Superintendent's Message

We have had an excellent start to the school year. We have heard some great news about our schools and have completed some major tasks as we are moving our District forward. Rio Vista Elementary was formally informed that they were selected as a National Blue Ribbon School. This is an amazing accomplishment and validates the outstanding work being done at Rio Vista. Rio Vista will be recognized in Washington, D. C. in November.


Every school held a Back to School event on individual nights to make sure all of our parents had the opportunity to hear from their child's teacher. I was impressed with the preparation by our teachers, administrators and support staff. Our classrooms looked great! Every single Back to School Night was packed with our parents who wanted to learn about their child's instructional program, teacher expectations and find out how they could support their child and the school.


After many community meetings, individual meetings, steering committee meetings and Board meetings, we are finished with the data collection and survey part of our Facilities Master Plan. At each Back to School Night, I or a member of my staff, presented information about how we would like to transform our learning environments in the El Rancho Unified School District to the best in the state over the next 20 years. Information was presented about the current status of buildings at each school and a concept drawing of what that school could like with new buildings and/or modernized buildings. Parents filled out surveys about the building concepts so we could validate or modify our conceptual drawings. The tentative draft of the Facilities Master Plan will be presented at a Board meeting in October or at the latest November.


The STEAM Academy @Burke got off to a great start as well as all the classrooms at Burke, North Park, Rivera and El Rancho High School that are implementing Project Lead the Way. These programs will continue to build a strong science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) foundation for our students. We have organized the teacher committee that will work on creating the curriculum for the Cultural Awareness and Ethnic Studies Class at El Rancho High School and Salazar High School. This work will be finished by February.


Over these last three weeks, our District received formal notice that we had received four grants we had applied for:

       Project AWARE - Department of Health & Human Services

       Project Prevent Grant - Department of Education

       School Climate Transformation Grant - Local Educational Agency Grants Program

       Elementary and Secondary Counseling Grant - Department of Education

These four grants will bring extra resources for students totaling about $1.5 million to $2.0 million per year over the next three to five years. In addition to these grants, we have social work interns from USC, UCLA, Azusa Pacific University and Whittier College.


Our business department has completed a position analysis and budget analysis to determine our exact financial position and validate our positive certification. If you remember, last school year we had to address many fiscal issues. As a result of the District and the unions working together, we have greatly improved our financial condition. We have also implemented fiscal checks and balances to make sure we never find ourself in a place like last school year.


Through the leadership of our Board of Education, we have formalized a relationship with California State University, Long Beach which will result in college credit classes for high school students. This marks the expansion of our work with the universities and builds on the work we have done with Whittier College and Rio Hondo Community College.


We have held many trainings for teachers, instructional aides and administrators about our special education policies and procedures. Our goal is that parents see us as competent and effective partners working for the benefit of their child.


As you can see, our District teachers, administrators, support staff and the Board of Education are doing some amazing work. We are moving our District forward. We are being recognized for our efforts and we will continue to provide the best for our students!

Martin Galindo


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News and Announcements

Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Meals, foods and beverages sold and served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods, and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students access to a variety of affordable and apealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
Assembly Resolution Presented to ERUSD Board of Education
An Assembly Resolution was presented to the ERUSD Board of Education by Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos, California State University, Long Beach on behalf of the Honorable Luis A. Alejo, 30th Assembly District; the Honorable Cristina Garcia, 58th Assembly District; and the Honorable Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senatorial District commending the District for its historic adoption of an Ethnic Studies policy. By making Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement, ERUSD is the first district in the state of California to provide students with a well-rounded and quality education that exposes every graduate to cultures that are crucial to understanding our nation’s past and present. In addition, it helps students to appreciate the rich histories and cultural contributions of their own communities and meets their needs for a successful future in a global society.
Magnet High School Advisory Committee
On June 17, 2014 the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education adopted a Resolution to open a new high school in the District with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and Performing Arts focus. As a result of the Resolution, the Magnet High School Advisory Committee was formed.

The Committee held its first meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2014.
Purge Poetry Open Mic
When: December 17, 2014

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Pico Rivera Library (near Smith Park)

Share your poetry, music, comedy, and other spoken word art. Support this monthly Pico Rivera event!
Thank you, Mr. Briones!

Thank you, Mr. Briones! The Board of Education recognized Armando “Armie” Briones at its November 18, 2014 meeting for his 50 plus years of dedicated service and support to El Rancho High School. Mr. Briones celebrated his 50th anniversary as the football and basketball announcer in 2013. He began announcing at El Rancho High School football games during his junior year of high school. He continued to do so following graduation in 1967. During his tenure, he has collected all the statistical information on the school’s football history. Mr. Briones is professional and fair to both teams when announcing. He is the one and only voice of the Dons.
North Park Middle School Lancer Union Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The El Rancho Unified School District is proud to unveil the creation of the Lancer Union for the students and school community of North Park Middle School. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Friday, November 7, 2014.

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El Rancho High School Publication El Rodeo
Please see the link below for the most recent editon of the El Rancho High School newspaper, El Rodeo.

Thank you to these talented students and their dedicated advisor.
Need Help with a Federal Agency?

Need Help with a Federal Agency? Office of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez announces Community Office Hours. The event is FREE to the public.

When: December 2, 2014

Where: Pico Rivera City Hall, 6615 Passons Boulevard, Pico Rivera

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Staff can help you with the following services:
Social Security, VA Benefit Claims, Immigration, Medicare, US Post Office, FAFSA Student Loans, Passport, Housing, Healthcare

For more information, please call (562) 860-5050 or
U.S. Department of Education Visits Rio Vista Elementary
On Monday, November 3, 2014, Robert Gomez, Director of Higher Education Outreach at the U. S. Department of Education visited Rio Vista Elementary School-A 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

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Informational Parent Seminar
The Special Education Department will be holding an informational meeting for parents of special needs students on Friday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Representatives from the school district and organizations that provide community resources will be presenting useful information to parents.

For further information, please contact the Special Education office at (562) 801-4810.
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Parent - Student Handbook
The Parent-Student Handbook contains pertinent information on school procedures and regulations.
Rio Vista Elementary Named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

Rio Vista Elementary Named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School On September 30, 2014, Rio Vista Elementary School was officially recognized by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. For 2014, 337 schools are being recognized; 287 public schools and 50 private schools with 24 from California.

Rio Vista Elementary is being recognized for the following category of achievement: Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools. As a result, they are identified among the State of California's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performances for each subgroup are at high levels.

Congratulations and highest commendation goes to the entire Rio Vista school community - leadership, teachers, staff, students, and parents. With vision, commitment, and perseverance, Mr. Cochran and the Rio Vista school team set high goals and expectations, never gave up, and achieved. More importantly, they successfully impacted the learning and futures of hundreds of our students. Thank you for your ongoing dedication. We are proud of you!
Halloween Scary Story Contest Winners
Each year the Whittier Daily News invites children and schools to particpate in the Halloween Scary Story contest. The Whittier Daily News had numerous entries and chose two standout winners from El Rancho Unified.

Rivera Middle School student, Brandon Preciado won the 12-14 year old category for his story called "Summoning." El Rancho High School student, Elyssa Torres won the 15-18 year old category for her story called "The Puppeteer."

Congratulations on your outstanding work!

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