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WC Beat Vol. I

West Covina School Board vote to place bond measure

before district voters on the November ballot


West Covina, CA – During the West Covina Unified School District (WCUSD) regular board meeting on August 9, 2016, the Board voted 5 – 0 to place a General Obligation Bond Measure before voters on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

If approved by 55% of the voters, Measure ES would provide up to $143 Million to fund the repair and/or replacement of deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, HVAC, and electrical systems. The upgrade of classrooms is necessary to support high quality math, science, performing arts, and engineering programs. The bond money would also be used to improve school safety by upgrading campus communication systems. 

Superintendent, Dr. Charles Hinman explains, “We need to give our students the best opportunity to succeed. They continue to impress me with their eagerness to learn. Test scores are improving, and we can boast about having one of the highest graduation rates in our great state. We are teaching them the new state standards and investing in new technology, but our infrastructure, as it stands today, cannot keep up with the pace of education.”

Success of Measure ES will also help to ensure WCUSD remains one of the top school districts in California with state of the art innovations that encourage student learning and higher achievement.

If approved, Measure ES could also provide millions in State matching funds, pending approval of the statewide facilities bond (Proposition 51) in November.  All money generated from the bond measure will be spent on repairs, upgrades, and improving classroom technology infrastructure. Per the law, money garnered from this measure will not be used to fund employee salaries or benefits, including teacher or administrator pensions.

Along with the bond funding, the district will need to follow accountability measures that go beyond what is required. The district will be forming an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee, as well as a School Facilities and Finance Advisory Committee to provide input, advice and recommendations on school facilities and finance.





Bulldog’s hold on to their Kings of Cameron crown

for the third year straight


West Covina, CA – The long standing rivalry between South Hills and West Covina High Schools just keeps getting more and more intense. When the city of West Covina got involved in 2014 and offered a much sought-after trophy on the line – not to mention bragging rights, the intensity grew. Because both schools claim land on Cameron Avenue in the city of West Covina, city council members established the Kings of Cameron trophy. West Covina High School won both in 2014 and 2015, and with the Bulldogs losing their first two games of the 2016 season, it looked like this could be the Huskies’ year to take the coveted crown. However, Bulldog senior, Anthony Ramiro, had something to say about that. Catching a team-high three passes for 43 yards, scoring one touchdown, and carrying the ball 13 times for 47 yards – he led the Bulldogs to a 35 – 8 victory.


Coach Mike Maggiore loves the spirit on display during these types of games, “It was thrilling for the team and coaches to take the field that night. Our students are incredible, and throughout the night, it was obvious to see that our side was much more into the game. Nights like this make all the hours of work worthwhile.”

After the game, the West Covina City Council presented the Bulldogs with the Kings of Cameron trophy. The Three-Peat was sweet!


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      2016 Kings of Cameron Avenue: West Covina High School Bulldogs Football Team with the coveted trophy




Kate Pavri honored as District Teacher of the Year

West Covina, CA – The 2016 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year were recognized at a luncheon on September 16th in Universal City. West Covina’s own honoree, Kate Pavri, was joined by district board members, President Camie Poulos and Vice President Eileen Miranda Jimenez; as well as, Superintendent Dr. Charles Hinman, Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Gloria Duncan, and Walnut Grove Intermediate School Principal, Rich Nambu.

Not a big fan of so much attention, Pavri took the adoration in stride sharing, “It’s nice to be recognized for my work. I enjoy what I do, but I work hard at it. Sometimes our efforts need to be rewarded.”

This is Pavri’s tenth year with West Covina Unified, and after spending the past few years at Walnut Grove, she has returned right back to where she started, Edgewood Middle School, where she is teaching sixth grade English/Language Arts. “I still love reading young adult literature. Especially when I can help sixth grade students discover their love of reading through books that they can both really enjoy and that make them think.”

As the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, Debra Duardo boasted, “We consider [Pavri] a treasure and an exemplar of the highest standards of a distinguished profession.” The folks at West Covina Unified School District are in strong agreement.



 (Left to right) Superintendent, Dr. Charles Hinman; Board President, Camie Poulos;

WGIS Principal, Rich Nambu;  District Teacher of the Year, Kate Pavri;

Director, Dr. Gloria Duncan; Board Vice President, Eileen Miranda-Jimenez




Hollencrest Middle School student spends summer

on the United States National Baseball Team

West Covina, CAMarcos Rosales did not have a summer of video games and television reality show marathons like many of his seventh grade classmates. Instead, he was representing the United States in the Confederacion Panamericana de Beisbol Pan Am “A” Championships in Puebla, Mexico. Honored to be chosen to represent his country, Marcos’ father, Ruben Rosales, believes it’s an honor well-deserved, “This represents all his hard work. Every day, on his own, he comes home and he’s out in the backyard working on his skills.”

Hundreds of kids show up to San Diego and North Carolina to try out for the team, and Marcos made the most of being chosen for the 12U National Baseball team; including a homerun against Argentina’s National team. However, that wasn’t what stood out for Marcos. When asked to identify one experience that stood out he remarked, “Being with my boys and having no parents around”. As for his mom, Sonya Rosales, she will never forget the homerun he hit to win a game, “I couldn’t stop screaming. I was so proud of him.”

The team dropped their final game to Mexico, but ended up taking the Silver Medal with their 7 – 2 record to end the tournament. In the end, Marcos will never forget representing his country by playing the game he loves, or the surprise he felt when kids started asking for his autograph. Who knows, maybe these kids know that they haven’t heard the last of Marcos Rosales.



US National Baseball Team member, Marcos Rosales with Hollencrest Principal, Devon Rose




Second Annual All-District College Fair Returns