Empowering Students and Community in 2017!
It is great to be back from Winter Break! Our teachers, staff and students have returned to school refreshed by the holiday season and ready to continue all of the fabulous work we started in the fall. As we settle back into the school year, I want to continue to stress to our parents the importance of making sure our kids are striving for perfect attendance. Every day is an opportunity to instill valuable lessons into our students so let’s make the most of it as we help our kids build for the future. .
Our High School Promise team continues to expand opportunities for our high school students as they inspire college and career preparedness. Our team has now visited four campuses outside of our District this school year, observing classroom techniques and meeting with educators to gain new ideas that we can utilize here at Paramount Unified. We’re learning valuable lessons from these visits and also building partnerships throughout the state that will only make our District stronger.
We are continuing to update our facilities and strengthen technology to give our students the best tools possible to succeed. Over the summer, the District installed new Wi-Fi technology at Paramount high school and we have already started upgrading wireless connectivity there. Our community came together in November and voted to pass Measure I, which will allow us to fund further updates and repairs for all of our schools. Approximately 10 percent of the funds raised will go to upgrade technology capacity at the District’s 17 campuses and help provide more students with digital tools.
Welcome back! Now let’s continue to work together to empower our students and our community.
Sincerely, Dr. Ruth Pérez
Energized by Strong Possibilities for 2017!
I am always energized by the coming of a new year and the potential for fresh possibilities. When I think about Paramount Unified School District and all that we have accomplished in 2016, I can't help but be excited for the strong possibilities for the future. We are continuing to set a precedent of student achievement that will carry us to an exceptional 2017.
Over the past month, Our High School Promise staff, a team of educators and community members dedicated to expanding learning opportunities for our high school students, has been integral in pushing our curriculum forward. The team recently visited McBride High School in Long Beach and Da Vinci Schools in El Segundo, where they gleaned ideas for our young learners.
Our high school students received a special visit of their own this month when Lt. Col. Robert J. Friend, one of the Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II, dropped by for a memorable day. He spoke with several classes about his experiences as one of the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces and imparted wisdom to our students that will not soon be forgotten.
Our younger students at Los Cerritos School recently demonstrated their holiday spirit by raising $1,100 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients cancer research program. The three-week fundraiser introduced students to service learning, character education and philanthropy programs.
Also of note, our District recently met to reorganize our Board of Trustees, allowing us to cement leadership roles for the coming year electing Linda Garcia as the new Board President and Vivian Hansen the new Vice President.
We've enjoyed a strong end to a successful year; let us strive for even greater things in 2017.
Happy New Year!
Sincerely, Dr. Ruth Pérez