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Good afternoon eighth grade families!


We are all ready for our first summit tomorrow morning, at Long Beach City College, PCC Campus! Over 3,000 tickets have been reserved for classroom presentations and the exposition center will welcome every family and feature student ambassadors, teachers, parents, and displays of work-based learning.


Tonight, October 21, 2016, the reservation system for our second summit will open at 5:00pm. This summit will be held on 10/29/16 at the LBCC LAC Campus (Clark and Carson Avenues), and feature larger classrooms for more seating.


You can register for up to six different presentations per summit. Each person that will be in the presentation will need a ticket.

The link for reservations for the presentations is:



We look forward to meeting you and helping your family explore the many options that LBUSD offers for high school.



For families with a student in grade eight:


Registration is open for our first High School Summit on 10/22/16 at the PCC Campus of Long Beach City College. Space is limited for each event, and reserved tickets will be first come, first served.


To reserve your spot, please click on the link below and select from our various pathways and times that are still available. You need a ticket to attend the classroom sessions, but the Pathway Exposition Center will be open to any family, regardless of reservations.


** Reservations for our second Summit, on 10/29/16 @ the LAC Campus of Long Beach City College will begin on Friday, 10/21/16.

If you have any questions, please call the Choice Helpline at (562) 997-8306.


View flier in English/Spanish.


The scary season has arrived – and the Press-Telegram wants to be spooked.

The newspaper is again launching its popular Scary Stories contest for Long Beach area youth. Winning entries – both stories and artwork – will be published in the Press-Telegram on Halloween, Oct. 31.

The rules are the same as last year: there will be three age categories for stories and drawings: Elementary school (K-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12).

Here are the rules:

• The deadline is Oct. 24.
• All entries must be emailed, with the subject line “Scary Stories,” to: ptnews@presstelegram. Stories can be submitted in the body of the email, or as a Word attachment; drawings should be submitted in JPEG format, no larger than 5MG in size.
• Stories must be no longer than 650 words.
• Artwork must be original (no tracings)
• Entries will be judged based on imagination, creativity and theme.
• The winning entries will be published in the Press-Telegram on Oct. 31, and posted online.

If you have any questions, e-mail Press-Telegram City Editor Melissa Evans at mevans@scng.com or call 562-499-1280.


This year marks the eighth anniversary of the Long Beach College Promise.  The Long Beach Unified School District is asking all middle school students and parents to take the College Promise pledge.  Learn more and take the pledge online at www.lbschools.net/Departments/Success_Initiative/cp_ms_pledge.cfm.


The College Promise offers two semesters of free tuition at Long Beach City College and guaranteed admission to California State University, Long Beach for students who meet the minimum requirements.


Technology 2016-17


Long Beach Unified School District is proud to be a Google Apps for Education district. Students and teachers in grades K-8 each have a Google account that can be used to access web-based programs that include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and more. You can access documents on any device (computer, tablet, and smartphone) that has Internet access.

Students in grades K-8 participate in Internet safety curriculum provided by Common Sense Media. These lessons focus on safety and security, digital citizenship, and information literacy. Common Sense Media also offers a variety of resources for parents to help understand the digital world in which we live.


Students in the second grade are using Type2Learn a lab-based keyboarding program, in order to support the Common Core writing standards and their increased use of technology. TypAge2Learn is accessible both at school and at home. Teachers gave their students the download information and students should be able to access their own device at home.


Parent VUE is a website that allows parents to view their children’s current and historical information, including daily attendance, grades, report cards, test scores, discipline, graduation status, preparation for college and more.  It is also a one-stop location for links to other parent services including School Loop and MySchoolBucks (School meal accounts).

With five minutes and one simple activation, parents can view information on all of their children, from elementary school to high school.  Parents also will be able to update emergency card information electronically. All parents are encouraged to set up accounts; the computer labs are available during and after school to assist you. We can assist you with setting up email and school loop accounts. My goal is to have parents linked to our school so they are better informed. Please come visit the Parent Center we have computers and a printer available for your use and assistance (Spanish speaker is available)


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Today: 10/22/16




ST Math features a penguin that guides students through math concepts in a visual way. It doesn’t rely on language to teach math concepts the way a textbook does. “We don’t usually consider the extra cost in complexity of introducing students to math using language,” said Andrew Coulson, chief strategist at the MIND Research Institute, ST Math’s publisher. He said that introducing the concepts without the burden of language allows kids to grasp the ideas before learning the vocabulary and symbols that go along with them.