Superintendent's Message

ERUSD is answering to the demands of the 21st Century

We are in the midst of an amazing transformation in public education as the power of technology is embraced and integrated into every part of our daily life.  It is not uncommon to see three and four year old students interacting with cellphones, iPads, tablets and other technological devices.  The Common Core Standards have increased expectations for student learning that prepares them to thrive in the 21st century.  As a result our district must create conditions for our students to engage and adapt by providing numerous learning opportunities to be creative, collaborate, communicate and think critically.  Their future success will depend on how we plan and develop learning environments across our district for students as well as adults that incorporate these four areas.  Technology will be a vehicle to help create those learning environments, but that technology will not be used to the fullest for the benefit of our students without teachers, instructional aides and administrators working together in learning environments to learn how to incorporate technology and develop rigorous lessons focused on student learning.

In addition to powerful instruction, we will need to align our preschool, elementary, middle and high school curriculum and learning environments focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics that incorporates higher reading and writing skills.  The 21st century demands that our workforce have understanding, experiences and key learning in these areas that provide a critical foundation as they prepare to go to college or enter the workforce.  Our country and world need individuals with these STEAM characteristics to address our future challenges in the 21st century.

The El Rancho Unified School District is beginning the 2013-14 school year rested, hopeful and excited but also wondering what the new school year will bring.  From my vantage point as the new Superintendent and based on my school visits and interactions with teachers, parents, administrators, community members, community leaders and board members, I see a district ready, willing and already beginning to meet the challenge of providing the best education possible for our students.  Sure, there are still questions related to our fiscal picture, implementing the common core and moving forward with our bond program.  But these questions will not deter us from focusing on our core mission-creating the conditions for effective teaching and student learning across our district.

As I walk through classrooms each day, I have had the opportunity to witness dedicated administrators, teachers and instructional aides setting the tone and creating the conditions for effective learning.  As I walk school campuses, I see the result of a summer’s worth of effort by our maintenance staff and custodians as they prepared for the return of our students, teachers, administrators and support staff.  Now that all of our students and staff have returned, it is like we never left.  Each individual in our district is creating the conditions for student learning.  As identified in the article “Resources, Instruction and Research” by Cohen, Raudenbush and Ball, it is the relationship between the teacher, the student and the content being taught that determines the quality and level of student learning.  Each individual outside of this core supports this relationship and the challenge of meeting the needs of each and every student in our district.

Throughout this school year, from the board room to the classroom, we will assess, modify, improve and become smarter about how we support the core relationship between the teacher and the student.  Our challenge is before us.  Are we ready for the challenge?  From what I have observed so far, there is no doubt in my mind!

Martin Galindo, Superintendent

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News and Announcements

Kindergarten Registration
The enrollment period for the upcoming school year is now open.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Spring Into Health Fair
The El Rancho Unified School District will be hosting its 4th annual Spring Into Health Fair on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9 am to 1 pm at the El Rancho Education Center, 9426 Marjorie Street, Pico Rivera. Join us for this FREE event as we promote health awareness and education for the whole family in a fun, supportive environment. Community partners will provide information on Covered California – California’s new affordable health coverage exchange, free health screenings, free immunizations for children ages 5 to 19 and information on community services. The community will have the opportunity to enjoy games for the children, participate in raffles and enjoy live entertainment. For more information contact Hector Palencia at (562) 801-5128.
All Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Alex Roldan from El Rancho High School was selected as the Whittier Daily News All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year on April 3, 2014.
Signing Ceremony Feels Like a Victory for El Rancho Football
Five El Rancho football players signed their letters of intent to two different colleges.
Library Media Technicians Recognized

Library Media Technicians Recognized The City of Pico Rivera, in collaboration with the Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries has partnered to celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014). In recognition of this special week, the Pico Rivera City Council recognized ERUSD Library Media Technicians for their efforts in promoting literacy and education at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Champions of Change: Winning the Future Across America
El Rancho High alumnus, Luis Urrieta, Jr. who is currently a professor at the University of Texas was recently honored by President Obama as a Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.
Stay Connected with School Notes
Get up-to-date information on school programs and events.
Negotiations Summaries
Board Agenda Online
El Rancho Unified is now using Agenda Online for Board of Education meetings. To view the agenda, click the link below.
CHOICES Youth Conference - Healthy Lifestyles and Making Right Choices
The CHOICES Youth Conference - Healthy Lifestyles and Making the Right Choices, hosted by the SPIRITT Family Services, Rio Hondo College, The Hispanic Outreach Taskforce and various organizations, will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 8:30 am - 1:45 pm at Rio Hondo College. El Rancho Unified School District students in grades 9-11 will attend this event. The goal of the Youth Conference is to instill dreams, vision and passion to young people and to discuss areas that may hinder them from reaching their potential. The conference workshop topics include education, self-development/improvement, health and career.

For more information, contact Sandra Gallegos, District Resource Teacher at (562) 801-5224.
El Rancho Unified School District Board Meeting Highlights
This information is provided in an effort to keep you informed about the actions taken by our Board of Education to support our students and move our District forward.
Parent and Community LCAP Input Meetings
El Rancho Unified School District staff, parents, and community members are invited to attend the District's upcoming Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) meetings. The LCAP will be the new guide for developing student achievement outcomes and aligning the District's expenditure of State funding to those goals. The process requires as much feedback as possible and we encourage you to attend any one of our sessions! Information and input gathering will repeat across our District community during the following three evenings:

- Monday, February 3, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 pm
El Rancho High School Cafeteria

- Wednesday, February 5, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Burke Middle School Cafeteria

- Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 pm
North Park Middle School Cafeteria

If you are unable to make a meeting, please complete an online survey by March 2, 2014.
Generation First Degree - Learn What It Takes To Get Into the College of Your Dreams
Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera will host a FREE workshop for Pico Rivera families . . . . Beyond the Basics for Hispanic Students: Getting the competitive edge for college success. Learn what it takes to get into the college of your dreams.

- How to use community service, leadership and volunteerism to increase your child's chances of being accepted to a university.
- The importance of good grades, AP/Honors courses and extra curricular activities when applying for college.
- Hear representatives from Cal State Los Angeles, UCI and Chapman University discuss the competitive requirements between the different school systems.
- Learn about the SAT and ACT tests from The Princeton Review representatives.

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Where: El Rancho High School (new gym)

For more information, please call (562) 801-5355 ext. 432
Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries
You are invited to join the Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries to a fundraiser night at Shakey's. After you place your order, drop the original receipt in the box and Shakey's will donate 25% of your total purchase to the Friends of the Libraries.

What: Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries Fundraiser Night

When: Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Shakey's Pizza Parlor
9290 Whittier Boulevard
Pico Rivera

The Friends of the Libraries Book Center is located at 9449 Slauson Avenue, Pico Rivera. For more information, please contact Beverly Walker, (562) 949-2010 or Celia Galindo, (562) 948-2408.
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Upcoming Events

Spring Recess (No School)
Date: 4/16/2014
Spring Recess (No School)
Date: 4/17/2014
Spring Recess (No School)
Date: 4/18/2014
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 5/6/2014
Location: Pico Rivera City Hall 5:30 pm Closed Session, 6:30 pm Open Session
Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
Date: 5/7/2014, 6 PM
Location: ERUSD Technology Room
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