The Grunion

It’s the last week of 2020, and this seemingly endless year is finally coming to a close. Although this is usually the season for retrospection and reflection, it’s honestly hard to even put myself back into my January mindset. Looking at photos from the first few months of this year seem to…

Earlier this week, LBUSD announced that we will continue with distance learning until at least March 1, postponing our previous re-opening date of Jan. 28. I heard the news during my 5th period class on Monday, and I shared it with my students.

It took 10 years, but Longfellow Elementary School — located in the Cal Heights neighborhood — has a brand new playground space thanks to the persistence of the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members and some help from grants.

I’ve thought and written multiple times about how resilient this generation of LBUSD students is. I tell my students daily that I am proud of them, that I’m impressed by them, and that I don’t know that I could’ve been half as successful if I’d been in similar circumstances as a teenager. 

I instruct my students to avoid clichés in their writing, but here’s the truth: I woke up on the first day of Thanksgiving Break feeling grateful. My husband was reading in bed next to me, my kids were foraging breakfast for themselves in the living room, and I was layered under multiple bla…

Schools have rushed to deliver students the technology to support distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. But the technology divide between persists, leaving low-income students without the tools necessary to succeed.

An investigation into Long Beach City College’s former superintendent-president found she misused her office on multiple occasions, including using staff for personal errands and breaching her fiduciary duty to the community college district that oversees LBCC, according to a court filing th…

In fall 2000, I’m a junior in high school, still a year and a half away from voting age. My mom plays KFWB — with its terse, hurried headlines and “traffic on the ones” — in the kitchen while she makes lunch. My dad sometimes tunes in to AM talk radio on the way to dropping me off at school,…

My incredibly sweet, ridiculously silly daughter is turning 5 this week, and I’m taking a personal day off of work to celebrate with her. This year’s celebration will look a little different, of course, but there will still be a lot of cake, some presents, and fond memories of the journey fr…

“Brain-Changing Strategies to Trauma-Proof Our Schools: A Heart-Centered Movement for Wiring Well-Being” isn’t exactly the type of title that will have most book lovers searching online or scurrying to the local bookstore.

As educators, even in normal years, it often seems as if every moment of our lives from September to June is spent in front of an audience. Not just an audience — an audience of teenagers, who are mostly kind and caring, but for whom even the tiniest morsels of their teachers’ private lives …

The Long Beach College Promise, the future of virtual learning and the role of police on campus were just some of the topics discussed during a Wednesday evening, Oct. 14, debate among the three candidates vying to represent Area 4 on the Long Beach Community College District board.

For the past 24 years, the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) has shared local lore in a unique way. Each October, the group has re-enacted meaningful moments in Historical Cemetery Tours.

Two candidates vying to represent Area 2 on the Long Beach Unified School District board, Erik Miller and Tonia Reyes Uranga, faced off in a live-streamed debate Monday evening, Oct. 12, where they discussed equity, finances, the achievement gap and more.

The Long Beach Unified School District will have to make some more room in its trophy case because two more schools have been selected as national Blue Ribbon schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress i…

On-campus students at Cal State Long Beach must heed quarantine orders or they could face disciplinary action, a university official said Sunday, a day after the quarantine went into effect after five students tested positive for COVID-19.

Every day, I ask my students to check in with me in the Zoom chat box by responding to a quick “temperature check” prompt. I ask them how they’re feeling, what they’re worried about, or to name something that they’re looking forward to doing. Sometimes the prompts are fun (I had them choose …

One week down for this new school year. On Sept. 1, I met 160 new teenagers and, however imperfectly, we made it through our first four days together. It’s my natural impulse to catalog the challenges and glitches, but I’m making an effort over the three-day weekend to dwell for a few moment…

Literally hundreds of neighborhood advocates and activists have got their start in the Long Beach Neighborhood Leadership Program since 1992, and a little thing like a pandemic wasn't going to get in the way of another class graduating in 2020.

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