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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

15959 East Gale Avenue
City of Industry, California 91746

 

AGENDA
Study Session
May 3, 2017
6:30 p.m. Board Room

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Posted by: Mauricio Villa
Published: 4/28/17




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Release: #17-24
March 30, 2017
Contact: Cynthia Butler
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818
 
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2017 Model School Attendance Program Winners

 

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that 27 school attendance programs were recognized as Model School Attendance Review Boards (SARBs) for innovative and effective practices to reduce suspensions, expulsions, and chronic absenteeism.

“Students need to be in school to learn. The terrific work of the review boards is a testament to the collaboration between the school, parents, and community so that all students have the opportunity to succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” Torlakson said.

The number of districts that applied to the Model SARB Recognition Program tripled since 2016. The State SARB, an expert panel appointed by Torlakson, reviewed the applications.

All school programs chosen use a three-tiered approach to keep students in school. The first tier rewards improved attendance and creates an engaging school climate with low suspension rates. The second tier identifies attendance problems early and provides personalized outreach to students and parents. The third tier refers the most persistent attendance or behavior problems to a SARB and combines resources to solve the underlying attendance problems.

Poor attendance increases the likelihood that certain groups of students will drop out, including children living in poverty, African Americans, Native Americans, foster youth, and others. Chronic absenteeism and truancy also costs California school districts millions of dollars each year.

The California Department of Education is collecting chronic absenteeism rates for the first time during the 2016-2017 school year. The definition of chronic absenteeism is missing 10 percent or more of the total days enrolled for any reason. Data so far shows improvement in several districts, including:

  • Pittsburg Unified School District decreased its chronic absenteeism rate by 21 percent over the past three years.
  • Fontana Unified School District’s chronic absentee rate dropped from 10.5 percent to 9.2 percent, from the 2015–16 school year to 2016–17.
  • Jurupa Unified School District reported a truancy rate of 23.5 percent, below both the Riverside County rate of 34 percent and the state average rate of 31 percent.

Next year districts will be able to compare their chronic absenteeism rates for different student groups to state averages for the first time and incorporate findings into their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

The Model SARBs will serve as mentors to other school districts, and help them to develop their own strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism. AB 2815 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, passed in 2016 and expanded the role of attendance supervisors with up-to-date strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism and truancy.

The Model SARB awards will be presented at the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance State Conference on April 19, 2017, in Tahoe City, CA. For more information, visit the California Department of Education School Attendance Review Boards Web page.

A list of the 27 Model SARBs and their chairpersons, who can act as mentors for other SARBs in the state, is listed below.

 

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 4/18/17




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Join us at the Hacienda Heights Community Center for the concert performance and Palm Canyon School for the sight reading. Both are open to the public and free of charge.

 

Jay Laging

Director of Bands

Chair, Performing Arts Academy

Los Altos High School

Hacienda Heights, CA

(626) 934-5445

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/19/17




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Tenth Annual HLP Educational Foundation Scholarship Dinner

"Stairsteps to Success":  Thursday, April 27, 2017

 

4:30 pm - 6:20 pm  Silent Auction Bid

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  Dinner

6:30 pm - 6:45 pm  Welcome-Introductions

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm  Live Auction

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Scholarship Awards

(Major credit cards, check or cash for silent and live auction items accepted).

 

Location:

Industry Hills Expo Center Pavilion

16200 Temple Avenue

City of Industry, CA 91744

 

** Contact Jeanette Terredanio at (626) 933-3800 for more info

 

Business Attire

The annual SGV Educational Foundation "Stairsteps to Success" Scholarship Dinner raises thousands of dollars for graduating student scholarships.  The scholarship dinner-auction fundraiser will be held at the Industry Hills Expo Center Pavilion. Events of the evening will included dinner provided by Chef Douglas Fore and the Adult Education Culinary Arts students, a silent auction of gift baskets and live auction, and awarding of scholarships to students. 

 

The annual Scholarship Dinner is a celebration of the success students have achieved and an opportunity for business and community partners to enjoy a wonderful evening of dining, entertainment, and camaraderie with students, parents and District personnel.

