Parent and Community Sunshine Committee Discusses Labor Negotiations

The purpose of the Parent and Community Sunshine Committee (Sunshine Committee), is to provide a forum for a representative group of parent and community members to review, comment, inform, and provide input to the Office of Labor Relations.In its first meeting of the 2014-15 school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Parent and Community Sunshine Committee received a detailed report on the status of the LAUSD’s negotiations with its various labor partners.

The Committee, which was re-launched last year at the request of Board President Richard Vladovic, consists of two appointed members from each of the five Educational Service Centers, along with representatives from United Way and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
“The Sunshine Committee provides parents a forum to express their opinions on the state of labor negotiations, including the various proposals on the table,” said Vivian Ekchian, chief labor negotiator for the LAUSD. Ekchian made the presentation to the Sunshine Committee.
At this week’s meeting, committee members were presented with a description of how the District works with its labor partners, an overview of the various unions that represent LAUSD employees, and the specifics of the District’s existing proposal. Ekchian said that moving forward the committee will meet monthly, as opposed to quarterly, as had been the case.
“With more funds coming to the District, events are moving quickly,” she said. “We want to ensure that parents are kept informed of all the latest developments, and given an opportunity to provide input.”
Parent Representative from ESC North Randi Theodosopoulos said after the meeting, “Of all the LAUSD Committees that I’ve participated in throughout my 13 years in the District, this promises to be the most important and impactful. Finally, parents have the opportunity to participate in contract negotiations and bring the voices of other parents and our children to the negotiating table.”
Agenda information and documents distributed at the meeting can be found here.
Parents who wish to participate or observe the meeting can email laborrelationsrequests@lausd.net.



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Quick Thinking and Heroic Act Saved Life of Substitute Teacher

STUDENTS SEEK HELP AS TEACHER SUFFERS HEART ATTACK IN CLASSROOM 

LOS ANGELES - Something was wrong with the substitute teacher. Sweating profusely, slurring his words and putting his hand over his chest, he looked like he was in pain. 

Francisco Flores was subbing in a seventh-grade health class on Sept. 4 at San Fernando Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As his symptoms worsened, three students immediately left the classroom to call for help.

"We were worried about Mr. Flores and we didn’t want him to be in pain or for something bad to happen" Maria Chavez said. "We knew we had to act fast, because we didn’t want to see Mr. Flores suffering."

The students notified the school nurse and assistant principal. Flores’ wife was contacted immediately and transported him to Valley Presbyterian Hospital where he had surgery. 

A conference period teacher took over the class. The next day, the regular classroom teacher returned. The substitute teacher has since recovered, and was cleared on Sept. 23 to return to work.  

Principal Freddy Ortiz praised the youngsters. “We continually tell our students to be safe, be responsible and be respectful; but these students took those standards to a whole new level showing true Falcon leadership,” he said. 

For their heroic act, Rep. Tony Cárdenas of the San Fernando Valley and San Fernando Police Department Chief Robert Parks recognized the students, on Sept. 24, at a school ceremony.

The LAUSD Grad Van will be at the Fall Into Literacy Book Festival!
Join the Grad Van at the Banning Museum on Saturday September 27th from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m for Fall into Literacy Book Festival. Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there! For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.wilmingtonbookfestival.com.
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty. Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 9/26/14
The LAUSD Grad Van will be at the Fall Into Literacy Book Festival!
Join the Grad Van at the Banning Museum on Saturday September 27th from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m for Fall into Literacy Book Festival. Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there! For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.wilmingtonbookfestival.com.
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty. Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 9/26/14
The LAUSD Grad Van will be at the Fall Into Literacy Book Festival!
Join the Grad Van at the Banning Museum on Saturday September 27th from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m for Fall into Literacy Book Festival. Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there! For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.wilmingtonbookfestival.com.
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty. Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 9/26/14

The LAUSD Grad Van will be at the Fall Into Literacy Book Festival!

Join the Grad Van at the Banning Museum on Saturday September 27th from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m for Fall into Literacy Book Festival. Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there! For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.wilmingtonbookfestival.com.

