Superintendent's Message

We are happy to welcome our students and families back from the summer break for what will be an exciting 2014-15 school year.  Overarching our work in the Paramount Unified School District is that of ensuring that we continue to hold steadfast on our first priority of raising student achievement, toward the ultimate goal of preparing our students for College and Career. 

An important part of this preparation is our focus on the Common Core State Standards.   I agree with the statement that says, the Common Core provides students with the high standards and the rigorous education they deserve. Embracing the standards can turn our classrooms into engaging, thought-provoking environments that foster a lifetime love of learning, a college admissions letter and a 21st-century job with competitive pay.  We don’t know what tomorrow’s jobs will be, but we do know that our future depends on a strong workforce and today’s schools have to prepare our children to be part of it.  Building critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied in any situation are vital. That’s the idea behind the Common Core standards and an important part of preparing our students for College and Career.

In support of College and Career, I am pleased to share that we are partnering with State Senator Ricardo Lara to present the 22nd Southeast College Conference, which will be held at Paramount High School on Saturday, October 4, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m.

The event kicks off with Senator Lara welcoming participants and a keynote speaker who will help inspire our students to pursue their dreams. Participants can then select from a variety of workshops where they will learn about the application process, financial aid, test taking and scholarship opportunities, among others.  Parents will also learn about these processes with their kids and also have an opportunity to network with parents who have kids in college now.  Participants end the day with a free lunch and individual meetings with recruiters from colleges and universities. To add to the excitement, lap top computers will be given away as part of a raffle.

Pre-Registration to the event is not required, although you are encouraged to RSVP your attendance by calling Senator Lara’s Representative, Ms. Julia Svetlana Juarez at (323) 277-4560.

Herman M. Mendez

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