 

The evening honors students who have demonstrated persistence in accomplishing educational goals.  The student scholarship awardees represented all of the high school and adult education programs and reflect faculty and staff dedication to helping every student reach their achievement goals. 

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/15/17




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At the March 9th, 2017 HLPUSD Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved the agreement between Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and Code To The Future, to provide coding classes for elementary students in a Computer Science Immersion Program, from March 14, 2017 through June 30, 2022. 

 

Code to the Future specializes in coding lessons geared to elementary students and offers an established curriculum, coaches for the classrooms on a rotating basis, and professional development.

 

Baldwin Academy and Bixby Elementary School were identified for the Spring 2017 soft launch, due to the schools’ demonstrated use of technology and implementation of both the math and English adoptions. The other five elementary schools identified are Del Valle, Wedgeworth and Workman Elementary Schools, Cedarlane Academy and Valinda School of Academics. Two middle schools will be added in 2018-19.

 

To learn more about Code to the Future in HLPUSD, contact Dr. Angela Lin at (626) 933-1000.

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/10/17




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CSEA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

Willow Center 14101 E. Nelson Ave., La Puente, CA 91746

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
 

Instructions on How To Register and Workshop Offerings in Attachment Below

 

For any questions please contact:

Mar Salim at (626) 933-3883
 

Online Registration ONLY at: goo.gl/3TJIa3


Last day to Register is
Friday, March 24, 2017 by noon!


Please enjoy a complimentary breakfast prior to sign in!
 

Meals Provided by HLPUSD
Continental Breakfast (Optional)
Lunch

 

WORKSHOPS:
Customer Service · Behavioral Strategies
Career Paths · Basic Employee Safety · Google Docs · Basic Excel · Personal Balance & Wellness
Consumer Nutrition 101· Personal Finance · Retirement/HR · School Construction Process

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/7/17




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CITIZEN’S BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING

HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5:30 p.m. La Puente Conference Room

District Office

15959 East Gale Avenue

City of Industry, California 91746

 

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Jackie Pielin at (626) 933-3892 or jamora@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 2/27/17




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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District: 

2017 Lunar New Year - Spring Festival Program

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The 2017 Lunar New Year Spring Festival Program was held on February 2, 2017 at the Hacienda Heights Community Center.  Student performances of music, dance and displays of artwork helped celebrate the "Year of the Rooster" new year.

Student performances included:

  • Korean Percussion Performance Samulnori (Cedarlane Academy, Grades 2-8 & Korean Dual Immersion Program Parents)
  • Little Frog and Happy New Year (Cedarlane Academy, Grades K-5)
  • Korean New Year's Day Song with small drum (Cedarlane Academy)
  • Doll Dance (Korean Dual Immersion Program Kindergarten)
  • Happy Lunar New Year Xin Nian Hao, Gongxi Gongxi (Mesa Robles School, Grade 6)
  • "Heartbeat" (Glen A. Wilson High School)
  • Taiwanese Aboriginal Dance (Newton Middle School, Grade 6-7)
  • Korean Dance Pollock (Glen A. Wilson High School, Korean Program)
  • I Love My Family (Cedarlane Academy, Grades 3-5)
  • "Often Go Home to Take A Look" Skit (Glen A. Wilson  High School)
  • Taiwanese Aboriginal Dance (Cedarlane Academy, Chinese Dual Immersion Program, Grade 6)
  • Umbrella Dance (Newton Middle School, Grade 6)
  • You Are the One (Cedarlane Academy, Grades 5-8)
  • Fashion Show (Los Altos High  School)
  • Skit - "Three Move of Mencius Mother", Chorus - Heirs of the Dragon (Mesa Robles School, Grades 6-8)
  • Koi Dance (Glen A. Wilson High School)
  • Peacock Dance (Wilson High School/Little Dance World)
  • Chinese Instruments, Chorus and Dance (Los Altos High School)
  • Chorus & Martial Arts "A Man Should Strengthen Himself" (Los Altos High School)
  • Lion Dance (Northern Shaolin Kung Fu)

Special thanks....

