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.

L.A. Unified’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Approved

             Both the 2014-15 LCAP and the 2014-15 Budget Are Okayed 

LOS ANGELES – The numbers were irrefutable. The $700 million in question was indeed spent appropriately last year on students with high needs. As a result of that clarification, the Los Angeles County Office of Education has approved the District’s spending plan targeting additional state dollars to help low-income students, English Language Learners and youth in foster care do better academically. 

The blueprint, known as the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), lays out how the District will allocate resources in the current 2014-15 school year.  However, the amount is based on what was spent during the previous school year.  In L.A. Unified’s case, that included $450 million in unrestricted general funds spent on special education students with high needs.  

“We anticipated approval,” Superintendent John E. Deasy said. “The additional funds will increase our instructional support for the students who most need it.”

Initially, the county education department withheld approval pending the rationale for how $700 million was spent on the targeted groups of students.  L.A. Unified substantiated that the millions were used to help students, including those with special needs, who fit the categories without duplication.

As a result, the LCAP and the District’s $6.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 school year have both been approved.


Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!

A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!

To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.
Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.
Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!

A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!

To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

LAUSD Board Approves Dr. Ruth Perez to Head Instruction

Veteran Educator Brings Expertise Specific to LAUSD Demographics

LOS ANGELES – The Board of Education yesterday approved the hiring of experienced educator Dr. Ruth Pérez to serve as the deputy superintendent of instruction for L.A. Unified. Most recently superintendent of the nearby Norwalk-La Mirada school district, she has also served as a teacher and administrator in diverse areas of Florida and as chief academic officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools in North Carolina.  She is expected to start her new position in mid-September.

"I look forward to working with her in moving this District forward,” Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic said.

“Congratulations Dr. Ruth Pérez and welcome to the LAUSD,” said Board Member Mónica García.  “Dr. Pérez, we welcome your expertise and leadership to support our vision for 100% graduation, to strengthen the effective pieces of our program and radically change what does not work. Our children are counting on your leadership and we look forward to working with you.”

The Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent John E. Deasy to hire Dr. Perez.  Her contract will run through June 30, 2017.

Since 2009, Dr. Pérez has served as the superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.  During her tenure, Dr. Pérez and her team increased graduation rates from (76.5% to 94%), increased Academic Performance Index (API) scores, implemented a principal’s leadership academy, and reformed the Advanced Placement (AP) policy and plan, and many other notable achievements.

Dr. Pérez brings 27 years of experience to her new role. Her track record of success with students who are growing up in poverty, and youth who, like her, didn’t speak English when they started school, equips her to lead instruction for LAUSD.

Contact: Lydia Ramos, (213) 241-6766

Superintendent’s Statement On Common Core Technology Project

We have not canceled the District’s Common Core Technology Project (CCTP). As stated very clearly in my recent memo to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education (Board), I have directed that we halt our use of the current Apple Inc. contract and implement a new Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation for personal computing devices before bringing future phases of the CCTP to the Board for approval. We remain committed to providing students devices that support their access to a world of learning and discovery so they are better prepared to graduate college and career ready.

Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account successes and concerns learned in the initial phases of the CCTP, and receive new information from the California Department of Education regarding assessments. We will incorporate the lessons learned from the original procurement process, including the initial phases and the laptop pilot. Specifically, we will be re-visiting the criteria on which original specifications were based, as well as review vendor responses and student feedback from the tablet deployment and laptop pilot. We expect our current contractor and their subcontractor to participate in the upcoming RFP. 

We have worked hard and are proud of the progress we have made – and will continue to make through additional phases – on this project. The CCTP supports the District’s transition to the Common Core State Standards and its commitment to provide an individualized, interactive and informative-rich learning environment. We look forward to refining our processes and ultimately achieve our vision to equip every one of our students with a personal computing device to help them succeed in the 21st century. This is exactly what our students need and deserve. 

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