Come! Meet our students! Everywhere I go I meet amazing young people. I meet young people working hard to prepare themselves for their worlds as adults.
Natalie and Diego remind us all about the desire for careers that help us reach our dreams and allow for self-sustainability. Liliana and Jose shared their desire to help others and use their skills to bring healing.
When you ask them "why?" their answer is personal: they want better, they want to help, they want to appreciate, and they want to make change in the world. At every conversation about what our youth are doing, we hear the intense interest in achieving, being, and creating. Our students challenge all of us to dig deep and show up for each of them who rely on each one of us to be the adults that believe in them, protect them, challenge them, support them and love them.
We love them! We are the movement that loves our youth and families. We love our schools and communities. We love the miracles we build when we work together. We love the change we can be a part of together.
This November, we celebrate Día de Muertos, Thanksgiving and the college application season, and we are joyous in our celebration of the gift of life, we are grateful for the opportunity to be in a community that demands educational justice and we are excited for the Class of 2016 that will be diligently documenting their best selves in their college applications.
Our ancestors have provided our roots, our ritual of giving thanks, the humbling of our hearts, and remind us to acknowledge our blessings. And our college applicants inspire our collective action for preparing our students and celebrating their path to their full potential. Love is powerful!
In the spirit of hope,
In the News
Representing you includes sharing success stories of our students, parents, educators, staff, and community partners as well as critical information needed by our LAUSD family with the news media. Our accomplishments are recognized locally and nationally. We lead in Los Angeles. Take a look!
A-G for All was not a temporary moment in time. It was a promise to all our students that adults would come together to make sure every child is college and career ready. We know education is the answer for many of our families, we know your work in this movement saves lives. We continue our work in the boardroom to monitor progress. I also continue to fight for our kids away from the boardroom. Consistent with past... [READ MORE]
Investing $100 Million in Boyle Heights
I have great news! We will invest more than $100 million dollars in the Roosevelt High School campus. We are excited for your partnership in fighting to get to 100% graduation...[READ MORE]
Sacramento's Impact on LAUSD
Every year legislators discuss, vote, and ask the Governor for his signature on potential laws. Being the largest school district in the State of California, with more than 600,000 students and 50,000 employees, many of the laws impact our mission... [READ MORE]
Supt. Cortines Continues Fight for Kids
At the request of the full LAUSD Board of Education, Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines came out of retirement to serve the children of Los Angeles once again. On his most recent assignment, I give him an A+ for accomplishing...[READ MORE]
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English Language Learners Make LAUSD Stronger!
We continue to keep our eye on insuring that English Language Learners have the resources needed to graduate college and career ready. November is an important month for all of our English Language Learners. During this month, schools across our district will be hosting parent teacher conferences...[READ MORE]
US Supreme Court Justice Visits Pilot Schools
On August 31, 2011, we received a letter addressed to every student in Los Angeles from the US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It concluded with the following: "I encourage you to dream big and to study hard to achieve your dreams... [READ MORE]
Celebrating District Partners
How do we increase resources for a historic school in Boyle Heights? We decentralize and localize with local partners. That is the case with Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, an LAUSD network partner which oversees 17 LAUSD schools and offers strategic guidance to... [READ MORE]
Perez Special Education Center Carrying Forward the Legacy of Roosevelt Graduate
Alfonso B. Perez was a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School and returned to LAUSD as a teacher for special needs students.
The Alfonso B. Perez Special Education Center continues to model the work of Mr. Perez as a location for youth to
Graduation is not until next year, but college applications are due soon. Remind our future college freshman to visit their college counselor for more information! Remember that other colleges and universities may have different deadlines or admission requirements and that scholarship opportunities are available on college websites, too...[READ MORE]
Our Super Fabulous Board District 2 Stars!
I am always impressed with our LAUSD family. We have leaders, students, parents, teachers, support staff, principals and education leaders, that do more with less, model excellence, continue to achieve, are responsive to concerns, and inspire those around them. We continue to celebrate the leaders below and those that help us get closer to 100% graduation.
Super Fabulous Torres High School Student Tiquan Gilmore!
We celebrate Tiquan, a student and athlete at Torres High School, for his commitment on an off the field. He excels academically and also leads his peers as captain of the varsity team. Congratulations!
Super Fabulous Fernando
Fernando is an outstanding student and musician at East LA Performing Arts Magnet. He was recently invited to play with an adult orchestra in Santa Monica. Congratulations on your commitment to music!
Super Fabulous Teacher Mr. Jocz!
Mr. Jocz we are proud that you have been selected as a California Teacher of the Year! We celebrate and salute you and all teachers that help us get to 100% graduation! Thank you for modeling excellence!
Super Fabulous Families in Schools Parent Honorees
I was excited to participate at this year's Families in Schools summit. I would like to recognize the three honorees honored: Johana Juarez, Maria Leon, and Roberto Bustillo. Adelante! Watch a video here: Families in Schools Excellence in Parent Engagement
Calendar of Upcoming Events!
