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May 2018 
Dear District 6 families and community, 
 This month, I got the chance to meet many of you at our Picnic in the Park, a fun-filled event we hosted with food, school performances, and an obstacle course. Thanks to all those who were able to join us! We were thrilled to see so many of you from throughout the East Valley.
 In its regular meeting, the Board approved my Achieving Excellence for All resolution that calls for a working group to develop a framework for monitoring school progress.  This will allow us to better support our schools in District 6 and throughout LA Unified as well as help parents and community members to understand how their school is doing on an annual basis.
   Finally, our schools are heading towards the end of the year and still going strong. I have visited more than 80% of my schools, and I’m on track to visit every school before the end of the year. From our early education centers teaching foundational literacy to our adult education programs preparing students for a new career and all schools in between, there are amazing things happening in Board District 6. Find out more about some of them below.

Kelly Gonez
                                          Our Priorities 
Improving School Climate
    We are One Event!
    Robert Fulton College Preparatory School hosted a successful We Are One event open to all of Board District 6.  Attendees had the opportunity to learn about mental health, health, legal and educational resources available to all of our L.A. Unified families, regardless of their immigration status.  For more information and to request a L.A. Unified Know Your Rights Workshop at your school click here 

    Empowering School Leaders
      Achieving Excellence for All Resolution 

      Engaging Parents and Families
        Partnering with District 6 Families to Create a Valuable Framework for Parents
        Last month, my team worked with District 6 families to discuss my Achieving Excellence for All Resolution. We heard directly from families about how a school performance framework will help them better understand their schools.  Following our discussion, several parents also attended April’s Board meeting in support of my resolution. 

        Picnic in the Park with Board Member Gonez
        We had over 400 District 6 family members join us for Picnic in the Park with Board Member Gonez! I had a wonderful time meeting students and families all while having some outdoor fun. A special thank you to San Fernando High School’s cheerleaders and folkloric team, Telfair Avenue Elementary School’s Mariachi band, and Canterbury Avenue Elementary School’s folklórico for their amazing performances. 

        California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Workshop  
        This month, my office partnered with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence to host a "Dashboard Basics for Families" workshop to District 6 families.  This workshop helped parents understand and navigate the California School Dashboard to better understand and support their childrens school. 

                                                 BD6 Highlights 
          Sylmar High Boys Volleyball Team goes to Hawaii
          Sylmar Charter High School Boys Volleyball team traveled to Hawaii for the annual Iolani Tournament.  The Spartans were able to participate in a 16 team tournament in addition to gaining various island experiences. Go Spartans!

          Senator Portantino Donates Books to Pinewood Elementary
          Senator Anthony Portantino from the 25th Senate District donated books to Pinewood Avenue Elementary’s library.  We thank Senator Portantino for supporting literacy and learning!

          LDNE Arts and Lit Fest
          Local District Northeast hosted their annual Arts and Lit Fest at San Fernando High School.  Students displayed their work in colorful exhibits and vibrant performances. We had fun celebrating the rich and robust arts programs available at our schools! 

          Mission HS Students Become Marine Biologists For a Day  
          Mission High School students took a trip to the Reef EMBARC Foundation. Students observed and studied marine life on an exciting one day hands-on boat exploration. 

          North Valley Occupational Center Career Fair 
          North Valley Occupational Center hosted a successful Career Fair. Over 10,000 total job openings were advertised. Our industry partners clearly recognize that our adult students complete our Division of Adult and Career Education programs well-prepared, for success! 

                                             Schools in the Spotlight 
            Board District 6 California Distinguished Schools
            Brainard, Stagg, and Harding Elementary Schools received recognition as California Distinguished Schools.  We’re so proud of you and leadership. Congratulations!
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              Pacoima Singers go to Washington D.C.!
              Congratulations to the Pacoima Singers! For the past ten years, the Pacoima Singers have proudly represented California at the annual America Sings! Festival. 
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                Sun Valley HS New State-of-the-Art Studio
                 Sun Valley HS celebrated the opening of their new state of the art “Studio 24”, a great addition to their already incredible film program. 

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                BD6 Schools Featured in DOI News
                Check out the Division of Instruction latest news! Mt.Gleason MS and Sylmar Biotech HS are featured in this months newsletter. 
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                  Sylmar Biotech Engineering Students Receive LA City Mayor Award 
                  Students recently received a first place award from Mayor Eric Garrett during the Earth Day event at the Getty House. 
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                  Poly HS Coach 300th Career Win
                  Congratulations to Coach Peralta for his 300th career victory after 18 seasons at Poly High School. 
                  Go Parrots! 
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