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Nelson Elementary School

Hacienda La Puente USD

  • 330 North California Avenue, La Puente, CA 91744 • 626.933.8401 

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    Nelson knights Important Information


    School Site Council and English Language Advisory Committee: Agendas



    2022-2023 ENROLLMENT

    Nelson Elementary is enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year, including Dual Immersion, Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade! 

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    HLPUSD Safety Protocols




    Does your child ever struggle with completing homework?

    Do they have questions about assignments in the evenings or on the weekends?

    Would you appreciate tutoring or resources that support them while working on assignments at home?


    HLPUSD now offers this service through:

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    What is Canvas?

    The Canvas Learning Management Platform allows schools to build the digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges faced by their institution. Canvas simplifies teaching, elevates learning, and eliminates the headaches of supporting and growing traditional learning technologies.

    Canvas is made up of a powerful set of highly integrated learning products that allow institutions to get all of the functionality they need and none that they don’t. (Source: 

    Canvas Apps Now Available at Google Play or Apple App Store:

    • Canvas Parent App:  Canvas Parent is designed to provide visibility into your child’s education at a glance. Canvas Parent allows parents to: View assignment descriptions and due dates, Set reminders for assignments, View assignment grades, View course grades, Set grade alerts, View course announcements.



    Hacienda La Puente Unified is proud to offer various communication methods for our teachers, staff and District to stay connected with our families. Please see the attached file below for more information!




    Posted 11/21/22

    Nov. 18, 2022 


    Dear Hacienda La Puente Unified Community, 


    Hacienda La Puente’s Board of Education believes students, staff, parents and the community have a shared responsibility for maintaining a professional culture built upon collaboration, trust and respect.


    During the public comments section at the Nov. 17, 2022 Board meeting, a community member refused to leave the podium after reaching their maximum allocated speaking time set per Board Bylaw 9323.3(a). The community member eventually did leave the podium after being asked by school police to which two audience members directed intimidating comments toward the Board. As is our protocol, the code of conduct for public comments and time limits were shared with the audience. Further, Senate Bill 1100, an amendment to the Brown Act, was signed into law on Aug. 22, 2022 giving presiding members of school District Boards, county Boards of Education and other legislative bodies the statutory right to remove a disruptive individual from public meetings. After one of the audience members was warned, the individual was directed to leave the meeting and refused when directed by school police. 


    Because this audience member would not comply and to ensure the safety of our community members and staff in attendance, the Board meeting was recessed. 


    Following Penal Code section 403, the Board will not tolerate harassment, intimidation, threatening statements or conduct directed at Board members, their families, or any person in attendance in the meeting.  


    Due to the holiday break, the Board will hold a continuation meeting to discuss all November items via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Please visit the District website at for the link and more information.  


    Public comments are an important part of our Board meetings and we value the input of our community. We’d like to remind our speakers to conduct themselves respectfully and to adhere to Board rules for public comment to ensure that everyone who wishes to speak has the chance to be heard.  In addition, we ask that speakers remain mindful of the students and children who are a part of our audience and that we all serve as role models for good behavior and civil discourse.  


    Thank you for your support and understanding. I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families.   




    Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez


    Posted 11/18/22

    City of Industry - William Workman High School celebrated its rich and diverse campus culture during its annual Día de los Lobos Open House on Nov. 3, honoring a traditional Mexican holiday and introducing incoming students to Workman Lobo’s tight-knit community. 


    Día de los Lobos provided a creative showcase for the Workman English, Spanish and English language development (ELD) departments, with artwork that included brightly colored calavera skulls and traditional Día de los Muertos ofrenda altars, poetry, crafts, homemade food, a green screen, music, recreational games and even an OOBLECK slime-making machine.  


    Students and families from Hacienda La Puente Unified elementary and middle schools located in the Workman community were greeted by Lobo student leaders, who gave them a stamp card and encouraged them to visit at least 10 information booths so that they could immerse themselves in Lobo culture, then receive a Workman wristband, pen or note pad at the end of their visit.


    “Día de los Lobos is a family event designed to bring the Workman community together,” Workman assistant principal Vanessa Arevalo said. “We are grateful for the support from our Workman Quad admins, the HLPUSD Board and our superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez. Also, we would like to thank our staff and the Lobo students that allowed us to ‘shine bright!’”


    Día de los Lobos featured an art show highlighting student art, including line drawings, calavera artwork, handmade pinatas, name plate and white on black artwork. Art from Workman staff was also showcased, including mosaics incorporating Spanish tiles from Athletic Director Victor Perdomo, landscape art from P.E. teacher Lori Larsen and skateboard art and prints from Arevalo.


    Workman English students recited poems in front of a green screen with a mountain landscape as the backdrop as part of an assignment titled, “The Voice Behind the Story,” where students were asked to write a poem in response to a memoir that inspired them. Student groups provided snacks and refreshments, including abuelita chocolate, pan dulce, bolillo and aqua de Jamaica. 


    Other highlights included the Workman High marching band and color guard, a haunted house, a karaoke machine, chess games with teachers, ping pong, badminton, a booth where students could take a selfie with their counselor, and a wellness table with resources for mental health and information from the HLPUSD Equity and Access department.


