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Welcome to the 2016-17 school term. Beginning each new school year brings with it excitement and anticipation of improving from what was accomplished last year and continuing the tradition of the “Standard of Excellence; Nothing Less.” As we said good-bye to the senior classes of 2015-16 which displayed such a unique and brilliant group of students, it was especially rewarding to also celebrate many other BUSD’s accomplishments with such an exceptionally strong year! As those seniors moved into the next exciting chapter of their lives, I am grateful and blessed that I was able to share in many of those accolades and their accomplishments which could not have been achieved without being surrounded by a powerful group of teachers, support staff and administration. Due to their collective efforts BUSD students from PreK-12 all were able to meet their individual academic learning goals.
The 2015-16 school year was one of many incredible achievements for Bellflower Unified School District. I continue to be amazed at the dedicated work of our students and each and every staff member from our school sites, Early Childhood Education, the Maintenance Department, and all of those individuals in a quiet yet strong supporting role at the District Office. For all of the endeavors from our employees from all avenues of employment across the District, please know I am extremely grateful and proud of what you have done to make BUSD a much better place to work and learn.
Last year also marked several school site and district recognitions. It began with Bellflower High School receiving a six year WASC Accreditation, being one of three schools in the State to be recognized for Civics Learning, and then a Model Civics Learning School from Los Angeles County of Education. Somerset High School was recognized as a Model Continuation school, participated with the Model United Nation events, and the Mayfair campus continued to build upon their recognition from last year as the only middle school program in the state to earn the Civics Learning Award. We also had 7 elementary schools receive the State recognition of Gold Ribbon status, 5 as Academic Achievement Award winners, as well as being recognized as Gold Ribbon School District by the California League of Schools.
BUSD also received recognition from the Campaign for Business and Educational Excellence for showing strong academic achievement and closing the achievement gaps over the 2015-16 school year. Those schools receiving this outstanding recognition were; Albert Baxter Elementary, Esther Lindstrom Elementary, the ILC, Ernie Pyle Elementary, Stephen Foster Elementary, and Mayfair Middle/High School. This is just another strong example of how every individual within the BUSD Team has diligently worked to keep their daily efforts of achieving the “Standard of Excellence; Nothing Less.”
Finally, I just want to reinforce, even though I mentioned it prior in this “Welcome,” I believe BUSD has the most supportive employees in all of LA County, if not the state. Every staff member has sought out ways to sustain the journey towards excellence. This is just another reason why our current Cohort graduation rate is 95% districtwide, all high schools receiving six year WASC Accreditations, multiple programs ensuring career pathways can be explored at our high schools and even down into the elementary schools, and one of the best fine arts programs for students in grades five through twelve!
I am blessed to work with so many employees that believe in our young people and are always willing to do whatever is necessary and possible to help make their futures better. THANK YOU!!!!!! I am looking forward with continuing our outstanding growth and achievements in this 2016-17 school year.
Brian Jacobs, Ed.D.
About the Superintendent
Dr. Brian Jacobs joined BUSD as Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2011. Brian received his Doctorate in Education Administration from University of Santa Barbara in 1999. He is also a graduate of La Verne College earning a B.S., in Social Science and an M.A., Education Administration.
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