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El Monte Union Fosters Community Engagement Through Parent Academy

More than 150 El Monte Union High School District parents received guidance on how best to support their children during distance learning, as well as advice on how the children can be successful in school during the 25th Annual Parent Involvement Academy (PIA) – held virtually this year. Celebrating its silver anniversary, the PIA offered multi-lingual workshops focusing on social-emotional support, planning for college and providing resources for students with special needs. Parents received a certificate of participation from Superintendent Dr. Edward A. Zuniga on March 18.

Buena Park Educator Receives Women’s History Month Spotlight

Career Technical Educator Shelley Andros has been honored with the 2021 Fourth District Women’s History Month Spotlight for encouraging her students to become high-achieving scholars, pursuing careers as engineers and horticulturalists. Andros was recognized by Supervisor Doug Chaffee for inspiring her students and preparing them for college and the work force. Andros has taught horticulture, robotics and computer science at Buena Park and Beatty middle schools since 2017.

Whittier Union Announces Plans for In-Person Commencement Ceremonies

Whittier Union High School District’s Class of 2021 will be celebrated during in-person commencement ceremonies at District stadiums, held Tuesday, June 1, Wednesday June 2, and Thursday June 3. Capacity will be limited, and health and safety measures will be enforced. Face coverings and social distancing will be required during the duration of the ceremonies, and directional signs and floor markers will be in place to ensure proper management of movement in the stadiums. The District will share more information regarding capacity and ceremony logistics as it becomes available.

Whittier Union Students to Receive In-Person Instruction Two Days a Week

The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a move to Stage Three reopening – with students receiving in-person instruction two days a week – beginning Monday, April 27. Under Stage Three, students in Cohorts A1 and A2 will be combined and attend school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students in Cohorts B1 and B2 will be combined and attend school on Thursdays and Fridays. Families have the option of continuing 100% remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Students and staff will continue participating in daily health screenings and temperature checks.

El Monte Union, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Provide Vaccine to Community

El Monte Union High School District is partnering with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to community members ages 16 and up through two drive-thru clinics. The first clinic will be held Saturday, April 24 at South El Monte High, 1001 Durfee Ave., South El Monte, and the second clinic will be held Saturday, May 1 at Mountain View High School, 2900 Parkway Drive, El Monte. Second doses will be administered on Saturday, May 15 and Saturday, May 22 at South El Monte and Mountain View, respectively. Clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

12 Fontana Unified Students to be Honored by Young Artists’ Gallery

Twelve Fontana Unified students will be honored for their artistic skill and creative vision during the annual Young Artists’ Gallery reception, to be held virtually on Tuesday, April 20. Collectively, students from A.B. Miller, Fontana, Jurupa Hills, and Summit high schools earned two first-place awards, three second-place awards, three third-place awards and four honorable mentions for their visual art entries, which were created during remote learning and invoked emotion and imagination across a variety of media. The award-winning pieces – selected from nearly 180 entries – are on virtual display.

Baldwin Park Unified to Host Virtual Wellness Fair

Baldwin Park Unified will host a virtual wellness fair for District families and community members, in partnership with Care Solace, Foothill Family, Kaiser Permanente, Project Cal-Well, the Center for Integrated Family and Health Services and TeenLine. Students, parents and staff will explore a variety of break-out sessions, where attendees can learn about self-care strategies and mental health resources. The virtual event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon on Saturday, May 1. Visit www.bpusd.net for more details, including meeting links.

Fontana High Class of 2021 Celebrates Nearly 70 Acceptances to UC Riverside

Nearly 70 Fontana High School seniors have earned acceptances to UC Riverside, an achievement supported by the school’s robust academic support programs and a campus-wide effort to bolster college and career readiness. UC Riverside honored the admitted students in a FOHI-exclusive live virtual event on April 14, where students had the opportunity to connect with current UC Riverside students and an admissions counselor, ask questions and receive guidance as they weigh their college options. Fontana High School fosters a strong college-going culture through its robust Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and an annual College Application Day; this year, FOHI seniors submitted more than 2,100 college applications.

Bonita Unified Honors Food Services Department for Dedication to School Community

Bonita Unified School District presented members of its Food Services Department with the Purpose Award during an April 7 Board of Education meeting, celebrating their exemplary commitment to students and families throughout the pandemic. The Bonita Unified Food Services team has provided its community with more than 750,000 free meals via curbside pick-up since the closure of schools in March 2020. On average, the District serves more than 1,700 breakfast and lunch meals daily.

El Monte Union Nutrition Services Recognized by Tyson Foods for Ramen Recipe

El Monte Union’s Nutrition Services Department has been recognized by Tyson Foods for its chicken ramen noodle soup recipe, one of five winning recipes in a national contest to highlight innovative K-12 menu items shared by school district employees across the United States. The recipe, submitted by Nutrition Coordinator Toni Fu, is a grab-and-go item prepared for the District’s meal distribution and is featured on the Tyson website.