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Temple City Unified School District

Temple City High School Offers College Rep Night

College representatives Joe Beltran from USC, Jared Zach from UCLA, Vince Lopez from Cal State L.A., and Betty Trubo from PCC will come together for a panel presentation at Temple City High School, Monday evening, October 1, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.

Parents and seniors are invited to come and compare the program offerings of the most popular colleges in our area.

The public is invited to attend.  College applications will be available.  Bring your questions!

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Jorgensen at 626-548-5057.


Temple City Sister City Association

Sister City Association Plans Trip to Australia

The Temple City Sister City Association is planning an adult exchange trip to the Hawkesbury Shire in New South Wales, Australia, in June 2008! 

Would you like to travel to Australia (at your cost) and be hosted by an Australian family? 

A special information night will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall, 9701 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City.   At that time, a Power Point Presentation on Hawkesbury, Australia, will be presented.   

The Sister City Program is a dedication of friendship, an understanding between peoples of different cultures and different attitudes, and an affirmation of one people’s goodwill toward another people.  It also recognizes that we are all brothers and sisters in one human race!

Individuals participating in this exchange program must join the Temple City Sister City Association (Individual Membership:  $10; Family Membership:  $15).   

If you are interested in traveling to Australia (at your cost) and be hosted by an Australian family, please call Midge Leon at (626) 287-9454.

Temple City Sister City Program


The Temple City Sister City program is now accepting applications for participation in the Youth Exchange Program for the Summer of 2008.  This year’s program will involve travel to the Hawkesbury Shire, New South Wales, Australia. Participants will leave for Australia in July and return in August. The opportunity is available only to students who reside in Temple City or attend Temple City High School. Students must be sophomores during the 2007-2008 school year to apply for and participate in this exchange program. Participating students will be responsible for their passport and personal expenses. Due to an increase in airfare, there is a possibility that students may also need to pay for a small portion of their airfare ($100-$200).  It is recommended students take a minimum of $500 for personal expenses during the trip.  Students selected to travel to Australia are required to join the Temple City Sister City Association (family membership:  $15; individual membership:  $10).

Parents and students are required to attend a mandatory information meeting on September 27, 2007 at 7:00 p.m., at the TCUSD Boardroom located at 9700 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City.  Students are also required to attend two additional workshops which will be held on November 6 and November 13, at 7:00 p.m., at the Community Room located at the City Hall Complex at                         9701 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City. Applicant interviews will be conducted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at City Hall Council Chambers.  Applications are available at City Hall.

Applications must be returned to City Hall (9701 Las Tunas Drive) on or before Friday, October 12, 2007 by 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Nancy Terry at  626-285-7995.


Temple City Unified School District

TCUSD Prepares for Facilities Bond Election

On July 18, 2007, the Temple City Unified School District’s Board of Education directed District Administration to proceed with preparation to take a $55.5 million General Obligation (Facilities) Bond to the voters for approval.  This preliminary action is contingent upon the Board passing a Resolution in October which will officially request the County to place the Bond initiative on the February 5, 2008 ballot.

In preparation for Phase Two of District-wide facility improvements, the District has completed a Facilities Master Plan, conducted two Town Hall meetings in April 2007, and completed a telephone public survey of approximately 400 registered voters in May.  The survey was administered by bond consulting firm, George K. Baum & Company to determine whether the community would support additional funding for a second phase of facility improvements, upgrades, and modernization.   Approximately 70% of voters surveyed indicated they would “definitely” or “probably” support the bond, well above the Proposition 39 required 55% voter approval. No District or taxpayer funds were spent to conduct the survey.

The District’s next step will be to create a volunteer Campaign Committee in order to organize and fund the campaign.

Upon the successful passage of the bond, the District will begin projects at all school sites, with special emphasis on health and safety issues.  These facility improvements will help provide TCUSD students with the same modern facilities already available to other students in neighboring school districts.

In April 1998, 73.2% of District voters showed confidence in TCUSD to address the first phase of its modernization plan with the passage of a $24 million general obligation bond.  With these funds, the District modernized 12 classrooms, eliminated 45 portable classrooms by building 45 more permanent classrooms and added an additional 13 classrooms, 5 science labs, 7 support rooms and 4 multi-purpose rooms.  The District completed this initial phase of construction on time and within budget.

