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Chris Lewis

By Anne Donofrio-Holter

 Mountain View High Teacher Attends Summer Seminar in New York City

By Anne Donofrio-Holter

Mountain View High School teacher Chris Lewis was one of 25 teachers awarded a spot in the “Recipe for America” month-long summer seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.   Held in New York City, the seminar focused on identity development and immigration at the turn-of-the-century and emphasized identity development through food culture.

According to the New York Public Library, “the role that New York City has played in the story of United States immigration makes it the ideal setting for an Institute covering this content.  In the crowded streets of 19th century and early 20th century New York City, diverse cultural groups worked together and often lived in the same tenements.  They shopped from the same pushcarts and stores.  Recipes and foods from respective mother countries eventually intertwined and melded to craft new foodways and eating traditions.”

“Not only did this seminar influence my teaching in the social science department but it also helped support my current areas of research including identity development and archival work,” said Lewis.  “Each day, we worked with historians, educators, librarians and scholars from all over the world focusing on issues of identity, immigration and assimilation through the lens of food culture.  The New York Public Library has a collection of family cookbooks, restaurant menus and city maps that help document the shifting and diverse communities of New York City at the turn of the century.”

Currently a doctoral student at Chapman University pursuing a PhD in education with an emphasis on culture and curricular studies, Lewis “was excited to work with the other teachers in developing new and exciting ways to approach history education through the use of archival materials and food.”

Adult School Training a Better Choice in Today’s Economy

By Anne Donofrio-Holter

With so many schools to choose from for career and vocational training, what makes the El Monte-Rosemead Adult School a better option than a private for-profit vocational school?  According to Assistant Principal Sara Shapiro, there are many reasons to consider.

“Adult schools are far less expensive than private for-profit vocational schools and also offer adjunct services such as school counseling, basic education classes, high school diploma or GED to help students who do not possess a high school diploma or lack basic skills,” said Shapiro.  “Private vocational schools will sometimes accept students who qualify for financial aid, but may not possess the skills needed to successfully complete the program.”

Students could end up with costly loans at private vocational schools whether or not they finish their training.

Then there’s the issue of accreditation.

“The majority of adult schools, including the El Monte-Rosemead Adult School, are accredited institutions following California teaching and content standards.  Some private vocational schools have not been accredited and their certificates are not recognized by higher learning institutions,” said Shapiro.  “Our teachers are fully credentialed to teach in their field.”

Private schools are not required to hire credentialed teachers.

“In addition, since most adult schools are already located in the student’s own neighborhood, attendance there makes it easier on the wallet given the high cost of gasoline,” added Shapiro.

Unfortunately, with recently reduced or eliminated funding, many adult schools may not be able to offer a sufficient number of vocational classes to meet students’ needs.

“In some cases, it could take longer for students to get and complete their classes,” said Shapiro.

For additional information on courses offered, registration, fees and class locations, go to www.emras.edu.  The El Monte-Rosemead Adult School participates in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (Cal WORKs) program.  Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program may be eligible for child care, transportation and educational costs.  For more information, please call your social worker.

“The El Monte-Rosemead Adult School offers a variety of classes to meet a student’s  academic and occupational career goals,”  said Shapiro.  “Our goal is to offer quality service and educational opportunities to our students with a staff always available to assist you in developing your educational plans.”

 EMUHSD Schools Receive Silver Medals from U. S. News and World Report

By Anne Donofrio-Holter

U. S. News and World Report, in its issue focusing on America’s best high schools, has awarded silver proficiency medals to South El Monte, Arroyo, El Monte and Rosemead High Schools.

Nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college and other factors.  The research was based on key principles that a great high school must serve all its students well, not just those students bound for college, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show that the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

“South El Monte High School is very proud of this accomplishment,” said principal Angie Gonzales.  “We are working hard to meet the needs of all our students.”

According to Gonzales, student numbers in meeting the A-G college entrance requirements and taking advanced placement classes have increased.

El Monte Union High School District superintendent Nick Salerno also expressed his pride on the recognition of four district schools by U.S. News and World Report.  “This award would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and students,” he said.

CALENDAR

10/29 – District-wide College Night/5 pm/Arroyo HS

11/07 – Board Meeting/6 pm/District Office

11/12 – Veterans’ Day Holiday

11/21 – Student/Teacher Free Day

11/22-23 – Thanksgiving Observance

SUPERINTEDENT: Nick Salerno

 BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Juanita Gonzales Salvador Ramirez, Carlos Salcedo, Maria-Elena Talamantes, Theresa Velasco

 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER:  Anne Donofrio-Holter

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