Baldwin Park Unified School District

  • Baldwin Park Unified Scholarship Winners Greeted by District Caravan

    Ten Baldwin Park Unified Class of 2020 seniors gave shouts of joy and even shed a few tears as a District caravan of well-wishers, equipped with balloons and flowers, traveled through the city on May 15 to personally deliver the news that the students had received scholarships totaling $11,000. District leaders – including Superintendent Dr. Froilan N. Mendoza, Board of Education and Cabinet members, administrators and community leaders – wore masks and practiced social distancing as they surprised students at their homes, placing the decorations and a certificate on the lawns and porches of recipients.

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  • Baldwin Park Unified Projects Upgrade Schools, Boost Student Safety

    Baldwin Park Unified students will benefit from new air conditioning systems, restored sports fields, new school marquees and safer infrastructure as the District completes Measure K-funded projects targeting safety, long-term needs and current needs. These upgrades are the last items to be funded by Measure K, a bond measure approved by BPUSD voters in 2006, to improve school safety and security, as well as enhance learning and athletic facilities.

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  • Baldwin Park Unified Student Chefs Receive C-CAP Culinary Scholarships

    Two Baldwin Park Unified student chefs are a step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming culinary artists or restaurant entrepreneurs after receiving Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) scholarships totaling nearly $40,000. Baldwin Park High senior Simon Luong won a full-tuition scholarship to the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Pasadena worth more than $30,000, while Sierra Vista High senior Angela Chandara received three cash scholarships totaling $4,000 to go toward the post-secondary culinary program of her choice.

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Baldwin Park Unified Launches Newsletter in Partnership with City

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified sent home its first community newsletter this week, part of a partnership with the City of Baldwin Park. The district newsletter is included in Baldwin Park NOW, a tabloid-sized community newsletter sent to more than 20,000 homes across the city. The inaugural edition includes articles about district achievements and instructional improvements coming in 2015-16. The newsletter will appear six times a year.

Baldwin Park Invests in College, Career Readiness Programs in 2015-16

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified will invest in a host of programs in 2015-16 – including an International Baccalaureate program, an alternative learning academy, STEM programs and added rigor for Advanced Placement and honors classes – to prepare students for success in college or careers as part of its 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plan, adopted June 23, spells out how the district will spend $13 million to benefit high-needs student groups – foster children, English learners and economically disadvantaged students – as well as programs for all students. Baldwin Park will launch extended school year offerings, chances to make up classes or improve grades during summer and a program to help ease the transition from middle school to high school. Teacher development will be a key priority as will a $2.5 million investment in the district’s educational technology.

Baldwin Park Unified Runs e-Textbook, Chromebook Pilot Programs

The first of two electronic textbook pilot efforts at Baldwin Park Unified has returned overwhelming praise for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt materials used on Google Chromebooks. Some 36 eighth-graders at Sierra Vista Middle School and 30 10th-graders at Sierra Vista High School conducted an electronic curriculum trial on the Chromebooks in spring to determine engagement levels. Baldwin Park Unified is one of just two districts in California and four across the U.S. authorized for the pilot by Google and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The pilot was originally scheduled to run nine weeks, but middle school teacher Gabriela Lopez and high school teacher Rafael Marquez received an extension to continue through spring. A second pilot effort will be conducted at four middle schools and two high schools during spring 2016 even as the district builds wireless capacity to support use of additional computer devices by students.

Baldwin Park Unified Board of Education to Consider Adoption of 2015-18 Accountability Plan

Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education will consider adoption of the 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at the District Administration Center, 3699 N. Holly Ave., Baldwin Park. The document – available for public review at the administration center – outlines the district’s vision for educational improvements over three years, sets annual goals and lists actions to achieve those goals. The plan was launched this year with a focus on transition to the California Common Core State Standards, providing access to new instructional materials and preparing students for online assessments. The LCAP was updated over the course of the year with input from students, parents, staff and community members. The board is also scheduled to adopt its 2015-16 budget.

Baldwin Park Unified to Spend $1.5 Million to Bolster Math Instruction

Baldwin Park Unified will spend a $593,903 federal award to enhance math and science instruction for disadvantaged youths in grades six through 11 in 2015-16, the first installment of a $1.5 million, three-year California Mathematics and Science Partnership. The partnership, administered by the state Department of Education, provides professional development for teachers in science, technology, math and science, or STEM. Baldwin Park Unified will work with the University of California, Irvine Math Project to provide math teachers 60 hours of professional development, hands-on lessons and other math resources.

5 Baldwin Park Unified Middle Schoolers Share $10,000 in College Grants

Five students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Jones Junior High will each receive a $2,000 Education Trust Award to help defray college costs thanks to California GEAR UP, a program designed to boost higher education enrollment for low-income students. Jones is the first Baldwin Park Unified school to participate in the program. Recipients were Maria Alvarez, Aizza Carrillo, Arturo Escobedo, Shene Martinez and Victoria Sanchez. The scholarship funds will be held in trust by the California Student Aid Commission until the students enter college.

North Park High School Recognized for Project-Based Learning Program

A two-year, project-based learning initiative has sparked new levels of classroom creativity at Baldwin Park Unified’s North Park High School, the only continuation school chosen to participate in a special UCLA program designed to promote teaching innovation. The program led to a school-wide effort that incorporated student-directed, hands-on activities in all content areas, including collaborative projects that artistically documented milestones in student lives. North Park’s innovations, funded with two $20,000 grants through UCLA’s Teacher-Initiated Inquiry Project, were showcased in a 30-minute video that impressed UCLA educators so much during a May 17 review that they have presented the video to the California Department of Education as a model for future efforts.

Play Shows Baldwin Park’s DeAnza Students Ways to Manage Conflict

Students at DeAnza Elementary School in Baldwin Park will learn ways of managing conflict at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 through a 40-minute play performed by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program. The play, called “It’s Stop Time,” is designed for children in grades three through five. The event is part of a program of Mental Health Month activities sponsored by a community partnership that includes U.S. Rep Grace Napolitano, co-chairwoman of the Congressional Mental Health Congress, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park and the Baldwin Park Unified School District. Parents are invited to attend the event, which will be followed by a workshop for students and parents on Wednesday, May 27.

Two Baldwin Park High Schools Earn Silver Medals in U.S. News and World Report rankings

Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park high schools each claimed a Silver Medal in the annual U.S. News and World Reports ranking of the nation’s top public high schools released this week. The rankings reviewed more than 19,000 public high schools, but only those that outperformed state testing averages for their demographic mixes could be considered for medals. Medal rankings were then determined by success levels on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams as a measure of college readiness. Sierra Vista ranked 1,290 nationally and 261 in California. The school enrolls 86 percent economically disadvantaged students. Baldwin Park ranked 1,888 nationally and 414 in California. The school enrolls 81 percent economically disadvantaged students.

Six Baldwin Park Unified Schools Earn California Gold Ribbons

Six Baldwin Park Unified schools were named Tuesday as California Gold Ribbon Schools – the state’s highest award for academic excellence – giving the district a win for every application submitted. The awards, which have temporarily replaced the California Distinguished School Program, go to secondary campuses that successfully implement new academic content and performance standards for all students, including English learners, as demonstrated through model programs chosen by the schools. In all, the state honored 193 middle schools and 180 high schools. Baldwin Park Unified’s Holland Middle, Jones Junior High, Olive Middle, Sierra Vista Junior High, Baldwin Park High and Sierra Vista High schools were recognized for best practices that ranged from boosting parent and community involvement and STEM programs to closing the achievement gap and reducing absenteeism and dropouts. The schools also earned an additional award for being Title I Academic Achieving Schools.