Paramount Unified School District

Paramount Third-Graders Receive Free Dictionaries from Community Elks Lodge Organization

Follow-up Story: More than 1,100 excited third-graders received a surprise donation of personal dictionaries from the Paramount Elks Lodge, a gift aimed at encouraging reading and vocabulary proficiency. Elks Lodge members visited the District’s 11 elementary schools from Oct. 3 to 7, visiting with students in each third-grade classroom. The charitable organization stressed the importance of the dictionaries and encouraged them to start their own personal libraries.

Paramount Community Passes Bond Measure I to Support District’s Schools

Follow-up Story: The Paramount Unified School District community passed Measure I on Nov. 8 in a show of support for strengthening student educational opportunities. The $106 million bond measure, which received 84 percent of the vote, will fund updates, repairs and modernization of the District’s 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, a K-8 school and two high schools. Next up for the District is prioritizing the schedule of projects to be funded with the new bonds and selecting individuals for a citizens bond oversight committee.

Paramount Unified School’s ‘Pennies’ Fundraiser Fights Leukemia, Lymphoma

Follow-up Story: With a Thanksgiving theme of “Give thanks by giving back,” Los Cerritos Elementary School students collected loose change from their neighborhoods to assist in the fight against cancer, raising $1,100 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients cancer research program. Los Cerritos’ Pennies for Patients drive began Oct. 28 with a kick-off assembly that provided students with information regarding the blood cancer treatments their donations will fund.

Paramount Unified Seniors Named National Merit Commended Scholars

Three Paramount High School seniors were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which recognizes students who achieve exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Gabriel A. Garcia, Joanne Charlene D. Robielos and Jason Wong were among the 50,000 highest-scoring students out of a pool of 1.6 million and earned letters of commendation from the program. This is the first time three Paramount High students have achieved the honor together.

Paramount School District Bond Proposal Would Raise $106 Million to Upgrade 17 Schools

The Paramount Unified School District community will vote in November on a $106 million bond measure that would fund updates, repairs and modernization of the District’s 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, a K-8 school and two high schools. Measure I would support facility upgrades like alarm systems and repairs that would enhance safety and security across campuses. Approximately 10 percent of the funds would go to upgrade technology capacity and help the District provide more students with digital tools. Taxpayers would pay about $58 per $100,000 in assessed property value for the bond measure.

100 Paramount Unified Elementary Students Receive Free Eyeglasses from Vision To Learn

Follow-up Story: The Paramount Rotary Club, through its partnership with Vision To Learn, donated nearly 100 eyeglasses on Dec. 6 to students in need at Los Cerritos School. The District teamed with Vision To Learn to screen nearly 600 students at Los Cerritos School in October and provided kids in need with eye exams in November. The Paramount Rotary Club organized the project. The District plans to expand it to reach more of its 16,000 students.

Former LA Mayor Joins Forces With School Districts For Prop. 51 Event

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Paramount) will join representatives from Paramount Unified, Downey Unified and Compton Unified school districts at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 to highlight local school facilities needs and why Proposition 51 funds are vital. The event will be held at the Paramount High School Senior Campus, 14429 Downey Ave, Paramount, CA 90723. If passed on the November ballot, Prop 51 would provide state funds to help school districts boost health and safety standards, renovate aging facilities, including seismic retrofits, upgrade classrooms and build new schools. California last passed a state school facilities bond measure in 2006, but that funding is effectively depleted. Attendees include Villaraigosa, O’Donnell, Paramount Superintendent Ruth Pérez and board members from Downey and Compton Unified. For more information, contact Erin Shaw at 916-685-7067.

Paramount Elementary Students Share Stories, Traditional Dance for Hispanic Heritage Month

Follow-up Story: Mokler Elementary School celebrated Hispanic heritage on Oct. 6 with a two-hour family vent. Teachers, parents and Superintendent Ruth Pérez emphasized the importance of honoring Hispanic heritage while students displayed art projects depicting cultural figures. The night was the first in a three-part series that will celebrate of African American history in February and recognize of Asian/Pacific Islander heritage in May.

Paramount Unified Measure I Would Boost Connectivity, Digital Tool Use

Roughly 10 percent of the funds raised from Paramount Unified School District’s proposed $106 million school bond measure would go to upgrade technology capacity at 19 campuses and help the District provide each student with a digital tool. Paramount Unified has already started upgrading wireless connectivity at its primary comprehensive high school, Paramount High School. The District installed new Wi-Fi technology three months ago at the high school. But other campuses still need to upgrade connectivity.

Paramount High School Promise Staff Teams with California Partners to Brighten Student Futures

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.