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15959 East Gale Avenue
City of Industry, California 91746
Study Session
Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:30 p.m. Board Room

Posted by: Mauricio Villa
Published: 10/13/17

Audience: Homepage

The Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD) is committed to working with the community to provide information
on the proposed sale of the surplus properties. This open house is a follow-up to the previously held community meetings on June 6 & 7 and August 1 & 2.

At this meeting, the community will be provided with hard copies of the FAQ’s from the previous community meetings and a status update on the properties that will be undergoing a process for a sale. If you are not able to attend the open house, this flyer provides all of the updates that will be covered. If you would like to access the FAQ’s, please visit the Districts website at www.hlpschools.org.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 &
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

From: 5:00—7:00 pm

La Puente Conference Room
At the District Office
15959 E. Gale Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746

Posted by: Mauricio Villa
Published: 10/12/17

Audience: Homepage
News Release
Release: #17-68
September 28, 2017
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California Schools Recognized as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools


SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated 23 California public schools that have been chosen as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This coveted award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

“Congratulations to all the schools on this list and to the educators, parents, students, and communities for helping students believe in themselves, set high goals, and realize their potential,” Torlakson said. “You are shining examples of the terrific things happening in California public education, and we must keep our momentum going because the California Way is to move forward and upward.”

The California winners are among 342 schools announced this morning by the U.S. Department of Education. In its 35-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to more than 8,500 schools.

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or national tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.

Public schools are nominated by top education officials in each state, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education.

More information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program can be found on the U.S. Department of Education Web site External link opens in new window or tab. .

California’s National Blue Ribbon Public Schools for 2017





Albany City Unified

Albany Middle


Pleasanton Unified

Amador Valley High

El Dorado

Buckeye Union Elementary

William Brooks Elementary


Clay Joint Elementary

Clay Elementary


Jacoby Creek Elementary

Jacoby Creek Elementary

Los Angeles

East Whittier City Elementary

Leffingwell Elementary

Los Angeles

Hacienda La Puente Unified

Wedgeworth Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

California Academy of Mathematics and Science

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet

Los Angeles

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Silver Spur Elementary


Los Alamitos Unified

Jack L. Weaver Elementary


Tahoe-Truckee Unified

Sierra Expeditionary Learning


Hemet Unified

Western Center Academy


Elk Grove Unified

Arlene Hein Elementary

San Diego

Carlsbad Unified

Pacific Rim Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Sunset Elementary

Santa Clara

Moreland School District

George C. Payne Elementary


Liberty Elementary

Liberty Elementary


Porterville Unified

Harmony Magnet Academy


Moorpark Unified

Peach Hill Academy



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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 10/4/17

Audience: Homepage

Join us at our 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner

Doors open at 5:00 pm
Buffet Dinner at 5:30 pm
Silent and Live Auctions
Student Performances
Wilson High School Dance Team
Workman High School Jazz Band
(We accept all major credit cards, checks and cash

for silent and live auctions)

WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2017


WHERE: Hacienda Heights Community Center

ADDRESS: 1234 Valencia Ave., Hacienda Heights CA 91745

PURCHASE TICKETS AT www.rudychavarriascholarshipfoundation.com


Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 9/8/17

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Message from Superintendent Parulan-Colfer (9/6/2017):
HLPUSD Community:
Yesterday morning, action was taken on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the President of the United States that creates questions and concerns from students, families, and staff members.  I want to ensure that we are reminded of this District's commitment to the families we serve.
Several months ago, a unanimous decision by the Board of Education reiterated what this school district stands for:  Hacienda La Puente maintains its commitment to serving all of the students within our community and providing them with an education in a safe environment.  As supported by the LA County Office of Education, the action on DACA does not impact our responsibility to provide an education.  The legal obligations put forth by both the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Plyer vs. Doe and the California Constitution defines public education as a fundamental right for our students.
Our roles as educators remains consistent: we are here to support our students and their families by providing support and information. HLPUSD continues to be a  Safe Haven for students regardless  of their immigration status.  With the recent actions, staff has worked on more opportunities to provide information to our staff and community:
  • Office Equity and Access will provide after school workshops for teachers interested in learning more about DACA and Immigration Rights.
  • Parent/Family information Nights will be hosted by Equity and Access. 
  • Information and protocols for administrators will be reviewed at the District Leadership Team meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017.
  •  A copy of the Board Resolution is highlighted on the website.
  • The Website on Immigration Rights has been updated to include newer resources regarding DACA: http://www.hlpschools.org/immigration
Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns or suggestions to assist in helping to keep everyone informed.  In trying times, I again reiterate my appreciation to each of you for your dedication and commitment to our students and families.
Cynthia Parulan-Colfer
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 9/6/17

