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District Announcements
Welcome Back to School Photos!

A record 465 #ArcadiaFirstDay pictures were submitted this year as students, teachers, and staff returned to school! You can view our entire Facebook Photo Album here.  
New AUSD Parent Meeting
Superintendent Dr. David Vannasdall welcomes new parents to the district and gives an overview of AUSD.
Patricia Mattera Named Highland Oaks Elementary School Principal
Patricia Mattera has been selected as the new Principal of Highland Oaks Elementary School. The Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education approved the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall and staff at its most recent meeting on August 9, 2016. Read more here.
AUSD National Meal Program
The Arcadia Unified School District is pleased to announce participation in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Meals will be available to all children at our following schools: Baldwin Stocker, Camino Grove, Highland Oaks, Holly Avenue, Hugo Reid, Longley Way, Dana, First Avenue, Foothill, and Arcadia High School. Read more here.
New Enrollment/Registration Procedures
Starting Tuesday July 5, 2016 TK-12 enrollment/registration will take place at the Arcadia Education Center at 150 South Third Avenue Monday through Thursday.
  1. Pick up registration packet from the Arcadia Education Center

  2. Go to to sign up for an appointment

  3. Complete the registration packet before your appointment

  4. Make sure you bring all required documents for your appointment
Read more here, Chinese and Spanish.
***Apache Day Appointments Need to be Completed on the AHS ASB Webage (CLICK HERE)***
Arcadia High School Performing Arts: A Glimpse Into The Tradition
Arcadia High School Students Earn $3 Million in College Scholarships!
The numbers are in for the Arcadia High School Class of 2016, and they are staggering. More than $3 million in scholarships and grants were earned by Arcadia High School seniors this year according to a self-reported class survey. Read more.
Dr. Issa Selected as First Avenue Middle School Principal!
Dr. Semeen Issa has been named as the next Principal for First Avenue Middle School. The Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation of Superintendent David Vannasdall and staff for Dr. Issa to succeed Dr. Tom Bruce as the school’s top administrator. Read more.
Mrs. Costarella Named AUSD 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Mrs. Costarella who has been selected as the 2016-2017 Arcadia Unified School District Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations Arcadia High School Class of 2016!!!
Once an Apache, always an Apache! Congratulations to our very talented Class of 2016! The Arcadia High School Class of 2016 has students that were accepted into every Ivy League University in the country, which includes Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Read more here
Thank you AUSD Teachers!
A special thank you to all of our amazing teachers!
Arcadia High’s Phillip Chao Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship!
For the second straight year, an Arcadia High School student is awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Arcadia High senior Phillip Chao is one of just 1,000 students nationwide to earn the coveted scholarship that will pay for both his undergraduate and graduate education with all school related expenses being covered in full. Read more here.
Homework Thoughtexchange!
Join the conversation about homework in AUSD, and share your thoughts with us. 
Parents and staff click here. 
Students click here. 
Thoughtexchange Results!

Our school community recently took part in an online learning process. We’ve reviewed your thoughts and priorities and now want to share the results with you. Visit: AUSD Thoughtexchange to learn about the top priorities in our schools and the top priorities of the district.

From the 1,309 stakeholders who participated, we received 2,325 thoughts and 81,865 stars were assigned. We learned about our strengths and the areas that we can improve. Thank you for contributing to the success of our schools. Your participation in the process was invaluable.
NTD TV News: AUSD to Begin Full-Day Kindergarten and TK!
News story from NTD TV about Arcadia Unified's Full-Day Kindergarten and TK programs that will begin next year. Click here for more information. 
Arcadia Unified Launching Full-Day Kindergarten and TK Program!
The Arcadia Unified School District will begin full-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten programs next school year, Fall 2016. The current half-day TK and Kindergarten programs will be expanded to a full-day schedule and available to all Arcadia Unified students. Read more here.
California Healthy Kids Surveys
Please click the following links to view the California Healthy Kids Survey:
5th Grade, 7th Grade, 9th Grade
AUSD is now on Instagram!
Follow us at @Arcadia Unified or click here. We follow back, just ask. 
Arcadia Innovation Summit Expected to Double!
After a successful debut in which more than 300 educators from all over Southern California attended, the Arcadia Innovation Summit will return this summer. The 2nd Annual Arcadia Innovation Summit will take place on July 8, 2016. Registration is now open! Read more here.
Holiday Concert 2015!
Another beautiful holiday concert produced by the Arcadia High School Music Department. For a complete photo album please visit
Arcadia High's Historic March to Pearl Harbor
Early December, the marching band of Arcadia High School (AHS) had the distinct honor of being selected as the sole representative of the state of California in the 74th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read more here.
Update Your Contact Information!

