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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

Audience: Homepage

 

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

 

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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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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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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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Free Online SAT Practice Tools from College Board and Khan Academy

 

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Posted by: Thomas Tan
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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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 8/16/16

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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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Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 12/17/15