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Measure ES Update: Pardon our Progress

 

Driving around West Covina, it is hard not to notice the dust clouds of progress throughout the school district. That is all thanks to the generous support of the community of West Covina and the passing of Bond Measure ES. Although some of the highly anticipated big-ticket items like the performing arts center at WCHS and the sports complex at EHS are still dreams on a blueprint, the district is only days away from checking the “completed” box on at least one item on the big “to-do” list.

 

Box one - Elementary school playgrounds.  The summer vacation provided enough time to renovate each elementary school yard complete with shade structures with new playground equipment on rubberized play surfacing. The rubber surfacing provides a softer, more pliable surface to help avoid injury in a fall. It is also more sanitary than the traditional sandlots. This project is 95% complete.  

 

Next on the list is the new track and field at Edgewood Schools. Currently, at a 33% completion rate, the field will include a synthetic turf and a rubberized track surface. This project is projected to be complete by the middle of November.

 

As the final whistle blows and the clock ticks down on the Bulldogs’ final game of the football season, the bleachers and bathrooms of Thyberg Field will be knocked down to make room for a complete stadium renovation. The new stadium will accommodate a full capacity crowd of 4500, and parents, students, and staff will also be excited to hear that two new bathroom buildings are a part of the plan.

 

During school board meetings Dave Larkin, director III of facilities and capital projects, presented the architect agreements for the Edgewood Event Center, the West Covina High School Performing Arts Center, and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classrooms and lab buildings at West Covina High School. The WCUSD Sports Complex at Edgewood hopes to break ground Fall 2018; the project is set to include an Olympic size pool, locker rooms, and an upgrade to the tennis and basketball courts. The sports complex will also be made available to the public.

 

But, that’s not all! There is still a lot of planning and approvals in the works. Stay tuned for more news on the exciting new things still to come!

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Posted by: Anahi Velasco
Published: 9/20/17




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High school students can now earn college credit thanks to the new Dual Enrollment program through Mt. SAC

 

West Covina Unified School District and Mt. San Antonio College started a new partnership that offers dual enrollment courses on the Edgewood and West Covina High School campuses. This opportunity allows students to enroll in college-level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree. The program is completely free and potentially saves students thousands of dollars in college textbook, tuition, and parking fees. Students gain experience in the registration and college enrollment process. Participating students also receive full access to Mt. SAC campus resources, including a free bus pass from Foothill Transit.

 

Career planning courses were held on both campuses this past summer. Students completed personal interest surveys and developed plans for future career goals. One hundred and twenty students successfully completed the course.

 

There are twelve districts in the Mt. SAC attendance area and West Covina Unified was the only district that offered dual enrollment courses during the summer.

 

During the 2017-2018 school year, West Covina High School is offering two intermediate algebra classes that will allow students to start college level math early and avoid remedial classes. Similarly, two health classes are being offered at Edgewood High School to help prepare students for careers in the medical field.

 

“Parents and students have expressed their gratitude of being afforded such an opportunity”, shared Margaret Llamas, College and Career Coordinator at West Covina Unified. Llamas continued, “this unique group of high schoolers can proudly boast that they are college students!”

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Posted by: Anahi Velasco
Published: 9/20/17




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Cameron and Orangewood Elementary Schools Earn Internationally-Recognized IB World School Authorization

 

As part of WCUSD’s goal of establishing itself as an IB Continuum District, Cameron Elementary School and Orangewood Elementary School submitted their applications for candidacy in the spring of 2015, and in August of 2017, both schools passed their authorization visits with flying colors, earning the internationally-recognized status of IB World Schools.

       

According to Cameron Elementary Principal Karla Contreras, “Implementing the PYP has given our staff the ability to design curriculum and take special ownership of it. As a grade level, each team decides the Central Idea and then the activities that will guide student learning. It is a very empowering process for the teachers as well as the students, and it lends itself to a deeper, more meaningful exploration of global concepts.”

       

The PYP curriculum framework calls on educators to design an enriching, robust course of study that includes the arts and learning to communicate in a second language. José Hernandez, second grade Dual Immersion teacher at Orangewood says, “IB forms the perfect partnership with Dual Immersion because it goes beyond language instruction—it serves as an empowering vehicle to bridge generations and cultures.” He continues, “the power of teaching a second language is watching students transfer Spanish literacy skills to English and seeing them make connections and understand that words are cognates of each other without any formal English language instruction.”  

       

An IB education attends to the whole child, paying equal attention to both the development of character and intellect. Everyone in an IB school- administrator, teacher, student, and support staff alike- strives to embody the attributes of the Learner Profile, ten traits associated with well-rounded, fair, and internationally-minded individuals. “I feel that the Learner Profile allows students to look at the world through a different lens,” reports Orangewood Principal Janet Shirley. “It challenges them to take ownership of their learning and to hold themselves and others accountable for their words and actions.”

       

The fruits of an IB education are best summed up in the final words of the IB Mission Statement: “These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

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Posted by: Anahi Velasco
Published: 9/20/17




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West Covina High School’s Maya Maroun named the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year

 

“I am obsessed with math. No really, totally obsessed!”

