Eye on BD 5
LAUSD Cuts Ribbon on Central Region
Elementary School #21
LOS ANGELES (March 21, 2013) – Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Bennett Kayser today joined Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry, parents, students, community members and special guests to cut the ribbon on the Central Region Elementary School #21. The school is located at 1041 E. 46th St., Los Angeles, CA 90011.
“What a wonderful new school this is,” Board Member Bennett Kayser said. “Central Region Elementary School #21 relieves five of our neighborhood schools. It is so important, particularly for our elementary school students, to have access to the best possible learning environments.”
Central Region Elementary School #21 is a Public School Choice site. The school’s instructional framework is comprised of four major components: Response to Instruction and Intervention; the Framework for 21st Century Learning Skills and Universal Themes; Sixteen Habits of Mind and Norms of Collaboration and the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model.
For more on this new school, click here
California Credit Union 2013 Scholarship
New Beginnings at Luther Burbank Middle School
October 18, 2012
Board Member Bennett Kayser, school officials, teachers,
and students at ribbon cutting ceremony
On October 11, school officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of three new buildings on the Northeast Los Angeles area campus. The event happened to coincide with the release of the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) reports that showed Burbank had increased its score by 100 points, far above the average increase across the district and the state. The 2012-2013 school year at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park will prove to be the start to a new beginning and new promises.
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CONGRATULATIONS LUTHER BURBANK MIDDLE
& ALL THOSE WHO WORKED HARD OVER THE YEARS!!
Back to School Supply Giveaway at Hooper Elementary
Board Member Bennett Kayser and The Los Angeles School Police (LASPD) teamed up to distribute back to school supplies to a class of 3rd graders at Hooper Elementary. The generous donation was given by the Friends of Safe School Los Angeles (FOSSLA). The event took place on Wednesday October 3rd, in the Hooper Elementary Auditorium, where eager students looked upon the array of school supplies ranging from pencils, erasers, pens, to note pads.
Every year LASPD and FOSSLA choose several elementary schools to donate to and this year, Hooper Elementary was chosen! A big thank you to both organizations for their time and dedication to our LAUSD students.
Do you know a local student who might want to become an officer in the U.S. Military and earn a top-notch college education?
Representative Xavier Becerra's office will host an information session open to local area students and their families to help students learn more about our military service academies and navigate the application process.
U.S. Military Academy Information Session
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
1910 West Sunset Boulevard
Third Floor Conference Room
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Please RSVP by contacting Brenda Vargas at 213-483-1425.
Representatives from the Congressman’s office and various service academies will be available to offer information on entrance requirements for service academies and answer questions about the congressional nomination application process. Guest speakers will include representatives from:
U.S. Military Academy at West Point U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Naval Academy U.S. Merchant Marines Academy
Nomination requirements and application form may be found on Rep. Becerra's Military Service Academy Nominations web page. A completed congressional nomination application is due Thursday, November 15, 2012. Please note, late applications will not be accepted.
California Forestry Challenge
The Sequoia Forestry Challenge is a highly successful forestry competition bringing teams of high school students into the forest to learn from natural resource professionals. This four-day event exposes students and teachers to the complexities of forest management, provides an invaluable hands-on learning experience, and helps develop critical thinking skills by addressing timely issues.
The Sequoia Forestry Challenge will take place on October 10th -13th at the School of Science and Conservation, in Eastern Tulare County. Space is still available, but the registration deadlines are rapidly approaching. Due to the generosity of the wide variety of sponsors, financial support is available in the form of stipends to offset registration fees, substitute teacher pay, and transportation costs.
I encourage you to visit the website to learn more about this unique educational opportunity. Please contact Diane at (530) 417-1960 if you are interested in attending an event, or learning more about the financial support that is available to you.
Click here for more information.
South Gate Football’s Astounding Turnaround
South Gate High School’s football team has been enjoying a revival. After winning a 57-46 victory over Long Beach’s Millikan Friday night, the Rams are now at 4-0. This is particularly remarkable in light of the fact that the Rams have not had a winning season since finishing 5-5-1 in 2005.
The Ram’s success can be attributed to first-year coach Jose Casagran, who retired from coaching at L.A.’s Roosevelt in 2003 for family considerations, but who was convinced to come out of retirement by South Gate Principal German Cerda. With so many responsibilities, most principals don’t invest much time and efforts into their sports programs. Cerda however believed that extracurricular activities actually help students focus on their academics.
With the success of the Rams comes a sense of pride throughout the school. Casagran worked with quarterback Eddie Flores over the summer to build confidence in him, when others didn’t think he could lead South Gate back.
"Last year, I didn't really do good at quarterback," Flores said. "But my coach trusts me and it's paid off. I worked on being confident. All my coaches and teammates helped me keep my head up, and I had to give my all to them."
Read Article here.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Update
LAUSD now has a centralized process for students known as “Dreamers.” Beginning August 15, 2012, thousands of current and former students who arrived without documentation to the United States as children may now be eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. If these individuals meet certain requirements, they would be free from deportation for two years (renewable) and would be eligible for work permits even though they are not U.S. citizens.
Requests for student records may now be made online at DACArequest.lausd.net, which will go live on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Or, the form may be downloaded from the Deferred Action Information page and mailed to the School Information Branch. This centralized DACA process is free.
Thank you to all office personnel who previously fulfilled these requests. We ask that you direct individuals to the online process. Please refer to the updated Reference Guide REF-5826.1 for more detailed information, including the new form.
Volunteers Needed for Academic Decathalon
The LAUSD Academic Decathlon is alive and well! Despite all the issues that you may have seen or heard, LAUSD will hold competitions on Saturday, January 26, and Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Roybal Learning Center. All of us associated with the program thank you in advance and understand the importance of your role in providing a quality experience for our Decathletes. We want to ask all of you to help publicize the opportunity for volunteers to interact with the best and brightest students of LAUSD.
