District News

  • Welcome William Avila! BUSD's New Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

    Prior to arriving in Bellflower USD, Dr. William Avila served as Director of Student Services in the Baldwin Park Unified School District. He brings a variety of experiences in the areas of instruction, Special Education, alternative programs, mental health and Student Services which provide him a broad perspective to support the Educational Services Division. Prior to becoming a director, Dr. Avila served in several roles including Special Education Instructional Aide, teacher, program specialist, high school assistant principal, and principal. Dr. Avila has an Associate of Arts from Mount San Antonio College, a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Fullerton, two Masters of Art in Special Education and Education Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. His research analyzed the preparation, recruitment, and retention of 21st century school principals in California. Dr. Avila believes in working as a team to establish systems across the District to ensure optimal learning environments for students and staff. He is a proponent of collaborative cultures and he fosters strong partnerships with stakeholders Dr. Avila is deeply committed to his work and the community he serves. He is grateful to be on this journey with his wife, Jamie, and two children, Matthew and Marissa.

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  • Welcome Tasneem Muhammad! Stephen Foster Elementary's New Principal

    Ms. Muhammad is an enthusiastic educator and school leader who has been dedicated and devoted to the education profession for 15 years. She began her career as a middle school math & science teacher at ICEF Public Schools in 2007. She later became a founding teacher at Green Dot public schools where she served in the capacity of math teacher, department chair, instructional leadership team member and admin designee for 4 years. Ms. Muhammad was hired by Environmental Charter Schools in the summer of 2015 to serve as Assistant Principal. After serving as Assistant Principal for 3 years, Ms. Muhammad was offered the role of Elementary School Principal at Center For Advanced Learning in 2018 where she served for the last 4 years. Ms. Muhammad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University of Dominguez Hills and a Master of Education degree from National University. Ms. Muhammad is going into her 8th year as a school administrator and continues to be a passionate educator that strongly believes in doing what is best for kids. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, watching movies, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and spending time with her son and family. Ms. Muhammad is looking forward to serving the Stephen Foster Elementary school community.

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  • Welcome Jennifer Chatmon! Craig Williams Elementary's New Principal

    Dr. Jennifer Chatmon is an experienced school leader with a demonstrated history working in both primary and secondary educational settings. She is skilled in cultivating engaging school cultures, data-driven instructional support and building consensus through professional development focused on fostering diverse, equitable, student-centered spaces. Dr. Chatmon’s journey in educational service began as a substitute teacher in Newark, New Jersey, some 22 years ago, while completing her bachelor’s degree at New York University. But, education has long been a chosen path in her family, and she represents the third generation of educators, which formally began with members who taught in the segregated schools of Birmingham, Alabama. While at Rutgers University, Dr. Chatmon earned both her Masters in Educational Supervision and Doctorate degree, with a focus on the Sociology of Education. Outside of the school house, Dr. Chatmon is a single mother, registered yoga teacher, podcast host, songwriter, vocalist, author, and more on any given day. She is excited about joining the Bellflower USD family and is looking forward to working collaboratively with the Craig Williams community.

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  • Somerset High School - Model Continuation High School

    Congratulations to Somerset High School for earning Model Continuation High School. Somerset also earned CCEA Plus Exemplary Program for their Associated Student Body and their CTE/SkillsUSA Program. Somerset's secretary, Stephanie Gaude was selected as CCEA Classified Employee of the Year!

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  • 2022 California Pivotal Practice Awards

    At the May Regular Board Meeting, three elementary schools were recognized for earning the 2022 California Pivotal Practice Award. The California Pivotal Practice Award Program was designed in partnership with our education associates to celebrate districts and schools that have completed an online application highlighting an innovative practice that was implemented during the 2020-21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Albert Baxter's pivotal practice was in the area of Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention and school connectedness. Esther Lindstrom's pivotal practice was in the use of digital communication to engage parents and community. Ernie Pyle's pivotal practice was in the distribution and use of technology.

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  • 2022-2023 Classified Employee of the Year

    Bellflower Unified is excited to announce that Terry Scofield has been selected as the Classified Employee of the Year for the 2022-2023 year. Terry has worked in BUSD for 37 years. She has worked at a variety of school sites and is currently the secretary at Lindstrom Elementary. Terry attended BUSD schools, her children and now her grandchildren have been part of BUSD! Terry is always happy to help out her fellow staff members and parents. She can also be seen at school events and supporting Mayfair soccer. We are thankful for all she has done in her 37 years to build futures for our students!

