Dear Covina-Valley Unified Community,
Our January Superintendent’s Update is here! This month’s video highlights South Hills High School senior Diego Barraza and his impactful work in the Business program, contains information on the District’s new vision and mission statements, recognizes our high-achieving students who were named to the League of Innovative Students, and much more. Visit THIS LINK to watch the full update!
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Covina High School students pose at the s’mores table at the Colt Christmas event on Dec. 14. The event offered students and community members the chance to play with snow, go sledding, make ornaments, meet live reindeer, drink hot cocoa, and more. COVINA, CA – Covina-Valley Unified students, families, and staff ushered in the festive season with holiday-themed activities and performances at Covina High School’s Colt Christmas on Dec. 14, spreading holiday cheer throughout the community. The free event offered students and community members the chance to play with snow, go sledding, make ornaments, meet live reindeer, take pictures with Santa Claus, drink hot cocoa, and more. "Colt Christmas represents what Covina High School is all about; community, family, and a tradition of excellence,” Principal Dr. Daisy Carrasco said. “My heart is beyond full with the magic that Colt Christmas brought to our students, families, and future Colts!" The event was planned and executed by Covina High Associated Student Body (ASB) students, who planned, decorated, and helped run the festivities. “Our goal was to bring the Covina community together to enjoy what hopefully will be an event that kick-starts a fun tradition during the holiday season,” ASB President Eunice Chung said. “Our ASB team did a tremendous job executing this event, and it is just a glimpse of the great things that Covina High will continue to do in the future.” Colt Christmas also featured holiday performances by students from Grovecenter, Manzanita, Rowland Avenue, and Workman Avenue elementary schools, Traweek Middle School, and Covina High School. “Colt Christmas was an incredible way to kick off the holiday season and to bring joy to our community,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer said. “Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this magical event a reality.” Covina High School students pose at the s’mores table at the Colt Christmas event on Dec. 14. The event offered students and community members the chance to play with snow, go sledding, make ornaments, meet live reindeer, drink hot cocoa, and more.
Covina-Valley Unified students and Board of Education members pose with the Board truck at the Covina Christmas Parade on December 2. The float earned first place in the general category and carried excited Board of Education members and students through the streets of Covina. COVINA, CA – Covina-Valley Unified School District students brought holiday cheer to the streets of Covina by parading, performing, and marching in the 72nd annual Covina Christmas Parade on December 2nd. The Associated Student Body (ASB) leaders from Covina High School transformed a flatbed truck into a festive float with a holiday Charlie Brown Christmas theme. The float carried Board of Education members, student Board members, Covina High's ASB president, and vice president stylishly through the streets. In the General category, the float won first-place recognition for its Christmas theme relevance, outstanding decoration, and participant enthusiasm – the parade's highest-level award. Covina-Valley Unified student groups won awards for their impressive performances. In the Walking Group category, first place was awarded to the Covina High Cheer team, followed by the South Hills Varsity Pomline in second place, and the South Hills Dance team in third place. In the Christmas Music and Theme category the Covina High Band and Color Guard achieved third place. Lastly, in the Youth General category, the Covina High Future Farmers of America group secured third place. Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer expressed joy and pride over the event, stating, "The Covina Christmas Parade was a wonderfully festive and joyful event that showcased our students' excellence to the entire community. A heartfelt thank you goes out to every student, family, board member, and community member who participated in this amazing parade, representing our District with enthusiasm and pride!”
Covina High School students show off their school spirit at the Covina Christmas Parade on December 2. The parade featured a decked-out Peanuts Cartoon-themed Board of Education float and numerous performances by student groups.
The South Hills High School Pomline team poses with their trophy after winning second place in the Walking Group category of the Covina Christmas Parade on December 2.
(From left to right) Covina-Valley Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Sue L. Maulucci, Board President Maria E. Cruz, Board Members Rachael Robles and Simon Wright, Board Clerk Maria M. Caceres, and Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhzier. Members of the Board assumed their new roles at the Board reorganization meeting on Dec. 11. COVINA, CA – Covina-Valley Unified School District Board of Education members assumed their new roles during the Board reorganization meeting on Dec. 11, preparing for another year of exemplary leadership, uplifting, and supporting students across the District to achieve their academic goals. Maria E. Cruz will be taking the helm as the Board President, Sue L. Maulucci will serve as Vice President, Maria M. Caceres will take on the position of Clerk, and Simon Wright and Rachael Robles will continue to impact the District as Board Members positively. “I am incredibly honored to serve Covina-Valley Unified as Board President,” Cruz said. “I look forward to continuing to uphold the values of our District and achieving our primary goals of enhancing education and supporting our students every day.” The annual process of Board reorganization is essential to ensure each member of the Board serves in a leadership position, continuing to support the District by making informed decisions, maintaining smooth operations, and achieving District goals. Board members oversee the management of schools and services in the District, ensuring that students receive the best education possible and advocating that their community’s schools receive proper funding. “We are so lucky to have such a devoted and caring Board of Education supporting our District,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer said. “I’m excited to see all of the great things our Board will accomplish as they continue leading our District to achieve educational excellence.”
