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Baldwin Park to Expand All-Day Preschool Options in Fall

Baldwin Park Unified will expand an all-day preschool program to 80 additional students in four new classrooms in fall 2017 under the provisions of a $2.8 million federal grant. The expansion, which will launch in October, will allow the District to serve 195 students with the 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. all-day program, including 20 students in the District’s second preschool Spanish dual-language immersion classroom. Baldwin Park Unified serves 1,400 Early Childhood Education students, with most attending either an 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. morning session or a 12:30 to 3 p.m. afternoon session. A pilot effort in 2016-17 offered all-day service in six classrooms, which sparked great interest in the option among parents.
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Baldwin Park Unified Celebrates ULV Admissions Partnership

Baldwin Park Unified Superintendent Dr. Froilan N. Mendoza signed an agreement with University of La Verne President Devorah A. Lieberman on July 20 for the college’s Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE) program, which provides guaranteed admission and financial aid to qualified graduates of participating high schools. Baldwin Park was one of 11 area school districts recognized at the event for joining PACE.
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Baldwin Park Unified Welcomes Back Students for 2017-18 School Year

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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High School Fields Upgraded

Baldwin Park Unified is replacing football and soccer fields at Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high schools and upgrading tracks this summer in preparation for the 2017-18 school year.
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Baldwin Park Unified Bolsters Support to Raise Student Success in 2017-18

Baldwin Park Unified will redouble its focus on academic success in 2017-18, restructuring leadership and coaching teams at 13 elementary and four middle/junior high schools to bolster support for teachers. Nine new elementary school assistant principals and 17 curriculum, technology and intervention (CTI) coaches will replace and augment the efforts of the District’s former team of 17 resource teachers, who handled a mix of classroom support and select administrative tasks. The assistant principals will free elementary school principals to take a stronger role in overseeing instructional quality. The CTI coaches will focus on improving student outcomes at elementary and middle schools.
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Baldwin Park Unified, Rio Hondo College Partner to Offer Free College Class

North Park Continuation High School and the Baldwin Park Unified School District have entered into an agreement to offer a tuition-free criminal justice class taught by a Rio Hondo College professor. The class, Introduction to Administration of Justice, provides an analysis of the U.S. criminal justice system for students interested in pursuing careers in criminal law. Enrollment is open to all Baldwin Park Unified high school students. The class will be held at the North Park campus from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 22 through Dec. 7. The District hopes to enroll at least 25 students, specifically inviting students who take part in North Park’s public service career and technical education (CTE) pathway. Students can earn three college units that are transferable to Cal State University and University of California campuses – reducing their college workloads.
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School Supplies from Kaiser Permanente

Students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High School hunted for the perfect backpack during Kaiser Permanente’s eighth annual Backpack and School Supply Donation Campaign on Aug. 1 to kick off the school year.
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Baldwin Park High School Celebrates 433 Graduates in Class of 2017

Baldwin Park High School celebrated the graduation of 433 seniors during an evening ceremony on June 1 that featured remarks by salutatorian Sharon Wen Tran, valedictorian Ann Mariel Bautista Pacada and Principal Anthony Ippolito. The event included recognition of 23 students who earned California Seals of Biliteracy, which indicate fluency in at least two languages. In addition, 25 students received $72,750 in local and community-generated scholarships and grants for their colleague endeavors.
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Baldwin Park Seniors Thank Elementary Teachers Ahead of Graduation

Baldwin Park Unified’s Tracy Elementary students raised colorful congratulations signs and cheered along to Queen’s “We Are the Champions” as they welcomed 41 of Sierra Vista’s graduating seniors during the high school’s inaugural Senior Walk on May 26. Seniors – wearing their caps and gowns – were greeted by more than 150 third- through fifth-graders and educators, who cheered and waved pom-poms to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating students. The Senior Walk returned Sierra Vista students to their educational roots to thank teachers for impacting and inspiring their academic careers. At each of the nine feeder elementary schools, more than 230 seniors presented teachers with invitations to attend their June 1 graduation ceremony.
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Baldwin Park Unified Celebrates Sierra Vista High’s Class of 2017

Sierra Vista High School valedictorian Jeronimo Reyes, speaking to classmates at the school’s June 1 commencement, detailed the importance of improving the world through education, lessons learned and forgotten, the impact of helpful teachers and the philosophy of friendship delivered by the high school comedy “Mean Girls.” The event recognized the academic achievement of the school’s 408 graduating seniors, who were adorned with colorful leis, elaborately decorated caps and cheerful smiles as they earned their long-awaited diplomas to the roaring applause of more than 1,000 attendees.
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