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African American Family Day

African American Family Day

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On behalf of the UCLA-LAUSD Collaborative African American Family Day Committee, we would like to invite you attend the Fourth Annual African American Family Day 2016! This event is an opportunity for families from Hamilton, Fairfax, University, Santee, Venice, Manual Arts, Rancho Dominguez, Westchester, Dorsey, Webster, Pio Pico and John Muir to participate in a friendly, informative setting in a day full of exciting workshops, special guests, entertainment, and a college fair. Parent and student survey requests have helped us to prepare workshop topics and services that will help all of our African American students reach their full potential.

Our day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and the continental breakfast. Immediately following breakfast, you can choose from any number of helpful workshops, led by experienced, knowledgeable presenters. If it’s too hard just to choose one workshop, no problem! There will be two workshop sessions, so you can attend your second choice after the break. To help you prepare your itinerary, here are the workshop topics:

  • CREATING AND MAINTAINING A COLLEGE CULTURE AT HOMEACCESSING YOUR SCHOOL’S INTERNET SITE
  • EFFECTIVE PARENT /TEACHER COMMUNICATION
  • THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF GRADUATION AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
  • HELPING YOUR CHILD REACH HIS/HER FULL POTENTIAL
  • NAVIGATING HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL
  • HELPING IEP CHILDREN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL
  • TRANSITIONING FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL
  • PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN/STUDENTS
  • COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
  • THE DANGERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

The workshops will be followed by lunch and a keynote and a guest speaker. In addition to resources to assist parents,
there will be gift bags and a raffle.

There are additional workshops and entertainment scheduled for students, and we will provide babysitting for children
too young to participate.

If that’s not enough, there will also be an exciting college fair, attended by representatives from CSU, UC, Community College, HBCU, and Private college and universities. In all, it’s a full day of events and services that we know you’ll enjoy and appreciate.

Below, please find additional details for your information and consideration.

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Event Time: 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Location: Hamilton High School 2955 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Host: Hamilton High School

Participating LAUSD Schools: Hamilton H.S., Fairfax H.S., University H.S., Santee H.S., Venice H.S., Manual
Arts H.S., Rancho Dominguez H.S., Westchester H.S., Dorsey H.S., Webster M.S., Pio Pico M.S., and John Muir
M.S.

Invited Guests: Superintendent Michelle King, White House Initiative on African American Educational Excellence
Executive Director David Johns, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Board Member Dr. George McKenna, Board Member
Steve Zimmer, and Local District West Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth

Previous Attendees: Tremeal Bradford, Ryan Smith, Wes Hall, Reginald Hudlin, Paula Patton, Wesley Jonathan, and
Jay Ellis

Audience: We expect approximately 300-400 LAUSD students, parents, educators and community members.

Points of Contact:  LAUSD – Dr. Robert Whitman (213) 241-1750 • rdw5302@lausd.net
April Monroe (310) 280-1414 • ajh5599@lausd.net

We look forward to having you join us on October 29th!

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Whitman and April Monroe
African American Family Day Coordinators

A Note From Dr. George McKenna III

A Note from Board Member McKenna

As the fall semester concludes, this is a time to reflect on all that has been accomplished and begin to prepare for all that we hope to achieve in the New Year. The change in season from fall to winter represents opportunities for us to reflect on transition as well as celebration in the coming weeks. The Winter Break is also a time for us to practice self-care so that we can give our students and children our very best in the New Year.

Hustle and bustle abounds this time of year, but I strongly encourage you to make a conscious effort to focus on the people that mean most to you. Our strength as a school district and a community is our shared vision of preparing our children for the future.

Being a member of the LAUSD Family is one of the greatest gifts because we are all invested in the success of our students. Thank you for all that you have done to support the teaching and learning this semester. We look forward to the very best from all of you in 2016.

