At the regular Board meeting on November 17, 2022 the Board approved a three year contract and named the new Superintendent, Dr. Ben Drati. While Dr. Drati will not start until January, below is a message from him. “I am delighted to join the Bellflower community as your next superintendent,” Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as steward over the most important job in the U.S., aside from parenting, and that is the education of our children. Where our children go is where we will go as a country and nation, so I take this responsibility with great care and I can’t wait to get started and to meet everyone.”
Somerset continued their Turkey Day tradition that started in 1967! Somerset students and staff invited BUSD staff to join them for lunch, collected canned goods to donate to the Bellflower Volunteer Center, and displayed items handmade by Somerset students to be purchased.
Our elementary sites are providing after-school STEAM enrichment lessons during the month of November for our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Our 4th grade students are focusing on motion while creating propeller and gear cars. Our 5th grade students are learning about force as they build cranes and rockets. Our 6th grade students are investigating different sources of energy such as wind, electric and solar.
On October 26th, area high schools participated in a Title IX 50th anniversary assembly celebrating women athletes. Mayfair High School hosted the event along with Warren and La Mirada High Schools co-hosting. Guest speakers included CIF Commissioner Rob Wigod, USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Inductee Jennie Jacobsen-Huse, UCLA softball alumni and current Executive Director, Instructional Personnel for Bellflower USD Julie Adams Stanley and California State Fullerton Track & Field Alumni Samantha Huerta. The keynote speaker was International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Sue Enquist. Female student athletes from Mayfair, Bellflower, Norwalk, John Glenn, La Mirada, Warren and Downey High Schools attended the celebration.
Cecilia Madrid joins Bellflower Unified School District as the new principal of Craig Williams with over 26 years’ experience as an educator and instructional leader. She began her career as an elementary teacher in several grade levels and most recently was serving as a K-8 principal in a dual immersion school for the past 6 years. Prior to that position, she served as a Curriculum Specialist for 5 years supporting and assisting classroom teachers with instruction and intervention and she also served as an assistant principal in a K-8 elementary. She is an alumni of California State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and is a firm believer that to reach educational excellence there needs to be a collaborative process with all stakeholders. It is her mission to have students look forward to their educational journey by providing them with a learning atmosphere that is safe, enjoyable, and equitable. Ms. Madrid is excited to join the Wildcat family and is looking forward to a productive year.
Representatives from the City of Bellflower’s sister city, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico visited Bellflower and Mayfair Middle/High Schools this past Monday. This is a long standing tradition for Bellflower USD. Members from Los Mochis visit Bellflower on even years and Bellflower community members visit Los Mochis on odd years. While the practice was in hiatus due to COVID, we thank Los Mochis for this tradition as it is also a great experience for our students and staff and allows us to showcase the many talents our students have through the support of teachers. At Bellflower the visitors were welcomed by Bellflower’s Jazz Band, Drumline and Ensemble and they visited the new automotive and culinary classrooms. At Mayfair, they were welcomed by Mayfair’s Marching Band and Color Guard and received a tour of the new STEAM building.
First & Last Day of School
2022-2023 School Year
- The first day of school will be on August 11, 2022.
- The last day of school will be on June 1, 2023.
For additional dates and events, please view the calendar below.
BUSD Important Dates
There will be no school on the dates listed below:
December 23, 2022 - January 9, 2023 - Winter Break
January 10, 2023 - Non-Student Day
January 16, 2023 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 17, 2023 - Lincoln's Birthday Observance
February 20, 2023 - President's Day Observance
April 7-14, 2023 - Spring Break
May 29, 2023 - Memorial Day