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’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.
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.
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.