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Summer Break
Brandi Santa

The Gompers team wishes you a fun and relaxing summer break.

See you for the first day of school on

August 27th, 2024!

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Marry Gomez-Salinas

Summer School in the Long Beach Unified School District begins Monday, June 24. 

Summer School in the Long Beach Unified School District begins Monday, June 24. 

Elementary and Middle School

The Supports, Enrichment and Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program for students in grades K-8 will run through Friday, July 19. Contact your local elementary, middle or K-8 school for additional details.

High School

For all LBUSD students who registered for high school summer school, all courses will run through Friday, July 26. Visit the LBUSD High School Summer School webpage for more information.

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Celebrate 4th of July Safely
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Marry Gomez-Salinas

Please enjoy the holiday safely and review the informational flyers from the City of Long Beach for more details.

The City of Long Beach reminds everyone that fireworks are illegal in Long Beach.
Please enjoy the holiday safely. Visit to find more information, including details on how to report illegal firework activity. 
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Michael De-Four
Marry Gomez-Salinas

Congratulations to Michael J. De-Four, a plant supervisor at Browning High School.

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The Long Beach Unified School District is proud to announce Michael J. De-Four, a plant supervisor at Browning High School, as the 2024 Classified Employee of the Year! 

De-Four has worked for LBUSD for 27 years, serving as a plant supervisor for 22 years and as a custodian for five years. He has been part of the Browning community since the school’s opening in 2017.

“I feel overwhelmed with joy and satisfaction at this moment. I am honored, happy and grateful that my hard work and commitment are being recognized,” said De-Four. “I have plenty more work to do and I enjoy every minute of it, as well as the significant impact I contribute every day to students, staff and Long Beach Unified.”

“Long Beach Unified is incredibly proud to recognize Michael J. De-Four as the 2024 Classified Employee of the Year,” said Superintendent Dr. Jill A. Baker. “His dedication and hard work over his 27 years of service have had a profound impact on our Long Beach Unified community. He is a true reflection of the Vision 2035 Adult Portrait and its core values. His commitment to excellence exemplifies the best of our district. Congratulations, Michael, on this well-deserved honor.”

LBUSD announced this year’s winner at the Classified Employee Celebration on Friday, May 24. The annual event honors all classified employees and is made possible by donations from private sponsors, organizations and school district managers and administrators.

This year, the district received over 100 nominations for the award, which were narrowed down to 11 finalists, including De-Four. All nominations were submitted by colleagues and reviewed by a committee of classified employees.

The remaining 10 finalists were:

  • Roberto A. Castillo, an instructional aide at Tucker.
  • Evan L. Shegina, an instructional aide at Lakewood High School.
  • Karen L. Foote, an instructional aide for the Adult Community Transition program at Browning High School.
  • Beatriz Camarillo-Roach, an instructional aide at Wilson High School.
  • Marcus D. Egland, a gang intervention specialist for LBUSD School Safety.
  • Maribel Gonzalez, a transitional services specialist at the Bethune Homeless Education program.
  • Juanita Wooldridge, intermediate office assistant at Educational Partnership High School. 
  • Marcus Ricard, a behavior intervention assistant for the LBUSD Office of School Support Services. 
  • Elizabeth Kamae, a custodian at Holmes Elementary School.
  • Vanessa J. Leos Lugo, an office supervisor at Browning High School.

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LBUSD Honors Most Inspiring Students
Marry Gomez-Salinas

The annual district award recognizes one student from each school who exemplifies resilience, dedication, hard work and creativity. 

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The Long Beach Unified School District is proud to announce the 88 recipients of the 2024 Most Inspiring Students Awards, recognizing students who embody the spirit of resilience, dedication, hard work and creativity.

Administered by the LBUSD Equity, Engagement and Partnerships office, the annual award selects one student from each district school and alternative education program as a model of perseverance and determination. Each winner receives a medal, plaque and lawn sign in recognition of their achievement.

“Our Most Inspiring Students Awards celebrate the incredible resilience, dedication and creativity of our students,” Superintendent Dr. Jill A. Baker said. “These remarkable students serve as shining examples of perseverance and determination, inspiring us all to reach higher and dream bigger. Congratulations to all our awardees; you exemplify the Vision 2035 Graduate Portrait values we aspire for all Long Beach Unified students!”

