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Week of March 19, 2017

School-Business Partnerships that Work


Nationwide, schools and businesses are working together to benefit students, teachers, and entire communities. Successful partnerships can be found across the grades, in schools large and small. But not every school district is fortunate to have such a large company headquartered in its backyard. We are fortunate in Duarte to have two. Both the City of Hope and Delafield Corporation are leaders in their industry and have partnered with Duarte Unified to transform the high school experience to better serve our students and our community.

These types of programs are referred to as pathway programs. They are co-designed by schools and their industry partners to prepare students for college, career, community and life. The programs combine four components; rigorous academics, career and technical education, work-based learning, and student supports. Our most recent partnership is with Delafield Corporation, a full line distributor specializing in the engineering, manufacturing and sales of products that utilize piping, pumps, hoses, manifolds, valves, and tubing to move both fluids and gases. Headquartered in an 80,000-square foot facility in Duarte, the company has manufacturing and sales offices in Texas, San Diego, and Fontana.

Duarte Unified and Delafield have joined forces with the Southern California Gas Company and Mount San Antonio College to create a STEM program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge and work-based learning in the manufacturing sector. Similar to our biotechnology partnership with the City of Hope, students participate in an extensive 8-week summer apprenticeship on the industry site, working with industry professionals.

In both of these programs students experience college and industry while still in high school and have a variety of certifications available to them. Students who complete the programs have college and career options. In this new era of education where choice is the operative word, Duarte Unified School District is setting a new standard by offering a variety of choices in a variety of settings.Yet another reason why it’s a great time to be a kid in Duarte!
Reminders for the week of March 19, 2017:

The annual State of the City and School District, a Duarte Chamber-sponsored reception, will take place on Tuesday, March 21, at the Duarte Community Center and Courtyard beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations can be made by calling (626) 357-3333 or on-line by clicking here.


The All-District Band Showcase also takes place on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the DHS Gym. Special guests include our grant partner, VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.


A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Childcare and translation services are available. For more information, click here.


Our schools are gearing up for Smarter Balanced state testing that will begin this spring. Each school will provide parents and students with the testing dates and test preparation information. To learn more, go to


Preschool, TK and Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year is underway now! Enrollment information is available at all of our school sites and district office.


Save the dates July 3-31, 2017 for the DUSD S.T.E.A.M. Summer School experience for students in Kindergarten-12th grades. Details to follow soon!


California is field testing a new website called the California School Dashboard. It features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success for all K-12 districts and schools including Duarte Unified as part of the new school accountability system based on 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. To learn more, visit the CDE Dashboard Web page.


All of our schools are in the process now of making plans for next year. Parents are encouraged to attend K-8 transition meetings, check with your school for dates and times. We also ask prospective families to register for a campus tour or parent information night to learn more about what’s in store at


Duarte USD joins the national Women's History Month celebration during March to pay tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to the world have proved invaluable to society. During this month and throughout the year, our schools will explore the vital role women have played throughout history.



For more about all of the activities taking place within our schools and district this summer, please visit our website at  and subscribe to receive our weekly e-newsletter at You can also find Duarte USD on facebooktwitterInstagram and Youtube.

Best Wishes,

Allan Mucerino


Duarte Unified School District