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Growing food in the new freight farm at BHS.

Exciting News! CalAPS and BUSD are buzzing with anticipation as we take a look at the inside of our brand-new Freight Farm! Thrilled to showcase our bountiful harvest, especially the freshly picked lettuce. 500  heads of lettuce were harvested for BUSD Nutrition Services and the student salad bar! Students, get ready to enjoy crisp, locally grown lettuce straight from our Freight Farm. It’s not just about food; it’s about cultivating a sense of community and making a positive impact on our environment. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes glimpses, updates, and more as we embark on this green journey together!

Students learning in the new Aviation pathway.

In a bid to inspire young minds towards the skies, CalAPS and Bellflower High School has announced the launch of a pioneering aviation pathway within its curriculum. Designed to ignite passion and offer practical skills in the field of aviation, this initiative marks a significant leap forward in educational opportunities for students interested in aerospace careers.

The program, which started in the 23-24 school year, will provide a comprehensive learning experience encompassing both theoretical knowledge and hands-on training. Students opting for this pathway will delve into various facets of aviation, including aerodynamics, aircraft systems, navigation, and safety protocols.

Moreover, the pathway will offer practical training modules conducted in collaboration with local aviation partners, providing students with real-world exposure to aircraft operations and maintenance. From simulator sessions to visits to aviation facilities, learners will have the chance to interact with industry professionals and gain invaluable insights into the aviation industry's workings.

The creation of this aviation pathway comes at a time when the aerospace sector is experiencing rapid growth and technological advancements. By nurturing young talents and equipping them with the necessary skills, CalAPS aims to contribute to the future workforce needs of the aviation industry while empowering students to pursue fulfilling careers in aeronautics. By offering specialized education in aviation, we aim to foster a new generation of skilled professionals who will contribute to the continued progress of the aerospace industry.

CSBA Bell award trophy

California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS) was selected as one of 60 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, celebrating their 44th year, are presented by the California School Boards Association to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

CalAPS received its award at a well-attended reception and ceremony on Nov. 30, 2023, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. The awards ceremony was part of CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show held from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in San Francisco. The conference is the premier continuing education event for California school board members and the largest education leadership conference in the state.

California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS) ROC/P is dedicated to building bridges to industry by providing quality career technical education for students to ensure they become successful, college- and career-ready members within the global community. The program’s vision is to ensure courses are standards aligned, taught by industry experts, provide meaningful career exploration, supported by business and higher education, and aligned to the local labor market. New innovative programs are the BioAnimaker Lab, Switch Electric Vehicle instruction and ESports Gaming Lab.

A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action. This year’s Golden Bell winners demonstrated that they are addressing student needs through areas such as equity and access, school climate and safety, technology, and wellness.

“As we wrestle with the aftermath of the pandemic and address longstanding issues related to student success, it’s important to highlight school districts and county offices of education that are demonstrate promising practices for closing opportunity and achievement gaps and supporting student wellness,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “This year’s Golden Bell winners have developed remarkable programs that can serve as an example for schools across the state as they work to accelerate learning recovery and foster healthy school environments for all California students.

Learn More about the Golden Bell Awards