Below is a complete list of the student winners and their school/program sites.

Elementary Schools and Early Education Programs:
  • Solia Lauaki, Grade 4, Addams Elementary School
  • Sanghak Kan, Grade 1, Alvarado Elementary School
  • Josh Melchor-Nunez, Grade 5, Barton Elementary School
  • Ocean Christian, Grade 5, Birney Elementary School
  • Adam Carbonell, Grade 5, Bixby Elementary School
  • Dustin Brogdon, Grade 5, Bryant Elementary School
  • Elizza Garcia, Pre-K, Buffum TLC
  • Kamryn Pryce, Grade 4, Burbank Elementary School
  • Ivan Morales, Grade 1, Burcham Elementary School
  • Miles Mayfield-Hom, Grade 4, Carver Elementary School
  • Jayda Smith-Carpenter, Grade 5, Chavez Elementary School
  • Valeriee Peraza, Pre-K, Child Development Centers
  • Colin Muk, Grade 5, Cleveland Elementary School
  • Grace Cooper, Grade 5, Dooley Elementary School
  • Donovan Fleming, Grade 4, Edison Elementary School
  • Bella Nguyen, Pre-K, EduCare
  • Jesse Sikola, Grade 2, Emerson Elementary School
  • Hank Mulford, Grade 4, Fremont Elementary School
  • Presley Arredondo, Grade 5, Gant Elementary School
  • Andrea Cortes, Grade 5, Garfield Elementary School
  • Seth Perez-Diaz, Grade 3, Gompers Elementary School
  • Kody Monroe Nao, Grade 4, Grant Elementary School
  • Aleks Cernardo, Grade 3, Harte Elementary School
  • Pablo Villa Flores, Pre-K, Head Start
  • Audrey Tormo, Grade 2, Henry Elementary School
  • Kaliah Staten, Grade 5, Holmes Elementary School
  • Rachel Arellano Maniquis, Grade 4, Hudson Elementary School
  • Tyler Loeb, Grade 1, Kettering Elementary School
  • Mikal Samples, Grade 5, King Elementary School
  • Chloe Patricio, Grade 5, Lafayette Elementary School
  • Aya Hammam, Grade 5, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Madison Camacho, Grade 5, Longfellow Elementary School
  • Katelyn Christensen, Grade 5, Los Cerritos Elementary School
  • Kershaw Fulkerson, Grade 2, Lowell Elementary School
  • Karissa O'Sullivan, Grade 5, MacArthur Elementary School
  • Leonel Saltos, Grade 3, Madison Elementary School
  • Effie Rodriguez, Grade 4, Mann Elementary School
  • Camilla Quiroz, Grade 5, McKinley Elementary School
  • Owen O'Shea, Grade 5, Naples Elementary School
  • Khymari James, Grade 5, Nieto Herrera Elementary School
  • Tarteel Abuedriss, Grade 3, Oropeza Elementary School
  • Harmony Gibson, Grade 5, Prisk Elementary School
  • Vivienne Pina, Grade 5, Riley Elementary School
  • Irene Trujillo, Grade 5, Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Kingston Meniefield-Robinson, Grade 5, Signal Hill Elementary School
  • Genesis Saavedra, Grade 5, Smith Elementary School
  • Sophia Flynn, Grade 2, Stevenson Elementary School
  • Jayla Kronberger, Grade 1, Twain Elementary School
  • Christopher Jenkins, Grade 5, Webster Elementary School
  • Thomas Cardenas, Grade 5, Whittier Elementary School
  • Faith Hernandez, Grade 5, Willard Elementary School

