District News

  • 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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  • New Director of Instructional Support & Improvement

    Mrs. Tami Zylla is thrilled to become BUSD’s Director, Instructional Support & Improvement. Tami considers Bellflower “home” as she has been educating in in the city for 26 years. She began her career teaching 4th grade at Bellflower’s St. Bernard Catholic school after student-teaching in 6th grade at BUSD’s Washington Elementary. She joined the Woodruff staff in 1996 as a fifth-sixth grade teacher eventually transitioning into the position of Title I reading intervention. In 2008, Tami received the honor of LA County Teacher of the Year and subsequently moved into a position as a literacy coach for the district. In this capacity, Tami had the opportunity to work with students, teachers, and principals across the district to hone English Language Arts instruction. In 2012, she had the privilege to embark on the journey of establishing BUSD’s independent study program. As the administrator at the Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy, Tami worked diligently to cultivate an effective, alternative learning environment where TK-12 students academically thrive while also developing into well-rounded, productive 21st century citizens. Tami holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Ecology from U.C. Irvine and a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in reading and literacy. She is currently an instructor for U.C. Irvine’s online reading certificate program where she works with teachers from across the United States to develop their literacy skills. Tami is passionate about education and is looking forward to collaborating with her Bellflower Unified family in their quest to continually improve upon instruction as they work to “Build Futures” for the students of BUSD.

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  • New Assistant Principal at Foster and Lindstrom

    Loriann A. Leota is the new Assistant Principal for Stephen Foster and Lindstrom Elementary Schools. It is an honor to have been selected by the Bellflower Unified School District to serve this fantastic community of learners. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from William Paterson University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Education: Educational Administration from Concordia University. She has been in education for almost a decade as a Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Curriculum Developer, Assistant Principal and Summer School Principal. I believe that every child is unique and if they are provided with a caring, secure and engaging environment, they will grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. As the Assistant Principal, she will work to support students in those three areas, with a deep understanding that we are not only working to prepare our students for the next grade, but for the future! She believes in open communication and a strong home to school connection.

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  • BHS has a New Assistant Principal

    Mr. Castañeda is excited to join the Bellflower High School administrative team. He joined Bellflower Unified School District in the 2013-2014 school year, and was hired as a middle school RSP Teacher at Bellflower Middle/High School. Over the past six years, he has co-taught English as an RSP teacher and taught history as a General Education teacher, both in middle school and high school. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Castañeda has served as a class advisor, Link Crew Coordinator, School Culture (PBIS) Director, Social Science Instructional Leader, WASC Coordinator, and Activities Director. His experiences over the past 16 years as a classified and certificated staff member have strengthened his leadership capacity and will serve him well in his new administrative role. Mr. Castañeda values the importance of building relationships and creating meaningful connections with all stakeholders for the betterment of the school community. As an administrator, his top priority is to work with all stakeholders to continue growing as a community that is safe and nurturing where students can thrive and develop the skills required to reach their full academic and personal potential. Mr. Castañeda is excited about this new opportunity and is eager to work together with everyone, Because Unity Creates Success!

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  • Lindstrom Elementary has a New Principal

    Dr. Olga Rios is excited to be named principal of Lindstrom Elementary. In her role as principal, Olga plans to create a relationship-based culture with parents as partners. Her primary focus will be to promote a positive school climate so that students, staff, and parents feel welcomed and ready to do their very best everyday! Previously, Olga worked as a teacher and assistant principal in our district. She worked with all grade levels developing her skills in managing discipline, best instructional practices, and effective leadership. She began her career at Craig Williams Elementary as a second grade teacher. Three years later, she transitioned to Bellflower High School, where she spent thirteen years teaching 7th grade English and World History. After, she served as the AP for Thomas Jefferson Elementary for a year and a half before returning to BHS. While at BHS, she spent one year overseeing middle school instruction and curriculum, and served as summer school principal. This past year, she oversaw middle school discipline, attendance, and testing. In addition, Olga has a distinguished background. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Long Beach, a Masters’ Degree from Harvard University, and a Doctorate Degree from USC’s Educational Leadership Program. She believes in the power of education to transform a student’s life for the better because education changed her life. She entered school as an English learner and had to overcome many challenges. Her story is a story of success. Olga is committed to the achievement of all students and is eager to make a difference as a Lindy Lion! In her free time, Olga enjoys reading, watching her son play baseball and supporting her daughter’s college experience.

