Rio Olympics Gold Medalist Michelle Carter visits Foster Elementary with a message for all students.
Working with AT&T and EveryoneOn, CUSD parents now have very affordable Internet access. CUSD's Community Relations Specialists will be sharing more information with parents this Saturday at their regular parent engagement workshops at Roosevelt Middle School.
AT&T launched a low cost offer called AT&T Access benefiting households with at least one individual receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or CalFresh/Food Stamps) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits. Eligible households who apply and are approved can receive high speed internet at 10, 5, or 3 mbps for as low as $10 a month.
"In this city, one in four residents do not have a high-speed Internet connection at home," said Paulina Chavez, EveryoneOn's regional manager in Los Angeles. "Being unconnected prevents adults from seeking information about jobs and community updates while students are unable to participate fully in their education, especially as more and more schools move their systems online."
"Our families must have Internet access at home," said CUSD Board President Satra Zurita. "While we continue to build our hi-tech school district we have to ensure our students and families have the same kind of access in their homes. We are grateful to AT&T and EveryoneOn for providing this wonderful opportunity."
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting people to the Internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has connected more than 400,000 people in the United States, with the goal of connecting one million people by 2020. For more information, visit EveryoneOn.org.
Eighth grader Anazarel Ramirez says she never imagined she'd have the chance to combine her creativity with technology. But thanks to state-of-the-art 3D printers in the Enterprise MS Computer Lab, she has learned to use software to create objects like she's holding in her hands in her photo.
"I'm really happy I switched schools because this is an amazing program," she said. "You never thought that you'd be able to do the things I'm doing in this school - to be able to create things on a computer and touch your creations."
"This can really help you in the future if you want a good job," she added. Anazarel says she's found her career choice - working with computers on 3D modeling.
One of the biggest surprises for Anazarel came when she shared her news with her older brother, attending a prestigious university.
"I was telling him about the printers and software we're using and he told me he's using the exact same software we're using - and he's in college!"
Enterprise Middle School Principal David Herrera shows off his school's accomplishments.
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Sherridan Ross teaches healthy eating through gardening at Lincoln Elementary.
Centennial HS Scholar/Athlete Eriana Pula will be honored by the National Football Foundation - College Hall of Fame at their annual banquet later this month.
She will be the very first female honored by the Foundation's Los Angeles Chapter!
Eriana, who is a top student at Centennial as well as active in student government, music and a host of other activities, was recently the first female to play in the Plays and Grades All-Star football team.
"These are the reasons we do this - because of young people like Eriana," said Jeff Jeziorski, Board Member of the LA Chapter of the NFF.
Those who know Eriana will not be surprised by her honest and humble reaction. “I wasn’t scared and I am proud. I was trying something new with football. People did doubt it, but whatever guys can do, females can do it too. It is 2017.”
“I’m proud of her success, she’s worked hard from ninth, tenth and eleventh grades," said her mother, Emo Pula, who works at Centennial as resource teacher. “We were surprised because it’s out of the ordinary and it’s least expected, but she deserves it and I'm proud of her."
"We are very proud of Eriana who has inspired the nation with her achievements," said CUSD Board President Satra Zurita. "She's a true Compton girl who inspires all of us with her performance on the field, in the classroom and in our community."
According to the NFF's website:
Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honors high school senior scholar athletes from the Los Angeles City Schools Section and from the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).
These young men (!?) exemplify what is best in America's youth as the scholar athletes not only excel in the classroom and on the gridiron but contribute to their community through voluntary efforts ranging from assistance to the elderly, patient care in hospitals to the coaching of aspiring footballers in leagues and clinics.
The Los Angeles Chapter hosts an annual dinner in March of each year to formally acknowledge the accomplishments of these young men and to recognize selected scholar athletes with financial aid as they continue their education to be intelligent, thoughtful and responsible leaders in their community. The chapter also seeks to provide financial assistance to local high athletic departments for trainer activity and to library operations.
The Debbie Allen Dance Academy - a longtime CUSD partner - visited Davis MS to celebrate the power, energy and creativity of dance.
Parents of Dominguez HS students filled the library on a recent Saturday to learn more about the school district and find out how they can support their children's academic success.
The gathering is part of CUSD's Newcomer Program - a project designed specifically for immigrant families new to the district who often struggle adapting to a new school system. The main goal is to accelerate language learning - help students learn English quickly so they can succeed academically.
"Creating sustainable parent partnerships is an integral part of the work that we do with children everyday at Dominguez HS," said Assistant Principal Dr. Alma Castro. "As leaders, we must learn about the lives, challenges, and assets our student and their families possess, listen to their struggles and narratives, and bridge families to schools as we address student needs via a whole child approach."
"I love these meetings," said Adriana Gonzalez whose daughter Yelmy is a senior at Dominguez HS. "They understand our needs - how we felt so disconnected and sometimes confused trying to figure out how to support our children. Now, together we are all learning what we need to do."
During this particular meeting Newcomer team members shared information about school nutrition, after-school events and, perhaps more importantly, how parents can go online and track their child's progress in class.
"Our goal is to help families navigate the schooling system and work alongside our teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators to take each child closer to reaching the graduation milestone and prepare for post graduation opportunities," said Dr. Castro.
In addition to Dominguez HS, the Newcomers Program also operates at Roosevelt Middle School providing parents with information, training and connections to local resources that can help their families.
The Newcomer Program allows these students to feel valued and nurtured as they acclimate to a new school setting," said Jennifer Graziano, Director English Learner Services. "Without a program such as this many of our immigrant youth would fall through the cracks and not be prepared for post-secondary and career opportunities. This program helps students succeed personally and academically which will enable them to attain the American dream of going to college and pursuing a future career.
Scholars from Centennial and Dominguez High Schools attended the 3rd Annual Youth and the Law Forum where they interacted with law enforcement professionals and learned about the criminal justice process.