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 Community Meeting Information:  Glenelder and La Subida Sites - Top Ten, FAQ and Presentations


Below are the Top Ten and full Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  the Lee Andrews Group prepared that are based on questions that were asked at the La Subida (June 6, 2017) and Glenelder (June 7, 2017) Community Meetings and Second Community Meetings at La Subida (August 1, 2017) and Glenelder (August 2, 2017).


Open House presentation from October 17 and October 24th, 2017 is posted as an attachment below.

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 8/7/17

Audience: Homepage

It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of two of our students; Ailyn Miguel, a 7th grade student at Lassalette, and her brother Isaac Briseno also a 7th grade student at Grandview.  The students were killed in a car accident on Friday afternoon that also claimed the life of their grandmother and a Good Samaritan, who stopped to assist the family after their car had overheated and was on the shoulder of the freeway.  The district is currently working with the family to provide whatever assistance is needed.  Psychologists and Counselors will be on both campuses to provide support to the entire school community.  Counseling is also being provided to the family.  We ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this extremely sad and difficult time. 

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 8/7/17

Audience: Homepage


Second Informational Community Meeting

Glenelder and La Subida


August 1, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

La Subida, 15444 Regalado St.

Hacienda Heights, CA


August 2, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Glenelder School, 16234 Folger Street 

Hacienda Heights, CA


For More Information, please contact Noel Campos

Phone: (213) 891-2965

E-mail: ncampos@leeandrewsgroup.com



In February 2010, the Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) published their report to HLPUSDs Board of Education outlining their recommendations and priorities for District sites.  Over a period of seven months, the FAC met publicly to consider the best uses of District land and buildings.  The committee reviewed a variety of demographic, financial, and operational information regarding District facilities.  The FAC recommended the HLPUSD Board off Education declare the Instructional Services Center (La Subida) and Glenelder sites surplus properties.


The annual cost to maintain the La Subida site is $36,393 and Glenelder is $50,069.


Current Status:

HLPUSD is committed to working with the community to ensure the sale of the properties not only generate needed funds for the District, but also any future project integrates with the surrounding  community.  The District has engaged a team consisting of development and community outreach consultants to evaluate the financial viability and community consensus of these sites.


HLPUSD previously passed Bond Measure A in June 2000 for $100 million and received $78 million in State matching funds.  In November 2016, voters passed Bond Measure BB for $148 million.  To date, the District has generated $326 million towards facility improvements under HLPUSDs Facility Master Plan of $1.2+ billion in District-wide improvements.


HLPUSD has exercised every option possible to bring the much needed funds to meet the $1.2 billion infrastructure improvements.  The District is looking at the potential sale of two surplus properties that can bring in the additional funding necessary to help create a 21st Century learning environment that prepares our students for the jobs of tomorrow and provides a competitive advantage.

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 7/26/17

Audience: Homepage


The new California School Dashboard Accountability System

(Source:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/)


Based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was passed in 2013, California has a new accountability system that is based on multiple measures. These measures are used to determine local educational agency (LEA) and school progress toward meeting the needs of their students. The measures are based on factors that contribute to a quality education, including high school graduation rates, college/career readiness, student test scores, English learner (EL) progress, suspension rates, and parent engagement.

The sweeping overhaul of California's Accountability and Continuous Improvement System, ushered in with the 2013 passage of the LCFF, not only gives California a chance to address historical inequities, but provides the CDE an opportunity to address and update the way we engage and work with one another to better support California's schools and the students they serve.

Performance on these multiple measures will be reported through the new California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard). The new accountability system reflects a clear expectation that all LEAs and schools can and should improve and emphasizes equity by focusing on student group performance. This new multiple measures system replaces the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based solely on testing results, and the federal requirement to calculate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

LEA and school performance in the ten LCFF priority areas are measured using a combination of state and local indicators.

