AUSD Connection

Alhambra Unified School District News for Parents

Volume I, Issue 12 - May 12, 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear AUSD Community,

May is a month of celebrations! If you follow us on social media (@AlhambraUSD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), you have probably seen post after post celebrating our incredible students, staff members, groups, and organizations!

As we approach the end of the school year, this seems like a good opportunity to give a shout-out to the 2,000+ employees who work tirelessly to run our schools and departments. Many of them, like our teachers, instructional aides, campus security, office staff, and site administrators are familiar faces to our families, but we have a whole army of staff members who may not always be as visible, but are definitely just as valuable.

At our last Board of Education meeting, the Board adopted a resolution designating next Wednesday, May 17th as AUSD Employee Appreciation Day – a day to recognize ALL members of Team AUSD for their important roles in providing a safe/clean/welcoming school environment, connecting with and supporting families, and helping our students learn, thrive, and succeed. Please take a few minutes to say thank you or to write a note of appreciation to an AUSD staff member who has made a positive impact on your or your child’s life.

Recently, we held our annual Employee Service Recognition celebration, where we recognized employees who reached a milestone year with AUSD. At the end of that celebration, we surprised three amazing employees when we announced them as our 2023 Employees of the Year:

  • Manager of the Year: Dr. Leann Huang, Career Technical Education Specialist - servicing all AUSD high schools (“housed” at Alhambra High School)

  • Certificated Employee of the Year: Christine Chung, Instructional Specialist for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Program - servicing AUSD and the West San Gabriel Valley SELPA (“housed” at Granada School)

  • Classified Employee of the Year: Rosario (Rosie) Puentes, Elementary Campus Supervisor (Moor Field)

Each one of them is a shining example of the incredible people who make up our district.

At the end of the month, our celebrations turn to our students, especially those who are being promoted from eighth grade or graduating from high school. We are looking forward to commemorating their accomplishments and seeing how they shine as they transition into this next phase of their lives.

Let’s make these last ten days of school wonderful ones!

In partnership,

Denise R. Jaramillo, Ed.D.


In this issue...

  • Event Highlights: Read Across America
  • May 9th Board Meeting Staff Report Presentation Slides & Resolutions
  • - Staff Report: Elementary and Secondary Textbook/Curriculum Adoptions
  • - Staff Report: Overview of Alhambra Unified School District's Counseling Program
  • - Resolution: Employee Appreciation Day on May 17, 2023
  • Educational Services
  • - AUSD Adventures Expanding Learning Opportunities Program
  • - PODER Pursuing Our Dreams through Education and Responsibility
  • - Alternative Income Form (AIF)
  • - Technology News
  • Student Support Services
  • - Parent Webinar 10 - IMPACT: Teen Drivers - Tips for Keeping Your Teen Safe Behind the Wheel
  • - National Foster Care Month
  • - Hazel Heart Telehealth Mental Health Services
  • - Registration for the 2023-24 School Year
  • Facilities and Construction
  • - Facilities Update
  • - Construction Update
  • SMALL SPOTLIGHTS (News and Information from Around AUSD)
  • Food & Nutrition Services: Cafeteria Menus
  • - Let's Eat Healthy Leadership Award
  • - National School Lunch Hero Day 2023
  • Parent Resources: Community Offerings
  • - City of Alhambra Parks and Recreation Dept: Summer Food Service Program
  • Monterey Park Community Healing Fund
  • Non-Profit Partner Organizations (AEF, ALA, AAA)
  • - AEF: SGHS Football CIF Championship Ring fundraiser
  • - AEF: The 58th Pasadena Showcase House of Design
  • - AEF: Summer School / Programs
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Human Resources
  • - 2022-2023 Employee Service Recognition Celebration
  • - 2022-2023 Employees of the Year
  • - Game Changers
  • - Employment Opportunities
  • AUSD Calendar
  • - Upcoming Events and Important Dates
  • - Third Annual San Gabriel Valley Pride Parade & Festival
  • - Promotion Ceremonies
  • - High School Graduation Ceremonies
  • - High School Athletics Calendars
  • Event Highlights: Ynez School's STEAM Night
  • Publicity Requests
  • AUSD Featured in Local Papers
  • Alhambra USD YouTube Channel
  • Featured Video - Spanish Dual Immersion Program's Club Abuelitos
  • 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.


