As the first semester winds down and we prepare for the second half of the year, we already have so much to be proud of. Our teachers continue to infuse rigor and enthusiasm into every lesson so that our students are excited about their own learning. TUSD teachers challenge their students’ young minds to think about ideas and concepts beyond their classroom, even beyond their neighborhoods and communities. At North High, English and Speech teacher, Mitizi Stover, encourages her students to share their ideas with other students, everywhere from New York to Canada, as part of a TED-Ed Club. One of her student’s class assignments catapulted her on to an international stage in New York, where she presented her TED-style talk at the TED-Ed youth conference. While at Jefferson Middle School, teacher Zobeida Merlos was chosen out of a select group of educators as the Northrop Grumman and National Science Teacher Association Fellow. One of only 25 teachers, Ms. Merlos will complete a year-long STEM fellowship, equipping her with tremendous resources to advance STEM education not only in her classroom, but at Jefferson Middle School, and throughout the District. Over at South High School, Career Technical Education teacher, Julie Wood, introduced a new student after-school program for her aspiring coders, who call themselves the CyberPartriots. Her students excelled in their hacking skills and led the team to win various top honors against 3,300 other schools nation-wide. These teachers are only a few examples of the hundreds of innovative, creative, and passionate educators TUSD is fortunate to have in our classrooms, inspiring the next generation of engineers, musicians, adventures, entrepreneurs, and inventors.
Student achievement is further advanced in our District through the dynamic leadership of our administrators and tireless efforts of our classified employees. TUSD is truly a family of people who are invested in the academic, social, and emotional success and well being of all our students. I am so proud of the hard work, day in and day out that our faculty and staff put into educating Torrance students.
Classroom learning needs be supported at home by parents. TUSD is fortunate to have an involved and engaged parent community. In order to better prepare parents to be their child’s champion and advocate, we host several events to provide parents with the resources they need to ensure their child’s ongoing academic success.
Two important upcoming events, the District English Learner Multicultural Advisory Committee (DELMAC) and the Gifted And Talented Education Conferences, strive to offer parents with resources to help their student during non-school hours. The DELMAC conference is designed for the parents of our English Language Learners, teaching them strategies to help their child in every aspect of their education. The GATE conference better prepares parents by equipping them with resources to help them support their gifted child’s educational journey. For more information on both conferences, please visit the District website at www.tusd.org.
Here’s to an even better second semester!