Superintendent's Message

On behalf of the El Rancho Unified Board of Education, I would like to welcome our students, staff, parents and community members to the second half of the 2014/2015 school year. We are very excited about the progress our District is making as we move forward to provide the best academic and extra-curricular opportunities for our students. As I visit our schools and classrooms, I am totally impressed by how respectful our students are towards each other and the adults they interact with. They come ready to learn everyday. Each and every time I walk into a classroom, teachers are teaching and actively engaging our students. As a District we are implementing the common core standards through Project Based Learning with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, innovation and communication in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

We will build on the successes of our schools and District during the first part of the year like:

  • El Rancho High School who had an excellent accreditation visit in November and were recognized by the state WASC team as a gem;
  • The El Rancho Unified School District being the first school district in the State of California to adopt an ethnic studies or cultural awareness class as a graduation requirement;
  • Rio Vista Elementary School who achieved National Blue Ribbon status;
  • The STEAM Academy @Burke being the first magnet school in ERUSD;
  • Our partnership with Cal Poly Pomona University and Project Lead the Way at El Rancho High School, North Park Middle School, Rivera Middle School and the STEAM Academy @Burke;
  • Our Student Services Department who has successfully applied for and received five grants totaling over $8 million which will provide social and emotional support and services to our students;
  • Our District which has an effective and productive partnership with Generation First Degree, the City of Pico Rivera and the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce.

These are only a few of the successes and accomplishments of our District. We are proud of our students and the work of teachers, administrators, staff and parents who provide amazing opportunities that create the conditions for our students to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We continue on our path towards excellence. Thank you for being part of our District!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ElRanchoSchools to hear about the latest happenings in our District.

Martin Galindo


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News and Announcements

El Rancho High to Host Community Basketball Night

El Rancho High to Host Community Basketball Night El Rancho High School is hosting a Community Basketball Night at which time the Dons will face off with the Santa Fe Chiefs. All students and community members are invited. Students from an El Rancho Unified school wearing a school T-Shirt will have free admission to the game.

When: Friday, January 23, 2015
Where: El Rancho High School
Time: Varsity Girls - 5:15 pm, Varsity Boys - 7:00 pm
Student Applications for 2015/2016 School Year Now Being Accepted for The STEAM Academy @Burke
The STEAM Academy @Burke is now accepting student applications for the 2015/2016 school year. The deadline to submit an application is February 27, 2015.

Click the title above to obtain the application. For more information, please contact the STEAM Academy @Burke's school office at (562) 801-5059.
California Cash for College Application Workshop for Students
El Rancho High School will host an on-line workshop for high school seniors to assist with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015

Location: El Rancho High School Library

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Please contact the El Rancho High School College/Career Center at (562) 801-5325 for further information.
Future Don Night Slated at El Rancho High
El Rancho High School invites the community to learn more about El Rancho High at its Future Don Night which is slated for Thursday, March 12, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s main gym. Future Don Night is an opportunity for students and parents/guardians of incoming 9th graders to become familiar with El Rancho High. This event offers an opportunity for students and parents to learn about high school graduation, college entrance requirements, activities, the arts, sports and extracurricular activities as well as a chance to meet teachers, counselors, coaches, administrators and other helpful staff. Future Don Night is only the first in a series of activities developed to assist students and parents in making a successful transition from middle school to high school and beyond!
Los Angeles Lakers Honor Rivera Middle School Student

Los Angeles Lakers Honor Rivera Middle School Student Congratulations to Rivera Middle School student, Carlo Lopez on receiving the Los Angeles Lakers Student of the Month award for January 2015. The Lakers honor students every month who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics and community outreach. Carlo will be honored during half-time at an upcoming Lakers basketball game. Way to go Carlo!
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.
College Financial Aid Workshop
El Rancho High School will host an informative financial aid workshop for high school students planning to attend a post-secondary school next year. Financial aid is available for trade schools, community colleges and four-year universities.

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Location: El Rancho High School Cafeteria

Time: 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will explain what documentation is needed and how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is used by colleges, the state and federal government to determine a student's eligibility for grants and other aid.

Please contact the El Rancho High School College/Career Center at (562) 801-5325 for further information.
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.
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 Thursday, January 29, 2015.
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Upcoming Events

Special Board of Education Meeting
Date: 1/27/2015
Location: ERUSD Conference Room (Student Services Building) 5:30 pm Closed Session, 6:30 pm Open Session
Joint Board of Education/Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
Date: 1/28/2015, 5:30 PM
Location: ERUSD Conference Room (Student Services Building) 9333 Loch Lomond Drive Pico Rivera
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 2/3/2015
Location: Pico Rivera City Hall 5:30 pm Closed Session, 6:30 pm Open Session
Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
Date: 2/4/2015, 6 PM
Location: ERUSD Technology Room
Holiday - Lincoln's Birthday (All District Schools and Offices Closed)
Date: 2/9/2015
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