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Baldwin Park Unified Board of Education Names Newest Member

Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education on Tuesday selected Diana E. Dzib, a high school coordinator at Mt. San Antonio College, to fill a vacancy created when board member Blanca Estela Rubio resigned in December 2016 to take a seat in the California Assembly. At Mt. SAC, Dzib also serves as a classified staff senator, assists with accreditation activities and is a member of the Adult Education Block Grant consortia, which includes representatives from Baldwin Park Unified. She has lived in the district for 30 years; her son attended Baldwin Park schools. Dzib holds a juris doctorate and a master of arts in education/curriculum and instruction. She is a former college adjunct instructor and juvenile hall substitute teacher.
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Lakers Name Baldwin Park Unified Principal as Educator of the Month

H. Vincent Pratt, principal of Baldwin Park Unified’s North Park Continuation High School, has been honored as a January Educator of the Month by the Los Angeles Lakers. Pratt, who has been with Baldwin Park Unified for eight years, is a 20-year educator who focuses on building relationships with students and collaborations with the community to help students achieve their potential. Pratt was nominated by North Park health clerk Jeremiah I. Urista, who noted how the principal greets every student with a handshake each morning. North Park, an alternative school for juniors and seniors who face significant life challenges, has been designated a Model Continuation School by California.
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Volunteers Promote College, STEM at Baldwin Park Unified Elementary

About 40 parents and students of Baldwin Park Unified’s Central Elementary School took part in a Family College and STEM Night on Jan. 19 thanks to a partnership with a group of community volunteers. Parents participated in a workshop on college attendance while students engaged in a STEM activity. The volunteers have shared their talents at Baldwin Park schools for three years, primarily through student assemblies in science, technology, engineering and math. This year, the group began evening workshops to engage parents as well. Two more evening events will be held this spring. Photos are available.
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Students Share Holiday Cheer with Baldwin Park Unified District Leaders

Students from Vineland Elementary School and Sierra Vista High School helped spread holiday cheer at Baldwin Park Unified’s District office on Dec. 16, a week before the start of winter break. Students from Vineland – clad in their pajamas – decorated the District Office lobby Christmas tree while Sierra Vista High’s choir serenaded the District administrators with Christmas carols during their winter lunch.
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Baldwin Park Unified Board of Education Names 2016-17 Officers

The Governing Board of Education held its annual organization meeting on Dec. 6, selecting Christina Lucero as president for a second consecutive term. Teresa I. Vargas will serve as clerk/vice president, succeeding Board Member Carlos Lopez. Board Member Santos Hernandez, Jr. continues in his second year as a member. A brief reception was held to honor outgoing Board Member Blanca Estela Rubio, who was elected in November to the California State Assembly and officially announced her resignation from the Board. The Board will proceed with the process for a provisional appointment to select a new member by Feb. 13.
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Baldwin Park Unified Taxpayers See First Savings from Bond Refinancing

Baldwin Park Unified property owners saw their first savings on December’s tax bill from the District’s refinancing of $74.8 million in facility bonds, a decline in the tax rate of $57.78 per $100,000 in assessed valuation over 2015-16. The savings, which take advantage of a drop in interest rates, add up to $20.8 million over 21 years. The refinancing lowers the 2016-17 repayment costs for the bonds to $105.10 per $100,000 in assessed value. Rates can fluctuate year to year until the bonds are repaid in 2037.
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Baldwin Park Unified Students Engage in Annual Hour of Code

Two Baldwin Park Unified schools explored computer science this week as they learned coding through the annual Hour of Code, a global movement that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries. Central Elementary, which pioneered the effort for Baldwin Park in 2015, engaged all of its 508 students during events spread across the week. Students coded in the school’s computer labs from 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. daily. About 125 Vineland Elementary students in second through sixth grades also took part in the event. Teachers at the school used the program to reward hardworking students in each classroom, those who have shown the most growth academically or socially. The event was held for an hour each day.
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Baldwin Park Unified High School Student Shines Despite Adversity

Gabriela Flores, a senior at Baldwin Park Unified's North Park Continuation High School, has grappled with poverty, homelessness and even her mother’s deportation, all without faltering in her pursuit of a diploma. Now, she is poised to graduate early with a strong academic record and perfect attendance.
For her resiliency in the face of adversity, Flores, 17, has received an Every Student Succeeding Scholarship from the Southern California chapter of the Association of California School Administrators. The 24, $100 scholarships, awarded in November at the Huntington Library, honor students who exceed expectations.
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Baldwin Park Unified Elementary Students Bring Creativity to County Animal Shelters

Students at Baldwin Park Unified’s Bursch Elementary School created artwork on Dec. 12 and 13 to beautify Los Angeles County animal shelters during the first stage in a national campaign launched by nonprofit Portraits of Hope to promote pet adoptions. Students painted wooden cutouts of animals and abstract images to decorate the shelters. Bursch is one of just two Los Angeles area schools participating in the program thus far.
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