Lynwood Unified to Unveil $250,000 Mobile STEAM Classroom
Lynwood Unified students will watch curriculum come to life when school leaders unveil a $250,000 mobile science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics
The classroom on wheels, donated by the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), will arrive equipped with Mac computers, coding programs and 3-D printers to inspire student interest in STEAM-related careers.
Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite, Board President Alma-Delia Renteria and local elected officials will attend a ribbon-cutting celebration for the new instructional tool. Guests will tour the mobile classroom, which will be stationed at Lynwood Middle School throughout the year. Starting in 2018-19, the classroom will cycle to a new school each year.
Friday, Oct. 20 9 a.m.
Lynwood Middle School
12124 Bullis Road
Lynwood, CA 90262
The NCRF donated the mobile classroom, which can accommodate 18 students and two educators, to promote advanced learning. The STEAM classroom will offer early
introduction to STEAM-related career fields, a growing emphasis for Lynwood Unified. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature a performance by the Lynwood Middle School band.
Contact Jahmal Corner for more information at 206-579-4432.
Hosler Middle School Students Assist Hurricane Victims through Food Drive
Hosler Middle School special education students, showing compassion and empathy for victims devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, spent the month of September collecting jars of peanut butter to donate to local food banks as part of Feeding America’s Hunger Action month. A portion of the donations will go to areas affected by the hurricanes.
My Buddy Club, which consists of 22 Hosler seventh-grade students with special needs, partnered with The Cheesecake Factory in Cerritos to reach out to the Lynwood community and ultimately raised 875 jars of peanut butter.
“I could not be prouder of the students who have so graciously given their time to help others in need,” Hosler seventh-grade Special Day Class teacher and food drive coordinator Brenda Miramontes said. “The objective of My Buddy Club is to create an atmosphere of awareness, kindness, social responsibility and friendship. This has been an empowering experience for our students.”
A special ceremony was held on Sept. 29 to commemorate the food drive and tally the final jars of peanut butter donated. Throughout September, Hosler students who made contributions received free snow-cones at lunch.
“I feel very good about giving back to the people in need,” Hosler student Adrian E. Ruiz said. “It makes me feel good to be in this club.”
My Buddy Club was created as a way to encourage students with special needs to mix with the general education population, and gives them a place to meet and hang out with new friends. It was started by Miramontes, fellow seventh-grade SDC teacher Connor Salazar, and instructional assistants Amanda Diaz and Isam Peguess.
“As a Lynwood alumni, I wanted to start a club that promotes a spirit of comradeship and inclusion of students with disabilities,” Diaz said. “It is my way of giving back and showing our students that they can be part of something bigger than themselves.”
The enterprising club has become deeply involved with fundraising for charitable causes. Upcoming projects for the 2017-18 school year include an anti-bullying campaign, creating a campus recycling program, teacher appreciation and an Autism Walk. In 2016, My Buddy Club raised more than $600 in two hours with their first Autism Walk.
“My Buddy Club is more than just a way for students from diverse backgrounds to connect and make new friends, it is a gateway for giving and showing solidarity and tolerance for your neighbors as part of a global community,” LUSD Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “We could not achieve this without the hard work and dedication of the Hosler faculty and staff.”
Lynwood Unified School District encourages its faculty and administrators to work with students and their families to promote extra-curricular activities that instill positive character values, and collaboration with community agencies.
“We want every Lynwood student to be not only great achievers but also world citizens who positively impact our society,” LUSD Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “By contributing to the effort to combat hunger, and helping victims of natural disasters, our students are learning the value of integrity and virtue, qualities that will serve them well as the leaders of tomorrow.”
Lynwood High School Senior Recognized by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders
Lynwood High School senior Aine Garnett traveled to Lowell, Massachusetts this summer to represent Lynwood Unified and the state of California at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, where she met with Nobel Laureates to learn about achieving a career in the medical field.
Garnett was presented with an official Award of Excellence on Sept. 21 for her successful completion of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, an experience that inspired her to continue pursuing her dream of becoming a physical therapist. “I’m going to keep striving for what I want to do – no matter how hard the situation is you just keep on going,” Garnett said. Garnett’s plan to earn a degree in physical therapy came about after experiencing sports-related injuries.
“Going to physical therapy and them helping me out so I can play the sports I was playing inspired me to want to help others and help athletes get back to how they were,” Garnett said. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is an honors program for high-achieving high school students who want to make a career in medical research fields. Hosted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus, the three-day event aims to motivate students across the country and to provide resources to help them achieve their goals.
With the theme “greatness awaits”, the full-day conference provided networking opportunities for students as well as information from university admissions on paying for medical school and finding a curriculum plan that best suits the individual’s career goals. One program highlight was the opportunity to observe a live abdominal operation. Garnett and other student delegates watched the procedure from behind the operating room glass and they were able to question the surgeon in real-time.
“We are so proud of Aine Garnett and her accomplishments at The Congress of Future Medical Leaders,” LUSD Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “Garnett is a role model for our district and her drive for knowledge perfectly exemplifies the active learners that we have at Lynwood Unified.” Grand masters of the Congress included academy medical director Robert G. Darling, M.D. and Dr. Leland Hartwell. Darling was the first board-certified Emergency Medicine physician to serve as the White House physician. Hartwell was the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Distinguished physicians and prominent academic figures spoke about their experiences in the field and offered advice for succeeding in the industry. Medical scientists shared cutting-edge advances for the future in medicine and medical technology, and patients who are considered medical miracles told their stories of healing.