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 2/6/17




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The State of the District 2017

 

The 2017 State of the District presentation by Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer is now available for viewing online.

 

The Superintendent highlighted student and district achievements and shared future goals for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.

 

The State of the District 2017 was held on January 19, 2017 at the Hacienda Heights Community Center. 

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/22/17




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 PARENT UNIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM

MARCH 18, 2017

21st Century Education and Skills  

 

Hacienda La Puente’s Instructional Services Division and Adult Education program will host a very important educational event that is open to the community.

 

We will offer workshops from which parents can choose three.

 

FREE!!!

 

WORKSHOPS SUCH AS:

  • 21ST Century Technology
  • Mathematics from TK-12
  • Next Generation Science and STEAM
  • Culinary Arts
  • And more!

 

MARCH 18, 2017 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

WILLOW ADULT SCHOOL

14101 E. NELSON, LA PUENTE CA 91746

 

For more information please contact:

Helene Cunningham (626)933-4301 or hcunningham@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

Kathy Meade (626)933-4342 or kmeade@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/18/17




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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
15959 East Gale Avenue
City of Industry, California 91746


AGENDA
Study Session
January 18, 2017
6:30 p.m. Board Room

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/13/17




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The Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation supports and encourages graduating seniors from any of the four high schools in Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in their pursuit of higher education through the granting of scholarships, an objective which has the added benefit of bettering the community at large.

 

The Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation believes that students deserve education beyond high school. A lack of money should not be the obstacle to a student striving to achieve their educational goals.

 

Applicant is responsible for submitting all materials to the Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

In order to qualify for the scholarship award, students must submit the following:

  • Student application, signed and complete.

  • Current complete transcripts of grades.

  • Copy of most recently filed 1040 tax form.

  • Two Reference letters using form provided by RCSF

 

All materials, including transcripts, must be submitted to:

 

Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation

Selection Committee

P.O. Box 4311, La Puente, CA 91744

 

or emailed to:

 

Application period : January 6 to March 10, 2017 

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Published: 1/9/17




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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) 

Application for Appointment

(Due January 20, 2017)

Overview of Citizens' Bond Oversight Committees ("CBOC")

In June 2000, the voters of the State of California authorized an amendment to the California Constitution (Proposition 39) that lowered the voter approval requirement from 2/3 to 55% for local bonds and that required the formation of a committee of appointed citizens to oversee the expenditure of bond funds, annual performance audit and financial audit of bond projects. Proposition 39 provides that the CBOC shall have at least seven (7) members who shall serve a minimum term of two (2) years and for no more than three (3) consecutive terms.

 

Purpose

Because the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District ("District") elected to pursue a bond election under the provisions of Proposition 39, State Law requires the District to establish a CBOC appointed by the District's Governing Board. The Committee's purposes are:

  • To actively inform the public concerning the expenditures of bond revenues.
  • To review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayer money for school construction.
  • To report to members of the community whether the District is in compliance with bond expenditures requirements according to paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution.

 

Duties

Duties of the Committee will include:

  • Ensure Bond funds are spent only on projects listed in the Bond Project Lists.
  • Monitor progress of Bond projects.
  • Receive and review copies of the annual performance and financial audits of Bond projects as required by California State law (Proposition 39).
  • Provide information to the public on the progress of Bond projects and expenditures of Bond funds.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Nancy Ruiz at (626) 933-3801 or nruiz@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

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Published: 12/20/16




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** Survey Closes January 25, 2017**

 

Greetings!  The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is surveying parents, staff members, and community members to learn more about your perceptions and experiences with HLPUSD. Specifically, we hope to gather feedback on the district’s Local Control and Accountability (LCAP) goals, such as current performance, areas for improvement, and future goals.

 

We hope that you will participate in this survey. Your feedback is essential, and will help HLPUSD improve programs and services to students, families, employees, and community members.

 

HLPUSD has partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze this survey. Hanover Research is an independent market research firm based in Washington, D.C., and is in no way affiliated with any other entity or organization. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential, so please be as open and honest as possible. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jill Ross (jross@hanoversurveys.com) at Hanover Research.

