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News and Announcements

Ethnic Studies Movement Continues Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 2016

The El Rancho Unified School District applauds Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of AB 2016 introduced by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) to create the first statewide model Ethnic Studies curriculum.  The El Rancho Unified School District  Board of Education made a historical decision in June 2014 by being the first district in California to adopt Ethnic Studies as a high school graduation requirement to prepare students for a 21st century multicultural, global economy.  More than 20 other school districts have followed their lead by adopting similar resolutions.  "Two years ago the ERUSD Board of Education recognized the importance of providing all students with a comprehensive and inclusive Ethnic Studies curriculum that empowers them and prepares them to thrive in a multicultural, global society,” commented Board President Dr. Aurora Villon.  “The Governor's approval of AB 2016 validates the very important role Ethnic Studies plays in preparing students for the 21st Century.”

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Rio Hondo Education Center at Pico Rivera

Did you know that the new Rio Hondo Education Center at Pico Rivera is now providing the community with convenient access to college courses? Classes are not only for adults; college bound students or students interested in particular courses are encouraged to enroll. Please see the attached flyer, the link below or call the Rio Hondo Continuing Education at (562) 463-4606 for more information.

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Workshop for Parents of Special Needs Students

The El Rancho Unified School District Special Education Department will be holding a workshop for parents of special needs students.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: District Professional Development Center (corner of Loch Lomond & Citronell)

For more information, please call (562) 801-4810.
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El Rancho High School College Night

El Rancho High School will host its annual College Night on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the new gym. Representatives from over 50 colleges and universities will be available to provide information and answer questions.

For more information, please contact the ERHS College & Career Center at (562) 801-5325.
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EL Rancho High School Celebrates the 50 year Anniversary of the National Championship

During the pre-game festivities at El Rancho High School Homecoming on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM, ERHS will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the 1966 Dons football team who were awarded the National Championship and California State Championship. In the 1960s El Rancho High School football teams established themselves as one of the most respected high school football programs in California. The 1966 El Rancho team went 13-0 and outscored the opposition 516-68 while shutting out six opponents that year. The Dons were coached by the legendary Ernie Johnson. When the 1966 22 member all-league team was announced, 17 of the players were Dons. It was, in many ways, the perfect team. The Dons never trailed in a game that season, and rarely played their first string after the first half. More than 40 years later, the legacy of “The Ranch” still lives.
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Valencia Academy of the Arts Welcomes Accomplished Jazz Musician

El Rancho USD has always made arts a priority for our students. To that end, Valencia Academy of the Arts has added a critical piece to its arts program. We are proud to welcome Mr. Frank Fontaine as the new full-time music teacher who has relocated back to his hometown of Pico Rivera. He is an accomplished musician and educator. He received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Jazz/Jazz
Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, and his Master of Arts (M.A.) degree from Seton Hall University. He currently is working on earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University. We welcome Mr. Fontaine to the Lightning Bolt family!
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Supporting Healthy Teen Relationships Workshop

Parents and teens are invited to the Supporting Healthy Relationships Workshop facilitated by Christy Stillwell of Homeboy Industries. Topics to be discussed are statistics of violence in teen relationships, red flags to look out for, electronic violence and much more.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: El Rancho High School Faculty Center

To RSVP or to obtain further information, please call (562) 801-5128.
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Senator Tony Mendoza Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Workshop

Senator Tony Mendoza cordially invites the Pico Rivera community to a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workshop. Assistance will be provided with the DACA application / renewal. The event will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 8:00 - 11:00 am at Los Altos High School. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
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State Preschool Program Accepting Applications

The El Rancho Unified School District is accepting applications for admission to the State Preschool Program for the 2016-2017 school year. Classes are held at nine school sites across Pico Rivera: North Ranchito, South Ranchito, Birney, Durfee, Magee, Rio Vista, Rivera, Valencia, and Salazar. The program serves 3 and 4 year old children throughout Pico Rivera and neighboring cities.

The State Preschool Program operates two convenient ½ day sessions; 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our world class curriculum includes instruction in phonics, Mathematics, Science, art education, and technology (iPads). Classes fill up quickly, so enroll your child today to get him/her ready for kindergarten!

This program participates in the Child Care Food Program. All children in attendance will be offered a snack, at no separate charge, and there will be no physical segregation of or other discrimination against any child because of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or ability to pay.

For further information concerning the program, applications, or eligibility guidelines, please call the State Preschool Office at (562) 801-5117 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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