Paramount Unified has assembled a team of 29 teachers, staff, parents and community members to expand learning opportunities for the District’s nearly 5,000 high school students. Paramount’s High School Promise, which includes representatives from the District and El Camino Compton College Center, met Sept. 15 for its first strategy session. High School Promise will pull from a variety of resources to find innovative curriculum to inspire college and career preparedness. The team will visit schools across the state to glean ideas. In October, members will visit High Tech High in San Diego and Del Lago Academy in Escondido. In November, the team will drop in at Da Vinci Schools in El Segundo and McBride High School in Long Beach.
Rigoberto Sanchez, a parent at Howard Tanner Elementary, donated $2,000 worth of brand new Amazon Fire Kids tablets to his daughter’s first-grade classroom to show his appreciation and support for his daughter Yorley’s education. Sanchez heard his daughter’s teacher, Sheena Mora, mention during a September Back to School Night that she had recently acquired five tablets for her first-grade class through Donors Choose. Mora wanted to integrate child learning technology into her curriculum.
Whether volunteering to help restore wetlands, planting a community garden, conducting a beach clean-up or leading the campus recycling program, Paramount High School Green Club members are preparing themselves to deal with the challenges of eco-sustainability in the 21st century by becoming leaders on their campus. Now in its 12th year, the PHS Green Club, with nearly 100 members, meets once a week to plan its activities, which include hiking excursions and camping trips.
Paramount Unified celebrated a new cosmetology program during a ribbon-cutting event at the Paramount Adult School on Oct. 11. PUSD dedicated a new building for the program, which partners with Compton College to allow students to receive college credit toward Compton’s program and ultimately become licensed cosmetologists.