Lynwood Unified Greets 14,500 Students with new Programs for 2017-18 Year
“It’s important for our schools to continually strive for improvement, and we feel we’ve advanced our curriculum and provided fresh opportunities for our young learners this year,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “From new assessment software to anti-bullying initiatives, we’re excited about the what 2017-18 will offer.”
Wilson Elementary launched its after-school computer coding club to encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field careers. Two classes comprising of students in grades fourth through six will learn about coding using a variety of programs – one of which is similar to the popular video game, Minecraft. The club will meet once a week and include entry level and advanced classes.
Hosler Middle School opened with two new classes this year – modern band and a college preparation class.
Modern band teaches seventh-graders to sing as well as play the electric guitar, drums and keyboards. The college preparation class will provide seventh- and eighth-grade students with the chance to explore higher education options, including information about enrolling in a university, community college, technical college or culinary arts school.
Firebaugh High is rolling out a Hero Program, which tracks and rewards students who display positive behavior and show excellent attendance. Teachers and staff award points to students who follow rules, demonstrate positive conflict resolution and showcase positive attitudes to gain prizes such as lunch line fast passes and VIP seating for their parents during graduation.
Lynwood Unified to Kick Off 2017-18 with New Programs
District to Welcome 15,000 Students on Aug. 23
WHAT: Lynwood Unified School District is welcoming back more than 15,000 students to its campuses with new programs and initiatives aimed at boosting student success and college readiness.
Firebaugh and Lynwood high schools are each refining their linked learning CTE pathway programs to create stronger bonds with regular classroom instruction and give students increased learning opportunities to lead them to their desired college and career path. Lynwood Unified was recognized last winter as one of three districts in the nation to be named a College Board Advanced Placement District of the Year for expanding access to AP courses while simultaneously improving AP exam performance.
At the middle school level, Hosler is offering two new classes this year – modern band and a college preparation class. Modern band will teach seventh-graders to sing as well as play the electric guitar, drums, and keyboards. The college preparation class will provide seventh- and eighth-grade students with the chance to explore their higher education options, including information about enrolling in a university, community college, technical college or culinary arts school. Wilson Elementary is aligning with the District’s focus on technology by introducing a new after-school computer coding club to encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Two classes comprised of students in grades 4-6 will learn about coding using a variety of programs.
WHEN: 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23
WHERE: Lynwood High School
4050 Imperial Highway
Hosler Middle School
11300 Spruce St.
Wilson Elementary School
11700 School St.
MEDIA: Contact Jahmal Corner for more information at (206) 579-4432
Lynwood High School Basketball Players Test their skills against Pros in Summer League
Lynwood High School junior Carl Lewis recently got to experience something that many sports fans often dream of – the chance to go one on one with professional basketball stars and college standouts.
Since July, Lewis and several of Lynwood’s High’s most skilled basketball players have gone toe-to-toe against Real Run Basketball’s top talent, where they practiced ball handling, endurance and passing drills. The Lynwood students then had a chance to put these new skills into practice with weekly matches against various college and professional players.
“It was really fun and helpful,” Lewis said. “The college and professional players came out here to help us become better athletes with better attitudes and it ended up being a great experience.”
Real Run Basketball, founded by former professional basketball player and Lynwood High assistant coach DeAnthony Langston in 1998, also teaches high school players about building personal character and good sportsmanlike conduct by providing them with positive support. This is the first year Lynwood High has participated in the Real Run Basketball summer league, thanks to Langston’s new coaching position.
“Real Run Basketball brings some great energy here to Lynwood since we have amazing top 50 college-level players, elite level high school players and even professional overseas players.” Langston said.
The program holds two games per day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – which gives Lewis and two other Lynwood High juniors, Tyler Parks and Benjamin Simeran, plenty of time to work with the program’s other participants.
“Hosting this summer league at Lynwood High brings a great deal of positive energy to our campus,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “It’s especially important for our students to meet with the college players since they can encourage them to pursue higher education options.”
Lynwood High basketball coach Jason Crowe called the summer league games a major blessing for the Lynwood High students, giving them the chance to receive academic career advice from college players who attend such institutions as Washington State University, Pepperdine University, USC and Yale University.
