CITY PARTNERSHIP

                                          Student Highlight

Read this great success story from our Pupil Services City Partnership Program!
On September 6, 2013, student Isabel T. was referred to PSA Counselor, Linda Garcia and the UCLA YouthSource Center by Belmont High School on Student Recovery Day.   UCLA YouthSource staff, along with Ms. Garcia, conducted a home visit to determine the reason for Isabel’s sister being out of school for over a year.  When Ms. Garcia and UCLA YouthSource staff arrived at the home, Isabel answered the door and advised that her sister was not available. Through the conversation, Isabel revealed that she was also out of school and expressed an interest in returning to obtain her GED and possibly her high school diploma.  UCLA YouthSource staff provided information on services that are available to out of school youth and invited Isabel and her sister to attend an orientation. 

On September 10, Isabel and her sister attended an orientation at the UCLA YouthSource Center and met with Ms. Garcia for an intake and academic assessment.  Ms. Garcia determined that Isabel only needed to complete 2 classes and pass the GED to obtain her high school diploma.  Ms. Garcia referred Isabel to Evans Adult School to complete the classes she needed for the adult high school diploma and referred her to the UCLA YouthSource Center’s WIA program.   Isabel was officially enrolled in the UCLA YouthSource Center on September 19, 2013.  

Once enrolled, Isabel diligently participated in the services offered by the UCLA YouthSource Center.  She attended a GED prep course almost every day and attended over two months of workshops, at least 4 days a week.  On October 30, 2013, Isabel took and passed the GED on her first attempt!        

Within a few weeks, Isabel was referred to the Work Readiness Certificate program, sponsored by Hire LA and also participated in a mock interview to prepare for the real world scenario.  The next day, Isabel received a job interview at H.R. Block and is currently participating in the second round of interviews.

Isabel plans to attend Los Angeles Community College in Fall 2014 and pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

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                                          Diploma Project

                 Student Highlight from San Fernando High School

Let’s hear from Jeffrey…How it’s all worth it in the end!

"My name is Jeffrey Reyes and I am 19 years old.  Just about the time my senior year at SFHS was about to begin, my family and I were faced with devastating news. 

My youngest sister, who was 2 years old at the time was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, a rare type of blood cancer.  My father was the only source of income, as my mom had to quit her job to care for my little sister at the hospital.  Being the oldest of three, I felt the need to undertake the responsibility of getting a full time job to help out with the house expenses.  I never thought I would see myself, or even consider dropping out of school, as I always had good attendance and grades.  However, helping out my family financially was my first priority.

With all the help I received from my academic counselor, Ms. Herrera, RGPC, Ms. Josie Gallo-Aguilar, and GPC, Ms. Nancy Garcia both from the Diploma Project, I was able to continue with my schooling.  They developed a plan for me which consisted of an independent studies program at Options for Youth-Sylmar #1.  They also enrolled me in an North Valley Occupational Valley Adult School and take online classes in order to return to San Fernando HS and graduate with my class…. something that I wanted badly but did not seem possible.   It was really tough to juggle all this while working full time and dealing with my sister’s battle for her life. 

I want to thank The Diploma Project for believing in me and for having that mentality that “it’s never too late… you can do it”.  Now, I am left with this amazing memory of being able to graduate with my friends. My family and I are now able to enjoy my little sister who is now 3 year old… 7 months in remission since her bone marrow transplant.  

My message to anyone is that as much as life throws difficult situations at you, and that you might feel that life sucks at times, there is always a way to look at it on the bright side….you may not see it now but you will, eventually. So, don’t give up, keep working hard towards your goal. It will all be worth it at the end.” 

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2013-14 LAUSD “I’m In” School Attendance Challenge

The 2013-14 LAUSD “I’m In” School Attendance Challenge is an attendance campaign sponsored by the District in collaboration with Schools Federal Credit Union, Clear Channel Media+Entertainment and their select clients, Cool School Café, as well as other corporate partners. The Attendance Challenge will take place beginning in November 2013 through May 2014. All current LAUSD K-12 students that are actively enrolled with 100% attendance for the month period specified are eligible to participate. The attendance eligibility requirements are as follow:
• The student must be present every day and excused or unexcused absences/tardies
will disqualify a student from being eligible for the specified month.
• The student must be at school for all periods of the day and have no partial absences.
• The student must be on time daily to class/period and have no tardies within the
school day.
All K-12 students with perfect attendance for the month will be placed on an eligibility list and entered into a randomly selected drawing. All prizes will be awarded to the winning students on a monthly basis and grand prizes will be awarded in May. Prizes include AMC Movie Ticket Packs (with 2 drinks 2 popcorn), Subway gift cards, iTunes Gift Cards, and tickets to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios. The goal of the “I’m In” Student Attendance Challenge is to increase attendance at every level and to recognize students for excellent attendance throughout the year. For additional information visit the Pupil Services website http://pupilservices.lausd.net/

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                                Cash for College Workshops!
                                      January - March 2014
The L.A. Cash for College will host its annual workshops designed to assist students in completing financial aid applications during the financial aid application season from January 1st to March 2nd. In addition, the program hosts a “Super Saturday” event set for February 1, 2014 where more than 40 workshops are scheduled simultaneously throughout the greater Los Angeles region.
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                                Cash for College Workshops!
                                      January - March 2014
The L.A. Cash for College will host its annual workshops designed to assist students in completing financial aid applications during the financial aid application season from January 1st to March 2nd. In addition, the program hosts a “Super Saturday” event set for February 1, 2014 where more than 40 workshops are scheduled simultaneously throughout the greater Los Angeles region.
http://pupilservices.lausd.net/
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd
http://www.lacashforcollege.org/home.html
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, 01/15/14

lausd:

                                Cash for College Workshops!

