PUSD and College Board Partner to Offer PSAT and SAT Exams to Students

The Paramount Unified School District is pleased to announce a new partnership with the College Board! Beginning in October, we will be providing the PSAT exam to all 9th-11th and about half of our 8th graders. Later in the year, all 11th grade students will take the SAT exam. These exams will be offered for free during the school day.

The PSAT is an exam that provides students with important information about their readiness for both college and career. The PSAT also provides students with an important practice opportunity for the SAT which is an exam used in the admissions process of most colleges and universities.

We are committed to providing equity and access to rigorous instructional opportunities like the PSAT and SAT for all students. For more information about the exams, visit the College Board's website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org

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Superintendent's Message


Energized by Strong Possibilities for 2017!

January, 2017

I am always energized by the coming of a new year and the potential for fresh possibilities. When I think about Paramount Unified School District and all that we have accomplished in 2016, I can't help but be excited for the strong possibilities for the future. We are continuing to set a precedent of student achievement that will carry us to an exceptional 2017.

Over the past month, Our High School Promise staff, a team of educators and community members dedicated to expanding learning opportunities for our high school students, has been integral in pushing our curriculum forward. The team recently visited McBride High School in Long Beach and Da Vinci Schools in El Segundo, where they gleaned ideas for our young learners.

Our high school students received a special visit of their own this month when Lt. Col. Robert J. Friend, one of the Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II, dropped by for a memorable day. He spoke with several classes about his experiences as one of the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces and imparted wisdom to our students that will not soon be forgotten.

Our younger students at Los Cerritos School recently demonstrated their holiday spirit by raising $1,100 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients cancer research program. The three-week fundraiser introduced students to service learning, character education and philanthropy programs.

Also of note, our District recently met to reorganize our Board of Trustees, allowing us to cement leadership roles for the coming year electing Linda Garcia as the new Board President and Vivian Hansen the new Vice President.

We've enjoyed a strong end to a successful year; let us strive for even greater things in 2017.

Happy New Year!


Sincerely, Dr. Ruth Pérez

A Message of Gratitude and Thanksgiving

December, 2016

As Thanksgiving approached and we began to reflect on the things we are thankful for, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to everyone who has helped make Paramount Unified the special District that it is.

Earlier this November, our community voted overwhelmingly to pass bond Measure I which will now allow us to fund updates, repairs and modernization of the District’s 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, a K-8 school and two high schools. We would not be where we are without the community’s unrelenting support of our students – including our incredible parents whose engagement at home and school has helped drive student achievement levels.

I would also like to acknowledge a few of our many schools that have recently been recognized for their great work. Alondra, Jackson and Zamboni middle schools were all designated as Schools To Watch by the California Middle Grades Alliance (CMGA) for their high performance and high impact. In addition, we have four Gold Ribbon recipients in Hollydale, Collins and Mokler elementary schools along with Jefferson Elementary, which is also a CSBA Golden Bell Award winner.

There are an abundance of fantastic stories and honors within our District, and I could not be more thankful to be amongst them. Happy Holidays!


Dr. Ruth Pérez

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