For more information or questions please contact Cliff Ker at 213-241-3503
Music Center Spotlight Program
Do you know a high school performer or visual artist who wants to Step Into the Spotlight?
Now in its 25th year, The Music Center Spotlight program is so much more than a competition! It provides scholarships and coaching to all students, no matter what level they have achieved in their arts discipline. This program is for all students who aspire to learn and grow. Fields include Performing Arts: Ballet, Classical Instrument, Classical Voice, Jazz Instrumental, Non-classical Dance, Non-Classical Voice; and Visual Arts: Photography and Two-Dimensional Art.
The Music Center Spotlight program provides high school students an opportunity to stretch themselves by learning about auditions skills, exploring artistry, and developing self-confidence; all in a safe and nurturing environment. It’s FREE, it’s easy and most importantly, it’s fun! Each year, Spotlight awards more than $100,000 to students in scholarships.
In addition, we are also offering a one day, free performing arts workshop at The Music Center on Sunday, 9/30. High school students, parents and teachers can come to hear arts professionals, collegecircuit.net counselors, and USC faculty talk about applying to college, music conservatories, getting a dance agent, developing artistry and much more!
Please help spread the word on this terrific program for students. The deadline to apply for the Performing Arts program is October 17, 2012. The deadline to apply for the Visual Arts program is December 1, 2012.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Acronyms of LA Land Use and Development Agencies
Do you ever feel completely lost with acronyms being thrown around with no clue as to what they mean? We all know LAPD and LAUSD, but do you have any idea what CCC, BPW, FTA, or DCP mean? Here is a handy-dandy list of the acronyms of Los Angeles land use and development agencies so that you can be an acronymophile in no time!
To see the list, click here.
Transition from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal
Keep up to date with family coverage and keep your family covered. In the California's 2012-2013 Budget Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers voted to move all children enrolled in the Healthy Families program into the Medi-Cal program.
The Following are links to help you with the transition of children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal and how families will be informed of their enrollment changes.
Information in English
Información en Español
?For more information visit the website.
“We Build” Program: Apprenticeship
Construction Training Program
The Los Angeles Unified School District & the City of Los Angeles will bring a 10-Week Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program starting August 14, 2012. “We Build” Program will teach you the basics in general construction, specialty trades, and other procedures. The training will be offered at various locations throughout LAUSD. For more information call (213) 241-4980 or visit the website.
For flyer with more information, click here
NEW Senior Intern Program
Please consider joining LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser’s team of Senior Interns!
We are seeking assistance on high-level projects, with both short and long term opportunities. We also have plenty of on-going needs such as grant-writing, community outreach, research, communications, event/meeting planning, general office support, budget and curriculum analysis, etc. Or, perhaps you have a great idea that you never had a chance to pursue.
Our Senior and Junior Intern program is a critical part of Board Member Kayser’s ability to accomplish more, faster. The need is great, we have an early start calendar, don’t wait another day.
Please contact Brandi Linton at email@example.com or call 213-241-5555 asap. Thank you!
NEW Board District 5 & Educational
Service Centers Boundaries
As of July 1st, Board District 5 (BD5) and the Local Districts of LAUSD have officially taken the new boundaries into effect. The boundaries of BD5 are similar to the previous boundaries, except in the East Los Angeles Area which will now be represented by Board Member Monica Garcia, Board District 2.
We would like to welcome the following schools to BD5!
Aragon Ave Elementary, Ascot Ave Elementary, Carver Middle, Grant Elementary, Elysian Heights Elementary, Harmony Elementary, Hooper Ave Elementary, Hooper Av e PC, Jefferson High, Kingsley Elementary, Logan Street, Loreto Street Elementary, Nevin Ave Elementary, Nightingale Middle, Ramona Elementary, Roberti EEC, Wadeworth Ave Elementary
And a goodbye to the following schools:
4th Street Elementary, Amanecer Primary Center, Anton Elementary, Belvedere Elementary, Belvedere Middle, Brooklyn Ave, Eastman Ave Elementary, Eastside Learning Center, Garfield High, Griffith Middle, Hamasaki Elementary, Harrison Street Elementary, Humphreys Ave Elementary, Mariana Ave Elementary, Perez Special Education Center, Ramona High, Rosemont Ave Elementary, Rowan Ave Elementary, Torres High
Local Districts have been renamed “Educational Service Centers” and are now labeled as North Region, South Region, East Region, and West Region. Board District 5 will be represented by the East and South Regions.
East Region Administrative Office
2151 N. Soto St.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Tel: (323) 224-3100
Fax: (323) 222-5702
South Region Administrative Office
1208 S. Magnolia Ave.
Gardena, CA 90247
Tel: (310) 354-3400
Fax: (310) 532-4674
For the NEW Educational Service Centers Map, click here
For the NEW Parent Community Services Branch & Local Education Service Centers, click here
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2012
FROM BOARD DISTRICT 5!
Board District 5 wishes you good luck in this new beginning. All your efforts have paid off and you deserve every bit of it. Face new challenges and opportunities with the greatest of determination. Congratulations in achieving this great success!
Free Summer Food Programs
The Summer Food Program gives the opportunity of FREE lunch for your child while school is out. School may be out but food is still IN. Lunch will be provided for children ages 1- 18 years old. The Summer Food Program will take place in schools around your neighborhood.
English and Spanish Flyer
Folleto en Inglés y Español
The following is the list of schools providing FREE lunch with the date and times they will be serving.
La siguiente es la lista de escuelas que ofrecen comida GRATIS con la fecha y horas que sirven.