School Lookup:  http://www6.cde.ca.gov/californiamodel/

State Indicators in the New State and Federal Accountability System

The criteria established for state indicators include: (1) being valid and reliable measures, (2) having comparable, state-level data, and (3) the ability to disaggregate data by student groups. These criteria ensure a common and comparable way of measuring performance on the indicators across the state.

The state indicators apply to all LEAs, schools, student groups (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomically disadvantaged, ELs, and students with disabilities [SWD]), and progress on the indicators is reported through the Dashboard.

Local Indicators in the New State and Federal Accountability System

There are several LCFF priority areas that do not meet the criteria established for the state indicators. These remaining priority areas are considered local indicators and will require LEAs to determine whether they have Met, Not Met, or Not Met for Two or More Years for each applicable local indicator. The local indicators only apply at the LEA level. LEAs will use the local indicators to evaluate and report their progress on priority areas. The local indicators will only appear on the LEA Dashboard.


See the Indicators at: 


Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 7/21/17

Audience: Homepage


15959 East Gale Avenue
City of Industry, California 91746


Study Session
May 3, 2017
6:30 p.m. Board Room

Posted by: Mauricio Villa
Published: 4/28/17

Audience: Homepage
Release: #17-24
March 30, 2017
Contact: Cynthia Butler
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2017 Model School Attendance Program Winners


SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that 27 school attendance programs were recognized as Model School Attendance Review Boards (SARBs) for innovative and effective practices to reduce suspensions, expulsions, and chronic absenteeism.

“Students need to be in school to learn. The terrific work of the review boards is a testament to the collaboration between the school, parents, and community so that all students have the opportunity to succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” Torlakson said.

The number of districts that applied to the Model SARB Recognition Program tripled since 2016. The State SARB, an expert panel appointed by Torlakson, reviewed the applications.

All school programs chosen use a three-tiered approach to keep students in school. The first tier rewards improved attendance and creates an engaging school climate with low suspension rates. The second tier identifies attendance problems early and provides personalized outreach to students and parents. The third tier refers the most persistent attendance or behavior problems to a SARB and combines resources to solve the underlying attendance problems.

Poor attendance increases the likelihood that certain groups of students will drop out, including children living in poverty, African Americans, Native Americans, foster youth, and others. Chronic absenteeism and truancy also costs California school districts millions of dollars each year.

The California Department of Education is collecting chronic absenteeism rates for the first time during the 2016-2017 school year. The definition of chronic absenteeism is missing 10 percent or more of the total days enrolled for any reason. Data so far shows improvement in several districts, including:

  • Pittsburg Unified School District decreased its chronic absenteeism rate by 21 percent over the past three years.
  • Fontana Unified School District’s chronic absentee rate dropped from 10.5 percent to 9.2 percent, from the 2015–16 school year to 2016–17.
  • Jurupa Unified School District reported a truancy rate of 23.5 percent, below both the Riverside County rate of 34 percent and the state average rate of 31 percent.

Next year districts will be able to compare their chronic absenteeism rates for different student groups to state averages for the first time and incorporate findings into their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

The Model SARBs will serve as mentors to other school districts, and help them to develop their own strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism. AB 2815 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, passed in 2016 and expanded the role of attendance supervisors with up-to-date strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism and truancy.

The Model SARB awards will be presented at the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance State Conference on April 19, 2017, in Tahoe City, CA. For more information, visit the California Department of Education School Attendance Review Boards Web page.

A list of the 27 Model SARBs and their chairpersons, who can act as mentors for other SARBs in the state, is listed below.


# # # #

Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 4/18/17

Audience: Homepage

Join us at the Hacienda Heights Community Center for the concert performance and Palm Canyon School for the sight reading. Both are open to the public and free of charge.


Jay Laging

Director of Bands

Chair, Performing Arts Academy

Los Altos High School

Hacienda Heights, CA

(626) 934-5445

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/19/17

Audience: Homepage


Tenth Annual HLP Educational Foundation Scholarship Dinner

"Stairsteps to Success":  Thursday, April 27, 2017


4:30 pm - 6:20 pm  Silent Auction Bid

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  Dinner

6:30 pm - 6:45 pm  Welcome-Introductions

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm  Live Auction

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Scholarship Awards

(Major credit cards, check or cash for silent and live auction items accepted).



