Paramount Unified School District

  • Hollydale K-8 School Students Explore College Culture during Higher Education Tours

    More than 100 seventh-grade students from Hollydale K-8 School toured University of California Irvine on Feb. 13, learning about college culture through visits to the bookstore and a discussion with students about admission, housing and costs.

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  • Odyssey STEM Academy Students Learn About Future Careers through Internship Program

    Students at Paramount Unified’s Odyssey STEM Academy are learning from successful professionals at hospitals, in city government buildings and at schools through a six-week internship program that immerses them in real-world careers. Students are spending two days per week in their fields of study from Jan. 14 to March 8. Students were required to seek out their own mentors and apply for the internships through job fairs and personal visits. Students will continue with new internships throughout their four years to learn new skills and career possibilities before they graduate.

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  • Paramount High Students Thriving in New Computer Science Pathway

    Paramount High School students are learning to program robots and build their own apps in a computer science pathway launched this fall. The District added computer science to its career technical education (CTE) pathway programs, which prepare students for success in college and career in specific areas of study. About 40 students are enrolled in the beginning course. The District will add advanced courses each of the next three years to complete the four-year program.

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Paramount Unified Boosts Access to Technology for New School Year

Paramount Unified is offering computer coding curriculum, expanding student access to Google Chromebook laptops and featuring teachers newly certified in Google tools as the District increases access to technology for the 2018-19 school year. The technological tools are funded by the $106 million Measure I, which voters passed in 2016, and which has allowed the District to continually enhance classroom environments.

Paramount Unified Students Return to New High School, Expanded Programs

The newest edition to Paramount Unified, the Odyssey STEM Academy, launched with such innovative practices as discussion groups and the absence of school bells on Aug. 22, the first day of the 2018-19 school year for all 19 PUSD elementary, middle and high schools. The Odyssey opening has been a three-year process, and features a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. When the doors opened to the inaugural class of 144 freshmen they were immediately struck by the school’s fresh approach to instruction.

National Scholar Recognition Caps Successful Year for Paramount Advanced Placement Program

Two Paramount High School Class of 2018 graduates were recently named National AP Scholars by the College Board for academic excellence. Fernanda Corona and Raymond Rosales were recognized for averaging 4.0 or higher on all of their Advanced Placement tests and 4.0 or higher on eight exams throughout the school year. Corona was Paramount High’s class valedictorian and is now attending Duke University. In December 2017, Paramount Unified was recognized as an AP Honor Roll school district by the College Board for boosting access to AP courses to a broader number of students while maintaining or improving AP exam rates.

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.