 

That’s probably the best attitude to have if you're going to be a good math teacher. Thankfully for West Covina Unified and the students at West Covina High School, that is the approach of 2017-2018 WCUSD District Teacher of the Year, Maya Maroun.

 

Maroun starts every school year with the same message, “I think math is beautiful, powerful, simple, and complex, all at the same time. My goal is that a little of my healthy obsession rubs off on you.”

 

Maroun teaches Integrated II, AP Calculus BC, and is the Link Crew Advisor. There isn’t an event on the Bulldog campus without Ms. Maroun somewhere in the background.

 

As assistant principal, Lisa Maggiore supports the mathematics department and has worked with Ms. Maroun for several years. Maggiore continues to be inspired by Maroun’s passion and commitment to her students, “She is flexible, willing to assist wherever she is needed and takes on challenges with ease and confidence.  She has a positive attitude, a great sense of humor, and a passion to improve conditions that help both students and teachers discover the joy of mathematics.”  Students, past and present, agree with Ms. Maggiore.

 

In her classroom, Ms. Maroun keeps a box of letters from former students and every once in awhile she takes some time to remind herself what teaching is all about. One reads,“you do so much for the people around you, you may not see it, but everyone else does”.

 

Well, everyone at WCUSD sees it. That is why she is our WCUSD District Teacher of the Year.

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Posted by: Anahi Velasco
Published: 9/20/17




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The West Covina Unified School District selected school office assistant Nayely Hernandez as its Classified Employee of the Year.

 

“To say that she goes ‘above and beyond’ in her job duties is quite an understatement,” said Karen Mendoza, office manager at Coronado High School. “I am fortunate to work alongside such an incredible and professional coworker.”

 

Nayely has been working for the West Covina Unified School District since November 2014. She started as a behavior interventionist at Monte Vista Elementary and became an office assistant at Coronado High School in July 2015.

 

“I was extremely happy when I found out that I was selected,” said Nayely. “I try my best to do what I can, and I didn’t realize how much of an impact I am truly making.”

 

Nayely does everything with professionalism and excellence. She has been working closely with the principal to assist with developing processes for teacher assignments and volunteered to help implement Coronado’s new tardy policy. As a result of her diligence, excellent record keeping and conversations with students about the importance of arriving to school on time, there has been a noticeable reduction of tardies.

 

“It was shocking to see by simply taking the time to learn the students’ names and finding out why they were coming to school late, it actually made a huge difference in their arrival time,” she said. “It gave me new perspective. By connecting with the students, they began to arrive to school on time.”

 

Not only did students improve their attendance, but they also made progress in the classes they were tardy in.

 

“This was extremely gratifying because I was able to make an impact on them that benefited them in the long run.”

 

Congratulations Nayely and thank you for the work that you do!

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Posted by: Anahi Velasco
Published: 9/20/17




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Kids line up hoping to get first pick of school supplies during the Kiwanis Club “Stuff the Bus” event

 

Nothing brings to mind the beginning of a new school year more than brand new pencils, crayons, and markers. The Kiwanis Club of West Covina made that reality a little easier for over a hundred local kids through their “Stuff the Bus” event at the Walmart in the Eastland Center.

 

On Saturday, July 29th and Saturday, August 5th, WCUSD provided the school buses and generous members of the community stuffed them full of school supplies for students in need. The school supplies were loaded into backpacks and distributed at the “Back to School Kick-Off” event held on Tuesday, August 8th at the West Covina Unified Foster and Homeless Youth Center.

 

“It was cute to see all the little kids lined up early to choose the very best backpack. They were so excited to receive their school supplies,” shared Director of Secondary Education Gloria Duncan.

 

Administrators of WCUSD distributed the backpacks, tennis shoes, and school uniforms as the Kiwanis Club served breakfast to over 100 families who attended. Director of Student Services Marc Trovatore participated in the event and remarked, “This event exemplifies how local businesses, service organizations, and the community can work together to support our students and ensure that they have the necessary resources to succeed academically.”

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Posted by: Anahi Velasco
Published: 9/20/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration building.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 9/18/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administration Board Room.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 9/5/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration Board Room.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 8/14/17




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Our next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 8/1/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administration building.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 6/19/17




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Our next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Office Board Room.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 6/5/17




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Our next Board of Education meeting will be held at Edgewood High School on May 23, 2017 at 7:00.  Please join us as we will be honoring all of our Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year!

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 5/15/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration Building.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 5/1/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration Building.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 4/17/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 3/6/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration building.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 2/21/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration Building.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 2/6/17




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Join us for the Great Kindness Challenge  January 23-27

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Posted by: Ronnie Evans
Published: 1/23/17




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration building.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 12/19/16




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The Board of Education Regular and Re-Organizational Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 12/5/16




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Our next Board of Education Meeting will be Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Administration Board Room.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 11/7/16




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Our next Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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Posted by: Monica Kelley
Published: 9/19/16