August 21, 2014
Board of Education Regular Meeting @ CURRICULUM CONFERENCE ROOM (agenda)
The DUSD Chronicle
CONVOCATION FOR DUSD STAFF
On Thursday-August 21st, all DUSD employees will celebrate the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year by attending Convocation. The event will kick off at 7am with breakfast for staff in the new Northview Cafeteria. The Convocation program will follow at 8am in the PAC. The event is sure to motivate, inspire and surprise! Dr. Nichols states, "This will be the most AMAZING year in the history of Duarte Unified! I am eager to welcome back all staff tomorrow and to begin our greatest adventure yet together!" Also, during breakfast, recipients of the Creativity & Innovation Grants awarded last year will have their projects on display. Make sure to check them out and get inspired to apply for a grant for this coming year. We look forward to seeing all of our DUSD employees tomorrow!
Please review the Local Control Accountability Plan draft and send your comments to LCAPcomments@duarteusd.org. Click here for the LCAP document and click here for an explanation of the plan. Click here for updated LCAP FAQ.
Click here to download Duarte High School Athletic Eligibility Packet.
Duarte Unified School District is pleased to announce that Beardslee Elementary and Valley View Elementary have been selected by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) to receive the prestigious title of 2013 Honor Roll schools. Click here to read more.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
DUSD is making the transition to Common Core State Standards. For an overview of how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond, please watch this video presented by the Council for Great City Schools. http://vimeo.com/51933492
TAKE THE SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE TEST CHALLENGE
Get a sneak peek at the new assessment our students will be taking to evaluate their learning of the Common Core State Standards.We are encouraging all of our students, staff, teachers, administrators and parents to experience the test for themselves during this trial period so we can be familiarized with not just the possible content, but the computer and test taking skills that are needed. You too can take the practice test that is available now by visiting http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/. We would be interested to get your feedback on your testing experience. We want to be able to offer our students every opportunity to do the best they can on this test and we are asking for your help and support to see that we do! For further resources and information about the Common Core State Standards visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/.
S.T.E.P. MENTORING PROGRAM NOW AT DUSD
DUSD has Launched S.T.E.P. the Shoulder-Tapped Empowered Protege mentoring program. The goal of the program is to match students with mentors in an effort to build rapport and long lasting relationships between the students of DUSD and the community. The program is made available to our students in hopes of guiding them to take the proper steps towards emotional success, academic success and career exploration. Caring adult mentors are matched with students ages 14 to 22. Students meet one-on-one with their mentors on school grounds during academic hours at least once a month and one hour a week E-mentoring. If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor or learning more about this opportunity, please contact Program Director, Naelh Othman 626-599-5908 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Northview Cafeteria Building
DUSD BUILDS FACILITIES FIT FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING!
Walk into a Duarte Unified school today and you will be impressed not only by the caliber of instruction and stimulating learning that is taking place in the classrooms, but by the actual buildings themselves....Beginning after the start of the New Year, all major building projects completed at Maxwell Elementary, Northview Intermediate and Duarte High School will be open and in full use by our students. Read More...