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Posted by: Derek Aoki
Published: 2/9/17

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This Committee is not to be confused with the Measure SP - Measure S is the Parcel Tax, whereas Measure SP is for the construction bond measure that was passed on November 8, 2016.

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 11/17/16

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 9/30/16

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 8/24/16

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 5/12/16

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 2/3/16

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 12/18/15

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 12/9/15

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Posted by: Irene Bugarin
Published: 11/23/15

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 5/8/15

Audience: Homepage

February 4, 2015

 

Dear Parents:

As we all know, the Measles outbreak traced to an exposure at Disneyland in December 2014 has now spread to 14 states. I would like to address any concerns you may have regarding our District’s preparedness in the event of a case of Measles at one of our District schools.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health monitors Measles cases; as of February 3, 2015, there have been 21 lab-confirmed cases of Measles in Los Angeles County. One of the cases exposed at Disneyland was a young adult from South Pasadena. There are also numerous suspected Measles cases around the County which are awaiting lab confirmation at this time.

To protect the public’s health and prevent further spread of disease, the Public Health Department has protocols in place for those that have contagious diseases or who are at high risk of developing such diseases and spreading them to others. If a student or staff member becomes infected with a suspected or confirmed case of the Measles virus at one of our SPUSD schools, Public Health will order the District to exclude that student/staff member until he/she is no longer contagious and is physically able to return to school. In addition, all unimmunized (and potentially any partially immunized) students who were exposed to that student will be excluded from that school for a period of 21 days or until an immunity test confirms that they are protected. A home teacher cannot be provided to assist excluded students because of the potential risk of exposure to a contagious disease. In such an event, your child will do his/her work at home independently.

 

Measles can spread quickly to those who are not immune. The LA County Public Health Department states: “Measles (Rubeola) is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads from person to person by respiratory droplets. Common signs and symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and a rash all over the body. Severe complications are rare but may include pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling around the brain), and even death.” The incubation period for developing measles is up to 21 days. Please consult your health care provider immediately if your child experiences this cluster of symptoms.

Thank you so much for your attention.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alexandra Platz, M.Ed., MS, RN

District Nurse

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 2/4/15

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Appropriate for Ages 13 and Older. See attached flyer for details

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 10/30/14

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 10/30/14

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August 26, 2014

Dear South Pasadena Community,

The South Pasadena Unified School District is conducting a survey, and your response would be greatly appreciated.

The link to the survey is below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/spusd_dual_immersion

This link is uniquely tied to your email address. Please do not forward this message.

Thank you for your participation.

Katy K. Nielsen
Director of Preschool Education Program/Coordinator of Dual Immersion Program

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 8/26/14

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 8/20/14

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 8/20/14

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 6/11/14

Audience: News/Announcements and Homepage

See attached flyer and documents for dates, times, and Swim Skill Prerequisites.

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 3/27/14

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February 25, 2014

The South Pasadena Board of Education has selected Dr. Geoff Yantz to replace retiring superintendent Joel Shapiro. The Board will identify Dr. Yantz at a special meeting on Tuesday, February 25, allowing him to begin transition activities before his contract is formally approved on March 10. He’ll assume responsibilities on March 24.

 

Dr. Yantz was the Board’s top pick out of a pool of 30 highly qualified candidates from throughout the United States and abroad. He brings to South Pasadena two decades of professional education experience as a teacher, mentor teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent, and most recently superintendent of the El Segundo Unified School District.

 

In his current role, Dr. Yantz has led the El Segundo Unified School District in:

  • Developing a framework for college and career pathways in engineering, arts, medicine, business and biliteracy.
  • Redesigning the district’s special education delivery model.
  • Creating the framework and conditions to pursue the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.
  • Raising school-wide A-G completion rates by 47% since 2007/08.
  • Implementing a one-to-one iPad initiative at the high school.
  • Instituting innovative internship programs for student.
  • Designing progressive staff development programs.

 

When asked about what interested him in joining SPUSD, Yantz explains, “South Pasadena clearly places education and students as its priority. It prides itself on community and tradition and is determined to provide students with robust and well-rounded educational experiences. I’m impressed with the caliber of the employees and support from PTA, SPEF and the business sector.  The strategic plan and goals indicate a desire to be progressive in curriculum development and I look forward to lending my expertise to that effort.”

