AUSD Connection

Alhambra Unified School District News for Parents

Volume I, Issue 9 - March 17, 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear AUSD Parents/Guardians,

Every day our world seems to become increasingly dependent upon technology. The level of technological advances and their impact on our day-to-day existence are nothing short of miraculous. Think about it, three years ago this week, we transformed our entire instructional program to be delivered virtually, allowing students to attend school from the safety of their homes. Today virtual learning may appear routine as our students regularly engage in online activities as part of their daily lessons, but prior to the pandemic, it was unthinkable. As I ponder all of the possibilities that come with technology, and think about the additional transformations still to come, I can’t help but be reminded of the responsibility we all have to ensure that our students understand how to use technology safely.

Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) has a “Student Responsible Use Policy for Technology,” which is outlined in detail in the AUSD Parents and Students Handbook 2022-2023 on page 65. This policy was designed with student safety in mind, and noncompliance with this policy can compromise your child’s safety when they access the internet with their District device.

Your child’s principal will be sending a separate message to you with specific things you can do to help ensure our students are using technology appropriately. We thank you in advance for monitoring your child’s computer usage and for supporting a safe and productive educational experience for your child and other students in the Alhambra Unified School District.

I’d like to spend a little bit of my message in this issue singing the praises of Janet Lees, our assistant superintendent of educational services. Last night, I had the pleasure of joining her as California Assemblymember Mike Fong named her as a 2023 Woman of Impact for the 49th District. I can’t think of anyone more deserving! She has been a true champion of AUSD children and colleagues for over four decades, and her impact ripples out across the district and the San Gabriel Valley community.

Here’s a little background about Janet Lees: She is the child of Japanese immigrants. Her mother lived through the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima and her father survived U.S. internment during WW2. This legacy inspired Janet to make collaboration the centerpiece of her leadership approach, making sure every perspective is heard, no matter how challenging the issue. Janet’s gift for uncovering creative, human-centered solutions is captured in her mantra, “the answer is in the room,” and achieved through high levels of trust.

Janet goes the extra mile to make the impossible happen on a regular basis. Moving mountains is one of her talents. Fostering a culture of harmony is another. Janet’s magic is her ability to see possibilities where others do not. We are so fortunate to have her as part of the AUSD family. I am proud to call her my colleague and my friend.

In partnership,

Denise R. Jaramillo, Ed.D.


In this issue...

  • Event Highlight: Janet Lees Named "Women of Impact" Award Honoree
  • March 14 Board Meeting Staff Report Presentation Slides & Resolution
  • - Overview of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 6173: Education for Homeless Children
  • - Volunteering in the Alhambra Unified School District
  • - (Change to Level I Volunteers)
  • - Second Interim Financial Report 2022/2023
  • - Board Resolution: Women's History Month
  • Educational Services
  • - LCAP Survey - Deadline Extended to March 24th
  • - LCAP Meeting
  • - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Vision Statement and Goals
  • - Equity Talks with Parents
  • - College & Career Center Workshop: College Hour with East LA College
  • - AUSD Early College Program-Summer Registration
  • Student Support Services
  • - Gateway Interns
  • - Registration for the 2023-24 School Year
  • Small Spotlights (News and Information from Around AUSD)
  • Cafeteria Menus
  • Parent Resources: Community Offerings
  • Monterey Park Community Healing Fund
  • Partner Non-Profit Organizations (AEF, ALA, AAA)
  • - AEF: SGHS Football CIF Championship Ring fundraiser
  • - AEF: Summer School / Programs
  • - ALA: Scholarship Awards Dinner & Dance
  • Human Resources
  • - Employment Opportunities
  • - Updated Volunteer Registration Procedures
  • - Game Changer Nominations
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • High School Athletics Calendars
  • Upcoming Events and Important Dates
  • - 2023 Open Houses
  • Event Highlight: AHS Dream Center - Coming Out of the Shadows Festival
  • Publicity Requests
  • AUSD Featured in Local Papers
  • Alhambra USD YouTube Channel
  • AUSD Website & Social Media - Stay Connected with AUSD!
  • "AUSD Connection" Archive

Throughout the newsletter, please CLICK ON IMAGES AND HEADLINES to access additional information, embedded links, and larger versions of the photographs/graphics.

