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REF-6056.5, Issuance of Diplomas and Certs. Of Completion for all Eligible Students with Disabilities
Dear SHHS Staff,
As we end the 2017-2018 school year, I am mindful of all that we have done together, and all that is left to do on behalf of those that we serve. I am reminded of a beautiful wall display that I saw while visiting the School Mental Health Clinic at Elizabeth Learning Center, which we recreated on the 29th floor here at Beaudry. The quote was “Without Change, there would be no butterflies.”
While change is inevitable, positive or negative, planned or unplanned, these experiences challenge our flexibility, optimism, and ability to cope. Some of our students confront far more transitions, with school and housing instability, foster care placement, and other issues that challenge their ability to cope. These students benefit from strong healthy attachments and relationships with caring adults at school, in their homes, and in our communities. While some of our students are graduating and embarking on new chapters in their lives, others may be transitioning to a new grade, a new teacher or a new school. We say many “good byes” at the end of each school year, with the hope and belief that we have made a difference. Please know that you have made a difference.
At times of transition, we may mourn the end of an experience, but we are also are presented with the opportunity to look forward, toward a new chapter, and to embrace new opportunities for growth. Please click here to access a brief article on supporting students through transitions https://www.edutopia.org/blog/supporting-students-times-change-elena-aguilar
At the end of every school year, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on these transitions, and how each of us supports our students and colleagues through healthy transitions. As this chapter of our work with students, families, and schools comes to an end, please remember, you have made a difference.
Erika F. Torres, Ed.D.
May was Foster Care Awareness Month
May was National Foster Care Month, set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth residing in foster care. The Pupil Services-Foster Youth Achievement Program (FYAP) hosted the following events throughout May:
On May 3, 2018, FYAP sponsored its 2nd Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day. The 212 students who currently participate in FYAP's Leadership Council were invited to shadow LAUSD employees who work within various career fields. This event provided foster youth with a unique hands-on and interactive experience that broadened their horizons to prepare them to participate in the 21st century workforce.
On May 10, 2018 from 9am-2pm, FYAP hosted a bake sale fundraiser to support the educational and socio-emotional needs of the 7,204 LAUSD youth in foster care.
Lastly, on May 23, 2018, FYAP hosted its annual Pathways to College Celebration. The hard work and resiliency of our graduating seniors who are pursuing higher education was celebrated with a tour of Loyola Marymount University, followed by team-building activities, lunch, and inspiring speeches from former foster youth. Each student received a new backpack filled with school supplies, and had the opportunity to win gift cards, lap top computers, and other exciting prizes in raffles that were held throughout the day.
FYAP invites our LAUSD colleagues to join us in recognizing that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of our district's youth residing in foster care, and providing them with opportunities to reach their full potential!
For questions or additional information, please contact:
Foster Youth Achievement Program at (213) 241-3552.
On May 8, 2018 the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved the New Generation of Leaders for Los Angeles, California, and the Nation board resolution will calls for the following:
- The LAUSD Board of Education recommits to April as “LAUSD’s Voter Turnout Month” and will work with partners to promote civic engagement opportunities;
- Directs the Superintendent to appropriate departments to work with community members and the Los Angeles County to ensure voter registration guides and materials, in multiple languages, are available at every parent center, senior high school, and adult school;
- Directs the Superintendent to have District Leadership to distribute voter registration cards to all high school students and include in graduation ceremonial activities encouragement for students to complete and submit the forms to the Registrar of Voters;
- Directs the Superintendent to have District leadership and staff visit aforementioned locations in April to raise awareness and register voters; and
- The Board of Education encourages schools to offer opportunities for students to engage in service learning projects geared towards voter registration and poll worker programs.
For the full text of the board resolution visit the Board of Education website at https://boe.lausd.net/event.