October 8, 2021
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.
Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to highlight some of the significant contributions Hispanics and Latin American figures have made throughout history. This week we celebrate Mexican-American singer and former Oak Street Elementary student, Rebecca Marie Gomez, also known as Becky G. Born in Inglewood, CA, Becky began singing at the age of 9 by doing commercials and voice over work to support her family. By the age of 13, she was writing her own music and learned to play the guitar. Her Youtube covers caught the attention of a producer and she signed with Kemosabe/RCA Records and her extended play (EP) “Play It Again” was released in 2013. Becky was named “Best New Artist” at the Radio Disney Music Awards, was nominated as Best Actress of a Science Fiction at the Teen Choice Awards and her music has charted in the Billboard top 100. She is currently a brand ambassador and her debut album is set to be released soon. In her efforts to support performing arts at our District, Becky returned to Inglewood in 2020 for the #ClearTheList movement, – a social media movement that encourages giving back to teachers, and provided Oak Street Elementary school students with twenty-thousand dollars’ worth of items from their Amazon Wish List to help expand their music program. Thank you to Becky G for continuing to inspire our IUSD community through your artistry. To learn more about Becky G, please click here.
Job Shadow Day at SoFi Stadium
In collaboration with SoFi Stadium, our District is hosting a Job Shadow Day at SoFi Stadium on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Students in 10th and 11th grade will have an opportunity to learn more about career opportunities within sports and entertainment and meet a variety of departments, leaders and Executives. In addition, they will get a first-hand look at all of the aspects that contribute to operating an NFL game and live event. To register for this event, please click here. Availability is limited so please be sure to register early. For more information, please email email@example.com. To access the event flyer, please click here.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Plan)
Our District is hosting a workshop for parents on October 12, 2021 at 3:45 p.m., to receive feedback regarding a plan for the use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III). The ESSER funds are allocated to school districts to address the academic impact of lost instructional time as well as respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, particularly those students who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you will join us as we greatly appreciate your input and support. To join the virtual meeting, please click here.
Alternate Income Form
This is a friendly reminder to parents/guardians to submit your Alternate Income Form. We previously released information that IUSD is participating in the Seamless Summer Meal Option, a program that provides students with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at no additional cost to families. In order to continue receiving additional District funding for this special program, families are required to complete the “Alternate Income Form”. As a way to ensure our parents/guardians submit their form, our district is having a competition between elementary and secondary schools where the two winning schools will have an In-N-Out truck for lunch. Be sure to submit your Alternate Income Form by clicking here to help support your school!
West Basin Water Harvest STEAM Adventure
The West Basin Municipal Water District is hosting a virtual Water Harvest STEAM Adventure, an online journey where students can help discover and solve the mystery of our disappearing water supply, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Students will have the opportunity to conduct science experiments, observe technology demonstrations, and interact with some fascinating critters. In addition, students will be able to enjoy hands-on activities led by biologists, engineers, chemists, and other water experts. As an added bonus, participants will have an opportunity to win free prizes. To register for this event, please click here.
October is College and Career Readiness Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is here and I invite everyone to join us in participating in our activities as we commemorate October as College and Career Readiness Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I invite all staff and students to wear a t-shirt from a university or college to promote higher education on Wednesdays throughout October. Share a picture on social media using #IUSDCollegeShirtWednesdays. Please click here for additional College and Career Readiness Awareness activities for the month of October.
Additionally, for the week of October 11-14, we are encouraging students and staff to create a Breast Cancer Awareness bulletin support board. Share pictures of your creations on social media and use #IUSDPinktober. Please click here to access additional Breast Cancer Awareness activities.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Our District is hosting vaccination clinics for students, parents/guardians and families and daily COVID-19 testing. We are excited to announce that we are extending our weekly COVID-19 testing to parents/guardians and families, in addition to students and staff. Vaccine Clinics at school sites are being held on a rotating schedule, hosting two vaccine clinics per site. The next first round of vaccine clinics will take place on October 19, 2021 at Morningside High School from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For questions regarding the Vaccine Program, please contact Project Coordinator, Marvin Lawton, at (310) 912-9164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to access our school site based COVID-19 Testing schedule. You may access additional information regarding the vaccination clinics schedule, COVID-19 testing and more here! For questions regarding the COVID-19 Testing Program, please contact Project Coordinator, Jenny Fuentes, at (213) 476-3667 or submit an email to COVIDTaskForce@inglewoodusd.com.
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