K-8 and Middle Schools:
  • Karly Provencio, Grade 8, Bancroft Middle School
  • Simon Poling, Grade 8, Cubberley TK-8 School
  • Esme Rodriguez, Grade 8, Franklin Middle School
  • Camila Calderon, Grade 8, Hamilton Middle School
  • Justin Dul, Grade 8, Hoover Middle School
  • Dexter Mendez, Grade 8, Hughes Middle School
  • Briana Abarca, Grade 8, Jefferson Leadership Academy
  • Antonio Morales, Grade 8, Keller Middle School
  • Carlos Navarrete, Grade 8, Lindbergh Middle School
  • Camari Shabazz, Grade 8, Lindsey Academy
  • Kailynn Peraza, Grade 8, Marshall Middle School
  • Alexis Vargas, Grade 8, Muir Academy
  • Milleona Men, Grade 8, Nelson Middle School
  • Kamryn Harkey, Grade 6, Newcomb Academy
  • Isaiah Nen, Grade 8, Powell Academy
  • Karina Cerda, Grade 6, Robinson Academy
  • Anni Jarvenen, Grade 8, Rogers Middle School
  • Colton Hutchins, Grade 7, Stanford Middle School
  • Sharon Alfaro Romero, Grade 8, Stephens Middle School
  • Devon Tring, Grade 8, Tincher Preparatory School
  • Hazel Diaz, Grade 8, Washington Middle School

High School and Alternative Education Programs:
  • Kehila Hernandez, Grade 10, Avalon TK-12 School
  • Nia McLennan, Grade 12, Browning High School
  • Flor Rodriguez-Alonzo, Grade 12, Cabrillo High School
  • Ramon Amezcua, Grade 12, California Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • Kamari Thompson, Grade 11, Educational Partnership High School
  • Andrea Dorantes, Grade 12, Jordan High School
  • Tydus Pel, Grade 11, Lakewood High School
  • Leila Grant, Grade 12, Long Beach School For Adults
  • Justus Kelly, Grade 12, Millikan High School
  • Daniel Salas, Grade 12, Reid High School
  • Rome Lopez, Grade 12, Renaissance High School for the Arts
  • Rachel Woolwine, Grade 10, Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • Brandon Henderson, Grade 12, Wilson High School
  • Juan Ayala Morales, Grade 12, Poly Accelerated Academy of Learning
  • Miracle Trevilla, Grade 12, McBride High School
  • Mia Soto, Grade 12, Polytechnic High School
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Marry Gomez-Salinas

LBUSD schools are listed on the newest 2023 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll list, recognizing California’s top-performing schools. 

Twenty-one schools in the Long Beach Unified School District are listed on the newest Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll list of California’s top-performing schools. 

The annual list is sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence and is compiled by the nonprofit Educational Results Partnership (ERP). The Honor Roll recognizes statewide schools that have outperformed in closing achievement gaps, particularly among higher-poverty and historically disadvantaged student populations.

Of the 21 LBUSD schools recognized, 18 earned the “Star School” designation for high performance while serving significant populations of high-poverty students. Those winning schools are Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science; Cubberley K-8 School; Bancroft and Stanford middle schools; and Alvarado, Birney, Bixby, Cleveland, Fremont, Gompers, Holmes, Longfellow, Los Cerritos, MacArthur, Prisk, Riley, Signal Hill and Twain elementary schools.

California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Newcomb Academy and Naples Elementary School earned the “Scholar School” honor for high performance and closing achievement gaps, without significant levels of low-income students.

ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and uses the data to identify successful public education systems, practices, programs and policies that are delivering the best results for students. School districts that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistently high levels of academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For districts with high schools, the ERP Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

The honor roll is sponsored by numerous businesses and private foundations. This year, the Honor Roll recognized 1,430 of California’s higher-performing schools, approximately 17% of all schools in the state. Learn more at

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Dr. Jill A. Baker delivers certificate to LBUSD staff member
Marry Gomez-Salinas

The 12 staff members selected as finalists embody a core value of LBUSD's new aspirational vision that reimagines education. 

Pictured above, LBUSD Superintendent Jill A. Baker delivers a certificate to Dyaisha Yarber, one of 12 Vision 2035 Stars.

The Long Beach Unified School District is thrilled to announce the finalists selected as Vision 2035 Stars. The recognition is awarded to staff members who embody the core values of the District’s new aspirational vision that reimagines education in LBUSD. 

