Los Nietos Middle School Classrooms Undergo Renovations
Los Nietos Middle School is continuing modernization projects that are equipping the campus with remodeled classrooms, the latest technology and digital learning tools. The renovation is funded by $28 million in bonds authorized under Measures N and E. Los Nietos Middle School – a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) school – has already received new carpeting and 65-inch TV monitors with upgraded wireless service. Students have also received access to Google Chromebooks and iPads.
Los Nietos Students Learn Value of Sustainable Foods
Follow-up Story: Learning the value of sustainability, 20 fifth- and sixth-graders from Los Nietos’ Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary took their first steps toward planting a potato garden on Aug. 25, as part of a Boy Scouts of America public service project coordinated by La Serna High School freshman Anthony Otero. Otero built and donated three garden boxes for Rancho Santa Gertrudes, and provided gardening supplies and notebooks so students can track progress during the 14-week growing season. The garden project corresponds with the recently launched Los Nietos School District health initiative that aims to replace processed food with fresh ingredients and introduce a new fruit or vegetable to students every month.
Los Nietos School District Welcomes Parents on Back-to-School Nights
Follow-up Story: Los Nietos Middle School extended a warm welcome to families during a Back-to-School Night on Aug. 23. Los Nietos parents picnicked on the lawn, treating themselves to healthy salads and fruit cups while signing into an online parent portal that will allow them to view their child’s grades. Principal Shanonn Zelaya introduced faculty and staff before parents accompanied their children to newly renovated classrooms to try out new Google Chromebook laptops. Ada S. Nelson Elementary School held its Back-to-School Night on Aug. 24, giving parents their first look at technology upgrades
Follow-up Story: Le Cordon Bleu chef Trina Nelson led Los Nietos nutrition staff in a two-day culinary workshop on Aug. 8-9 aimed at preparing the District to launch a new “scratch” cooking menu this fall. Nutrition staff practiced cooking items from the new menu and learned knife handling, fresh food preparation and presentation skills. The menu is one of the District’s 2017-18 health initiatives and will eliminate all processed food from school-provided meals in favor of fresh ingredients.
Follow-up Story: About 1,700 students in the Los Nietos School District will discover new digital tools, remodeled classrooms and a soon-to-be completed science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) lab when they return to campuses on Monday, Aug. 14. Students in grades three through eight will also receive 1:1 access to digital tools this year.
Follow-up Story: About 48 Los Nietos School District students are exploring science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) fields at Ada S. Nelson Elementary School during the District’s four-week summer enrichment program, which concludes Friday, June 30. Students in grades three through eight were selected for the program, which includes building model bridges, launching rockets and conducting Google Slides presentations.
Los Nietos Middle School Celebrates Promotion of Eighth-graders
Follow-up Story: Clad in blue caps and gowns, Los Nietos Middle School eighth-graders walked across their campus front lawn to receive certificates of completion while laughing, crying and cheering. About 180 students celebrated their promotion amid friends and family on May 26. The eighth-graders completed a two-year science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) Academy program.
Follow-up Story: Sonia De Anda, a 20-year veteran teacher at Nelson Elementary School, has been named Los Nietos School District’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year for her efforts to boost achievement for her English learner students. De Anda was commended for her helpful attitude, willingness to embrace new technology for classroom instruction and round-the-clock dedication to her third-graders.
Follow-up Story: Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School outdueled three schools from the neighboring Little Lake City School District to win the 11th annual Battle of the Books on May 26 at Santa Fe Springs Activity Center. Each school brought two teams of six students in fourth and fifth grades to answer questions about popular children’s books. Rancho earned the event’s trophy, which will reside on campus for one year.
Los Nietos Middle School will send their eighth-graders off to high school during a promotion ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, May 26 on the school campus front lawn, 11425 Rivera Road, Whittier. About 180 graduates will be on hand during a celebration that features speeches from valedictorians and performances from the school band. The eighth-graders have completed a two-year science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) Academy program.