MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Week with Mexican Independence Day Multi-Cultural Festivities

Posted: Thursday, September 14th 2017

WHEN: Friday, September 15, 2017 8:15 a.m.

LOCATION: Rosa Parks Elementary School, 4510 Landis St, San Diego, CA

DETAILS:The San Diego Unified School District recognizes the diversity reflected within the City of San Diego as well as its students and staff and respects the contributions, culture, and heritage of Latinos in this community.
On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the San Diego Unified School District passed a resolution proclaiming the week of September 15 through October 15, 2017, as National Hispanic Heritage Month and encourages teachers, other staff members, students, and the community to use this opportunity to honor the contributions of the Latino population.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Week and ahead of Mexican Independence day San Diego Unified would like to recognize the achievements of our Hispanic Students throughout the District with a multi-cultural celebration at Rosa Parks Elementary School.
Some of those achievements are:
·         San Diego Unified reclassified more than 4000 English language learners as English proficient students last school year.
·         In addition, the district’s number of long-term English language learners has decreased.
·         The graduation rate for Hispanic students has increased from 84.9% in the 2014-2015 school year to 87.6% in the 2015-2016 – the highest in the state among big-city districts.
·         The English Language Learner’s graduation rate went from 73.4% in 2014-2015 to 81.4% in 2015-2016 – also the highest in the state among big-city districts.
·         The San Diego Unified School District Seal of Bi-literacy was awarded to 516 students in 2017, up from 463 in 2016
Members of the community are invited to join Rosa Parks Elementary as they celebrate Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic student achievement with student performances, Ballet Folklorico Raices, Mexican Escolta and a special guest speaker from the Mexican Embassy.
SPEAKERS AVAILABLE: San Diego Unified School Board Members, Principal Veronika Lopez-Mendez, Representative from the Mexican Embassy, Student and Parent leaders

                                            **PLEASE CONFIRM COVERAGE PRIOR TO ATTENDING EVENT**

Media Inquiries: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343

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