The Dashboard, released on Dec. 12, evaluates districts, schools and student performance on a variety of items, including English language arts, math, English learner progress, parent engagement, suspension rates and attendance.
West Covina Unified Elementary Named a California Distinguished School
Merced Elementary School was named a 2020 California Distinguished School, among just 323 elementary schools in the state to be honored for closing the achievement gap and exceptional student performance. Merced will be honored by the state on Monday, Feb. 10 during and awards ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
Sixty-one Buena Park School District students were recently honored for achieving the highest possible scores on state standardized tests for English language arts (ELA) and math taken in spring 2019, earning them praise from friends, family members and the District. Friends, family members and District staff cheered on the students, who range from grades four through eight, during a special ceremony on Nov. 13 at the Buena Park Community Center. Of the 61 awardees, 13 students were honored for achieving perfect scores on both ELA and math state tests.
Six members of the Henry J. Kaiser High School Catamount Pride Band and Color Guard, a member of the Jurupa Hills High School Marching Spartans Band, a Wayne Ruble Middle School student and three Southridge Tech Middle School students have been selected to perform at the San Bernardino Basin Honor Band Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel, 1220 E. Colton Ave., Redlands.
Bonita Unified Cheer Team Wins CIF Championship
San Dimas High School’s Cheer team won the CIF-SS FORD Division 2A Championship in Competitive Cheer on Jan. 11 at M.L. King High School gymnasium in Riverside. San Dimas earned the highest score out of seven teams in its division with an impressive 84.05. More than 80 teams performed original routines at the competition.
Río Hondo College Advocacy Secures Recognition of Homeland Security as Newest Academic Discipline by California Community Colleges
A push by Río Hondo College and other supporters has secured recognition of the Homeland Security field as the newest academic discipline by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. The recognition, granted Monday, means individuals who earn advanced degrees in the field will be considered qualified for instructional positions in the college system. It is seen as a significant endorsement of the multi-discipline field recently developed from other public safety fields.
Lynwood Unified Partners with Kaiser Permanente to Launch Healthcare Scholarships, College Completion Initiative
Lynwood Unified received a $50,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center that will allow the District to increase college readiness through new programs, award scholarships to students and provide additional financial support to inspire success in higher education. The grant is a part of the Healthcare Scholarships & College Completion Initiative, which provides support for students pursuing college. The program allows the District to combat barriers to higher education success, such as affordability, lack of access and limited learning tools.
Monrovia High Showcases Academic Pathways, Campus Life
Monrovia High School showcased scholastic academies, career technical education (CTE) pathways, visual and performing arts programs and extracurricular activities during an annual open house on Jan. 15, giving middle school students and their parents a comprehensive look at what to expect as future Wildcats. Families spoke with teacher and student representatives from Monrovia’s Math and Science, Humanities and Digital Arts academies, Theater Arts Conservatory, Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Advanced Placement and eight CTE programs.
Merced Elementary School has been recognized as a 2020 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education, praised for taking an innovative approach to bolstering English language arts, reading and math skills. This is Merced’s second designation as a Distinguished School. It was previously honored in 2010.
More than 700 Paramount High School students came together during a five-day Breaking Down the Walls event meant to encourage a campus culture of understanding, inclusivity and positivity. Breaking Down the Walls is a program sponsored and led by the nonprofit organization Learning For Living, which seeks to create a thriving school culture where everyone works together to stay engaged, excited and empowered.
Fontana Unified Continuation Schools Celebrate Early Graduates
Two Fontana Unified continuation schools are celebrating the early graduation of nearly 30 students, many of whom came to campus behind in credits. Thirteen Eric Birch High School students and 16 Citrus High School graduates worked hard to complete their graduation requirements one semester early and have plans to attend college.
El Monte Union High School District has been recognized as a leader in promoting green technology in its schools, implementing green school practices in its operations Districtwide and fostering environmental sustainability in the classroom. Green Technology – a nonprofit initiative designed to inform government efforts toward sustainability and promote the development and distribution of green technologies – honored the District with a Leadership Award at its annual Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition on Oct. 16.