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El Monte Union High School District

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El Monte Union High School District to Hold Annual College Night

So. El Monte

Students and their parents will have an opportunity to obtain information from representatives of colleges and universities, and learn the critical steps needed to make college a reality at the El Monte Union High School District’s annual College Night.  In partnership with New Futuro, the event is designed to give parents and students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the steps in the college planning process and will feature a college fair and Road to College workshop.

“We provide a high-touch, high-tech bilingual educational community to help families get their students into college and beyond.  We offer tools, resources and ongoing guidance to help Latinos achieve their educational and career goals,” said a New Futuro spokesperson.  “The New Futuro Road to College workshops give you the inspiration and tools you need to prepare, apply and pay for college.  When you attend, you receive a 10-step college plan and workbook to guide you into college.  And don’t miss your chance to win scholarships!”

Representatives from public and private colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions about admission requirements, financial aid and scholarship programs.

Hosted each year by a different school, this year’s event will take place at South El Monte High School, located at 1001 Durfee Avenue in South El Monte, on Monday, October 28, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.  Free bus shuttles are available for all students at the comprehensive school sites.  Students can obtain a permission slip at the school’s Career Center.  Students must present their school I.D. to be admitted to the event.

“College Night is a great opportunity for students and their parents to learn about the many educational choices they have for the future,” said Margina Berg, career guidance coordinator.  “Well attended each year, College Night gives students and their parents a wealth of educational information as well as the opportunity to learn about the many choices available to them after high school.  We encourage students from all grade levels and their parents to attend this very worthwhile event.”

South El Monte High School Opens Hydration Station

So. El Monte

For the past two years, members of the Emerald Jewel Club of South El Monte High School have worked to raise funds to purchase equipment for a hydration station which is now up and running in the school’s main corridor.hydration station 2 SEM

“Club members are very pleased with the response to the hydration station,” said Principal Oscar Cisneros.

The station, which was ready for use on the first day of the new school year, has already filled over 3,000 bottles with chilled and filtered drinking water.

“While encouraging students to drink more water for better health, the reuse of plastic bottles benefits the environment,” said one club member.

“Funds to purchase the equipment were raised entirely by members of the club by selling hot dogs and other items after school,” said Cisneros.  “This year, club members plan to raise funds for a plaque to mark the station and commit future students to its upkeep.”hydration station SEM

Club members also attended the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s “A World We Can Change” conference.

“Our goals were encouraged and strengthened by attending and by meeting students from other environmental clubs and organizations,” said another member.

El Monte High School Hosts Blood Drive for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

El Monte

El Monte High School hosted its second annual pediatric cancer awareness blood drive on September 11 in conjunction with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Red Cross.  The event was spearheaded by the school’s American Red Cross Club students along with assistance from other school service organizations.  Students planned the logistics of the event along with donor recruitment and fundraising.

blood drive 3 EM_BW“It’s the ultimate satisfaction of saving lives, not only through the Red Cross, but through Children’s Hospital and their focus on the patients they serve,” said Hector Ortiz of the American Red Cross.

“I love the fact the blood from El Monte High School is going directly to Children’s Hospital,” said Raul Gonzalez of Children’s Hospital.

In addition, the school’s September 13 football game was dedicated to pediatric cancer awareness and featured a parade of motorcycles and classic cars.

“The students at El Monte High School did an excellent job in recruiting donors and we look forward to increasing our blood donations for the remainder of the school year,” said Assistant Principal Joseph Vu.

Arturo Marin, head R.N. from Children’s Hospital, thanked the students for their help and hoped they would continue to donate blood in the future.

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, each year in the United States approximately 13,000 children from birth through 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer.

“I am extremely proud of our students for caring for others,” said Superintendent Nick Salerno.


– 10/10 Back to School Night/ Ledesma HS/ 5pm

– 11/06 Board Meeting/ 6pm

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