Monday Message From Dr. Mary Sieu

June 11, 2018
 
Superintendent’s Message - Dr. Mary Sieu
(Follow me on Twitter: @abcsupt)

As we close the school year, I’d like to thank all the employees in ABC Unified School District. It is your
collective work and commitment that have contributed to another successful year for our students and
families. It is for this reason that our District has been selected as a California Exemplary School District by
the California Department of Education and an Honor Roll District by the California Business for Educational
Excellence. This week, much of our time will be filled with promotions and graduations as our students
move on to the next level. Congratulations to the all our seniors in the Class of 2018 and our best wishes to
them in their postsecondary options!

Have a wonderful and safe summer everyone! Enjoy time with your family and friends! We look forward to
another new school year beginning August 27.

News About Our Schools and/or District

Gahr HS - On Thursday, June 7, Gahr HS celebrated another exceptional year in athletics by honoring the
2018 CIF Finalist Softball Team and the 20 outstanding seniors who signed their National Letters of Intent
for the spring signing period, during an assembly for student athletes. Students from baseball, basketball,
football, softball, track and field, and wrestling committed to their respective universities. The softball team
saw their way to the Division I CIF Championship game with wins over Oaks Christian, Mater Dei, and
Chino Hills, before facing off with the #1 overall seed, Norco. This is the second CIF Championship
appearance in the program’s history (1989).

New Teacher Induction - Plans for the New Teacher Induction are starting in partnership with LACOE.
There is a change for the 2018-2019 school year where our new Special Education Teachers will be part of
the same cycle and program as our General Education Teachers. This allows our cohorts to include all of
our new teachers. We will be looking to find new mentors for our Special Education Teachers from among
our ABC faculty.

LEAD - In the fall of 2016, Dr. Mayfield invited a team of principals to help with the development of Leaders,
Emerging, Aspiring, Developing (LEAD) as a performance based professional learning experience created
to foster leadership practices in teacher leaders. LEAD is an innovate approach to preparing educators for
21st century leadership and administrative opportunities. Over the course of two-years, the fifteen
participants gained an understanding of school administration and the application of the California
Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL). Participants’ leadership experience included
mentorship by administrators who helped to create LEAD: Juarez ES Principal Christine Balbuena,
Gonsalves ES Principal Robert Benko, Willow ES Principal Eveline Huh, Hawaiian ES Principal Mayra
Lozano, Human Resources Supervisor Kester Song, and Gahr HS Principal Dr. Crechena Wise. Mentorship
included shadowing principals at their schools and the opportunity to gain insight from mentors regarding
their LEAD participation/presentations, and resumes and interview skills. Participants were honored to have
Dr. Sieu share words of wisdom at their recognition dinner. LEAD was also selected as a workshop topic for
the fall ACSA conference.

Carver Academy ES - Carver Academy ES has been selected as a 2017-2018 School of Excellence for its
use of Imagine Learning. The award represents the highest distinction in their recognition program. Carver
ES will receive a banner designating their school as an Imagine Nation School of Excellence.
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Gonsalves ES – Three Gonsalves ES students were honored by the Manzanar Committee on May 19. The
students entered submissions to the organization’s 3rd Annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards
Program — a creative works event for K-12 students who submit essays, short stories, poetry, artwork, and
technology projects that include animation, podcasts, movies, videos, or music.
Adult School - The San Francisco - Seattle School Participation Team is pleased to inform the Adult
School, based upon the information included in their Application for Approval to Participate in Federal
Student Financial Aid Programs, the Secretary of Education (Secretary) has determined that ABC Adult
School satisfies the definition of an eligible institution under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended
(HEA).

Ross MS – On May 17, Ross MS hosted a family style recognition dinner for students completing the
Spanish Dual Immersion Program. Board Vice President Mendoza, PTA President Mrs. Fierro, and PTA
Member Mrs. Padilla, volunteered to plan this festive dinner celebration. Students invited five family
members to join them for a delicious taco dinner, horchata and ponche drinks, and traditional
desserts/sweets. Following Ross MS Principal Priscilla Rodriquez’s greeting, Board Vice President
Mendoza and Dr. Mayfield expressed congratulatory remarks to students, parents, and staff. Sixteen of the
18 eighth graders started the program in kindergarten at Niemes ES. Ross MS Principal Priscilla Rodriguez
and Ross MS Teachers Maria Fernándes-Sindi and Laura Pérez-Speaks presented students with a gold
cord and certificate. Students interested in continuing in the Gahr HS Dual Immersion Program will be
assessed for Spanish III Honors for Native Speakers or AP Spanish Language. Gahr HS hopes to hire a
BCLAD History/Social Studies teacher in the near future.

Annual Notice Uniform Complaint Procedures Process - The ABC Unified School District is required to
annually notify parents and guardians of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) process which is
provided in our Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook.

This year to meet Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) compliance our Board Policy and Administrative
Regulations for UCP were updated with the state required language and programs. The attached updated
UCP notification will be sent to parents via U.S. mail as required by FPM prior to June 7, 2018. The updated
UCP process has also been updated for our 2018-19 Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook.
 
Class of 2018 State Seals Awarded to Seniors - There are two state seals that are awarded to seniors on
diplomas: The Golden State Seal and the State Seal of Biliteracy.

The Golden State Seal Merit Diploma (GSSMD) recognizes public school graduates who have
demonstrated their mastery of the high school curriculum in at least six subject areas, four of which are
English language arts, mathematics, science, and U.S. history, with the remaining two subject areas
selected by the student. The GSSMD is awarded jointly by the State Board of Education and the State
Superintendent of Public Instruction. Four hundred and sixty seniors at Artesia HS, Cerritos HS, Gahr HS,
and Whitney HS received this distinction on their diplomas for 2018.

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) is recognition by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for
graduating high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and
writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Three hundred and twenty seniors at Artesia HS,
Cerritos HS, Gahr HS, and Whitney HS received this well-earned distinction on their diplomas for Spanish,
Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, French, and Tagalog. Congratulations to our seniors!