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Teachers along with Secretaries, Instructional Aides, Security and Student Nutrition Workers (Classified Employees) were celebrated on Monday, May 9th by fine dining and a program of recognition.
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A New Beginning
This year the Paramount Unified School District graduated 1,036 students and sent them off to a new beginning in their lives. We wish to thank all of the parents, family members, teachers, administrators, community and friends that supported our students in order for them to experience such an accomplishment. Many of our students will begin their college education in the fall, others will start training for a promising career, others will join the workforce and some have joined the military. In every case, we wish our students enduring success and happiness. We also hope that they will want to return and serve their community in the future. We are very proud of the number of scholarships our students received including ones from local business groups such as Rotary, Paramount Education Partnership, PTA and the Women’s Club. “It takes a village to raise a child,” as someone once said, and it is obvious that the village surrounding our students is strong.
The involvement of our parents, family members and community is a strong indicator of the success our students experience. As Superintendent, I want to open the doors for you to become involved in your child’s school and in committees that represent parents at the district level. This year, please consider joining a school-level and, or district committee if you are not involved already. There is always room for more. If you have been involved, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support as a parent volunteer is another opportunity we encourage you to explore. PTA, ELAC (English Language Learner Advisory Committee), the School Site Council, as well as DELAC (District English Language Learner Committee) are examples of structures we have in place where we need your participation.
On behalf of the Board of Education and me, we wish all of our PUSD students and families a safe and restful summer. I also hope you will encourage your child to read over the summer, visit the library, and make time for educational experiences available in and outside of the community.
Thank you, again, for all of your support of our efforts to educate your children this year.
Dr. Ruth Pérez
Paramount Unified School District Honors Employees of the Year
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!
Dr. Ruth Pérez