Montebello Unified School District

  • Montebello Unified Families in Need Receive Gifts and Cheer in Time for the Holidays

    The holidays are a little brighter for dozens of Montebello Unified students and families identified as homeless, as parents picked out gifts of toys, books, school supplies, dental kits, gift cards and canned hams to give to their children as part of MUSD’s inaugural Families in Transition Gift Giveaway on Dec. 9 at Laguna Nueva School. The Families in Transition Program mission is to provide MUSD’s 972 identified homeless students and their families with support services to promote academic achievement.

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  • Bell Gardens High Revalidated as AVID National Demonstration School; One of 5 LA Schools with Distinction

    Montebello Unified’s Bell Gardens High School has been revalidated by AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) as a National Demonstration School, which recognizes schools that have successfully implemented the AVID College Readiness System as models for other schools. AVID was brought to BGHS in 1998 and served 32 students. The school was first deemed a National Demonstration School in 2004 and now serves about 600 students annually. BGHS has a 100 percent AVID graduation rate, conferring diplomas to all 112 AVID seniors in the Class of 2016. The AVID system has impacted the entire student population at BGHS by creating a college-going culture supported by schoolwide AVID instructional strategies and practices.

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  • MUSD Students Learn About Education, Career Future Through Young Men Conference

    More than 600 intermediate and high school students from Montebello Unified learned from professionals about higher education, careers and personal development during the sixth annual Adelante Young Men! Conference (AYM) at Pasadena City College. The AYM Conference offered intermediate and high school boys the opportunity to take part in interactive, educational workshops related to issues that affect their lives now and in the future. Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anthony J. Martinez served as the AYM 2016 Conference Chair and presenter while Applied Technology Center students Christian Osorio and Mark Hernandez also presented during the Nov. 12 event.

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Montebello Unified College-Bound Juniors Celebrate with Parents, Mentors

The Panda Restaurant Group will donate about 300 lunches for an end-of-year celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 for 200 college-bound Montebello Unified juniors, their adult mentors and parents. The students have been mentored since 10th grade through College Bound Today, a nonprofit founded eight years ago to help students pursue college goals. The lunch is at Applied Technology Center High School, 1200 Mines Ave., Montebello.

Montebello Unified Middle School Kindness Club to Honor Veterans

As part of a yearlong effort to bring smiles to strangers and give back to their community, La Merced Intermediate Do Something Good Club members will thank veterans and active members of the military for their service during a lunch at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the school library. The event will feature awards and entertainment. District officials and area elected leaders will attend. La Merced Intermediate is at 215 Avenida De La Merced, Montebello.

Montebello ROP Students Recognized for Professionalism in ROP Contest

Nine students from the Montebello Unified School District Regional Occupational Program were recognized during a June 2 lunch at the Montebello YMCA for their outstanding professionalism in a District competition. Students received gold, silver and bronze medals based on how well they built resumes, completed applications, interviewed and presented products to a panel of judges. These job skills are incorporated into the ROP curriculum for professional dance, financial services, health occupations, automotive technology, computer graphics, food service management and architecture, construction and engineering.

Bell Gardens Graduating Seniors Honored at Annual Scholarship Banquet

Follow-up Story: Fifty Bell Gardens High School seniors were honored at the annual ceremonial scholarship banquet on June 1. School officials, counselors and teachers presented a range of scholarships, including some that will cover all college costs. Nearly 30 local and national sponsors contributed to the educational future of the students, who will attend 25 different colleges across the country. More than 60 students were recognized for receiving the state Seal of Biliteracy for achieving proficiency in two or more languages.

2 Montebello Unified Instructors Recognized for Conservation Efforts

Montebello Unified Environmental Coordinators John Garza and Eva Cupchoy are among 12 Los Angeles County residents to win awards from TreePeople for their environmental conservation efforts. Garza and Cupchoy have built gardens full of fruit trees and vegetables at 28 District sites since 1993, teaching students about nutrition and selling produce to school cafeterias for use in healthy meals. TreePeople is a nonprofit dedicated to helping plant and care for trees in the region.

Bell Gardens Elementary Fifth-Graders Discuss Multilingualism with Sen. Lara, Present Award

Follow-up Story: Multilingualism gives California an educational and economic edge, State Sen. Ricardo Lara told students during a recent visit to teacher Leslie Hiatt's Bell Gardens Elementary class. Employers across all sectors cite the need for those who can read, write and speak in more than one language, Lara said. Students presented Lara with an award for his help in passing Assembly Bill 146, which requires state textbooks to include information about the deportation of Mexican-Americans during the Great Depression.

Latina Conferences Inspire Nearly 700 Montebello Unified Female Students

Follow-up Story: Nearly 700 Montebello Unified middle and high school female students heard inspiring messages at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation’s 37th national conference on May 13 and the Adelante Mujer Latina Conference on May 14. The first event focused on professional development and featured an address by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia. Nearly 600 students were inspired at the second event, where young Latinas were encouraged by workshops, informational booths and keynote speakers to pursue academic and professional aspirations.

10 Bell Gardens High Schoolers Visit Univision Station

Follow-up Story: Ten Bell Gardens High School students visited the Univision Los Angeles station on May 24 as part of the network's Todo es Posible tour. The visit comes weeks after the national network visited the high school to empower students to pursue their dreams. At Univision, the students got a glimpse behind the scenes and interacted with TV personalities and producers.

Montebello Unified Grad Rates Top County, State Averages in 2014-15

Montebello Unified School District high schools graduated 87.1 percent of students in 2014-15 who entered ninth grade in 2011. The graduation rate exceeds the Los Angeles County average of 78.7 percent and the state average of 82.3 percent. Bell Gardens High School boasted a 92.3 grad rate, up from 90.8 percent in 2013-14. Also in 2014-15, 87.4 percent of students graduated from Montebello High and Schurr High maintained a 93.5 percent rate.