 

We appreciate your participation! Please click the link below to begin.

 

 

Student Survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/student

 

Staff Survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/staff

 

Parent Survey (English): http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/parents-english

 

Parent Survey (Spanish): http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/parents-spanish

 

Parent Survey (Mandarin): http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/parents-mandarin

 

Thank you,

 

Cynthia Parulan-Colfer

Superintendent

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 12/12/16




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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
15959 East Gale Avenue
City of Industry, California 91746


AGENDA
Study Session
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 p.m. Board Room

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 10/14/16




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Thank you Hacienda La Puente community for approving Bond Measure BB! 

 

"To provide modern classroom technology and facilities needed for student success, continue advanced programs in math, science and arts, acquire, construct and repair facilities and equipment, and protect Hacienda La Puente’s quality education..."

 

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.hlpschools.org/bond2016

 

 

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 10/10/16




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On Saturday, October 1st, 2016, the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Open House Fair was held.  This community event occurred at the Hacienda Heights Community Center from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.  The event featured and Arts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) showcase of student work, an After School Education carnival, prize raffles, blood drive, and information booths from schools, community organizations and district departments.

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Student performances included the Fairgrove Academy Jazz Band, the Los Robles Elementary School Jumping Knights, the California Elementary School Dance Team, Mesa Robles Soundsation, the Workman High School Jazz Band, the La Puente High School Dance Company, the Mesa Robles Jazz Band, the Cedarlane Academy Dance Team, Wilson High School Code Club, and Los Altos Elementary School Dance Group.

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School clubs included the La Puente High School Warrior Engineering team (http://www.lptech.org) and the Los Altos Academy of Engineering (http://lasv.org).

 

For more information about the 2017 Open House Expo, please contact Cynthia Cabello, Executive Director of Student and Family Services (SFS) at (626) 933-1000.

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Published: 10/9/16




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HLPUSD Openhousefair2016.jpgWhat:   Open House Fair

When:  Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Hacienda Heights Community Center

            1234 Valencia Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

 

District families and community are invited to this Open House Fair to share resources, generate awareness of college opportunities and outstanding programs offered throughout the District, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and build community partnerships.

 

For more information contact, (626) 933-1000 or info@hlpusd.k12.ca.us.

 


 

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Published: 8/19/16




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What: District College Fair

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: La Puente High School, 14615 E. Nelson Avenue, La Puente, CA 91744, (626) 934-6700

 

The 57th Assembly District College & Career Fair will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at La Puente High School from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (flyer attached).

 

Admissions representatives from over 40 colleges, universities, and career technical programs will be in attendance. Workshops will be held in English and Spanish to cover topics such as financial aid, the DREAM Act, SAT/ACT, UC/CSU admissions, writing personal statements, and community colleges. 

 

High school students who attend the College & Career Fair will be entered in the opportunity drawing for prizes ranging from $100 to $250. Winners must be present to accept.

 

Also, high school seniors who attend a school in the 57th Assembly District are eligible to participate in the 57th Assembly District Essay Contest where they will be given the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship (flyer & necessary submission form attached). Deadline for submissions is September 8, 2016.

 

The College & Career Fair is FREE to ALL parents & high school students attending schools in the 57th Assembly District. For more information please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a57/district/upcoming-events.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Samantha Marquez at (562) 692-5858 or samantha.marquez@asm.ca.gov. Thank you for your consideration and we hope you join us September 17th!

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Published: 8/19/16




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Free Online SAT Practice Tools from College Board and Khan Academy

 

Learn more at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz7Odl6e8EI

 

The College Board and Khan Academy teamed up to provide free, personalized SAT practice tools for students everywhere. With thousands of practice questions, video lessons, full-length practice tests, and more, there’s no better place to prepare for the SAT. Get started today at satpractice.org!