EVENT HIGHLIGHT: Janet Lees named 2023 Women of Impact Award Honoree

We're so proud of AUSD's Janet Lees, 2023 Women of Impact Honoree for the 49th Assembly District! Thank you to Assemblymember Mike Fong for recognizing her with this well-deserved award!

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Staff Report Presentation Slides

Although the slide decks give you an overview and basic information of each topic, we encourage you to attend our BOARD MEETINGS and listen to the detailed staff reports as they are presented to the Board. Click on the images below to access a PDF of each presentation's slide deck.

Change to LEVEL I Volunteers

Following the Staff Report on Volunteering in AUSD, the Board of Education decided to remove the Covid-19 vaccination requirement for Level I volunteers. Level I volunteers are asked to test BEFORE they volunteer for an event and to cancel if they test positive. Parents who have trouble acquiring a Covid-19 test can contact the school office (prior to the event/activity) for assistance. An updated chart appears below (in the Human Resources section). Our School Board will continue to review other volunteer requirements and procedures in the future.

Board Resolution

At their March 14th meeting, the Board of Education adopted a Resolution Establishing March 2023 to be designated as Women's History Month. You can download the resolution below to read its full contents.

LCAP Survey (New Deadline: March 24th)

It's time for us to update our LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan)! We want to get input from ALL our stakeholders (students, staff., families, and community members). The LCAP survey is open NOW and will stay open through March 24th. Schools that receive a high percentage of responses can receive funds to purchase student incentives for the PBIS stores ($1,000 for elementary schools and $2,000 for high schools)!

Please click HERE and take 10-15 minutes to share your thoughts (while helping your school).

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Vision Statement and Goals

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Equity Talks With Parents

Please join us for Equity Talks with Parents, in partnership with the consultants from Powerful Choices. Click HERE to RSVP by March 24th.


College Hour with East Los Angeles College

Click here to RSVP for the second session:
April 26, 2023 (English/Chinese/Vietnamese)

AUSD Early College Program-Summer Registration

For additional information and registration for AUSD's Early College Program, please visit
Student Support Services

There are many social and emotional health resources on the Gateway to Success website, including a LIST of all upcoming parent webinars.

Get to Know our Gateway Interns

Student Support Services would like to take this opportunity to highlight the great work of the amazing interns we have this year. They have played a huge part in providing academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional support to our students throughout AUSD this year.

Under Gateway, we have three different internship programs:

  • 11 MSW Interns
  • 12 Clinical Interns
  • Seven Counseling PPSC Interns

Click HERE to learn more about each one.

Registration for the 2023-24 school year is OPEN. The Parent Portal is also ready for returning students to update their enrollment. (Reminder: Parents of returning students need to update their enrollment information in the Parent Portal ANNUALLY! Make sure you complete it before the new school year begins.)
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Little Bits of Good News & Information from Around the District

Food & Nutritional Services: cafeteria menus

Click here to see what we are serving this month!

April menus will be posted during spring break. Please check the FNS website on March 27th.
Parent Resources: Community Offerings

Non-district sponsored activities are posted here.

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non-profit partner organizations

news from AEF:

Please support AEF as they work to fundraise for CIF Champion rings for the SGHS’ football team to commemorate their incredible 2022 season (CIF-Southern Section Division 13 Champions, SoCal Regional Champions, and California State Runner-Ups).

Any size donation will be greatly appreciated! Please spread the word and make your donation HERE or through the AEF WEBSITE. Thank you in advance for your support!

Registration is OPEN for AEF's summer programs, please visit their WEBSITE.

news from ala:

Please join us for ALA's Scholarship Awards Dinner & Dance. The scholarship recipients from each high school will be honored at this event, and all proceeds go toward future student scholarships. RSVP HERE by April 21st. (Please NOTE: No tickets will be sold at the door.)

Employment Opportunities - Join the AUSD Team:

Please click HERE for full-and part-time positions. We have competitive salaries and excellent benefits! AUSD posts all job opportunities at Make sure to check back often.

2022-2023 Volunteer Registration Procedure:

This volunteer chart was updated on March 15, 2023. To download a copy, click HERE. Please contact your child's school if you are interested in volunteering.