ATA's Read Across America event, with the theme “Reading Brings the World Together,” was originally scheduled for March 11th, but heavy rains caused the event to be postponed, so there was much community anticipation for the April 30th event. The silver lining to the rain delay was the additional time to collect even more book donations – with the grand total exceeding 3,000! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's event and to all the families who came out and joined us.

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.


At their May 9th meeting, the Board of Education adopted a Resolution Establishing May 17, 2023 to be designated as Employee Appreciation Day. You can download the resolution below to read their full contents.

AUSD Adventures Expanded Learning Opportunities program

Due to changes in funding and regulations, there will be several significant changes to the AUSD Adventures program next year. We are now required to target the unduplicated pupil population (English Learners, Socio-Economic Disadvantaged, Homeless and Foster Youth) in grades TK-6. For more information, please read the informational letter HERE.

Join PODER Today!

Pursuing Our Dreams through Education and Responsibility!

Our High Schools would love to have all interested incoming 9th grade students apply for the PODER program at their respective high schools, Alhambra, San Gabriel or Mark Keppel. If you missed the informational meeting, please look at the PODER website linked below and consider applying today. The program has been revamped, field trips are back with access to additional tutoring, clubs, monthly activities and it’s A-G approved! It is an invaluable experience and we plan to keep enhancing it to make it worthwhile for all our students. Kindly peruse the PODER Site and apply to become a member of the 23-24 9th Grade PODER Class of 2027 at your high school! We look forward to welcoming our new PODER members!

Alternative Income Form

Help us ensure that Alhambra Unified School District receives the maximum amount of federal funds for our schools. The collection of household income is a necessary step to receive millions of dollars in federal funds for the school that your child attends. Effective May 15, 2023, all parents will be required to respond to the Alternate Income Form (AIF) survey in order to gain access to other pages of Parent Portal. Please Note: If you completed the AIF survey prior to May 15, 2023, we need you to respond again in order to accurately gather data for the 2023-24 school year. Click Here for AUSD AIF Directions.

Technology News

Over 700 boxes were picked up from Alhambra High School to be digitized! The AUSD Digitization Project is helping modernize records management and clear up much needed space on campus. Much appreciation to the AHS Counseling department for collaborating with us!
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.

National Foster Care Month

During the month of May, we recognize National Foster Care Month as a time to raise awareness on issues related to youth in foster care as well as recognize and celebrate those who serve these children and families. AUSD is dedicated to removing barriers so our students in foster care can have access to the education they deserve. We invite you to join us this month in celebrating our foster youth by spreading the word, participating in the attached awareness calendar or reading more about Foster Youth Education Rights.

For more information or resources please contact our Student Support Services office at 626-943-3410.

hazel heart telehealth mental health services

We are excited to announce our partnership with Hazel Health to provide HAZEL HEART telehealth mental health services for AUSD students. Telehealth mental health services are now available at home for any Alhambra Unified School District student and are finalizing arrangements to offer services at our school sites as well. Parents can reach out directly to Hazel to sign the e-consent and to arrange for services for your child.You can get more information and/or sign up at: This service is offered at NO COST to you. Please note: Hazel will still need to collect your insurance information and/or verify your uninsured status, but you will not be billed.

What is Hazel HEART?

Registration for the 2023-24 school year is OPEN. If your child will be a new student at an AUSD school, it's best to register as early as possible. Permit applications are also open now.

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.)

Facilities Updates

As part of the District's commitment to promote student learning and wellness by maintaining clean, safe and functional school facilities, roof restorations are now in full swing beginning at Emery Park D-building, Monterey Highlands F-building and Alhambra High School D-building.
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Construction Updates

Some of the many facets being modernized at Marguerita Elementary School are main entry stairs, marquee and ADA ramp along with selected restroom facilities!

As part of the PA, Cameras and IT Infrastructure (PACIT) Upgrades Project trenching has begun at Alhambra High School.

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Food & Nutritional Services: cafeteria menus

Click here to see what we are serving this month!