For more information about facility needs, please contact the Principal at your local school or David Jaynes, Chief Business Official, at 626-548-5000.

Temple City Unified School District

New Administrators Join TCUSD Schools

On July 18, 2007, the Temple City Unified School District’s Board of Education approved the employment of three new site administrators!

Michelle David has been hired as a new Assistant Principal at Temple City High School. Ms. David began her teaching career in 1997 in Fontana Unified School District and comes to TCUSD from Rim of the World High School near Lake Arrowhead.  Prior to being an Assistant Principal, she was an Administrator Head Counselor, a Guidance Counselor and an English instructor.  Ms. David received her Bachelors degree in English from the University of New Mexico and two Masters degrees in Education from Azusa Pacific University--one in Pupil Personnel Services and the second in School Administration and Preliminary Services.  Ms. David fills a vacancy created when Lawton Gray became the Principal at Oak Avenue Intermediate School.  She will join the Temple City High School team in August.

Also at Temple City High School, Kyle Douglas has been selected to fill a vacant Dean position.  Mr. Douglas completed his Bachelors degree in Politics, African and African American Studies and his Masters degree in Management of Human Resources with a specialization in Social Change from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He locally completed his Masters of Education Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University. Mr. Douglas joins the District after working in the Pasadena Unified School District since 1996, where he began his career in public education.  He fills a vacancy created when Sam Oramas accepted an Assistant Principal position at an Orange County high school.  Mr. Douglas’ first day in the District was July 23, 2007.

Melissa Kistler will become the new Assistant Principal for Emperor and La Rosa Elementary Schools.  Before accepting her assignment with TCUSD, Ms. Kistler began her teaching career in 1993 in the Covina Valley Unified School District teaching third grade and special education.  She received her Bachelors degree in Business Administration/Finance from California State University at Sacramento and her Masters degree in Education from the University of Southern California.  Ms. Kistler replaces Terry Sholty, who was promoted as the full-time Assistant Principal at Longden Elementary School. Melissa will begin her Assistant Principal duties later this month.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to offer hearty congratulations and extend a warm welcome to Michelle, Kyle, and Melissa as they begin their careers in TCUSD,” announced Superintendent Joan C. Hillard.

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TCHS Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Congressional Art Competition
(Left to right: TCHS Art Instructor, Mihee Kim; Grace Young; Congressman Adam Schiff)
 (Photograph courtesy of Jerry Jambazian, Temple City Chamber of Commerce)

Grace Young, Temple City High School Senior, won the top award at the 2007 29th Congressional District Arts Competition Forum and Exhibit held on May 7, 2007 at The Huntington Library Arts Collections and Botanical Gardens.  This annual event is sponsored and hosted by United States Congressman Adam Schiff.

Out of 67 entries representing 26 high schools in the 29th Congressional District, Ms. Young received the top award for her “Portrait of Bill” an oil painting on canvas.  Her first place artwork will be included in the national Congressional Arts Competition:  An Artistic Discovery in Washington, D.C. Beginning in June, her artwork will be displayed for one year, along with other winners, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Southwest Airlines will fly Ms. Young, one family member, and her art instructor at Temple City High School, Mihee Kim, to Washington D.C., to attend the exhibit’s opening reception on June 28, 2007. Additionally, Time-Warner Cable donated $1,500 to cover hotel, meals, and miscellaneous travel expenses.

Elaine Chen (Grade 11) and Melody Lin (Grade 9) also represented Temple City High School at the competition and received Certificates of Special Recognition from Congressman Schiff.


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Temple City HS Tennis

February 2, 2006 was a day for celebration at Temple City High School!

Principal Ray Plutko, students, staff, community members, District administrators, and Board members joined together to dedicate the High School’s newly renovated tennis court complex located on Lemon Avenue.

Court renovations, benefiting not only students but the community as well, were completed as a result of a successful partnership between the District and community member Andrew Chang.  Superintendent Joan Hillard recognized and thanked Mr. Chang for financing the renovations.  Council Member Judy Wong presented Mr. Chang with a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Temple City.

L to R:  Superintendent Joan Hillard, Board Member Joe Walker, Board Member Robert McKendrick, Board Member Mukesh Luhar, Andrew Chang, Linda Chang, Council Member Judy Wong, TCHS Principal Ray Plutko, TCHS Athletic Director John van de Veere, and TCHS Tennis Coach Al Langdale.