Industry Hills Expo Center Pavilion

16200 Temple Avenue

City of Industry, CA 91744


** Contact Jeanette Terredanio at (626) 933-3800 for more info


Business Attire

The annual SGV Educational Foundation "Stairsteps to Success" Scholarship Dinner raises thousands of dollars for graduating student scholarships.  The scholarship dinner-auction fundraiser will be held at the Industry Hills Expo Center Pavilion. Events of the evening will included dinner provided by Chef Douglas Fore and the Adult Education Culinary Arts students, a silent auction of gift baskets and live auction, and awarding of scholarships to students. 


The annual Scholarship Dinner is a celebration of the success students have achieved and an opportunity for business and community partners to enjoy a wonderful evening of dining, entertainment, and camaraderie with students, parents and District personnel.


The evening honors students who have demonstrated persistence in accomplishing educational goals.  The student scholarship awardees represented all of the high school and adult education programs and reflect faculty and staff dedication to helping every student reach their achievement goals. 

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/15/17

Audience: Homepage


Creators of America’s First Computer Science Immersion Schools to Bring Renowned Program to Local Students


Hacienda, CA --  Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is pleased to announce its partnership with Code To The Future, the nation’s leading Computer Science program for magnet and theme-based schools.  At the March 9th, 2017 HLPUSD Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved the agreement between Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and Code To The Future, to provide coding classes for elementary students in a Computer Science Immersion Program, from March 14, 2017 through June 30, 2022. 


Code to the Future specializes in coding lessons geared to elementary students and offers an established curriculum, coaches for the classrooms on a rotating basis, and professional development.


District officials selected Workman, Wedgeworth, Bixby, Del Valle, Baldwin, Cedarlane Academy, and Valinda School of Academics to become Computer Science Immersion Schools. Students at these schools will have the opportunity to learn fundamentals of Computer Coding as part of their daily curriculum. Through this 21st century literacy, students will develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills.


Through the partnership with Code To The Future, teachers will be able engage students through block and text-based coding activities to enhance their education experiences through Computer Science. Students will have another avenue to apply problem solving, team building, and presentation skills as they collaborate and share their thinking process with peers.


In regards to the partnership, Andrew Svehaug, CEO of Code To The Future said, “Hacienda La Puente students will have a great opportunity to learn computer science in a fun and engaging way while also developing the skills they need to be successful in our digital future.” The district will launch its seven Computer Science Immersion Schools this August. These schools will continue to offer the same, outstanding instruction in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, and PE, all of which are foundational content to these campuses. Coding will be an exciting, integrated enhancement to the excellent learning already taking place at these schools.


Parents interested in learning more about the new Computer Science Immersion Schools can contact Dr. Angela Lin at (626) 933-1000.



Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/10/17

Audience: Homepage


Willow Center 14101 E. Nelson Ave., La Puente, CA 91746

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Instructions on How To Register and Workshop Offerings in Attachment Below


For any questions please contact:

Mar Salim at (626) 933-3883

Online Registration ONLY at: goo.gl/3TJIa3

Last day to Register is
Friday, March 24, 2017 by noon!

Please enjoy a complimentary breakfast prior to sign in!

Meals Provided by HLPUSD
Continental Breakfast (Optional)


Customer Service · Behavioral Strategies
Career Paths · Basic Employee Safety · Google Docs · Basic Excel · Personal Balance & Wellness
Consumer Nutrition 101· Personal Finance · Retirement/HR · School Construction Process

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 3/7/17

Audience: Homepage




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5:30 p.m. La Puente Conference Room

District Office

15959 East Gale Avenue

City of Industry, California 91746


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Jackie Pielin at (626) 933-3892 or jamora@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 2/27/17

Audience: Homepage

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District: 

2017 Lunar New Year - Spring Festival Program



The 2017 Lunar New Year Spring Festival Program was held on February 2, 2017 at the Hacienda Heights Community Center.  Student performances of music, dance and displays of artwork helped celebrate the "Year of the Rooster" new year.