Let's Eat Healthy Leadership Award

Congratulations to our Food and Nutrition Team for being recognized by the Dairy Council of California for a 2023 Let's Get Healthy Leadership Award. Learn more by viewing the video below or by visiting

National school Lunch Hero Day 2023

Friday, May 5th was National School Lunch Hero Day! It’s a day to celebrate and recognize all the work our AUSD Food & Nutrition Services personnel do each school day to prepare and feed our students. Each site was visited by our FNS staff to express their appreciation.

Thank you to the AUSD school lunch heroes for all you do!
National Lunch Hero Day from Alhambra High
Parent Resources: Community Offerings

Non-district sponsored activities are posted here.

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).

We are approaching the end of the school year, and the team is still short about $7,000. (There are some outside donations that are not included in the total in the link.) 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!
Proceeds from the 58th Pasadena Showcase House of Design will benefit AEF. For more information or to purchase tickets, click on the image or visit their website. To view daily updates and reels follow the Pasadena Showcase House of Design on Instagram at

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

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!

2022 - 2023 Employee Service Recognition Celebration

2022 - 2023 Employees of the Year

Congratulations to Alhambra Unified School District's Employees of the Year! We are so grateful for the outstanding work and dedication that each of these amazing members have shown. Thank you very much.

Game Changer Nominations:

Want to reward an extra-special AUSD employee? Nominate a deserving AUSD employee to be a Game Changer HERE. The deadline is May 12th! This will be the LAST opportunity to nominate an AUSD employee for the 2022-23 school year.

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.

Alhambra Unified School District Calendar

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

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • May 12: Deadline for May Game Changer Nominations (Nominate HERE)
  • May 12-14: Monterey Park Happy Birthday Play Days Carnival (Flyer)
  • May 15: AUSD All-District Retirement Celebration 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • May 17: ATA Food Pantry 9:00am-12:00pm (Flyer)
  • May 17: AUSD Parent Webinar 10 (Flyer)
  • May 20: 2023 City of Monterey Park Mental Health & Wellness Fair 10am-2:00pm (Flyer)
  • May 20: City of San Gabriel's Play Day 11:00am-2pm (Flyer)
  • May 21: AUSD Booth at Alhambra Farmers Market 9:00am-11:00am (last one until August)
  • May 23: Board of Education Meeting (Agendas & Minutes)
  • May 26: End of Third Trimester (Grades TK-8)
  • May 26: End of Second Semester (Grades 9-12)
  • May 26: Last Day of School (Grades TK-8 & Grades 9-12)
  • May 26: "AUSD Connection" Newsletter Emailed to Parents & Staff
  • May 29: City of Alhambra Memorial Day Ceremony 10:00am-12:00pm (Flyer)
  • May 31: ATA Food Pantry 9:00am-12:00pm (Flyer)
  • June 3: Third Annual San Gabriel Valley Pride Parade & Festival 10:00am-12pm (Flyer)
  • June 5: LCAP Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 6:45pm-8:00pm
  • June 6: Board of Education Meeting (Agendas & Minutes)
  • June 9: "AUSD Connection" Newsletter Emailed to Parents & Staff

SG Valley Pride Parade & Festival

Join the City of Monterey Park, Alhambra Teachers Association and the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley in celebrating the 3rd Annual San Gabriel Valley Pride Parade & Festival on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Parade starts at 9:15am at Mark Keppel High School. For more information, please click here.

Promotion Ceremonies

Click here to a download a PDF of the 8th Grade, Moor Field and Lift North & South Promotion Ceremonies Flyer.

High School Graduation Ceremonies

Click here to download a PDF of the High School Graduation Ceremonies flyer.

High School Athletics Calendars

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


Ynez School held a spectacular STEAM NIGHT on April 3rd. It started with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of their STEAM Lab and was followed by more than 15 stations of STEAM-related presentations, activities, and performances.

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.

Featured Video: Spanish Dual Immersion Program's Club Abuelitos

We adore the Spanish Dual Immersion Program's CLUB ABUELITOS at Fremont School! There's been a tremendous outpouring of responses from the elders in the community to provide cultural lessons and experiences for our students, while helping enhance their Spanish language skills. Activities have included art, dance, playing the pan flute, chess, and pickleball. It's a wonderful inter-generational way to build connections and community!

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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