Red USC T-shirts are mixed in with groups of light blue UCLA T-shirts and navy blue Yale flags, as Don Julian Elementary School students sport their university apparel to celebrate their academic achievements at assemblies held every first Friday of the month. Bassett Unified is boosting college awareness among elementary school students and parents through the No Excuses University program, a District-wide approach designed to push elementary students and parents to begin thinking and learning about different colleges and universities, ultimately inspiring students to pursue higher education.
Bassett Unified School District celebrated the opening of its Bassett Innovation Center, a hub of collaboration that promotes the integration of technology, project-based learning and best educational practices to prepare students for the rigors of higher education and competitive careers. The ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Jan. 21 highlighted the Center, which opened at the start of the 2015-16 school year to provide space for ongoing workshops and training for educators, staff and parents. The ceremony featured speeches by city and school officials, a performance by the Bassett High School Jazz Band and tours of the facility.
Bassett Unified School District has launched an innovative podcast and screencast series focused on technology integration in the classroom to enhance teaching methods and student learning. Covering topics ranging from how to solve common tech issues to using touch screens in the classroom, the podcasts are produced at the Bassett Innovation Center by Technology Integration Specialists Michael Jephcott and Tom Covington. Titled “TOSAs Talk Tech,” the podcasts introduce tech trends that teachers can use in the classrooms, promoting the importance of incorporating technology into everyday instruction.
A homeless man huddles on a gray park bench while a pair of teenagers turn their backs in a painting by Bassett High School senior Francesca Flores, a statement by the artist about how society ignores those in need. The artwork was one of 20 displayed in a one-day show entitled “Invisible Visible” in December at Bassett High School, the result of a push by art teacher Brian Prieto for students to apply their skills and knowledge to real-world situations in his first foray into project-based learning.