Student performances included:

  • Korean Percussion Performance Samulnori (Cedarlane Academy, Grades 2-8 & Korean Dual Immersion Program Parents)
  • Little Frog and Happy New Year (Cedarlane Academy, Grades K-5)
  • Korean New Year's Day Song with small drum (Cedarlane Academy)
  • Doll Dance (Korean Dual Immersion Program Kindergarten)
  • Happy Lunar New Year Xin Nian Hao, Gongxi Gongxi (Mesa Robles School, Grade 6)
  • "Heartbeat" (Glen A. Wilson High School)
  • Taiwanese Aboriginal Dance (Newton Middle School, Grade 6-7)
  • Korean Dance Pollock (Glen A. Wilson High School, Korean Program)
  • I Love My Family (Cedarlane Academy, Grades 3-5)
  • "Often Go Home to Take A Look" Skit (Glen A. Wilson  High School)
  • Taiwanese Aboriginal Dance (Cedarlane Academy, Chinese Dual Immersion Program, Grade 6)
  • Umbrella Dance (Newton Middle School, Grade 6)
  • You Are the One (Cedarlane Academy, Grades 5-8)
  • Fashion Show (Los Altos High  School)
  • Skit - "Three Move of Mencius Mother", Chorus - Heirs of the Dragon (Mesa Robles School, Grades 6-8)
  • Koi Dance (Glen A. Wilson High School)
  • Peacock Dance (Wilson High School/Little Dance World)
  • Chinese Instruments, Chorus and Dance (Los Altos High School)
  • Chorus & Martial Arts "A Man Should Strengthen Himself" (Los Altos High School)
  • Lion Dance (Northern Shaolin Kung Fu)

Special thanks....

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 2/6/17

Audience: Homepage

The State of the District 2017


The 2017 State of the District presentation by Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer is now available for viewing online.


The Superintendent highlighted student and district achievements and shared future goals for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.


The State of the District 2017 was held on January 19, 2017 at the Hacienda Heights Community Center. 

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/22/17

Audience: Homepage


MARCH 18, 2017

21st Century Education and Skills  


Hacienda La Puente’s Instructional Services Division and Adult Education program will host a very important educational event that is open to the community.


We will offer workshops from which parents can choose three.





  • 21ST Century Technology
  • Mathematics from TK-12
  • Next Generation Science and STEAM
  • Culinary Arts
  • And more!


MARCH 18, 2017 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM


14101 E. NELSON, LA PUENTE CA 91746


For more information please contact:

Helene Cunningham (626)933-4301 or hcunningham@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

Kathy Meade (626)933-4342 or kmeade@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/18/17

Audience: Homepage

15959 East Gale Avenue
City of Industry, California 91746

Study Session
January 18, 2017
6:30 p.m. Board Room

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/13/17

Audience: Homepage

The Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation supports and encourages graduating seniors from any of the four high schools in Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in their pursuit of higher education through the granting of scholarships, an objective which has the added benefit of bettering the community at large.


The Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation believes that students deserve education beyond high school. A lack of money should not be the obstacle to a student striving to achieve their educational goals.


Applicant is responsible for submitting all materials to the Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


In order to qualify for the scholarship award, students must submit the following:

  • Student application, signed and complete.

  • Current complete transcripts of grades.

  • Copy of most recently filed 1040 tax form.

  • Two Reference letters using form provided by RCSF


All materials, including transcripts, must be submitted to:


Rudy Chavarria Scholarship Foundation

Selection Committee

P.O. Box 4311, La Puente, CA 91744


or emailed to:


Application period : January 6 to March 10, 2017 

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/9/17

Audience: Homepage

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) 

Application for Appointment

(Due January 20, 2017)

Overview of Citizens' Bond Oversight Committees ("CBOC")

In June 2000, the voters of the State of California authorized an amendment to the California Constitution (Proposition 39) that lowered the voter approval requirement from 2/3 to 55% for local bonds and that required the formation of a committee of appointed citizens to oversee the expenditure of bond funds, annual performance audit and financial audit of bond projects. Proposition 39 provides that the CBOC shall have at least seven (7) members who shall serve a minimum term of two (2) years and for no more than three (3) consecutive terms.



Because the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District ("District") elected to pursue a bond election under the provisions of Proposition 39, State Law requires the District to establish a CBOC appointed by the District's Governing Board. The Committee's purposes are:

  • To actively inform the public concerning the expenditures of bond revenues.
  • To review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayer money for school construction.
  • To report to members of the community whether the District is in compliance with bond expenditures requirements according to paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution.