(From left to right) Covina-Valley Unified Board of Education Clerk Simon Wright, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Julie Harrison, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michele Doll, Covina High Principal Dr. Daisy Carrasco, Agriculture Department Teacher Angie Bacon, Ashley Vizcarra, Board Member Rachael Robles, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer, and Board President Maria Caceres accept the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell award on behalf of the Agriculture program.
COVINA, CA – Covina High School students prepare to join California’s biggest agriculture industry by engaging in hands-on learning at the on-campus farm and greenhouse, where they can work with real animals and plants. The California School Boards Association (CSBA) recognized the Agriculture and Animal Science programs with a distinguished Golden Bell award on Nov. 30, celebrating Covina High’s program and its excellence. The agriculture department comprises a four-year program with courses in sustainable agricultural biology, soil chemistry, floriculture, animal science, veterinary science, and agricultural economics and government. Through these classes, students learn how to be smart consumers and gain first-hand experience in animal care and gardening. “My favorite thing about teaching the program is seeing students first get their hands on an animal, realize the responsibility they have to care for it, and watch them grow, learn, and be successful,” Angie Bacon, Lead Agricultural Science teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor said. “We’re incredibly excited to be awarded a Golden Bell, and we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing in this outstanding program.” The programs are offered through FFA, an extracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. Through FFA, students attend leadership conferences across California, participate in competitions, and receive support in big projects, including raising livestock, gardening, research-based projects, and more. “My absolute favorite thing about the program is being able to connect with other members throughout California through FFA,” senior Aiyana Martel said. “Our program gives us the opportunity to participate in events that are above the school level, allowing us to make friends and connections with other high schoolers from all over the place.” Martel joined the agriculture program because of her love for pets and desire to learn more about taking care of animals. After graduation, she plans to major in either agricultural communications or political science with the goal of advocating for the agricultural industry through legislation. Other students in the agriculture program go on to get jobs as veterinarians, agriculture teachers, consultants on informed food choices, and more. “Our agriculture program is incredibly unique and offers students many great opportunities to learn, grow, and become future leaders in a huge career industry,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer said. “We’re honored to have the Agriculture and Animal Science programs recognized for their excellence with a Golden Bell award, again highlighting Covina-Valley Unified as a standout District.”
A Covina High School student poses with a goat at the school’s on-campus farm. Students in the Agriculture department learn how to be intelligent consumers and gain first-hand experience in animal care and gardening.
Sierra Vista Middle School students engage in a student-led discussion about the Mendez v. Westminster court ruling from 1947.
COVINA, CA – Students at Sierra Vista Middle School engaged in a meaningful discussion about the 1947 Mendez v. Westminster court case. Their dialogue led to a consensus that their school is a safe and nurturing space, a sentiment they attributed to the supportive students, teachers, staff, and administrators on campus.
The Mendez ruling, a pivotal moment in educational history, mandated the cessation of discriminatory practices against Mexican-American students in public schools, deeming segregated schools unconstitutional. In Sheila Edwards' history class, every student actively engaged in the discussion, bringing their unique experiences, perspectives, and insights to the conversation. "The strongest feeling that emerged was gratitude," Edwards said. "My students consistently expressed how lucky they feel to attend a school that is well-maintained and cared for. Despite coming from financially struggling families, they don't feel disadvantaged. Instead, they are thankful for the plentiful supplies and technology available to them, which they believe are instrumental in their academic success." The discussion also highlighted the students' appreciation for the diversity within the Covina-Valley Unified School District. They expressed enthusiasm about learning from the varied food, cultures, and experiences that each individual brings to the school community.
A Covina-Valley Unified middle school student learns how to use a fork and knife properly at the District’s etiquette training on Nov. 4. Students also learned which plates to use, how to set a table, different styles of dining experiences, how to sit correctly at the dinner table, how to excuse yourself from the table, and much more.
