Monday Message From Dr. Mary Sieu




Superintendent’s Message - Dr. Mary Sieu

(Follow me on Twitter: @abcsupt)


October 15, 2018


First, I’m pleased to announce that Tracy HS has been selected as a Finalist for the 2019 Model Continuation High School Recognition Program.  This Recognition Program is sponsored by the California Department of Education, Educational Options Division in cooperation with the California Continuation Education Association.  The Model Continuation Education Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding programs and creates a resource bank of quality programs for school visitations.  These schools provide exemplary programs to at-risk youth through the use of innovative instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling services.


This was a highly competitive application process for this statewide recognition.  As part of the eligibility criteria, external educators will review Tracy HS’s programs during their Visit on November 14-15, 2018.  Congratulations to the Tracy HS staff and students on being selected as a Finalist.  We wish Tracy HS the best in their upcoming visitation as a Model Continuation High School!


The Artesia International Street Fair and Diversity Festival on Oct. 6 was festive and included performances from our schools including Faye Ross MS Choir, Whitney HS’s Kokoro Kara Taiko Drummers, and Burbank ES’s Spirit Squad and Dawg Squad.  It was great to see these fine performances, eat local cuisine, and speak with members of the community at the Fair and Festival.


On Monday, Oct. 8, I attended the City of Artesia Council Meeting where our schools serving Artesia spoke about Red Ribbon Week activities.  This included the principals of Burbank ES-Michelle Robinson; Elliott ES-Fran Barron; Kennedy ES-Mellissa Valentine; Niemes ES-Meg Jimenez; Ross MS-Priscilla Rodriguez; and Gahr HS-Dr. Crechena Wise.  Oliver Wang, teacher from Carver ES, also spoke about the activities for Red Ribbon Week at his school.  I provided a presentation about our Facilities as well as Measure BB.  Principal of Ross MS Priscilla Rodriguez also spoke about the current state of the school and how Measure BB will impact their school.


I was delighted to participate in our 7th Annual PAL2 event with CSEA held at the Holiday Inn in Buena Park.  The focus of the professional development day with over 150 classified employees was on “Bridging the Diversity Gap: A Cultural Proficiency Workshop.”  Rebecca Michel-Macias, President of ABC-CSEA, and I spoke about the importance of understanding our rich diversity in the District and how to honor and respect each other’s differences.  Dr. Daniel Moirao of Generation Ready provided the workshop for the PAL2 event. 


This month is “Head Start Awareness Month.”  I visited the two Carver ES’s Head Start classes with Lora Ballard, Coordinator of our Head Start Programs, on Wed. Oct. 10.  Our service in the Head Start Program for our youngest students (3-5 year olds) are to be commended.


On Friday, October 12, I had the great pleasure to be a part of Willow ES’s Community Read Aloud.  It was wonderful to see all the volunteer readers including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Mayor of Lakewood Steve Croft, Lakewood Council Member Jeff Wood, Captain of the Lakewood Station Richard Harpham, and many other distinguished community members.  It was great to be able to read with Olga Buell’s fabulous 2nd Grade class the book “After the Fall.”


News About Our Schools and/or District


Measure BB School Community Tours - On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, all our schools including the District Office, District Office West, Children's Center at Artesia HS and Nutrition Services opened its doors to the community.  Multiple tour times were provided to the community to learn about the projects to be funded at their sites. Over 216 community members attended these tours throughout the District.  They were provided information about Measure BB and how the facilities will be improved with the support of the community.  Posters were provided to the schools and will remain in place until Election Day.


Annual District-Wide College Fair – The Annual District-Wide College Fair will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Whitney HS.  Representatives from over 80 Ivy Leagues, UCs, CSUs, and community colleges will be attendance to answer questions.  All students and families of our ABC high schools are welcome to attend.


Professional Development/Training - The 7th Annual PAL 2 Workshop was held on October 9, 2018, at the Holiday Inn in Buena Park. This year, the focus of the PAL 2 Workshop was provided by Generation Ready with sessions led by Dr. Daniel R. Moirao. The focus was “Bridging the Diversity Gap: A Cultural Proficiency Workshop” and how we see students, families, and those we work with each day in our schools and departments.


District Office Security Cameras – The District Office is currently being equipped with security cameras outside all surrounding areas by Digital Networks Group, Inc.