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February Superintendent's Update

February Superintendent's Update
Andrea Torres

Dear Hacienda La Puente Unified Community, 

February was full of excitement as we celebrated students and District successes, honored cultures and traditions across campuses, and celebrated several athletic and academic achievements.

The District celebrated Black History Month, Presidents' Day, Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, and National School Counseling Week with lively student performances, classroom activities, and counselor appreciation events Districtwide. 

We also celebrated National School Resource Officer Day on February 15. Thank you to our Chief of Police and Safety John Babbit, our officers, and local law enforcement for all that you do to ensure our schools and community are safe places to learn.

Throughout the month, HLPUSD Board members, students, staff, and the greater community gathered to support our Visual and Performing Arts showcases, the Spelling Bee, and numerous league playoff and CIF games. During the events, school teams shattered records, placed in multiple categories, and took home several league titles and championships.

Additionally, our high school speech and debate students journeyed to Massachusetts to compete in the Harvard National Speech and Debate Tournament, where students showcased their skills in informative speaking, dramatic interpretation, original oratory, humorous interpretation, and more. Congratulations to Los Altos High School’s Allison Hernandez for reaching the quarterfinals and qualifying for the Tournament of Champions.

On February 8, our Nutrition Supervisor Brittney Rodriguez's success in rolling out a customized meal cart for students at La Puente High School was featured on the popular food news service, podcast, and magazine Food Service Director. Thanks to her participation in the Chef Ann Foundation's Healthy School Food Pathway Fellowship program, which teaches fellows how to manage a school nutrition program built around scratch-made meals over 12 months, she was able to bring her ideas to reality by providing students with a customizable chicken, pork, or vegetarian Pho bowl with a variety of ingredients designed to incorporate local ingredients to the meal. We are so proud of Brittney's efforts and look forward to expanding the initiative to TK-8th-grade school sites during the 2024-25 school year.  

I want to thank our students, staff, and families who completed our 2024 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Community Survey sent via our teacher/parent information system and social media throughout the month. We appreciate your input as we continue to improve the programs and services that foster success across HLPUSD. 

As a reminder, Hacienda La Puente Unified is accepting enrollment applications for the 2024-25 school year, with child development opportunities available for students ages two and up. If you or someone you know is looking to jump-start their child's educational journey, please visit our enrollment webpage to learn more and apply to our award-winning school District today.  

Thank you to our Board of Education, teachers, staff, and families for your dedication and ongoing support to our students. Winter has been an incredible season for Hacienda La Puente Unified, and I look forward to celebrating more with you all this spring.


As always, we are #ProudtobeHLPUSD.


Sincerely, Dr. Alfonso Jiménez