Sincerely,

Dr. George McKenna III
Board District 1

More Than 100 Students Participate in Youth Legislative Day

More Than 100 Students Participate in Youth Legislative Day

Students from Foshay Learning Center, Crenshaw, Washington Prep, Middle College, and Hamilton High Schools were among the participants in a Youth Legislative Day hosted by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). The event was held in conjunction with their national conference at the Century Plaza Hotel from December 2-7.  The Youth Legislative Day was held on Wednesday, December 2 to expose students to the legislative process by conducting mock elections for legislative leaders, introducing, discussing, and passing legislation.
La Vonte Clark, a student from Foshay Learning Academy, conducted an impromptu campaign and speech and was elected by his peers to serve and lead the Youth Congress as the Speaker of the Senate. Roman Collins of Middle College was elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The NBCSL announced during the luncheon following the Youth Congress that both students were awarded a scholarship for their leadership.
LAUSD High School Student Leaders Elect Representative to the Board of Education

LAUSD High School Student Leaders Elect Representative to the Board of Education

Associated Student Body (ASB) Presidents from all High Schools in the District met to elect a Student Representative to serve as a Member of the LAUSD Board of Education. The final seven candidates represented each board district and were selected from a pool of 19 qualified applicants.
Leon Popa of Berenstein High School located in Board District 4 (above right with State Senator Holly Mitchell) was the student elected by his peers as the representative to the Board.  State Senator Mitchell delivered a keynote address outlining her days as a student leader in high school and college and encouraged the students to cultivate and nurture the relationships with their peers that will serve them well in the future.  She also shared that her postgraduate internship opportunities and networking with political leaders, such as then Senator Diane Watson, helped advance her career and facilitate her entrance into the public service arena.
LAUSD Arts Education Branch Provides $1 Million in Additional Arts Allocations to Schools

LAUSD Arts Education Branch Provides $1 Million in Additional Arts Allocations to Schools

As part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s continued commitment to providing excellence in visual and performing arts, the Arts Education Branch funded today schools with a total of more than $1 million. 
The arts allocations, based on both the arts equity index and school enrollment, were made to support programming at the school site, purchase artsmaterials, equipment and textbooks; fund arts partnerships, and provide professional development and/or arts field trips. Most schools received $1,000 to $7,000, with some larger secondary schools receiving up to nearly $10,000.
The Arts Equity Index measures student access to arts instruction using a filter of 12 factors. Thoseinclude: the school’s socio-economic status, the number of foster youth and English Language Learners; the existing arts programs, arts partners, and professional development for arts teachers. These investments were funded through the Local Control Funding Formula, which are state funds used to increase flexibility at the local level.
Rory Pullens, the District’s executive director of Arts Education, added, “We are determined to get schools what they need when it comes to the arts. This allocation is in addition to what principals might use from their school budget or what might be included in their Title I Plan.”
Reginald Brookens, principal of King Drew High School Medical Magnet, said, “We will use these funds to start a comprehensive music program I want the students to have a full-service high school with STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math.
L.A. Trust for Children's Health Conducts Tours of LAUSD Wellness Centers

L.A. Trust for Children’s Health Conducts Tours of LAUSD Wellness Centers

Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust greets a group of L.A Trust Board members, community members, and students as they take a bus tour of the Wellness Centers throughout LAUSD.  This stop was at the Crenshaw High School Wellness Center (there are also Centers at Washington Preparatory and Dorsey High Schools). The LA Trust is collaborating with the LAUSD Student Health and Human Services Division and the Joint Use Development Program to increase access to vital health care for students and families in our community.  They believe every person should have access to good health. The Centers improve the health and well-being of the Los Angeles Communities they serve by providing excellent and affordable prevention, primary and behavioral health care that is accessible to all.  Health and Wellness supports the LAUSD’s mission to improve academic achievement:  Student Health = Student Success!  – See more at http://thelatrust.org/wellness-centers/#sthash.xJEYrbxp.dpuf