Left to right:  Margaret Bateman, Sally Stokes, Heather Gunderson,
Kevin Slattery, Robert Westgate, Irene George 

The District’s Teachers of the Year were honored at the Board of Education Meeting on September 14, 2005.      

Board Members Emilie Cales, Edward Chen, Mukesh Luhar, Robert McKendrick, and Matt Smith, and Superintendent Dr. Joan Hillard congratulated and recognized the District’s 2005-2006 Teachers of the Year: 

  • Sally Stokes – Cloverly Elementary School
  • Heather Gunderson – Emperor Elementary School
  • Margaret Bateman – La Rosa Elementary School
  • Irene George – Longden Elementary School
  • Robert Westgate – Oak Avenue Intermediate School
  • Kevin Slattery – Temple City High School

Kevin Slattery received special recognition as the District’s 2005-2006 Teacher of the Year.  Hearty congratulations were extended to Mr. Slattery, a Science  teacher at Temple City High School, for his outstanding and dedicated service to students and the District.

There is truly no greater accomplishment than being honored by one’s peers.

Temple City USD Celebrates Student Achievement

Temple City Unified School District has received positive recognition for student achievement from two sources, the State of California (Academic Performance Index scores which designate all Temple City schools as "high performing") and Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services Division (an "outperformer" school district and one that has narrowed the achievement gap between economically-disadvantaged students and noneconomically-disadvantaged students).

On August 31, 2005, the State released official 2004-2005 Academic Performance Index (API) test scores for all California schools.  The API test scores for Temple City Unified School District show that every school within the District is now officially ranked as a high-performing school. 

State guidelines require that schools achieve an API rating of 800 or above to receive a high-performing rating.  Based on the scores received today, all TCUSD schools--Cloverly Elementary School, Emperor Elementary School, La Rosa Elementary School, Longden Elementary School, Oak Avenue Intermediate School, and Temple City High School-- have met or exceeded that rating requirement.

These API ratings are a result of the State’s compilation of test data from the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and the State’s own Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR).

CAHSEE results show that the Temple City students far exceed the County and State results in both Math and English Language Arts.  90% of Temple City students who took the Math portion of the Exit Exam passed and 79% passed the English Language Arts portion.  County-wide results show 57% of students passing in Math and 71% in English Language Arts.  State-wide results show a student passage rate of 63% in Math and 65% in English Language Arts.  These percentages represent the combined results for exams administered during the 2004-2005 school year.

Passage of the CAHSEE is critical for students as high school students throughout California who are starting their senior year this Fall must pass the Exam or they will not receive their high school diploma.

The STAR measures proficiency of students in achieving the State’s standards for English Language Arts, Math, Science, History, and Social Science as well as the California Achievement Test Survey.

It is important to remember that API test scores are the result of six variables:  demographics, physical environment for testing, attitudes of teachers and students toward the testing program, students’ test-taking skills, alignment of the curriculum content with the test content, and quality of the instructional program.  School districts can control all the variables except one—demographics.  Temple City USD student achievement has resulted from the entire School District focusing on addressing the five variables school districts can affect.

In addition to the increase in student achievement scores, as measured by the State testing program, the District’s efforts have also been recognized by Standard & Poor’s, a nationally-recognized financial and bond rating company.

Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Services Division has identified the District as an “outperformer” school district and awarded the District an “A” rating.  Temple City Unified School District is one of only 29 districts in California to receive this “outperformer” recognition. 

Additionally, Standard & Poor’s has also recognized TCUSD for narrowing the achievement gap between economically-disadvantaged students and noneconomically- disadvantaged students by 7.1 points.  TCUSD is one of six schools in California to receive this recognition.

This outstanding student achievement is the result of a true multi-year collaboration of all staff members, the Board of Education, students, parents, and the community!

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Temple City High School Organizes Trip to Egypt

Have you always dreamed of traveling to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, the Sphinx, Tut’s Tomb and more?  You can experience this trip of a lifetime in August 2006!

Temple City High School students, their parents, and community members are invited to participate in this thirteen-day trip (approximate departure date is August 9, 2006).

The tour includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations for six nights, one overnight train trip, a four night cruise on the Nile River, continental breakfasts and dinners daily during the land portion of the trip, three meals a day during the cruise, a full-time tour director (who is a professional Egyptologist), and in-depth sightseeing and entrance fees to select attractions.   The student cost for this trip is $3,137; the adult cost is $3,707.  One optional excursion and travel insurance are available at an additional cost.  The reservation/deposit deadline is December 1, 2005.

