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Hacienda La Puente USD

  • 15959 E. Gale Ave., City Of Industry, CA 91745 • 626.933.1000 

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    • Any student who received a D or F (grades 3-11) or 1 or 2 (grades K-2) in half or more of their academic courses during the 20202-21 school year may be considered for grade-level retention. If you would like to schedule a Consultation, please contact your student’s 2020-21 Principal to submit a written request.” 

    • 在 2020-21 學年期間,在一半或更多的學術課程中獲得 D 或 F(3-11 年級); 1 或 2(K-2 年級)的學生都可以考慮申請留在同一個年級不升級. 如果您想安排諮詢,請聯繫您學生在 2020-21 學年度的 校長以提交書面請求.
    • Cualquier estudiante que recibió una calificación D o F (del 3o al 11o grado) o un 1 o 2 (del Kínder al 2o grado) en la mitad o más de sus materias académicas durante el ciclo escolar 2020-21, podría ser considerado para repetir grado. Si desea programar una consulta, comuníquese con el Director de su estudiante del ciclo escolar 2020-21 para presentar una solicitud por escrito. 


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    CITY OF INDUSTRY – Hacienda La Puente Unified School District delivered a detailed presentation showcasing the District’s success in implementing the 2021-22 theme of “Learning Forward-Building Bolder” during the 2022 State of the District, held virtually on Jan. 20.


    Due to the recent COVID-19 surge, the scheduled in-person events were replaced with an in-depth video presentation by Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez, which was showcased on the District’s YouTube channel. The presentation included an overview of student, staff and District successes, facilities and budget updates, the expansion of socio-emotional growth systems and an outline on District programs.


    “While our District was excited to celebrate our accomplishments in-person, the safety of our students, staff and greater community remains our top priority,” Jiménez said. “This year’s State of the District exemplifies our efforts to expand our curriculum, inspire our students through innovative programs and share future plans with our District community.”


    The District’s 2021-22 theme, “Learning Forward-Building Bolder,” was emphasized throughout the presentation as Jiménez recognized academic achievements, the expansion of adult and special education curriculum, career technical education programs and the announcement of William Workman High School’s Early College Program, set to launch in fall 2022.


    Throughout the presentation, Jiménez recognized numerous programs that help foster student success and enrichment opportunities including, Dual Language Immersion, Speech and Debate, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, Makerspace and Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM).


    “The State of the District is a special opportunity that bring the community together and provides a recap of the District’s accomplishments,” Board President Jeffrey De La Torre said. “This year’s theme helped pave the way for our 2021-22 successes, and we look forward to continuing to build a brighter and bolder future for our students in 2022.”


    At the end of the virtual event, the District premiered its showcase video that gave viewers a comprehensive look at the programs within the District, shared student and staff testimonials and celebrated Hacienda La Puente Unified’s achievements throughout the school year.


    “I would like to thank our teachers, staff, administrators and the Board of Education for their dedication to our students throughout this challenging yet rewarding year,” Jiménez said. “Lastly, thank you to our students, families and Hacienda La Puente Community for their unwavering support and I look forward to a safe and successful 2022.” 

    Posted 1/24/22

    CITY OF INDUSTRY Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will hold two community input meetings on Thursday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 18 to discuss the 2020 Census Evaluation and Trustee Area Boundary Adjustments. Two proposed maps have been shared with the community on our District website and will be addressed through a series of in-person and virtual community meetings, public hearings and Board meetings.


    District administration and the demographers will discuss the drafted scenarios during the community meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 6 and Jan. 18 at the District Office, La Puente Conference Room, 15959 Gale Ave., City of Industry. The public is encouraged to submit comments to District Administration, which will be presented to the Board for their consideration. To submit a comment, please email


    In accordance with California Education Code, following every 10-year census, each school district must evaluate the total population variances between its trustee areas and revise its boundary maps accordingly.


    In conformance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidance dated Nov. 9, 2021, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will require proof of vaccination before entering the District Office for all meetings. Attendees who are not fully vaccinated or are unable to attend in person may join virtually. Visit to register in advance and join the community meetings through Zoom.


    The community will have additional opportunities to provide input during the Public Hearing portion of the Board’s meetings on Thursday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 25.


    The Board will select a final map on Thursday, Feb. 10 during the regular Board meeting. The approved map will then be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for final approval.


    For more information on the District’s area boundary adjustment process and to view the drafted maps and PowerPoint, please visit Hacienda La Puente Unified School District’s website.

