November 2018
Message from President Mónica García
Great moments occur every day - our students speak of dreams and commitments as they express their path towards graduation; our teachers create access to content knowledge and skill building to reach “a-ha” feelings of discovery; our principals receive recognition for leadership and service; and many partner organizations celebrate their commitment toward equity in L.A. Unified. 
College application season is here and college and career awareness is present everywhere! Our 18-year-old student leaders are building power as voters with Power California and early voting with L.A. County; through our Great Outcomes (GO) initiatives, our kindergarten to high school students are exploring what college preparation looks like with vision boards, personal statements and beautiful college graduation caps from our youngest Class of 2035! From the Young Women’s Conference to the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference to Girls' Village at Wilson HS, our student leaders are woke and engaged. This month alone, student leaders were recognized for leading national and local conversations about race, gun violence, intersectionality and equity. These are powerful stories and movements.  
When you wonder or worry about the direction of this district, this state or this nation, engage a young person. I am confident that the generation rising is not hesitant about the need for change. They are ready to be the solution builders, the negotiators and the force for justice this moment needs. L.A Unified students are filling out applications for college and financial aid, registering to vote in record numbers, building their political voice to understand the connection between public service and voter turnout. Our students and their allies will continue to lead the dreams and demands of the truth-tellers in our community.
I stand with them and invite you to join us. We have much work to do!

In the Spirit of Hope,

Mónica García
In the Board Room
We passed the “Ensuring a Complete Count of Los Angeles Unified School District Communities, Families, and Students in the 2020 Census” resolution! We commit to partnering with the community to make sure that every student and their families are counted!

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We are proud to have approved new construction grant applications for construction projects at STEM Academy of Boyle Heights and Roosevelt High School, and priority projects including secure entry systems and electronic free-standing marquees at 4th Street Primary Center, Garfield High School, Lorena Elementary School, Multnomah Elementary School, Sheridan Elementary School, and Solano Elementary School.
We celebrated attendance by honoring parents from Sheridan Street Elementary School as this month’s "Parent Partners in Learning" at the Committee of the Whole Meeting! 68.8% of students at Sheridan had a 96% or higher attendance rate last year and their suspension rate was near 0%! We also heard about the amazing attendance efforts at 107 th  Elementary School, where attendance jumped 7% this past year!
We honor of the memory of Juan Romero , a Mexican-American immigrant and Roosevelt High School graduate who famously held Senator Robert F. Kennedy after his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968 . He taught us to answer when history calls on us to play our part.

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We also approved Families in Schools’ California Student-Opportunity and Access Program Grants for Belmont High School and Roybal Learning Center! We are grateful for our partnership with Families in Schools and for the additional services that our students will be receiving!

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Did you know?
November 6th is coming up!
Vote at the Midterm Elections on November 6 ! Enter your zip code on to see your ballot and learn about the candidates and propositions!
Apply now for 2019-'20 school year!!
E-Choices Application is open for the 2019-’20 school year! The last day to apply is November 9 . Browse through all of the options at L.A. Unified including Magnets, Dual-Language Education Programs, Schools for Advanced Studies and more! 
Adult Ed. is on a roll!
Haydee Magdaleno is a student from Abram Friedman Occupational Center , one of our 11 adult education schools at L.A. Unified. She participated in a 5-week internship program at Snap Design Academy! Congratulations, Haydee and thank you to the Division of Adult and Career Education at L.A. Unified!
LAUSD gets out the vote!
Over 500 L.A. Unified seniors gathered together at the Los Angeles County Registrar to cast their early votes ! Thank you, Power California for helping our students lead the vote!
Santee High School gets a Wellness Center!
A Wellness Center is opening on Santee's campus! The Board approved the project in April of 2017 and the estimated time of completion of the construction is November of 2019. We are so excited for Wellness 2.0 and for the 11 sites that will be getting new or expanded Wellness Centers as a part of the 2014 resolution that secured $50 million dollars of funding for the program!
In the Media
GO East LA! GO Central City!
The past month, we have visited dozens of schools and thousands of K-12 students to hold a special assembly about the importance of college. All L.A. Unified students in the Great Outcomes (GO) Program have priority entry to East Los Angeles College or Los Angeles City College and Cal State University LA as long as they meet the minimum requirements!
LAUSD & artworxLA launch Design + Media Arts Academy
"Creativity often serves as an outlet for people living in difficult circumstances or experiencing mental stress — two major reasons for students dropping out of school. The Los Angeles Unified School District, or LAUSD, hopes to help these students by supporting weekly art, film, design or photography classes." Read on...
‘Split roll’ tax measure to weaken Prop. 13 qualifies for California ballot
We are proud to support the Schools and Communities First Ballot Initiative!
"The money raised by the tax increase — estimated by the state at between $6 billion and $10 billion — would go to local governments and schools." Read on...
November Events
November 6: Midterm Elections
November 9: E-Choices Application Deadline (Magnets, Dual-Language Education Programs, SAS)
November 11: Veteran’s Day
November 12: Veteran’s Day (Observed)
November 13: Board Meeting
November 22: Thanksgiving Day
November 27: Board Meeting
Social Media Spotlight!
Monica Garcia

Thank you Gustavo Dudamel and LA Phil for your amazing partnership and launching YOLA at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. Our students from Westlake and MacArthur Park will benefit greatly from the...

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Mónica García on Twitter

Thank you ⁦@CoCoSouthLA⁩ for your love, service, leadership & courage. Your belief in people, power, progress transforms lives ⁦@LASchools⁩ ⁦@SomosLAUSD⁩ .

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