Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

  • As this new year begins, I wish everyone the greatest success as we welcome every one of our DUSD students to their educational journey of 2019-2020. This year will continue to be shaped by our commitment to the reform efforts as outlined in our Competitive Advantage Plan (CAP). We will also take the opportunity to look at new and different strategic actions that will further support the work we do for our scholars and community. We are proud of our accomplishments, but are also steadfast in our efforts to take DUSD to the next level of educational excellence. Please read my welome back message for our community in its entirety here. 

    The first day of school is Monday, August 12, 2019. I am eager to see you, and will remain in touch throughout the year by sending you a bi-monthly phone call in addition to my weekly e-newsletter message that is issued every Sunday evening. Please subscribe to receive it, if you do not already, by visiting our website. Also, stay up to date with news from our district and schools on a daily basis by downloading our free DUSD App and by following me on Twitter and Instagram @SuptAmerson. I wish you all a wonderful first day of school and an amazing year full of teaching, learning and fun.

    Respectfully,​ Gordon Amerson, Ed. D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • $16,000 Grant Awarded to Andres Duarte Arts Academy by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission & LA Arts Ed Collective

    Duarte Unified is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and LA County Arts Ed Collective have awarded Andres Duarte Arts Academy an Advancement Grant of $16,000 to implement the Artful Connections program for the 2019-20 school year! Artful Connections is delivered by teaching artists from the Armory Center for the Arts who will provide the entire Andres Duarte faculty with arts integration training and support teachers directly in the classroom to provide integrated arts instruction in math and science to students in Grades 2-5. This is the fourth year in a row that Duarte Unified has been awarded this grant to implement the Artful Connections program, which is already in place at Beardslee, Maxwell, Valley View, and Royal Oaks. This grant comes at the perfect time as Andres Duarte is completing adoption of the Leonard Bernstein Foundation’s Artful Learning framework, and the Artful Connections program will serve to further infuse the arts into the school culture.

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  • Dr. Esther Tamanaha Selected as New Principal of Royal Oaks STEAM Academy

    DUSD is pleased to announce that after an extensive application process, Dr. Esther Tamanaha has been selected as the new principal of Royal Oaks STEAM Academy. Dr. Tamanaha’s appointment was approved by the Board of Education at the Regular Meeting held on June 13, 2019. She began her journey in the field of education in 2006. She holds a degree in English and a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. Her love for learning carried her to Cal Poly Pomona for a Master of Education degree, and then to USC, where she completed her doctoral studies in 2014. With thirteen years of experience, Dr. Tamanaha comes to Royal Oaks STEAM Academy as passionate about serving students as she was her first day of teaching. Dr. Tamanaha shares, “It is an honor to have been selected as the Principal of Royal Oaks STEAM Academy, and I am excited to work collaboratively with the staff, families and students of this special community to provide the best education for our future generations.”

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