Fontana Unified Highlights New Programs, Community Partnerships at First-Ever State of the District Event
Fontana Unified School District Superintendent Randal S. Bassett praised the District’s efforts to prepare young scholars for emerging careers at the inaugural State of the District Scholarship Breakfast, held April 10 at the Center Stage Theater in Fontana.
“Disruption is coming to public education and we want Fontana Unified to be the disruptor, not the disrupted,” Bassett said. “We are actively pursuing everything that it will take to make sure our students are prepared to lead in a changing world.”
The event, put on by the Fontana Public Schools Education Foundation, brought Fontana Unified staff, parents and community members together to celebrate the district’s accomplishments and raise more than $10,000 for student scholarships.
Bassett highlighted the success of its schools in 2018, including a Schools to Watch designation and California Distinguished School award, and discussed the changing landscape of public education.
“The combination of changing roles with the acceleration of technology will create an influx of new jobs that currently do not exist,” Bassett said. “It is estimated that 85 percent of the jobs in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.”
To prepare students for these emerging careers, each school came up with a moonshot, or long-range goal to propel Fontana Unified into the future. Many moonshots centered around refining science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) instruction at all educational levels and creating more community partnerships.
Bassett introduced some of these new programs and learning opportunities, including Code to the Future curriculum at Dorothy Grant and Chaparral elementary schools, a renewable energy career academy at Kaiser High School, and a partnership with TESLA that will boost career readiness.
His address also highlighted the achievements of Fontana Unified students who are seeking higher education and careers in these fields, including Kaiser High senior Winnie Huang and Fontana High senior Alexandra Ortega.
Huang and Ortega are both high-achieving AP scholars, student-athletes and active in campus and community service. Huang was recently awarded the $40,000 STEM scholarship from Edison International, and Ortega has received the all-expense-paid 2018 Gates Scholarship.
“These students are just a few of many who exemplify what Fontana’s bright young minds are capable of achieving,” Bassett said. “I am certain that with continued community and staff support and access to the newest and best educational opportunities, each class of students will achieve even more than those that came before.”