This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty. Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 9/26/14

De La Torre Students Reunited With Parents

Los Angeles – Students from George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington reunited with parents today after they were temporarily relocated to a campus in San Pedro due to the nearby fire at the Port of Los Angeles.

The K-5 school of more than 700 students opened this morning, along with several schools in the area, on a modified shelter-in-place schedule with no outdoor activities. The air filtration system at De La Torre and the majority of schools in the area is superior to those typically used at hospitals.

“We chose not to close De La Torre before school started today because our health and environmental experts determined the enhanced air filtration at the school provided a higher level of protection for students and staff,” Superintendent John E. Deasy said.

Meanwhile, district officials prepared a back-up plan with school buses and lunches on standby should the De La Torre Elementary School students need to be re-located. When the wind shifted shortly before lunchtime, sending the smoke closer to the school, students and staff were quickly relocated to a safer environment at the John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus of San Pedro High School. They were returned to De La Torre for dismissal.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will continue to monitor the air quality in schools throughout the coming days. Outdoor athletic events and practices have been canceled today.

Like De La Torre, 20 schools in the Wilmington and San Pedro area also have the new filtration system thanks to a partnership with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, L. A. Unified’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and the Maintenance and Operations Branch.

An additional 11 schools in that vicinity are also slated to get the new Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 16 air filtration systems in the next few months.  The number, in this case 16, indicates the efficiency of the air filter. The higher the number, the more efficient the air filter is at removing particles including larger quantities of extremely small contaminant. Hospitals typically use a MERV 14 filter. The MERV 16 filter used by LAUSD is the maximum available. 

The safety of students and staff is a priority in L. A. Unified.  All schools are expected to be open on Wednesday.

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Update De La Torre Elementary

Under orders from the Los Angeles Unified School District, De La Torre Elementary School is being evacuated today because of concerns over smoke drifting into the area from a fire in the port. The winds have shifted direction and officials deemed that school should be closed.

All students will be taken by bus to Olguin High School, which shares a site with San Pedro High School in San Pedro.

Students will be brought back to De La Torre by 1:19 p.m., where they can be picked up from school, as usual.

For parents of those in afternoon preschool and afterschool programs: all classes and activities are cancelled for the day.

Due to Nearby L.A. Port Fire, LAUSD Schools to Implement Modified Shelter-In-Place

All schools affected by the fire near the Port of Los Angeles will implement a modified shelter-in-place schedule. 

Due to professional development, many of the schools will be dismissed today around 1:30 p.m. 

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will monitor the air quality in schools throughout the day. 

Cafeteria managers will work with principals to facilitate distribution of lunch. 

Outdoor activities will be redirected to classrooms. 

Students will have access to restrooms. 

Due to the air quality, doors and windows will be shut. 

By implementing these safety precautions and continuing instruction, the Los Angeles Unified School District always prioritizes the safety and well-being of our students.

FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY
‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 
LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.
In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.
 
“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”
The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.
The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 
The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:
·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf
·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.
·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.
·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 
·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.
·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at
Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.
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FIVE LAUSD EDUCATORS NAMED L.A. COUNTY

‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

 

LOS ANGELES – Recognized for their dedication and contribution to student achievement, a record five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educators were named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year (TOY) for 2014-15 during a ceremony today at Universal City.

In total, 16 teachers received the county designation. These standard-bearers are now in the running for the California Teacher of the Year award. The state winner moves up to the national competition, which will be held next spring.

 

“These teachers represent the best in education. I applaud them all—in particular those from our District,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “Good teaching combines art and science. We take pride in our honorees.”

The five-county winners from L.A. Unified were selected from 75 candidates, who had been honored locally by their school districts. In June, L.A. Unified recognized 21teachers for the competition.

The county competition required interviews, essays, lesson plans and other materials judged by panels of educators. 

The L.A. County Teachers of the Year from L.A. Unified are:

Maricar J. Fortuno Catalán, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy - Business and Technology, is completing her first year as a seventh-grade, life science/health teacher.  A resident of Gardena, she has been teaching for eight years. 

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, Dodson Middle School, has been an eighth-grade English teacher there for two years. A resident of Torrance, she has been teaching for 11 years.