Last year, LBUSD staff members were encouraged to nominate colleagues who embody one of the nine core values of Vision 2035. From the 150 nominations received, a selection committee of district administrators carefully reviewed and ranked each submission to select one finalist per core value. A total of 12 finalists were chosen, with two core values having two finalists each, while one finalist represented a pair.

In mid-April, LBUSD Superintendent Dr. Jill A. Baker surprised all 12 Vision 2035 Stars at their work sites to hand-deliver their certificates and gift card prizes.

Congratulations to the finalists! See the complete list below:

Centering Student Needs and Voice

  • Teddy Hollister, a teacher at Wilson High School. 

Authentic Community Engagement and Collaboration

  • Daniel Miyake, a pathway coordinator at Browning High School.
  • Marcus Egland, a gang intervention specialist for LBUSD School Safety.

Culture of Innovation and Creativity 

  • Albert Gallo, an engineering teacher at Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science. 

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Amy Brust and Pam Canlas, both teachers at Jordan High School. 

Environment that Fosters Connection, Respect and Safety 

  • Dyaisha Yarber, a transportation supervisor for the LBUSD Transportation department.
  • Eddie Sinsun, a campus staff assistant at Jefferson Leadership Academy.

Equity and Social Justice

  • Anjali Shelat Atkins, a college and career coordinator at Educational Partnership High School.

Excellence and Accountability Through Continuous Improvement

  • Toni Sampo, purchasing manager for the LBUSD Contracts division.

Fostering Joy and Commitment 

  • Justin Hogate, a teacher at Stephens Middle School.

Integrity and Responsible Leadership

  • Nader Twal, program administrator of Vision 2035.

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LBUSD Parents and Caregivers Attend College Tour
Marry Gomez-Salinas

The Office of Equity, Engagement and Partnerships aids in establishing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and families in LBUSD.

Pictured above, a group of LBUSD parents and caregivers attend a Parent College Tour at Long Beach City College.

The Office of Equity, Engagement and Partnerships (EEP) at the Long Beach Unified School District is committed to establishing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and families. 

LBUSD’s EEP strives to build strong partnerships with families and local community organizations to ensure every student has access to high-quality education. Through a variety of programs, EEP provides resources for parents and guardians and cultivates a culture of respect and understanding throughout the District.

Supporting and Empowering Families and Students

EEP supports families and students across all grade levels through various resources, including District-led parent groups, the LBUSD Black Student Achievement Initiative, parent engagement opportunities and LBUSD’s Parent University, a series of workshops designed to support and empower families to become full partners in their child's education.

In January 2024, LBUSD’s EEP launched the Family Leadership Institute (FLI). Phase One of FLI featured a three-day workshop for families from 12 elementary school sites. The FLI sessions provided participants with the support and empowerment to become leaders and set individual and family-oriented goals.

During Phase Two, EEP Director Dr. Lucy Salazar and staff members led sessions aimed at building empathy and community among parents. The focus was on honoring the knowledge and assets of parents and caregivers as leaders.
In line with Phase Two, EEP also organized a Parent College Tour to the Long Beach City College (LBCC), a transformative half-day experience designed to help parents and caregivers understand LBCC's inclusive environment. The tour showcased services tailored to support all individuals including those with disabilities, undocumented or experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. 

The LBUSD Parent College Tour provided parents and guardians with the necessary knowledge and resources to actively engage in their student’s education and foster their academic success. It also helped them better understand how to support their children when transitioning into higher education.

Strengthening Community Partnerships 

LBUSD is grateful for the authentic partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) and the connections established between these organizations and its schools. Recently, an appreciation breakfast was held at Browning High School to recognize the significant role played by CBOs in providing resources and services to students and families. 

The event was an opportunity to foster future collaborations and express gratitude for existing partnerships, including those with Parent Community Facilitators at LBUSD middle schools and social workers from the District’s Wellness Centers, the Bethune Homeless Education Program and the Foster Youth Unit.

Together, the District and CBOs identified future collaboration opportunities that aligned with LBUSD's Vision 2035. They also discussed extending relationships with families, providing hands-on assistance and services to improve the academic performance of Black students, and supporting underserved youth, particularly LGBTQ+ students, among other goals. 

