Rowland students get a fresh start at Northam and Jellick

Rowland Unified’s Family Resource Center served 300 children from K-12 at its Fresh Start event.  On Aug. 15, Northam Elementary held its event, while Jellick Elementary opened their campus to host day two for Rowland Heights families.

Costco generously donated 160 backpacks for this event. The children received backpacks with school supplies, 2 sets of shirts and pants, socks, underwear, and a hygiene kit.

Dressing room tents were set up to ensure the clothing fit. Fresh Start events prepare students that qualify, based on need, from head to toe, so they will start the school year prepared and confident.

Students return to Hacienda La Puente Unified


Hacienda La Puente Unified launched the new school year Wednesday amid the hustle and bustle of families relearning how to drop their kids off at their new schools.

In the middle of the chaos, principals welcomed students and parents back for another year at one of the San Gabriel Valley’s biggest school districts. Interim Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer is filling the top spot left by Barbara Nakaoka, who retired after nearly 40 years with the district.

The Board of Education also appointed many new principals over the summer. These include: Steve Cazares at Valley Alternative Schools, Frank Chang at Wilson High School, Jorge Ronquillo at Grandview Academy, Carmel Horseman at Mesa Robles, Leslie Miller at Lassalette, Edna Moore at Orange Grove, Christina Sanchez at Nelson and Erika Terrazas at Kwis.

“I feel like I’m returning home,” said Principal Moore. “I was a teacher at Orange Grove for eight years before I became a principal at Palm School.”

Grazide Elementary began with a Welcome New Parents breakfast in the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. in Hacienda Heights. Moore had a first day of school rally on the patio of the Hacienda Heights middle school.

Officials at the district offices said there had been no major problems with the opening of school. The phones had been ringing off the hook with questions from families about the opening of school.

THEY’RE BACK! Students return to Hacienda La Puente Unified on Wednesday

THEY’RE BACK! Yes, Hacienda La Puente Unified begins schools Wednesday. The teachers came back on Monday for prepare for another busy year in one of the biggest school districts in the San Gabriel Valley.

Grazide Elementary will begin with a “Welcome New Parents” breakfast in the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. in Hacienda Heights. Edna Moore, the new principal at Orange Grove Middle School is planning a first day of school rally on the patio at 7:50 a.m.

Other district schools will be hosting back to school nights and welcome back assemblies next week. Kinder orientations are also being held this week at Wing Lane and Wedgeworth.

Help Rowland Unified fill a bus with school supplies


Help “Fill a Bus” with school supplies today through 6 p.m. at the Puente Hills Mall. A yellow school bus is parked outside the AMC Theater Mall Entrance on the lower level with volunteers collecting donations such as: crayons, pencils, paper, erasers, colored pens/pencils, binders and calculators.

Aldabella Scarpa has partnered with the Puente Hills Mall to collect school supply donations that will benefit children and schools from the Rowland Unified School District at their annual Shoe Giveback Events.

“A simple donation of a box of crayons, a notebook or a few erasers may not seem like much but it gives these children the tools to succeed,” said Monica Gonzales, co-owner of Aldabella Scarpa, a local shoe and clothing company who donates a pair of their designer shoes to American children in need with every pair of shoes purchased.

With each school supply donation made at the Fill A Bus Event, Puente Hills Mall will offer “Earning for Learning” points to any local school the donor wishes. The Earning for Learning shopping promotion awards $10,000 to local schools every year.

Shop at Puente Hills Mall between August 5 – September 15 and show your receipt to the Customer Service Desk and every dollar spent counts as a point for a local school. The Puente Hills Mall is located at 1600 S. Azusa Avenue in the City of Industry. For more information call (626) 912-8777 ext. 6810 or www.puentehills