                                      January - March 2014

The L.A. Cash for College will host its annual workshops designed to assist students in completing financial aid applications during the financial aid application season from January 1st to March 2nd. In addition, the program hosts a “Super Saturday” event set for February 1, 2014 where more than 40 workshops are scheduled simultaneously throughout the greater Los Angeles region.

http://pupilservices.lausd.net/

https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd

http://www.lacashforcollege.org/home.html

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, 01/15/14

LAUSD Grad Van at the Move It 5K Challenge
The Grad Van supported the LAUSD Move It 5K Challenge at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, November 16th, 2013. Pupil Services Counselors provided parents, students, staff and the community with information on attendance, graduation requirements and post-secondary resources. By all accounts the event was a great success! Click here to see more pictures of the event.
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LAUSD Grad Van at the Move It 5K Challenge
The Grad Van supported the LAUSD Move It 5K Challenge at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, November 16th, 2013. Pupil Services Counselors provided parents, students, staff and the community with information on attendance, graduation requirements and post-secondary resources. By all accounts the event was a great success! Click here to see more pictures of the event.
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LAUSD Grad Van at the Move It 5K Challenge
The Grad Van supported the LAUSD Move It 5K Challenge at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, November 16th, 2013. Pupil Services Counselors provided parents, students, staff and the community with information on attendance, graduation requirements and post-secondary resources. By all accounts the event was a great success! Click here to see more pictures of the event.
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LAUSD Grad Van at the Move It 5K Challenge

The Grad Van supported the LAUSD Move It 5K Challenge at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, November 16th, 2013. Pupil Services Counselors provided parents, students, staff and the community with information on attendance, graduation requirements and post-secondary resources. By all accounts the event was a great success! Click here to see more pictures of the event.

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Caroling students, from Ramon C. Cortines High School of the Visual and Performing Arts, delighted employees at LAUSD headquarters today. Singing holiday favorites, they strolled throughout the building. Click here to view a clip, and feel free to sing along! Click on  to view more. Thank you Cortines students.

Chilly temperatures continue to bring snow to the Los Angeles Unified School District area. Grape Street Elementary School students and staff received a blanket of the wet, white stuff just in time for Mattel’s “Winter Wonderland, Days of Play” events. Mattel brought holiday cheer to students and provided lasting memories. The school playground was transformed into a toy land with activities for boys and girls like Hot Wheel racing, Barbie dress-up, powered-riding toys and dancing. Los Angeles Unified School District thanks Mattel for sharing gifts and time with our students and their families. Click here for more photos.

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Today’s Teacher of the Day: Isabel Perez

LAUSD teachers dedicate long nights and weekends to review and prepare their lessons.  Many also use valuable vacation time to explore new and innovative ways of teaching. Like Isabel Perez, a Science teacher at Bravo Medical Magnet High School who spent her summer researching in Ecuador.
“I hope this will help students become aware that they can be proactive in their community or at least get the word out there are ways to prevent invasive species from spreading. This information also will encourage students, their families, and friends to use native species when planting gardens,” said Isabel Perez who teaches biology, chemistry, anatomy/physiology, genetics and zoology at Bravo. Last summer she traveled to Ecuador as part of a fellowship with Earthwatch, an organization of scientists, educators, students and business people who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research. “My experiences this summer in Ecuador,” said Perez, “are already paying off in my lesson plans and in igniting the passions of my students.”
Working in an open-air laboratory, she and nine other U.S. researchers studied and recorded their research on raising caterpillars and the effects of climate and the general environment. The fellowship only added to her passion for science, which began when she was a child helping her parents grow mint and wheat on their family farm.
Her unique perspective enhances the learning experience of our students. Thank you for your hard work, sacrifices and continued learning as you find more ways to help youngsters excel.
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Today’s Teacher of the Day: Isabel Perez

LAUSD teachers dedicate long nights and weekends to review and prepare their lessons.  Many also use valuable vacation time to explore new and innovative ways of teaching. Like Isabel Perez, a Science teacher at Bravo Medical Magnet High School who spent her summer researching in Ecuador.

