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MUSD's Seamless Summer Food Service Program Meals to Students in the Community
Until July 29, The Montebello Unified School District will provide free meals through the Seamless Summer Food Service Program for local children who are 1 to 18 years old. The program is designed to continue providing nutritious meals when school is not in session.
Childhood food insecurity remains at unacceptable levels across the country and children are mostly acutely at risk in the summer months when they do not have access to school meals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates summer meal programs to address this problem. Through MUSD's participation, the program is helping to ensure that those same children don’t go hungry during the summer.
The Seamless Summer Option combines features of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program. This option reduces paperwork and administrative burden to make it easier for schools to feed children from low-income areas during the traditional summer vacation periods.
“As educators, it is our goal to ensure our students maintain good health with the aid of proper nutrition,” Superintendent of Schools Susanna Contreras Smith said. “Thanks to our Nutrition Services Department and the USDA, this offer is available to our community’s children.”
For more information on this program or its serving times, please call the MUSD Nutrition Services Department at 323-887-7978, or visit our website http://www.montebello.k12.ca.us/nutrition for dates, locations and serving sites for lunch.
The Montebello Unified School District hosted a series of workshops at Suva Intermediate School for parents to learn how to help their children prepare for college.
The Parent to Parent program is a 10-lesson curriculum based on the Padres Promotores de la Educacion program at Santa Ana College. Catered to Montebello Unified, the program teaches parents more about college and career options – and trains them to teach other parents in a way that’s conducive to building a network of knowledge.
Parents learn about school transitions, how to calculate their student’s GPA, high school graduation requirements, academic requirements to advance to University of California or California State University campuses, college options, financial literacy and how to support children attending college.
Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said it is particularly important for parents of elementary and middle school students to be exposed to these lessons early and often, so they can start coaching and planning before their children reach high school.
“We’re always working with the community to enhance resources, programs and services for all of our students and this is just another program in our tool box to make sure all students are prepared for higher education,” Contreras Smith said.
For information about future Parent to Parent workshops contact Alejandra Cortez, District Parental & Community Liaison, at 323-887-7900 ext. 7904 or Cortez_Alejandra@montebello.k12.ca.us.
The California Department of Education has named four Montebello Unified elementary schools Title I Academic Achieving Schools, a recognition of their success in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below poverty level.
Bell Gardens, Greenwood, Suva and Washington elementary schools received State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s recognition during a regional ceremony held May 25. All four schools received Gold Ribbons from the state in April for model academic programs.
The winning schools use data to sculpt instruction to meet the varying needs of their students, including those who struggle with English language arts, math or who have had inconsistent schooling. Teachers collaborate to craft special methods, such as small-group and individualized instruction, to drive improvements in student performance. A discipline system that rewards positive behaviors helps to create a culture that supports learning.
Title I is a federal program that provides money to schools to help improve performance of disadvantaged students.
Statewide, 779 elementary schools received Gold Ribbons; 496 of those qualified for the Title I honor.
“I am so proud that our signature practices in math and English language arts instruction have led to improving student performance,” MUSD Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “What an honor the Montebello Unified School District has received with Title I recognition.”