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La Merced Elementary Honors 37 Students for Raising Funds to Support School Programs

La Merce Elementary

La Merced Elementary honored 37 students on February 20 for their exemplary participation in the annual PTA fundraiser, which supports educational programs throughout the school.

To kick off the fundraiser, every student at La Merced attended a special assembly on “The History of Flight,” which was aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Students who raised the most funds were honored at the school and treated to a limousine ride and lunch at Chuck E Cheese's.

“Students went above and beyond in their efforts to support the school, and we are so proud of each of our students,” Principal Rebecca Castro said. “Through this fundraiser, and with the help of our dedicated parents, teachers and staff, we are able to give back to our programs while encouraging engagement within the community.”

Funds raised this year will support educational field trips, the Reflections Arts Program, Red Ribbon Week, the Student-of-the-Month Program, the Tooth Fairy Chest Program, anti-bullying assemblies, and La Merced’s Winter Holidays Literacy Support Program, which provides books to students during the winter break.

“We sincerely thank each parent who supports our PTA and gets involved by participating in our enriching school programs,” said La Merced PTA President Rosalind Young. “It makes a difference in the life of each child.”

The Transitional Kindergarten through second-grade students recognized for their fundraising efforts were: Isaiah Angel, Savanah Arviso, Amanda Banuelos, Makayla Betancourt, Vicente Cisneros, Aaden Cortez, Natalie Figueroa, Sofia Fragoso, Grace Gallardo, Esiquiel Garzon, Christopher Gonzalez, Gael Gonzalez, Dominic Lopez, Natalia Montes De Oca, Victoria Terrazas and Steven Young. 

Third- through fifth-grade students honored were: Logan Aceves, Erik Carbajal, Daniel Castillo Lalyre, Rudy Gomez, Enzo Gonzalez, Gabriela Gonzalez, Nicole Gutierrez, Charity Mallak, Evelyn Martinez, Silvana Martinez, Marilou Mata, Nohelie Montes De Oca, Tyler Muro, Emelie Nuno, Hrach Oganesyan, Nayati Ramirez, Christian Rodriguez, Elisa Rodriguez, Timothy Robles, Tyler Santos and Gisela Valdivia.

“La Merced students are learning to promote community and school spirit by giving back to programs and enhancing their school learning environment,” MUSD Superintendent of Schools Cleve Pell said. “We are so proud of their dedication in supporting their school, which we believe will continue as they grow older.”

La Merced is one of two elementary schools in the Montebello School District, along with Winter Gardens, that provides academic instruction in two languages through its Dual Language Enrichment Program. The program develops bilingualism and biliteracy in English and a second language by integrating English learners with English speakers.

The school also boasts a Garden of Peace maintained by students and staff that was dedicated in December 2014 with strong support from the Sherwood Foundation and the District. 

Seventy Montebello Unified Parents Honored at Bell Gardens Elementary Graduation Ceremony

Parents Receive Certificates upon Completion of 8-Week Family Communications Workshop  

Montebello Unified School District recognized and celebrated 70 parents for completing a communication workshop at a special graduation ceremony on February 18 at Bell Gardens Elementary School. The graduates are parents of children who attend local MUSD schools. They were honored with certificates from the Board, District administrators, and workshop facilitators, for completing an eight-week course on interpersonal communication strategies.

The workshop, entitled World Class Relationships for Work and Home, was offered through a partnership between MUSD and Healthy Relationships California, which administered the course with Solutions 4 Families Inc. The workshop instructor was Veronica Mora Aguilar, who was a former communications workshop student herself. The workshop was held at the school over two months.

The workshop exemplifies the continuing effort by MUSD to expand outreach to the community and provide services to families that bolster communication and enhance their children's learning experience. The workshop focused on day-to-day problem solving and empowered couples with the insights, tools and practical steps to reach a new level of communication and understanding.

"We feel strongly that communication -- together with creating, collaboration and critical thinking -- are the keys to a high-quality education," said MUSD Superintendent of Schools Cleve Pell. "Not only are we working to ensure that our students are effective communicators, but we also are investing in our parents who serve as excellent role models for our youth."

The hour-long sessions featured topics such as setting goals, power listening, avoiding blame, handling hot topics, resolving conflicts and disagreements, apology and forgiveness, growing oneself and nurturing a relationship.

Healthy Relationships California was founded by Patty Howell, Ed. M. -- who, along with her husband, Ralph Jones -- offer a variety of like-minded courses designed to better help families find solutions to every day obstacles and establish pillars necessary to forge a strong and sustainable marriage.

The Long Beach-based Solutions 4 Families Inc. was founded in 2005 by Rosa Jaime and Michelle Onesto and provides L.A. and Orange counties with parenting and educational services.

Montebello High Students Welcome International Students

mhs hebei students
Montebello High School received a visit from a student group from the Hebei province in China on February 6 as part of a cultural diversity arrangement coordinated through East Los Angeles College. The 17 Chinese students and two chaperones paired with 31 Montebello ASB representatives and shadowed them to their respective classes for the first three periods, allowing the students to sit in on a wide range of school curricular activities, including Advanced Placement and physical education classes.

Twice a year, in winter and summer, international students visit the Montebello campus. The Hebei student delegation is part of a special ESL group provided by the California State University, Dominguez Hills College of Extended & International Education.

"This is good for our students and the Chinese students," said Barry Schwartz, Montebello High ASB Activities Director. "Both groups get to learn the differences between the American and Chinese educational systems."

One difference is the school day itself, which runs much longer in China. 

"We are honored to host our international counterparts and share our educational vision," said  Superintendent of Schools Cleve Pell. "We truly believe in sharing our successes and practices with these students so that unique relationships and memories are forged."

Hebei, located in north China, is the country’s leading agricultural province. It is home to 73 million people.