 

Yantz holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography (University of California at Santa Barbara), a Master of Arts in Curriculum (California State University at Dominguez Hills), a Master of Science in Administration (Pepperdine), and a Doctorate in Technology (Pepperdine). He was the youngest unified district superintendent in California when he assumed that role in El Segundo in 2007.

 

Demonstrating his competence and deep community commitment, Yantz has earned countless awards including multiple PTA Honorary Service Awards, Pepperdine University Ghedesi Academic Achievement Award and Scholarship, Association of California School Administrators Region 14 Elementary Principal of the Year, and El Segundo Chamber of Commerce David Jones Award in Education.

 

SPUSD Board President Elisabeth Eilers shares her excitement about Yantz joining the district. “His record of innovation and excellence is impressive and I am certain that he’ll be able to take our already great schools to a whole new level. And his collaborative, inclusive approach will be very effective in our community.”

 

Dr. Yantz and his wife have three young children. His free time is spent boogie boarding with his family, attending children’s sporting events and playing competitive weekend soccer.

 

In the weeks and months to come, South Pasadena will see a lot of Yantz. He intends to quickly come up the learning curve by spending time visiting classrooms, attending school events and community activities, and engaging in conversations with students, teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and others.

 

President of the Board
Elisabeth Eilers

Clerk of the Board
Dr. Michele Kipke

Board Members
Julie Giulioni
Joseph Loo
Dr. Richard Sonner

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 2/25/14

Audience: Homepage, News and Announcements and News/Announcements

During the December 10, 2013 Regular Board Meeting, Mr. Tim O'Brien of Legacy Partners Residential, Inc. Mr. O'Brien will made a presentation describing the Mission Place residential and retail project. This project will be constructed on the District parking lot upon the approval and execution of a ground lease between the District and Legacy Partners Residential, Inc.     

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 12/11/13

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Election results are final for the November 5, 2013 Board of Education elections. Incumbents Michele Kipke and Elisabeth Eilers retain their seats, to be joined by newly-elected Julie Giulioni.

See official election page: http://rrccmain.co.la.ca.us/0013_UnifiedSchools_Frame.htm
 

Candidate   Votes Percent
MICHELE D KIPKE   2,168 28.98
JULIE M GIULIONI   1,686 22.54
ELISABETH C EILERS   1,546 20.67
SUZIE ABAJIAN   1,412 18.88
REYNALDO RAMIREZ   668 8.93

Registration 16,251
Precincts Reporting 7
Total Precincts 7
% Precincts Reporting 100

 

Last Updated: 00:25 11/06/2013 

November 5, 2013 - Los Angeles County Local & Municipal Consolidated Elections

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 11/6/13

Audience: Homepage, News and Announcements and News/Announcements

During the October 29, 2013 Board of Education Meeting, the Board and Superintendent Joel Shapiro recognized the students that received awards from the South Pasadena Masonic Center's Constitution Day Essay Contest.

 

The winners: Honorary Mention (Stefanie Parish and Jeremy Sharp, pictured left); 3rd Place Winner, Kate Ba (pictured right), 2nd Place Winner Ashley Gao (pictured second from right); and 1st Place Winner, Nicholas Song (pictured second from left) with Principal Dave Kubela (center).

 

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 10/30/13

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October 28, 2013

With the announced retirement of Joel Shapiro, the Board has hired a search firm to assist in finding the next Superintendent of Schools.

 

Individuals that are unable to attend the Community Forum on November 13th at 6 p.m., are asked to complete the attached Written Input Form, to be emailed to Steve Goldstone no later than November 14th, at gostevego@live.com

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 10/28/13

Audience: Homepage and News/Announcements

A new school year begins, and as School Board President I'm pleased to report that the state of our School District remains remarkably strong, despite years of financial and program challenges. 

We are an unusually high-performing school district, part of a small town less than ten miles from downtown Los Angeles.  We have no true majority race/ethnicity: 35% of our students are Asian American, 31% of our students are Caucasian, 24% of our students are Latino and 2.4% of our students are African American.  We are also economically diverse: 16% of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and more than half of our students live in rental housing.  This diversity is an essential part of our strength.  Our students will be prepared to live and learn in an increasingly connected world.

