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West Covina Unified School District

  • West Covina Unified Educators Prepare for Success during Distance Learning

    West Covina Unified educators are preparing for a strong start to the 2020-21 year on Monday, Aug. 17 through a series of teacher trainings meant to enhance instructional strategies and ensure rigorous educational opportunities during state-mandated distance learning. Offered throughout the summer and in the week prior to the start of the school year, the trainings provide in-depth exploration of digital tools like Google Classroom and discuss instructional shifts that benefit students during distance learning, such as additional hands-on activities and student-led discussions.

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  • West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy Tops San Gabriel Valley News Reader’s Choice Awards

    Mt. SAC Early College Academy – West Covina Unified’s flagship dual-enrollment public high school – has been named the top high school in the San Gabriel Valley, according to the Reader’s Choice Awards from San Gabriel Valley News. Presented by Southern California News Group, the annual awards recognize the best people, places and things as voted on by SCNG readers.

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  • West Covina Unified Celebrates Construction Progress on High School Sports Complex

    West Covina Unified Board of Education members and administrators kicked off the process of filling the Olympic-size pool in the District’s new sports complex on May 11, celebrating the project’s construction progress. The pool will be the centerpiece of the state-of-the-art complex, housed at Edgewood High School. The $18 million project, funded by the voter-approved Measure ES, is expected to be completed by July 1. The complex will also include four locker rooms, two digital scoreboards capable of video playback, and a high-quality sound system.

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West Covina Unified Student Receives Spoken Word Poetry Scholarship

Edgewood High School senior Yuriko Chavez’s poetic perspective on social justice won her the 2019-20 Romero Scholarship for Excellence in Spoken Word. Chavez’s poem submission “Mission First, Mission Always” was ranked No. 1 on four out of the five judges’ score cards. The scholarship is funded by David A. Romero, a Mexican-American spoken word artist, and is given to one high school senior in the United States each year. The $500 prize will help fund Chavez’s pursuit of a journalism and ethnic studies degree at either Occidental College or UC Irvine.

West Covina Unified Launches High School Performing Arts Academy

West Covina Unified will establish the next premier performing arts academy in Southern California, empowering students to delve into their creative potential, gain insight from industry professionals and prepare for a future in the arts. The West Covina High School Performing Arts Academy will welcome its first freshman cohort – capped at 50 students – in fall 2020, providing an exclusive fine arts education in a free, public school setting. Incoming freshmen from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply to the WCHS Performing Arts Academy. The District is now accepting applications; students can begin the application process online.

West Covina High Yearbook Lauded by American Scholastic Press Association

West Covina High School’s 2018-19 yearbook staff was recognized by the American Scholastic Association, capturing first place in the 2019 Yearbook and Magazine Awards. “The Quest,” West Covina High’s student-created yearbook, embraced the theme Finding Your True Colors in 2018-19.

West Covina High to Stage ‘How to Succeed’ Musical

West Covina High School’s theater department will stage the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” from Thursday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts, 104 N. Citrus Ave., Covina. Tickets are available online.

West Covina Unified to Launch High School Performing Arts Academy

West Covina Unified will establish the next premier performing arts academy in Southern California, empowering students to delve into their creative potential, gain insight from industry professionals and prepare for a future in the arts. The West Covina High School Performing Arts Academy will welcome its first freshman cohort – capped at 50 students – in fall 2020, providing an exclusive fine arts education in a free, public school setting. Incoming freshmen from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply to the WCHS Performing Arts Academy. The District is now accepting applications; students can begin the application process online.

West Covina Unified Elementary Named a California Distinguished School

Merced Elementary School has been recognized as a 2020 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education, praised for taking an innovative approach to bolstering English language arts, reading and math skills. This is Merced’s second designation as a Distinguished School; it was previously honored in 2010. Merced will be among 323 schools honored by the state on Monday, Feb. 10 during an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

West Covina Unified Reorganizes Board of Education

West Covina Unified’s Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 10, voting members into new leadership roles. The Board elected Camie Poulos as president, Eileen Miranda Jimenez as vice president and Dr. Rose Lopez as clerk. Michael Flowers and Daniel C. Monarrez round out the Board.

West Covina High Basketball Players Achieve 1,000-point Milestone

West Covina High School seniors Lauren Bustillos and Nikki Thompson celebrated scoring 1,000 career points as part of West Covina High’s girls basketball team. Bustillos and Thompson were recognized for their accomplishments during a pregame ceremony on Dec. 1.