District News

  • Classified Employee of the Year

    Bellflower Unified School District is excited to announce that Sonia Aguirre has been selected as Classified Employee of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year. Sonia has served Bellflower Unified School District for over 23 years! She has served as an instructional aide in the general education setting at Washington Elementary. She collaborates with teachers, and other support staff to devise and implement academic and behavior plans. Sonia supports teachers in the classroom and is always ready to support other staff members as well. Sonia is able to reach and assist students with social skills, conflict mediation, and behavior reflections. She inspires students to do their best, and when students have a difficult day she is right there with them to help them process situations, decisions, or any other factors impacting their reach for achieving their daily goal. She truly builds futures for BUSD students!

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  • School Cents Contest

    Congratulations to our BUSD schools that participated in the Shopping Partnership, School Cents Program. School families, staff and other supporters submit receipts from the shopping centers to earn points for their school. Based on the total points, each participating school receives funds from the center. This year, Esther Lindstrom Elementary ranked #1 and will receive $10,250.00! Stephen Foster Elementary came in 2nd place, Mayfair Middle/High School came in 3rd place, Intensive Learning Center came in 4th place and Craig Williams came in 17th place.

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  • Teacher of the Year

    Bellflower Unified School District is excited to announce that Kim Ashton has been selected as the Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year. Kim has worked for BUSD for 26 years! She always has a positive attitude and is willing to learn and implement something new if it will help her students. She is trained in Thinking Maps, Word Study, Growth Mindset, Restorative Practices, and more. She is a dedicated professional who has an unbridled passion for education and learning. Kim actively collaborates with school and district teams to support teachers. She even develops lessons and shares them with her colleagues on important topics such as restorative practices and growth mindset. She is a dedicated educator and valued BUSD team member who is committed to building futures for BUSD students.

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  • League of Hunger Heroes Award

    On behalf of No Kid Hungry, Superintendent Tracy McSparren presented Director of Food Services Candice Crump with an award for being chosen to the League of Hunger Heroes for California for 2021. Special appreciation was also given to Food Services Supervisor Donna Vaea. Both BUSD employees have gone above and beyond to coordinate and assure our students were fed during the 2020-2021 school year.

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  • School Lunch Hero Day

    Between preparing healthy meals for BUSD students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, BUSD school nutrition professionals are true heroes. On May 7, 2021, we celebrate them and the difference they make for BUSD students!

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  • Public School Volunteer Week

    The BUSD Board of Education has established April 20-24, 2021, as Public School Volunteer Week. School volunteers form an essential link with the community and help to show our youth that the greater community cares for their welfare and supports them in their efforts to grow and become hard-working, thoughtful, and responsible adults. BUSD staff are grateful for the dedication of so many parents, caregivers, neighbors and friends who give of their time and talent to ensure the best education for our students.

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  • 2021 Graduation Ceremony

    We are excited to announce that we will be holding an in-person graduation ceremony this year for the class of 2021. BUSD will continue to follow LACDPH guidelines for graduation. This means that while we are able to hold an in-person ceremony, it will look different from previous years. BUSD staff will continue to work closely to assure a special and safe graduation for our seniors. Additional information will be sent to senior parents from their school site in the coming weeks.

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  • 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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