Duties of the Committee will include:

  • Ensure Bond funds are spent only on projects listed in the Bond Project Lists.
  • Monitor progress of Bond projects.
  • Receive and review copies of the annual performance and financial audits of Bond projects as required by California State law (Proposition 39).
  • Provide information to the public on the progress of Bond projects and expenditures of Bond funds.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Nancy Ruiz at (626) 933-3801 or nruiz@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 12/20/16

Audience: Homepage

** Survey Closes January 25, 2017**


Greetings!  The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is surveying parents, staff members, and community members to learn more about your perceptions and experiences with HLPUSD. Specifically, we hope to gather feedback on the district’s Local Control and Accountability (LCAP) goals, such as current performance, areas for improvement, and future goals.


We hope that you will participate in this survey. Your feedback is essential, and will help HLPUSD improve programs and services to students, families, employees, and community members.


HLPUSD has partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze this survey. Hanover Research is an independent market research firm based in Washington, D.C., and is in no way affiliated with any other entity or organization. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential, so please be as open and honest as possible. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jill Ross (jross@hanoversurveys.com) at Hanover Research.


We appreciate your participation! Please click the link below to begin.



Student Survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/student


Staff Survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/staff


Parent Survey (English): http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/parents-english


Parent Survey (Spanish): http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/parents-spanish


Parent Survey (Mandarin): http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3137766/parents-mandarin


Thank you,


Cynthia Parulan-Colfer


Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 12/12/16

Audience: Homepage

Thank you Hacienda La Puente community for approving Bond Measure BB! 


"To provide modern classroom technology and facilities needed for student success, continue advanced programs in math, science and arts, acquire, construct and repair facilities and equipment, and protect Hacienda La Puente’s quality education..."



For more information, please visit: http://www.hlpschools.org/bond2016



Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 10/10/16

Audience: Homepage

On Saturday, October 1st, 2016, the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Open House Fair was held.  This community event occurred at the Hacienda Heights Community Center from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.  The event featured and Arts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) showcase of student work, an After School Education carnival, prize raffles, blood drive, and information booths from schools, community organizations and district departments.


Student performances included the Fairgrove Academy Jazz Band, the Los Robles Elementary School Jumping Knights, the California Elementary School Dance Team, Mesa Robles Soundsation, the Workman High School Jazz Band, the La Puente High School Dance Company, the Mesa Robles Jazz Band, the Cedarlane Academy Dance Team, Wilson High School Code Club, and Los Altos Elementary School Dance Group.


School clubs included the La Puente High School Warrior Engineering team (http://www.lptech.org) and the Los Altos Academy of Engineering (http://lasv.org).


For more information about the 2017 Open House Expo, please contact Cynthia Cabello, Executive Director of Student and Family Services (SFS) at (626) 933-1000.

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 10/9/16

Audience: Homepage

Evaluation by Public Works Shows Increased Confidence in Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Teachers Implementing STEM Curriculum


Teachers from Local Elementary Schools Say California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) Summer Institutes Have Increased Student Engagement; Put “Tools” in their Toolbox


Press Release – La Puente/Pomona, CALIF — Public Works, a non-profit evaluation services organization that serves as the statewide and local evaluator for the California Department of Education’s California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) Program recently found seventy percent of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD) teachers felt confident in integrating curriculum across STEM disciplines. Furthermore, ninety-eight percent felt confident integrating technology into their students’ learning experiences.


“Teachers and principals have been very positive about the CaMSP training,” said Mikala Rahn, president and co-founder of Public Works, and lead evaluator for CaMSP at HLPUSD. “Principals are very enthusiastic about their teachers’ participating in the projects, and teachers have said that the CaMSP professional development has increased their enthusiasm for teaching math.”

In 2014, the Math and Technology CaMSP Program recruited fifty HLPUSD 3rd through 5th grade teachers for participation in its professional development program. The first of three summer institutes began in 2014, where professional development focused on expanding the mathematics content knowledge of teachers, aligning mathematics curricula and practice to the California Common Core Standards, integrating technology into teacher lessons, and identifying technology resources that can be used by students to enhance their learning. Now in its third and final year of the project, Dr. Laurie Riggs, Professor, from neighboring California State Polytechnic University Pomona Mathematics and Statistics department continues to guide participants by teaching the integration of science concepts within applied math instruction.

