A Message from County Administrator Dr. Erika Torres

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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.

Summer School

I am excited to announce the various summer school options for our students, including Extended School Year (ESY) and acceleration and enrichment classes. Our rigorous and innovative summer school opportunities for all students include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social-Emotional Learning, and the Arts. High school programs include credit recovery and classes through El Camino College. 

​The summer school schedule is as follows:

Pre-K – 8th grade will begin on June 21, 2021 through July 22, 2021, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Classes will be offered in person and virtually.

Grades 9 – 12 will begin on June 21, 2021 through July 29, 2021. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Classes will be offered in person and virtually. 

Registration information will be sent to families in the upcoming days. I hope our students take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.

Assembly Bill (AB) 86 – Use of Funds Surveys

IUSD has a new funding opportunity through AB86, to be used for activities that directly support all students’ academic achievement and to mitigate learning loss related to COVID-19 school closures. With the help and support of IUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) stakeholder committee, our District developed a survey to gather feedback regarding the needs of our students and how to best use the newly available funds for programs, services, additional instruction, and to support the social and emotional needs of our students. As we move to create a plan in the upcoming weeks for supporting students with AB86 dollars, we have a survey to help with planning efforts and allocation of resources. Your feedback is very important. 

Community members and parents/guardians, please fill out the survey here. 

All IUSD staff, please fill out the survey available here.

Principals and teachers, please encourage your students in grades 6-12 to fill out the student survey as well here.

Honoring our Principals and Teachers

Our District would like to honor our school principals and teachers, who are committed to supporting our students on their educational journey. School Principals’ Day is a national day of celebration held on May 1, 2021, honoring our educational leaders who are committed to leading our students to a prosperous future. The commitment from our principals sets the tone for the entire school year. Our District is grateful to our amazing school principals for their continued leadership, support, dedication, and enthusiasm in supporting our staff, students, families and community!

Also, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we would like to thank and acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication from our teachers to our District, students, staff and community. Our teachers are the reason for the success of our students. It is their daily commitment and influence that inspires our students to believe that they are able to do anything they set their hearts and minds on. Our Inglewood Unified teachers are making a difference by educating our students and working tirelessly toward our District’s mission to provide each student with personalized opportunities, equitable resources, social and emotional support and much more. Thank you to our school principals and teachers for your tireless hard work on behalf of our students and community!

Inglewood High School Student Interviews President Obama

Inglewood High School Senior and aspiring filmmaker and producer, Tariq Stone, recently had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Los Angeles Times Book Club interview with former President, Barack Obama. Mr. Stone’s October 2020 publication with the Los Angeles Times High School Insider “Message to my next president: We need to realize the difference between fact and fiction” was submitted to President Obama’s team, which led to his involvement as an interviewer. In addition to this interview, Mr. Stone is actively involved in We Uplift the World Foundation, where their mission is to create sustainable, positive change in the world through art, technology, entertainment and education. Mr. Stone was accepted into the film program at California College of Arts, where he hopes to gain a deeper understanding in film and create content that will inspire. IUSD is extremely proud of Mr. Stone and all of his accomplishments, and we cannot wait to witness all of his success in the near future. To view the interview with President Obama, please click here. 

City Honors International Preparatory School Physics Team Takes 3rd Place

Our District would like to congratulate City Honors International Preparatory School (CHIPS) students, Mekides Danna, Edgar Diaz and Maleah Rowe for winning third place in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 27th Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition. On May 1, 2021, students from Mrs. Costo’s Biology and Physics classes, also known as “The CHIPS Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust” team, watched ASCE committee members present their popsicle stick bridge model to the Los Angeles section of ASCE and a livestream audience.

Students from San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange County, were challenged to design and construct a pedestrian overcrossing bridge that bikers and commuters could utilize during their daily routine. With the month long process, including, researching, building, testing, and modifying the models to perfection, CHIPS students received 3rd place based on bridge strength and efficiency, reports, technical report and slide and video presentations. We are so proud of our students for representing IUSD in such an extraordinary way. If you would like to view the competition, please click here. To learn more about the American Society of Civil Engineers, please click here.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Our District would like to celebrate and honor the history of achievements and contributions of the AAPI community to American history. Similar to other commemorative months, AAPI Heritage Month, was introduced in 1977 via Congress to observe the first 10 days of May with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history which was the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the United States on May 7, 1843, and contributions of Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroad which was completed in 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration with hopes to raise awareness about the contributions that Asians and Asian Americans have made to the United States. AAPI Heritage Month is a time of reflection, remembrance and honoring Asian lineage and learning about the rich culture that Asian and Asian Americans represent. Please join us in celebrating as we share a series of Asian American heroes every week on our social media for the month of May. 

“Grab and Go Meals” – Update

IUSD is providing free “Grocery Kits” every Wednesday to all children ages 18 and under. “Grocery Kits” include 5 days of breakfast, lunch and snacks, including a gallon of milk and fresh bulk produce. Families can pick up one “Grocery Kit” per child per week at four of our distribution sites: Bennett-Kew, Inglewood HS, La Tijera and Woodworth-Monroe during the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Students participating in the Hybrid Learning Model will receive their meals during their in-person instructional day. For more information, please contact the IUSD Food Services department at (310) 680-4870.

Thank you staff, parents, students, and community members for your ongoing support and commitment to the success of our district. 

#WeAreInglewoodUnified 

Sincerely, 

Erika F. Torres, Ed.D., MSW 

County Administrator

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