    Posted 1/6/22

    CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA- Orange Grove Middle School and Cedarlane Academy math teachers Samantha Higbee and Marissa Blessum have been named Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (C-STEM) Teachers of the Year by the UC Davis C-STEM Center for 2021.  


    Higbee and Blessum are joined by Rosalie Sinapi, principal at Los Altos Elementary School and Joanne Chan, District coordinator of instruction at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District who were recognized as C-STEM Administrators of the Year.


    The UC Davis C-STEM Center's Educator Awards recognize C-STEM instructors, county administrators, volunteers and superintendents from K-12 schools for their success in teaching and integrating computing into STEM subjects.


    During the District's initial program launch in 2019, Higbee and Blessum collaborated to learn the C-STEM programs, aiming to transform the math curriculum with hands-on coding and robotics and close the math achievement gap for at-risk students and English language learners.   


    "Teaching C-STEM is my passion," Blessum said. "I am honored to receive the Teacher of the Year Award alongside my dedicated colleague Samantha Higbee and represent the dynamic C-STEM program at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District."  


    UC Davis announced the C-STEM Teacher of the Year Award at their annual C-STEM Conference, held virtually Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. The conference celebrated this year's theme of "Accelerated Learning of Math and CS/STEAM." 


    Higbee and Blessum are well-established members of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District community. Higbee taught at Valinda School of Academics for eight years and has spent the last 12 years at Orange Grove Middle School teaching sixth- and seventh-grade math, while Blessum has taught seventh-grade math at Cedarlane Academy for 16 years.


    "Marissa and I were in the District's first cohort of teachers to welcome the C-STEM curriculum without any coding experience," Higbee said. "It was overwhelming at first, but with the support of the other new C-STEM teachers, District administrators and the UC Davis training in RoboBlockly and ChIDE programs, we were able to figure out lesson plans that worked for us."  


    Sinapi has worked in Hacienda La Puente Unified since 1996 and has served as principal at Los Altos Elementary School since 2012. She regularly attends C-STEM meetings, helps develop lesson plans and coaches the school's robotics team. 


    Chan is celebrating her 21st year with Hacienda La Puente Unified. Since the C-STEM program launch in 2019, she has collaborated with the UC Davis C-STEM Center to support teachers in integrating coding and robotics into math lessons using Roboblocky and ChIDE.


    The supplementary curriculum RoboBlockly and ChIDE features self-guided coding, math activities, and theme-based projects and assists teachers without any prior coding and robotics experience to learn and implement the rigorous curriculum quickly.  


    "We introduced the program to six middle schools and nine secondary teachers and have since expanded the program to numerous elementary school sites and onboarded many instructors, bringing us to 13 K-8 schools and 48 teachers representing C-STEM at Hacienda La Puente Unified,” Chan said. 


    Each awardee received certificates from UC Davis signed by UC Davis Chancellor Gary May and C-STEM Center Director Harry Cheng; from the California Department of Education signed by State Superintendent of Public Education Tony Thurmond; and from the California State Legislature signed by State Senator Bill Dodd.


    "I would like to thank the UC Davis C-STEM Center for their unwavering support across our campuses and congratulate Marissa Blessum, Samantha Higbee, Rosalie Sinapi and Joanne Chan on this well-deserved recognition," Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez said. "It is an honor to witness our students' growth as they develop pedagogical strategies, valuable skillsets and gain the confidence and determination to succeed in college and beyond."  



    HLPUSD_C-STEM_2021: Hacienda La Puente Unified's sixth- and seventh-grade math teacher at Orange Grove Academy, Sam Higbee, left, and seventh-grade math teacher at Cedarlane Academy, Marissa Blessum, second left, were recognized by the UC Davis C-STEM Center as C-STEM Teachers of the Year. They are joined by the Principal at Los Altos Elementary School, Rosalie Sinapi, second right, and District Coordinator of Instruction, Joanne Chan, right, who were recognized as C-STEM Administrators of the Year, respectively. 



    Posted 12/28/21

    Dear Hacienda La Puente Unified Community,


    December is an exciting month at Hacienda la Puente Unified as our students participate in music concerts, sporting events, school spirit weeks and end-of-year academic recognitions.


    While Hacienda La Puente Unified students and teachers have embraced the holiday spirit, we continue to follow all local and state health guidelines to ensure the safety of our District community.


    As 2021 comes to a close, I would like to recognize the determination and diligence of our teachers, staff and administrators for successfully navigating our return to full-time, in-person instruction.


    I would also like to thank our District community for their flexibility and support as we continue to work to ensure the health and safety of our students, while preparing them for success in the 2021-22 school year.


    Our winter break is from Monday, Dec. 20 through Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. School sessions will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.


