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   Hello Colin Powell Academy Parents/Guardians and Students,

    My name is Ty Smith and I am excited to introduce myself as the new Principal at Colin Powell K-8 Academy. I am honored to have been selected and I am looking forward to working as a team with our Powell students, their families and the community.


   My passion for education and supporting success for all students has been shaped over the past 17 years in the Long Beach Unified School District. I started out as a college aide in 2000 at Riley Elementary School, I was then hired as a teacher in 2001, and taught English for twelve years at the middle and high school levels. In addition to teaching, I have held positions such as department head, lead teacher, pathway lead/facilitator, Female Leadership Academy Coordinator, and many other duties. In my most recent assignment, I was an Assistant Principal at Long Beach Poly for the past four years. In each of my roles, I have sought to ensure the success of each student and the school by showing up each day with the intention of doing my best to provide stellar instructional and extracurricular opportunities. A well- rounded education means outstanding instruction from top-notch teachers, as well as extracurricular opportunities and supports that enable students to develop character, cultivate passions, and explore the world outside of the classroom. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so that they may learn as much as they can.


   Along with being impassioned about education, family is essential to me and I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, including five children who all attended school in LBUSD. For leisure, I enjoy traveling, reading, and organizing. My educational history includes a Bachelor’s degree in English, a single subject teaching credential in English, an Administrative Services Credential, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling.


   As a student, I cannot remember one teacher that made an impression on me. I have made it my purpose to make a lasting impact on every student that I encounter. As educators, we are given a unique opportunity to be of profound influence and if we use this opportunity, we can have a lasting impact on the lives of students and their families. An excellent education is not possible without the great collaboration of students, parents, and staff. I look forward to shaping relationships, growing professionally, and building community with all of you.



Ty Smith, Principal

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Technology 2018-19


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)


Powell News


With Halloween almost here, the Long Beach Press-Telegram is again launching its Scary Stories contest for Long Beach area youth. Winning entries – both stories and artwork – will be published in the Press-Telegram on Halloween. 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 Monday, Oct. 15.

• All entries must be emailed, with the entrant’s name and grade, and 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 5MB 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 at www.presstelegram.com/.

If you have any questions, e-mail Press-Telegram City Editor Susan Jacobs at sjacobs@scng.com or call 310-543-6110. Local teachers  – current and retired – the Press-Telegram needs your help. If you have interest in being a judge, please let them know.


These meetings help the school district to strategize programs to support Pacific Islander students.  View the attached flier for details and a schedule of meetings through September.


State law requires all public schools to create a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about your child's school, which includes:

  • School Description and Mission
  • School Programs and Instructional Materials
  • Opportunities for Parent Involvement
  • Test Results
  • Safety Plan
  • Facilities

We invite you to view the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for your child's school.  You can find your school's SARC here.


Principal Ty Smith

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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.