If you are interested in traveling to Egypt with Temple City High School and would like to learn more about the trip, please contact Donna McCreadie at 626-355-1968.

TCUSD Elementary School Selected for Filming and Training Site

Emperor Elementary School has been selected by the Bureau of Education and Research as a filming and training site for a video series on classroom management and discipline.

The school was selected to participate in this admirable project because of Emperor’s status as a model school, highly-qualified teachers successfully delivering an exceptional instructional program, and outstanding students.

A film crew and producer will be on site at Emperor filming in eight classrooms from September 26-30.  National Educator of the Year, Gene Bedley, will also be part of the video series and will be teaching lessons to Emperor students.

The Bureau is known as a leading provider of staff development and training in North America.  Located in Bellevue, Washington, the Bureau provides training through conferences, on-line, videos, and audio seminars.  The Bureau’s goal is to “provide high quality programs based on sound research, with an emphasis on practical strategies and techniques that can be immediately implemented.”

For more information about the Bureau, please visit their website at www.ber.org <http://www.ber.org/>

Temple City USD Educator Receives National Award

Donna McCreadie, long-time Economics instructor at Temple City High School, has been selected as one of five recipients of The Horace Mann-National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence and a 2005 national finalist for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Horace Mann Insurance Company, Mrs. McCreadie will be honored for her outstanding contributions to education and presented with a $10,000 check at the NEA Foundation’s 11th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on December 9, 2005 in Washington, D.C.  That same evening one educator will be named the national award recipient and presented with an additional $25,000.

Participating in the Gala will be hundreds of NEA leaders, corporate friends, and other supporters of education from throughout the country.  This is truly a marvelous opportunity to highlight all that is good in American public education.

Mrs. McCreadie retired on August 1, 2005 after 20 years of outstanding, dedicated service to the students of the Temple City Unified School District.   

Temple City Unified School District

English Language Development Program

Students who speak a language other than English at home and who are not proficient in English are known as English Language Learners (ELL). In California, these students constitute nearly one-third of elementary school students and one-quarter of all K–12 students. In Temple City, there are approximately 850 students (March, 2004) who are not proficient in English. This constitutes nearly 15% of our student population. As one might expect, these students’ incomplete mastery of English can affect their academic performance. It is a given that proficiency in English is vital to success not only in academic subjects, but also later in the workforce.

The Temple City Unified School District considers English proficiency a major goal for our ELL students. There are State and Federal guidelines the District must follow. One is the yearly testing of ELL students. The California English Language Development Test (CELDT), a required State test for English language proficiency, must be given to students whose primary language is other than English. This assessment determines the skill level in listening, speaking, reading and writing. TCUSD tests our returning students in the summer and uses the data to prescribe appropriate classes and strategies to support their advancement toward English proficiency. New students are assessed upon enrollment.

Services for ELL students begin when parents contact the school or District. Both the student and parents are involved. The parent takes the home language survey to determine the primary home language. New and returning students take the CELDT. This determines the Student Language Acquisition Level and also determines the appropriate classroom placement.

The goals for all TCUSD English Language Development Programs are to enable students to acquire native-like communicative competence in English and to strengthen the ability of the student to become an active listener, speak fluently, read efficiently, and write effectively. A variety of programs are available to the ELL student depending upon ability and grade level. Temple City High School offers four different classrooms for the ELL student: ELD 1, ELD 2, ELD 3, and Sheltered Instruction. Classes are taught by certified teachers trained in specific methodologies conducive to the goal of this program. ELL students are assessed annually with the CELDT to determine progress; program placement is readdressed at this time. Upon meeting the reclassification criteria, the student transitions into the traditional high school program.

TCUSD also provides Adult Education classes that are offered to the community. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are designed to develop English language skills for adults who are non-English speaking and adults with limited English-speaking skills. These ESL classes help adults achieve basic life needs, enhance employment and career opportunities, and increase their ability to function in English at high cognitive levels. Students do not earn high school credit for ESL classes.

In addition to TCUSD courses, secondary students may also attend English Learner classrooms through Pasadena City College. For more information about TCUSD’s English Language Development Program, please contact the District’s Educational Services Office at 626-548- 5000.

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