If you did not receive an email and phone blast from Superintendent Vannasdall Tuesday, December 15, 2015 please be sure to update your contact information at your school site. Also, check your email filters and settings. Be sure to allow and This will help ensure you receive our emails and communications.

In addition to phone and email blasts during emergency and non-emergency situations (Tuesday was a non-emergency), we will update the district website at, all ten school websites, along with our Facebook and Twitter pages. We will also update our phone hotline (626) 821-1783, which you can call to listen to a recorded update. Thank you for helping us improve our communications. 

Arcadia Transit Bus Service Change *Update*
Arcadia Transit is changing its services effective June 16, 2016. It was originally scheduled to change on February 28, 2016. Its “Dial-a-Ride” service will now only be offered to senior citizens and people with disabilities. Read more here. Bus Application Click Here.
Apaches Win Arcadia Winter Cup!
For photos of the 2015 Arcadia Winter Cup click here.   
Historic Basketball Game: Dana Vs First Ave!
For the first time in more than two decades, First Avenue and Dana Middle School play a competitive basketball game! Congrats to all the players, coaches, and staff who made this happen! Click here for the entire photo album
Arcadia Festival of Bands 2015 Full Coverage!
On Nov. 21, 2015, The Arcadia Music Club hosted the Arcadia Festival of Bands. Over 40 accomplished high school bands attended the event and celebrated the sixty-second annual Festival of Bands. Read more here, photos and video included.
Learn More about the Importance of AEF!

Please watch and share this important video. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to AEF. Please considering visiting to make a donation today. From all our students, staff, and entire community, we sincerely thank you.
Learn more about AEF at

Holly Avenue Tribute Video
The very thoughtful students and staff at Holly Avenue Elementary School created this video to show their support of a Holly Avenue teacher who is recovering from surgery after battling breast cancer. We have such an amazing and supportive community. Thank you all.
Congrats AHS Girls Tennis CIF Champions!
Arcadia High Girls Tennis completes a perfect 21-0 season with a Division 2 CIF Championship! The Apaches beat Murrieta Valley 13-5 to win the first CIF Girls Tennis Title in school history! Way to go Apaches! Click here for full photo album.
Arcadia Students Roll Out of Bed in Gratitude to Soldiers
Although Spirit Week is the bustling week before the winter break, the Arcadia High School student’s school spirit still soared as they wrote letters to soldiers in their “Holiday Morning” attire. Read more here.
"A Lesson in Love" First Avenue Middle School
First Avenue Middle School demonstrated “A Lesson in Love” in a lunchtime event for UNICEF and their efforts to help Syrian refugees, especially children. The idea began when Dr. Semeen Issa, the assistant principal, shared her heart with the staff about the horrible situation in Syria. Read more here.
The Great California ShakeOut!
On Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m., Arcadia Unified School District will join millions of Californians as we all “drop, cover, and hold on” in the Great California ShakeOut. We are proud to say Arcadia Unified School District has participated in this annual earthquake drill every year since its inception in 2008. Read more here.
AEF Raises $40,000 at Bright Night!
It was a bright night for Arcadia students and staff thanks to the Arcadia Educational Foundation raising $40,000 at its inaugural gala. Over 250 members of the community packed the event which showcased the multitude of talents of Arcadia students. Read more here.
Arcadia High School Marching Band Selected for 2017 Rose Parade!
Arcadia High Marching Band Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade!
Arcadia High School was selected as the sole representative from the great state of California to march in the 2015 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii. Click here for photos.
Arcadia High Opens State-of-the-Art Aquatics Center and Career Technical Education Facility!
Arcadia High School officially opened its new aquatics center and sports medicine complex on Sept. 11 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, ending years of construction of new facilities that include the Science Building and the Performing Art Center (PAC). Read more here.
Newsweek Names Arcadia High School One of the Best in the Nation!
Arcadia High School, named a Gold Medal High School three times by U.S. News and World Report, is rated by Newsweek as one of the elite public high schools in the country. Read more here.
AUSD Staff Appreciation Night!
More than 300 Arcadia Unified VIP staff and their guests took to the field to be honored before the Arcadia High School Football game against Burroughs on 10/16/15. A great game and night with a lot of smiles shared by many in the AUSD family! Thank you AUSD staff! Full photo album here
AUSD is now on Facebook!
Stay in touch throughout the new 2014-2015 school year, and receive important news and updates from your school and the district! Go here to like our page! 
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