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Buena Park School District

  • Buena Park School District Teachers Honored for Boosting Student Social Skills

    Pendleton School special education teachers Kimberly Ulangca and Suzanne Huerta are passionate about boosting students’ social skills and igniting their passion in academics. Their efforts in improving Pendleton School’s Special Education program have earned them the Above and Beyond Award from the North Orange County Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA). The award is given to special education teachers who are making great strides for their students, encouraging them to learn and grow.

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  • Buena Park School District Teacher of the Year Inspires Passion for Learning

    Buena Park Middle School teacher Kristina Walshe positively radiates joy at the idea of getting students excited about math and science, especially when new students are afraid of the daunting subjects. Her unending positivity and exemplary work have earned her recognition as Buena Park School District’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

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  • Buena Park School District Students Receive Shoe Donations

    Forty-one Buena Park School District students received $50 gift cards for Vans shoes, thanks to donations from the Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park. The employees and owners of Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park raised $5,000, which was divided to provide 100 Boys & Girls Club children with gift cards. Students were given their gift cards during a Feb. 26 event; some students also won prizes such as blankets, t-shirts, cup holders and backpacks emblazoned with Vans logos.

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Buena Park Educator Receives Women’s History Month Spotlight

Career Technical Educator Shelley Andros has been honored with the 2021 Fourth District Women’s History Month Spotlight for encouraging her students to become high-achieving scholars, pursuing careers as engineers and horticulturalists. Andros was recognized by Supervisor Doug Chaffee for inspiring her students and preparing them for college and the work force. Andros has taught horticulture, robotics and computer science at Buena Park and Beatty middle schools since 2017.

Buena Park School District Teachers Honored for Boosting Student Social Skills

Pendleton School special education teachers Kimberly Ulangca and Suzanne Huerta are passionate about boosting students’ social skills and igniting their passion in academics. Their efforts in improving Pendleton School’s Special Education program have earned them the Above and Beyond Award from the North Orange County Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA). The award is given to special education teachers who are making great strides for their students, encouraging them to learn and grow.

Buena Park School District Students Receive Shoe Donations

Forty-one Buena Park School District students received $50 gift cards for Vans shoes, thanks to donations from the Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park. The employees and owners of Simpson Buick GMC of Buena Park raised $5,000, which was divided to provide 100 Boys & Girls Club children with gift cards. Students were given their gift cards during a Feb. 26 event; some students also won prizes such as blankets, t-shirts, cup holders and backpacks emblazoned with Vans logos.

Buena Park School District Reopens Early Learning Program, Plans for Districtwide Opening

Students in Buena Park School District’s Early Learning Programs gathered on campus for the return of in-person instruction, providing them with a renewed opportunity to meet new friends, build relationships with their teachers, and continue their educational growth. The District’s phased reopening has begun with its youngest students in state preschool and special education early learning classrooms at Buena Park Learning Center, Gilbert, Pendleton and Whitaker schools.

Buena Park Unified Middle School Debate Team Rises to Challenge of Virtual Tournaments

Beatty and Buena Park middle school students are showcasing their poise and competitive speaking skills while rising to the challenge of virtual speech and debate tournaments after an impressive performance during a Jan. 30 online Orange County Debate League tournament. Beatty Middle School’s virtual speech and debate program launched in March 2020, following the start of the national stay-at-home order. After a scheduled tournament on March 13 was canceled, the team adjusted its techniques and practices to ensure that students could compete in a safe environment while also preparing for future online events

Buena Park Elementary School Honors Students

Gilbert School honored 23 students for demonstrating respect, organization, attentiveness and responsibility (ROAR), showing growth mindset or demonstrating improvement during distance learning lessons at its first drive-through ROAR celebration. Each week, teachers select students to honor with printed certificates, which outline their academic or social accomplishments. Students, along with their families, were invited onto campus to collect their awards while being celebrated by teachers and staff. Students and families wore masks and followed social distancing rules to maintain safety.

Buena Park Elementary School Delights, Inspires Students with Virtual Music Program

Emery School students are banging on drums, learning about cultures and enhancing distance learning lessons through a new virtual music program that teaches students musical appreciation in the comfort of their homes. The program, which offers six weekly music lessons to students, is part of a partnership between the school and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Each lesson pairs a Segerstrom musician with a class to mesh music with lessons on world cultures, folklore and history.

Buena Park Elementary School Awards Best, Brightest, Safest Students with Virtual Ceremony

Emery School families from around the globe celebrated the hard work, compassion and positive behavior of 135 students across seven grade levels during a series of Dec. 16 virtual student of the trimester award ceremonies. The ceremony took place via Zoom, with each grade level showcasing students who went above and beyond in being respectful, responsible, ready to learn and safe during distance learning and in-person lessons.

Buena Park Elementary School Prepares Students for Digital World with Coding Classes

On her first day of computer coding class, Pendleton School kindergartner Fiona B. excitedly reported to her parents that she made an animated character jump up and down. In the following weeks, Fiona has learned techniques that allow her to create backgrounds and animals that dance and talk. At an age when many students are still learning to read, Fiona is taking advantage of Pendleton’s commitment to providing computer science and coding instruction for all of its TK-5 students through a partnership with CodeCampus, which provides curriculum and teachers for daily lessons.