SWSD Hosts Coffee with the Superintendent Event

South Whittier School District held a Coffee with the Superintendent event on Friday, September 30, in-person at the district office and via Zoom.


The event was a time for families, parents, and the community to hear from the District’s superintendent, Dr. Gary Gonzales, get an update on new programs and resources that the District is offering, and ask questions. 


The event began with coffee and refreshments and a welcome from South Whittier’s Superintendent, Dr. Gonzales. Dr. Gonzales then introduced each member of the Board and cabinet. Each member shared who they were, what department they oversee, and updates within that department.


Dr. Gonzales then went on to share the exciting awards and recognitions that have taken place throughout the district this past year. This included national and state recognitions like the California PBIS Coalition Award, California CAPP Award, and “Best Elementary School” by US & World News. Each award is a validation that the district is heading in a great direction.


Attendees then got to hear about new programs and enrichment opportunities available to students. This includes music and art classes for K through 3rd grade, the mariachi program that is back since it closed during the pandemic. This is open for both beginners and intermediate levels, ELVO has began at GMS and so has a Spanish elective. There are programs available for parents and families as well. Dr. Gonzales shared that The Family Resource Center will be offering a variety of workshops and resources for families. 


Dr. Gonzales stressed the importance of partnership between schools and families and the impact that partnership has on the success of each students. “What happens every day at school is about preparing your children. If we work together our child are going to have a great experience. I encourage you all to be as involved as you can. Find out what’s going on and if you have questions, please call. There is no problem or question too big or small.”


Lastly, The superintendent shared about Saturday program opportunities. There will be two opportunities happening this year. The third Saturday of every month will be Extended Day. This will take place at Carmela Elementary from 8 to 5 pm and registration is open to everyone through a link from The Boys & Girls Club. The first Saturday of every month will be Attendance Recovery. This will take place from 9 to 1 pm and is by invitation only. 


After the presentation, Dr. Gonzales opened the discussion for questions. He heard questions and concerns from parents, answered their questions, and wrapped up the event.


“I truly believe it’s a privilege to be a superintendent,” Dr. Gonzales shared. “I love what I do, it’s not just a job. Our job is here to make sure our children learn and are safe.”