Baldwin Park Unified students improved their performance in English language arts (ELA) and math on the state’s second round of testing on the California Standards for English language arts and math, according to data released Aug. 24. Overall, student performance climbed by 5 percentage points in ELA and 3 percentage points in math on the two computer-based exams, the centerpiece of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. The tests are administered in spring to students in grades three through eight and 11.
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Baldwin Park Unified has released a new smartphone app that will allow families to keep up with District news, check school calendars, bus routes and lunch menus and tap into a host of student and parent resources. The free app, developed over the summer, is available via Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The District will customize it in the next few months to include school-specific content.
Thirty-eight members of Baldwin Park Unified’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) team came together this summer for three days of intensive training to strengthen the college-readiness program’s offerings at two District high schools, two junior high schools and one middle school. The teachers and administrators attended the AVID Summer Institute at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim from June 28-30, splitting their days between learning essential curriculum and developing Baldwin Park AVID action plans for the upcoming year. The training represents the second year of increased investment in the AVID Program by Baldwin Park Unified, which had been forced by recession-era budget cuts to reduce its annual training efforts.
Baldwin Park Unified welcomed 14,000 students for the start of the 2016-17 school year on Aug. 11 with new and expanded programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), new classroom digital tools, expanded college-preparatory programs, and a smartphone app that will provide parents with a new channel for school information.
Baldwin Park Unified educators and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center staff on Aug. 10 handed out scores of backpacks loaded with school supplies to students from Heath, Tracy and Vineland elementary schools. Excited students got to choose from a wide array of designs, ranging from flying hamburgers to Star Wars. This is the seventh year Kaiser Permanente doctors, nurses and staff have donated the backpacks. This year, about 100 packs were available at each school.
Former California Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell delivered inspirational remarks during a back-to-school kick-off event for more than 1,800 Baldwin Park Unified District employees on Aug. 8 at Sierra Vista High School. The speech followed a 90-minute health fair that began at 7:30 a.m. and talks by Sierra Vista High School Principal Christine Simmons and Baldwin Park Unified Superintendent Froilan N. Mendoza.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Santa Fe Elementary School is among some 1,700 California public schools named 2015 Honor Roll Star Schools by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence.
Baldwin Park Unified has refinanced $74.8 million in facility bonds, saving District property owners $20.8 million in repayment costs over the next 21 years. The refinancing takes advantage of lower interest rates for bond issues approved by voters for improving District facilities. The move also refinanced facility bonds backed by Baldwin Park Unified’s general fund, generating direct savings for the District.
Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education adopted an updated Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) on June 21 that outlines how the District will dedicate $32.9 million to high-needs students. The plan would expand classroom technology and teacher technology training, hire a team of health aides, purchase English language arts instructional materials, add a 12th-grade expository writing and reading class and fund two prototype classrooms for multi-lingual instruction.
North Park High School celebrated commencement for 168 graduating seniors on June 1, recognizing accomplishments as they prepare for the next stage of their educational and career journeys. Students will matriculate to Mt. San Antonio College, Rio Hondo College, Pasadena City College, East Los Angeles College, UTI and Citrus College, as well as enter the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Army. The event included a posthumous honor for Jorge Contreras, who died before his planned graduation in 2015. The honor was given to his brother, Cristian Contreras, who graduated this spring.