All five of our schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, a remarkable honor for the students, staff and parent-volunteers.  Extremely few school districts have all of their schools qualify as California Distinguished Schools at the same time.

Our schools receive exceptional parent and community support.  Last year voters renewed the District's parcel tax by a 73% margin, despite an increase in the amount of the tax ($288 to $386) and a longer term (4 to 5 years).  We recently completed a major construction project at the middle school, based on voter approved bond measures.  We have vibrant booster clubs and PTAs, and an exceptional educational foundation (SPEF).

Our strengths are recognized throughout Southern California and beyond. Despite state-wide declining enrollment, our student population has increased an average of 2% each of the last four years.  The District runs a robust after-school program and operates a widely-praised summer school program with the assistance of our Educational Foundation.  We are examining introduction of a foreign language immersion program at the elementary school level.

Our students continue to perform well on California standardized tests.  Our 2012-2013 District API is 920 (1,000 top score), a 23 point increase since 2008-2009. Our API ranks 13th among all California unified school districts, in the top 5% of all California districts.  We were one of very few local districts to gain API points last year.

We continue to make gains in preparing our high school graduates for college and career.  Last year 74% of our seniors completed the A-G course requirements, qualifying them to attend a University of California or California State University  campus, an increase from 55.5% in 2008-09.  Over 90% of our 2012-13 graduates reported attending college, 65% at a four-year institution.  Our 2012-13 high school graduation rate was 98%.

Our District continues to emphasize the importance of arts education.  The District has three elementary arts specialists, one each in visual arts, music and theater arts. We have also expanded our arts offerings at the secondary level, adding visual arts courses at the middle school and high school, and a middle school choir program. Our bands at both middle school and high school have recently won a number of awards at competitions.

 

Finally, our students continue to perform extremely well in state and national competitions.  Our eighth grade team won 1st place in the Los Angeles County Math Field Day competition last year. Middle school math and science students won 1st place in regional competitions. Teams from South Pasadena Middle School and Arroyo Vista Elementary took 1st place in California and ranked high nation-wide in the Knowledge Master Open competition. A team from Marengo Elementary participated in the Destination ImagiNation Global Championship event. Our High School Virtual Business teams have won honors at the national championship event for several years. Last year South Pasadena High School sponsored an Academic Decathlon team for the first time, and won seventeen of eighteen gold medals in its division.  Congratulations to these students and the teachers who guided them.

Notwithstanding these strengths, the Board and Administration continue to focus on a few areas where even greater improvement is needed.  Our Latino students still experience an achievement gap.  We have narrowed that gap recently, from a 116 point API gap in 2008-09 to a 71 point API gap in 2012-13 (our Latino students scored 849).  But even more effort is required.  We also continue to focus on improving mathematics achievement at the secondary school level.  Progress has been slow, despite our efforts.  Additional resources, money and instructional time will be needed to address these concerns.

Looking ahead, the District will be challenged by unprecedented financial and program changes.  The transition to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics represents a major transformation of curriculum and instructional methods. The Common Core standards offer significant advantages.  Rather than cover a wide range of topics at a surface level, students will be required to use higher-level thinking skills as they apply their knowledge to solve complex problems. Multiple-choice tests will be replaced with assessments requiring analytical thinking.  We are involved in a program of extensive professional development to prepare our teachers for these changes. 

Another transformational challenge is California’s new formula for funding public education. Under the Local Control Funding Formula ("LCFF"), each school district receives a different amount of per-pupil funding, depending on the number of students who are English learners, low-income, and foster youth. South Pasadena has relatively few of these students, so our state funds will lag behind those of most districts. We hope to receive an increase in this funding over an eight-year period, but our funding growth depends on sustained economic growth to increase California’s general fund.  We will be challenged in future years to match the teacher, administrator and staff salaries of districts receiving much larger portions of the new LCFF revenue.  Our District and community will have to improvise to meet this challenge.

Despite these challenges, we remain confident in the future success of our students and our District.  