National Family Caregivers Month
Native American Indian Heritage Month
American Diabetes Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
10 LAUSD Board of Education Meeting
11 Veterans' Day
12 LAHSA presents The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis
A-G for All was not a temporary moment in time. It was a promise to all our students that adults would come together to make sure every child is college and career ready. We know education is the answer for many of our families, we know your work in this movement saves lives.
We continue our work in the boardroom to monitor progress. I also continue to fight for our kids away from the boardroom.
Consistent with pastassessments,
SBAC results reflected greater
achievement from many of our magnet schools.
I and other members of the board wrote to Superintendent Cortines asking
to identify the promising practices in our achieving schools and sharing these
highlights for potential replication and implementation at schools across the
district. For me, magnets are one more option, like our pilot schools, for
educators to practice their craft and advance achievement. We look forward to
the menu of options that all our schools will be able to evaluate for the next
we continue to alert district officials on our concern at the number of “D”s
and “F”s distributed to students in middle and high school. We are working
towards a common sense solution where students, parents, educators, and schools
can expect a standard protocol on establishing the expectations for student
success on the first day of school, outlining “D and F traps”, or circumstances
in the first days of class that lead to automatic unsatisfactory grades which
are unchangeable regardless of stellar performance.
work continues on A-G. We have lots to
do to support the graduates of 2016. I count on you to help share examples of
student success, educator excellence, and system practices that we can
highlight to make sure every student graduates college and career ready.
I have great news! We will invest more than $100 million dollars in the Roosevelt High School campus. We are excited for your partnership in fighting to get to 100% graduation.
effort is part of the next phase of the school construction and modernization
program funded by you, our taxpayers and education supporters. Now that we have
built more than 130 new schools to relieve overcrowding, we will now turn our
attention to campuses that need urgent repairs and modernization.
would like to hear your thoughts about this project – What do you think about
investing $100 million dollars in our kids?
Every year legislators discuss, vote, and ask the Governor for his signature on potential laws. Being the largest school district in the State of California, with more than 600,000 students and 50,000 employees, many of the laws impact our missionto
get to 100% graduation.
followed two very important topics this session: Ethnics Studies and CAHSEE.
a UC Berkeley student, my courses in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies were
priceless. I continue to believe in and support the opportunity for all youth
to learn about history from different cultural lenses. Here in LAUSD, teachers
know that there is no restriction to the incorporation of age appropriate culturally
relevant instructional material to help maintain student interest in any
particular topic. A math teacher can begin a lesson sharing how math concepts
were used in the earliest societies from the Egyptians to the Incas and Aztecs.
Science lessons can mention attempts at objective observation in Mesopotamia,
and the study of the stars by the Mayans.
opportunity to make ethno-cultural connections is available for every single
discipline. That is why I continue to urge more teachers to infuse their lessons
with cultural relevancy. Students should experience their cultural connection
to their learning in every grade, not just in high school. Do you know of a
great teacher that helps youth see themselves in their learning? Share their
stories with me to celebrate culturally relevant lesson plans from kinder to
California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) was a state mandated assessment whose
passage was required to receive a high school diploma. This year, legislators
voted to cancel the requirement of this exam retroactively and grant a high
school diploma to every student that has attended high school since the
graduating class of 2004!
complying with the State’s decision to reverse and erase a ten year old policy,
the Los Angeles Unified School District will be ready to serve any students
that are eligible to receive their diploma when this law goes into effect
beginning January 1, 2016.
You have representatives serving you in the
city, the county, the state, and the federal government – whenever you have a
chance, call, visit, or email them and let them know why you want them to fight
At the request of the full LAUSD Board of Education, Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines came out of retirement to serve the children of Los Angeles once again. On his most recent assignment, I give him an A+ for accomplishingin 12 months what education leaders, including
state and district superintendents, strive for their entire careers.
1. A-G for All: Superintendent Cortines continues
to urge district leadership in exploring different solutions to ensure all our
students have access to a college preparatory pathway. In the past, students
made it to 12th grade and graduated from high school - but were
ineligible for college because they lacked the necessary coursework. Now, LAUSD
continues to lead as one of the few school districts with a graduation diploma
most closely aligned with college admission requirements.
2. English Language Learners (ELLs): He knows that
when ELLs achieve, LAUSD is stronger. Mr. Cortines continues to fight not only
for ELLs but for our foster children and special education students.
3. High Quality Schools: Superintendent continues
to set high expectations for our youth, for parents, and for educators. He has
recommended changes for instructional programs that place children at risk and
studied models that show promise.
4. Balanced Budget, Deserving Raise: He negotiated
on behalf of children to limit the impacts of lost instructional time and
disruption due to adult demands.
5. Stabilized Technology: We know technology is
here to stay. Computers are an implicit requirement for college and careers.
