November Superintendent's Update
Dear Hacienda La Puente Unified Community,
We are well into the holiday season and I hope everyone was able to enjoy their fall break with friends, family and loved ones.
November was a busy month, which provided many opportunities for students to learn about their heritage and pay tribute to those who have paved the way for their success in school and beyond.
As a District, we celebrated Native American Heritage Month, with students learning about traditional Native American songs and dances, while recounting the history of the American Indigenous communities which have shaped our society.
With a backdrop of red, white and blue balloons and scores of students waving flags, Hacienda La Puente Unified celebrated Veterans Day by inviting veterans from the community to ceremonies across the District, honoring their service and giving them the opportunity to talk to students about sacrifice and the importance of serving their country.
Students across the District also supported the community with canned food drives, fundraisers and activities designed to show gratitude and give back. We are deeply appreciative of the students and families who put so much effort into ensuring everyone could celebrate the holiday.
Congratulations are in order for our elementary and middle school robotics students and teams, whose innovation and preparation allowed them to impress judges at the First Lego League Qualifying and Regional Tournaments. Best of luck to the teams who advanced and will compete in the championship event in January 2024.
From November 16-17, the leadership teams from our four National Blue Ribbon School (NBRS) winners, Board President Christine H. Salazar and I journeyed to Washington, D.C. to share ideas, connect with U.S. Department of Education officials and attend a ceremony to honor our four award-winning schools and Terrel H. Bell award-winning administrators Dr. Danielle Kenfield and Dr. Paulina Cho.
The Districts award-winning program, Project LEAD – honoring La Puente quad schools, was also recognized during a reception at the California School Board Association Conference on November 30.
Lastly, the Board of Education approved the District’s Reconfiguration Plan during a meeting on November 9. Currently, the District is putting together an action plan consisting of a timeline, next steps and school site meetings which will be shared with the community upon its completion.
I want to thank our staff, families and students for their patience, collaboration and support as we move forward to ensure the ongoing excellence of our District for our students. We are partners in community, but above all, we are partners in your child’s future and will continue to provide every student with the tools and resources to achieve academic and personal success.
As always, we are #ProudtobeHLPUSD.
Sincerely, Dr. Alfonso Jiménez