The Congress is open to high school students who possess the passion, ability and potential to be a future medical leader. Students must be nominated by a teacher, counselor or principal, and they must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. “As a District, we strive to encourage our students to gain experience in their desired profession while they are in high school,” LUSD Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “Aine Garnett shows tremendous enthusiasm and leadership, and we are excited to see her continue on her path to becoming a medical professional.”
Lynwood Grad Inspires Students to Follow their Dreams during Alumni Conference
When Patty Rodriguez attended Lynwood High School, she rose early every day to drive to Burbank, where she interned for the KIIS-FM Morning Show before school. After a full day of classes, the Class of 2000 graduate worked as a record store clerk at the mall, determined to forge a path for her future, which included college and career.
Today, Rodriguez still challenges herself with a rigorous schedule that encompasses literature, fashion design and broadcasting at KIIS-FM, where she has ascended to the position of Senior Producer for “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” Rodriguez shared her story of success with over 150 students and parents as Keynote Speaker during Lynwood Unified School District’s 18th Annual Alumni Conference and College Fair, held Sept. 16 at Firebaugh High.
“You have the power to make change for yourself, your family and your community,” Rodriguez said. “Set goals and advocate for what you believe in. Never forget where you came from. Growing up in Lynwood was special for me, I remember all of my favorite shops and restaurants. You will honor your community by working hard to make it a better place. Sin miedo!”
The Alumni Conference and College Fair is sponsored by the Lynwood Alumni Association (LAA), bringing together dozens of LUSD alums to conduct workshops, answer questions from students and dispense advice on college life and how to construct a successful career path.
“The goal of the Alumni Conference is to motivate and inspire our students to follow their dreams,” LUSD Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “Whether your dream is to attend an elite university, work as an entrepreneur, or return to your neighborhood to teach a new generation, no one delivers the message as effectively as Lynwood alumni.”
Renteria is a Lynwood High graduate who acted as president of the LAA for several years before being elected to serve on the LUSD Board of Education. Current LAA Conference Chair Yvette Torres is a 2011 graduate of Lynwood High and has returned to the District as a substitute teacher.
“It was so inspiring to see Patty come back and talk to the students,” Torres said. “They really connected with her message and left the conference convinced that they can attain a world-class education, that we will give them the tools they need to succeed.”
LUSD students – many of whom are taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes – had their choice of over 20 workshops that covered topics ranging from the college admission process, choosing majors and how to cope with rigorous academic schedules.
Nearly two dozen universities – among them USC, UCLA and Cal State Fullerton – set up tables where representatives discussed college life and financial aid. The Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation was present to acquaint attendees with details about their scholarship fund, which annually awards up to five high school graduates and alumni with scholarships ranging from $200 to $500.
Lynwood Unified retains such a sizable percentage of graduates as faculty and staff, it introduced a Human Resources table at this year’s conference to encourage local alumni to obtain information about becoming a substitute teacher for the District. Current students filled out and submitted applications as well.
“Lynwood is a community that takes great pride in highlighting the achievements of their residents and passing on knowledge to their children,” LUSD Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “I want to thank our alumni volunteers for all the hard work they have put into making the Alumni Conference such a success year after year. Patty Rodriguez’s very personal and emotional account of her journey and triumph left many students teary-eyed and determined to follow in her footsteps.”
Firebaugh High Graduate and Gates Scholar Returns to School as History Teacher
Firebaugh High School Class of 2010 graduate Yvette Reynoso greatly valued the assistance she received from the Lynwood Unified community, admiring the teachers who made a difference in her education. The Gates Millennium scholar and UCLA graduate was determined to forge a path that would lead her back to the neighborhood where she grew up, to inspire others and become a role model.
Reynoso is now entering her second year as a history teacher at Firebaugh High, poised to empower a new generation of Lynwood students to follow their dreams in college and career.
“Yvette Reynoso embodies the true spirit of Lynwood Unified, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and the desire to give back to her community,” LUSD Superintendent Dr. Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “We are so fortunate to have Yvette back at Firebaugh, where she is now helping us create lifelong learners with the 21st century skills necessary to achieve their highest academic and personal aspirations.”
Firebaugh High opened its doors in 2005 and Reynoso was a member of its second graduating class. Many of the extracurricular clubs she was instrumental in creating are still active, including the Chinese Club, where students practice their Mandarin and immerse themselves in Chinese culture.
Reynoso has reunited with Firebaugh history teacher Jose Ochoa, who was the first to inspire Reynoso’s career course.
“Mr. Ochoa is the primary reason I pursued history as a major, and as a teaching subject,” Reynoso said. “He taught from a variety of perspectives that made it click for me. It’s so rewarding to be a member of the faculty with him now.”
Reynoso, who teaches World History and AP U.S. History, is now colleagues with the same Firebaugh faculty and staff who guided her to a 4.5 GPA and kept her focused on the academic excellence and leadership skills required to earn a Gates Scholarship, which is awarded to only 300 undergraduates a year and covers all incidental costs of attending a four-year university.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in history, Reynoso remained at UCLA to complete a master’s degree in education. Her achievements have made a great impression on her students.
“I want my students to understand that they can achieve anything if they are willing to put forth the effort,” Reynoso said. “It’s made a big difference in my classroom. My students are proud to say they are from Lynwood, and they should be. This is a community that means so much to me, because the spirit of giving is everywhere.”
That spirit was evident during Reynoso’s days at UCLA, when she first returned to the District as an AVID tutor for Lynwood High. Reynoso came in three days a week to work with a small group of students, assessing their needs, answering questions and ensuring the students were making progress in their studies.
“I could not be prouder of Yvette Reynoso and what she has been able to accomplish as a Firebaugh student, alumna and now as teacher,” LUSD Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “Yvette is an inspiration and a role model for all Lynwood Unified students. You can come home again, and we are so happy Yvette has.”
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