Staying Engaged with LBUSD 

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the EEP webpage for more information on the current programs and resources available to LBUSD families. 

Local community organizations can also contact EEP at 562-997-8322 to inquire about district partnership opportunities.

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Marry Gomez-Salinas

In support of ensuring an equitable education for all, LBUSD is proud to commemorate Black History Month with cultural awareness events and resources honoring African American achievements in the U.S.

In support of ensuring an equitable education for all, the Long Beach Unified School District is celebrating Black History Month with resources and cultural awareness events that honor the remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions of African Americans in the United States.

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is a month-long observance in the United States that takes place every February. It celebrates the achievements of African Americans and recognizes their central role in U.S. history. The month of February serves as an opportunity to deepen one's understanding of U.S. history and the significant role that African Americans have played in shaping it.

LBUSD invites students, families and the local community to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. 

The LBUSD Black Student Achievement Initiative will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Jordan High School. The event will include performances by LBUSD students and a special guest artist. Visit to RSVP.

The District also recently held its third annual Black Student Achievement Initiative Symposium at Jordan High School. The community-wide event featured keynote speaker Dr. Bettina Love, a professor from Columbia University, and the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller "Punished for Dreaming.”

Additional Black History Month resources can be accessed through the following links:

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Long Beach Unified continues to support all of our students and staff to ensure they feel safe at school and in their community.

Long Beach Unified condemns any and all acts of terrorism and violence currently taking place in Middle East. Our thoughts are with the Jewish and Palestinian communities and everyone impacted by the catastrophic and unfortunate events in the Middle East. We recognize that this is an extremely difficult time for our school communities and extend our support to students and staff who may need it. There are counselors available at every school campus, and our middle and high school students are welcome at their schools’ Wellness Centers for additional support.

Below are helpful tools on how to talk to children about the impacts of these events.

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Schools across the District are honoring Hispanic/Latinx histories and contributions with cross-cultural learning opportunities and cultural awareness events.

The Long Beach Unified School District is celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with resources and cultural awareness events that honor the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Earlier in September, the LBUSD Office of Curriculum and Professional Development provided a variety of Hispanic/Latinx resources for school administrators to share with teachers. The resources facilitate cross-cultural learning opportunities at all grade levels.

Approximately 59% of LBUSD students are Hispanic/Latinx.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is annually observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the United States. The dates coincide with the celebrations of Independence Day for many Latin American countries throughout mid-September and Dia de la Raza in Mexico, also known as Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 12.  

LBUSD celebrates cultural heritage months throughout each school year to recognize the histories and contributions of historically marginalized identities in the nation. These efforts align with the District’s goals of promoting student academic success, cultural competence and critical consciousness in support of LBUSD’s Excellence and Equity policy.

Learn more about Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month at

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The District’s historic investment in arts education expands access to the arts for students across all grade levels.

The Long Beach Unified School District is continuing districtwide plans to expand all arts programs and opportunities across the District thanks to historic funding from the voter-approved Proposition 28: The Arts and Music in Schools Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act.

Prop. 28 requires the state of California to establish new, ongoing programs supporting arts instruction at all preschool and K-12 schools starting with the 2023-24 school year. 

LBUSD will receive approximately $10.7 million per year in additional funding to expand arts education access for all students. The historic investment will provide LBUSD students across all grade levels with greater access to the arts to help foster students’ creativity and self-expression and boost critical thinking skills.

The District’s expansion efforts began earlier this year with its first source of funding for the 2023-24 school year. These efforts include:

  • More opportunities for art, dance, theater and music instruction for every elementary school student
  • Greater access to visual and performing arts through new electives and expanded programs for all middle and high school students
  • Additional staffing and support to help bolster all existing art programs in LBUSD

“The District is thrilled that we are able to further enrich our visual and performing arts programs due to Prop. 28,” LBUSD Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator Christine Whipp shared. 

“We have hired a record number of new arts teachers this year to ensure we meet our mission of providing every student the opportunity to experience the power and beauty of the arts, and the joy, creativity and intellectual stimulation that arts education programs provide,” Whipp said.