Ascot Ave. Elementary, Belvedere Elementary, Bryson Ave. Elementary, Buchanan St. Elementary, Burbank Middle School, Carver Middle School, Corona Ave Elementary, Dayton Heights Elementary, Franklin High School, Harmony Elementary, Heliotrope Ave. Elementary, Hooper Ave. Elementary, Huntington Park Elementary, Independence Elementary, Jefferson High School, Liberty Blvd. Elementary, Logan St. Elementary, Loma Vista Ave. Elementary, Magnolia Ave. Elementary, Montara Elementary, Orchard Academies, Pacific Blvd. Elementary, Park Ave. Elementary, San Antonio Elementary, San Gabriel Ave Elementary, San Miguel Elementary, South Gate High School, Stanford Ave. Elementary, Walnut Park Elementary, Yorkdale Elementary
For more information visit the following website:
In addition to the LAUSD free summer lunch program, more than 100 parks will be offering free lunch for children ages 1–18. Children 19 years and over may also participate as long as they are currently enrolled in a school or private non-profit program. starting June 25, 2012 – August 10, 2012.
For More Information Call : (818)546-2383
Or Visit the Website: http://www.laparks.org/foodprogram
South Gate’s Madison Elementary School
and Hunton & Williams, LLP Team Together
June 1, 2012
Students at Madison Elementary School teamed together with Hunton & Williams, LLP to solve the case of Humpty Dumpty’s great fall, titled Humpty Dumpty: Was It Really An Accident?, during a mock trial. Students served as jurors, with an additional student playing the role of the foreman. Prior to the mock trial, students in Ms. Klopfer’s 4th grade class participated in a pen pal program, corresponding with members of the firm.
Madison Elementary has participated in the pen pal program for five years; this is the third year Ms. Klopfer’s class participates. LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser donated a bus for the transportation of the 4th grade class to continue their participation in the pen pal and mock trial program.
Article featured in the Daily Journal
The New District 5 Map is Out
After months of redistricting meetings, the new district 5 map is finally out and ready for everyone to lay eyes on. District 5 relatively looks the same as before, however, only a slither of East LA remains in Mr. Kayser's district, connecting the Northeast and the Southeast.
Please take a look at the map---> District 5 map
FREE METRO FIELD TRIP TRANSPORTATION
On behalf of the Los Angeles School District, it is my pleasure to let you know about the new Metro Student Field Trip Program offered to students, grades K-12. This program will provide students and staff access to 20 approved Los Angeles destinations on the Metro bus and/or rail service at no cost.
As a former teacher, I know first-hand that field trips can provide challenges to students that allow for more individual learning. In addition, field trips are an excellent way for kids to be introduced to the arts and enjoy activities and sights that they may otherwise not be exposed to.
There are some significant restrictions but we are excited that the metro has taken this first step.
You may sign up for this free offer here: http://www.metro.net/about/metro-student-field-trip/
The Great LA River Cleanup: La Gran Limpeza: Needs Volunteers
Friends of the LA River invite you to come join The LA River Cleanup on Saturday, April 28, 2012from 9am-12pm. Register online to become a volunteer at www.folar.org or call at (323) 223-0585. Volunteers are invited to clean the Los Angeles River at 15 locations across the LA County. For more details on the LA River, you can also visit www.lariver.org.
City Year Los Angeles' Alternative Spring Break
April 2, 2012
City Year Los Angeles corps members, from across Los Angeles, worked at Ford Boulevard Elementary to beautify the campus during the school’s Spring Break period. 200 members painted murals across the campus in order to instill pride in learning and heritage. The murals surrounding the play ground depict famous quotes from African-American figures, California landmarks, representation of Central American tribes and cultures, an African safari, and, in addition, vegetables and fruits in the cafeteria. The project was planned and coordinated by City Year’s E! Entertainment Civic Engagement team.
Expand Your Horizons, Los Angeles
March 17, 2012
Young girls from across Los Angeles attended the 33rd Annual Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics Career Conference at Mount St. Mary’s College, Doheny campus in downtown Los Angeles. The students get hands-on experience in various topics related to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Workshops such as “How Do Doctors Learn What They Need to Know” and “Paws to Consider,” where students get to listen to the heartbeat of a puppy, are created to foster an exciting learning environment. The workshops are lead by professionals in the various STEM disciplines. Parents, teachers, and counselors also attend the conference and attended informationals regarding topics such as applying for college and financial aid.
SCHEDULE FOR COUNCIL ADOPTION OF LAUSD REDISTRICTING PLAN
March 22, 2012
The following is our schedule to consider the maps and reports submitted by the LAUSD Redistricting Commission:
April 4 Initial Hearing in the Rules Committee - 8:30 a.m.
John Ferraro Council Chambers
April 9 Public Hearing in Downtown – 4:00 p.m.
John Ferraro Council Chambers
April 11 Public Hearing in Van Nuys – 4:00 p.m.
Van Nuys Council Chambers
April 12 Deadline for Board Members to submit proposed revisions
April 20 Final Hearing in Rules Committee & Council consideration – 8:30 a.m. John Ferraro Council Chambers
This review process includes an opportunity for Board Members to propose revisions to the maps submitted by the Redistricting Commission. As noted above, the deadline for submitting those changes is April 12, which allows staff to complete any technical analysis of the proposed revisions before final Council consideration.
Expeditious adoption of any district changes is necessary to allow the City Attorney and the Bureau of Engineering to prepare the final technical documents and ordinances necessary to implement any adopted changes in a timely manner.
No Pink Slime at LAUSD
With the recent concerns surrounding the “pink slime” allegations, LAUSD parents do not need to worry about the food being served at schools. LAUSD does not purchase its beef from USDA. The Director of Food Services for LAUSD states that the “100% all-natural ground beef” used has “no fillers, additives or soy isolates including mechanically separated parts of beef.” Lee Farms in Inglewood and other various local sources are the main suppliers for the district.
Franklin High School Heads to CyberPatriot National Finals Competition
March 20, 2012
CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
Franklin has advanced to compete in the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center in Washington D.C. on March 22-24, 2012.
These students are aiming to prove they're the most knowledgeable nationwide when it comes to protecting our computers from cyber hackers.