Isabel J. Morales, Robert F. Kennedy Los Angeles High School of the Arts, has taught government, economics and Advanced Placement courses there for six years. A resident of Los Angeles, she has been teaching for a decade.

Michael A. Morgan, Bravo Medical Magnet High School, has taught chemistry there for 24 years. A resident of Redondo Beach, he has been teaching for 26 years.

Hector V. Perez-Roman, Arleta High School, has been a world history/Advanced Placement teacher there for seven years. A resident of Northridge, he has been teaching for 10 years.

The District has a rich history of award-winning teachers.  Over the years, six LAUSD teachers have won the prestigious California Teacher of the Year award. They are:

·         In 1976, Carole Billone, a special education teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf

·         In 1985, Evaline K. Kruse, an English teacher at Audubon Junior High School.

·         In 2006, Kelly Jean Hanock, an English Language Arts teacher at James Monroe High School.

·         In 2008, Lewis Chappelear, an Engineering Design teacher at James Monroe High School. He also was named one of four nominees for the National Teacher of the Year competition. 

·         In 2009, Jose L. Navarro IV, a Social Studies and U.S. History teacher at Sylmar High School.

·         In 2012, Veronica Marquez, a fifth-grade teacher at

Harmony Elementary School.

Currently, more than 27,000 teachers instruct, motivate and inspire L.A. Unified students.

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Message for LAUSD Maintenance and Operations Team

We are aware of the problems with the air conditioning units affecting many of our schools. We take these issues very seriously. We have received nearly 500 air conditioning service calls since yesterday. When possible, students and staff have been relocated to other classrooms or multipurpose rooms with air conditioning to continue instruction. Our team is working to evaluate and fix every issue.

Thank you to the students, teachers, principals, staff and volunteers for being patient as we work to get your schools back up and running. In the meantime, if there is a building or grounds issue at an LAUSD school, please check with the school principal first to see if the issue has been reported. If not, please use this link:  http://mo.laschools.org/applications/mo/workorder-request/, or call the Service Call Hotline number at 213-745-1600.

Thank you again from the entire Maintenance and Operations team. 

GARFIELD TEACHER RECEIVES 2014 YALE EDUCATOR AWARD
 
Kevin Murchie certainly made an impression on one of his students. Janet Juarez is now a freshman at Yale University. Without him, she believes her experience at Garfield Senior High School would have been much different, and certainly less rigorous. As a result, she nominated him for a special award.
 
He won. The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions recognized him as a recipient of the 2014 Yale Educator Award.
 
“Receiving this award, any award for that matter, for teaching is humbling,” Murchie said. “We didn’t become teachers for fame or glory; we do it because we have a love for learning, community, and helping people. Thus, the true honor is that a student took the time to do this for me. Teaching is, largely, a thankless profession. Rarely does anyone take the time to say thank you for the sacrifices that we make. So, it is moments like this, when a young person feels compelled to tell you and others how important it all was and will be, that you made a difference in their lives, that makes it all worth it. When the alarm goes off in those early a.m. hours, it is moments like these, relationships with students, these types of success stories, that motivate me to get out of bed and take on the day again.”
 
Students entering Yale’s Class of 2018 nominated outstanding educators who deeply affected their lives. Juarez, a 2014 Garfield graduate, recommended Murchie for his critical role in shaping her future. 
 
“As an Advanced Placement English Language teacher, Mr. Murchie did more than prepare my class …for the AP exam,” Juarez states in her letter of recommendation. “Although several teachers opposed it, he had my class … read novels such as ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain and ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakauer because he wanted us to face several problems plaguing our society instead of pretending they did not exist.”
 
He also was also the faculty sponsor of the school newspaper, The Scuttlebutt, and she was the editor. He encouraged students to express their thoughts about any topic. As a result, Juarez learned to appreciate the ideas of other students, even when their opinions contrasted with her own. “Besides increasing our societal awareness, Mr. Murchie helped many students, myself included, appreciate writing,” Juarez says.
 
