Dear District 6 Families and Community,

At this time of Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to our entire District 6 community for your partnership. Working with you inspires me every day. Coming together to support our schools is key to student success. It takes school leaders, teachers, parents, and the broader community to help meet the needs of our students and set them up for success. Thank you!

This month my Increasing Opportunities and Supports for Our Homeless Students and Families was approved by the Board of Education. We owe it to our most vulnerable students to be innovative in seeking ways to end homelessness in LAUSD. This is our opportunity to pursue new ideas and go further in meeting the needs of our homeless students and their families. Read below to learn more. 

I am also excited to announce the launch of BD6 Parents as Partners at Chase Elementary. I believe parents are equal partners in the education of their children. In collaboration with LDNW and Principal Gervasoni, our parent engagement program is working hand-in-hand with BD6 families to contribute and provide solutions that reflect the realities and needs of BD6 schools.

Lastly, I want to express my deepest sympathies to anyone affected by the recent wildfires. Sadly, one of our Van Nuys High School teachers lost her home in the Woolsey Fire. Ms. Partida is an inspiration and loved by many students. If you would like to learn more about how you can help Ms. Partida, visit the Go Fund Me account created by her big-hearted students.   


Kelly Gonez


Our Priorities 


Engaging Parents and Families

BD6 Parents as Partners at Chase Elementary 

The Parent as Partners Group is working hand-in-hand with families, my team and  Principal Gervasoni to collectively support their school. We look forward to sharing more about this work in the upcoming weeks. 


What’s happening at the Board!

Read the latest resolutions passed by the L.A. Unified Board of Education.



Increasing Opportunities and Supports for Our Homeless Students and Families (authored)

Los Angeles continues to face a crisis in homelessness, with more individuals and families becoming homeless each year. Across LA Unified, our teachers and principals are doing everything they can to keep our homeless students fed, well cared for, and learning.  This is our opportunity to find creative solutions to address the barriers our homeless students are facing in accessing stable housing and succeeding in school. The resolution directs the superintendent to examine the feasibility of partnering with the City and County to house homeless families using District facilities, providing more wraparound services for those students and their families, and lastly, expanding our Homeless Education Program to serve more students. Read full resolution here.

Thanks to our partners, BD6 principals for their contribution and support!


Student Voices 

Students from James Monroe and San Fernando High School Board shared about their schools' culinary arts programs to the Board of Education.  Students highlighted the career skills and opportunities offered in these high-quality programs. Proud of our BD6 chefs! 


BD6 Highlights 


Brainard Elementary Receives Grant for Media Lab  

Congratulations to Brainard Elementary for receiving a grant for their new Media Lab. The grant was generously awarded by the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council.  Go Brainard Bees! 


BD6 First Time Voters! 

I was happy to support BD6 first time voters from Panorama and Polytechnic High School by sponsoring a trip to the Los Angeles County Registrar's office. Students cast their first vote for the historical midterm elections.  We partnered with Power California for their Early Voting event.  Our students joined 500 students from across L.A. Unified for this exciting day! Read more here.  


Sun Valley Magnet Parent Engagement Academy 

Parents at Sun Valley Magnet celebrated the completion of a seven week Parent Engagement Academy program.  Thank you, Principal Lee, for leading this important and meaningful parent engagement work at your school. 


Verdugo Hills High School Stands Against Bullying 

Our amazing Verdugo Hills High School student leaders joined M3 Rock n' Talk to stand against bullying. Students shared inspirational testimonies and empowered their peers to join a six week anti-bullying campaign. Thank you, Ms.Swann and Principal Barcenas for leading this school-wide effort.


Herrick Avenue Elementary Honors Veterans 

Principal Dorado and the Herrick students and staff hosted their annual Veterans Day celebration honoring the amazing veterans in the Sylmar community.  Veterans and their families enjoyed a program full of wonderful student performances and delicious breakfast. 


Sylmar Neighborhood Council School Leaders Luncheon

I was excited to join all of our Sylmar schools for the first School Leader Luncheon hosted by the Sylmar Neighborhood Council.  The Sylmar Neighborhood Council celebrated our school leaders in the Sylmar community at LA Mission College and highlighted how our neighborhood councils can help support our schools. Thank you to our partners!  


BD6 Teacher in the Spotlight


Our veterans' commitment to service is found throughout our school district. We are proud to have a fantastic troops to teachers program that recruits and invests in veterans to become teachers, because we recognize that our veteran teachers rich experiences and their dedication to their communities translates naturally to our classrooms. Teachers like Mr. Cuevas, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, served in Iraq and Afghanistan, graduated from CSUN, thanks to the GI bill and now works at Monroe High School teaching Science to our Students with Disabilities.   Watch his inspirational story here


BD6 Art Contest 


My office is hosting an art contest open to all BD6 students. The theme is “My College and Career Goals.” We will be awarding prizes  from our Early Education Centers, Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Students can submit artwork now through November 30.  

Click here to download flyer



The Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that provides free “Start with Hello” and “Say Something” assemblies or class visits to secondary schools. SHP has partnered with the University of Michigan Prevention Research Center to conduct a study on the impacts of their programs on students’ socio-emotional learning. They are looking for 40 LAUSD middle schools to participate in the study. Participating schools will receive $1,000 in supplies and an individualized report of each school’s progress. To learn more about the study,  click here

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