CUSD students competed for prizes, recognition and a chance to represent the District in the regional Spelling Bee competition - check out the toughest words they had to spell and hear from the winners. Congratulations to all of you!
Compton High School Video Production students on the set of the Compton School Success Show.
The program and students are featured in a recent Wave Newspaper article by Anne Artley.
Compton Students Focus on Film
Hey students! Don’t forget that Wednesday, Nov. 30 is the deadline to submit college applications to University of California and California State University systems.
Hopefully by now you sent them over or at least you have all your paper work ready but in case that you are still working on them keep in mind these two simple tips:
2) If applying to any of the CSUs, work harder on the information that you provide in the Education Opportunity Program section, possible funding and access to financing and transitional support depends on it.
Good luck students! Keep making us proud; hope to see you graduating soon from a prestigious university.
The sports fields are almost ready to welcome student athletes.
See what Emerson students learn about sailing with LAMI's TopSail Youth Program.
By Elissa Granger
L.A. County Sheriff Deputy Daryll Harkless visited Davis Middle School this week in an effort to introduce the students to career choices, leadership skills, refocusing attention on education and maintaining a positive school behavior.
CUSD's Special Education Transition Department hosted a program involving about 40 students ranging from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade who participated in a Q&A discussion about leadership and success with Sheriff Deputy Harkless.
Sheriff Deputy Harkless who was born and raised in Compton said, "The only person who can limit what you do and what you achieve is you." A 13-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, he explained how adversity is all around you, but being a self-motivator plays important factor as well as the people around you. "If your friends are not helping you to do better, then they are not your friends," as Deputy Harkless explained about the importance of believing in yourself, your dreams and having friends that encourage you to do better.
"Anytime I get to interact with the future - and that's what these kids are, they are the future of Compton, the future of entry business, it's a blessing to me, because I was once in their seats. I loved when people took the time to come talk to me and let me know what they were doing," when asked what he thought of the importance of coming out to Davis Middle School and engaging with the students.
If you had to give these kids some advice what would that advice be? Sheriff Deputy Harkless replied, "Set realistic goals and achieve those goals. When you become successful, come back and give back."
While school districts across the country struggle to ensure their teachers and support staff truly reflect the students they serve, Compton Unified School District has emerged as a leader in educator diversity.
According to the National Center on Educational Statistics for the 2011-12 school year, the most recent year they provided statistics, only 8% of the 3.8 million teachers were Hispanic and 7% were African American. Yet the U.S. Census predicts that by the year 2020 the shared African American and Hispanic student population will increase from the current level of 38% to 52 percent. That percentage is even higher for the state of California,
But Compton Unified School District's staff is more than 80% non-white - a much closer reflection of the incredibly diverse CUSD student population.
"We have been diligent in our efforts to ensure our educators more closely reflect our student enrollment because we know how closely connected that is to student success," says CUSD Board Vice President Micah Ali.
Ali will join several other CUSD Board Members as well as Superintendent Darin Brawley at the National Alliance of Black School Educators workshop Tampa this week to discuss this important topic.
“Teacher diversity is critically important," says Ashley Griffin, PhD, the author of a new study released by Education Trust West about the importance of teacher diversity.
"Contrary to conventional wisdom, it’s not just Black students who benefit from having Black teachers in their classroom. Indeed, research shows that students from all races benefit from being taught by an educator of color,” said Dr. Griffin.
Ali will moderate a panel discussion at the conference, "Many Threads One Fabric: Teaching Dynamically Diverse Students," which includes Dr. Santiago Woods, National Association on Bilingual Education; Ahniwake Rose, National Indian Education Association; Dr. Winsome Waite, Alliance for Excellent Education; and Dr. Erik Witherspoon, Generation Ready.
Careers in health will be more accesible to Compton Unified students thanks to a partnership signed with Charles R. Drew University
By Elissa Granger
Juliana Garcia, an Early Education Instructor, loves her job.
Garcia started off her interest in education by volunteering in her son’s classroom when he was just starting school. She simply wanted to be close to her son who was, then, her only child. But even then she admits to being curious about his early education development.
She says early education allowed her children to grow more confident in their everyday interactions at school.
“A lot of students come in and do not have any social skills - not knowing how to interact with other kids,” says Ms. Garcia. “My kids learned the basics of writing, reading, how to be more social - less timid and I believe that is the reason why they are doing so well in school. Those fundamentals are so important to a child’s growth and development,” she says.
Garcia went from being an active Parent Volunteer, to a Noon Duty Aide, then a tutor for 4th and 5th graders in an afterschool program at Longfellow, to being a Substitute Pre-School teacher, and finally, a permanent Pre-School teacher.
When asked what drove her to make the transition from being a parent volunteer to teacher Garcia says, “I loved working with children. I knew that in order for me to work with them I had to get a better understanding of children’s growth and development. That's the reason I went back to school to study education and to get a job in this field.”
Garcia’s passion for teaching has given her the insight to recognize her students do just as much for her as she does for them.
“I felt like I was needed, like I meant something to them,” she says.
“I felt like that was my calling. I needed to be with them. They made me feel me important and I make sure that they feel important when we are in the classroom and make sure I recognize their input.”
Garcia was a student at Longfellow Elementary, where she now teaches, and has been connected to CUSD since the third grade.
“I’m familiar with the community. I grew up in Compton. And in a way I am giving back to my community by working with these children. I understand their needs.”