Gidley School award winning orator seventh-grader Lauren Tran said she drew her inspiration from her father’s journey to America as a Vietnam War refugee for her speech at the District’s fourth annual speech competition. Tran and 25 other El Monte City School District students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades debated whether conflict improved everyday life on subjects including homelessness, the women’s rights movement and mental health.
El Monte City School District celebrated the graduation of 15 parents from its Opening Doors workshop with a June 15 ceremony filled with cheers from their children, instructors and administrators. The Opening Doors program, called Abriendo Puertas in Spanish, is an evidence-based program that focuses on early childhood development and teaches District parents to encourage their children to stay happy, healthy and interested in learning.
El Monte City School District’s science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) summer school program is teaching students to build, dance, sing and create, while promoting academic and creative development. The four-week program gives students a chance to craft milk carton windmills, build wooden bridges and act in musical theater productions. The program is available to grades K-7 and is hosted at Durfee, Wright, Potrero, Columbia, Rio Vista and Shirpser schools.
Durfee School’s 169 eighth-graders were treated to a triumphant promotion ceremony, with more than 500 parents and family members sporting noise makers, air horns and posters with inspirational messages to celebrate their children’s academic achievements.