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Baldwin Park Unified Schools Recognized for Positive Campus Culture

Baldwin Park Unified’s Holland Middle School, Santa Fe School and Central, Walnut and Elwin elementary schools received silver recognition from the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coalition for implementing strategies that promote safe and positive learning environments. The California PBIS Coalition (CPC) emphasizes methods of teaching behavioral expectations and supports those lessons with positive reinforcement. School staff say student behavior is improving and achievement is climbing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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