Oh what a year! March has been an especially busy month! We welcomed back 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students earlier in the month and are getting ready to welcome back middle and high school students on March 25th and 26th. Thanks to our community partner, the Torrance Fire Department, our vaccination efforts have been successful, with approximately 1,000 employees receiving the vaccine through the TUSD allotment. Starting next week, employees will start receiving their 2nd vaccine dose.
Once students return from spring break, there will be 8 weeks of in-person instruction before the start of finals. The end of the school year is a critical time, especially for high school students with Advanced Placement exams starting in early May. With pandemic trends continuing in a positive direction we are hopeful and starting to plan for end of the year activities and celebrations.
The school year has had its set of challenges, and throughout our staff members have worked tirelessly to offer high-quality instruction, online and in-person. From virtual STEAM Fairs to talent shows, from Academic Decathlon to Science Olympiad competitions, teachers, support staff, and administrators have found ways to keep students engaged and connected. Recently, five of our middle schools were recognized as California Distinguished Schools – Bert Lynn, Calle Mayor, Casimir, Madrona, and Richardson Middle Schools. We are extremely proud of their efforts to foster a safe and healthy environment on our campuses.
With a little over 2 months left in the school year, we are looking forward to the weeks ahead in which we can continue to expand on campus and in-person experiences for our students. For the up-to-date TUSD news and information, please visit us at www.tusd.org.
Dr. Tim Stowe
Torrance Unified School District