LAUSD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to State Competition
?March 16, 2012
A record 13 Academic Decathlon teams of students from the Los Angeles Unified School District. LAUSD are traveling to Sacramento to compete in the 2012 California Academic Decathlon contest, scheduled March 15-18.
The competing LAUSD schools are: Granada Hills Charter High School, winner of the LAUSD’s 2012 Academic Decathlon contest; Marshall High School, El Camino Real Charter High School, Franklin High School, Taft High School, Van Nuys High School, Palisades Charter High School, Hamilton High School, Garfield High School, Bell High School, Los Angeles High School, San Pedro High School, and Francis Polytechnic High School
The teams of decathletes from Granada Hills Charter High School, Marshall High School, ElCamino Real Charter High School, and Franklin High School have earned the highest regional scores in the U.S., according to Cliff Ker, coordinator of the Academic Decathlon for the District.
The winner of the state contest will be announced Sun., March 18 in Sacramento.
To read more about the Decathlon, please click here: /sites/kayser.laschoolboard.org/files/2012%20State%20Acadeca-DS%2003-15-12.pdf
Dorris Place Elementary Transforms Library
March 15, 2012
Dorris Place Elementary School, which is nestled in the heart of the Elysian Valley community, is a school on the rise. With rising test scores that exceed 850 on the state API rank, Dorris Place Elementary School is a hub for academic excellence.
The Partners of Dorris Place Elementary (POD) which is a parent driven organization that is dedicated to creating the very best learning environment for Dorris Place students recently put their mission into action. POD, through the leadership of their President, Blaire Lennane, recently transformed their school library into a forest of learning.
POD reached out to several local vendors, Crate & Barrel and Home Depot, to supply chairs, tables, ottomans, rugs, paint and paint supplies to help them transform their library. The new library, which included over $2700 dollars of in-kind donations, opened on Friday, March 2nd, just in time for Read Across America. The library, which will be utilized by all students, is a testament to how an active parent group can really bring change to their neighborhood school.
26th Annual Science Olympiad
Eagle Rock Elementary School & Gifted Magnet and Franklin High School were two schools participating in the 26th Annual K-12 Science Olympiad, hosted this year by Occidental College. Students from 131 schools from the Los Angeles area participated in the science, engineering, and technology course with subjects such as astronomy, chemistry, and engineering.
Attention Board District 5 Family
The budget report presented on March 13 explained that the $557 million deficit has decreased to $390 million due to revenue from the state. However, remaining cuts, such as Adult education, After school youth programs, Early education, Elementary arts teachers and others still may apply.
The public can do their part and contact their elected officials in Sacramento and let them know enough is enough: Fund our schools! Children come first!
How to Contact:
California State Senator website:http://senate.ca.gov/
A link to the California State Senator: Find your Senator
A link to the California State Assembly member: Find your Assembly member
California State Assembly member website: http://assembly.ca.gov/
Board District 5 Students Run the L.A. Marathon!
March 13, 2012
On March 18, 2012 over 3,000 students and 171 LAUSD schools will participate in the Honda L.A. Marathon. These students have trained since October for this opportunity to run amongst California's elite.
Students Run LA is an independent organization whose mission is to challenge at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: The training for and completion of the Honda LA Marathon.
Our office would like to extend our support to all LAUSD students participating in the L.A. Marathon!
Note: On February 5, 2012 students completed the 17th annual 18-Mile Friendship Run presented by Rebecca and Richard Lewis at Hansen Dam. Council Member Richard Alarcon started the race under perfect weather conditions, and were off to run two 9-mile loops in and around Hansen Dam Park, including a 2 mile stretch over the Dam.
Read Across America
March 2, 2012
Read Across America is a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and was created to celebrate and promote reading. LAUSD, in conjunction with the California Teachers Association, held book-reading events throughout the district where community leaders and members came together to participate in the annual Read Across America event.
The theme of this year was “Sink Your Teeth Into A Good Book,” geared towards the encouragement of reading as a pastime. This year BD5 members Juan De La Cruz and David Estrada attended events at Bell High School and Orchard Academies.
The 30th Annual Bravo Awards Celebration
March 1, 2012
On a Thursday evening, Downtown Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall hosted the 30th Annual Bravo Awards. The annual event celebrates teachers and schools for their achievement in the arts.
Claudia Zuniga, Instrumental Music Director at Middleton Street School, was one of the candidates for the 2012 Bravo Award. Congratulations!!
Michelle Phung, Claudia Zuñiga, Marcela Velásquez, Megan Hastings, Brandi Linton,Blanca Pelayo and Alex Abundis, and Salvador Muñoz
Mayor Ofelia Hernandez of Huntington Park with Claudia Zuñiga
Garfield Acquires Grant Money/Van Halen Guitars to Bolster Marching Band
Garfield High School recently received two separate donations from Fidelity Future Stage and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, respectively.
Their current music director, Eloy Adame, applied to the Fidelity grant which has awarded the school with $25,000 worth of musical instruments, including a full set of drums.
The Opus Foundation’s contribution consists of 15 mint-condition guitars from guitar legend Eddie Van Halen’s personal collection.
Adame says that the donations arrived at a time of great necessity for the band, whose membership is just on-third of its former size. He added that while the guitars are “top-notch,” he hopes the excitement over them can be channeled to increase enthusiasm for the main focus of the program, the marching band.
Principal Jose Huerta says that the electric guitars are a priceless donation for the school, a gift he believes was offered to recognize Garfield’s 75-point jump in the API this past year.
Huntington Park High School Cross Country Team Wins Academic Scholarship Award
Huntington Park High School Boys’ Cross Country was awarded by the CIF Los Angeles City Section for having the highest grade point average in their district.
The Interscholastic Athletic Committee (IAC) introduced this new award to acknowledge varsity athletes who obtain the highest GPA in their respective sport within their school’s CIF section.
