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Fontana Unified Students Recognized as ‘Academic Trailblazers’

Canyon Crest Elementary fifth-grader Matilda Vinuela and Fontana High School senior Miranda Ordoñez were recognized by San Bernardino County Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. as District 5 Academic Trailblazers during the Oct. 6 Fontana Unified Board of Education meeting. The award, given in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, recognizes high-achieving students for their academic and civic achievements. Ordoñez, who serves as the District’s 2021-22 Board of Education student representative, balances Advanced Placement classes with a variety of campus clubs and activities. Vinuela came to Fontana Unified not speaking any English; despite being in unfamiliar surroundings, she immediately began to blend in as she listened, asked for help, and made friends quickly.

Baldwin Park Unified Elementary Students Receive New Shoes

One-hundred Baldwin Park Unified students from Bursch Elementary School received new pairs of shoes, including Adidas, Rebook and Fila, from Vulcan Materials Company and Shoes That Fit on Oct. 13. After the festive distribution event, students danced in their new shoes alongside District administrators and educators.

Whittier Union Student Athlete Receives Scholarship, Recognition from Spectrum News 1

La Serna High School senior Annabella Rapp’s excellence in the classroom and in the pool has earned her recognition from the Spectrum News 1 Scholar Athlete Program, an honor that comes with a $1,000 scholarship and a feature story on Spectrum News. Rapp, one of Spectrum’s Student Athlete honorees for October, was featured in a segment on Oct. 12. She was chosen based on an excellent academic record – which has earned her a place among La Serna’s top 25 performing students – as well as her community involvement and contribution to La Serna’s varsity swimming and water polo teams.

Río Hondo College Recognized in Top 100 Lists in Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine

Río Hondo College has been recognized by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine, placing them in the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list and highlighting the College’s rigorous academics and sterling degree programs. Using information from the California Department of Education’s database for the 2019-20 school year, the publication awards institutions that are committed to serving Hispanic/Latino students’ needs.

Monrovia Unified to Host 2021-22 State of Schools Address

Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education, administrators, students, staff and community will join together at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 as the District hosts the 2021-22 State of the Schools Address. Highlights will include how the District navigated COVID-19 and school closures; moving from virtual learning to hybrid learning; the return to in-person instruction; how Monrovia Unified has maintained a sound budget; expansion of student support systems; and school programs such as athletics, the arts, early college and more. The night will end with the presentation of the District’s 2021-22 showcase video.

Baldwin Park Unified High Schools Face-off during Annual Football Game

Baldwin Park Unified’s Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high school communities gathered together on Oct. 1 for the District’s annual Crosstown Showdown, with football teams competing for the victory bell and bragging rights. Baldwin Park High captured the victory bell from Sierra Vista High after closing the game 55-0. Both schools featured electrifying performances from the cheer teams, band and color guard.

LUSD, St. Anne’s Family Services Expand Early Childhood Education

Through a partnership with St. Anne’s Family Services, Lynwood Unified is expanding enrollment for its Early Childhood Education program. Two new centers will be opening at Abbott and Lugo elementary schools for children ages 12 to 36 months. A new home-based program for pregnant people and infants is also enrolling new students, with families receiving support and resources through virtual visits. For more information or to apply, families may contact 1-877-PRE-K-KID (877-773-5543).

Fontana Unified CTE Teacher Appears on CBS Show ‘Tough As Nails’

While Fontana High School’s newest career technical education instructor, Lamar Hanger, guides students in developing carpentry skills in the classroom, his own expertise is being showcased across the U.S. on the television show “Tough As Nails” – which premiered Oct. 6 on CBS. Hanger brings versatile experience in construction, welding, metal-stud framing, and lath to the CBS competition series for working-class professionals and to his new position at Fontana High School, where students are receiving a hands-on education that can lead to apprenticeships and career opportunities.

Baldwin Park Unified Athletics Adds Girls Flag Football

Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High School added a new competitive sport to the school’s athletics roster with the first competitive girls flag football team. The 15-person team started the season on Sept. 29 in a game against San Juan Hills, and played their second game on Oct. 7 against Beckman High School.

Lynwood Unified Celebrates Successes, Resiliency at State of the District

Lynwood Unified’s Superintendent Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite, the Board of Education and the Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation welcomed community leaders and members to the fourth annual State of the District on Oct. 8. Dr. Crosthwaite recapped the triumphs and trials of the last year, focusing on the accomplishments made possible through the work and dedication of District administrators, teachers, staff, and local partners.