Prop. 28 funding is calculated at the school site level by the California Department of Education (CDE). The funds will be distributed each fiscal year to local educational agencies (LEA) based on student enrollment in preschool and K-12. The California School Boards Association explains “70 percent will go to schools based on their share of statewide enrollment and the remaining 30 percent will go to schools based on their share of low-income students enrolled statewide.”

The CDE website states all LEAs with more than 500 pupils must expend at least 80% of the funds to employ certificated or classified employees to provide arts education instruction. The remaining 20% will fund training supplies, curriculum, professional learning, materials, and arts educational partnership programs.

Visit the District’s Visual and Performing Arts Office website to learn more about arts education in LBUSD.

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The District's new aspirational long-term vision includes four key components: a graduate portrait, an adult portrait, a system portrait and a statement of core values.

The Long Beach Unified School District released a new aspirational vision that reimagines education in the District.

Vision 2035 is the result of a year-long community-wide collaborative process centered on developing a long-term vision for how the District aspires to serve children from birth to 12th grade and beyond by 2035.

The vision includes four components: a graduate portrait, an adult portrait, a system portrait and a statement of core values.

  • The Graduate Portrait envisions the outcomes for students in LBUSD. This portrait represents LBUSD’s aspirations for what students will know, be and be able to do to thrive after they cross the graduation stage in their senior year. The graduate portrait describes the future-ready, equity-minded graduates that the District will work together to develop.
  • The Adult Portrait describes what all adults in the District need to know, be and be able to do in order to support each student’s journey toward realizing the Graduate Portrait.
  • The System Portrait focuses on creating the conditions that will enable LBUSD students and adults to thrive and grow, guided by the Core Values.
  • The Core Values express the principles that will guide LBUSD’s actions toward implementing Vision 2035 over time. These values build on the District’s prior core values and introduce key ideas aligned with LBUSD’s new vision.

The four components of Vision 2035 will aid LBUSD as it continues to develop its multi-year strategic plan, scheduled for release later in the 2023-24 school year. Additional information on Vision 2035 can be accessed at

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LBUSD will serve free meals to all enrolled students for the full duration of the new school year through School Nutrition Programs.

The Long Beach Unified School District will serve free meals to all enrolled students for the full duration of the 2023-24 school year through School Nutrition Programs.

LBUSD is an equal opportunity provider. View additional information. Learn more at the Nutrition Services website.

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Important Information for First Day of School!
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The Gompers Office will reopen for the 2023-2024 school year on August 22nd, 2024. 

During this phase of the HVAC project, the Entrance/Exit for students will remain the same.

PLEASE NOTE: the office will be located in Bungalow 33, which is on Hardwick Street. Please enter from there. 


For your convenience, a map can be found below. 

Take some time to also review the Gomper's Bell Schedule, Dress Code, and Policies & Procedures.

We look forward to seeing everyone! 

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The District's 2023 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of student progress, districtwide achievements and more.

View the report: English / Spanish

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Important back-to-school information for the 2023-24 school year. For more details, contact your local school.

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School starts Wednesday, Aug. 30 for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District. 

Most school offices will reopen by Tuesday, Aug. 22. Watch individual school websites for additional back-to-school information. Access school websites by finding individual schools at Exceptions to the Aug. 30 start date include the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science, along with the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. Both Sato and CAMS start Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Enrollment and Immunizations

Details on enrollment procedures, including a list of required documents, are available at The enrollment process starts online and is finalized in person at the school of residence, not the LBUSD Administration Building.

Enrollment of students new to the school district is done on a first-come, first-served basis at each school. Attendance at the school of residence is not guaranteed and is based on space availability. If classes fill up at a neighborhood school, parents will be contacted with further available options. To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten, children must be five years old by Sept. 1, according to state law. Check with individual schools on when they will offer last-minute pre-registration for students new to the school district.

Students who have Medi-Cal or other insurance should contact their healthcare provider for any needed immunizations prior to school enrollment. Uninsured, qualifying students may obtain immunizations by appointment only at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, located at 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. Appointments can be made by calling (562) 570-4315. View immunization requirements under Immunizations in the A-Z index at

Full-Day Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten

LBUSD offers full-day kindergarten and full-day transitional kindergarten (TK) options. Our programs include robust academics, time for child-directed activities, outdoor learning and playtime. All TK and kindergarten classrooms have been refreshed with new child-centered furniture and learning materials.