“The summer intensives have been a rich learning experience that have explored tools and manipulatives to help teachers build understanding and take a deeper look at the math and science content in the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards,” Dr. Riggs said. “Using hands-on tools and new technologies proved to be very valuable because it allowed teachers to deepen their understanding and reflect on how the strategies could work in their classrooms. Teachers were also able to bring what they learned back to their schools, and share the content and ideas with their colleagues. These talented teachers have demonstrated leadership and commitment to improving instruction in the new standards.”


Carrie Peck, project director for the HLAUSD Math and Technology CaMSP Project has seen the increased confidence, especially in seasoned teachers, many whom have been teaching math and science to elementary school kids for 15 or more years.

Maggie Jardine, who has been teaching for 17 years and currently teaches 5th grade at Temple Academy in La Puente, says science has always been a passion and the Math and Technology CaMSP Summer Institutes have helped increase her self-esteem and confidence integrating math and science. “The Summer Institutes puts tools in my tool box,” says Jardine. “I knew I would have to integrate science in language arts and bring in Common Core, but I couldn’t see where I could implement those disciplines. Dr. Riggs has provides us with hands-on ideas we can use in the classroom and it has really opened my eyes to things I can do.”


Jose Ariaza, a 3rd grade teacher at Lassalette Elementary in La Puente, has been a passionate teacher for nearly 20 years and was surprised to find that he wasn’t doing the maximum he could for students. “Dr. Riggs introduced ‘Number Talks’ as a method to really engage students in a collaborative, verbal thought process for problem solving,” said Araiza. “Using one problem and presenting it to the students for us to discuss for 10 minutes was an eye opener. To hear the students diversity of answers and problem solving really helped me see how some of the students are really gifted. It’s taken away the fear for students knowing that there isn’t just one correct way of solving a problem.”


About Public Works

Public Works is a non-profit corporation founded in 1998 dedicated to working with schools, government agencies and the non- profit sector by providing services and resources to organizations that educate and inform children, youth and families. Our mission is to put data into action, transforming statistics into information that informs decisions, improves accountability and communicates the impact of public policy. Public Works serves as the statewide and local evaluator of the CaMSP program. More information can be found at www.publicworksinc.org.


About the California Mathematics and Science Partnership

The California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) program began in 2004. CaMSP is funded by a statewide competitive grant program administered by the Professional Learning Support Division’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Office of the California Department of Education (CDE) under the Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) component of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Since that time, over 100 partnerships of local school districts and universities have been authorized by CDE involving hundreds of schools and many thousands of teachers. More information can be found at: www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/ma/camspintrod.asp.

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 8/16/16

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Free Online SAT Practice Tools from College Board and Khan Academy


Learn more at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz7Odl6e8EI


The College Board and Khan Academy teamed up to provide free, personalized SAT practice tools for students everywhere. With thousands of practice questions, video lessons, full-length practice tests, and more, there’s no better place to prepare for the SAT. Get started today at satpractice.org!




Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 8/16/16

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William Workman High School recognized as a 'California Democracy School' on April 30th at  the Ronald Reagan Library


Congratulations to William Workman High School!  On April 30th, Workman High School received recognition as a ‘California Democracy School’.  The dedication in creating a learning environment that not only includes, but highlights and institutionalizes civic learning in preparing all students for college, career, and citizenship is to be highly commendable.  Special recognition goes to the leaders of this initiative- Billie Joe Wright, Christine Sardo and project colleagues Araceli Garcia, Monique Matus, Mark Munoz, Eric Blackshaw, Jennifer Buchi and Claudia de la Torre.  Ben Webster has done a fine job supporting the initiative and will continue to indorse the hard work the teacher leaders have created in developing civic minded students.


California Democracy School Civic Learning Initiative


The California Democracy School Project, funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, is designed to institutionalize civic learning in high schools to prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. The project strengthens existing initiatives including the Common Core State Standards, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 5/6/16

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Click here to view the: State of the District Address presented by Superintendent Parulan-Colfer from Wednesday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hacienda Heights Community Center.


Hacienda La Puente Unified celebrates success while looking toward the future

By Sandra Molina, Whittier Daily News





HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Hacienda La Puente Unified School District officials credit the relationship between teachers, administrators, staff, parents and the community at-large as the basis for its success.


Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer presented the annual State of the District Wednesday night at the Hacienda Heights Community Center, highlighting accomplishments such as the number of state and federal accolades earned by schools, as well as updates on curriculum and infrastructure improvements.

“What is happening on our campuses only happens with the cooperation between our board of education, personnel, parents and the community,” she said. “Parent participation really is the genesis of what we do to create a successful learning environment for their children.”


Board President Penny Fraumeni concurred.

“It’s all about the children; everything we do has to be focused on them,” she told the audience, with a special acknowledgement to the teachers in attendance. “It’s about our students’ achievements and well-being.”


The district’s success, Parulan-Colfer said, shows in the improving graduation rates. In 2010, the rate was 77.8 percent compared 90.1 percent in 2014.


In grades 3 to 11, HLPUSD students met or exceeded state standards in English and language arts. On the other hand, only 3rd and 4th grades met or exceeded state standards in math.

“We identified this trend a couple of years ago,” Parulan-Colfer said, “and did the first adoption of new instructional materials in mathematics,” adding additional and support courses in the middle schools.


Another area that has taken flight is the district’s renewed emphasis on college and career planning.


“The board has made it a top priority that we make being college and career ready a reality for our students,” Parulan-Colfer said.

The district offers general education classes in English, biology and a few other subjects that are acceptable by the CSU and UC systems.


Improvements to campuses include painting exteriors of campus building in school colors; new tables and seats for cafeterias; new fencing and flooring; locker room refurbishing and energy-efficient lighting.


Technological improvements include the installation of a second computer lab at every school; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) laptop carts in middle grades and 6th grades; the Amazon Kindle Tablet Computer Family Literacy Project; a iPad pilot program and the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) program.


“The things happening at the district are part of a plan to maximize the talents, interests, and abilities of all our students, enabling them to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world,” Parulan-Colfer said.


Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 1/26/16

Audience: Homepage


60 Exemplars nationwide feature how innovation makes learning possible for all students. Hacienda La Puente Unified is the one district in the country earning this distinction in Early Childhood Education.


On December 1, 2015 -  P21, the leading organization advocating for 21st century learning for every student, has designated Hacienda La Puente Unified School District as an early learning exemplar, as part of a nationwide initiative identifying models of exemplary 21st century learning practices that are preparing students for success across the United States.


Now entering its 4th year, P21’s 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program shares case studies of schools and districts that have successfully transformed student learning through innovative and transformative practices that include collaborative teaching and learning, distributed leadership, student voice and choice, engaged community partnerships, a climate of achievement, and evidence-based practices into teacher practice, curriculum, assessment, and professional development.


The 2016 21st Century Learning Exemplars, including the Early Childhood Education Professional Learning Community at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District were selected along with 17 schools and 2 districts through a rigorous application process, and evaluated for educational excellence and 21st century learning implementation.


“In HLPUSD, we believe that college begins in Preschool,” exclaims Dr. Helene Cunningham, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, P-12. “Our P-3 (Preschool-Grade 3) Continuum and Early Childhood Education Professional Learning Community (ECEPLC) empowers our students with smooth transitions between grade levels. It is exciting for our schools and community to be a part of the P21 Exemplar program as it celebrates what developmentally appropriate practices we offer all students, beginning with our youngest scholars.”


“Every student deserves to experience authentic 21st century learning” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 Executive Director. “P21 is proud to highlight the hard work exhibited by all P21 Exemplars as they redefine what teaching and learning means for students and educators in a world where learning doesn’t stop.”


Case studies on schools just announced, including Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, will be unveiled in 2016.  All PreK-12 schools in the U.S. are eligible to be considered for the Exemplar Program and encouraged to apply between December 1 – January 15 at www.P21.org/apply.


Visit www.p21.org/exemplars for a list of current Exemplars, case studies, powerful learning stories, podcasts, videos, and more. #PatternsofInnovation


P21 media contact:
Tatyana Warrick ( 
tatyana@p21.org / 202-312-6430) 


Hacienda La Puente Unified School District media contact for the ECEPLC:

Dr. Helene Cunningham (626) 933-4301



P21 recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world.  Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce, P21 is a catalyst organization uniting business, government and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all. Learn more at www.p21.org and @P21Learning

Posted by: Thomas Tan
Published: 12/17/15