COVINA, CA – Middle school students from across Covina-Valley Unified School District came together for an enriching session on etiquette principles and table manners on Nov. 4. The event culminated in a wonderful family brunch, where students showcased their new skills. The etiquette workshop provided students with essential skills for excelling in various social situations. Thirty-eight students from Traweek, Sierra Vista, and Las Palmas middle schools participated, gaining a thorough understanding of key dining etiquette practices. “For me, it’s always very important to have good table manners, and good manners in general, because it’s vital for others to see that you can do the right thing and be respectful,” Sierra Vista sixth-grader Jackeline Correa said. “When you go to someone’s house and show off these skills, that person will then be excited to invite you over again!” Joy Glaspy, a math and leadership teacher from Las Palmas, along with library media clerk Maddie Arellanes, led the training. They covered essential dining etiquette topics, such as using utensils properly, selecting the correct plates, setting a table, understanding different dining styles, appropriate table seating, and the polite way to excuse oneself. “It’s important because as they grow and become more mature, they see that the level of etiquette they exhibit matters to the people around them,” Glaspy said. “People receive respect based on their display of etiquette, and it positively changes the setting around them. Having respect for others and eating properly makes a difference.” After the interactive training, the students demonstrated their polished etiquette skills during a special family brunch. “In the future, my children will be in situations where they will need these skills and I’m happy they had this unique opportunity to learn them early,” Maria Soto, mother of two Sierra Vista students said. “Seeing the table manners they learned and knowing they know how to treat people, put their phones away, and interact at the table is huge." The etiquette training is the first in a series of ongoing curricula from Manners to Go. This program includes lesson plans, activities, and handouts designed to boost students' confidence and prepare them for a variety of social scenarios. “At Covina-Valley Unified, we work hard to ensure our students have the resources and support necessary to tackle any situation,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer said. “We pride ourselves in serving the whole child, and ensuring our students are fully equipped for the future is just another part of that important mission!”
A Covina-Valley Unified middle school student smiles with his parents during a special family brunch following the District’s etiquette training on Nov. 4. Students exhibited their newly refined etiquette skills while enjoying a delicious meal.
Covina High School senior Britney Wilson demonstrated her knowledge of designing and coding a robot during an Engineering Showcase on Nov. 8. The event brought visitors and administrators from the Los Angeles County Office of Education and local career technical education (CTE) programs to the Covina High School campus to learn from CHS students in the Engineering CTE pathway and the many benefits of the hands-on learning curriculum.
COVINA, CA – Covina High School students in the Engineering Design Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway dive headfirst into a curriculum rich with hands-on coding and programming experience, granting them vital skills to help them succeed in the industry. The four-year pathway covers various topics, including engineering principles, robotics, computer design, 3D printing, coding, and more. The program culminates in a capstone class that challenges students with an eight-month project in which they create an invention of their own, including choosing a solvable problem, gathering data, building surveys, exploring the U.S. Patent Office, and manufacturing a working prototype to present to the class at the end of the school year. “Students in the Engineering Pathway are participating in hands-on labs and activities at least three times a week, if not every day,” Engineering Pathway teacher Andrew Frogue said. “They get to fully immerse themselves in the subject and take advantage of all the kinesthetic learning we do.” Covina High School students in the Engineering CTE pathway design and code robots as one of many hands-on learning opportunities in the four-year pathway. The pathway is partnered with Project Lead the Way, which provides teachers with a comprehensive, project-based curriculum that allows students to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their learning. The Engineering program empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills, helping them thrive today. “I first discovered my love for engineering in sixth grade through the Femineers program, which inspires female students to pursue STEM in their education and future career,” Covina High School senior Britney Wilson said. “Since then, I’ve continued taking every engineering course and was excited to join the Engineering CTE pathway. I love the innovative aspect of engineering and the hands-on learning style.” Wilson plans to attend a four-year university and major in mechanical engineering to expand her options for entering the engineering industry. The Engineering Design CTE Pathway gives students valuable skills to help them excel in their future college classes and enter the workforce in a mechanical, industrial, and electrical engineering position. It also gives them an advantage in pursuing software development or other computer science opportunities. “Our students have the chance to pursue so many great opportunities and career paths in our District’s numerous CTE programs,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer said. “We work tirelessly to ensure Covina-Valley Unified students gain unique skills and knowledge that will help them excel in whichever career field they choose.” Covina High School senior Mai-Thi Ton is part of the Engineering CTE pathway and excels in coding and programming robotics. The four-year pathway covers various topics, including engineering principles, robotics, computer design, 3D printing, coding, and more.
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