In this Issue:
  1. IUSD Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
  2. Facility Improvement Update: Oak Street Elementary
  3. American Heart Association & Kelso Elementary Partnership For Heart Health
  4. LA Chargers & WSS Shoe Giveaway
  5. I Have a Dream Foundation
  6. Girls Build
  7. Clean Air Day
State Administrator-Dr. Thelma Melendez School Board President- Margaret Turner Evans (Seat 4)
Vice-President- Dr. D'Artagnan Scorza (Seat 5) Member: Dr. Dionne Faulk (Seat 1) Member: Dr. Carliss McGhee (Seat 2)
Member: Ms. Melody Ngaue-Tu-uholoaki (Seat 3)
Every year from September 15 to October 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month. At IUSD, we took this opportunity to celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

IUSD students have been participating in Hispanic Heritage Month programming all September, from showing off their artistic talents at student assemblies to research projects, planting traditional foods in school gardens, photo exchanges, fashion shows, and musical performances. 

The IUSD Board of Education prepared a video honoring and recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans that was screened during the September board meeting.
To view the tribute, click on the thumbnail above.  
A student singing during a celebration at Crozier Middle School
Principal Barter on the Newly opened equipment
Facilities Improvement Update #2
Featured Campus
Oak Street Elementary School

This week, we are featuring Oak Street Elementary School for a facilities update. As one of our oldest sites with historic significance to the neighborhood, we are excited to share the new modernization projects planned for Oak. 

In early October, the District completed the installation of a new playground at the elementary school, including new equipment and shade structures. 

In addition, old and surplus portables were removed from the campus and the District is working with our architect to replace asphalt around the site. 

The district is rounding the final corner in completing the design work for the next phase of modernization at Oak Street. These projects will leverage Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) funds to update restrooms, install new windows, doors, and new air conditioning units in many classrooms and buildings. It will also include repairing the central quad as well as play areas throughout the site. We are planning for work to start this summer. There is much to look forward to at Oak Elementary!

Stay tuned for new facilities updates in the next newsletter.
American Heart Association Partners with Kelso Elementary School for Heart Health
The American Heart Association (AHA) and OneSun Foundation commemorated the 10th Anniversary of AHA’s Teaching Garden program on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. K-2 students participated in a physical activity and planting in the garden to learn about the importance of heart health and how to grow organic foods. Simultaneously, the 3rd-6th-grade students completed a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activity and a cooking demonstration taught by AHA Chef Bryce. Volunteers from the AHA and Kelso communities helped to facilitate activities and ensure fun for all ages. A special thank you to the principal, Dr. Brian Coffey and team for coordinating this experience for IUSD students. 
Kelly Meyer, founder of Kelso Garden Program & OneSun Fund. Anne Garrell retired Kelso teacher and Garden Supervisor who continues to volunteer at the school and played a huge role in maintaining the garden for many years.
Students participating in a cooking activity to learn about nutritious and heart-healthy meals. 
Students and staff working through a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activity.
WSS and Los Angeles Chargers Give-Away over 600 backpacks and pairs of shoes to IUSD Students
IUSD students all received VIP treatment from WSS and the Los Angeles Chargers. The students came from many sites, including:
• Bennett Kew ES
• Buelah Payne ES
• Centinela ES
• Highland ES
• Hudnall ES
• Kelso ES
• Oak ES
• Woodworth-Monroe K-8
• Worthington ES
• and Warren Lane K-6 

Official, custom, NFL luxury busses transported IUSD students to the flagship WSS store in the city of Gardena. Each bus was met by WSS staff who measured each student for the proper size shoe and escorted them to a special VIP section full of shoes and Los Angeles Chargers football players. One by one, each student was connected with a team player to select their favorite pair of shoes. After ensuring the perfect fit, IUSD students were shown a 10-ft wall of backpacks and got to choose their favorite to take home! Before they left, each player posed for pictures with IUSD students and shared words of encouragement to use in the upcoming school year.
I Have a Dream Foundation

On October 4, 2018, Parent Elementary School students, teachers, and families celebrated the inauguration of the I Have A Dream Foundation (IHADF) program. Principal Garry Gregory, State Administrator Dr. Melendez, Robert Pullen-Miles from Assemblywoman Burke’s office and CEO/Executive Director Pamela Miller were in attendance to celebrate with the students. The new scholars were given school supplies and backpacks during the ceremony. To learn more about the IHADF programs at Inglewood Unified, click on the links below.

Girls Build

Over one-hundred City Honors College Preparatory Academy, Inglewood, and Morningside High School students participated in the Girls Build Summit on Friday, September 28, 2018. The event was held at the USC Galen Center and it was a successful day. The focus of the event was on registering eighteen (18) year olds to vote and the importance of voting in mid-term elections and participating in the election process.   

2018 Clean Air Day
On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, IUSD students joined State Administrator Dr. Meléndez and School Board Member Dr. McGhee to celebrate California’s first Clean Air Day. Air pollution in California is an ongoing problem and students across the district engaged in activities to learn ways improve air quality and recommended lifestyle changes to promote clean air. To take the Clean Air Pledge, click on the link below. 

Student Artwork on the impact of global warming and climate change. 
Clean Air Group Projects
Student artwork entered into the art competition

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