Bellflower Unified School District

  • Bellflower Unified’s Mayfair High Football Coach Honored by Chargers

    Hundreds of Mayfair High students, families, staff and community members waved blue and white flags at Ron Yary Stadium to honor Mayfair’s head football coach Derek Bedell as the Los Angeles Charges L.A. County Coach of the Week during the school’s homecoming game on Oct. 6. The school’s band played a celebratory number as Chargers cheerleaders greeted Bedell on center stage with a $1,000 check. He was recognized for his team’s first victory since 2006 in the annual Milk Bucket matchup against rival Lakewood High School on Sept. 8.

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  • Bellflower Unified Hosts First Teen Court

    Bellflower High School on Oct. 5 launched a Teen Court program, a new element of the school's award-winning civics program that allows students to explore California's court system. The launch began with a reception that included Bellflower Unified Board of Education members, City Council members, judges, attorneys and other dignitaries at the District Office.

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  • Bellflower Unified Elementary School Receives $5,000 Barona Education Grant

    Bellflower Unified's Washington Elementary School has received a $5,000 grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians that will benefit the school's new dual-language immersion program. The school was chosen for the award by state Sen. Tony Mendoza, who delivered the grant during a visit to school on Oct. 4.

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Bellflower Unified Home Studies Program Holds TK-1 Enrollment Session

Bellflower Unified’s Las Flores Home Education Independent Studies Program will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, March 20 for families considering enrolling children in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade. Las Flores, a TK-11 school, provides support to homeschooling families, including instruction in core topics and weekly enrichment classes. Las Flores is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges with instruction that meets UC/CSU admission requirements. The school is open to students across L.A. and Orange counties. Call 562-804-6565 or go to www.lasfloreseducationalcenter.org. Las Flores is at 10039 E. Palm St., Bellflower.

Bellflower Unified Invites Community Review of School Accountability Report Cards

Bellflower Unified has invited community members to review the District's 2015-16 School Accountability Report Cards (SARC), a comprehensive summary of the performance and conditions of each of our public schools. The report cards, made public Feb. 1, are available for review at local schools, electronically on local school websites and on the state Department of Education website. The reports provide an overview of each school and details about staffing, curriculum programs, student performance on state standardized tests, materials, quality of facilities and per pupil spending.

Bellflower Unified High School Athletes Honored at Hall of Fame Fest

Follow-up Story: Five athletic teams and 14 student athletes from Bellflower Unified's Mayfair High School were recognized on Feb. 27 by the city of Lakewood and the Piazza Family McDonald's during the annual Lakewood Youth Hall of Fame celebration. Those recognized included the 2016 CIF champion Mayfair boys wrestling team and 2016 Suburban League champion girls basketball, softball, girls track and field and girls volley teams. Emma Kailiponi was named Scholar Athlete of the Year. Performers of the year were Landon Anderson, baseball; Mone't Ward, basketball; Patrick Coo, BMX; Mercedes Padilla, soccer; Sarah Parten, softball; Brianna Figueroa, tennis; and Justin Pichedwatana, wrestling. Distinguished nominees were Kyle Small, basketball; Kai Emmsley, football; Sydairee Dudley, track and field; Sarah Clausen and Skyler Williams, volleyball; and Andrew Ramos, wrestling.

Bellflower Unified Kindergarten Teacher Stunned by $25,000 Milken Award

Katherine Shaw, a kindergarten teacher at Bellflower Unified’s Washington Elementary School, was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educators Award during a March 3 ceremony led by Milken Foundation President Lowell Milken and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Shaw, who was stunned by the announcement, was praised for sculpting her teaching approach to student needs. She also helps guide fellow teachers. The Milken Award, dubbed the Oscars of Teaching, will go to up to 35 teachers across the U.S. in 2017. Shaw is one of two in California to receive the award and the first Bellflower Unified teacher to be honored. For more information, go to www.milkeneducatorawards.org. Photos are available.

Bellflower Unified Elementary Holds Bingo for Books to Boost Literacy

Bellflower Unified’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary will hold its second annual Bingo for Books event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, with families moving from room to room across the Dr. Seuss-emblazoned campus playing bingo and winning books. During the event's first year, more than 325 students and their families won over 500 books. Bingo for Books is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Elementary PTA, Associated Student Body and Family Night Committee, with support from staff members who decorate the campus. The books given out are donated by the PTA, staff members and other members of the community. Jefferson Elementary is at 10027 Rose St., Bellflower.

Bellflower Unified Adds School for Spanish Dual-Immersion Program

Bellflower Unified’s popular Spanish dual-immersion program – launched several years ago at the Intensive Learning Center – will expand to Washington Elementary School in 2017-18, creating a convenient option for families living in the north end of the District. A preschool dual-immersion program was launched at Washington Elementary this year. Kindergarten and preschool registration for both sites opens Monday, March 6.

Bellflower Unified Fifth-graders Bring History to Life with Wax Museum

Fifth-graders from Bellflower Unified’s Stephen Foster Elementary will don historical attire from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 for the final presentation of a “wax museum” that visitors bring to life by donating coins. Once activated, the students give a speech on their historical figure, Benjamin Franklin, Sitting Bull, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony. Students also made presentations on Feb. 21 and 24. More than 200 students and parents visit the museum each day, donating coins for Pennies for Patients and a science assembly. Foster is at 5223 E. Bigelow St., Lakewood. Photos are available.

Bellflower Unified Earns WASC Accreditation for Innovative Independent Study Program

Bellflower Unified’s highly innovative Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy has earned a three-year initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The TK-10 school, which offers a blend of homeschool support and core curriculum, was praised by a WASC visiting committee for effective and caring leadership, parent engagement, strong use of technology and an emphasis on hands-on, student learning. School officials, who announced the decision Feb. 8, are expanding the school's high school offerings one grade each year. Each expansion will require a new review.

Two Bellflower Unified Soccer Players Sign Letters of Intent

Two Mayfair seniors signed letters of intent on Feb. 1 to play soccer for California universities in 2017-18. Forward Nadiyah Siqueiros signed a letter of intent for NCAA Division I competitor California State University, Long Beach. Midfielder Cynthia Covarrubias signed a letter of intent for NAIA Division II competitor University of California, Merced.

Mayfair High Hoops Game Builds Special Needs Acceptance, Understanding

About 20 students with special needs from Bellflower Unified’s Mayfair High School, along with general education schools, took part in a Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game during halftime at the Feb. 3 Mayfair/Artesia matchup. Participants were members of Mayfair's LAFF (Learning Acceptance through Friends and Fun) Club, which creates connections between students in the special and general education programs. Photos are available.