District News

  • Unified Sports Program at Mayfair Middle/High School

    Congratulations to the Unified Sports program at Mayfair Middle High School. The program led by Lindsey Hutton, Education Specialist, Kristina Robertson, Adaptive Physical Education Teacher, and Anne-Marie Sharp, Adaptive Physical Education teacher is the recipient of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards are presented by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. Bellflower Unified School District believes that “positive relationships and strong sense of community connect students to learning,” which is evident in its mission to empower students to “demonstrate respect for themselves and others in a dynamic, diverse, and global society.” Unified Sports is an innovative program that exemplifies this mission as its goal is to promote inclusion and acceptance by providing students opportunities to “train together and play together” in team sports. Students participate in competition in areas including basketball, cheerleading and track. Congratulations to Mayfair’s Unified Sports program for receiving the Golden Bell Award.

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  • Read Across America

    Across the district, schools celebrated Read Across America on March 2, 2021. While the event looked different this year, schools continued to carry on this annual event which celebrates the joys of reading, brings awareness to the importance of reading, and helps motivate students to read more.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding Reopening

    On the BUSD News tab, a list of frequently asked questions are being answered based on the most current information we have to help parents make a decision about sending their child(dren) back to in-person instruction. We understand that COVID-19 has impacted all of us differently. If you have additional questions, please contact your Principal as they are working directly with the District to best meet the needs of our families.

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  • School Recognition

    Congratulations to Las Flores Home Education and Independent Study Academy for receiving a full six year WASC Accreditation. Bellflower Unified is proud to announce that seven of our schools have been named to the 2019-2020 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for their high achievement in student success. The program, sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Schools that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. Academic achievement is based solely on State academic test results. Bellflower High, Mayfair High, Esther Lindstrom, Stephen Foster, Intensive Learning Center, and Albert Baxter were recognized at the Star level and Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy was recognized at the Star and STEM level. Star level recognizes schools with greater than, or equal to, 33 percent of students designated as socioeconomically disadvantaged that are high performing and are reducing achievement gaps while STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) level recognizes a subset of the Honor Roll schools that have both high-percentages of low-income students and high levels of math and science achievement. Bellflower Unified is proud of these schools and their dedication to Bellflower Unified School District’s vision of building futures for our students.

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  • BUSD Fiscal Information

    I know there is concern that BUSD is in financial distress. This is not the case. The District prevailed today against LACOE's action for immediate intervention. The Courts denied all relief requested by the County. The District is allowed to continue to operate as a fiscally independent District, the District will continue to provide fiscal information in the manner that it has in the past and was approved under fiscal independence, the District is not required to allow the fiscal advisor into BUSD and the District is able to continue to pay all of its financial obligations. The court has allowed the County an opportunity to amend their complaint, but as of today, BUSD has prevailed on all counts. This is only round one, of what will be a long process there are still other legal actions before the Court. For those that believe this is a waste of taxpayers money, it is. The County is using your money to go after BUSD, and BUSD is having to defend itself from the County’s false claims. This is a money grab by the County. As always, BUSD is in an extremely strong financial position, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education knows this.

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  • Classified Employee of the Year

    Karen Pack is an outstanding member of our classified team. Karen is an original Woodruff Wolf! She started as a kindergarten student at Woodruff 60 years ago! She has been an Instructional Assistant at Woodruff Elementary for over two decades. She goes above and beyond with every task and every student. Her happy place is at Woodruff contributing to the school environment in every possible way. Karen’s nickname is the energizer bunny and her enthusiasm is contagious to all that cross her path. She excels in motivating and engaging individual students or groups to achieve and surpass the learning objectives. There is a genuine care for each student that crosses her path. Karen is dedicated to helping BUSD build futures for our students.

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  • Feedback on Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan

    Good Afternoon BUSD Families, Bellflower Unified School District is interested in your feedback regarding the draft 2020-2021 Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. This plan describes the District’s planning process for how student learning will be addressed during the COVID -19 crisis this year. We encourage you to visit the BUSD website under the “Our District” tab where you can review a draft of the plan. There will be a public hearing on this item Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at a Special Meeting of the Board of Education. Anyone wishing to give input to the plan, may attend the Special Meeting, or provide input to be read into the record via email at publiccomment@busd.k12.ca.us. For email input to be read into the record, it must be received by 12:00 pm on September 23, 2020. Emails must include your name and address and must not exceed 400 words in order to adhere to the three minute public comment Board Policy. We look forward to your participation and input. English Call 855-256-0402. Enter 68015 on your telephone keypad TEXT A “News Item” has been posted on the BUSD website about the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan.

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  • Bellflower Unified School District Teacher of the Year - Wendy Sparks

    Wendy Sparks is currently a Math TOSA at Baxter Elementary. In this role she has moved Baxter’s intervention program from a pull out program to a co-teaching model where students are supported in the classroom by two teachers and benefit from working with on track peers. Wendy Sparks is a consummate professional with a growth mindset. She is driven to improve her individual craft and the instructional program for students at Baxter and in the Bellflower Unified School District. She actively seeks out professional development that is based on the needs of students. She is a key member of many District instructional leadership groups, including, the Assessment team, and the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) team and a mentor for new teachers through our Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program. Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you for all of her work for the students of BUSD and Baxter Elementary.

