Mark M. Skvarna
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year in the Baldwin Park Unified School District, where we believe in a community of learners ranging from early childhood through adulthood. BPUSD offers various learning opportunities and activities in a safe and supportive environment for every person to attain the relevant academic and career skills, knowledge, and personal attributes required to succeed.
In order to support our programs, the Board of Education recently approved the District’s Strategic Plan. This Plan is a result of collaborative efforts from the entire educational community including staff, parents, students, elected officials, City of Baldwin Park, institutions of higher learning, and local businesses. It is designed to be responsive to the demands of the 21st Century and the ever-changing educational environment. BPUSD will use the Plan as a compass to navigate and focus our efforts toward our intended milestones and goals.
As we prepare for the opening of a new school year, I am excited to inform you that we are making great strides towards realizing our goals. In particular, we strive to provide clean, safe, and conducive learning environments and are pleased to unveil the new Sierra Vista High School Classroom and Science Building. The state-of-the-art facility will house 36 classrooms fully equipped with the latest technology required for 21st Century learning. In addition, we are transitioning into the Common Core State Standards, which emphasize critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity and innovation, all of which are required for success in our global society. BPUSD embarked on a two-week 21st Century Summer Institute to introduce these concepts to our staff and we will transition our instructional practices to ensure the attainment of these skills. These are merely two examples of the many great things taking shape in BPUSD.
The District is thankful for the energy, commitment and generosity of each and every one of you. In these uncertain times that we live in, it is wonderful to know that we have extraordinary support of our community. Each year, I am reminded that our mutual collaboration is rewarded as we watch graduating seniors and adults in our Career Technical EducationProgram eagerly move on to fulfill their greatest hopes and dreams.
I look to the future with great enthusiasm knowing that your continued support will help us reach new levels of success.