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Buena Park School District

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Buena Park School District Provides Flu Vaccination to More than 240 Students

Buena Park School District provided its community with another means to stay healthy as it administered 247 flu vaccinations to students in pre-school through eighth grade during its first drive-thru flu clinic. The District teamed with the Orange County Health Agency, Kaiser Permanente and Cal State Fullerton’s School of Nursing to deliver vaccinations to families who lined a parking lot and surrounding area of Buena Park Middle School. Students, staff, parents and volunteers wore masks and followed social distancing rules to maintain safety

Veteran Buena Park School District Educator Provides Warmth, Positivity as New Principal

Buena Park Learning Center Principal Mary Beckelheimer loves taking care of people – she exudes cheerfulness and positivity when connecting with parents, families and students to create a comfortable atmosphere wherever she goes. Her new role as principal for the Buena Park Learning Center, which includes the Buena Park Early Learning program and the recently launched Academy for Accelerated Learning, gives her the opportunity to build relationships with parents of young students and parents who want an additional level of safety in regard to COVID-19.

Buena Park School District to Provide Meal Distribution Program

Buena Park School District will continue to provide daily drive-thru meals to parents and students of the community. Meals will be distributed from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Emery, Whitaker, Corey, Gilbert and Pendleton schools. The District will be strictly adhering to social distancing rules and all guests must wear masks when picking up their food.

Buena Park School District Teachers Receive Robotics, 3-D Printer Grants

Emery School and Beatty Middle School will boost interest in engineering and coding by adding robotics kits and a 3-D printer into their curriculum, thanks to two grants from the Buena Park School District Education Foundation. Emery School teachers Gil Kim, Ana Ngo, Becky August, Jennifer Schell and Esther Lee were awarded funds to purchase a Hummingbird Bit Classroom bundle for their school, which comes with 12 robot kits and tools. Career Technical Educator Shelley Andros was awarded funds for a 3-D printer for Beatty Middle School’s science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) lab to teach computer-aided design (CAD).

Buena Park School District Kicks Off 2020-21 School Year

Buena Park School District started the new school year with a series of lively drive-through welcoming events, where students were cheered onto campuses by teachers and received iPads, books and other materials to use during distance learning. Each school was decorated with colorful banners to mark the start of the 2020-21 school year as teachers and administrators handed out supplies. Staff, students and their families wore masks and followed social distancing rules to maintain safety.

Buena Park School District Receives Thousands of Face Shields for Teachers, Students

Buena Park School District recently received a donation of 37,000 see-through face shields to protect students, teachers and staff, providing an additional barrier to slow the spread of COVID-19. The District received the face shields from Westminster-based company Tru-Form Plastics. Tru-Form Plastics Engineer Ed Hentges, a Buena Park resident and friend of Beatty Middle School Principal Erik Bagger, recommended that his company donate face shields to protect students and staff during the pandemic.

Buena Park School District Teachers Honored for Math Innovation

for their skill in boosting understanding of math concepts to students through personalized instruction. Mathspace recognized teachers Sean Hamilton, Courtney Hsu, Scott Magnin and Jon Christensen on July 6, making Buena Park School District one of only two districts in California to earn four Esteemed Educator Awards.

Buena Park School District Starts School Year with Distance Learning

Buena Park School District will start its 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 11 with three weeks of distance learning as part of a plan to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The District has a five-phase plan to shift students back onto campus, including minimum days, blended learning for online and in-person learning and staggered lunch periods.

Buena Park School District Teachers Receive Esteemed Educator Awards for Innovation in Math Education

Four Buena Park School District teachers have received the 2020 Mathspace Esteemed Educator Award for their skill in boosting understanding of math concepts to students through personalized instruction. Mathspace recognized teachers Sean Hamilton, Courtney Hsu, Scott Magnin and Jon Christensen on July 6, making Buena Park School District one of only two districts in California to earn four Esteemed Educator Awards. Mathspace is an adaptive online math platform used by students worldwide that helps replicate the experience of having a teacher conduct a lesson in person. The program became a highly effective tool when the District transitioned to distance learning in March.