For 2023-24, TK classes will serve children born between Sept. 2, 2018 and April 2, 2019. Families can choose to enroll their student in a TK program or wait the additional year when the student is age-eligible to enroll in kindergarten. To learn about enrollment options for children born after April 2, 2019, visit the Early Learning homepage. For more information about TK and early admission to TK, go to Transitional Kindergarten in the A-Z index at

School Meals 

For the 2023-24 school year, meals for all students will be free of charge. However, we encourage households to complete a meal application to provide continued financial support to the school district. Learn more on the Nutrition Services website’s School Meals and Meal Application page.

Bus Stops and Routes

Information related to students eligible for transportation will be available in ParentVue the week before school starts. Questions regarding placement or type of service should be directed to the student’s case carrier at their school of attendance. For any other related bus questions, you may contact the Transportation Branch at (562) 424-5195. 

GoPass TAP Cards allow K-12 and Long Beach Community College students to ride Long Beach Transit for free. Learn more at  

For more back-to-school information, contact your local school or the following offices:

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Marry Gomez-Salinas

The school nurse from Lindsey Academy and Lindbergh STEM Academy is the recipient of this year's award from the Long Beach School Nurses Association.

Lupe Jimenez, a school nurse at Lindsey Academy and Lindbergh STEM Academy, has won the School Nurse of the Year Award from the Long Beach School Nurses Association.

She is described by colleagues as a dedicated, kind and compassionate school nurse.

Jimenez has worked as a school nurse for eight years and has served as a board member for the Long Beach School Nurses Association and the California School Nurses Organization Southern Section.

Throughout her time with the Long Beach Unified School District, Jimenez has provided numerous resources to her students and families, trained new nurses and has provided a safe haven for students needing additional support and care. 

“I truly do enjoy being a school nurse,” Jimenez said. “I find it to be a blessing to have intertwined my love for kids and nursing with being able to provide resources to families and kids.”

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Marry Gomez-Salinas

Over the years, a total of 181 LBUSD teachers have earned National Board Certification, the highest professional distinction in teaching.

Fourteen teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District recently earned National Board Certification, the highest professional distinction in teaching.

Over the years, a total of 181 LBUSD teachers have earned the prestigious honor. The certification is a year-long process that involves submitting portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification is the nation's only advanced teacher certification.

The newest certified teachers and their work sites are Marc Ahrens, Hughes; Nichola Bailey, Poly; Shayla Brown, Lafayette; Tiffany Diaz, Carver; Tabatha Goodwin, Twain; Elizabeth Heng, Keller; Jamila Mallard, Robinson; Rachel Murillo, Lindsey; Madeline Parker, Sato; Griselda Rodriguez, OCIPD; Tina Seo, Mann; Ashley Thomas, Browning; Tu-Quynh Tra, Wilson; and Julie Tsai, Addams.

Teachers who recently obtained maintenance of the certification (a five-year extension) are Monica Aguilar, Garfield; Catherine Brady, Stanford; Stacy Burgraff, Addams; Kelsey Cooper, Whittier; Whitney Gomes, Jordan; Jeff Harper, Jefferson; Pauline Klein, Stevenson; Jennifer Larsen, Twain; Emily Lloyd, Powell; Ruth Mohr-Silofau, Wilson; Alison Morales, OSSS; Sylvia Mulvehill, Stanford; Thuyvi Nguyen, Muir; Erin Richey, Carver; Julie Santana, Hughes; Joseph Sarabia, Carver; Jennifer L. Stuart, Wilson; Joyce Su, Garfield; Natalie Vanosse, Madison; and Lorian Steider-Brady, Lafayette.

National Board Certification can offer license portability and can contribute to continuing education units for educators statewide. Learn more at or find National Board Certification in the A-Z index at

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Martha Jenkins
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Congratulations! Martha Jenkins, an instructional aide-special at Cabrillo High School, is LBUSD's 2023 Classified Employee of the Year. 

