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El Monte Union High School District

  • El Monte Union Celebrates Posada with Tunnel of Lights, Dancing, Tamales

    More than 400 families drove through a tunnel of Christmas lights, enjoyed performances by Folklorico dancers, received an authentic tamale dinner and treats from Santa, including pan dulce, during El Monte Union High School District’s third annual Posada holiday event on Dec. 4. Blending Mexican and American traditions, the District’s Posada offered parents and students the opportunity to gather safely for a night of good food and fun. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Posada was transformed by staff and parent volunteers into a drive-thru parade.

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  • El Monte Community Bands Together to Support EMUHSD Class of 2020 with Graduation Banners

    El Monte Union High School District and the El Monte Promise Foundation are honoring 1,800 Class of 2020 graduates with 400 individualized banners displayed along major corridors and streets across the three cities that the District’s six high schools call home. The banners – which recognize graduates from Arroyo, El Monte, Fernando R. Ledesma, Mountain View, Rosemead and South El Monte high schools – each include up to four student photos, names and plans for college, trade school or military. The Class of 2020 donation campaign was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that halted many graduation ceremonies across the nation. Banners are placed on streetlights within District boundaries and near each high school.

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  • El Monte Union to Continue Distance Learning for Remainder of Fall Semester

    El Monte Union High School District will continue its distance learning program for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester, but is exploring the possibility of developing learning groups (pods) on campus for students most in need, including those in special education programs and English learners. Under the learning pod program – which could begin as early as October – El Monte Union plans to establish small cohorts of no more than 12 students with two supervising adults per group. The District is also working on providing day care and academic support via its After School and Safety Program (ASES) program, LEARN.

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El Monte Union to be Honored Oct. 14 for Reducing Water Footprint

El Monte Union High School District will be honored at noon Saturday, Oct. 14 by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) with a San Gabriel Valley Water Smart Award for reducing its water footprint. The District, which collaborated with the Upper District on its Large Landscape and Retrofit Program, is one of five school districts that will be recognized at the annual Waterfest event at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Park, 15501 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale.

South El Monte High Celebrates 25-Year Milestone with Homecoming Parade

Follow-up Story: South El Monte High School celebrated 25 years in the South El Monte community on Sept. 22 with a homecoming parade from City Hall to Eagle Stadium, led by the school’s drill team, cheer squad, band and color guard. The parade featured current SEMHS staff who opened the school 25 years ago and dignitaries from the District and city. Boxer and SEMHS alum Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. served as grand marshal. Latino pop singer and SEMHS alum Raymundo Monge performed the National Anthem at the game, in which SEMHS was victorious over Mountain View High, 35-8. The event also featured coronation of a homecoming king and queen.

El Monte Union Students Explore Higher Ed at District College Night

Follow-up Story: Hundreds of El Monte Union High School District students on Oct. 9 attended the District’s annual College Night and Career Resource Fair at Arroyo High School, which hosted more than 50 colleges and universities that provided information on programs, activities, entrance requirements and degrees offered. The event featured representatives from various student support services and college access programs, as well as college workshops.

El Monte Union High Engages Community with New App, Facebook Page

Follow-up Story: El Monte Union High School District has launched a Facebook page and smartphone app with the latest news on activities and initiatives. The social media page is one of EMUHSD’s newest methods of sharing news to parents, teachers, staff and students. It will focus on student success stories, school and District achievements, news alerts and construction project updates. The District’s Facebook page is available at www.facebook.com/ElMonteUHSD, while the app can be downloaded via Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

El Monte Union Schools Use School Spirit to Bolster Attendance Rates to 97%

El Monte Union high schools are promoting regular school attendance among the thousands of students they serve with imaginative and positive reward systems that build on school spirit, including field trips, raffles and friendly competitions. As a result, District attendance rates have steadily climbed to nearly 100 percent, rising from 96.77 percent in 2013-14 to 97.29 percent in 2016-17, exceeding rates posted by surrounding school districts.

South El Monte High School to Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Homecoming Parade

Follow-up Story: South El Monte High School celebrated 25 years in the South El Monte community on Sept. 22 with a homecoming parade from City Hall to Eagle Stadium, led by the school’s drill team, cheer squad, band and color guard. The parade featured current SEMHS staff who opened the school 25 years ago and dignitaries from the District and city. Boxer and SEMHS alum Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. served as grand marshal. Latino pop singer and SEMHS alum Raymundo Monge performed the National Anthem at the game, in which SEMHS was victorious over Mountain View High, 35-8. The event also featured coronation of a homecoming king and queen.

South El Monte High Celebrates Grand Opening of $4.3 Million Field House

Follow-up Story: South El Monte High School celebrated its newly upgraded field house – enhanced with new restrooms, lockers and showers, furniture and athletic equipment – at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 18. The facility includes a unisex restroom, two physical education classrooms, a weight room for instruction and co-curricular activities, and team meeting areas.

El Monte High Breaks Ground on $6.6 Million Stadium Upgrade Project

El Monte High School will break ground on a stadium project, celebrating $6.6 million in upgrades planned over the next nine months that will include a snack bar, restrooms and three sets of bleachers seating more than 2,000 spectators. The stadium also will receive new fencing, landscaping, a gate entrance and ticket booth. The ceremony, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, will feature remarks from Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga and Board of Trustees President Carlos Salcedo. El Monte High School is at 3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte. Photos are available

El Monte Union High School to Hold Final 2017-18 Back-to-school Night

El Monte Union High School District’s Fernando R. Ledesma Continuation High School will hold its back-to-school program at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The event concludes a series of such events at each District high school.