Nine students from the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District have been selected to play in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Honor Parade. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)
Top seniors from John Glenn, La Mirada, Norwalk and Southeast high schools visited their former elementary schools on May 12 to inspire students to work hard toward their goals and that anyone can go to college during the District's inaugural Kinder to College event. The District launched the event to promote a college-going culture from kindergarten through high school. Students wore graduation caps and gowns or college T-shirts while they talked about the university they will attend and what they will study, or how they will serve the United States in the Marines, Navy, Air Force or Army.
Nearly 175 Norwalk-La Mirada parent volunteers were feted with a Bollywood dance performance from Eastwood Elementary fourth-graders and a catered lunch prepared by Norwalk High students during the 17th annual Day of the Parent celebration at Huerta Elementary School on May 18. The parents received certificates from their school principals and PTA representatives.
La Mirada High School senior Isaac Cantu is extra vigilant as he stencils the words "Dream Big" along the side of one of four garden boxes he and three other students have made in their woodshop class to beautify the grounds of the Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos. Cantu worked with seniors Johnny Granados, Andrew Iabarra and Spencer Collins to finish the garden boxes, which can house dozens of plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified's Sanchez Elementary School is teaming with the city of Norwalk and Save the Children to train students, parents and community members on the basics of emergency preparedness. The ongoing project has the likelihood of expanding to the entire district. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)
Students at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Eastwood Elementary logged more than 1,000 minutes of reading time over the summer and won the opportunity to “slime” their principal. iREAD is an online program designed to keep students’ minds nimble during the summer break. Photos are available. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)
A groundbreaking structured play program at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, called Playworks, has significantly contributed to a drastic drop in referrals and an increase in API scores. The program is expanding to all NLMUSD schools this year. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)
Assistant football coach and RSP teacher in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Ernie Gutierrez, got the opportunity to join the special teams coaching staff for the New York Jets during training camp through the exclusive and highly competitive Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. Photo available. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)
Four new principals started at Norwalk-La Mirada schools this week, including Norwalk High, Benton Middle School, Sanchez Elementary and Dulles Elementary. The new principals look forward to a year of productive change as they implement the Common Core State Standards and build on a successful past year. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)
The graduation rate at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District high schools has seen a steady increase over the last four years, topping off at 92 percent for the 2012-13 academic year. NLMUSD had 1,523 seniors graduate from its five high schools – John Glenn, La Mirada, Norwalk, El Camino and Southeast Academy. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)
Michael Gotto, who played the child version of the Tommy the White Power Ranger on the popular kids television show, has recently become principal of Benton Middle School (La Mirada). Gotto is available for interviews. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)