District News

  •  Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati

    New Superintendent

    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.”

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  •  Staff enjoying Somerset's Turkey Day

    Somerset High School's Turkey Day

    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.

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  •  Students Participating in Elementary STEAM week

    Elementary STEAM Week

    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.

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  •  Title IX Celebration

    Title IX Celebration

    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.

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  •  Craig Williams Principal Cecilia Madrid

    Welcome Cecilia Madrid - New Craig Williams Principal

    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.

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  •  Visitors from Bellflower's sister city, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, mexico.

    Los Mochis

    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.

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  •  Support staff helping during the California ShakeOut

    California ShakeOut 2022

    BUSD, along with public K-12 schools and districts across the state, participated in the 2022 California ShakeOut this week. This year’s ShakeOut had over 7,000,000 participants registered. Students and staff throughout the district conducted a full earthquake drill including a “drop, cover, and hold on” followed by a full evacuation.

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  • 2022 Halo Classic, 3:30 PM, March 10, 2023 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

    The Battle of BUSD

    Mark your calendars! The 1st Annual Battle of BUSD will take place on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim where the Bellflower Buccaneers will play against the Mayfair Monsoons. More information will be coming out closer to the date of the game.

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  •  Board members recognizing Ernie Pyle staff.

    Congratulations Ernie Pyle Elementary!

    At the October Board Meeting, the Board recognized Ernie Pyle Elementary for being awarded Recognition from the California PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Coalition for implementing PBIS with fidelity to the national framework. Part of this implementation includes Ernie Pyle staff teaching students about behavior expectations and strategies to be successful behaviorally. Through using these strategies students are able to overcome challenges and focus on academics at school. Schools can be recognized at the Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level. We are proud to announce that the principal, teachers, staff, students, and community have come together to implement and sustain PBIS at the Gold Level. 

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  •  Special Education Director Precious Young

    Welcome Precious Young - New Special Education Director

    Precious Young joins Bellflower Unified School District as the Director of Special Education. During her 23-year public education career, she have been fortunate to have a variety of experiences that prepare her to serve effectively as Director of Special Education. Her professional career has included 16 years as a teacher, assistant principal, district administrator, principal/assistant principal, and SELPA interim in Compton Unified School District and more recently in Redondo Beach Unified School District. She is an alumni of both California State University of Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and most recently the University of Southern California (USC). Her mission as Director of Special Education is dedicated to safety and security, being visible and present at school and community events, and engaging with families, students, parents, and community leaders.

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  •  Frank E. Woodruff Principal Dr. Trang Nguyen

    Welcome Dr. Trang Nguyen - New Frank E. Woodruff Principal

    Dr. Trang Nguyen joins the Frank E. Woodruff Elementary family with 21 years of experience as an educator and leader. She began her career as a Middle School Math and Science teacher in her hometown of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Dr. Nguyen is in her ninth year as a school leader. She served the last three years as a Middle School Assistant Principal for Redondo Unified School District and prior to that, a High School Assistant Principal in Watts for Green Dot Public Schools. Dr. Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education from the University of Oregon, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Washington. She is passionate about serving the Frank E. Woodruff community through high quality instruction, social-emotional support, and learning for all students. Dr. Nguyen is humbled by the opportunity to lead Frank E. Woodruff Elementary School towards a united, learning community that provides the highest quality of education for all students. Her favorite past times are working out and rooting for her Oregon Ducks!

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  •  New ECE Director Sabriya Pedretti

    Welcome Sabriya Pedretti - New ECE Director

    Ms. Pedretti is a dedicated educational leader who strives to support students and families in the community. She is a seasoned professional who has extensive experience in teaching at the elementary level, has served as program coordinator for before and after school programs, a site administrator at the middle school, elementary and early childhood levels. Ms. Pedretti understands the power of education, the importance of literacy and focuses her efforts with our youngest learners. She believes that early learning is the foundation of all learning. She is committed to supporting a high quality literacy based early learning program that serves our youngest students. Ms. Pedretti has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State Fullerton University, earned her teaching credential from Azusa Pacific University, and a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University. She spends the majority of her time with family. She loves traveling, exploring new places, enjoys nature and relaxing with friends. She is looking forward to serving the community of Bellflower Unified School District.

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  •  BHS Students at Back to School Night

    Bellflower Middle High School Back to School Night

    Bellflower staff along with Link Crew and ASB welcomed students and their families on campus for Back to School Night. Parents were able to visit classrooms, meet faculty members and see what is in store for the 2022-2023 school year.

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  •  Students at MHS for Back to School Night

    Mayfair Middle/High School Back to School Night

    Mayfair staff along with Link Crew and ASB welcomed students and their families on campus for Back to School Night. Parents were able to visit classrooms, meet faculty members and see what is in store for the upcoming school year.

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  •  Paper Free Online Tutoring image

    Paper Tutoring

    BUSD has continued its partnership with Paper Tutoring (PAPER) for this year in order to provide virtual tutoring for students in fourth through twelfth grades. PAPER is a secure, online tutoring service that provides students with unlimited, 24/7 academic support. Whether a student needs assistance with homework, is studying for a test, or needs someone to read and make suggestions to their essays, there will always be experts available online to assist them in over 200 subjects and more than 4 languages.

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  •  Somerset High School parents at Back to School Night.

    Somerset Back to School Night

    Somerset staff welcomed students and their families on campus for Back to School Night. Parents were able to check out classrooms, meet faculty members and see what was in store for the upcoming BLOC.

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  •  Students back on the first day of school

    Welcome Back!

    It was a joy to welcome all students back. Thank you to all our staff, students, parents, and educational partners for a great first day back to school! We look forward to continuing to work together to make the 2022-23 school year a great year for our students.

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  •  BUSD student board member Chris Mendoza is sworn in.

    BUSD's First Student Board Member

    Mr. Chris Mendoza was sworn in at the July 14th Board Meeting as BUSD's first Student Board Member. Mr. Mendoza will also participate in the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. Congratulations Chris!

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  •  New Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

    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 and looks forward to being a part of the BUSD team.

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  •  Somerset High School receives Model Continuation High School

    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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