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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 Rolls Out Partnership with JUST Water

Azusa Unified School District is embarking on a challenge to increase breakfast participation while promoting the environmental benefits of recycling in its schools. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, any student who participates in the breakfast program will receive a free JUST water bottle every Monday and Wednesday. The bottles can be refilled throughout the day and ultimately tossed in specially marked recycling bins. The JUST water bottle is made up of 82 percent renewable resources and contains 100 percent spring water. On March 24, 2017, District officials will determine which school has the highest breakfast participation and will award the winning school with a visit from a celebrity.

Three Azusa Unified Schools Receive Grants for Free Health Snacks

Azusa Unified’s Valleydale, Murray and Paramount elementary schools have received grants from the state Department of Education to offer students free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program helps to provide snacks to children as a supplement to school breakfast and lunch programs. AUSD’s commitment to offering a variety of nutritional meal offerings has been enhanced for the 2016-17 school year, with yogurt parfait and fresh salad bar options added at middle and high schools.

Seven Azusa Unified Schools Recognized for Fostering Safe, Positive Climate

The California PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) Coalition has awarded seven Azusa Unified schools a bronze certification for fostering a positive campus culture that promotes strong academic outcomes. Azusa High School; Magnolia, Mountain View, Murray and Powell elementary schools; and Slauson and Foothill middle schools are among the first schools in the state to use and be recognized by the coalition. All schools will be acknowledged Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Coalition’s inaugural conference in Sacramento.

Azusa Unified to Award 160 Retroactive Diplomas to Alumni

Azusa Unified School District will award diplomas to 160 alumni under the provisions of Senate Bill 172, which suspended a requirement for students who graduate to pass the California High School Exit Exam. The state law requires schools to award diplomas retroactively to students who finished high school in 2003-04 to 2014-15, but did not pass the state exam.

Azusa Unified Names New Principals and Administrators

Azusa Unified School District is introducing new administrators – including principals of Azusa and Gladstone high schools – and celebrating the promotion of staff members who will lead their respective schools. Leading the Gladiators as principal of Gladstone High is 20-year educator Chris Silvas, who was previously an assistant principal and coordinator of student services at Nueva Vista Continuation High School in Bassett Unified School District. Linda McNary will helm Azusa High as principal after serving as principal at Slauson Middle School and assistant principal at Azusa High. For a complete list of new 2016-17 administrators, visit Azusa.org.

Azusa Unified Principal Hikes Mt. Whitney in Green Wig to Fulfil Bet with Students

Jenny Le, principal of Azusa Unified's Mountain View Elementary School, completed the final stretch of her 260-mile hike along the John Muir Trail this month by reaching the top of Mt. Whitney -- while wearing a green wig. Le promised students she would hike Mt. Whitney in green hair if they improved in every subject on state testing. Photos are available.

Azusa Unified Seeks Community Support for Family Displaced by House Fire

The Montoya family’s world turned to ashes when an illegal firework landed on their garage during July 4 celebrations, igniting a blaze that consumed their home. Azusa Unified has stepped up to collect donations from community members to help the Montoyas rebuild their lives. The District is collecting money, clothing and gifts cards. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of the District’s main office, 546 S. Citrus Ave., Azusa. The Montoyas’ oldest son, Emanuel Mallon, planned to become a firefighter before the fire. He said the experience has reinforced his dream of helping others.

Azusa Unified Opens Enrollment for Free Preschool Program

Azusa Unified is inviting parents to enroll 4-year-olds in its free California State Preschool Program, which starts Thursday, Aug. 18 at Longfellow Elementary. There are 96 spaces available for children who turn 4 by Sept. 1. Families may register their children for one of two morning sessions held from 8 to 11 a.m. or one of two afternoon sessions weekdays from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Families do not need to live in Azusa, but District residents will receive priority.

Azusa Unified Seeks Donations for Students Displaced After Home Fire

Azusa Unified School District is partnering with Foothill Community Church to collect donations for an Azusa family – which includes three male AUSD students ages 11, 15 and 18 – who lost their home in a blaze on the Fourth of July caused by a firework accident. The family of five is in need of clothing, furniture, household appliances and financial donations. Items can be dropped off at Foothill Community Church at 777 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. Contact Rev. Dale Winslow, pastor of Foothill Community Church, at 626-969-7916 for more information.

Azusa Unified to Host Community Food Bank at Foothill Middle School

Azusa Unified School District will host the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and God’s Pantry for a free grocery distribution from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 9 in the parking lot of Foothill Middle School, 151 N. Fenimore Ave., Azusa. All members of the community are welcome to attend.