More than 13,000 students returned to Baldwin Park Unified schools on Aug. 14 for the 2017-18 year, greeted by special programs designed to inspire learning, build camaraderie and strengthen instruction. Elwin Elementary, with 392 students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade, launched the new year with a “walk and talk” before school to energize students and give them a chance to reconnect with friends. Later, students took a special writing assessment as part of a focus on writing skills for all grades. At Sierra Vista Junior High, smiling staff greeted students as they picked up school schedules and explored the campus to find their classes. More than 760 seventh- and eighth-graders attended a welcome rally to learn school policies and expectations. Baldwin Park High School’s concert band and cheer team kicked off the year with a drumline and pom-pom-filled celebration to welcome more than 1,800 new and returning students.
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