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District Announcements
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!
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.   
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Baldwin Stocker School Spirit Video!
State Officials Announce Delay in Assessment Results
California state officials have announced that results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment will take longer than expected. Officials say that because this is the first time results on the new assessments will be released, they want to take extra care to make sure everything is accurate and complete before the official release sometime in September. You can read more here. Above is a video that will help explain the results when parents receive them.
AUSD Best In San Gabriel Valley!
Yet another study has concluded that Arcadia Unified School District is the best in San Gabriel Valley and #2 in Los Angeles County and offers parents one of the best values in all of Southern California, ranking third of 153 school districts in ten counties. Read more via Arcadia's Best.
AUSD Middle Schools Lip Dub!
The students and staff of all three Arcadia middle schools joined together to display our amazing school spirit and Arcadia pride!  Deepest thanks to the Foothills, First Ave, and Dana students, teachers, staff members, teams, groups and clubs that participated!
Arcadia High School Lip Dub 2015!
AUSD Launches New Weibo Page 我们对于公布全新推出的微博版面而表示兴奋!
Arcadia High School Wins National Quiz Bowl Championship!
The Arcadia High School Quiz Bowl team won the National Quiz Bowl Championship hosted by National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) in Chicago on May 30 and May 31. Read more here.
Summer Meals for Kids and Teens
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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