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Superintendent's Message

Paramount Unified School District Honors Employees of the Year

June, 2016

Teachers along with Secretaries, Instructional Assistants, Security and Student Nutrition Workers (Classified Employees) were celebrated on Monday, May 9th with fine dining and a program of recognition.

The venue was the Paramount High School West Campus gymnasium and recently updated auditorium. An evening of festivity began with an honorary dinner provided for the honorees and guests. Entertainment was provided by the Paramount High School Funk Band.

The celebration continued after dinner, with a program filled with entertainment by the Paramount High School Choir, a salute by the JROTC Color Guard and a stage recognition for each of the employees honored by the Board of Education, the Superintendent and Associations (Teachers Association of Paramount and California Schools Employees Association). Each honoree was showered by praises from all in attendance, flowers, portraits and certificates.

The gala concluded with the final grand announcement of the District-Wide Teacher and Classified Employee of the Year. With a drum-roll, Patricia Real was announced as the District-Wide Teacher of the Year and Laura Sandoval as the Classified Employee of the Year.

Ms. Real teaches Special Education at Paramount Park Middle School and is praised for the achievement her students make in a warm and engaging classroom. Mrs. Sandoval’s commitment and dedication to both coordinating and serving healthy meals to students and staff across the district and the City of Paramount is renown.

Both individuals will hold the title through the 2016-17 school year. Patricia Real will now move on to represent Paramount where she will compete for the position as County Teacher of the Year against nominees from across the Los Angeles County school districts. Those succeeding at this level move to state and then national Teacher of the Year.

In addition to recognizing teachers and classified employees, the District honored Elizabeth Salcido as Administrator of the Year. Elizabeth has served as an administrator in Paramount for over a dozen years and now leads Zamboni Middle School as Principal. Mrs. Salcido is a visionary who engages her students and staff towards excellence creating an outstanding school environment.

The Paramount Unified School District esteems the hard work and dedication that each member contributes to this organization and memorializes their efforts with celebration and recognition such as this. The District thanks all who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Paramount community.

Additional photos for each of the honorees can be reviewed by visiting the following link: PUSD Employees of the Year!

School Posters.




Student Safety is our Priority

Cyber Safety Alert!

May, 2016

The safety of students in the Paramount Unified School District is a priority for ALL in the educational system, especially our Board of Education. While measures are put in place each year, it is becoming increasingly challenging to protect our students given the technology and exposure that it provides, especially those students who own iPhones and iPads. Currently, there is an “app” out there known as Ogle that many adults, especially teenagers, are placing on their mobile devices. Essentially, Ogle is an app that allows anyone to “anonymously” post anything that they want about any school they choose and any individual they choose. Schools across the nation are reporting inappropriate posts on Ogle that vary between cyber bullying of other students, nudity and drug use photos being published and shaming of classmates, administrators and staff. There are other apps out there like this; however, Ogle seems to be the most popular right now.

We are asking for parents to help us keep our students safe. We need you to take steps to ensure that students do not have the Ogle app on their phone, and that they do not access it. We are also asking parents to have discussions with their students about using the internet and social media websites appropriately.

Ogle is an anonymous app that automatically searches your location for nearby schools when downloaded. It views and interacts with school feeds, engages on any campuses content, shares or ask anything anonymously, and customizes posts with stickers.

The danger is that students can anonymously post photos, videos, thoughts or questions to any school’s feed. They can also anonymously comment on posts placed by other students. They can anonymously group chat and send pictures or messages and even vote on posts to signify their approval or disapproval.

Since there is little formal registration on Ogle, bullies and predators can easily masquerade as students. Students are shown a list of schools in the area. On Ogle anyone can anonymously access your teen’s school feed.

This app is not limited to teens. While the terms and conditions state you must be 17+ years or older to use Ogle, anyone can anonymously access your teen’s school feed. The majority of the content is not appropriate for young students. Bullying and cheating are common on this app. Users will post their classmate’s picture or first and last name, in order to bully them. Users cheat by asking for test or homework answers.

The Paramount Unified School District is encouraging parents, guardians and family members to delete Ogle from their children’s mobile devices. Ogle should not have a place in the lives of our students. We highly recommend that parents immediately check their children’s cell phones for Ogle and also discuss the dangers of their online social media activity.

Students are saying, “The Ogle app is offensive and contributes to a culture that lacks compassion or kindness.” “This app has made life in my school (for everyone) a living nightmare.” “I can’t believe how cruel the Ogle app is. The developers allow high school students to bully and destroy other students lives and reputations anonymously with no repercussions.” Please help us keep our students safe.

Thank you,

Dr. Ruth Pérez

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