In honor of 9/11 and Patriot Day, students will place nearly 3,000 flags in front of Walnut High School after school today from 3-5 p.m. Members of the Teen Republicans club, advised by social studies teacher Brett Landis, head up the remembrance.
Early this morning, Landis placed a flag with all of the victim’s names in the school office. The Flag of Honor was donated by a Walnut High parent after he saw a previous flag display commemorating the anniversary of the nation’s tragedy.
“The man who gave it to me lost friends in the Tower and he asked if we could display it,” Landis said.
“It’s sad to see all the names. So many people died,” junior David Tragarz said. “It’s a lot of people,” Timothy Yeung agreed.
Kwis kids celebrated an early Kwismas in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday, when the New Horizons group arrived to pass out backpacks full of school supplies to the surprised students.
The nonprofit has been collecting the backpacks and supplies with help from the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, Delta Kappa Gamma and area businesses, including Costco and Poplar Bank.
The elementary students were all smiles as they came up on stage to receive their goodies. Teachers were glad the deserving students got the supplies they need for the new school year in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.
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.
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! 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 “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 mall.com/earningforlearning.
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has received a $3.5 million federal grant to continue its Headstart program in area schools. Teachers and staff had faced an uncertain future when the funding ran out at the end of the school year.
“This is great news, now we have funding for five more years,” said Gabriela Chavarria, the district’s director of childhood development and preschool programs.
Chavarria said the federal money will allow the district to serve more than 363 children 3 to 4 years old. All the elementary schools in La Puente offer a Headstart program, as does Kwis and the former Glenelder elementaries in Hacienda Heights.
“The grant also includes almost $400,000 in startup funding for a new portable classroom for Headstart at Lassalette school,” the director noted. “We hope to have that new classroom set up by the end of the year.”
A free electronic waste recycling event to benefit Diamond Bar High School will be held July 13 and 14 at the school, 21400 E. Pathfinder Road.
The drive, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, is put on by DBHS Magnificent 7 Families.
Items accepted include televisions, monitors, computers, laptops cell phones, stereos, video game systems, LCD, DVD players, VCRs, cords, wires, cables, cameras, fax machines, printers, keyboards, scanners, electronic tools, radios, and vacuums. Items not accepted include wood speakers, alkaline batteries, light bulbs of any kind, glass or tires.
Online registration for Mt. San Antonio College’s fall semester credit classes begins July 16. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 26.
New and continuing credit students must register for classes online at my.mtsac.edu. New students must also submit an admission application online. For students who do not have computer access, computers and assistance are available in the Student Services Center during business hours. The Admissions Office is open Monday throughThursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Before registering, new students are required to activate their personal Mt. SAC portal account at the same website, which provides set-up instructions. Students will be able to view a registration date and time in their portal account and will not be allowed to register before their assigned time. New students must also contact the Counseling Department to sign up for the required orientation session before registering for classes. For more information about required orientation sessions, call the Mt. SAC Counseling Department at (909) 274-4380.
The enrollment fee is $46 per unit for California residents, and all fees are due upon registration.
For more registration information, call the Mt. SAC Admissions & Records Office at (909) 274-4415, or visit www.mtsac.edu.
Integrity begins with I. It’s an individual choice that has served Barbara Nakaoka well over the past 43 years.
A beacon that she says has guided her during four decades of service at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. She has climbed up the ladder from teacher to superintendent of one of the largest school districts in the San Gabriel Valley.
“That’s the thing I’m most proud of, managing the district with integrity,” Nakaoka said. “Of doing what was right and not compromising my integrity.”
The 65-year-old retired on June 30, leaving behind a long list of accomplishments.
She actually began working at age 16 as an usher at the Music Center in Los Angeles.
“I loved it, I got to see actresses like Carol Channing in ‘Hello Dolly,’” the petite administrator recalled.
Read more in Richard Irwin’s story RETIRE.