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Fontana Unified School District

  • Fontana Unified High School Students Gain Hands-On Career Experience during Virtual Micro-Internships

    Students Gain Experience via Micro-Internships Six Summit High School students have sharpened their online technological marketing skills and learned what businesses are seeking in employees during micro-internships with manufacturing company Tekton Hospitality. Part of a pilot program, the micro-internships teach a few specific skills in a short time. Summit High senior Aaron Vera and juniors Yasmeen Abu-Awad, Mohamad Awad, Leilani Calzada Gonzalez, Harsh Patel and Steven Zaragoza engaged in 90-minute sessions on Zoom, learning how to take and edit job-site and product photos, create websites to highlight the products and promote the products via social media.

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  • Fontana Unified Selects Interim Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

    Longtime educator Nicasio “Nick" Salerno has been selected as Fontana Unified’s interim associate superintendent of teaching and learning, bringing 38 years of public education experience to the role. Salerno was selected by Fontana Unified’s Board of Education during a special meeting on Sept. 30. He has spent much of his education career serving high school students in El Monte, working as a teacher, coach, counselor and mentor teacher before stepping into administration as an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

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  • Fontana Unified Food Services Director Recognized with CalPERS Spotlight on Excellence Award

    When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted school closures in March, Fontana Unified’s Food Services department, led by director Trieste Huey, immediately sprang into action, establishing a food distribution network that has served nearly six million free meals and provided a crucial lifeline of nourishment and support to the Fontana community. Huey’s leadership skills, organizational acumen and ability to gather resources and bring diverse District departments together as a team has been recognized by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), which has bestowed Huey with its 2020 Spotlight on Excellence Award.

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Fontana Unified Middle School Honors Scholars with Drive-Thru Event

Alder Middle School recognized students for their dedication to academic excellence during distance learning, surprising students with gifts – such as school-branded reusable water bottles – during a drive-thru GPA Award pick-up event on Oct. 21. The event is the latest in a series of socially distanced celebrations from Fontana Unified schools, held in an effort to foster school spirit and recognize students for their achievements.

Fontana Unified to Host Session on Social/Emotional Support

Fontana Unified will discuss methods of providing social/emotional support to students during a Parent University virtual session from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. FUSD’s Parent University aims to build capacity for parents and empower them as vital partners in the education process. Families may register for the virtual session on the Fontana Unified website.

Fontana Unified Teacher Selected As 2021 Teacher Ambassador

Mango Elementary School teacher Janet Nasir was selected as a 2021 Epic Master Teacher Ambassador, one of just 32 California educators to receive the honor. As an ambassador she will instill a love of reading and learning in students, share best practices and influence the future development of Epic – described as the world’s largest digital library for children – by providing their expertise and insight through surveys, interviews, and advisory groups.

Fontana Unified High School Students Gain Hands-On Career Experience during Virtual Micro-Internships

Students Gain Experience via Micro-Internships Six Summit High School students have sharpened their online technological marketing skills and learned what businesses are seeking in employees during micro-internships with manufacturing company Tekton Hospitality. Part of a pilot program, the micro-internships teach a few specific skills in a short time. Summit High senior Aaron Vera and juniors Yasmeen Abu-Awad, Mohamad Awad, Leilani Calzada Gonzalez, Harsh Patel and Steven Zaragoza engaged in 90-minute sessions on Zoom, learning how to take and edit job-site and product photos, create websites to highlight the products and promote the products via social media.

Fontana Unified’s Kaiser High Honors Scholars with Drive-Thru Ceremony

Henry J. Kaiser High School fostered its well-known “Kaiser Cat” spirit and honored high-achieving students during a drive-thru fall academic awards ceremony on Oct. 13. More than 500 students were recognized during the socially distanced ceremony, which featured teachers and staff waving colorful posters with words of encouragement as students collected their medals.

Fontana Unified Recognizes National Bullying Prevention Month

Fontana Unified School District is recognizing National Bullying Prevention Month in October, providing resources to help families and students identify, report and prevent bullying and cyberbullying. Students at Jurupa Hills High School also showed their support for the cause by wearing blue in support of World Day of Bullying Prevention, recognized on Oct. 5.

Fontana Unified High School Honors Scholars with Drive-Thru Ceremony

Summit High School honored students for their continued academic achievement during distance learning with a drive-thru academic awards ceremony on Oct. 1. Approximately 700 students earned gold and silver medals, awarded based on their academic performance in spring 2020. Summit staff distributed medals and congratulated students during the ceremony while adhering public health and safety protocols.

Fontana Unified Selects Interim Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

Longtime educator Nicasio “Nick" Salerno has been selected as Fontana Unified’s interim associate superintendent of teaching and learning, bringing 38 years of public education experience to the role. Salerno was selected by Fontana Unified’s Board of Education during a special meeting on Sept. 30. He has spent much of his education career serving high school students in El Monte, working as a teacher, coach, counselor and mentor teacher before stepping into administration as an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

Fontana Unified Food Services Director Recognized with CalPERS Spotlight on Excellence Award

When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted school closures in March, Fontana Unified’s Food Services department, led by director Trieste Huey, immediately sprang into action, establishing a food distribution network that has served nearly six million free meals and provided a crucial lifeline of nourishment and support to the Fontana community. Huey’s leadership skills, organizational acumen and ability to gather resources and bring diverse District departments together as a team has been recognized by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), which has bestowed Huey with its 2020 Spotlight on Excellence Award.

Fontana Unified Selects 2020-21 Board of Education Student Representative

Fontana High School senior Fatima Kamara will serve as Fontana Unified’s 2020-21 Board of Education student representative. Since arriving from Sierra Leone three years ago, Kamara has embraced Fontana Unified’s learning opportunities and extracurriculars, maintaining a strong GPA and earning multiple Jerry Dison Awards, Student of the Month and Most Outstanding AVID Student. She has served as the student representative to Fontana High’s School Site Council, highlighting the academic and social needs of her peers; worked to establish a wellness center and meditation garden as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team; and served as a peer mentor in Link Crew, helping incoming freshmen transition smoothly into high school. Kamara is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation, a 2019 junior honor attendant, and a regular volunteer at the Lewis Library and Technology Center.