Thirty-six Fontana Unified schools were honored with the Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program certificate, a new state award that recognizes programs that excel in providing health education, nutrition and physical activities for students. FUSD received the honor for programs at 29 elementary schools and seven middle schools that are on the cutting-edge of nutritional standards and which encourage healthy habits and exercise.
While Fontana High School’s newest career technical education (CTE) instructor, Lamar Hanger, guides students in developing carpentry skills in the classroom, his own expertise will be showcased across the U.S. on the television show “Tough As Nails” – airing Wednesday, Oct. 6 on CBS. A 32-year member of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC), Hanger brings versatile experience in construction, welding, metal-stud framing, and lath to his new position at Fontana High School (FOHI). Following a successful teaching stint through the apprenticeship program at SWRCC, Hanger was inspired to bring the union’s existing education program, Career Connections, to Fontana Unified. Career Connections is a CTE program that provides students with a practical STEM education, supported by a state- and District-approved curriculum that features projects and hands-on learning.
Henry J. Kaiser High School’s softball field will be renamed the John “Spotty” Stevens Memorial Field, honoring the longtime athletic coach, security officer and locker room attendant who mentored Fontana student-athletes, teachers, and administrators for more than 30 years. The Fontana Unified Board of Education approved the renaming of the field during its Sept. 8 meeting.
Sequoia Middle School has been selected as a 2021 Microsoft Showcase School for its commitment to bridging the technology gap, providing students access to digital platforms and encouraging teachers and staff to become leaders in innovative education. Sequoia Middle School joins a community of global educator visionaries who are integrating technology platforms into classrooms and providing support through professional development communities. Sequoia is Fontana Unified’s second Microsoft Showcase School; Southridge Tech Middle School received the designation in 2018.