October Superintendent's Update
Dear Hacienda La Puente Unified Community,
Inspired by the excitement of the fall season, our students are continuing to thrive as they engage in community events, innovative programs and Districtwide celebrations.
In October, our campuses recognized and celebrated Halloween, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Custodian Day and National School Lunch Week. Our Cedarlane Academy Dual Immersion students also performed at this year’s Korean Autumn Festival, a dynamic celebration of Korean culture, music, arts and cuisine.
Our school sites celebrated Red Ribbon Week with fun and creative activities that embraced this year’s theme, “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug-Free.” At the same time, our Equity and Access and Family Engagement departments partnered with Foothill Family, school site leaders and elementary school counselors to share important resources in honor of World Mental Health Day and Unity Day with our District community. These events included informational lesson plans and workshops related to the impacts of bullying, helping families effectively address issues related to bullying and the importance of spreading kindness and embracing diversity.
I want to also thank our local law enforcement and non-profit organizations for partnering with us to bring our students, staff and families helpful town halls and assemblies regarding fentanyl and substance abuse to highlight the importance of being drug-free.
Celebrations spread across the District when we learned that we had earned a Golden Bell Award for our community involvement and advocacy program, Project LEAD. Congratulations to all our students, teachers, staff, administrators and community partners who put in the work to ensure the success of this program at not one, but nine of our school sites.
This month, I also had the opportunity to present at the annual UC Davis C-STEM Conference alongside Director Professor Harry H. Cheng, where I discussed our District’s success and dedication to integrating C-STEM K-12 math and computer science into our curriculum. Thank you to all our amazing educators and administrators who participated in the conference and to our entire team for your commitment to enhancing our C-STEM curriculum and programs across the District.
Lastly, I want to thank our families and community members for their continued feedback regarding the potential school reconfiguration at HLPUSD. The District does not take this decision lightly, and we are committed to continuing to deliver robust instruction and extracurricular programs to our students with the least possible disruption. The Board will discuss and decide on whether to move forward with the reconfiguration during the Regular Board meeting on Thursday, November 9. Please visit the District’s Reconfiguration Information webpage for more information, including community input meeting results, presentations and a full reconfiguration report available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
Hacienda La Puente Unified remains focused on implementing innovative educational opportunities for our students and we look forward to what the last two months of 2023 have in store for us!
As always, we are #ProudtobeHLPUSD.
Dr. Alfonso Jiménez
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Superintendent