Under the guidance of Coach Daniel Gonzales, students: Marion Sandoval, Josue Sanchez, Alejandro Sanchez, Victor Roque, Daniel Perez, Sabastian Peliz, Jesus Morales, Giancarlo Gutierrez, Ricky Gonzalez, Antonio Garcia, Nino Garcia, Erik Fernandez, Edgar Farias, Diego del Carmen, Oscar Contreras, Octavio Contreras, Adan Castillo, and Felix Avila have all demonstrated the importance of maintaining academic excellence while striving for athletic achievement.
ISLC Leading the Future
February 17, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden and China’s Vice President Xi Jinping visited a local Los Angeles school. The International Studies Learning Center (ISLC,) in South Gate, became the host for the educational portion of Xi’s California visit. ISLC was chosen as the site of this meeting because of its academic structure focusing on the students’ learning in a global context. Both leaders discussed, with the students and teachers, topics regarding the educational and cultural exchanges and US-Chinese relations. Part of these efforts are to foster future bilateral relationships between the United States and China using education and culture.
To read full article, click here
Attention Board District 5 Community!
The Los Angeles Unified School District Redistricting Commission is excited to report that there will be important meetings coming up that we would like you to attend.
Regional Meeting - Districts 2, 5 & 7
February 20th, 1-4PM
Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 E. 6th,
LA, CA 90023
Special Meeting – Presentation and Adoption of Final District Boundaries Map
February 23rd, 6PM
333 S. Beaudry, Board Room
LA, CA 90017
Regular Meeting – Presentation and Adoption of Final Commission Report
February 29th, 6Pm
333 S. Beaudry St., Board Room
LA, CA 90017
Final Commission Report Submitted to City Council
Los Angeles City Council
(As of February 17, 2012)
Student Achievement Award in Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity
The Los Angeles Unified School District Commission on Human Relations, Diversity and Equity would like to invite high school students in leadership positions addressing issues of human relations on their campuses to apply for the Annual Student Achievement Award.
DUE DATE: April 6th, 2012
Application found under calendar
NBC's “Smash” Looks to Middleton Elementary School in Huntington Park
The NBC's television show, “Smash: Make A Musical”, will be partnering with a program, “I Teatrics”, to help schools build their musical program and students explore their musical talents. Middleton Elementary School in Huntington Park will have the opportunity to partake in this program for the first round of development. The show will take these students from their first lessons in singing and dancing to the final stage of the curtain call. These elementary school students who have had dreams of acting will be able to explore their talents in theater and create a “smash” hit.
To read the full article and watch the video that appeared on NBC, click here
CCU 8th Annual Scholarship Now Available
California Credit Union has released the 2012 Application for its 8th Annual Scholarship Program. CCU will be awarding 10 scholarships of $1,000 each to high-achieving students in Los Angeles County, including college-bound high school seniors, two-year transfer students to four-year colleges and adult students returning to college.
Attention Board District 5 Community!
The Los Angeles Unified School District Redistricting Commission is excited to report that there will be 7 Pre-Draft Public Hearings coming up that we would like you to attend.
February 9, 6PM
Hamilton High School
2955 S. Robertson Blvd
LA, CA 90034
February 20th, 1PM
Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 E. 6th St.
LA CA 90023
February 6th 6PM
Reseda High School
18230 Kittridge St
Reseda, CA 91335
February 7th, 6PM
Bernstein High School
1309 N Wilton Pl
Hollywood CA 90028
February 6th, 6PM
Southgate High School
3351 Firestone Blvd
South Gate CA 90280
February 8th, 6PM
Panorama High School
8015 Van Nuys Blvd
Panorama City, CA 91402
February 8th, 6PM
Edison Middle School
6500 Hooper Ave
LA, CA 90001
Translators, sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services maybe provided upon request. To ensure availability, requests should be made at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Please call (213) 473-5704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for accommodations.
Are you in need of books for your library?
January 23, 2012
Bennett Kayser and Access Books are here to the rescue! The Board Member and Access Books teamed up in December 2011, to bring quality books to Pacific Blvd Elementary School’s library. At his request, Access has agreed to provide books to additional Board District 5 schools.
Access Books donates resources to inner city schools where at least 90 percent of students live at or below the poverty line and most the children they serve are of color and/or are children of immigrants. Schools accepted for their program must also have at least a part-time librarian. If interested, please feel free to fill out the form that is attached to this email and return it to Access Books as soon as possible.
STARBUCKS TO DISTRIBUTE 285,000 DONORSCHOOSELA.ORG GIFT CARDS AT LOS ANGELES STARBUCKS STORES
January 23, 2012
NEW FLASH!!! The deadline has been extended for the in-house LAUSD $15 cards until February 16!! BD5 staff members are glad to deliver additional cards to any school requesting them. Mt Washington ES reports that they have had 8 projects funded so far including the purchase of literacy sets while Dayton Heights ES has bought e-tablets to supplement the new reading program.
Beginning January 23, nearly 200 Los Angeles Starbucks stores will distribute 285,000 $10 DonorsChooseLA.org gift cards funded by the Wasserman Foundation to help support Los Angeles public or charter school classroom projects posted on www.DonorsChooseLA.org. This endeavor is part of a $4 million two-year Wasserman Foundation donation to DonorsChoose.org to help fulfill classroom needs, foster innovation in education, and create a new corps of micro-philanthropists in Los Angeles.
To date, 3,857 LAUSD projects have been fully funded. There are currently more than 2,000 classroom projects from Los Angeles school teachers who need important classroom resources such as books, microscopes, field trips and musical instruments. More than 280,000 Starbucks customers will be given the opportunity to visit DonorsChooseLA.org and select the classroom project that will receive $10 in funding. The card expiration date is March 16, 2012. Gift cards are limited to one per customer for the duration of the campaign and will be available in select stores while supplies last.
All LAUSD teachers are encouraged to post classroom projects with a total project cost of $1,000 per project. These projects are all posted on http://www.DonorsChooseLA.org.
E-File your Taxes for Free!
