Dear District 6 Families and Community, 

It has been a great start to the school year in the East Valley! I was excited to join Lorne St. Elementary and San Fernando High School on the first day of school. The Superintendent and members of the Board of Education visited San Fernando’s Culinary Arts program to learn about the career skills students are learning that are setting them up for post-graduate success.

 I am happy to introduce a new section in my newsletter, “What’s Happening at the Board”.  This new section will provide the latest updates about key LAUSD resolutions approved by the Board at our monthly Board Meetings.  Read below to learn about past and upcoming resolutions.  


Kelly Gonez

                                         Our Priorities  

    Expanding College and Career Readiness

    Coming Spring 2019- SAT/ACT for all high school juniors and seniors at no cost! In June, the Board approved my Opening Doors to College and Career resolution which will provide access to these exams for our students and expand our career readiness efforts. Read more below.


      Empowering School Leaders

      Over the summer, I brought together a group of our BD6 Principals to share with the Superintendent the ways our district can better support the amazing work they’re leading.  Our principals’ collaborated with the Superintendent and his team to identify solutions to the various day-to-day obstacles that compete for valuable time as instructional leaders. We look forward to sharing more about this innovative effort as we proceed in the future. 


        Engaging Parents and Families

        District 6 is looking for a parent leader to partner with our team.  Apply to become the District 6 parent representative on the LAUSD Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). For more information, read below. 

                                     What’s Happening at Board                        
                                                                                                                                                              Read the latest resolutions passed by the L.A. Unified Board of Education. 


          Equal Voter Registration Access for All through Celebrating National Voter Registration Day Resolution (co-sponsored)

          In August, I co-sponsored the Equal Voter Registration Access for All through Celebrating National Voter Registration Day resolution. This resolution declares September 25, 2018 as “LAUSD High School Voter Registration Day”.  The District will coordinate with the City of Los Angeles, the California Secretary of State and Los Angeles County to ensure that voter registration activities will occur on every high school campus during High School Voter Education Week

          Online Voter Registration

          September  11th 

                            Birth to Eight Roadmap to Success Resolution Update                             (co-sponsored)

          In January, the Board approved a resolution directing the Division of Early Childhood Education to organize a steering committee to create and implement the District’s Birth to Eight Roadmap for Success. A report of this work will be presented at September’s Board meeting.  

          Full Resolution

                 Increasing Supports for LGBTQ+ Students, Their Families and Schools Update (co-sponsored)

            In June the Board affirmed its commitment to the lives of its diverse students by passing the, “Increasing Supports for LGBTQ+ Students, Their Families and Schools Resolution”. This resolution recognizes October as LGBTQ+ History Month and called for the creation of a textbook adoption committee to work with the Division of Instruction and develop trainings for educators, staff, administration and parents.  A report of this work will be presented at September’s Board meeting. 

            Full Resolution

            October 9th

              Ensuring a Complete Count of the Los Angeles Unified School District Communities, Families, and Students in the 2020 Census (co-sponsor)

              According to the United States Census Bureau, every LAUSD Board District is home to populations that are most frequently under counted in the census, including children under 6, youth, immigrants and renters with limited English proficiency.  This proposed resolution calls for a plan of action to ensure a complete count of LAUSD students and their families in the 2020 census.

              The Board will vote on this resolution on October 9th, 2018 

              Link to Stream Board Meetings
                                                    BD6 Highlights  

              Panorama High School Celebrates New Murals 

              I had the opportunity to join Panorama High School at the unveiling of the beautiful new College and Career Corridor. This new addition will inspire all students as they strive towards their future college and career goals. 


              First Day of School at San Fernando HS Culinary               Arts Program 

              On the first day of school, we visited San Fernando High School’s Culinary Arts program where students are learning critical career skills. Students shared their experience in the program, and demonstrated their delicious cooking skills. Read the LA Times story here.

                                              Free Online Resources  

              Google Education Check out Google Education’s free computer science curriculum. It includes videos, lesson plans and supporting materials. 

              Click Here

              Sesame Street Building a Reader Program 

              Building a Reader is a free online course for early childhood educators to increase capacity building and knowledge around early literacy and family engagement. 

              Click Here

              Girls Who Code 

              Inspire students  with the Girls Who Code free Women in Tech Lesson Plans.

              Click Here

                Mayor’s Youth Council

                All BD6 high school students are eligible to join the Mayor's Youth Council-East Valley cohort. This program empowers youth in their local government and community. For more information, contact the East Valley representative Jacqueline Serrano at

                The deadline to apply is Friday, September 21, 2018. 


                  Girls Summit 

                  The LA Promise Fund is partnering with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote to host the Girls Build Summit. This event is aimed to inspire 11th and 12th grade girls across LA County to register to vote. Transportation is available. Register here!


                    Disney Musicals in Schools 

                    The Center Theatre Group was awarded a grant to bring Disney Musicals in Schools program to the Los Angeles area.  The Center Theatre Group will select five elementary schools to participate in this year’s program. Applications are now being accepted for 2018-2019. All Title I elementary schools are eligible to apply. 

                    The deadline to apply is Friday, September 21, 2018. Apply here


                      Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore

                      Tia Chucha’s offers a 10% discount to teachers and students. Check out their collection of bilingual children’s books and a diverse selection of cultural books here


                        Sylmar Neighborhood Council 

                        The Sylmar Neighborhood Council’s Youth Affairs Committee is looking for young leaders to get involved in their community. For more information, contact Committee Chairperson Donald Zelaya at

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