Game Changer Nominations:

Nominate a deserving AUSD employee HERE for a "Beyond the Call of Duty" or "Spotlight" badge. Game Changers are selected each month from these employees. The deadline to nominate an employee to be a MARCH Game Changer is TODAY (March 17th). Nominations received after today will be eligible to be recognized in April.

Help SoCal Helpful Honda Dealers honor deserving teachers!

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in May, Honda is looking to recognize teachers who have made a positive impact on their students, schools, and/or community. Five deserving teachers will be honored and surprised with $5,000 worth of school supplies! (Click HERE to see how Honda has celebrated California teachers in the past.)

Parents, students, friends, administrators, or colleagues can submit a nomination...but make sure to keep it a surprise. Complete the nomination form HERE no later than March 31, 2023.

AUSD Scholarship Bulletin

Our amazing high school counselors have compiled this extensive list of student scholarship opportunities. They update it regularly, so please check back often!

High School Athletics Calendars

Click on the high school logo to access their current athletic calendars.

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • March 17: Deadline for March Game Changer Nominations (Nominate HERE)
  • March 18: ALA Lotería (Flyer)
  • March 19: AUSD Booth at Alhambra Farmers Market 9:00am-11:00am
  • March 20: LPAC Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 6:45pm (Flyer, Zoom Link)
  • March 21: City of Alhambra Meeting Re: I-10 Freeway, Fremont School 5:20pm (Flyer, Website)
  • March 22: ATA Food Pantry 9:00am-12:00pm (Flyer)
  • March 23: STUDENT (Gr. 6-12) Community Conversations 6:30pm (Flyer, RSVP)
  • March 24: Last Day to RSVP for Equity Talks with Parents (RSVP)
  • March 24: NEW (Extended) Deadline to complete LCAP Survey (Flyer, Survey Link)
  • March 27-31: SPRING BREAK (No School)
  • April 4: Board of Education Meeting (Agendas & Minutes)
  • April 5: ATA Food Pantry 9:00am-12:00pm (Flyer)
  • April 7: "AUSD Connection" Newsletter Emailed to Parents & Staff
  • April 10: Equity Talks with Parents 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • April 15: WSGV SELPA Students with Disabilities Resource Fair 10:00am-1:00pm (Flyer)
  • April 16: AUSD Booth at Alhambra Farmers Market 9:00am-11:00am
  • April 17: Equity Talks with Parents 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • April 19: ATA Food Pantry 9:00am-12:00pm (Flyer)
  • April 24: Equity Talks with Parents 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • April 25: Board of Education Meeting (Agendas & Minutes)
  • April 26: College & Career Center Workshop: College Hour with East Los Angeles College 7:00pm (RSVP)
  • April 27: PARENT Community Conversations 6:30pm (Flyer, RSVP)
  • April 28: "AUSD Connection" Newsletter Emailed to Parents & Staff


Between next week and mid-May, each of our schools will host an Open House to showcase their students' learning throughout the 2022-23 school year. Please mark your calendar and be on the lookout for more information directly from your child's school as your site Open House gets closer!

(NOTE to Baldwin & Marguerita Parents: The times for your child's Open House are slightly different than what was originally published in the local papers.)

Additional AUSD Events

Click here to access to the AUSD public calendar and subscribe to receive automatic updates.

Event Highlight: AHS Dream Center's "Coming Out of the Shadows" Festival

It was a beautiful night at Alhambra High School on March 15th as the AHS Dream Center hosted its Coming Out of the Shadows Festival. It was a full house, as community members gathered to listen as students shared "Recipes of Identity" about their families' stories of migration to the United States. Their creativity and courage were evident as they shared special food and beverages, and the impact and influences they have on their lives and memories.

*Come for the Food. Stay for the Stories."

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AUSD Publicity Request

Do you have good news about our schools/students/programs? Please click here to make a publicity/media request and/or submit information so we can share the good news with our community.

Read about AUSD in these Local Papers:

Click on the masthead images below to view digital versions of the current issues. AUSD students, staff members, and programs are heavily featured in both papers. (NOTE: The April issues will be published during our spring break.)
In order to reduce the number of Blackboard-Connect messages you receive from the District, many of our initial notifications and announcements will now come through this newsletter. Fewer reminders will be sent via Blackboard, so please follow/like us on social media if you want our notifications/reminders to show up on your timeline.
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