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Another year has come and gone, leaving the Long Beach Unified School District with plenty of accomplishments to boast about, as well as some notable changes.

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Last Monday, Jordan High School — in partnership with Vice Mayor Rex Richardson and Megan Kerr, Board of Education board member — unveiled a new set of banners that recognizes the accomplishments of the North Long Beach seniors.

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Destyni Proby is entering the University of California, San Diego, as a freshman in the fall — but not before leaving her own legacy as one of the 32 valedictorians in Poly High School's class of 2018.

Fifth grade students at Lowell Elementary are expressing themselves artistically — and using science and learning tools provided by a nonprofit to help them do it.

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In the wake of the Florida school shooting, followed by several on-campus threats here, the Long Beach Unified School Board is expected to pass a resolution Wednesday urging "commonsense" legislation to reduce gun violence in schools.

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Long Beach Water is partnering with Grades of Green, a Los Angeles-based environmental education nonprofit, to work with schools in the Long Beach Unified School District to help with water conservation initiatives.

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Winter Break in the Long Beach Unified School District begins on Christmas day, Monday, Dec. 25, through Friday, Jan. 5. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 8. Friday, Dec. 22, is a minimum day for all K-12 students in the district. Classes will be dismissed between 12:50 and 1 p.m.

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The Long Beach Unified School District has earned the District of the Year award from the business news publisher Industry Dive and its publication, Education Dive.

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Long Beach's St. Anthony High School was awarded $10,000 from the William H. Hannon Foundation. The grant will go toward's the school's academic support program, the Support Team Education Plan (STEP).

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Long Beach Unified is the third largest public school district in the state, but there still are several private, faith-based and charter school alternatives in the Long Beach area. 

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Long Beach Unified School District's (LBUSD) 2017-2018 school year starts on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Start the school year off with all requirement boxes checked.

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The band program at the Catholic school was non-existent until Bruno Cilloniz, St. Joseph's musical director, took the stage and began laying the groundwork for the program.

The Long Beach Unified School District was announced earlier this month as one of five winning districts in the 2017 Official SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Practice All In Challenge.

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The graduating classes — in recent years, not just this year — are shining," Mike Schabert, St. Anthony High School's principal since 2008, said.

With a 100% graduation rate and with every graduate attending a two- or four-year college or university in the fall, it isn't difficult to see how the students are exceptional.

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The Migrant Education Program is a federally funded program that operates at Smith Elementary School, and offers programs for parents and students on Saturdays. Students and families are able to receive informational and educational assistance while enrolled in school.

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McBride High School's first freshman class made an appearance on the campus four years ago, and today, students from that class will be walking the graduation stage and accepting diplomas.

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A Long Beach family has given back to the community by establishing a scholarship fund for area students. Jimmy Chavez, a graduate from Poly High School, organized the $20,000 Chavez Family Scholars Program scholarship fund with his father, James Chavez. Together, they awarded the scholarship money to four Poly students in the PACE (Program of Additional Curricular Experiences) program.