Monday Message From Dr. Mary Sieu



June 10, 2019 



Superintendent’s Message - Dr. Mary Sieu

(Follow me on Twitter: @abcsupt)


I’m pleased to announce that the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence notified me that 19 of our schools have been selected for the 2018-19 California Honor Roll. In addition, ABC Unified School District was also selected for the California District Honor Roll. This year, we were one of only 26 higher performing districts on the California Honor Roll.


They do an extensive analysis of student data for every public school and district in California. The schools they identified are considered clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond and have been named to the 2018-2019 Honor Roll. Each school will be recognized in the press as well as provided a free banner to display at their school site.


The STAR Schools, identified as high performing schools with achievement gap closing schools selected in our District include: Aloha ES, Artesia HS, Bragg ES, Burbank ES, Carver ES, Elliott ES, Gahr HS, Haskell MS, Kennedy ES, Nixon ES, Stowers ES, and Tetzlaff MS.


The SCHOLAR Schools with high performing schools without significant levels of low-income students include: Carmenita MS, Cerritos ES, Cerritos HS, Gonsalves ES, Leal ES, Whitney HS, and Wittmann ES. 


The 2018-19 Honor Roll recognizes schools and school districts that have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For our high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. Congratulations to all our California Honor Roll Schools!


As we end this school year, I wish to thank all our employees for all you’ve done throughout this year. It’s the collective work of all of us in making ABC Unified School District a successful District for our students and their families. This includes the work with our families and community members as we continuously improve each year. Congratulations to all our seniors in the Class of 2019! Our best to them as they move on with their postsecondary options.


Please have a safe and wonderful summer break! I look forward to another great school year in 2019-20!



News About Our Schools and/or District


CalSchoolNews Update - A New Study Has Identified 156 School Districts "Beating the Odds for Student Achievement." The Article on "California's Positive Outliers" study has listed ABC as one of the 50 larger school districts for "Beating the Odds." ABC is mentioned on page 8 of the Report tab. So exciting to hear this great news! Please find the link below:


Early Educator of the Year - ABC Child Development is very pleased to announce Reema Suleiman as an Early Educator of the Year by Child360. Mrs. Suleiman is the preschool teacher at Palms ES. She is a mentor teacher and has hosted visitors from as far away as China. Her passion has always been supporting the development of the whole child, especially our youngest. The Early Educator of the Year Award is a countywide recognition that will acknowledge the quality, creativity, and hard work of Mrs. Suleiman and other superior Early Educators. Her classroom was immortalized in video, and she will be presented with a scroll of recognition by county supervisors at a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 18.  Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Suleiman. 


Class of 2019 Scholarships and Grants - We are proud to announce that the Class of 2019 has been awarded $31,638,198 in scholarships and grants! This amount represents a $3,724,267 increase from the previous year and a $15,621,046 increase over the past five years, which means the amount has almost doubled since 2014. Congratulations students and thank you to high school staff who worked diligently to help the students apply for the awards. Listed below are the amounts awarded by high school:


  • Artesia HS—$5,114,210
  • Cerritos HS—$9,300,000
  • Gahr HS—$7,790,562
  • Tracy HS—$5,900
  • Whitney HS—$9,427,436



Adult School Cosmetology Students – Four Adult School Cosmetology students are in the Top 10 of the I Heart Hairstyling Competition! The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to American Association of Cosmetology Schools Annual CEA event in Las Vegas, Nevada.