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Attendance Awareness Month

September is the Month of Attendance Awareness, Join the cause and spread the word!

Septiembre es el Mes de la Concientización sobre la Asistencia a Clases. ¡Unete a la Causa y Corre la Voz!




Back to School Night

Back to School Night Schedule:

Azusa & Gladstone High, Wednesday Sept. 2nd

Middle Schools, Wednesday Sept. 9th

Elementary Schools, Thursday Sept. 10th

Longfellow/LAUP, Thursday Sept. 17th

Sierra High, Thursday Sept. 24th 

Citizens' Oversight Committee

The Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) meeting dates and minutes will be posted on ElectronicSchoolBoard.  The meetings will be held in the District Office Board Room located at 546 S. Citrus Avenue, Azusa - for more information please click on the ElectronicSchoolBoard link located on the Board of Education webpage under quick links.  You may also contact the District Office at (626) 967-6211 for further inquiries.

Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Detection Online Training

Please read the attached bulletin regarding the online training, DEADLINE is September 29, 2015.

Child Abuse Training Bulletin

Classified Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Peggy Barbosa from Slauson Middle School who was awarded the District's 2015 Classified Employee of the Year.  Mrs. Barbosa has been with our District for 25 years and has served as Secretary to the principal of Slauson Middle School for the past 5 years, she was honored at the January 13 Board of Education meeting along with 22 other AUSD employees.  Peggy is proud to have accomplished running a 1/2 marathon this past year in Washington, D.C. with both of her daughters.

Kari Rico Named Teacher of the Year

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Kari Rico has been named the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for the Azusa Unified School District in addition to being named the Teacher of the Year for Hodge Elementary School where she currently teaches 1st grade.  Kari began her career as a contract teacher in Azusa in 1990.  She has served at both Valleydale and Hodge and feels honored and appreciative of her recognition.  Kari feels that teaching is very rewarding and enjoys the high energy with her students.

AUSD Teacher of the Year nominees included Elizabeth Rubio at Dalton, Jacquie Keller at Ellington, Angela Wright at Gladstone Street, Laura Flanders at Lee, Lupe Alvarado at Longfellow, Eric Klebow at Magnolia, Ron Hekimian Mountain View, Stacey Lopez at Murray, Marcia Aguirre at Paramount, Nancy Corthell at Powell, Melody Patapoff at Valleydale, Margarita Maldonado Diaz at Center, Griselda Berry at Foothill, Ann Clarke at Slauson, Mike Martinez at Azusa High, Althea Zimmer at Gladstone High, Charlie Callison at Sierra High, Veronica Fierro at Adult Ed and Vickie Swatek at Special Ed. Resource Center.


Adult Ed Classes Available

Classes offered at the Azusa Adult School.  Visit  http://www.azusaadult.edu/ for more information.


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No-Cost Before-School Physical Activity Program Stimulates Learning


Early mornings at three Azusa Unified Elementary schools finds dozens of students getting ready for a productive school day by participating in Build Our Kids Success (BOKS), a before-school physical activity program designed to stimulate children and prepare them for a day of learning. At no cost to participating families, BOKS combines team games and group activities, making exercise fun for kids, while promoting healthy nutrition and eating habits.

Three AUSD elementary schools – Gladstone Street, Valleydale and Powell – offer the program, available for students in second- through fifth-grade, through a community partnership with Azusa Pacific University’s Community Advancement Program, which finances BOKS and provides the equipment and instructors.

“We recognize the importance of providing more physical activity and healthier choices for our children. BOKS has proven very successful and popular with both students and their parents,” AUSD Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski said. “With the gracious support of Azusa Pacific University, our goal is to make BOKS available at all of our elementary schools”


Azusa Unified Receives $70,000 Grant for Drought-Tolerant Initiative

Two Azusa Unified elementary schools will soon be sprouting rich, colorful water-wise vegetation and drought tolerant succulents and shrubbery, thanks to a $70,000 water conservation grant provided by the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

The Paramount and Mountain View Elementary Schools Landscaping Water Conservation Project, a pilot program that emphasizes conservation and education, seeks to reduce water use by as much as 50-70 percent, educate students about the importance of water efficiency and encourage AUSD families to consider launching their own drought tolerant landscaping initiatives.

“This is such a remarkable and important program to bring to the District to promote conservation while beautifying our schools,” said AUSD Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski. “We are deeply appreciative of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District for their generosity in providing the grant that will allow us to better serve our community.”


