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Susanna Contreras Smith Superintendent of Schools


It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we welcome you to the 2015-2016 academic year in the Montebello Unified School District.

The District has established a legacy of academic excellence, one in keeping with our mission to promote rigor, relevance, and relationships. Our schools are dedicated to establishing safe learning environments that foster intellectual growth: providing a wide range of extracurricular activities; and advancing educational equity by instilling in all students the belief that they can be successful life-long learners.

Led by a Board of Education steadfast in its belief that there must be high expectations for all students, the Montebello Unified School District prepares students to be college-and-career-ready by offering high-quality instruction, providing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum, and integrating the latest technology into student learning activities. Furthermore, we strive to engage all stakeholders in facilitating the success of our schools and students.

Montebello Unified School District offers Advanced Placement and College Preparatory courses, Career Technical Education, Pathways and foreign language programs, while effectively integrating technology into the curriculum.

We look forward to continuing to work as a team for the benefit of every student in the Montebello Unified School District. Parents and guardians play a vital role in supporting academic success by getting to know the teachers and staff at their child's school; asking about their school day and staying informed about their child's progress during the year. Parents can help by making sure that their child comes to school on time and ready to learn every day.

Best wishes for a successful year.

MUSD Welcomes Students to 2015-2016 School Year

Equipped with backpacks, pencils, class schedules and eager smiles, students in Montebello Unified kicked off another school year on Aug. 24. Nearly 65,000 students – from transitional kindergarten to adult school – are enrolled in the District, which as the third-largest in Los Angeles County, prides itself on making each learner ready for college and career. This year, Montebello Unified has launched full-day transitional and full-day kindergarten classes at each of its 17 elementary school sites.

This year, the District continues to implement the new California Standards in a way that maintains safe and innovative environments that foster learning, as outlined in its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Also among the District’s LCAP priorities are efforts to bolster access to technology in its classrooms while increasing collaboration and communication with parents, teachers, staff and the community in casual, monthly meetings called Coffee with the District, as well as other parent and community engagement forums offered throughout the school year.

“Our District has long been in a leader in promoting rigor, relevance and relationships – meaning we are dedicated to ensuring students are holistically prepared for life beyond our halls, while offering real-world experiences that give them a competitive edge,” said Superintendent of Schools Susanna Contreras Smith. “I am so excited to see the stellar accomplishments our teachers, staff, administrators and students will achieve this year. Good luck, all.”

Also launching this year is an enhanced dual language immersion program as well as an in-depth focus on incorporating ethnic studies at the high school level. Additionally, the District continues to incorporate and offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, curriculum and pathways for students.

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