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  • 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year

    Bellflower Unified School District is excited to announce that Joy Robles has been selected as the Teacher of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year. Joy has worked in BUSD for 9 years! She was a member of the Ramona staff and part of the team that lead the school to earning designation of California Democracy School. This year, she joined the Stephen Foster staff as an instructional specialist. Joy actively seeks out opportunities to learn more about her craft to ensure students succeed. She is generous with her time and always willing to assist her colleagues. She is a dedicated professional who has a growth mindset and meets challenges with zeal. Joy actively collaborates with school and district teams to support student achievement. She is a dedicated educator and valued BUSD team member who is committed to building futures for our students.

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  • New Board Member Appointed

    At the May 4, 2022 Special Board Meeting, the Board of Education appointed Rev. Tomas Ivens to fill the board vacancy until the November 2022 regularly scheduled election. Rev. Ivens will be sworn in at the May 12th Regular Board Meeting.

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  • Mayfair High School Boys Wrestling

    At the April Board Meeting, the Board of Education recognized the MHS Girls Wresting team for bringing the Suburban League title back to Mayfair. Also recognized were 4 students for winning Individual Suburban League Champion: Leila Morales, Marie Saldana, Denise Figueroa and Savannah Tinajero. Congratulations to the MHS Girls Wresting team! Thank you Coach Juan Troncoso for all your hard work and dedication to our students.

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  • Kaiser Permanente Hippocrates Circle Program

    At the April Board Meeting, the Board of Education recognized and thanked Kaiser Permanente for their support and sponsorship for the Hippocrates Circle Program at Bellflower Middle School. This program aims to increase the diversity of the incoming physician population by creating a pathway program to expose young, diverse, middle school students to physician careers. Thank you Kaiser Permanente for helping build futures!

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  • Mayfair High School Girls Wrestling

    At the April Board Meeting, the Board of Education recognized the MHS Girls Wresting team for bringing the Suburban League title back to Mayfair. Also recognized were 4 students for winning Individual Suburban League Champion: Leila Morales, Marie Saldana, Denise Figueroa and Savannah Tinajero. Congratulations to the MHS Girls Wresting team! Thank you Coach Juan Troncoso for all your hard work and dedication to our students.

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  • Unified Sports Soccer Tournament

    Mayfair High School Unified Sports traveled to Locke High School for their inaugural Unified Soccer Tournament. Inclusion through sport is one of the many ways students of all abilities come together at Mayfair each day. The track and field competition is already set for April!

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  • Elementary Chorus

    5th and 6th grade students in Elementary Chorus across the district are busy preparing for their Spring show titled Kid Flix. Shows will be performed at the Bellflower Civic Center this week and next week. See your school office for details and tickets.

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  • Elementary GATE and 904 Bands Perform

    5th and 6th grade students in GATE and 904 Bands perform at their Spring concert outdoors at Washington Elementary School. Family, friends and staff enjoyed the evening supporting our students.

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  • Bellflower High School Spring Chorus Shows

    Bellflower High School held their Spring Chorus Show with performances by Angels, Ensemble and Choir. Great job to all our students!

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  • Mayfair High School Show Choirs

    Mayfair High School Mariners and Showtime competed at the Los Alamitos Extravaganza. Mariners placed 2nd in their division and was also awarded Best Musicianship. Showtime also placed 2nd in their division. Congratulations!

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  • Mayfair High School Girls Basketball

    At the March Board Meeting, the Board of Education recognized Mayfair Girls Basketball for going undefeated in Suburban League and capturing their fourth consecutive league championship. Congratulations to the Mayfair Girls Basketball team on your achievements this year. Thank you Coach Garrett for all your hard work and dedication to our students.

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  • Read Across America

    Thank you to Sonny Santa Ines, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Bellflower for reading to our Washington Kindergartner students today for Read Across America. Our students enjoyed Dr. Seuss's Book of Animals and were able to share their favorite animal with our Councilmember.

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  • The Great Kindness Challenge

    Students and staff across the district participate in the Great Kindness Challenge. Various activities have been planned to promote kindness throughout the week-long event. Esther Lindstrom students proudly show their Kindness Matters sign.

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  • Mayfair High School Boys Cross Country

    At the December Board Meeting, the Board of Education recognized Mayfair Boys Cross Country for going undefeated to become Suburban League Champions. Representing the team was Coach Chris Tran-filling in for Coach Boppell, senior Zachary Velasquez and sophomore Reeve Davis. Congratulations to the Mayfair Boys Cross Country team on your achievements this year. Thank you Coach Tran for filling in and thank you to Coach Boppell for all his hard work and dedication to our students.

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