Azusa Unified School District

  • Azusa Unified Elementary School Joins ‘No Excuses’ University Network

    Azusa Unified’s Mountain View Elementary School has been selected to join No Excuses University, a national network of schools that focuses on college readiness. The school sets aside weekly collaboration time for teachers to find creative ways to motivate students about college.

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  • Two Azusa Unified Elementary Schools Dedicate Drought-Tolerant Gardens

    Paramount and Mountain View elementary schools dedicated their new drought-tolerant gardens on April 27, celebrating completion of the Paramount and Mountain View Landscaping Water Conservation Project. The project was made possible by a $70,000 grant provided by the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, part of a campaign to increase awareness of water conservation efforts.

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  • Azusa Middle School Students Discover Future College Majors at Sixth Annual Eighth-Grade Fair

    Azusa Unified School District hosted the 8th Grade Majors Fair, a collaborative effort between Azusa Pacific University, Cal Poly Pomona and Citrus College on March 17, for a day of academic inspiration and exploration. Among dozens of booths were live demonstrations and interactive activities highlighting subject matters in science, math and technology. The fair provided more than 300 middle schools students with information about specific college majors and encouraged them to increase their knowledge of and interest in higher education.

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Azusa Unified’s Valleydale Visually Impaired Students Plant Literacy Garden

With shovels, dirty hands and the help of first-year teacher Diana Dennis, Azusa Unified School District’s visually impaired and blind students are learning about the science of plants with a newly renovated literacy garden at Valleydale Elementary. Dennis, who recently won a grant from the California Retired Teachers Association for the literacy garden, teaches her students the process in which a plant grows and the maintenance required to have a flourishing garden. Before the end of the school year, the goal is for the garden to host an outdoor library where students will be able to read and study in a natural environment. Photos are available.

Azusa Unified Elementary Students Complete College Awareness Program

Follow-up Story: Fourth- and fifth-graders from Azusa Unified’s Magnolia, Murray, Paramount and Valleydale elementary schools received diplomas recognizing completion of the College Headed and Mighty Proud (CHAMP) program at an Azusa Pacific University ceremony on Nov. 30. CHAMP is a semester-long program designed to inspire elementary school students to begin planning their post-secondary education. Students meet with APU mentors for eight weeks, discussing college admissions, financial aid and career exploration.

Azusa Superintendent Named to State Board of Education Advisory Group

Azusa Unified Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski was appointed Nov. 2 to the California Practitioners Advisory Group, a committee made up of educational leaders from across the state who provide the State Board of Education (SBE) with critical input on federal Title I responsibilities and streamlining local, state and federal accountability systems. Schools receive federal funding under Title I to improve achievement by disadvantaged students.

Azusa Unified Students Share Songs, Gifts During Veterans Day Flag Ceremony

Follow-up Story: Proudly holding up tiny American flags amid boisterous chants of “USA! USA!,” students at Azusa Unified’s Dalton Elementary School celebrated the commitment and sacrifice of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during a Veterans Day flag-folding ceremony on Nov. 9. Students joined VFW Post 8070 and Azusa city officials to offer a musical tribute, presentation of the colors and a gift to veterans in attendance. Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines who have children at Dalton participated in the ceremony. Photos are available.

Azusa Unified Elementary Students Stage Ceramic Art Show with APU Mentors

Follow-up Story: Displaying ceramic works created with the assistance of Azusa Pacific University art students, 44 Powell Elementary School fifth-graders welcomed friends and family to a gallery-style art show on Nov. 29 at Powell’s newly created art studio. The art show was the culmination of a partnership between Powell and APU, which brought Powell students to the APU campus for a series of ceramic workshops, with APU art students providing one-to-one mentoring, encouraging the fifth-graders to design, create and glaze ceramic artwork utilizing symbols and pictographs inspired by studying indigenous Southwestern pottery.

Gladstone Street Elementary to Host 2nd Annual Classic Car Trunk or Treat on Oct. 21

Gladstone Street Elementary will present its second annual Classic Car Trunk or Treat from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, an event that celebrates the autumn season while raising funds for school supplies and field trips. Rare motorcycles will be presented alongside classic cars in the Gladstone Street parking lot, 1040 E. Gladstone St., Azusa. Treats will be available for children. Nachos and hot dogs will be served, and 25-cent tickets will be sold for games such as “Ring the Witch’s Hat.” Community members are invited to attend.

Azusa Unified to Host College Fair at Gladstone High on Oct. 25

More than 50 colleges and universities from throughout the U.S. will be represented at Azusa Unified’s College Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Gladstone High School’s gymnasium, 1340 N. Enid Ave. Officials from University of California, California State University, Arizona State University, Azusa Pacific University and University of La Verne will be among the colleges represented offering information, resources and guidance to prospective students. For more information, contact Lori Madden at 626-815-3665.

Azusa Unified’s Magnolia Elementary to Host Harvest Carnival on Oct. 14

Magnolia Elementary will celebrate the arrival of autumn with a Harvest Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, showcasing camaraderie in the Azusa Unified School District community while raising funds for school supplies and field trips. The event will offer home-cooked meals and baked goods for sale, games, a cake walk, soda ring toss and opportunity drawings with prizes. Magnolia teachers also will host booths, providing community members a chance to meet Magnolia faculty. Magnolia Elementary is at 945 E. Nearfield St., Azusa.

Azusa Unified High School Hosts Ceremony for Renovated Gym

Azusa Unified’s Gladstone High School will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 for its newly renovated gym. Upgrades were made via Measure K, which provides funding for major renovations, repairs and upgrades to classrooms and facilities within the District. Azusa High School celebrated its gym renovation on Sept. 23. Both gyms received upgraded electrical systems, ventilation and air conditioning systems and fresh paint in time for Homecoming festivities. Photos are available.

Azusa Unified, Community Partners to Distribute Groceries to Families

Azusa Unified School District will partner with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Christ Church of the Valley and God’s Pantry to host a free grocery distribution from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10 in the parking lot of Foothill Middle School, 151 N. Fenimore Ave., Azusa. All members of the community are welcome to attend.