September 3, 2019
Dear IUSD Community,

I am always inspired by the start of a new school year and the promise of fresh academic discovery. Our school doors officially opened last week, and students and staff returned to the classroom with the enthusiasm and commitment to guide Inglewood Unified to another banner year.

I want to acknowledge all the parents and community members who have displayed patience and support as we have transitioned some of our schools through construction and expansions. These positive changes are possible because of your collaboration.

Three news stations covered the first day of classes. KNBC and ABC channel 7 visited Woodworth-Monroe TK-8 STEM Academy to highlight our ongoing improvement of campus facilities. In addition, Spectrum News came to City Honors International Preparatory High School to chronicle its new status as a District-operated charter school.

I’m excited to note that the District will offer increased student support in 2019-20 through a new partnership with City Year, a nonprofit that will provide one-on-one tutoring, assist teachers in the classroom, and facilitate additional after-school programs. This increased investment in our scholars will produce new successes.

The foundation for those successes relies on student attendance and we have launched a campaign to inspire families to make attendance a top priority: Every Student. Every Day. The goal is for all students to have fewer than seven absences all year. We encourage community and staff to share attendance successes and celebrations on social media using the hashtag #EveryStudentEveryDay                    
                     
We are poised for an amazing start to the school year. Let us carry that momentum through each day as we lead students to new heights during the 2019-20 school year. 

Sincerely, 
Dr. Melendez signature
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D.
State Administrator, Inglewood Unified School District
District Updates

Sept. 2: Labor Day/No Classes

Sept. 11: Board of Education Meeting
Inglewood Unified launched new schools and programs when classes began on Aug. 20.
District Welcomes Back Students to New Facilities, Programs
Students returned to campuses on Aug. 19 to find new learning tools and upgraded facilities that will enhance their learning environment.

Beulah Payne, now a P-8 school, is showcasing an updated campus that features new modular classrooms, fresh paint and a new preschool facility. Crozier Middle School received windows that reduce noise intrusion through a partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), while Warren Lane held a back-to-school drive to provide students with much-needed supplies.

City Honors International Preparatory High School launched as a District-operated charter school that will focus on college- and career-readiness. The school has placed flags from around the world in classrooms to celebrate its international status.

The District has also unveiled an attendance campaign: Every Student. Every Day. The goal is for all students to have fewer than seven absences during the school year. All students who arrived on time for the first day of school were entered into a drawing to win two tickets to a Los Angeles Rams game.
Inglewood Unified is partnering with City Year Los Angeles to provide additional support to students and help them achieve their goals.
Inglewood Unified Partners with City Year Los Angeles to Boost Student Support
Inglewood Unified is partnering with City Year Los Angeles, an education nonprofit that works with public schools to help students develop strong academic behaviors while staying on track to achieve their goals.
The partnership has kicked off this school year with teams of City Year AmeriCorps members providing support at Crozier Middle School and Woodworth-Monroe TK-8 Magnet Academy.

City Year AmeriCorps members will serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools each day. Through their “Whole School Whole Child” approach, City Year AmeriCorps members support students’ academic and social-emotional needs by tutoring students one on one, serving as an additional resource for teachers inside the classroom and leading after-school programs and schoolwide initiatives to improve school culture.  

The District hopes to expand the partnership to include more Inglewood Unified schools.
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