Five El Monte City School District schools were honored for achieving excellence in state standardized testing while serving a predominantly socioeconomically disadvantaged Latino population, earning them a place on the Top Los Angeles County Public Schools for Underserved Students list.
Nearly 180 El Monte City School District students in grades three through eight achieved the highest possible scores on state standardized tests for English language arts (ELA) or math taken in spring 2019, according to recently released state data. They were honored at the District’s Board of Education meeting on Nov. 12.
El Monte City School District students assembled colorful creations, tested touch sensors and programmed light-up emojis on battery packs during a series of Lego Spike Prime robot demonstrations on Nov. 7 and 8. District teachers and students were among the first in the nation to test the unreleased Lego Spike Prime robot kits as part of a partnership with Lego that provides regular training and support for El Monte City teachers and students on new robotics technology.
Rio Hondo Elementary students presented veterans with letters of thanks and hand-drawn posters, performed a swing-dance routine and recited poetry during a special celebratory assembly on Nov. 8. Veterans from World War II and the Vietnam War, and veterans representing the Coast Guard, Navy, Army and Air Force gave speeches and shared their gratitude with the El Monte City School District and Rio Hondo Elementary for hosting the celebration.