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LESD GOALS 2015-2016

Focus Area #1
LESD staff will communicate and collaborate to ensure that every student achieves academic success.

Focus Area #2
LESD staff will increase parent engagement and will provide parent education to support student success.

Focus Area #3
LESD staff will ensure the use of technology as a tool to foster critical thinking and creativity to develop 21st Century skills for students and staff.

Focus Area #4
LESD staff will actively promote health and wellness for all members of the LESD community.

Focus Area #5
LESD will invest in optimal learning environments that enhance student learning and safety.

2015-2016 School Calendar


Lawndale Educational Foundation



Erate Year 17 RFP's

Erate Year 17 RFP's will be available on the purchasing section of the website. Please check back soon.

Measure CL Oversight Committee

Our Measure CL Citizens' Oversight Committee held its meeting on February 11, 2015 to review our accomplishments over this past year, and approve a budget plan for next year, 2015-16.


The committee shared the information with our Board of Trustees at the Board Meeting of February 17, 2015.  View the PowerPoint presentation here.


Superintendent Newsletter


May/June 2015

A message from Dr. Ellen Dougherty, Superintendent

Wrapping Up Another Year and Getting Ready for the Next!

Well, here we are at the end of another fantastic year!  I want to thank all of you who have spent endless time and energy to make this year so special for our students.  We are so fortunate to have a caring and talented staff, supportive families and incredible partnerships within our community.  The first day of school for the 2015-16 school year will be August 26.  Registration for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and new families will take place at the school sites through the end of June and then through the summer at the District Office until the school offices open again on August 11th

At our June 9th Lawndale Elementary Board Of Trustees Meeting, we will hold a Public Hearing to present our 2015-16 LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) and 2015-16 Budget.  All are welcome to come and give us input.  The Plan will be posted on our webpage on June 5th after 4:00 PM.  You are all also welcome to give input via email.  After stakeholder input and review, the LCAP and budget will be brought forward for approval to the Board of Trustees at the June 23rd meeting.


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Lawndale Teachers Attend CGI Conference

This year, we were fortunate to have the Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) National Conference held right here in Lawndale and our teachers took full advantage of this wonderful learning opportunity. CGI was developed out of UCLA and the conference focused on:  Equity, Access, and Students’ Identities in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.

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We were proud to be the best represented school district with a total of 50 teachers and site administrators in attendance to learn more about these effective strategies. In addition to the large number of attendees, LESD also was well represented by five teachers who were selected to present sessions at the conference: Wendy Moulton (Smith), Trish Morrissey (Smith), Cherise Jones (Twain), Cathy Nguyen (Smith), and Nicole Moscoso (Smith). Congratulations to these teacher leaders and thank you to all attendees who gave up a few days of their summer to learn more about how to best support Lawndale’s students.

The California Association of School Social Workers Highlights the Work of LESD's Student Support Services Department

Maria Ruelas.jpgThe California Association of School Social Workers (CASSW) recently highlighted the work of LESD and their efforts to expand their internship program and build trauma-informed schools.

Maria Ruelas, Lead School Social Worker, wrote a fantastic piece for CASSW’s latest newsletter.  Please click here to read more about this new approach in helping our students.

Champions for Change Initiative: Healthy Children, Healthy Learners

Lawndale Elementary School District continues the fight against childhood hunger and obesity with the Champions for Change Initiative.  The video below highlights some of the work the district has been doing.


LESD's Choose Health LA Kids (CHLA Kids) Program hosts tours of grocery stores

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The two grocery store tours in September have been very successful. The grocery store tours were promoted at LESD Back to School Nights, at staff meetings and on the LESD CHLA Kids website.




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LET’S PLAN… Together

Local Control Funding Formula/Local Control and Accountability Plan (LFCC/LCAP)

California state law sets out the system for funding public schools. State leaders largely decide how much money is available to schools each year as part of the state budget process.

In 2012, California adopted a new formula for deciding how much money each school district gets, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). School districts now decide how to use the funds, but under the new system they must get input from their local communities. They also have to tie their budgets to improvement goals by creating a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

The Local Control and Accountability Plan is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula. The plan is based on Lawndale Elementary School District’s goals and student data collected in order to describe specific actions the district will take to achieve those goals.

We have gathered stakeholder input all spring and have put together a new plan for 2015-2016.  A Public Hearing on the new plan will take place at the June 9th Board Meeting.  Everyone is welcome to come and learn about the plan and give feedback.  A draft of the new plan will be posted as soon as it's ready.

For more information, please click on the following links:

Final 2015-2018 LCAP Plan - English

Final 2015-2018 LCAP Plan - Spanish

LCAP Plan Approved by LACOE (2014-2017)

PowerPoint Presentation - LCAP Update given at 5/5/15 Board Meeting

School Site Council/Stakeholder Meeting Dates

FREE PRESCHOOL program enrolling now!

What we offer: 

  • Free high-quality preschool* in 3-hour AM or PM session (Addams Preschool, Anderson Preschool, Carson Preschool, Green Preschool, Mitchell Preschool, and Twain Preschool) for children who have their:
    • 3rd birthday on or before September 1st;
    • 4th birthday on or before September 1st; or
    • 5th birthday on or between September 2nd and December 2nd
  • Free parent education and kindergarten transition activities
  • Free daily meal
  • and qualified and caring teaching staff

What you need:  Preschool packet completed, Prior month proof of income to meet* state guidelines, Child’s birth record, Sibling birth records, Child’s physical, immunizations, negative Tb test results, 3 emergency contacts, phone and address.


Please call for information or to make an appointment:

(310) 644-8458

Preschool packets are available at the Preschool Office located on 156th St. behind Twain School between Doty Ave

Para información en español…


Helpful Tips for Parents Ideas Para Padres

Please click on the links below  for back-to school tips and ideas on how to support learning at home and help your students get the most out of


Por favor oprima en los enlaces para ideas sobre como apoyar el aprendizaje en casa y ayudar a sus alumnos a aprovechar las tareas.