Superintendent Cortines has managed one of the largest technology programs in
On his one year review – I give our great
Superintendent an A+ for his performance.
We continue to keep our eye on insuring that English Language Learners have the resources needed to graduate college and career ready.November is an important month for all of our English Language Learners. During this month, schools across our district will be hosting parent teacher conferences.
If your student is an English
Language Learner, this is the perfect time to ask about your student’s path to
reclassification. Some students have received passing scores on the CELDT and
the basic reading skills test and only need passing grades in their English
Language Arts class to reclassify. In addition to your other questions,
remember to ask, what does my child need to reclassify and what resources does
their teacher and school have to make sure my child is successful.
Hilda Maldonado is the
director of the Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department to monitor
and ensure English Language Learner success in LAUSD. Ms. Maldonado is an LAUSD
champion for kids and is a nationally known English Language Learner
practitioner. On November 17 she will continue to advocate for all our kids at
the CA State Assembly’s Education Committee hearing regarding strategies to
close the English Learner achievement gap.
English Language Learners are double students – they learn the academic
content their classmates are learning while also mastering a new language. Data
suggests that students which reclassify show resiliency and are strong students
as they make progress towards graduation. Every learner matters in LAUSD!
August 31, 2011, we received a letter addressed to every student in Los Angeles
from the US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It concluded with the
following: “I encourage you to dream big and to study hard to achieve your
dreams. I will visit your campus whenever I am next in Los Angeles.”
year later, Justice Sotomayor visited the campus named after her, Sonia
Sotomayor Learning Academies.
Sotomayor Learning Academies is home to several pilot schools, independent
school models that give educators greater flexibility to increase graduation
rates. It was built to help relieve overcrowding at several high schools in
Northeast Los Angeles as well as the Belmont Zone of Choice.
How do we increase resources
for a historic school in Boyle Heights? We decentralize and localize with local
partners. That is the case with Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, an LAUSD
network partner which oversees 17 LAUSD schools and offers strategic guidance
to help strengthen instruction and academic achievement.
has this partner added value to our schools?
Engagement: This year, more than 550 parents graduated from the Partnership’s
Parent College, a seven-month program open to all LAUSD families, which aims to
empower parents to become advocates for their child’s education. To date, more
than 1,500 have graduated and more than 5,000 parents have attended at least
one workshop in the series.
Schools: To improve school climate, over 300 Partnership educators have
participated in a 40-hour specialized training to incorporate restorative
justice practices and principles in their teaching.
Readiness: Every year, the Partnership selects approximately 20 students to
participate in the Richard and Melanie Lundquist Fellows program, which seeks
to develop students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment
to their schools, educations and communities. The program also provides fellows
with an academic scholarship, job shadowing opportunities and other academic
Funding Opportunities: The partnership helps raise additional funds to help
support students and educators at our schools. The most recent announcement? A
$100K contribution from the Banc of California to support a multi-tiered
financial literacy program that will impact Partnership families in South L.A.,
Boyle Heights, and Watts!
and Educator Support: The Partnership’s mission is to transform schools and
revolutionize school systems to empower all students with a high-quality
education. Most recently, a Partnership school made history by being the first
California school to address the State Educational Technology Directors
These are only 5 of their most recent highlights
in preparing more students alongside the district on the path to 100%
graduation. Learn more about Partnership for Los Angeles Schools here www.partnershipla.org
Esteban E. Torres High School neighbors may have noticed a burst
of energy on a special day in October. Students at the five independent schools
on the campus, like a college campus with different majors, hosted five pep
rallies in the Torres Auditorium. Torres cheerleaders, drill and dance teams
participated, along with all of the student athletes.
In the spirit of unity, all students were invited to participate
in the Homecoming Flashmob Dance in the Main Quad. Go Toros!
have many choices in LAUSD. Local neighborhood schools can be pilot schools,
traditional schools, charter schools, or magnets. Magnets require an
application. For consideration to one of LAUSD’s great magnet schools, an
application must be submitted before November 13. For more information you can
go to: http://echoices.lausd.net/
Graduation is not until next year, but college
applications are due soon. Remind our futurecollege freshman to visit their
college counselor for more information! Remember that other colleges and
universities may have different deadlines or admission requirements and that scholarship
opportunities are available on college websites, too.
October 1 –
November 30: Application
submission period for all CSU (California State University) campuses
November 1 – November
submission period for all UC (University of California) campuses
November 30 –
12:00 Midnight: Application
Deadline for all UC and CSU campuses
March 2: FAFSA California Deadline for
all UC and CSU campuses. Please note: Other
college and universities may have earlier deadlines.
January 2 –
January 31: Application
Deadline for other colleges and universities that are not UC/CSU
April 1 – April
31: Colleges notify
May: Energize LAUSD School Board Member García by
emailing her stories of graduating students and the colleges they will attend.