District News

On this page, we’ll keep you informed about everything going on within our district. Whether it be important events or awards and kudos, visit this page often so you are always well-informed.

California Disclosure of Legal Records

As many of our county schools and districts have learned, U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller ordered additional safeguards be placed for the release of student data and stated that copies of the CalPADS database will not be produced for plaintiffs in the Morgan Hill Case.

County Schools has provided an update on the court ruling of Feb. 29 by Judge Mueller, as well as links to the California Department of Education’s webpage that provides additional information.

For more information on the Morgan Hill case, please visit the County Schools’ webpage.

As more information becomes available, County Schools will continue to provide updates.

Upland Continuation High School Named A Model For The State

David Ehlenburg didn’t know if he was going to graduate from high school.

“I was going through a hard time in middle school. My parents divorced, my family split homes, just very basic. It was pretty hard, a really awkward time,” he said. “After middle school, going through high school, I really lost confidence for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for graduating.”

Things didn’t get better when he got to Upland High School.

“My freshman and sophomore years, I pretty much bombed all my classes. I failed them all,” Ehlenburg said. “Once you get down, it’s hard to get back up.”

Not on track to having the credits he’d need to graduate from high school, he transferred to Upland Unified’s continuation high school, Hillside High, his junior year. With the focus on getting students back on track, the school made all the difference for Ehlenburg, now 17 and a senior. “Upland (High), it just kind of felt like you were on your own. You’re definitely on your own. If you’re going through hard times, you’re kind of screwed,” he said.

In contrast to Hillside’s 194 students, Upland High enrolls more than 3,000. “If you get lost, it’s hard to get back up,” Ehlenburg said. “That’s what happens to a lot of us. You fail and you just keep failing because you have no one to pick you back up.”

Please take a moment to read the complete article in the online version of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Upland 4th And 5th Graders Learn About Nutrition The Fun Way

More than 1,500 4th and 5th grade students throughout the Upland Unified School District are learning about healthy eating through an interactive nutrition education in partnership with Kaiser Permanente’s educational theater program.

The theater program recently conducted two performances at Upland High School to help kick off “The Amazing Food Detective - Game On.” All 4th and 5th grade students in the district participated in the 45-minute program which featured music, costumes, and healthy messages such as:

  • Eliminate junk food and look at food labels.
  • Fruits and vegetables are “anytime” foods.
  • Choose water over sugary beverages.
  • Limit screen time to two hours per day.
  • Stay active with fun activities like dancing, basketball, and soccer.

Upland Dominates County History Day Competition

Upland High School dominated the 28th annual San Bernardino County history day competition winning 25 individual and group awards, the highest for any school or district.

All winners and group qualifiers advance to the California history day competition in May.

History day gives students a chance to compete in a variety of categories centered around a common historical theme. The theme of this year’s event, on March 11 at Summit High School in Fontana, was “Taking a stand in history.”

“We’re thrilled for our students and so proud of the entire Upland High School community for this tremendous showing,” said Dr. Nancy Kelly, superintendent of the Upland Unified School District. “The remarkable students who participated in this event are a living testament to our unparalleled commitment to academics and our dedication to every single student, every single day.”

Please take a moment to review the list of winners in our history day competition news release.

Upland Community Partnership Completes Successful Fundraiser For Neighborhood-Based After-School Programs

The Upland Community Partnership for Youth Development, founded by Upland resident and Upland Unified School District board member Linda Angona, raised approximately $15,000 at its recent spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The money raised will help fund neighborhood-based after-school programs for children from kindergarten to 6th grade.

The event at the Gibson Senior Center in Upland attracted business, school and community leaders, elected officials, and regional stakeholders.

In collaboration with the Upland Unified School District, the Upland Police Department, the Upland Interfaith Council, and the Upland Recreation Department, the Upland Community Partnership provides a safe environment and challenging activities at two sites after school. The nonprofit organization relies heavily on contributions through fundraising events such as the spaghetti dinner.

Research has shown that students with adult supervision after school hours are far more likely to succeed academically and in life.

“The Upland Community Partnership is a critically important institution in our community, and underscores the importance of stakeholders coming together for the benefit of our children,” said Angona. 

Please see our fundraiser news release for additional details. 

New California Dashboard Information

Beginning March 15, the California Department of Education is field testing a new website designed to help families access important information about K–12 districts and schools. Called the California School Dashboard, the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English-Learner progress and suspension rates. We encourage you to visit our New California Dashboard Information page to learn more.

Life After High School Event

Attention students! Come meet representatives from educational/training programs, vocational programs, day programs, and more at a “Life After High School” event on Tuesday, April 4 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Please see the “Life After High School” event flyer in English for more information. You may also view the “Life After High School” event flyer in Español.

Upland USD Signs MOU Agreement with University of La Verne

The University of La Verne has partnered with a dozen southern California school districts to ensure that students have access to a high-quality, affordable college education. Please view the full University of La Verne article for more information about what this means for our wonderful Upland students.