 

 

 

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Published: 8/16/16




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Evaluation by Public Works Shows Increased Confidence in Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Teachers Implementing STEM Curriculum

 

Teachers from Local Elementary Schools Say California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) Summer Institutes Have Increased Student Engagement; Put “Tools” in their Toolbox

 

Press Release – La Puente/Pomona, CALIF — Public Works, a non-profit evaluation services organization that serves as the statewide and local evaluator for the California Department of Education’s California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) Program recently found seventy percent of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD) teachers felt confident in integrating curriculum across STEM disciplines. Furthermore, ninety-eight percent felt confident integrating technology into their students’ learning experiences.

 

“Teachers and principals have been very positive about the CaMSP training,” said Mikala Rahn, president and co-founder of Public Works, and lead evaluator for CaMSP at HLPUSD. “Principals are very enthusiastic about their teachers’ participating in the projects, and teachers have said that the CaMSP professional development has increased their enthusiasm for teaching math.”

In 2014, the Math and Technology CaMSP Program recruited fifty HLPUSD 3rd through 5th grade teachers for participation in its professional development program. The first of three summer institutes began in 2014, where professional development focused on expanding the mathematics content knowledge of teachers, aligning mathematics curricula and practice to the California Common Core Standards, integrating technology into teacher lessons, and identifying technology resources that can be used by students to enhance their learning. Now in its third and final year of the project, Dr. Laurie Riggs, Professor, from neighboring California State Polytechnic University Pomona Mathematics and Statistics department continues to guide participants by teaching the integration of science concepts within applied math instruction.

“The summer intensives have been a rich learning experience that have explored tools and manipulatives to help teachers build understanding and take a deeper look at the math and science content in the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards,” Dr. Riggs said. “Using hands-on tools and new technologies proved to be very valuable because it allowed teachers to deepen their understanding and reflect on how the strategies could work in their classrooms. Teachers were also able to bring what they learned back to their schools, and share the content and ideas with their colleagues. These talented teachers have demonstrated leadership and commitment to improving instruction in the new standards.”

 

Carrie Peck, project director for the HLAUSD Math and Technology CaMSP Project has seen the increased confidence, especially in seasoned teachers, many whom have been teaching math and science to elementary school kids for 15 or more years.

Maggie Jardine, who has been teaching for 17 years and currently teaches 5th grade at Temple Academy in La Puente, says science has always been a passion and the Math and Technology CaMSP Summer Institutes have helped increase her self-esteem and confidence integrating math and science. “The Summer Institutes puts tools in my tool box,” says Jardine. “I knew I would have to integrate science in language arts and bring in Common Core, but I couldn’t see where I could implement those disciplines. Dr. Riggs has provides us with hands-on ideas we can use in the classroom and it has really opened my eyes to things I can do.”

 

Jose Ariaza, a 3rd grade teacher at Lassalette Elementary in La Puente, has been a passionate teacher for nearly 20 years and was surprised to find that he wasn’t doing the maximum he could for students. “Dr. Riggs introduced ‘Number Talks’ as a method to really engage students in a collaborative, verbal thought process for problem solving,” said Araiza. “Using one problem and presenting it to the students for us to discuss for 10 minutes was an eye opener. To hear the students diversity of answers and problem solving really helped me see how some of the students are really gifted. It’s taken away the fear for students knowing that there isn’t just one correct way of solving a problem.”

 

About Public Works

Public Works is a non-profit corporation founded in 1998 dedicated to working with schools, government agencies and the non- profit sector by providing services and resources to organizations that educate and inform children, youth and families. Our mission is to put data into action, transforming statistics into information that informs decisions, improves accountability and communicates the impact of public policy. Public Works serves as the statewide and local evaluator of the CaMSP program. More information can be found at www.publicworksinc.org.

 

About the California Mathematics and Science Partnership

The California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) program began in 2004. CaMSP is funded by a statewide competitive grant program administered by the Professional Learning Support Division’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Office of the California Department of Education (CDE) under the Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) component of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Since that time, over 100 partnerships of local school districts and universities have been authorized by CDE involving hundreds of schools and many thousands of teachers. More information can be found at: www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/ma/camspintrod.asp.