 

David Adelstein

President of the Board of Education

October 9, 2013

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 10/9/13

Audience: Homepage, Arroyo Vista Elementary, Marengo Elementary, Monterey Hills Elementary, South Pasadena High School and South Pasadena Middle School

Due to an upgrade of our phone system, phone service on 8/1 in the morning will be disconnected.  We anticipate service should be restore by noon.

Thank you for your patience.

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Posted by: Gen Naydo, District Admin, South Pasadena Unified School District
Published: 7/31/13

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On April 27, South Pasadena 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders excelled at the 28th Los Angeles County Math Field Day.  Over 350 students representing school districts from throughout the county participated.  The competition was held at Wilson Middle School in Glendale. 

 

South Pasadena Middle School eighth graders Matt Arena, Anthony Chen, Jaehyung Choi and Grace Kull captured the 1st Place trophy for the top team in the county.  They swept to victory by scoring gold in all three categories -- Procedural Skills, Problem Solving and Conceptual Understanding.

 

Seventh graders Bethany Chen, Daniel Chun, Caroline Liu, and Stephen Ren placed second in the county, earning the gold medal for Conceptual Understanding, the silver in Problem Solving, and the bronze in Procedural Skills.

 

Sixth graders Caroline Choi, Kai Dettman, Lauren Kafkaloff, and Kevin Xu were awarded the silver medal for Procedural Skills.

 

Fifth graders Ian McLane, Alan Quan, Preston Sharkey, and Corey Segal captured the silver medal in Conceptual Understanding.

 

Fourth graders Sarah Chen, Jolene Lee, Russell Thomas, and Madeleine Yoo worked hard and proudly represented the school district.

 

The students were coached by teachers Dawn Tull and Doug Buhler.  Parents Steven Chen, Debbie Arena, David Choi and Cizao Ren assisted in conducting the math field day.   

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 5/2/13

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During her athletic career at South Pasadena High School, Claire Kieffer-Wright has emerged as one of the top female high jumpers in the nation. On Saturday, April 20, Claire set a new personal best and a record for the Mt. SAC event by clearing 6’ in the high jump. The mark of 6’ sets a record for South Pasadena High School, and it surpasses the previous Mt. SAC record of 5’10”, which has stood since U. S. Olympian Amy Acuff set this record in 1984. Claire broke the record in dramatic fashion, clearing the bar at 6’ on her final jump.

 

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 4/22/13

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April 12, 2013

The Measure S parcel tax involves a Citizens advisory committee that meets to determine that expenditures are in line with the requirements of the parcel tax. There are currently two vacancies, and at least one of the new members must be the parent or grandparent of a student currently enrolled in South Pasadena schools. The District encourages interested parents or community members to apply. Applicants will be brought to the Governing Board of Education and the Board will appoint two members to fill the vacancies on the Committee at the May 7th Board meeting.

 

Applications may be found on this website (see below), or may be completed at the District Office. In addition, interested individuals may contact Sylvia Carroll at (626) 441-5810, ext. 1100, to have an application sent by mail or email (scarroll@fc.spusd.net)

 

All applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30th, by the Office of the Superintendent.

 

Joel Shapiro

Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 4/12/13

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The citizens of South Pasadena stood firmly behind their school district on March 12th by renewing the Measure S Parcel Tax. In 2009, South Pasadena Unified School District proposed a parcel tax of $288 per single family residence and $98 per unit for multi-unit dwellings. The parcel tax was passed in June 2009, and it will expire in June 2013. On March 12th Measure S was renewed in a  mail-in ballot election, which required a 2/3rd vote. The original count shows Measure S receiving an impressive 73% approval. The few remaining ballots will be counted by March 15th, and the final tally will be posted at that time. Measure S has been renewed for a five-year term, concluding in June 2018. The rate of the renewed parcel tax is $386 per parcel each year for all parcels.The funds will allow the District to maintain a number of programs for students, as well as bring back and enhance others that have had Board support but no available funding. Senior citizens who were exempted from the original parcel tax will not need to reapply. Seniors who will be 65 years of age prior to June 15, 2013, may complete the application attached to be exempted.

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 3/14/13

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Posted by: Sylvia Carroll
Published: 11/19/12