“I hope this will help students become aware that they can be proactive in their community or at least get the word out there are ways to prevent invasive species from spreading. This information also will encourage students, their families, and friends to use native species when planting gardens,” said Isabel Perez who teaches biology, chemistry, anatomy/physiology, genetics and zoology at Bravo. Last summer she traveled to Ecuador as part of a fellowship with Earthwatch, an organization of scientists, educators, students and business people who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research. “My experiences this summer in Ecuador,” said Perez, “are already paying off in my lesson plans and in igniting the passions of my students.”

Working in an open-air laboratory, she and nine other U.S. researchers studied and recorded their research on raising caterpillars and the effects of climate and the general environment. The fellowship only added to her passion for science, which began when she was a child helping her parents grow mint and wheat on their family farm.

Her unique perspective enhances the learning experience of our students. Thank you for your hard work, sacrifices and continued learning as you find more ways to help youngsters excel.

Tolling of the Bells in Honor of Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte

The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John E. Deasy, has directed that all bells be tolled at schools and facilities in honor of Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013. “Tolling” a bell refers to the slow ringing of a bell, about once every four to ten seconds and is the type of ringing that is most often associated with honoring those who have passed away.

Due to Ms. LaMotte’s extraordinary service and commitment to the District, the tolling of the bells at every school will be a fitting tribute to Ms. LaMotte, whose heart was at each school as she tirelessly advocated for students, teachers, site administrators and parents throughout her long career with LAUSD and during her tenure on the Board of Education.

This morning a moment of silence will take place at 8:59 and the tolling of the bells will commence simultaneously at 9 in all schools and facilities and should last 40 seconds in duration.

STATEMENT ON MARGUERITE POINDEXTER LAMOTTE             

Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic and Superintendent Dr. John Deasy issued a joint statement today on the passing of Board Member Marguerite Poindexter Lamotte.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy expressed his profound sorrow as he praised Los Angeles Board of Education Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who passed away today in San Diego.

“Ms. Marguerite LaMotte dedicated her life to the students of LA Unified. She advocated passionately and without apology for all students,” Deasy said. “She was a fighter for civil rights and for quality education.”

“She will be missed by her former students, her fellow teachers and principals, by the members of the Board and the entire Los Angeles Unified School District family,” the superintendent added.

Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic worked for years with Marguerite LaMotte when they were principals of schools in L.A. Unified, before they were elected to serve as Board Members. “She was my dear friend, colleague and inspiration.  She was always a terrific educator, always committed to ‘her babies,’ which is what she called her students. Her rich experiences as a teacher and principal informed her decisions. She never stopped fighting for them on the school board,” he said.

Board Vice President Steve Zimmer commented, “I am heartbroken at the loss of my friend, my mentor and my colleague in the lifework of raising the lives of children throughout Los Angeles. She was my strength, my wisdom, and my conscience whenever I wavered. There is not a member of the LAUSD family not touched by this loss. Ms. LaMotte was an education pioneer throughout her life.  The students, teachers, principals and staff of the District have lost their greatest champion.”

 

“Years ago, I attended a board meeting as a teacher/UTLA member. I vividly remember watching Marguerite speak up for teachers and I so admired her.   I was so grateful for her endorsement and support during my election.  I was touched that at my swearing in, she gave flowers to my mother.  After my election, she took me under her wing and provided support and guidance.  She consistently called it like she saw it.  She believed in treating people like professionals but never wavering from the fact that we are here for one reason only - to support and uplift our students - all our students. I will miss her tremendously,” Board Member Mónica Ratliff said.

 

Board Member Bennett Kayser said, “Ms. LaMotte was a large part of the reason we still have a democratically elected school board in Los Angeles. As one who was denied the right to vote in her home state of Louisiana, she more than anyone valued the importance of freely elected school board members and was a true civil rights leader. I will miss her and vow to continue her efforts to include standard English language learners in curriculum discussions.”

 

“Ms. LaMotte fought for what she believed in every day,” said Board Member Mónica García.  “Her life work broke barriers for people of color, women, and children. She will always be remembered as someone who cared deeply about her community and dedicated herself to lifelong learning.”

 

“I mourn the passing of a colleague and friend, who tirelessly and passionately advocated for the children of Los Angeles, and the employees of this District. Today I honor her, and will carry on her efforts to fight for social justice in this city and our schools,” said Board Member Tamar Galatzan.

First elected in 2003, Marguerite LaMotte represented Board District 1, which stretched from parts of South and Southwest Los Angeles, including the Crenshaw District, pushing up against the boundaries of Beverly Hills, Culver City and Inglewood.  Re-elected, she was serving her third term.

Her numerous accomplishments included: Closing the achievement gap between African American students and others; addressing the dropout rate; pursuing additional resources for instruction; seeking physical improvements such as the new auditorium and gymnasium at Dorsey High School and the construction of a number of new schools, such as Knox Elementary, throughout her district.

As a veteran educator, she began her career with LA Unified in the classroom at Drew Middle School in 1973, and quickly moved up, working as head counselor of Edison Junior High, and as principal of Horace Mann Jr. High. She promoted to senior administrative positions, but in 1991 returned to her first love, a school.  In her last position with the District, she served for ten years as the principal of Washington Preparatory High School, where she was lauded for raising student achievement. 

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