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Published: 8/16/16




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New Dual Immersion Language Programs

in Chinese and Korean 

 

At Cedarlane Academy, the goal of our new Dual Immersion programs in Chinese (starting in 6th grade) and Korean (starting in Kindergarten) is to continue the development of students' bilingualism, biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies through mastery of challenging curriculum in both Chinese/Korean and English.


Cedarlane Academy's Dual Immersion programs’ participating students are held to the high level of rigor. Dual Immersion students take two classes taught in Chinese: Chinese language arts (during zero period) and Chinese social studies. The content, scope, sequence, and standards of Chinese social studies is identical to the English course counterpart. Dual Immersion students also take English language arts taught in English, Science, math, P.E., and elective class of their choice.  Korean Dual Immersion program is following a 50:50 Korean/English model and begins in Kindergarten.

 

Native English speakers must begin the Dual Immersion program in elementary school to be eligible to participate in Cedarlane Academy's Middle School Immersion Program. Native Chinese speakers who did not attend an elementary Dual Immersion Program, may begin at Cedarlane Academy, contingent upon tested Chinese language proficiency. 

 

For the Korean Dual Immersion program, any incoming Kinder student is eligible.  Advanced and AP Chinese courses, Korean as a Foreign Language courses as well as an IB program offered at Wilson High School, HLPUSD, are the natural next steps for our Middle School Dual Immersion Students.

 

For more information, please contact the school principal, Ellen Park, at eypark@hlpusd.k12.ca.us.

 

(July 2016)

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Published: 7/19/16




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William Workman High School recognized as a 'California Democracy School' on April 30th at  the Ronald Reagan Library

 

Congratulations to William Workman High School!  On April 30th, Workman High School received recognition as a ‘California Democracy School’.  The dedication in creating a learning environment that not only includes, but highlights and institutionalizes civic learning in preparing all students for college, career, and citizenship is to be highly commendable.  Special recognition goes to the leaders of this initiative- Billie Joe Wright, Christine Sardo and project colleagues Araceli Garcia, Monique Matus, Mark Munoz, Eric Blackshaw, Jennifer Buchi and Claudia de la Torre.  Ben Webster has done a fine job supporting the initiative and will continue to indorse the hard work the teacher leaders have created in developing civic minded students.

 

California Democracy School Civic Learning Initiative

http://www.lacoe.edu/CurriculumInstruction/HistorySocialScience/CaliforniaDemocracySchool.aspx

The California Democracy School Project, funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, is designed to institutionalize civic learning in high schools to prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. The project strengthens existing initiatives including the Common Core State Standards, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.

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Published: 5/6/16




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U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced the winners of this year's Congressional App Challenge, Andrew Rojas, Santiago Torres, and Eric Liu of Los Altos High School, students that created Drop Saver, a mobile application created to help smartphone users manage their water usage.

A panel of independent judges determined the winning team of the competition that featured mobile applications created by high school students from California's 39th Congressional District.

Rep. Royce announced their decision at the Competition's Exhibit and Awards Ceremony on February 17th, 2016 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.  Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer, Board President Penny Fraumeni, and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Judy Fancher were in attendance. Los Altos High School Principal Cheli McReynolds and Los Altos Academy of Engineering Advisor Ed Richter were also present.

Los Altos High School and the winning developers will have Drop Saver displayed in the United States Capitol.

"I'm continually blown away by the talent of our community's young people. The Congressional App Challenge encourages students to develop critical STEM skills, all while they have fun. Congratulations to Los Altos High School and all of the participating teams. I know all of the competitors have bright futures ahead of them," said Rep. Royce.

"The idea of a water-saving app is awesome! We definitely need it in California," said judge Chi Ni, founder of Straight A, Inc., on competition winner Drop Saver.

"The Drop Saver app addresses a critical issue that impacts everyone in California. The app has a user-friendly interface including sliding bars for users to input their own water use," said judge Simon Evans of the Los Angeles District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Drop Saver is an app designed to help California, as well as the rest of the world's people with access to a smartphone, save water. Fresh water, especially in California, is at an all-time low and the app helps by allowing users to keep track of water usage, making it easier to cut waste.