This award recognizes educators who inspire and help their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. This year’s nominees represent 39 states and 20 countries. Murchie is one of 53 teachers who received this honor, along with an engraved desk set.
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GARFIELD TEACHER RECEIVES 2014 YALE EDUCATOR AWARD

 

Kevin Murchie certainly made an impression on one of his students. Janet Juarez is now a freshman at Yale University. Without him, she believes her experience at Garfield Senior High School would have been much different, and certainly less rigorous. As a result, she nominated him for a special award.

 

He won. The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions recognized him as a recipient of the 2014 Yale Educator Award.

 

“Receiving this award, any award for that matter, for teaching is humbling,” Murchie said. “We didn’t become teachers for fame or glory; we do it because we have a love for learning, community, and helping people. Thus, the true honor is that a student took the time to do this for me. Teaching is, largely, a thankless profession. Rarely does anyone take the time to say thank you for the sacrifices that we make. So, it is moments like this, when a young person feels compelled to tell you and others how important it all was and will be, that you made a difference in their lives, that makes it all worth it. When the alarm goes off in those early a.m. hours, it is moments like these, relationships with students, these types of success stories, that motivate me to get out of bed and take on the day again.”

 

Students entering Yale’s Class of 2018 nominated outstanding educators who deeply affected their lives. Juarez, a 2014 Garfield graduate, recommended Murchie for his critical role in shaping her future. 

 

“As an Advanced Placement English Language teacher, Mr. Murchie did more than prepare my class …for the AP exam,” Juarez states in her letter of recommendation. “Although several teachers opposed it, he had my class … read novels such as ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain and ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakauer because he wanted us to face several problems plaguing our society instead of pretending they did not exist.”

 

He also was also the faculty sponsor of the school newspaper, The Scuttlebutt, and she was the editor. He encouraged students to express their thoughts about any topic. As a result, Juarez learned to appreciate the ideas of other students, even when their opinions contrasted with her own. “Besides increasing our societal awareness, Mr. Murchie helped many students, myself included, appreciate writing,” Juarez says.

 

This award recognizes educators who inspire and help their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. This year’s nominees represent 39 states and 20 countries. Murchie is one of 53 teachers who received this honor, along with an engraved desk set.

It’s hot, very hot! High temperatures, as in triple digits, are expected through Tuesday, September 16th, according to the National Weather Service. Due to the increased severity of the heat wave, all outdoor activities should be cancelled or conducted indoors. LAUSD schools and after school programs will remain open as scheduled.Link for more information, http://achieve.lausd.net/oehs
It’s hot, very hot! High temperatures, as in triple digits, are expected through Tuesday, September 16th, according to the National Weather Service. Due to the increased severity of the heat wave, all outdoor activities should be cancelled or conducted indoors. LAUSD schools and after school programs will remain open as scheduled.Link for more information, http://achieve.lausd.net/oehs

It’s hot, very hot! High temperatures, as in triple digits, are expected through Tuesday, September 16th, according to the National Weather Service. Due to the increased severity of the heat wave, all outdoor activities should be cancelled or conducted indoors. LAUSD schools and after school programs will remain open as scheduled.

Link for more information, http://achieve.lausd.net/oehs

School supplies projects funded! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Board Member Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, and Educational Service Center West, Instructional Area Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth visit Marina Del Rey Middle School to present eight teachers with free school supplies from DonorsChoose.org courtesy of Google.
School supplies projects funded! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Board Member Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, and Educational Service Center West, Instructional Area Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth visit Marina Del Rey Middle School to present eight teachers with free school supplies from DonorsChoose.org courtesy of Google.
School supplies projects funded! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Board Member Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, and Educational Service Center West, Instructional Area Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth visit Marina Del Rey Middle School to present eight teachers with free school supplies from DonorsChoose.org courtesy of Google.
School supplies projects funded! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Board Member Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, and Educational Service Center West, Instructional Area Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth visit Marina Del Rey Middle School to present eight teachers with free school supplies from DonorsChoose.org courtesy of Google.

School supplies projects funded! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Board Member Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, and Educational Service Center West, Instructional Area Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth visit Marina Del Rey Middle School to present eight teachers with free school supplies from DonorsChoose.org courtesy of Google.

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