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A Message From the Superintendent

Dear Parents,

As you move around the community, you have probably sensed an exciting new “buzz” about La Habra City School District. We are on the MOVE!

I arrived in La Habra last year and met with school leaders, principals, PTA, community organizations, teachers, and parents and the comments I received across all of these stakeholder groups is that our students need to have opportunities to propel them to new heights!

At this time, we need to be more competitive with our surrounding school districts and as a community, it is important to challenge ourselves to continue to create excellent institutions of learning and to promote positive change for future generations. Many of you have attended the wonderful schools in our system and continued on to phenomenal colleges and careers. We need to celebrate the success we have created in our District. We also need to celebrate the sense of family that exists on each campus and throughout our community.

We have had our current configuration of TK-2, 3-5, and 6-8 schools since 1971. The system has served us very well for over 45 years, but it is time to reconfigure, redesign, and revitalize our educational delivery system to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner and better prepare our students for high school, college, careers, and beyond.

A Task Force consisting of representatives from the La Habra Education Association (LHEA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and community members was created and began meeting in May of 2017. Through collaboration, listening, creative thinking and purpose the Task Force discussed the “who, what, where, when, and how” of the transformation.

The Board of Education voted on November 9, 2017 to reconfigure our schools to have Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 6th grade on each of our elementary campuses. Los Positas will become a TK – 5th grade level configuration and Imperial Middle School will remain 6th, 7th, and 8th. Washington Middle School will have 7th and 8th graders on their campus. In the 2019-2020 school year, Los Positas and Imperial will become a TK through 8th grade school.

Students, parents, and teachers will benefit from a collaborative and comprehensive systemic change that will incorporate a new model. The new school reconfiguration will result in less change/movement for students and allow for a more continuous individualistic analysis of learning trends, data collection across grade levels, targeted interventions for at-risk students, and the building of high-powered academic schools that challenge our students throughout the District.

Together, we are stronger! #1Team1Vision

Let’s work together to make La Habra City School District a “Destination District”.

Thank you for your support,

Joanne Culverhouse, Ed. D.
[email protected] and follow me on Twitter @Dr_LaHabra

Superintendent Joanne Culverhouse surrounded by smiling students.