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  • Please Welcome Mayfair High School's New Principal Mr. Mark Kailiponi!

    Mr. Mark Kailiponi has worked for 14 years as an educator in the Bellflower Unified School District. He started at Mayfair Middle/High School as an assistant principal working as the middle school assistant principal and as the principal over curriculum and instruction from 2006 to 2013. From 2013 to 2020 Mr. Kailiponi became the principal of Somerset High School working with students, parents and staff to help students that have fallen behind academically to graduate on time and realize their full potential. Mr. Kailiponi looks forward to returning to Mayfair and working with parents, students and staff to continue the work of educational excellence and building futures for the students of Mayfair Middle/High School.

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  • Please welcome Somerset High School's new Principal, Mr. Cliff Higgins!

    Mr. Higgins began his career in education in 1993 as a long-term substitute teacher in the Banning Unified School District in Banning, CA. A year later, Mr. Higgins relocated his family to Inglewood, CA and he was hired as a teacher at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena. Mr. Higgins spent five years at Serra High School and held a number of positions including teacher, athletic director and dean of students. In 1999, Mr. Higgins was hired in the Bellflower Unified School District where he served as a Special Education teacher at Bellflower High School. The following year, Mr. Higgins was named assistant principal at Bellflower and he served in that capacity for seven years. In 1997, Mr. Higgins moved-on to Redondo Union High School in the Redondo Beach Unified School District in the same capacity, and after a brief period of time (two years) at Redondo, Mr. Higgins returned to BUSD as an assistant principal at Mayfair High School, a position he held for eleven years. Mr. Higgins holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, and a Master's of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Mr. Higgins is married to his wife of 33 years, and they have two daughters who reside in Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington D.C., respectively. Mr. Higgins is looking forward to proudly serving the students, parents and community of Somerset High School by upholding its long tradition as a Model Continuation High School.

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  • YMCA Meals

    This is a reminder that the YMCA has meals available rain or shine & during Spring Break. See BUSD website for information. Get the Bellflower Unified School District App!

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  • Materials Distribution

    School sites are busy distributing materials to students! Check your school website for information. A special thanks to our wonderful staff!

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  • YMCA Meal Partnership

    Meals are distributed Monday-Friday at the Los Cerritos YMCA on Woodruff North of Alondra from 9-11 am. Thanks to the YMCA for this amazing partnership!

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  • Meal Distribution

    Thank you to the Los Cerritos YMCA for handing out meals to BUSD families!

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  • ACSA Every Student Succeeding Awards

    We'd like to congrtulate BUSD recipients of the Association of California School Administrators Every Student Succeeding award. Daniel Medelez, 5th grader at Washington Elementary. was recognized for his determination, academic strives, and perseverance. Adult Transition Center (ATC) student, Leiona Carlisle, was recognized for demonstrating enthusiasm in actively serving others.

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  • Division IV Champions!

    Congratulations to our Bellflower HIgh School Boys' Soccer team! They are the CIF Division IV champions!

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  • 10th Annual Abilities Awareness Assembly

    At the 10th Annual Abilities Awareness Assembly, Mayfair High School's students were Learning Acceptance through Friends and Fun (LAFF) at the interactive event. The event was an educational experience through which the LAFF Club delivered a powerful message of equality, tolerance, and understanding. The goal was to educate individuals on a variety of disabilities, while focusing on individual strengths and abilities through inclusion. The LAFF Club’s vision is to spread this message to our youth in order to build a more tolerant, accepting, and understanding society.

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  • Stephen Foster Elementary is a California Distinguished School

    Stephen Foster Elementary School has been named a 2020 California Distinguished School and is among 113 school chosen in 2020 for the top honors awarded by the California Department of Education. Distinguished Schools are honored for having outstanding education programs and practices, closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance. Stephen Foster Elementary was honored at a statewide awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel on February 10, 2020. (Pictured from left to right: Teacher, Vince Gonzales; Board Clerk, Renita Armstrong; Board President , Jerry Cleveland; CA. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond; Principal, Claudia Castillo; Board Vice President, Laura Sanchez-Ramirez; Superintendent, Tracy McSparren; and Board Member, Richard Downing)

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  • MHS Cheer Team National Champs!

    The Mayfair High School Competitive Cheer team recently competed at and won the USA National Championship. Congratulations Monsoons!

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  • Measure BB at Work!

    Measure BB at work! Ground breaking for the new STEAM building at Mayfair High School! BUSD is excited to announce that construction has begun at the future site of the Mayfair STEAM building. Board of Education members pictured left to right: Richard Downing, Laura Sanchez-Ramirez, Debbie Cuadros, Jerry Cleveland and Renita Armstrong

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