LAUSD Celebrates Beginning of the 2015-16 Traditional School Year

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 13, 2015) - On Tuesday, Aug.18, members of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education, other officials and special guests, will celebrate the first day of instruction at schools operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar. Board Members plan to welcome principals, staff, students, and families while visiting special programs at each site.

The day’s schedule:
5 – 6:30 a.m.

Focus: Neighborhood Academic Initiative
Where: El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center
2839 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles, 90032
Who: Board Member Mónica García
Local District East Superintendent Dr. Frances Marie Gipson
Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven K. Zipperman
Principal Joyce Dara
8 – 8:30 a.m.

Focus: Parent Center/Parent Engagement
Where: Vine Street Elementary School
955 Vine St., Los Angeles, 90038
Who: Board President Steve Zimmer
Local District West Superintendent Cheryl P. Hildreth
Principal Kurt Lowry
9 – 9:30 a.m.

Focus: 34 Ways Foundation’s “First Annual Backpack Giveaway Los Angeles”
Where Manchester Elementary School
661 W. 87th St., Los Angeles, 90044
Who: Board Vice President Dr. George McKenna, III
Local District South Superintendent Christopher Downing
Retired NFL Cornerback Mike McKenzie
Principal Veronica Brown

10 – 10:30 a.m.

Focus: Transitional Kindergarten Expansion Plan
Where: 186th Street Elementary School
1581 186th St., Gardena, 90248
Who: Local District South Superintendent Christopher Downing
Early Childhood Education Director Dean Tagawa
Principal Marcia Sidney-Reed
11 – 11:30 a.m.

Focus: Dual Language Program
Where: Vista Del Valle Dual Language Academy
12441 Bromont Ave., San Fernando, 91340
Who: Local District Northeast Superintendent Byron J. Maltez
City of San Fernando Mayor Joel Fajardo
Executive Director of Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department Hilda Maldonado
Principal Mary Mendoza
1 – 1:30 p.m.

Focus: My Integrated Student Information System (MiSiS) Update
Where: LAUSD Headquarters
333 S. Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles, 90017
Who: MiSiS Support Team
2 – 2:30 p.m.

Focus: Garden and Water Conservation Efforts
Where: Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academy
2050 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, 90065
Who: Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez
Local District Central Superintendent Roberto A. Martinez
Principal Leah Raphael
Principal Elsa Mendoza
Principal Kristine Puich
Principal Abigail Nuñez
Principal Chanel Young-Smith
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Focus: Campus Tour, Cleveland Humanities Program
Where: Grover Cleveland Charter High School
8140 Vanalden Ave., Reseda, 91335
Who: Board Member Scott Schmerelson
Local District Northwest Superintendent Vivian K. Ekchian
Principal Cindy Duong

Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766