January 23, 2012
LAUSD School Board Bennett Kayser are partnering with State Controller John Chiang in providing Free Income Tax Preparation for families with an income less than $50,000. The Free Income Tax Preparation is taking place at Santee High School on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
If you would like to make an appointment or get more information on getting free income tax preparation, please call the Speaker’s office at 213-833-6010.
Garfield Acquires Grant Money, Van Halen Guitars to Bolster Marching Band
January 20, 2012
Garfield High School recently received two separate donations from Fidelity FutureStage and the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, respectively.
Their current music director, Eloy Adame, applied to the Fidelity grant, which has awarded the school with $25,000 worth of musical instruments, including a full set of drums.
However, it is the Opus Foundation's contribution that has caught more attention, which consists of 15 mint-condition guitars from guitar legend Eddie Van Halen's personal collection.
Adame says that the donations arrived at a time of great necessity for the band, whose membership is just one-third of its former size. He added that while the guitars are "top-notch," he hopes the excitement over them can be channeled to increase enthusiasm for the main focus of the program, the marching band.
"You wanna play an Eddie Van Halen guitar? You have to pay your dues in the marching band," joked Adame.
To learn more, read the article here
January 17, 2012
DonorChooseLA.org has provided 600,000 $15 gift cards to all parents of LAUSD students to fund their own children’s classrooms. Over 21,000 parents have redeemed their cards to date!
• Total projects have been funded to date: 2826
• Total students impacted: 190,464
• Total dollars spent to date: $689,469.58
• 795 Never Been funded teachers requesting projects
• There are currently 1674 eligible projects posted waiting for additional funding
To learn more about DonorsChooseLA.org please visit their website
4th Graders at Jaime Escalante Elementary School help Leftover Lunches go to the Homeless
January 11, 2012
4th graders at Jamie Escalante Elementary School noticed that their peers were wasting food during lunchtime, so they contacted LAUSD Food Services Division to propose a plan in order to donate the leftover food to charities that feed the homeless.
For more information, click here
Cash for College/Cal Grant Workshops
An estimated 10,000 LAUSD high school seniors were bused to the LA Convention Center on December 7 and December 8 to attend workshops providing them with valuable resources and motivation for their transition to college and career opportunities. This event provided an opportunity to reach highly motivated middle and high school students, many of whom are minority and disadvantaged youth who remain under-represented in college attendance. Now, more than ever, it is important for youth to understand the available options in choosing a college and career path.
The next Cash for College Workshop (free workshops) will be held on January 28th, 2012 from 8am-12pm at East Los Angeles College. LAUSD students are welcome to come and learn how to receive financial assistance for college!
Pacific Blvd receives generous Library Donation!
On Friday December 16, 2011, Access Books and FOX Consumer Products donated brand new books to the Pacific Blvd School Library. These two organizations cataloged 1,000 hardcover books, by bar coding, and shelving the new books while also donating to classrooms sets of books for their own use. The volunteers along with Pacific Blvd students painted two murals inside and outside of the library promoting the joy of reading books.
The event concluded with a representative from Bennett Kayser’s office presenting two proclamations to each organization for their generous donation and support throughout LAUSD school libraries.
Rose Bowl Bound
Marshall High school senior, Anthony Benitez won two Rose Bowl tickets from Assembly member Mike Gatto. Benitez is a varsity football quarterback who earned an all-time school passing record of 2,867 yards and 1, 252 yards running. According to The Feliz Ledger, Benitez led his team to an undefeated season in league play. Despite Benitez’s great talent as an athlete, Assembly member Mike Gatto chose the Marshall student as the prize winner because of his high score on the state standardized test. Benitez scored as “Gifted: High Achievement”. Benitez told The Feliz Ledger that he is excited to receive the tickets since he has never been inside the Rose Bowl.
Photo Credit: Allison Ferraro
USDA Gives “HEALTHIER US SCHOOL CHALLENGE” awards
to 490 LAUSD SCHOOLS for PROMOTING
Nutrition and physical activity
LAUSD Receives the Most Awards in the Nation!
December 15, 2011
Washington—Hundreds of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district, have been honored with awards presented by the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC). HUSCC is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
A total of 490 LAUSD schools—the most awarded to a single school district this year—have received recognition and monetary awards at the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award of Distinction levels established by HUSCC. The LAUSD received a combined total of $252,000 for the honors.
Criteria to become a HUSSC school include: enrollment as a Team Nutrition School and having a nutrition advocate on campus; offering meals that demonstrate healthy menu planning practices; providing nutrition and physical education to students, and the opportunity for physical activity. Schools that received the Gold Award of Distinction have more than 65 percent of students participate in the school meal program, and a minimum of 10 percent of the student population eat the vegetable of the day. In addition, all of these schools don’t serve/sell those foods not approved (competitive foods) by the USDA, the California Department of Education (CDE) or District policy.
