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DUSD graduation rate tops in the local area

Class of 2010-2011 data released recently by the State Department of Education shows that the Downey Unified School District’s graduation rate of 91.8 percent exceeded that of Norwalk-La Mirada USD, which posted a respectable 90.7 percent rate. Both school districts’ averages topped the state’s figure of 76.3 percent, that of L.A. County of 71.6 percent and those of its neighbors’ …

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DUSD API scores top in the local area

Downey Unified School District’s API score of 801 not only topped the statewide API (Academic Performance Index) average score of 788 in tests conducted last spring but those of every other bordering district. The scores were announced recently by the California Department of Education, which expressed its satisfaction at the fact that, for the first time since the testing program …

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East has a new computer lab

The Downey Kiwanis Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Downey Unified School District for a new computer lab at East Middle School. The donation was made at a presentation ceremony Jan. 25. “We are so grateful to the Downey Kiwanis,” said Brent Shubin, principal at East Middle School. “Our computer lab is now up to date with the latest technology …

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Dr. Doty to retire from DUSD

Dr. Wendy Doty, the superintendent of the Downey Unified School District since July 2003, announced her retirement effective the end of March 2013 at this week’s Board of Education meeting. When she steps down next year, she will be completing 38 years of service to education, most of it serving “at the district (DUSD) and community (Downey) that I love.” …

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DUSD cuts energy consumption

The Downey Unified School District notched another feather in its cap when it was named an Energy Star Leader by the federal government’s Energy Star program. This means, according to a press release issued by DUSD, that the district has “demonstrated environmental leadership by achieving a portfolio average energy performance score of 99 for the year 2011,” the federal citation …

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Stauffer Foundation donates $15K

The Mary T. Stauffer Foundation on Wednesday presented a $15,000 donation to the Columbia Memorial Space Center to pay for field trips by fifth grade classes in the Downey Unified School District to experience a simulated mission to the moon in the Challenger Learning Center. Accepting the welcome donation from foundation CEO Dr. Mary Stauffer was space center programs manager …

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Eleven CTE students qualify for national contest

Nineteen students representing as many CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses offered at both Downey High and Warren High Schools were presented by director Phil Davis to the Board of Education members on Tuesday last week, with several of the students distinguishing themselves by winning golds and silvers and bronzes in the various regional and state competitions they entered. One …

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Warren students win with solar-powered boat

Warren High School’s solar boat team brought home several trophies at the Metropolitan Water District Solar Cup race this past weekend at Lake Skinner. The race is recognized as the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition in which students build, equip and race 16-ft., single-seat canoes powered only by the sun. The Warren team earned first place for their PSA video …

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DUSD students receiving morning ethics lesson

Downey Unified School District has been selected by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, the creators of our CHARACTER COUNTS! program, to pilot short school announcements (about 90 seconds) consisting of commentaries by Michael Josephson. Patterned after his long-running award-winning radio commentaries, these CHARACTER COUNTS! essays will be tailored to inspire our middle and high school students to think more deeply …

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