Second place was awarded to Rosary Academy.

Third place was awarded to Troy High School.

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For Immediate Release: February 4, 2015

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Placed on the College Board’s Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll for Expanding Access to College

 

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130 School Districts Across the U.S. Are Honored

 

[City of Industry, CA] — The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is one of 130 school districts in the United States being recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. The districts featured on the Honor Roll have expanded access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs.

 

Districts on the Honor Roll demonstrated significant and consistent growth in the number of underrepresented students and students from lower-income backgrounds participating in AP®, taking the SAT®, and applying to four or more colleges.

“The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll recognizes educators and administrators who excel in delivering opportunity to students,” said David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board. “By increasing access to stimulating courses and college opportunity, they have created a culture of success that will continue to grow and benefit students.”

There is no application process for the award. To be included on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll, the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District had to have:

  • Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took the SAT
  • Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took an AP course and exam
  • Increased the total number of underrepresented students who were on track for college, as demonstrated by scoring 1550+ on the SAT
  • Increased the total number of underrepresented students who scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam
  • Increased the total number of underrepresented students who sent their SAT scores to at least four colleges

 

Districts on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll show how exemplary classroom instruction, challenging courses, and daily hard work and practice make all the difference in the lives of students.

 

The complete Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll can be found at https://goo.gl/89QdbQ.

 

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About the College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

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Click here to view the: State of the District Address presented by Superintendent Parulan-Colfer from Wednesday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hacienda Heights Community Center.

 

Hacienda La Puente Unified celebrates success while looking toward the future

By Sandra Molina, Whittier Daily News

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HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Hacienda La Puente Unified School District officials credit the relationship between teachers, administrators, staff, parents and the community at-large as the basis for its success.

 

Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer presented the annual State of the District Wednesday night at the Hacienda Heights Community Center, highlighting accomplishments such as the number of state and federal accolades earned by schools, as well as updates on curriculum and infrastructure improvements.

“What is happening on our campuses only happens with the cooperation between our board of education, personnel, parents and the community,” she said. “Parent participation really is the genesis of what we do to create a successful learning environment for their children.”

 

Board President Penny Fraumeni concurred.

“It’s all about the children; everything we do has to be focused on them,” she told the audience, with a special acknowledgement to the teachers in attendance. “It’s about our students’ achievements and well-being.”

 

The district’s success, Parulan-Colfer said, shows in the improving graduation rates. In 2010, the rate was 77.8 percent compared 90.1 percent in 2014.

 

In grades 3 to 11, HLPUSD students met or exceeded state standards in English and language arts. On the other hand, only 3rd and 4th grades met or exceeded state standards in math.

“We identified this trend a couple of years ago,” Parulan-Colfer said, “and did the first adoption of new instructional materials in mathematics,” adding additional and support courses in the middle schools.

 

Another area that has taken flight is the district’s renewed emphasis on college and career planning.

 

“The board has made it a top priority that we make being college and career ready a reality for our students,” Parulan-Colfer said.

The district offers general education classes in English, biology and a few other subjects that are acceptable by the CSU and UC systems.

 

Improvements to campuses include painting exteriors of campus building in school colors; new tables and seats for cafeterias; new fencing and flooring; locker room refurbishing and energy-efficient lighting.

 

Technological improvements include the installation of a second computer lab at every school; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) laptop carts in middle grades and 6th grades; the Amazon Kindle Tablet Computer Family Literacy Project; a iPad pilot program and the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) program.

 

“The things happening at the district are part of a plan to maximize the talents, interests, and abilities of all our students, enabling them to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world,” Parulan-Colfer said.

 

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60 Exemplars nationwide feature how innovation makes learning possible for all students. Hacienda La Puente Unified is the one district in the country earning this distinction in Early Childhood Education.

 

On December 1, 2015 -  P21, the leading organization advocating for 21st century learning for every student, has designated Hacienda La Puente Unified School District as an early learning exemplar, as part of a nationwide initiative identifying models of exemplary 21st century learning practices that are preparing students for success across the United States.

