Paramount Unified School District

  • Paramount Unified Parent Donates New Technology to First-Grade Classroom

    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.

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  • Paramount Students Work to Improve Environment Through Green Club

    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.

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  • Paramount Unified Christens New Cosmetology Program During Ceremony

    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.

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Paramount Unified Educator Recognized for Digital Citizenship Education

Nancy Rivas, Paramount Unified’s curriculum specialist of instructional technology, is one of eight educators across the U.S. recognized for creating digitally accessible lesson plans on online security skills, communication and safety. Rivas was honored by Schoology, which provides the digital classroom management tool. Schoology asked for the lessons as part of a Digital Citizenship Challenge focused on promoting better digital citizenship among students by tackling issues like internet safety, privacy and cyberbullying.

Paramount Unified Student Awaits Adventure at new Odyssey STEM Academy

Incoming freshman Blue Phillips won’t have far to look for new adventures when he begins his high school career on Aug. 22 at Odyssey STEM Academy, home to a hands-on curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Phillips is one of 144 students who represent the inaugural class at Odyssey, a three-year District project designed to help students flourish in a growing technological society. When Phillips arrives at the remodeled campus in Lakewood, which features a video conference production room, labs, and 3-D printers, he will find more than enough to satisfy his high energy.

Four Paramount HS Students Honored by City for Assisting Students Injured in Car Accident

Four students from Paramount High School were honored for heroic actions by Mayor Diane Martinez during a June 19 Paramount City Council meeting. Fernando Melgar, Gabriel Orozco, Juan Garza and Anthony Farias were commended with certificates of recognition from the mayor for assisting injured students during a car accident in March. The injured students were treated and released from a local hospital.

Paramount Unified Student-Athletes Receive Division I Scholarships

Five Paramount High School student-athletes will continue their paths of excellence in the classroom and on the field when they attend colleges with Division I scholarships this fall. Gymnast Sekai Wright is heading to UCLA, softball standout Brooke Moeai will attend Montana State, soccer player Oscar Sierra is heading to California State University, Dominguez Hills, while twins Ty’Rese and Ty’Rhae Gibson will play football at Montana State.

Paramount Honors College-Bound Seniors During University Celebration Day

Karina Cortes Garcia walked through a crowded Paramount High School gymnasium on May 24, proudly holding a certificate that displayed her college destination of the University of California, Berkeley. Garcia was one of nearly 370 college-bound seniors who gathered for University Celebration Day, which honored students for their acceptance to four-year universities. The group shared lunch and memories as PHS staff recognized each by name and awarded them with congratulatory certificates.

Roosevelt Elementary Students to Learn Future Possibilities at Career Day

Local leaders and professionals will give Roosevelt Elementary School students a glimpse into potential career paths during the annual Career Day at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 31 on campus, 10835 Mallison Ave., Lynwood. Roosevelt students will hear from professionals in the medical field, as well as public servicemen and women while taking part in demonstrations that simulate careers.

Paramount Senior wins California 40th District Art Competition, Classmate Earns Third Place

Paramount High School senior Noah Endo captured first place in the 40th Congressional District’s 25th annual Student Art Competition held by U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard. Endo won a $1,000 scholarship, $200 for art supplies and a trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent to attend the national exhibit opening. Endo was honored for his piece, titled “A Growing Threat,” created with color pencil, marker and pen. Fellow senior Susana Muñoz took third place, earning a $500 scholarship and $150 for art supplies. Photos are available.

Paramount Elementary School to Host Mother’s Day Breakfast

Wesley Gaines Elementary School will celebrate moms during its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. Friday, May 11. The breakfast will be held on campus, 7340 Jackson St., Paramount.