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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified to Cover College-Prep Exam Fees, Add STEM Pathways as Part of LCAP

The District plans to develop programs that support the achievement of all students, while other goals focus on the state’s three high-needs groups: economically disadvantaged students, foster children and English learners. Stakeholder meetings were held throughout the school year where teachers, staff, parents and students provided input on programs that were most important to them.

The Board also adopted a balanced 2016-17 budget based on the LCAP on June 27.

“The District engaged in thoughtful, collaborative discussions with all of our community members about how to provide every student the opportunity to excel,” Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Thank you to all of our staff, teachers, parents and students for providing valuable input that helps shape our school environment for the coming school year.”

Among the top priorities for the District are boosting classroom instruction engagement, enhancing arts education and incorporating technology into lessons.

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified is expanding or developing the following programs and initiatives to prepare students to succeed in college and careers:

• Boosting STEM career pathway programs, including engineering courses at each high school, biomedical science at La Mirada High and Norwalk High, and computer science at Norwalk High. A Computer Science pathway is in the works for La Mirada High.

• Providing professional development for 18 teachers of various grades to learn hands-on Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum, which will be incorporated at all middle schools.

• Enhancing the Playworks program at all elementary schools to improve students’ health and well-being by providing exercise and safe, meaningful play activities.

• Providing orientation programs including Where Everybody Belongs and Link Crew, aiming to help incoming middle and high school students feel welcome.

• Paying AP exam fees and PSAT/SAT preparation class fees for eighth- through 12th-graders.

• Supporting the Dual Language Program to aid English learners.

• Providing a summer Jumpstart program for transitioning eighth- and ninth-graders with gaps in their academic and social successes.

• Hiring intervention teachers to provide support to academically struggling low-income students, foster youth and English learners.

• Providing technology professional development workshops for teachers to use various software including Read 180, PowerSchool and iReady.

• Enhancing visual and performing arts courses through training and hiring additional staff.

• Expanding Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs to develop students’ critical thinking, literacy and math skills. This year, AVID programs will be added at three elementary schools to teach fourth- and fifth-graders skills that prepare them for college. Sixth- and seventh-graders who are long-term English learners will take the week-long AVID EXCEL class in August to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.