    I wish you all a fantastic and restful winter break and look forward to seeing our District community in the new year!


     As always, we are #ProudtobeHLPUSD.


    Sincerely, Dr. Alfonso Jiménez



    Estimada Comunidad del Distrito Escolar Hacienda La Puente,


    El mes de diciembre es un mes emocionante en el Distrito Escolar Unificado Hacienda la Puente ya que nuestros estudiantes participan en conciertos de música, eventos deportivos, semanas de espíritu escolar y reconocimientos académicos de fin de año.


    Mientras que los estudiantes y maestros del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hacienda La Puente han acogido el espíritu navideño, continuamos siguiendo todas las recomendaciones de salud locales y estatales para garantizar la seguridad de nuestra comunidad de Distrito.


    Ahora que 2021 llega a su fin, me gustaría reconocer la determinación y la diligencia de nuestros maestros, el personal y los administradores por haber logrado el regreso a la instrucción presencial a tiempo completo.


    También me gustaría agradecer a nuestra comunidad del Distrito por su flexibilidad y apoyo mientras seguimos trabajando para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, mientras los preparamos para el éxito en el año escolar 2021-22.


    Nuestras vacaciones de invierno son del lunes 20 de diciembre al lunes 3 de enero de 2022. Las sesiones escolares se reanudarán el martes 4 de enero de 2022.  


    ¡Les deseo a todos unas vacaciones de invierno fantásticas y tranquilas y espero ver a nuestra comunidad del Distrito en el nuevo año!


    Como siempre, estamos #OrgullososdeserHLPUSD.


    Atentamente, Dr. Alfonso Jiménez






    十二月是哈崗拉朋地聯合學區令人興奮的月份, 因為我們的學生參與了音樂會、體育賽事、學校精神周和年終的學術表彰.


    雖然哈崗拉朋地聯合學區的學生和老師已經擁抱了節日的歡愉氛圍, 但我們仍繼續遵守所有當地和州的健康準則, 以確保我們學區社區的安全.


    隨著 2021 年即將結束, 我要感謝我們的教師、教職員工和行政管理人員們的勤奮和毅力, 進而使我們能夠成功地重返全天面對面的親身教學.


    我還要感謝學區社區的靈活性與支持, 因為我們幫助學生在2021-22 學年取得成功做好準備的同時仍繼續努力確保學生的健康和安全.


    我們的寒假是從 2021年12 月 20 日, 星期一到 2022 年 1 月 3 日, 星期一.  正常的學校課程將於 2022 年 1 月 4 日, 星期二恢復.


    祝大家度過一個美好而寧靜的寒假, 並期待在新的一年裡見到我們的學區社區成員們!


    一如既往, 我們以身為HLPUSD一份子而驕傲 #ProudtobeHLPUSD.


    誠摯的, 學區總監 Dr. Alfonso Jiménez

    Posted 12/17/21




    OUT NOW: Our Fall/Winter Digital Newsletter, available on ParentSquare and on, features the successes and celebrations of our students, staff and District during the first half of the 2021-22 school year, focusing on this year's theme of “Learning Forward, Building Bolder!”



    Saludos a la comunidad unificada de Hacienda La Puente, me enorgullece compartir cómo HLPUSD está adoptando el tema de este año de Learning Forward: Building Bolder y continuar siendo líderes en educación. Planificamos, preparamos y ejecutamos un regreso seguro a los planteles escolares, gracias a nuestros protocolos de seguridad y al apoyo de nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias.


    Este año, el Distrito continúa construyendo y mejorando nuestros programas educativos, tales como: Discurso y Debate, Nuevas Pedagogías para el Aprendizaje Profundo (NPDL), C-STEM, vías CTE, y el desarrollo de un currículo de Estudios Étnicos para los estudiantes de los grados TK-12 con un curso de especialidad para los estudiantes en la preparatoria.


    También estamos desarrollando una academia virtual en línea cuyo lanzamiento está previsto para el año escolar 2022-23. Mientras trabajamos en "Building Bolder", HPLUSD también sigue comprometido a apoyar las necesidades de los estudiantes. Los estudiantes pueden seguir recibiendo apoyo a través de y Care Solace, disponible 24/7.


    También seguimos utilizando Canvas y ParentSquare, además de Aeries, para mejorar la comunicación con las familias. Tengo algunos recordatorios de las próximas fechas: En noviembre y diciembre se enviará una encuesta del LCAP que informará sobre la actualización anual del LCAP en la primavera de 2022.


