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Today: 6/25/16


Montebello Unified Thanks Community for Support of Bond to Modernize Campuses

Measure GS Passed with the Largest Voter Approved Margin in LA County


Members of the Montebello Unified School District community voted June 7 to approve Measure GS, the District’s infrastructure improvement and modernization bond measure. The $300 million facilities bond will fund classroom and facilities enhancements Districtwide.

“The Montebello Unified School District is extremely thankful to the voters for passing Measure GS with over 77% in support of the $300 million school bond,” Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “This victory is a win for our students, parents and community for years to come.”

MUSD’s Measure GS passed with the largest voter approved margin in the 2016 primary. The District was one of four Los Angeles County school districts and community college bonds on the June primary ballot. 

The next steps include election results being certified by the County and presented to the District.  The Board of Education, in partnership with the Superintendent and staff, will work together with the community to develop a project prioritization list for better classrooms and improved school facilities.

This list of projects will likely include:

  • Updated technology for all our schools
  • New construction and repairs on existing schools – for example: leaky roofs, window repairs, HVAC repairs and updates
  • Renewable and cost saving energy projects
  • Work to secure additional matching funds from the State as a result of passing of MUSD's school bond construction and facilities improvement program.

These are just a few examples of what the District’s focus will be once the community has given its input.  



More than 2,000 Montebello Unified students from Bell Gardens, Applied Technology Center (ATC), Montebello, Schurr and Vail high schools were honored as 2016 graduates on June 15 and 16 during commencement ceremonies that celebrated scholastic achievements of the past and exciting prospects for the future.


Schurr High School – 677 graduates


On June 15, the Spartans enjoyed commencement, highlighting a group of standouts that included valedictorian Gabriel Brossy de Dios, salutatorian Argenis Valdovinos and Principal’s Award winner Roberto Miranda. An exceptional budding writer, Miranda finished with a 4.4 GPA and is a national medalist of the Scholastic Writing Awards. He is the editor in chief of Schurr’s student publication and will be continuing his education at Harvard next fall.


De Dios was a speaker at East Los Angeles College’s Weingart Stadium, and in presenting to the crowd got a glimpse into his planned future career as a high school teacher. Finishing with a 4.42 GPA, de Dios was the second vice president of the California Scholarship Federation and will attend Pennsylvania’s Swarthmore College. Valdovinos, a National Honor Society treasurer, hopes to be an actuary and will study math and science at the University of California, Berkeley.


Montebello High School – 545 graduates


Salutatorian Kimberly Davila will be the first member of her family to attend college when she begins classes at Brown University, receiving the ultimate sendoff party along with her fellow Oilers on June 16 at Heaman Field. Davila has a 4.37 GPA and was recognized along with valedictorian Joseph Chavez who has a 4.41 and will also be an Ivy League student when he begins classes at Dartmouth.


Bell Gardens High School – 675 graduates


Valedictorian Erik Herrera addressed his fellow Lancers on June 16 at East Los Angeles College’s Weingart Stadium, earning his place at the podium thanks to a 4.37 GPA. More than just a scholar, Herrera was an avid member of the school’s marching and jazz bands and is now preparing to attend the California Institute of Technology where he will major in computational mathematics.


Salutatorian Alejandra Uribe graduated with a 4.33 GPA and a heart for engaging others as evidenced by her participation in Leo’s Club, which encourages youth to be more involved in social service activities, and the American Sign Language Club. She will attend UCLA to major in mathematics and will also be applying to the UCLA School of Engineering.


Applied Technology Center (ATC) – 126 graduates


The ATC Amphitheater was the site of the school’s festivities on June 16 when cheering family and friends gathered to watch the Iron Horses toss their tasseled caps. ATC trumpeted three of its top seniors all set to attend UCLA. Valedictorian Emanuil Parunakian is among them, boasting a 4.05 GPA while Anna Oganesian and Caroline Valadez each have 3.92 and will also join the college campus in Westwood.


Vail High School – 124 graduates


Vail High School Vikings marched into the Vail Amphitheater on June 15 to flip their tassels and collect their diplomas. ASB President Itais Cortez was named Vail’s top senior, graduating with a 3.0 GPA and set to attend East Los Angeles College to study psychology in the fall. ASB’s Vice President Natalie Vidal graduated with a 2.8 GPA and is headed to UEI College to study medical assisting.


“We are so proud to watch our students walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, marking the completion of one journey and the start of another,” Montebello Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “Our 2016 graduates are an exemplary group that is a tribute to their own hard work and ambition as well as the commitment and support of our teachers, parents, staff and community.”

Schurr High School’s 677 graduates took their first step toward college and careers at their commencement ceremony on June 15 at East Los Angeles College’s Weingart Stadium.


Nearly 30 fifth-graders explored outer space, heart health, decomposition and the power of electricity during Montebello Unified’s second annual Science Fair – an event that combined science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum and California Standards with fun.


The fair featured a competition among fifth-graders from 17 schools and an exhibition of projects by 24 students in grades six through 12. The top three fifth-grade projects received gold, silver and bronze medals.


“Yuck! What Happened to My Apple?” a project on decomposition submitted by fifth-grader Adrian Murguia of Montebello Gardens Elementary was among the creative entries to highlight student creativity and their knowledge of the world around them.


The project helped Murguia tie for third place with Rosewood Park student Kyra Yukihara Guerrero, whose project was titled “Testing Conductivity.”


A health-conscious Rebecca Fernandez of Wilcox Elementary asked “Does Caffeine Affect Heart Rate?” to tie for second place with “Electric Battle” by Thomas Morales and Henry Abrego of Greenwood Elementary.


First place went to Bell Gardens Elementary students Daniel Noriega, Xol De La Rosa, Dayana Cruz, Maya Alleyne and Kevin Nieves, who explored outer space to create “Amazing Gravity Proves 9th Planet.”


“This event highlights what is special about Montebello Unified,” MUSD Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “It shows what kind of kids we have and the great work they do in developing these creative projects.”


Montebello Unified’s Science Fair first-place medals went to Bell Gardens Elementary students, who explored outer space to create “Amazing Gravity Proves 9th Planet.”


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