El Monte Union High School District: Community Committed to College and Career.

El Monte Union High School District: Community Committed to College and Career.


(gentle music) – El Monte Union has served the greater El Monte community for over a century. It serves a population
that strives for excellence and wants students to succeed. Our motto is, a community
committed to college and career, and we develop that motto to be explicit about what our
purpose is in this district. – Career Technical Education or CTE, replaced what used to be
vocational education classes. There are 15 different industry sectors that you can provide classes in for CTE. We offer classes in 10 of those sectors. It equates to about 14
different career pathways that students can choose
within those sectors. – We’ve developed sequences
in the last few years, in the CTE area and in the Project Lead
The Way stem classes, opening many doors for
students to attend college and making it easier for students to complete engineering degrees. If a student can leave high school with an employability certificate, that says that I can work and can use this high tech equipment, I can design for a company
while they go to college. That makes a world of difference to them. – We have done various
improvements in the classrooms. We’ve upgraded most of our computer labs by providing additional
technology and power access points for our students, as well
as replace furniture. We’ve installed new flooring. One of the things that the
district has most recently done has been to enhance
the athletic amenities. One of our new exciting projects is the Bobby Salcedo Student Union. It’s a beautiful large space where the kids will be able
to dine and down the line, the plan is to convert
that into an auditorium. All of these improvements
have been done to make the spaces more
exciting for our students. – Our plan has been successful
because we have hired the right people. We have recruited individuals
who care about this community to ensure that they not
only serve our children, but also understand our children. – Our responsibility as
English learner tossers are to support students, make sure that they are
on track for their goals as a student, whether they
wanna move on to college and then also to work with
and collaborate with teachers so that they’re implementing the necessary instructional supports to
make sure that their students are successful. – So my role in the district
as an instructional coach and along with the rest of
the instructional coaches in the district, we provide professional
services to the teachers in the form of professional development, providing workshops and
pretty much supporting them with anything they need
in order to support student achievement. – The first year that
I was in the district, they made sure that we
had mentors on campus. Administrators have been
really helpful as well. They have open ears and so
they’ve been really patient with making sure we get
the information we need so that we can be successful in our jobs. – As the teacher technology leader, one of my main goals is in
purposes is to support technology use in the classroom. I’m also responsible
for district initiatives and so for example, we’re looking to go to
One To One One next year, which is a huge undertaking
for our district. We’re going to give every
single student a Chromebook. They’re going to have
that just like a textbook to go from class to class. And so this is a really
exciting time in our district because technology really is
kind of moving to the forefront and we wanna make sure
that we have responsible, ethical and moral citizens
that we’re producing here in the El Monte Union High School District and the TTL is integral in
making sure that that happens on our sites. – I have a guidance counselor for 21 years and what that entails
is helping the students with their academic programming, helping them with their
emotional personal social growth and planning for their
post secondary goals. – I think one of the ways
that the AVID program helps students achieve is
essentially by providing a college going culture that they would not normally have access to. And then supporting them through tutoring with our goal essentially
being that by the time they graduate from high school, that they’re applying directly
into a four year college and hopefully gaining admissions. – When I was growing up, I didn’t have a family
who went to college, so AVID was something
that really spoke to me as a means of understanding
how to get to college, what are the steps I need to take. And so I needed that
support and that guidance. I think if I was in a regular classroom or I didn’t take AVID for years, I don’t think I would
have made that transition as smooth as I did. – I chose to participate in
the ECA to help get credits for college and to save money for college. This program helps me work with others and communicating with the professors. The classes really help get a
look at what college is like. – Parent engagement at the
high school level is critical. We feel that it’s important
that a parent is connected to the school through a community liaison that every school has. – Our role as community liaisons, are to build a bridge of
communication between the parents, teachers, counselors and administrators. – By fostering a positive environment, kids feel empowered to succeed
and they do their best. Capturing kids hearts
is a systematic approach that we can use in the
classroom to show kids how much we care about them. We start with a handshake and
greet our students every day. My favorite part of the day is the launch and I tell my students, thank you, I love you and have a
good rest to your day. Some of our students
don’t hear that enough. – So I think something that really makes El Monte Union High
School District special is that there is this feeling of community and there is this feeling of family. – It feels safe. It feels like a place where you can be, you can feel like you’re at home. – It just feels wonderful
to see that our community is coming together and our
district is doing so much. – I feel very grateful and very supported at in the El Monte Union
High School District as a guidance counselor. And I work with a great group
of counselors who also care. – I can’t stress enough how
fortunate we are to have the teachers that we have in the program. They are taking on all kinds
of new and innovative ways to grow these programs. So I think, it’s gonna be a
program that’s hard to beat.

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