Chinese Education Delegation Visits Azusa High




A delegation of administrators from Shanghai Commercial School in China paid a visit to Azusa High School on Wed. Sept. 3 to observe and discuss  a wide range of educational strategies including student testing, student-teacher relationships, career pathways and positive reinforcement.

They came away very impressed with how AHS balances the academic and career aspirations of their students, the personal one-to-one student-teacher counseling, and how the high school manages the multi-cultural makeup of their student body.

“Our distinguished guests from Shanghai had many questions regarding American education and how they can apply these practices to their own system, which is much different that our own,” AUSD Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski said. “We are committed to the development of the whole child, and providing students with choices and pathways to success.”


Center Middle School Debuts New $200,000 STEM Pathways Lab

Azusa Unified officially debuted Center Middle School's new $200,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) lab during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 21. The classroom serves as a preparatory conduit for students who will go on to Azusa High School's Engineering Pathway or Gladstone High School's Medical Academy.

The lab, fully funded through AUSD's 2014-17 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), features learning solutions supplied by PITSCO Inc., a leading STEM educational provider. 


Azusa Welcomes First Class of Eighth-Graders at Ellington School


Blue and white balloons and hand-painted streamers greeted parents, students and teachers as Ellington School welcomed its first eighth-grade class on Aug. 18, the first day of the 2015-16 school year for thousands of Azusa Unified students. Ellington this year completed its transition from a transitional kindergarten to fifth-grade elementary school to a K-8 campus.

This summer, three new classrooms were constructed for academic instruction, along with a multi-purpose room for band and other extra-curricular activities. The $1.6 million project was among the first to be completed under the $92 million Measure K facilities bond, which was approved by local voters in November 2014.

In addition, the District this summer replaced the roof at Center Middle School. 


California State Games Champs

Congratulations to the following AUSD students that recently competed at the California State Games this past July! 

Pictured are Gold Medalist Champion in the girls (9-10 years) Mini-Turbo Javelin Throw, Angelina Martinez - Murray Elementary.

Bronze Medalist in the Girls (11-12 years) Mini-Turbo Javelin Throw & 5th place Shot Put - Veronica Rodriguez (former Murray student entering Center Middle School).

Bronze Medalist in the Young Women's (13-14 years) 600g Javelin Throw & 4th place Shot Put, Alyssa Martinez  - (former Foothill Middle School student entering Azusa High).

Also pictured is Paulo Sandoval-Flores, Silver Medalist in the Men's open division 800g Javelin Throw (former Gladstone High student entering his senior year at Cal Poly Pomona).  Paulo is also the girls' throwing coach.

All AUSD students that competed were under the direction of Coaches Adrian Acosta, Diana Rojas, Lorena Lopez and Janet Short.





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Azusa, CA 91702


(626) 967-6211

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Azusa Unified Begins Construction Projects

Azusa Unified is constructing four new classrooms at Ellington School this summer to accommodate a new eighth-grade class as part of the final phase of the school’s expansion from an elementary school to a K-8 campus. The District this summer is also installing a new roof at Center Middle School.


AUSD Approves LCAP

Azusa Unified School District will invest $16 million in 2015-16 to strengthen and expand medical and engineering career pathways, provide dual enrollment in college, further develop technology capabilities and continue to develop an International Baccalaureate program as part of its 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).


AUSD Enrolling Students in Popular After-School Program

Azusa Unified School District is enrolling students in its popular THINK Together after-school extended learning and tutoring programs, offered at all District elementary and middle school campuses at no cost. 

THINK Together works with the District to create programs tailored to meet the needs of Azusa students seeking assistance with a wide variety of academic studies and extra-curricular activities - including sports, cooking instruction and visual & performing arts - with a strong focus on collaborative learning as well physical, nutrition and character education.

"The THINK Together programs have become an essential and beloved component of the Azusa Unified curriculum. Participating families look forward to it every single year, and during the summer," AUSD Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski said. "Through our LCAP budget, we are fully funded for the next three years."



AUSD Offering Free Supper to Students Enrolled in After School Programs

Azusa Unified School District is offering free supper for the 2015-16 school year to all elementary and middle school students, and students at Azusa and Gladstone high schools who are enrolled in after-school programs that offer educational or enrichment programs. 

The free meals will be served through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children will eat nutritious supper meals that promote health and that will develop good eating habits.