Dear Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) Staff, Students, Families and Community:
In our continued commitment to serving our community and providing current information, we have some important updates in this week’s message. Our next scheduled Board of Education meeting will take place on December 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. For additional details regarding our Board Meeting, please click here.
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving break, I would like to extend my gratitude to our students, teachers, administrators, classified staff members, parents/guardians, and IUSD community for your ongoing support and commitment to the success of our District. On behalf of our Board of Education, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
As a reminder, our schools will be closed Monday, November 22nd through Friday, November 26th. School will resume on Monday, November 29th. Additionally, our newsletter will not be distributed during the holiday week.
Native American History Month
In honor of Native American History Month, we would like to highlight some of the significant contributions Native American leaders have made throughout history. This week we celebrate Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve as cabinet secretary for the United States. Ms. Haaland is a proud member of the Pueblo Laguna tribe from New Mexico, serving as the chair of the Democratic Party from 2012 to 2013. In 2018, she was voted to serve as representative of her state and in 2020 she was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Interior by President Joe Biden.
As a single mother, Secretary Haaland earned her Bachelor’s degree in English as well as her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico Law School specializing in Indian Law. She has served as tribal administrator at San Felipe Pueblo and has advocated for the creation of policies, supporting the environment as part of the Laguna Development Corporation. Her work on supporting environmental policies has continued in Congress as well as a focus on climate change, the plight of indigenous women, and policies that support working families. Thank you to Secretary Deb Haaland for her contributions and advocacy! To learn more about Secretary Deb Haaland, please click here.
Annual Drive-Thru Operation Gobble
Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, is hosting the Annual Drive-Thru Operation Gobble on Monday, November 22, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Crenshaw Imperial Plaza. Inglewood families will have an opportunity to receive a free frozen turkey. The turkeys will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to one per household. To access the event flyer and additional information, including the event location address, please click here or call (310) 412-6400.
National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
During the November 3rd School Board meeting, we passed a board resolution recognizing November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Homelessness continues to be a serious problem for many students and families across Los Angeles County. In the 2019-2020 school year, Los Angeles County identified almost 68,000 youth experiencing homelessness. Our District will continue to provide resources, in an effort to address the educational needs of students experiencing homelessness in our district. In addition, we will continue to collaborate with our community, and other social services agencies to support our students and families. Please join us in wearing green on Fridays during the month of November to support our fight to end child and youth homelessness.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Inglewood residents, families and friends are invited to join Inglewood’s Mayor and Council Members for the City’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event will take place on Monday, November 29, 2021 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of The Forum (3900 W. Manchester Boulevard) and include live entertainment, refreshments for all and a special holiday visit by Santa. The entire community is encouraged to attend this festive holiday event. Proof of vaccination for individuals age 12 and up and mask required. For additional information, please call (310) 412-8750.
Thank you staff, parents, students, and community members for your ongoing support and commitment to the success of our district.
Erika F. Torres, Ed.D., MSW