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.
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: 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.
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 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.
Paramount Unified Spends $75,000 to Fund PSATs for 5,000-plus Students
Paramount Unified will spend $75,000 to provide free PSATs to more than 5,000 students in October as the District strengthens its culture of college preparedness. The $15 registration fee will be waived for all high school students and about half the eighth-grade class when they take the test on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Fostering a college-going culture is a District priority. Nearly all students who take the PSAT indicate they plan to go to college, and by registering they will receive college information.