Citizens' Oversight Committee
The next Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) meeting is scheduled to take place Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm in the District Office Board Room located at 546 S. Citrus Avenue, Azusa - for more information or inquiries please call the District Office at (626) 967-6211
Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Detection Training Information
Please read the attached bulletin regarding training taking place on August 13th or how to log on to the website for the online training.
New Email Log in for Staff
Attention AUSD employees! Please be advised of the new link to log into your email: mail.azusa.org
See Safety Tips from the Azusa Police Department under Quick Links on the District's Emergency Page.
Classified Employee of the Year
Assembly Member Visits Gladstone Street Elementary
Adult Ed Classes Available
Classes offered at the Azusa Adult School. Visit http://www.azusaadult.edu/ for more information.
Kari Rico Named Teacher of the Year
Slauson Student Attends United States Space Camp
Eighth-grader Rafael Rosas III of Slauson Middle School is is getting an in-depth, hands-on look at the world of aviation and science after he was selected to attend the United States Space Camp, meant to inspire future scientists, explorers and engineers and encourage participation in STEM curriculum and teaching methods. He is attending the Huntsville, Alabama-based Space Camp from July 26-31 as part of a Northrop Grumman scholarship opportunity.
“As the newly emerging field of private space travel develops, we will need bright, passionate students to design the software, build the rockets and pilot the spacecraft, as well as qualified instructors to teach them,” AUSD Superintendent Linda Kaminski said. “We are very excited for Rafael for getting to participate in this incredible learning experience and share his new-found knowledge with the school community.”
Rafael has been studying science for six years and loves learning about the solar system and galaxy. His enthusiasm for science was noted by Slauson’s STEM instructors, who nominated him for Space Camp based on his maturity and potential to be a high achiever.
Rafael said he respects all of his STEM instructors and credits science teacher Ann Augustyn-Clark for helping him see the world through new perspectives.“Ms. Clark is one of the best teachers I have ever had,” Rafael said. “She has taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. I thank her and all of my teachers for nominating me to represent the school at Space Camp.”
AUSD Graduations Celebrate Academic Excellence, Overcoming Adversity
AUSD Class of 2015 grads this year earned more than $1.6 million in scholarships, with nearly 75 percent of students committing to two- or four-year colleges. They were accepted into such notable universities as Notre Dame, Occidental, Harvey Mudd, Whittier and New York University, as well as 18 Cal State universities and eight UC campuses. The area’s community colleges are well represented, with students committed to attending Citrus, Mt. San Antonio, Pasadena City, Los Angeles Trade Technical and Santa Monica colleges.
GLADSTONE HIGH SCHOOL
Gladstone High School celebrated 282 graduates, including Shirley Carrillo, who at 13 began suffering from severely limited vision. With bold self-determination and invaluable assistance from Azusa Unified’s Program for the Visually Impaired, Carrillo adjusted her lifestyle, joined the school choir and swim team, while developing into a school leader and advocate for the physically disabled. Carrillo looks forward to studying communications at Cal State Los Angeles after receiving a $1,000 Julie Inman Courage Scholarship.
“I am proud to look back and see what I have accomplished and how I have grown,” Carrillo said. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of the VI program and, especially, my guidance counselor, Jenee Corum.”
Azusa High School proudly awarded 334 graduates with their high school diplomas. This included Sonia Moreno, who before reaching Azusa High had filtered through four different high schools as she coped with familial issues and nearly dropped out of school. Upon arriving at AHS, Moreno was immediately taken in by the camaraderie of her new classmates and the vested interest in her academic well-being by the counseling staff.
Eventually, Moreno enrolled in nine classes a day and earned a 4.0 grade point average. Earlier this year, Moreno received a $22,000 Horatio Alger National Scholarship, which will be matched by Carleton College in Minnesota, where she will study math and physics in the fall.
“I knew right away it would work out at Azusa,” Moreno said. “Everyone here is so helpful and friendly. I leave the school with much gratitude for all of the wonderful assistance I have received.”
SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL
In 2015, Sierra High once again earned recognition as a state Model Continuation School, a designation it has held since 2005. Sierra students were high achievers, receiving over $7,000 in scholarships such as those provided by the Extended Slauson Family and the United Mexican American Youth Association.
In a graduating class of 59 students, one third were recognized for Honors, High Honors or academic achievements. Graduates had the opportunity to select one educator who made a positive impact on their K-12 experience. The educators were invited to stand in support of the students during the commencement ceremony and were also recognized in the program.
“I will never forget what my English teacher, Ms. Oldaker, said to me – ‘Luck favors a prepared mind,’” said Stephany Villagomez, one of three student speakers at the ceremony. “That is the best advice I have ever received. It has made all the difference in the world to me.”
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Center Middle School student Maria Martinez is the most recent winner for the Scholastic Action's "Letter to Mo'ne" writing contest for an article she wrote for their January issue. Congratulations Maria on representing Azusa Unified School District with your extraordinary writing skills!
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.
The $2.4 million projects, expected to be substantially completed ahead of students’ first day of school on Aug. 18, are the first to be funded under the District’s $92 million Measure K facilities bond, passed by local voters in November 2014.
“Our children deserve safe and engaging learning environments that support their continued academic and personal growth,” said AUSD Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski. “The launch of these projects is a major milestone in our vision for what Measure K will help us achieve in Azusa Unified.”
The approximately $1.6 million project at Ellington features the addition of restrooms and four new pre-manufactured classrooms, one of which will be used as a multi-purpose room for activities such as band or other extra-curricular activities for seventh- and eighth-graders. Construction crews have graded the site and installed the wood forms needed to begin to pour the foundation.
At Center Middle School, about $825,000 in Measure K dollars will fund the replacement of the school’s roof, one of the District’s highest facility priorities.
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).
The plan, a requirement of the state’s school funding system, guides District efforts to improve student learning. It identifies goals for each year, strategies to achieve those goals and funding sources. Some programs target all students, while others focus on the state’s three high-needs groups: economically disadvantaged students, foster children and English learners.
“Azusa Unified is committed to providing each and every student the opportunity to excel academically,” AUSD Superintendent Linda Kaminski said. “Through the development of meaningful real-world programs and activities, we are taking significant steps to ensure our students acquire the skills necessary to embark on a prosperous and rewarding future.”
The 2015-18 LCAP also pledges to expand summer school for secondary students, expand visual and performing arts programs, bolster support for SAT/ACT exams, boost programs for English learners and foster youths and enhance physical education.
The programs and services being planned that will significantly assist students include:
- Expand and strengthen Medical and Engineering Pathways
Azusa Unified instituted a four-step process to inform, consult, draft and finalize the LCAP. District leaders held a series of meetings from January to March to gather input from District stakeholders, consisting of a wide range of parents, students, administrators, certified and classified employees, and community members.