Fontana Unified School District

  • Palmetto Elementary’s 60th Anniversary Gala Celebrates Fontana Community, History

    Palmetto Elementary School commemorated its 60th anniversary with a schoolwide celebration on Sept. 27. Fontana Unified parents, students, staff and community members perused student displays about the school’s and district’s history, watched performances from Kaiser High School’s band and cheer squad and enjoyed family-friendly activities.

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  • Fontana Unified’s Advanced Placement Participation, Passing Rates Reach Six-Year Highs

    Fontana Unified School District’s Advanced Placement (AP) test-taking and passing rates reached six-year highs in 2017-18, reflecting a districtwide focus on boosting college readiness. In 2017-18, 56 percent of FUSD students who took an AP test passed one or more exam. The number of students who passed two or more AP exams also increased three percentage points from 2016-17.

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  • Fontana Unified Educator Named a County Teacher of the Year

    Shadow Hills Elementary third-grade teacher Theresa Pearce was named a San Bernardino County 2018 Teacher of the Year. Pearce, who was named the district’s Teacher of the Year, has taught in Fontana Unified for 18 years. Pearce will be recognized by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools along with fellow honorees in October.

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Fontana Unified School Honored for its Positive School Environment

Just two years after implementing an intervention program that fosters a positive and supportive campus environment, Jurupa Hills High School has been recognized by the state for boosting student excellence and shrinking behavioral issues. Jurupa Hills earned a bronze certification from the California PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Coalition, making it one of about 500 schools touted for working to effectively implement the PBIS program, which incorporates strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school setting. The school will be acknowledged at the California PBIS Coalition Conference on Thursday, Sept. 22 in Sacramento.

Fontana Unified Sees Growth, Improvement in 2016 CAASPP Test Scores

An increasing number of Fontana Unified School District students met or exceeded standards on California’s Smarter Balanced tests for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, according to District officials and data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. The data from the second-year, computer-based tests – administered to students in grades three through eight, and grade 11 – show progress in student performance and achievement levels on the more rigorous California Standards, which are in their third year of implementation and challenge students to apply the knowledge and skills they are learning in the classroom to real-world problems.

Fontana Unified Opens Doors to Dolores Huerta International Academy

Follow-up Story: Fontana Unified will kick off 2016-17 by welcoming 350 K-3 students to its newly constructed Dolores Huerta International Academy, named for civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the new school, 17777 Merrill Ave., Fontana. The campus will provide dual-language immersion and Pre-International Baccalaureate magnet programs for students in kindergarten through grade three. Grade four will be added in 2017-18 and grade five will be added in 2018-19.

Fontana Unified Schools Named to Honor Roll for High Achievement

Fontana Unified’s Dorothy Grant and Sierra Lakes elementary schools are among more than 1,700 California public schools to be named 2015 Honor Roll schools, selected for exceptional academic performance. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify high-performing schools and highlight successful practices by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence.

Fontana Unified to Consider Appointment of Co-Interim Superintendents

Fontana Unified’s Board of Education on Wednesday, July 13 will consider appointing co-interim superintendents as the District prepares for the departure of Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer. Search firm Leadership Associates advised the Board to appoint Dr. John R. Porter, Jr., a superintendent with more than 30 years of education experience, and FUSD Associate Superintendent of Business Services Randal Bassett, who possesses nearly 20 years of management experience in the District. The pair would partner to ensure a seamless transition for Fontana Unified when Boozer departs.

Fontana Unified Schools Honored With New Health Award Certification

Thirty-six Fontana Unified schools were honored with the Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program certificate, a new state award that recognizes programs that excel in providing health education, nutrition and physical activities for students. FUSD received the honor for programs at 29 elementary schools and seven middle schools that are on the cutting-edge of nutritional standards and which encourage healthy habits and exercise.

Fontana Parents Prove It’s Never Too Late to Learn After Graduating from Plazas Comunitarias Program

One hundred forty Fontana Unified parents have graduated from a financial and digital literacy course designed to give them tools to support their children’s schooling and to inspire their own continued education. Graduates of Plazas Comunitarias, a support program offered via a partnership between Fontana Unified and the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino, celebrated their achievements at Jurupa Hills High School on May 31. Photos are available.

Fontana Unified Superintendent to Lead Northern California District

Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer is leaving Fontana Unified to become superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District. Boozer, whose last day has not yet been determined, helmed the 40,000-student District for three years, improving the educational outcomes for students and college and career opportunities. The Board of Education is expected to interview interim superintendent candidates on Wednesday, June 29. The Board will interview companies to conduct a search for a permanent replacement on Friday, July 8.

Fontana Unified to Improve College Readiness under Proposed LCAP

Fontana Unified School District will hire new bilingual aides, develop a strategy for early education literacy and college/career readiness along with a cultural proficiency task force that will support students as part of the updated Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). A special meeting to discuss the LCAP will be held Monday, June 13. The LCAP and 2016-17 budget are expected to be adopted Wednesday, June 15.

Four Fontana Unified Administrators, Intervention Program Receive Honors

The Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) Region 12 has honored four Fontana Unified administrators for individual excellence and the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP) with its Partners in Educational Excellence Award. Sequoia Middle School Principal George Santiago, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources David Creswell, Director of Teaching and Learning Tonia Causey-Bush and Deputy Chief of Schools Shelley Holt were recognized for outstanding leadership and service to the community. FLIP, which started in 2009, coordinates with the Fontana Police Department to intervene with students exhibiting academic and behavioral issues.