“It’s a great opportunity for our students to be able to develop their skills with older, more experienced players,” Crow said. “It gives our student athletes something to aspire to and lets them know what aspects of the game and their lives that they can work on.”
In the past, the program has played host to a range of professional basketball players including Lamond Murray, Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan. Langston said he hopes to have Paul George, an Oklahoma City Thunder small forward, meet with the program’s participants before the current season ends.
As the summer ends, the participants are competing in an elimination tournament to see which of the program’s eight teams will be crowned as this year’s champions.
Lynwood Unified Encourages Healthy Living with Track and Field Program
Lynwood Unified School District students put their athletic abilities to the test with sprints, long jump and shot put at the California State Games track and field competition on July 15 and 16, which was all made possible through the District’s newly established track and field program.
Washington Elementary students José Valdez and Alexis Galindo each took sixth in the shot put competition, and Marshall Elementary’s Noah Hernandez took fifth in the 400-meter race. Jannin Vilchis (Washington), Daniela Ruvalcaba (Washington) and Juvenal Barajas (Roosevelt Elementary) competed in the 200- and 400-meter races, with Barajas also competing in the long jump.
This is the first year that Lynwood Unified has funded after-school track and field coaches and equipment for all 12 elementary schools, as part of the District’s mission to promote healthy, active lifestyles. Before the program’s launch, just one elementary school had a track and field club.
“Our students’ success at this competition would not have been possible without the District’s funding for coaches, entrance fees, school site equipment and student jerseys,” said Valdemar Quijada, track and field coach and second-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary.
The competitors earned their spots in the California State Games with stellar performances at a qualifier meet in May and at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Championship meet in June.
“This track and field program supports our District’s goal of providing every opportunity for our students to explore their passions and talents,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “We are proud of our students for competing and for their commitment to leading healthy lives.”
Quijada trained students at the Lynwood High School track two times a week for two hours. He also instructed them on the importance of healthy eating.
Quijada said the District will work to boost the number of competitors for the 2018 Games.
“This is only the beginning for our track and field program and we look forward to its growth and improvement,” Board President Alma Delia-Renteria said. “It will be exciting to see our staff and coaches strengthen the program and to see how our students compete at upcoming track and field meets.”
65 Lynwood Unified Students Graduate in Summer School Commencement Ceremony
Lynwood High School graduate Kiara Johnson, having just received her diploma along with 64 other Lynwood Unified School District students during the summer commencement ceremony, is one step closer to fulfilling a longstanding promise to her grandmother of obtaining a master’s degree.
Johnson, who plans to attend Santa Monica College in the fall and ultimately get her master’s at USC, is on the road to becoming a child psychologist after walking with her classmates to celebrate completion of high school.
The July 20 event was held at the Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School gymnasium and honored the academic achievements of students from Firebaugh, Lynwood, Vista high schools and Pathway Independent Studies.
Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite was in attendance and addressed the scores of friends and family members who cheered on their graduates. Lynwood graduate Luis Ponce was among those recognized, and plans to become an engineer.
“It felt great to have my friends and family here to support me,” Ponce said. “I was very motivated to finish and continue with my education.”
A great number of these students graduated and are now moving on to college because of credit recovery. Lynwood Unified’s credit recovery system provides students with the opportunity to take or retake courses over summer that are required for graduation.
Vista High School and Pathway Independent Studies provides students with the option to enroll in a comprehensive summer school program, in which classes are held four days a week, or independent study, in which students work at home and attend classes two days a week to assess their progress.
“We’re very proud to see so many of our students thrive and move forward to the next phase of their lives,” Crosthwaite said. “The commitment and perseverance our graduates have displayed throughout their journey is going to lead them to future success in college and career.”
The summer commencement adds to the District’s 2017 graduation numbers, with 24 students from Firebaugh, 23 from Lynwood and 18 from Vista. The District’s graduation rate for the 2015-16 school year was 83.7 percent.
“Congratulations to our 2017 summer commencement graduates,” Lynwood Unified Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “It’s always an amazing sight to see our students graduate and know that their time at Lynwood Unified has given them the tools they need to succeed in any path they choose.”
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