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THIS WEEK IN CULVER CITY SCHOOLS...
FRIDAY (8/23)
Fiesta La Ballona
4:30 - 10pm @ Veterans Park
More Fiesta La Ballona Info Here

SATURDAY (8/24)
Fiesta La Ballona
10am - 10pm @ Veterans Park

SUNDAY (8/25)
Fiesta La Ballona
10am - 10pm @ Veterans Park

TUESDAY (8/27)
CCUSD Board of Education Meeting
7pm @ Balkman Council Chambers, Culver City Hall
Agenda Available Here When Posted

WEDNESDAY (8/28)
El Rincon Kindergarten Round-Up
1:15pm @ El Rincon

CCHS Girls Tennis vs Notre Dame Academy
2:30pm @ CCHS

Linwood E. Howe Back to School Night
6pm @ Linwood E. Howe

THURSDAY (8/29)
CCHS Girls Tennis vs Louisville
2:30pm @ CCHS

CCHS Boys Water Polo vs Cleveland
3pm @ The Plunge

FRIDAY (8/30)
CCMS Welcome Rally
11:30am @ CCMS

CCHS Football vs West Torrance
7pm @ West Torrance, 20401 Victor St. in Torrance,

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Creative Arts Programming
in Full Swing at CCUSD Schools
After passing the extensive five-year Strategic Arts Plan last school year, CCUSD has been in hot pursuit of additional arts programming for all grade levels. This is in direct support of CCUSD achieving status as a CREATE CA Arts Equity District.*
 
To that end, CCUSD has added several elements to its arts education curriculum for 2019-2020. At the elementary level, there are now two full-time and one part-time credentialed visual art teachers. This translates into 12 visual art lessons for each grade level, from TK/K-fifth grade, in all five elementary schools.
 
Dance went from sixth graders only, who have received instruction in tap and rhythm for the last two years, to include dance for all CCMS students. Seventh graders will enjoy cultural dancing, while eighth graders will get to break, pop and lock with some hip hop routines. All dance instruction takes place for six consecutive weeks in the students’ regular PE classes.
 
There is a new film elective available to seventh and eighth graders at the middle school: Exploration of Film . This class rounds out CCUSD’s pre-pathway offerings for our current high school career technical education (CTE) art pathways of Production and Managerial Arts, Performing Arts and Film.  
 
Speaking of high school, the celebrated Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at CCHS is better than ever. In fact, it was recently mentioned in a Hollywood Reporter article as one of the Top 15 Best Public High Schools in LA for performing arts.
 
To support all of these performing arts, including the robust theatre and music education programming at CCUSD. J.D. Sargent has been brought on to serve as a full-time technical director of the Robert Frost Auditorium. Mr. Sargent will work every school performance at the Frost, from K-12. Be sure to stop by and say "hi."
 
Much of the arts education programming both during the day and after school is made possible by the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF ). CCEF raises funds from corporate partners such as Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Culver Studios, foundations such as the Carol and James Collins Foundation, and countless individual donors.
 
Last year, CCEF launched an exciting Arts Endowment campaign to provide sustained support for these programs and to maintain the newly remodeled Frost Auditorium. So far, $450,000 has been raised. The goal is to raise $10 million for the endowment over a five-year period. When fully funded, it will help to sustain the vibrant arts education programs throughout the district.

For more information about how you can leave your legacy and participate with a gift to the Arts Endowment, please contact Melanie Mack at  melaniemack@ccusd.org  or 310.842.4220 for more details.
 
Tune in to Culver Pride’s weekly #culvercreates stories to learn more about the extensive arts education programming throughout CCUSD.
 
*CREATE CA, California’s Statewide Arts Education Coalition, defines Equity in Arts Education as the right of every student to engage and succeed in powerful, high quality, standards-based arts learning from PreK-12 th grade. All students from every race, culture, language background, geographic region, and socio-economic level must have the opportunity to fully develop their own artistic, cultural, and linguistic heritage while expanding opportunities to study and explore artistic expressions across different cultures and time periods.
CCEF Launches Its Give 180 Campaign
Founded in 1981, the Culver City Education Foundation raises funds to support and enhance a quality education for every student in the Culver City Unified School District.

To accomplish its mission, the Foundation reaches out to the community to secure funds and resources, and over the past 38 years, the Culver City Education Foundation has donated millions to Culver City schools.

"The Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) is excited about this new school year!" said CCEF Executive Director Melanie Mack. "We're kicking off our annual campaign titled 'Give 180!' The idea is simple -- We'd like to encourage everyone to donate $1 each day, $18 per month or a one-time gift of $180 for every student in our school district. Anyone can participate! Whether you have children in the district or you want to continue building on our promise and mission to raise funds to support and enhance quality education for every student in the Culver City Unified School District, consider giving."

"There are 180 days in our school year with 7,000 students in our District! Image what WE can do if all of US participate in GIVE 180?!" she added. "We encourage you to think about a gift that is comfortable for you. Any amount will help us to continue providing arts education and new opportunities for our students."

"The harsh reality is without your support funding for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics will diminish and/or no longer be available, but we have the power to do something to close gaps and open doors, right? So let's get to it!"

To give today, please click here or pick up a flyer at your school site and stop by the CCEF offices at the District with your commitment!
Take the Pledge: Walk, Ride, Drive Safely
With so many students arriving by single-driver cars, our schools experience high volumes of traffic, creating conditions for all our students that can be unsafe if we are all not careful. The Culver City Safe Routes to School Program asks parents, caregivers and students to do their part to help reduce traffic and improve safety while coming to and from our schools.

Please join parents and students across the district in signing this pledge .
Centaurs Prepare to Defend CIF Football Championship in First Game vs West Torrance
Defending CIF Division 7 Football Champion Culver City High School is currently preparing for the 2019 season, which will begin Friday, August 30. The Centaurs romped to their second title last November, beating San Jacinto High School on the road, 61-21. With many of the players returning under 10-year head coach Jahmal Wright, the Centaurs eagerly look for a repeat performance this season.

Culver City will play five non-league games before they settle into Ocean League action for their final five games of the regular season. The Centaurs will travel down the 405 Freeway as they traditionally open the season against West High School in Torrance. Last season, they trounced the Warriors 62-20 in the opener, making it two straight wins over West after having lost the previous five contests.

Read more here.
CCUSD Kicks Off New School Year With Welcome Back Event for Teachers and Staff
CCUSD welcomed back its teachers and staff with a special Welcome Back event that included fun, music and inspirational educational messages.
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