Follow-up Story: Paramount Park Middle School and Hollydale K-8 School have been named to the 2018 California Schools to Watch List for boosting student achievement, improving campus relations between students and teachers, and reducing suspensions and disciplinary meetings. Paramount Park and Hollydale are two of 22 schools to earn the distinction. The schools will accept the award in Sacramento on Saturday, March 3 and will be honored in Washington D.C. at the National Schools to Watch Conference, held June 27-30
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.
Abraham Lincoln and Wesley Gaines elementary schools were named to the 2017-18 California Honor Roll for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement while closing achievement gaps. The Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence present the annual honor, which includes a banner to display at each campus.
Two Paramount High School seniors are among 300 students across the U.S. to receive the all-expense-paid Gates Scholarship. Karla Navarro and Armando Alexis Torres were named two of 2,000 semi-finalists in November before reaching the group of 600 finalists who were interviewed in March.
Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified students in the Alondra Middle School Project Lead The Way medical detectives program will now be able to work with Paramount High’s career technical education medical pathway students. The District joined the programs this year to give middle school students insight into high school life. Photos are available
More than 30 students at Alondra Middle School are bonding over their love for anime and Japanese culture through the school’s anime club. The group meets weekly to discuss anime shows, draw manga, learn Japanese vocabulary and explore Japanese culture. The Anime Club hosted an animation creation contest at on Jan. 30 at the school.
Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified School District is developing promise agreements with Compton College, UC Irvine and Cal State Long Beach to provide tuition assistance, academic support and priority registration to District students starting with the Class of 2019. The District is seeking guaranteed admission to UC Irvine and Cal State Long Beach for students who meet academic prerequisites and assistance with tuition, book fees and transportation for students attending Compton College.
Paramount Unified to Hold Informational Meeting on STEM High School
Paramount Unified will hold its final informational meeting about its new STEM high school at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Odyssey STEM Academy, 3701 Michelson St., Lakewood. The meeting will brief families on the school, which will open in fall with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 19.
Clippers to Honor Paramount Unified 6th-Grader for Reading Excellence
Melody Bradley, a sixth-grader at Paramount Unified’s Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, will be honored for her prolific reading by the Los Angeles Clippers before their game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The award is part of the team’s Read to Achieve literacy program. Melody logged the most reading minutes among her Zamboni classmates.
Follow-up Story: Collins Elementary School has received a 2017 Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association (CSBA) for lowering suspension rates and raising attendance through the Safe and Civil Schools program. In place for six years at Collins, the program focuses on developing good behavior in students to ensure schoolwide safety while improving student participation. The school applied for the Golden Bell Award during the 2016-17 school year and learned of its accolade in November.
Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified School District was named to the 2018 Advanced Placement Honor Roll on Dec. 6 for boosting access to AP courses to a broader number of students while maintaining or improving AP exam passing rates. The College Board, which awards the honor, recognized just 34 California districts and 447 districts across the U.S. and Canada
Follow-up Story: An extracurricular enrichment program is music to the ears of nearly 200 Paramount Unified School District elementary school students participating in the Harmony Project, where they are learning that their ABCs do more than create words, but also comprise the notes and chords that are the building blocks of music. Harmony Project students from 10 PUSD elementary schools are learning how to care for and maintain a brass or woodwind instrument, the fundamentals of reading music, and the proper placement and technique needed to produce musical effects.
Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified will accept applications through Friday, Jan. 19 for the new Odyssey STEM Academy, a high school launching in Lakewood that will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Odyssey will begin with a freshman class of about 150 students in 2018-19. Students will be selected Feb. 12 through a lottery, with families living within District boundaries receiving priority.