 

Now entering its 4th year, P21’s 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program shares case studies of schools and districts that have successfully transformed student learning through innovative and transformative practices that include collaborative teaching and learning, distributed leadership, student voice and choice, engaged community partnerships, a climate of achievement, and evidence-based practices into teacher practice, curriculum, assessment, and professional development.

 

The 2016 21st Century Learning Exemplars, including the Early Childhood Education Professional Learning Community at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District were selected along with 17 schools and 2 districts through a rigorous application process, and evaluated for educational excellence and 21st century learning implementation.

 

“In HLPUSD, we believe that college begins in Preschool,” exclaims Dr. Helene Cunningham, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, P-12. “Our P-3 (Preschool-Grade 3) Continuum and Early Childhood Education Professional Learning Community (ECEPLC) empowers our students with smooth transitions between grade levels. It is exciting for our schools and community to be a part of the P21 Exemplar program as it celebrates what developmentally appropriate practices we offer all students, beginning with our youngest scholars.”

 

“Every student deserves to experience authentic 21st century learning” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 Executive Director. “P21 is proud to highlight the hard work exhibited by all P21 Exemplars as they redefine what teaching and learning means for students and educators in a world where learning doesn’t stop.”

 

Case studies on schools just announced, including Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, will be unveiled in 2016.  All PreK-12 schools in the U.S. are eligible to be considered for the Exemplar Program and encouraged to apply between December 1 – January 15 at www.P21.org/apply.

 

Visit www.p21.org/exemplars for a list of current Exemplars, case studies, powerful learning stories, podcasts, videos, and more. #PatternsofInnovation

 

P21 media contact:
Tatyana Warrick ( 
tatyana@p21.org / 202-312-6430) 

 

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District media contact for the ECEPLC:

Dr. Helene Cunningham (626) 933-4301

 

 

P21 recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world.  Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce, P21 is a catalyst organization uniting business, government and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all. Learn more at www.p21.org and @P21Learning

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HLPUSD Featured For Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Excellence in Education Trust West report

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, just 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, serves 20,000 students. Eighty percent of students are Latino,12 percent are Asian, 77 percent are low income.

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Technology-focused professional development and support: To encourage student interest in STEM before high school, the district developed a pilot STEM course at all middle schools, guiding students through computer-based units utilizing classroom laptop carts. To prepare teachers for this shift, all teachers engaged in three days of professional development around this new technology. The district also formed PLCs that provided paid afterschool time for teachers to plan and learn together. Classroom teachers were supported throughout the year by teachers on special assignment, who focus on science and technology, to build educator capacity and help them feel comfortable with the new tools.

Building teacher capacity for STEM learning in the early grades: School leaders are working with elementary teachers to make learning more interdisciplinary and to make more thoughtful connections between STEM and literacy in particular. For example, second grade teachers at one site read the fairytale "Rapunzel" and then challenged students to build the tallest tower using various materials. Doing so provided an opportunity for classes to discuss the engineering practices included in NGSS, an area few teachers at that grade level had previously taught.

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2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award

Honoring outstanding, innovative schools throughout California

Congratulations to our 2015 Gold Ribbon School Award Winners: Glen A. Wilson High School, Newton Middle School, Orange Grove Middle School and Sierra Vista Middle School!

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 193 middle schools and 180 high schools have been honored under the state's new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program.

 

"These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."

 

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.

 

Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.

 

The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Please visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program on the California Department of Education's Web site.

 

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The Visual and Performing Arts are alive and well with the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Project Grant.  This grant project between the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD) will provide professional development for teaching staff in Grades TK-6 in Visual and Performing Arts.

Approved by the Board of Education on February 20, 2015, HLPUSD teachers will learn professional development strategies and skills to create and teach lessons that integrate Visual and Performing Arts standards with Common Core State Standards.  The learning model is a blended model of in-person and on-line learning for the participants.  The workshops are facilitated by art educators from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To learn more, contact Dr. Helene Cunningham, Director-Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at (626) 933-1000.

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Published: 3/30/15