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


CHARACTER COUNTS! - RED RIBBON WEEK The El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education supports the joint campaign of Character Counts! - Red Ribbon Week and proclaims October 19-25, 2014 as


and encourages its citizens to strive for good character at all times and participate in drug awareness activities, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to live a healthy life. Further, encouraging all to pledge: We show good character by being DRUG FREE!
14th Annual Parent Education Conference and 2nd Annual Student Leadership Conference, "Empowerment Through Education"
The 14th Annual Parent Education Conference, "Empowerment Through Education", along with the Student Leadership Conference, hosted by the Hispanic Outreach Taskforce (H.O.T.) and Whittier College in partnership with various organizations,are scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 8:00 - 1:30 pm at Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier. The objective of the Parent Education Conference and the Student Leadership Conference is to instill in Latino parents and their children the importance of completing high school and graduating from a college or university. The conference will provide attendees with informational workshops on the college application process, financial aid for college, academic support and additional resources for students.

For more information, contact Sandra Gallegos, District Resource Teacher at (562) 801-5224.
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!
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.
Pico Rivera Sheriff's Station Haunted Jail and Open House

Pico Rivera Sheriff's Station Haunted Jail and Open House Beware of the ghouls and goblins lurking through the Pico Rivera Jail! Participate in a scary afternoon with free treats for kids. The open house features information and exhibits on local law enforcement.

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Pico Rivera Sheriff's Station, 6631 Passons Boulevard

Can goods and non-perishable food items will be collected to support Pico Rivera residents in need.

Sponsored by the City of Pico Rivera Parks and Recreation Department
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: November 4, 2014 and 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
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Help Us Transform Our Schools

Help Us Transform Our Schools You're invited to a series of community meetings to help inform the ERUSD Student Centric Facilities Master Plan. Help us transform our schools into the best learning environments in California!

ERUSD is hosting three community meetings:

- Rivera Middle School - September 9, 2014 - 6:00 pm
- The STEAM Academy @Burke - September 23, 2014 - 6:00 pm
- North Park Middle School - September 30, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Your opinion and participation is very important!

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Upcoming Events

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez - Community Office Hours
Date: 11/4/2014, 9 AM 11 AM
Location: Pico Rivera City Hall 6615 Passons Blvd. Pico Rivera
Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
Date: 11/5/2014, 6 PM
Location: ERUSD Technology Room
Holiday - Admissions Day (All District Schools and Offices Closed)
Date: 11/10/2014
Holiday - Veteran's Day (All District Schools and Offices Closed)
Date: 11/11/2014
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 11/18/2014
Location: Pico Rivera City Hall 5:30 pm Closed Session, 6:30 pm Open Session
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