Martha Jenkins, an instructional aide-special at Cabrillo High School, has earned the Classified Employee of the Year Award from the Long Beach Unified School District. The award was announced during a recent celebration in honor of classified employees at the Teacher Resource Center.

“The award is not why you do the job, but I think it’s great,” Jenkins said after being presented with a plaque while colleagues cheered. “People do need to be recognized so that other people can see that what we’re doing is beneficial to the children,” she said. 

Jenkins began working for LBUSD in 2012 as a second career after 34 years as a paralegal with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Several colleagues nominated her for the award.

“Ms. Jenkins has always been attentive to our students and staff,” stated one colleague who nominated her. “She works in the Special Day Program, supporting our teachers and working with students in small groups and individually.”

Jenkins also tends to a campus garden that is enjoyed by many.

“Cabrillo would not have a garden without Ms. Jenkins,” a colleague wrote. “She has worked tirelessly on our garden to make it beautiful and safe for all to enjoy. She spends a great amount of her own money and usually does not request for reimbursement even when asked to do so. She has introduced different types of plants, herbs, flowers and vegetables, in addition to leading short lessons with our students. For example, some of our students have never seen or smelled certain herbs like Thai basil, lemongrass or mint leaves. Ms. Jenkins challenged them to use their senses of smell, touch and sight when exploring these plants, and they would walk away feeling amazed. Each month she sets up a celebration theme for the garden. For example, Ms. Jenkins decorated signs and iconic items to celebrate Black History Month and Autism Awareness Month.”

“I have had the pleasure of hearing some comments about Ms. Jenkins from students and staff, as they have described her as a kind, wonderful, helpful, patient and smart person,” a colleague further stated. “I would describe Ms. Jenkins as an amazing and thoughtful individual. She has a contagious smile as you just can’t help but to smile back at her. That smile can brighten anyone’s day, especially for those who need it the most.”

More than 30 nominations for the award were narrowed down to five finalists, including Jenkins. 

The four other finalists were Meleselisa Brown, human resources technician at Nutrition Services; Kimberlie Frederick, instructional aide - special at Madison; Kehaulani Fujikami, business development and marketing specialist at Equity, Engagement and Partnerships; and Yadira Tellez, recreation aide at Stevenson.

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Valerie Vinnard
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Valerie Vinnard of Webster Elementary School is one of 212 educators in the U.S. recently announced as quarterfinalists for the 2024 Grammy Music Educator Award. 

Music Education Teacher Valerie Vinnard of Webster Elementary School is one of 212 educators in the U.S. recently announced as quarterfinalists for the 2024 Grammy Music Educator Award. 

The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum present the annual award to a highly committed educator who has contributed greatly to music education. A total of 10 finalists including the grand winner are recognized every year for their remarkable impact. 

The grand winner will receive a $10,000 personal honorarium and matching school grant. This year’s winning recipient will also attend the 66th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and a range of Grammy Week events. 

“The remaining nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium with matching school grants. Fifteen semi-finalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants,” states the Grammy website.

Any current, full-time U.S. educator who teaches music in public or private schools, kindergarten through college can be nominated for the award. This year, Vinnard was selected as a quarterfinalist from more than 2,000 nominations.

The semi-finalists will be announced in September. The winning recipient will be recognized next year during the 2024 Grammy Awards week.

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Self portrait by elementary student
Marry Gomez-Salinas

The “I AM: LBUSD Elementary Art Exhibition” showcasing self-portraits created by our young student artists runs through June 4.

An exhibition featuring artwork by elementary students from the Long Beach Unified School District is now open to the public at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA). 

The “I Am” exhibit showcases 53 self-portraits of young students from Bryant, Dooley, Emerson, Hudson, Kettering, Oropeza, Riley, Roosevelt and Stevenson elementary schools. 

LBMA invited LBUSD elementary students to submit self-portraits that reflect their identities and the different aspects that make them uniquely who they are. The featured portraits on display were selected by judges from LBMA from a total of 135 submissions received.

The exhibit will be open to the public through Sunday, June 4. Learn more at

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