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  • New Principal at MHS

    Bellflower USD is proud to indroduce Dr. Hillary Weissman as the new principal at Mayfair High School. Dr. Weissman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in educational administration, and received a doctorate in educational leadership, all from Cal State University, Long Beach. She comes to Bellflower Unified School District from Malibu High School where she served as assistant principal for three years. Prior to this position, she worked at Norte Vista High School in Riverside where she served as assistant principal for two years Dr. Weissman started her teaching career at Westminster High School as an English teacher and co-aquatics director. She has also previously taught at San Pedro High School where she was an English teacher, small learning community leader and dean of discipline. Before becoming an administrator, she worked at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles for five years as an intervention specialist, AVID coordinator, WASC coordinator and English department chair. While at Manual Arts High School she recalls the valuable and memorable experience of co-authoring a book with her students and Mayor Eric Garcetti entitled: Beyond the Gates and Fences. Dr. Weissman stated, “I am honored to join the dynamic Bellflower team, and I am eager to get to know the students, staff, and parents of Mayfair High School! I look forward to supporting an environment where all students can thrive and participate in meaningful experiences. Go Monsoons!”

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  • Congratulations to our Adult Transition Students

    Congratulations to our Adult Transition Students! Students from the Adult Transition Center along with teachers and Board Clerk Laura Sanchez-Ramirez and Board Member, Richard Downing celebrated at their Completing Ceremony. BUSD is proud to have helped build their futures and is excited to see where their journey takes them. Pictured from left to right: Board Clerk Laura Sanchez-Ramirez, Phillip Manriquez Sandra Dubrowskij, Andrew Guillen, Gilbert Guevara,Terran Holman, Brandon Ngor, Julia Ranson, Vanessa Marin, Justin Ouk, Tracy McSparren, Superintendent, Richard Downing, Board Member.

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  • Chargers Host Play60 at Washington Elementary School

    Students were provided with the opportunity to learn NFL skills while understanding the importance of being active for 60 minutes a day. The variety of drills featured: knock-away dummies, ladders, and halfback pads just like the Chargers! Junior Chargers Training Camp powered by Play60 empowers students to be healthy both physically and mentally. A special thank you to the parents who volunteered!

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  • Whitewood Preschool is Building Futures Through Physical Activity!

    BUSD Board Members helped celebrate inclusive education at Whitewood Preschool. Whitewood held it's fourth annual Young Athletes program in conjunction with Special Olympics. The program brings students with special needs and typical peers together in physical activity to develop motor and social skills. Pictured are preschool participants with Debbie Cuadros, Board President, Richard Downing, Board Member, and Laura Sanchez Ramirez, Board Clerk. A special thanks to the preschool and APE staff for all of their hard work in building this program and opportunities for our students.

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  • New Glasses for Baxter Bears

    On May 29th, 88 students at Albert Baxter received new eyeglasses. This endeavor was supported by the Rotary Club and sponsored by Nonprofit Vision to Learn. Students were provided with eye exams and prescription glasses!

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  • Bellflower USD Honors Outstanding Elementary Schools

    Once a year our elementary, middle school and high school bands come together in a district-wide Music Festival to showcase our amazing and talented students in Elementary Band, GATE Band, Junior Band, and High School Jazz Band. It is quite impressive to see the progression of skills and talent from elementary to high school. The event culminates with a powerful all bands grand finale. This year Bellflower Unified School District honored the following outstanding elementary schools at the Music Festival, Craig Williams, Esther Lindstrom, Intensive Learning Center, and Washington.

