The Neighborhood Voice

Historic Central Avenue COS Newsletter - November 2022

Message From Your Community of Schools Administrator

October 27, 2022 marked the 50th Day of School, and our focus continues to be on attendance. Thank you to all families for making sure your children are at school when they are healthy. As we continue thinking about health and attendance, we know that many of us may be around family and friends over the upcoming Thanksgiving Break.

In preparation for Thanksgiving break, students and staff will receive an at-home rapid antigen test on or before Friday, November 18, 2022. It is recommended, but not required, for students/staff to test within 48 hours of entering campus after Thanksgiving break, so please administer the test at home on either Saturday, November 26, 2022, or Sunday, November 27, 2022.

Individuals who test NEGATIVE:

  • Do not upload to Daily Pass

  • Attend school on Monday, November 28, 2022

Individuals who test
  • DO NOT attend school/work

  • Isolate immediately

  • Contact a doctor to make a plan for care, and

  • On a separate paper, write down the following information and take a picture:

Full legal name,

Date of birth,

Test date,

Last date on site (if applicable), and


For assistance with uploading test results, please contact the Family Help Desk at 213-443-1300, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We understand that administering this test is something extra to do on your break. As always, thank you to the entire Historic Central Avenue Community for doing everything possible to make our schools safe, collaborative, and caring learning spaces for everyone.



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What's New This Month

In this Issue of the Neighborhood Voice you will find the following features:

  • November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
  • Book Corner
  • Parent Conferences
  • Smarter Balance Interim Assessments
  • Shout Outs: Nevin Avenue ES, Sally Ride ES, and Estrella ES
  • Acceleration Days
  • Announcements/Resources

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Each November, National Homeless Youth Awareness Month provides an opportunity to bring attention to the experiences of over 13,700 homeless students attending LAUSD schools. LAUSD's Homeless Education Office (HEO) provides assistance to homeless students and families in several ways, including:

  • Providing ongoing training, technical assistance and advocacy district wide to ensure federal statutes and district policy are being followed in regards to homeless students in the LAUSD
  • Removing barriers to academic success for McKinney Vento eligible students by providing needed supplies such as backpacks, school supplies, clothing, transportation, etc
  • Educating students and parents on their educational rights
  • Promoting parent participation in school related activities

By law, school-aged children in any of the following situations may be considered homeless:

  • Living in a shelter
  • Living in campgrounds, temporary trailers, or parks
  • Living in an automobile
  • Living in an abandoned building or public place
  • Staying doubled up with friends or relatives, due to loss of housing from financial hardship
  • Living in substandard housing ( running water, no electricity)
  • Living in a transitional housing program

To verify eligibility and access needed services, families should fill out a Student Residency Questionnaire/Student Housing Questionnaire at their school, contact their child's school’s homeless liaison or contact the LAUSD Homeless Education Office at (213) 202 -7581


Parent Conference Tips - Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences are the Week of November 14-18

Parent–teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home–school communication and family involvement. Years of research demonstrate that family involvement in education can lead to positive benefits for children and youth, such as increased school attendance, higher academic performance, and improved attitudes about school.

Below is a tip sheet for parents to ensure successful and productive parent - teacher conferences focused on student achievement. A parent or a teacher can request a conference at any time of the year, however, there are certain times throughout the school year that LAUSD has specifically identified as Parent Conference Windows. For elementary schools the next upcoming dates for Parent Conferences are November 14 to November 18.

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

The Smarter Balanced assessment system has three components:

  • summative assessments administered in the Spring, designed for accountability purposes, and required by the state for students in Grades 3-8 and 11th grade

  • interim assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year and required by LAUSD twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring semester.

  • Tools for Teachers, designed to support classroom-based formative assessment processes.

In LAUSD teachers are required to administer the Interim Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics twice per year to all students in Grades 3rd-11th Grade. Students in grades 3-11 just finished taking the fall interim assessment on Friday, November 4, and will be taking the SAME assessment in the spring in order to measure their growth.

If your student is in grades 3-11, make sure you know the results for your student and how the teacher plans to support your student in his/her areas of need. Please communicate with your school to find out when the Interim Assessment will be given in the spring semester. The window to administer it is from January 17, 2023 to March 17, 2023.

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Acceleration Days - December 19 - 20 and April 3-4

Acceleration Days will take place on December 19-20, 2022 and April 3-4, 2023.During Acceleration Days teachers and support staff will provide additional instruction to students. Through LAUSD's four Acceleration Days, students will have the opportunity to receive up to 32 additional hours of face-to-face instruction or enrichment and social emotional support. Teachers and support staff will be able to meet with students one-on-one or in small group settings.

Participation for students and employees is voluntary, but everyone is highly encouraged to participate, especially students whose data shows areas of high academic need.

To help us plan for the upcoming Acceleration Days in December, we are asking school employees and families to complete a survey to indicate interest in participating. LAUSD Staff please fill out the survey as soon as possible! Families, if you are registered to receive emails from LAUSD, you should have emails in your Inbox with a quick yes/no survey.


CHOICES On Time Deadline is Friday, November 18, 2022

School Experience Survey DUE December 9, 2022

Free Tutoring for all Students in Grades TK - 12

Events and Resources Around LA

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  • Sunday, November 6: Daylight Savings
  • Tuesday, November 8: Election Day
  • Wednesday, November 9: Tech Talk for Parents, 3:30 pm (Zoom Webinar)
  • Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day
  • Sunday, November 13: World Kindness Day
  • November 14 - 18: Elementary Parent Conference Week
  • Wednesday, November 16: Tech Talk for Parents, 3:30 pm (Zoom Webinar)
  • November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day


Lastly families remember you can always check the Historic Central Ave. website and social media accounts for all the latest information.