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Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the season of thanks, when we remember all that we have to be grateful for.  

As we emerge from a global pandemic, we are grateful for the health of our families and the children in our schools.  We are grateful to our friends and neighbors who have taken the extra effort of washing hands, keeping distance, wearing masks, all so that we can keep one another safe.  

We are grateful to the scientists who have created the vaccines that our country will share with the world, and we are especially grateful to the teachers and schools that educated these scientists.  Because where there is a problem, the solution most often emerges from education.

Let us be grateful for what we have, knowing that we can find good things everywhere in our lives.  We can be thankful for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the community of caring that is all around us.  We should always be grateful for our children, who have the intelligence, daring, and ability to dazzle us with their ambition, hopes, and dreams.  Let us never take any of these gifts for granted – health, safety, and education are the building blocks of a successful life.  

Along the way, let us never forget to stop and thank those who make a difference in our own lives.  It is said that “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  Every day should be a day where we are grateful for the people around us.  

Let us remember that we never stop learning, and just as we teach our children, so too do they teach us, giving us the gifts of patience, hope, and most of all joy.  Let us make the most of every moment that we are given, that will be the true measure of Thanksgiving.

I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends.

Richard Martinez
Superintendent of Schools

Adaptive Deployment Systems
Donate Furniture to PUSD

Deputy Superintendent Darren Knowles graciously accepts Active Deployment Systems' $1 million dollar furniture donation on behalf of PUSD from ADS Lead Foreman Alan Corman.
In May of 2021 Pomona Unified Teachers and Instructional Aides were selected to lead the educational program for Unaccompanied Minors who were housed at the Pomona Fairplex as part of the Project HOPE Emergency Intake Site led by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of the US Government. PUSD teachers and staff provided Beginning English Instruction and Social Emotional Learning opportunities to the children who arrived to the US from Central America as Unaccompanied Minors. Over the course of six months, social workers and case managers were able to reunify over 8,000 children and teens from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The success of Project HOPE was a collaborative effort by various organizations contracted by HHS and led by Cherokee Federal. The organization in charge of building and maintaining the facility and school site was Active Deployment Systems (ADS), a company based out of Texas. Project HOPE completed its mission in October and ADS Lead Foreman, Alan Corman, organized an effort to donate all furniture from the facility at the Fairplex to Pomona Unified School District. Through their generosity, ADS donated over $1 million dollars worth of school furniture that will make an immediate and lasting impact on the learning environments of our children here in Pomona.

On behalf of Pomona teachers and students, we thank ADS for their generosity and the positive impact that they have left on our beloved City of Pomona.

AMOCA Mudmobile Visits
Pantera Elementary School

On November 18, AMOCA's Mud-mobile visited 4th Grade Teacher Kim Lowe's students at Pantera Elementary. Students enjoyed a book reading and were introduced to artwork from the Museum Collection that involved discussion on visual thinking strategies, and a 60-minute hands-on clay science activity.

AMOCA’s Mobile Museum & Virtual Visits program brings a “pop-up” museum exhibition and ceramics studio to K-12 schools, supplemented by synchronous virtual visits to the Museum itself. These experiences supplement teaching curricula (both in-person and remote), support teachers in meeting state standards, and facilitate student exposure to the rich California ceramic arts tradition. This project increases equitable access to the arts and arts education for K-12 students and educators, with a special focus on serving Title 1 schools within 60 miles of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona. This project serves schools in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange counties.

Expanded Learning Opportunities
for 9th-12th Grade Students

The Expanded Learning Opportunities grant provides a much needed opportunity for 9th-12th grades students that are at risk of not graduating and need additional learning time to recover credits. Additionally, disengaged student will be provided opportunities that will re-engage them in additional course offerings that stimulates their interest via hands-on, project based learning opportunities like Career Technical Education and other elective courses. These and other extended learning time opportunities will enhance graduation completion, re-engagement and college & career readiness.

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