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  • Ron Yary Stadium Modernization Completed

    The modernization of Ron Yary stadium was completed recently thanks to the Measure BB Bond. BUSD held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the modernization of the visitor side of Ron Yary Stadium. The community was invited to celebrate, walk tour the stadium and enjoy stadium style refreshments. It was a great day and students were excited to try out the new track. Board President. Debbie Cuadros thanked the community for their support of the Measure BB Bond that made completion of the 28 year project possible.

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  • Classified Employee of the Year

    The Board of Education and District Administration are excited to announce that Dave Weaver has been selected as this year's Classified Employee of the Year. Dave has been part of the BUSD Team for 34 years. He has worked at Stephen Foster, Bellflower High School, the Adult School, and now at District Office. Dave is an outstanding individual who gives his all each day, with a smile, and does his part in building futures!

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  • Parent University

    Congratulation to the first cohort of parent graduates of Bellflower Unified School District's Parent University Program! BUSD's Parent University Program offers free classes to parents on a variety of topics including academic success, health and wellness, as well as social/emotional awareness. Program graduates completed a minimum of 14 hours of class sessions. These parents are fantastic role models! Congratulations again to the first cohort of BUSD Parent University Program graduates!

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  • Teacher of the Year

    The Board of Education and District Administration would like to congratulate Mrs. Laura Sanzaro, teacher at Las Flores Home Education Academy, on receiving the honor of being named the Bellflower Unified School District Teacher of the Year!

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  • Model SARB

    Bellflower received state recognition for it's Model SARB (School Attendance Review Board). The SARB is a community partnership which includes community resources, Caring Connections, and Paramount Unified. The SARB's goals include finding supports and structures for families that help ensure students are in school everyday. Research shows that students who miss 10% of the school year, only 18 days, are less likely to achieve at expected levels and graduate. Pictured left to right in the photo are: Malcholm Heron, Child Welfare & Attendance Coordinator, Renita Armstrong, Board Member, and Stacey Stewart, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education & Student Support Services. Congratulations to the SARB for their accomplishment and their part in building futures!

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  • Books for Baxter Bears!

    The Baxter Bears recently had some excitement on campus. The Bellflower Noon Lions donated one book for every student at Albert Baxter Elementary. Our Baxter Bears are really reading now! Thank you Bellflower Noon Lions for your generous book donation to our students!

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  • BUSD Students Participate in Reflections Contest

    PTA Celebrated 50 years of Reflections! BUSD students at all grade levels competed in a variety of categories including literature, dance, photography, and visual arts. Thank you to Bellflower Council PTA and our associations for supporting the arts through this program.

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  • Students Recognized by ACSA Regions 14

    Our student Alexis Martinez was recognized by ACSA Region 14 as an Every Student Succeeding. The event celebrated ACSA region 14 students and the school staff that have helped them overcome challenges and succeed in school. Alexis transferred to Mayfair during the 2nd semester of her 10th grade year. She came from a charter high school, but was previously in a home hospital education setting as a 9th grader because she was battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She quickly fit in, made very good friends, and became actively involved in different areas of campus. Alexis and her family have always been diligent about coming to school, completing her work, and working hard despite the challenges she has had to overcome. She is an extremely resilient student who has overcome huge challenges. She is a fighter, always with a positive attitude. As of this November, she reached her thre year milestone of being Cancer-Free.

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  • Read Across America: Reading is Fundamental (RIF) helped celebrate the joy of reading at Washington!

    Students enjoyed a picnic with parents followed by a meet and greet with Dr.Seuss. Students in grades TK-3 were able to self-select high interest books to add to their home library. Special guest Board Clerk, Laura Sanchez-Ramirez read to students. A special thank you to RIF for opening doors and enabling every child the chance to live their journey.

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