Baldwin Park Unified Schools Named on 2020 California Honor Roll

Baldwin Park Unified’s Kenmore Elementary, Santa Fe School, Sierra Vista Junior High, Baldwin Park High School and Sierra Vista High School earned spots on the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) 2019-20 Honor Roll and were named Star Schools for narrowing the achievement gap through college and career readiness programs. ERP compiles the Honor Roll for Campaign for Business and Education Excellence, a national organization committed to identifying higher-performing schools.

Whittier Union School Inspires Community with 2021 Wish Wall

Inspired by the Descanso Garden “Wish Tree,” La Serna High School recently debuted its 2021 Lancer Wish Wall. Created by La Serna teachers Katie George and Jenna George, the Wish Wall, located at the front of the La Serna campus, allows students, faculty and staff to leave messages of encouragement as a symbol of hope for the La Serna and Whittier communities. Photos are available.

Buena Park Elementary School Honors Students

Gilbert School honored 23 students for demonstrating respect, organization, attentiveness and responsibility (ROAR), showing growth mindset or demonstrating improvement during distance learning lessons at its first drive-through ROAR celebration. Each week, teachers select students to honor with printed certificates, which outline their academic or social accomplishments. Students, along with their families, were invited onto campus to collect their awards while being celebrated by teachers and staff. Students and families wore masks and followed social distancing rules to maintain safety.

Baldwin Park Unified Concert Choir Holiday Performance Brings Cheer

continued its end-of-the-year tradition with a virtual holiday performance in December, despite choir members having to record their parts at home without hearing vocal accompaniment from fellow ensemble members. The individual tracks, recorded on smart phones, were edited together as a full-length performance video and posted on YouTube. Among the holiday carols performed was “Silent Night.”

Monrovia Unified High School Students Win Congressional App Challenge

Red Dungeon, a video game app created by Monrovia High School digital studies students, won top honors in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge, a national contest that challenges computer science students to create software programs for original apps. U.S. Rep. Judy Chu recognized the app, designed by the school’s Forge Interactive Team, as a regional winner in California’s 27th Congressional District for excellence in presentation.

Lynwood Unified Graduate’s Story of Becoming Animator Inspires Students

Lynwood High School Class of 2007 graduate Lidia Garcia knew from an early age that she wanted to be an animator. Now a professional storyboard artist on the Hulu animation series “Solar Opposites,” Garcia made a virtual return to the school’s Advanced Placement Art Studio class when she hosted a video conference for current students, using personal animation to share her journey as a first-generation college graduate.

Whittier High School Senior Receives Award of Merit for Perseverance, Work Ethic

Whittier High School senior Ashley Perdomo came to the United States from El Salvador when she was 10, after her parents had been granted political asylum. Arriving at Whittier High as a freshman, Perdomo found a sense of direction, eventually becoming a student leader with a 4.4 GPA and earning the respect of her teachers and classmates for her work ethic and mentoring ability. Perdomo was recognized by the Whittier Union Board of Trustees with an Award of Merit for her perseverance during its Jan. 12 board meeting.

Buena Park Elementary School Delights, Inspires Students with Virtual Music Program

Emery School students are banging on drums, learning about cultures and enhancing distance learning lessons through a new virtual music program that teaches students musical appreciation in the comfort of their homes. The program, which offers six weekly music lessons to students, is part of a partnership between the school and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Each lesson pairs a Segerstrom musician with a class to mesh music with lessons on world cultures, folklore and history.

Fontana Unified to Open 2021-22 TK/Kindergarten Enrollment

Fontana Unified School District will open 2021-22 enrollment for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten on Monday, Feb. 1. Fontana Unified offers comprehensive early learning opportunities that include coding and robotics, dual language immersion and leadership development. Families may begin the enrollment process online; for more information, visit www.fusd.net/enrollment.

Fontana Unified to Open Applications for Dual-Language Program

Fontana Unified School District will begin accepting applications for 2021-22 enrollment in its Spanish Dual-Language Immersion (DLI) program on Monday, Feb. 1. The program begins in kindergarten and is offered at Redwood Elementary School and Dolores Huerta International Academy. The DLI program fosters bilingualism and biliteracy, sociocultural competency and high levels of academic achievement. For more information, visit www.fusd.net/enrollment.