Board Member Bennett Kayser and his office would like to specifically congratulate the California Award Winners in Board District 5:
4th Street Elementary (Bronze)
Aldama Elementary (Bronze)
Allesandro Elementary (Bronze)
Annandale Elementary (Bronze)
Anton Elementary (Bronze)
Atwater Elementary (Bronze)
Belvedere Elementary (Bronze)
Brooklyn Elementary ( Bronze)
Bushnell Way Elementary (Bronze)
City Terrace Elementary (Bronze)
Clifford Street Elementary (Bronze)
Dahlia Heights Elementary (Bronze)
Dayton Heights Elementary (Bronze)
Delevan Drive Elementary (Bronze)
Dorris Place Elementary (Bronze)
Eagle Rock Elementary (Bronze)
Eastman Elementary (Bronze)
El Sereno Elementary (Bronze)
Elizabeth Learning Center (Bronze)
Fishburn Elementary (Bronze)
Fletcher Drive Elementary (Bronze)
Ford Blvd Elementary (Bronze)
Franklin Elementary (Bronze)
Garvanza Elementary (Bronze)
Glassell Park Elementary (Gold Award of Distinction)
Griffith Joyner Elementary (Bronze)
Hamasaki Elementary (Bronze)
Harrison Elementary (Bronze)
Heliotrope Elementary (Bronze)
Humphreys Elementary (Bronze)
Huntington Drive Elementary (Bronze)
Huntington Park Elementary (Bronze)
Ivanhoe Elementary (Bronze)
Kennedy Elementary (Bronze)
Lane Elementary (Bronze)
Lexington Ave Primary Center (Bronze)
Liberty Elementary (Bronze)
Lillian Elementary (Bronze)
Loma Vista Elementary (Bronze)
Los Feliz Elementary (Bronze)
Madison Elementary (Bronze)
Marianna Elementary (Bronze)
Mayberry Elementary (Bronze)
Maywood Elementary (Bronze)
Micheltorena Elementary (Bronze)
Middleton Elementary (Bronze)
Miles Elementary (Bronze)
Montara Elementary (Bronze)
Monte Vista Elementary (Bronze)
Mount Washington (Bronze)
Ochoa Learning Center (Bronze)
Pacific Blvd Elementary (Bronze)
Park Ave Elementary (Bronze)
Perez Special Education Center (Bronze)
Rockdale Elementary (Bronze)
Rosemont Elementary (Bronze)
Rosewood Elementary (Bronze)
San Antonio Elementary (Bronze)
San Gabriel Elementary (Bronze)
San Pascual Elementary (Bronze)
Sierra Vista Elementary (Bronze)
South Region Elementary #3 (Bronze)
Stanford Elementary (Bronze)
State Elementary (Bronze)
Toland Way Elementary (Bronze)
Tweedy Elementary (Bronze)
Vernon City Elementary (Bronze)
Victoria Elementary (Bronze)
Walnut Elementary (Bronze)
Woodlawn Elementary (Bronze)
Please click on http://cafe-la.lausd.net/ to read more about this award.
LAUSD School Police Feed Hundreds of Families School Wide
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Police Department fed hundreds of families district wide this holiday season. The men and women of the Los Angeles School Police Department were thrilled to help feed LAUSD families in need this holiday season and are committed to serving and protecting our school-based community.
Among the food and non-perishables families in need will receive: soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, jello, spaghetti sauce, pasta, beans, rice boxes, cereal boxes, oatmeal, macaroni & cheese boxes, peanut butter, jelly, boxed & plastic bottle beverages.
Thank you LASPD for your generosity!
Los Angeles Police host Carnival at LA LIVE
December 9-11th 2011
The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), along with Friends of Safe Schools Los Angeles (FOSSLA), hosted its first weekend-long, school-community carnival at LA Live from December 9th-11th.
Attendees had an opportunity to enjoy rides, games and entertainment, including traffic safety awareness and education by LASPD motor officers, canine awareness and education by LASPD K9 handlers, and uniformed officers assigned to specialized assignments that support youth programs.
There was also a display featuring the LASPD race car sponsored by the Los Angeles School Police Officers Association.
Many people from the community came to show their support and enjoy the fun with LASPD and FOSSLA.
December 9, 2011
On Friday, Dec 9th, 2011 the John Marshall High School Barristers took on the Southeast High School Jaguars for the Los Angeles City Section Division II Championship. Weingart Stadium on the campus of East Los Angeles Community College played host to the championship and hosted many boisterous supporters for each side. The game, which featured 2 of the more explosive offenses in the entire city, held true to its billing. The first half, which featured key turnovers, entered halftime with a 14-13 lead for the Marshall. In the second half, the high powered Southeast offense fueled by quarterback Jonathan Santos and running back Robert Lewis began to click and eventually the Jaguars pulled away from the Barristers. The game ended with South East High School winning 51-34 and claiming their first City Championship since the school opened in 2005. Both schools displayed the character and integrity of their respective communities, thus putting a great end to a fantastic season for both schools. Board Member Kayser remarked, “Seeing the determination and passion of both schools really stood out to me. I could tell both squads were well coached and displayed the type of sportsmanship both communities should be proud of. The only part that was hard for me was rooting for both teams. Congratulations to Marshall and South East on great seasons and a great game!”
Glassell Park ES California Standards Test Awards
On November 23, 2011, Glassell Park Elementary School held two assemblies recognizing the achievement of many of their student who scored high on the California Standards Test (CST). There were over 160 parents in attendance showing their support for their students.
David Estrada, Senior Policy Ad-visor for Board Member Bennett, opened the award ceremony on behalf of the Board Member. “Seeing so many parents in attendance only demonstrates the commitment by this community to support their children’s hard work. These awards are a testament to the dedication and hard work of the outstanding faculty, parents, and students of Glassell Park.”
Awards were given to 125 students who scored advanced or proficient on the CST. In addition, Band Jumpers, those who improved from one year to the next by increasing from basic to proficient and/or proficient to advanced were also recognized with awards.
A total of 8 student scored perfect on the CST and special recognition was paid to two outstanding students; Jacob Saligumba, a 4th grade student, scored a perfect 600 in language arts and math and Cesar Hipolito, a 5th grade student, scored a perfect 600 in math 3 years in a row.
Another East LA Classic
On Friday, November 04, 2011 The Garfield and Roosevelt High School teams and communities continued their storied rivalry with another epic East LA Classic. The passionate crowds filled Weingart Stadium at East Los Angeles Community College (ELAC).
During halftime there were performances by each schools’ band, drill team, baton throwers and cheerleading squads. Since
1925, teachers, parents, alumni and students have enjoyed the rivalry amongst the East L.A. high schools. The Garfield versus Roosevelt homecoming game is the most famous prep football game on the west coast and an-nually draws crowds of over 25,000 faithful Bulldogs and Roughriders.
