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.


Dr. George McKenna III
Board District 1

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