Paramount Unified School District

Paramount High School Students Showcase Artwork at Microsoft Store during Public Event

Follow-up Story: More than 100 parents, teachers and customers of a Microsoft store gathered to view artwork produced by students of Paramount High School’s career technical education (CTE) program during a special show in the Cerritos Mall on April 15. Works were digitally displayed and included a diverse collection of anti-bullying messages, scenic photography and graphic portraits. The public voted on top projects in the categories of graphic arts, photography and video.

Roosevelt Elementary Students Learn Future Possibilities at Annual College and Career Day

Follow-up Story: A mix of professionals from all walks of life visited Roosevelt Elementary students to inspire them for the school’s annual College and Career Day on April 6. Paramount Mayor Peggy Lemons joined Paramount High School students in sharing stories of their scholastic paths. Roosevelt students heard presentations and asked questions about potential professions. Photos are available

Paramount High School to Provide Free SATs to Juniors

Nearly 1,300 Paramount Unified School District juniors from Paramount and Buena Vista high schools will take the SATs at no cost on Wednesday, April 5 as the District strengthens its culture of college preparedness. The $43 registration fee will be waived for all students. In October, Paramount Unified spent $75,000 to provide free PSATs to more than 5,000 students and ensure the District was prepared for the spring test. SAT prep courses were also offered in February.

Paramount to Issue New Laptops to Freshmen as Part of Tech Plan

More than 1,200 Paramount High School freshmen will be greeted with new Google Chromebook laptops this April as part of the District’s new tech implementation plan, which aims to provide a personal technology device to every student in grades three and higher by 2020. Paramount’s West Campus will serve be the first to pilot the new devices as the District gradually introduces Google Chromebooks over the next three years. To support the new technology, Paramount Unified has formed a partnership with Schoology, which provides a management system that will allow teachers to post assignments and lessons online, making them accessible to parents and students.

Paramount Unified to Celebrate Unity Day with Human Rights Leaders

Follow-up Story: More than 500 Paramount High School students and community members came together for the District’s ninth annual Unity Day on March 30. The event provided resources for LGBT students while discussing suicide prevention and anti-bullying. Attendees enjoyed music, food, short films and yoga on the school’s campus.

Paramount March Madness Competition Raises Over $95,000 for PEP Scholarship Fund

Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified School District completed its inaugural March Madness fundraiser, with schools competing against each other to raise more than $80,000 for the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP), which provides scholarships to Paramount students. Jackson Middle School, which originated the format in 2016, was the champion, raising more than $31,000 through raffles and online donations. PEP is a collaborative effort between PUSD, the City of Paramount and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce.

Paramount Unified Middle School Students Tour Colleges

Follow-up Story: Nearly 500 students from Paramount Unified’s Frank J. Zamboni and Alondra middle schools recently toured college campuses as part of efforts to inspire college aspirations. Alondra sent nearly 325 seventh-graders on tours of UCLA on March 6-8. Sixty students and staff members from Zamboni toured California State University, Fullerton on March 9 as part of the school’s California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP). Photos are available.

Paramount Unified Elementary Families Explore Science, Technology

Follow-up Story: Nearly 250 students and families gathered at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School on Feb. 3 to explore science, technology, engineering and math at the annual STEM Family Night. Parents and children engaged in more than 20 activities, including a pompom drop, balloon balance and engineering challenge. Fourth-grade teacher Laura Black headed the event with help from fellow teachers, staff and parents. Photos are available.

Paramount Unified Science Students Design Wing Prototypes

Follow-up Story: Using only four common household items – index cards, string, tape and scissors – more than 100 Hollydale Elementary School sixth-graders let their imaginations soar on Feb. 6, designing and constructing airplane wing prototypes under the guidance of Boeing engineers. The event was part of a partnership to help students develop collaboration and critical thinking skills targeted by the state’s Next Generation Science Standards.

Paramount Elementary School Holds Black History Celebration

Follow-up Story: With songs, great food and presentations, Paramount Unified’s Major Lynn Mokler Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with a community gathering on Feb. 16. Close to 100 students worked with their families to create biographical sketches on pivotal figures of African American origin for display. A select group of students presented projects on the likes of Harriet Tubman and Benjamin Banneker. The celebration is the second of three student/parent collaborations planned at Mokler to highlight multicultural awareness.