Lance Fernandez, running back for Garfield, scored 2 key touch-downs, the last one coming in the 4th quarter to secure a Bulldog victory, 29-15 over the Roughriders
Donors Choose Gift Cards
On November 15, 2011, DonorsChoose.org announced the launch of a 2 year campaign in partnership with the Wasserman Foundation and LAUSD to distribute 600,000 gift cards to LAUSD parents to fund classroom projects in Los Angeles classrooms.
Donors Choose is an online charity that allows public school teachers to post classroom projects online seeking independent funding for these resources. Donors Choose engages the public by giving people a simple and accountable way to address educational inequality.
LAUSD teachers are encouraged to post up to two classroom projects with a total value of $800 that need funding on DonorsChooseLA.org. The Wasserman Foundation donation will match dollar for all donations made to LAUSD public school classrooms during the next two years, up to $2 million dollars.
There is over 600,000 households that have have a student attending a LAUSD school that will receive a $15 DonorsChooseLA.org gift card. In the upcoming month, every parent email address in LAUSD student information systems will receive an email to obtain a $15 electronic gift card.
Parents please chick on http://www.donorschoosela.org to access classroom projects and enter your gift card information. If in the following month, you have not received a gift card, please contact your child's school.
LAUSD District 5’s Man Behind the Scene
Echo Park Patch
Novemeber 9, 2011
By: Muffy Maracco
Local resident David Estrada works as Senior Policy Advisor to Board Member Bennett Kayser. David Estrada lives at the edge of Echo Park and Silver Lake. David Estrada lives in and works for the east side of Los Angeles. He serves as Senior Policy Advisor to newly elected Los Angeles Unified School school board member Bennett Kayser. Elected in July, Kayser represents LAUSD District 5 which includes parts of Echo Park.
The child of teachers, Estrada chose not to be an educational practitioner despite the family ties. After studies at Occidental College and USC, he headed for the policy side of things. However, he says that teachers and policy makers alike “all come back to the same goal--student achievement.”
Estrada calls Echo Park a “microcosm of LAUSD.” He sees a neighborhood that is diverse, grappling with keeping its enrollment up, improving performance and occupied with the discussion over charter schools. Kayser’s own experience as both a teacher and resident of the neighborhood informs his work on the school board.
The school board may not always stir up interest, but Estrada points out that the LAUSD touches every city resident in some way. From construction of new schools to test scores, the results of educational policy matter. “It’s important to know who your member is,” he says. Voting is vital. It affects how tax dollars are spent. Home values can depend on the quality of the schools. “It’s as local as it gets,” Estrada comments.
For those with children in the schools, Estrada encourages further involvement. Citizen participation is important and “we don’t want to see the same ten faces” at every meeting.
In Echo Park, he says, one can “see the fruit” of educational policy changes. Estrada himself is aiming to put down roots and buy a home in one of the northeastern neighborhoods of the city. He enjoyed proximity to the Silver Lake Reservoir, especially. And he cannot help but add that citizens should know who their school board member is “and hold that person accountable.”
2012 Tournament of Roses Royal Court profile: Princess Sarah Zuno
Tournament of Roses Examiner
October 12, 2011
By: Laura Monteros
Rose Princess Sarah Nicole Zuno, 17, is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles and attends Benjamin Franklin High School. (Some areas of Highland Park are on the western edge of the Pasadena City College District, which determines eligibility.)
Sarah plays on her school’s varsity basketball team and the softball team and is a student mentor and the school’s Glee Club co-president. She enjoys dancing, singing, playing the piano and reading. Sarah plans to study communications, journalism or English literature in college and possibly pursue a career in corporate law.
Her parents are Alex and Bertha Zuno and she has three siblings, Alex Jr., 30, Amanda, 15 and Jennifer, 11.
Tournament of Roses 2012 Royal Court
Sonia Sotomayor High School Opens
On Sept 7th, 2011 Board Member Bennett Kayser, Superintendent John Deasy, Local District 4 Superintendent Dr. Dale Vigil, and Facilities Chief Executive Officer Kelly Schmader joined administrators, teachers, and most importantly our students in officially opening Sonia Sotomayor High School. Sotomayor High School, located on the boarder of Cypress Park and Glassell Park on San Fernando Road, is comprised of 3 Pilot Schools (Art Lab, LA River School, School of History and Dramatic Arts) and 2 charter schools (Alliance and Partnership to Uplift Communities). Sotomayor High School is the first new high school to open in Northeast Los Angeles since the LAUSD public bond dollars construction program began in XXX and will provide capacity relief to Eagle Rock, Franklin, Lincoln, and Marshall High Schools.
Student Recovery Day 2011
On September 23, 2011, board district 5 staff members Juan De La Cruz, Brandi Linton, David Estrada, and Sarah Bradshaw proudly joined Board Member Bennett Kayser to support Board Member Steve Zimmer's Student Recovery Day initiative. The goal was to find dropouts and get them back on track and back in school.
Members of our staff who participated were enthusiastic in volunteering their time and efforts, whether it was phone banking or going door to door. By the end of the day, our staff was able to reclaim 8 potential dropout students and getting them to back on track at Huntington Park High School.
For more information on Student Recovery day,please click on the link http://zimmer.laschoolboard.org/
2011 LAUSD Board District 5 Teachers of the Year!
We would like to congratulate 3 outstanding teachers who strive for excellence and devote their time to the highest level of student learning in their classrooms. Mr. Kayser personally congratulated 3 teachers from the Board District 5 area:
Zachary Weiss: From Luther Burbank Learning Complex, has been teaching mathematics for 11 years. He is a resident of North Hollywood.
Joyce Hsin: a resident of Arcadia, has been teaching for 14 years. She leads the Mandarin Chinese-English Dual Language Program at City Terrace Elementary School. She has been teaching there for 9 years.
Carrie Checca: a resident of Pasadena, has been teaching 1st grade for two years at Academia Moderna Charter School. She has been teaching for 10 years.
Link to the News Release, click here