    Tendremos nuestro evento anual sobre el Estado del Distrito el 20 de enero de 2022. Gracias a la Junta de Educación por su continuo compromiso con los estudiantes, el personal y las familias, y gracias a nuestro personal y a la comunidad de HLPUSD por su apoyo continuo.


    Como siempre, estamos orgullosos de ser HLPUSD.


     哈崗拉朋地聯合學區的社區成員們,我很驕傲的分享 HLPUSD 如何囊括今年的學習持續前進主題:建設更大膽,並繼續成為教育領域的領導者. 


    感謝我們完善的新冠疫情安全協議以及學生、教職員工和家庭的支持; 使我們在這個學年能夠有計劃的、準備並執行了全面的安全重返校園. 


    今年,我們學區繼續建立和加強我們的教育計劃,例如:演講和辯論的項目課程、深度學習新的教學方法 (NPDL)、C-STEM、CTE 途徑,以及為 TK-12 年級學生開發的民族研究課程以及為高中生開發的專業課程.  我們還在開發一個網路視訊線上學院,預計在 2022-23 學年推出.  在我們致力於“建設更大膽”的同時,HPLUSD 也繼續致力於支持學生的需求. 


    學生可以通過一週七天全天候的在 和 Care Solace 繼續獲得學習支持.  除了 Aeries 學生資料系統之外,我們還將繼續使用 Canvas 和 Parent Square,以加強與學生家庭的溝通.  我有一些關於學區即將到來的活動日期的提醒:


    LCAP 的問卷調查將在 11 月和 12 月發送,該問卷調查將幫助 2022 年春季的年度 LCAP 更新.  我們將在 2022 年 1 月 20 日舉行年度學區狀況會議.  在此, 感謝教育董事委員會對學生、教職員工和家庭的持續承諾,並感謝我們的教職員工和 HLPUSD 社區的持續支持.  一如既往,我們很驕傲能成為 HLPUSD 的一份子.

    Posted 12/13/21


    CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA- Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has partnered with Scholastic Inc. to provide free, carefully curated book packs to students before winter break, supporting the District's inaugural Holiday Reading Campaign beginning Dec. 17. 


    Hacienda La Puente Unified's new District Librarian, Lesley Jarrett, has played an integral part in the campaign, selecting and distributing the reading material for every HLPUSD student in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. 


    The Holiday Reading Campaign aims to foster a reading culture in the home and promote the skills and knowledge that lead to longtime academic advantages. 


    "Reading helps make students better learners and communicators, but it also makes them better humans too," Jarrett said."This District believes in diverse literature, and I was honored to assist with selecting reading campaign material that not only delivers academic learning stories but narratives that foster social and emotional learning." 


    Since joining Hacienda La Puente Unified in August, Jarrett has assisted teachers and administrators with their research, special projects and curated book collections for the Holiday Reading Campaign book packs and SORA digital library. 


    The SORA digital library includes thousands of ebooks and audiobooks that work in conjunction with Hacienda La Puente Unified and Scholastic Inc.'s Holiday Reading Campaign to support the District's continuous efforts to ensure students have reading materials available at any time.  


    "When I first started supporting our use of SORA, the District told me to make the collection about the fun of reading and that was music to my ears," Jarrett said. "I always think of the students when selecting books for our District. What will speak to them? What will help them feel understood? Most importantly, what will make them happy they read a book?"


    The Holiday Reading Campaign was funded by Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The grant program is available to local education agencies and schools to ensure children have an equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. 


    The Campaign's take-home book packs contain five free novels and a journal provided by Scholastic Inc., appealing to students' reading and grade level and relevant interests and coursework. 


    "Thank you to the Title I program funding, Scholastic Inc., and District Librarian Lesley Jarrett for your continuous support that made this Holiday Reading Campaign possible," Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Dr. Judy Fancher said. "Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is proud to give our students the gift of reading this holiday season." 




    HLPUSD_BOOKPACKS: California Elementary School issues students take-home book packs through the District’s Holiday Reading Campaign. 


    Posted 12/10/21

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    In memory of our beloved Mr. Chester

    Mr. Chester will be dearly missed by all of our Kwis Gladiators, staff, and family. Not once did his dedication and love for the school ever go unnoticed. His generosity and compassion for our students and staff will always be remembered and resonate forever at Kwis. Mr. Chester was and always will be a TRUE Gladiator.

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    Our mission

    Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive learning environment where students receive educational equity to grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Students, families, school staff, and the community will work respectfully and collaboratively to meet high expectations and foster individual student progress.

    Kwis students will be college and career ready by taking responsibility for their learning to become independent, confident, life-long learners that inspire the world.