4.
Five hundred students from all 11 Bellflower Unified elementary schools and both comprehensive middle/high schools will perform at the District’s annual Instrumental Music Festival at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at Bellflower High School. The program, held for nearly a decade, includes the elementary band, GATE band, middle school bands, a combined district orchestra, percussion ensembles from both high schools and combined bands from both high schools. The event is $5 to attend; children 5 and under are free.
Eager parents are showing keen interest in Bellflower Unified's expanded, family-focused preschool program, with dozens lining up around the District's Early Childhood Education office on May 1 to get registration packets for the 2017-18 school year. Bellflower Unified’s popular preschool program provides children who turn 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 with age-appropriate activities to develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive abilities while focusing on kindergarten readiness. Photos are available.
Nearly 400 students from Bellflower Unified elementary, middle and high schools will demonstrate their vocal talents at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the District’s 13th annual Choral Music Festival, an event expected to draw more than 400 guests. Students will perform music styles ranging from classical and traditional to folk, jazz and pop. The event will be at Bellflower High School, 15301 S. McNab Ave., Bellflower. Media contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)
Bellflower Community Enjoys Reading of Narnia Books
Follow-up Story: Families picnicked on Mayfair High School’s lawn while student groups sold snacks to raise funds during the seventh annual Mayfair Reads on April 22, an all-day affair that featured students, faculty and administrators reading from “The Magician’s Nephew” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” from the comfort of a green easy chair. Photos are available.
Bellflower Unified’s two comprehensive high schools, four elementary schools and home studies program on Monday were named to the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) 2016 Honor Roll as higher performing schools that are narrowing the achievement gap. The Honor Roll shines a light on the bright spots in education by identifying schools that are producing strong student outcomes that outperform expectations and provide a model of best practices that other schools can replicate.
Bellflower Unified reduced suspension days by 85 percent in just one year – plunging from 3,245 to 483 – after fully implementing a new discipline system that emphasizes rewards for positive behavior and guides students toward correcting disruptive habits. In addition to the drop in overall suspension days in 2015-16, schools also slashed in-school suspensions by 75 percent, going from 248 to 64, as educators tackled new approaches to correcting discipline.
Follow-up Story: Bellflower Unified’s Esther Lindstrom Elementary has been named a finalist in the statewide Trash Free Lunch Challenge, winning a $750 science grant for reducing waste and boosting recycling. The contest is run by Grades of Green, an environmental education nonprofit that shows students how to recycle, reuse and reduce lunchtime waste. Lindstrom learned of the award on March 28 during a visit by judges who were considering the school for a further $250 award as grand prize winner.
Bellflower Unified has assigned 10 expert teachers to intensify instruction in math and English language development, providing classroom teachers with additional support for students, lesson plan development, coaching and other instructional supports. The teachers on special assignment, known as TOSAs, share new perspectives and advanced techniques, guiding classroom teachers in boosting their effectiveness at communicating key standards to students.
Bellflower Unified School District leaders are encouraging local families and community members to review the new California Schools Dashboard, which will be released Wednesday, March 15 for a statewide field test. The Dashboard, which is still under construction, is designed to evaluate district, school and student subgroup performance and growth on six state and four local measures. So far, data has been prepared for four measures. The others will become available in fall 2017, when a final version of the Dashboard will debut.