Lynwood Unified School District

  • LUSD Data Analyst Diana Hawkins Wins Huge Prize and Praise in Appearance on Wheel of Fortune

    Lynwood Unified Data Analyst Diana Hawkins has always lit up the District with her smile and energy, and on Dec. 15 she introduced it to a nationally televised audience with an unforgettable performance on Wheel of Fortune. Hawkins laughed, shouted, and cheered her way to a winning total of $57,850 and a trip to Puerto Rico while stealing the spotlight and being hailed a “super contestant” by media and social network observers.

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  • Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation Awarded $80,000 CARES Grant to Provide Families with Holiday Meals

    Lynwood Unified families in need are receiving restaurant vouchers worth up to $100 this December after the Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation (LPEF) received an $80,000 grant from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) for Food program. The LPEF is partnering with the District at LUSD events to distribute the vouchers, which allow families to purchase meals this holiday season. The effort also supports local Lynwood businesses during challenging times.

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  • Lynwood Unified Reviewing Construction Concerns at Lynwood High School

    An engineering review of Lynwood High School buildings launched after a collapse of exterior soffit ceiling panels in June has yielded preliminary findings that indicate more extensive construction issues may exist at the 22-year-old facility, Lynwood Unified officials announced Monday. The review, which is still in progress, was launched out of an abundance of caution after the unexpected failure of a section of the exterior panels, called soffits, in one of the high school’s buildings during summer break. LUSD’s Board of Education initiated an independent engineering review by Peter Sarkis-Petra Structural Engineers of all campus structures.

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Lynwood Unified Summer Program to Inspire Students through Technology

Lynwood Unified School District will continue providing distance learning for students through a virtual summer school program that inspires grade-level mastery while promoting academic and creative development for future success. The summer program will begin on June 22 for both elementary and secondary students who will receive virtual instruction that emphasizes essential curriculum and digital skills. Parents can contact their child’s school site to enroll.

Lynwood Unified Students Discuss Racial Injustice and Healing During District Forum

Emotional and heartfelt responses to the recent events of injustice poured out of Lynwood Unified students during a student forum on June 1. The District organized the virtual forum to give students the opportunity to discuss their feelings and suggest a plan of action for combatting racial injustice. The group of nearly 70 participants included the board president, superintendent, principals, and members of the District’s Equity, Access, and Instructional Services.

Lynwood Unified Staff Helps Raise More Than 75K For Families in Need

Maddie Martinez wasn’t sure how she would continue to support her family of five. She had lost her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was living perilously off of her savings. Making matters worse, Martinez battles a chronic autoimmune condition that makes her particularly vulnerable to illness. That’s when she happened to see a social media post by Lynwood Unified’s Audrey Casas offering help to anyone in need during these trying times. Within days, District staff member Jeff Ballinger, a longtime philanthropist in the community, showed up to her door with bags of food and an excess of love and support.

Lynwood High School Ranked as Top School by U.S. News & World Report

Lynwood Unified received a 2020 Best High School ranking for Lynwood High School from the U.S. News & World Report, which numerically ranked nearly 18,000 schools nationwide this year. Lynwood High is ranked 4,193 in the National Rankings, based on student performance on state-required tests, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college. Lynwood Unified continues to have an overall graduation rate over 90%.

Lynwood Partners Education Foundation Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation is partnering with Lynwood Unified to designate a COVID-19 Response Fund to support families struggling amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The fund will provide Lynwood families and students with education supplies and equipment, basic necessities and social-emotional support. For more information on donating, visit lynwoodedfoundation.org or call (310) 985-9713.

Lynwood Unified Educators Connecting with Students Through Technology During School Closures

Firebaugh High School English and IB Theatre teacher Kate Thomas Butiu has gone from camera shy to YouTube personality. Accompanied by her two teaching assistants, a pair of pit bulls, she leaves her students motivational messages, assignments and personal anecdotes. Thomas is among the Lynwood Unified educators who are embracing technology and channeling new ways to inspire learners amidst school closures that will extend to at least May 5 as the District works to protect the community from COVID-19.

Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation Launches COVID-19 Response Fund

The Lynwood Partners Educational Foundation (LPEF) has launched an emergency fund in response to the COVID-19 global coronavirus pandemic that will meet the immediate and emerging needs of Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD) students and families. LPEF is working together with LUSD and its staff to identify the immediate needs of students and families, and has set a target to raise $100,0000 to cover costs associated with expanding services for families in need.

Lynwood High School Student-Athlete Commits to Dartmouth College

Lynwood High School senior Jaren Johnson had his share of college options. A standout student-athlete with a 4.1 GPA and basketball skill to match, Johnson was always destined to find higher education opportunities for his enormous potential. But for Johnson, who grew up just outside of Lynwood, choosing a school wasn’t just about himself but the community that helped to inspire him. This was a motivating factor when he officially committed to Dartmouth College.