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Buena Park School District

Buena Park School District Kicks Off School Year with New Goals, Focus

Buena Park School District’s campuses were humming with excited greetings from reunited classmates and tearful sendoffs from new parents as they dropped off their children on Aug. 13 for the first day of school. The District welcomed more than 4,520 students across seven campuses, each adorned with colorful banners and chalk messages welcoming students and encouraging responsible behavior.

Buena Park School District Wellness Garden to Promote Emotional Growth

A lush, green surprise will be waiting for Whitaker School students when they return to school on Tuesday, Aug. 13 – a new wellness garden, complete with native California plants, fruit-bearing trees and herbs to benefit the entire school. Funding for the wellness garden project, which included leveling the ground, clearing weeds, spreading mulch and planting vegetation, was provided by BayWa Renewable Energy and United Way.

Buena Park School District’s Kid Connection Leader Inspires Learning

For 16 years, Marilee Perini has been making summer school fun for Buena Park School District students, allowing them to decorate classrooms, discover the Newport Dunes and learn about dog breeds and reptiles from pet assemblies through the Kid Connection program she coordinates. Through Kid Connection, both during the summer and regular school year, Perini crafts lesson plans that focus on improving students’ academic and social skills.

Buena Park School District Teacher Hosts Summer Reading Program

Gilbert School kindergarten teacher Leslee Milch said her favorite aspect of summer is being able to read her favorite books, complete with silly voices and singing, for students and community members through her weekly Read with Me! program at Bellis Park. Milch, a National Board Certified teacher, created the program when she realized many of her students had few opportunities to practice reading skills during summer break.

Buena Park School District Teacher Promotes Literacy, Healthy Living Through Summer Reading Program

Gilbert School kindergarten teacher Leslee Milch said her favorite aspect of summer is being able to read her favorite books, complete with silly voices and singing, for students and community members through her weekly Read with Me! program at Bellis Park. Milch, a National Board Certified Teacher, created the program more than 20 years ago when she realized many of her students had few opportunities to practice their reading skills during summer break.

Buena Park Special Education Summer Program Sparks Growth

Buena Park School District’s special education students are spending the summer painting, playing outside and socializing thanks to an extended school year services program designed to keep students motivated beyond the regular school year. The special education summer program helps 70 pre-kindergarten through seventh-grade students hone gross and fine motor skills and improve social skills as they decorate classrooms and play counting games. Photos are available.