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."
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.
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.