    “It was amazing to see our Workman family take pride in their campus and work together to ensure all guests felt welcomed during the Día de los Lobos event,” Jiménez said. “Workman is a close-knit campus and events like this really showcase their values and commitment to providing experiences that boost academic excellence and prepare students to succeed in higher education, contribute as valued members of the workforce and become productive members of society.”


    Photo Captions: 


    HLPUSD_DIADELOSOBOS1: Workman students and staff handed out aqua de Jamaica and other refreshments to guests during the Día de los Lobos Open House on Nov. 3.



    HLPUSD_DIADELOSLOBOS2: Workman High School set up a counselor booth, including props and poster boards for students to take selfies with their counselors during the school’s open house on Nov. 3.


    Posted 11/16/22

    Dear Hacienda La Puente Unified Community,


    Inspired by the excitement of the fall season, our students are thriving while engaging in extracurricular activities, programs and Districtwide celebrations. 


    In October, our campuses recognized numerous national holidays, including World Mental Health Day and Unity Day, which focused on prioritizing mental health and promoting acceptance and inclusion across the District. 


    Our school sites celebrated Red Ribbon Week with fun and creative activities that encouraged students to stay drug-free. At the same time, our Equity and Access, Family Engagement Department worked diligently on sharing important resources with our District community, related to the dangers of drugs and ways to communicate with your child.


    I want to thank our local law enforcement and non-profit organizations for partnering with us to bring our students, staff and families helpful webinars, town halls and meetings regarding fentanyl and substance abuse. 


    In October we also celebrated our hard-working staff during the 2021-22 Teachers and Employees of the Year ceremony. Thank you to our District team for leading, inspiring and supporting our student's daily educational journey. 


    As a reminder, our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) survey is open now! We value and appreciate your feedback as we work to ensure that our action plan meets the needs of our students, staff and families. 


    Hacienda La Puente Unified remains focused on implementing innovative educational opportunities for our students and we look forward to what the last two months of 2022 have in store for us! 


    As always, we are #ProudtobeHLPUSD.


    Sincerely, Dr. Alfonso Jiménez

    Posted 11/7/22

    CITY OF INDUSTRY Whether used to study the solar system in kindergarten or demonstrate principles of biomedical science in high school, augmented reality (AR) programs are becoming more popular among teachers and students at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.


    The cutting-edge technology that allows smartphone and tablet users to combine the real world with computer-generated content has grown steadily and become embedded in HLPUSD curriculum since its introduction as a pilot program during the 2018-19 school year.


    Hacienda La Puente Unified technology teachers on special assignment (TOSAs) have been providing professional development and induction training in AR and virtual reality to teachers and administrators throughout the District and are greatly encouraged by the excitement generated by the demonstrations.


    “When we saw our District leaders entranced in the wonder of augmented reality as they saw different animals and worlds come to life in the palm of their hands, we knew that our students would be truly engaged in its content,” Tech TOSA Ricardo Recinos said. “We will continue to build capacity in all things AR and as more teachers get acclimated to the technology, we will be available to support them.”


    Currently, AR is part of instruction at four HLPUSD schools – Nelson Elementary, Baldwin Academy, Wedgeworth Elementary and Glen A. Wilson High School. During their lessons, students use District-issued iPads and different AR platforms, including Halo AR, Flip AR, Merge Cube and Quiver to manipulate and inspect digital 3D objects.


    Augmented reality has allowed Nelson Elementary School sixth-grade students to turn their classrooms into anatomy labs as they study body systems, bringing a fresh 3D perspective to the lessons that spur creativity and imagination among the students.


    “I feel like the AR lesson was super fun,” Nelson Elementary sixth-grader Jolissa Jimenez said. "It was cool to see the body systems in 3D and it helped me learn a few new things about them in a creative way.”


    The District plans to expand the use of AR technology in more schools and future professional development training throughout the 2022-23 school year.


    “Thank you to our outstanding educators and TOSAs for working together to create powerful spatial AR lessons that inspire and motivate our students to engage in computer, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (C-STEM),” Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez said. “It’s an exciting time at Hacienda La Puente Unified as our journey with C-STEM continues to cultivate collaboration and spark an interest in STEM-related subjects across campuses.”






    HLPUSD_AR: Sixth-grade students at Nelson Elementary School worked together to bring a human anatomy lesson to life with Augmented Reality during class on Aug. 31.


    Posted 10/31/22

    CITY OF INDUSTRY Hacienda La Puente Unified Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez has been named UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM) 2022 Superintendent of the Year for the District’s excellence in integrating hands-on coding and robotics into math education and preparing students for lucrative STEM careers.


    Jiménez led a speech during the 12th Annual UC Davis C-STEM Conference on Oct. 21, where he shared the District’s journey in implementing project-based learning and C-STEM curriculum into K-12 education. Jiménez was honored during the awards ceremony alongside Orange Grove Middle School Principal Dr. David Nieto, who was named a UC Davis C-STEM 2022 Administrator of the Year.  


    “Congratulations to our outstanding administrators Dr. Jiménez and Dr. Nieto, who continuously search for innovative and engaging ways to motivate and inspire our students,” Board President Jeffrey De La Torre said. “On behalf of the entire Board of Education, thank you for your leadership, constant collaboration and passion for developing C-STEM in our schools and preparing our students for infinite success.” 


    The UC Davis C-STEM Center's Educator Awards recognize instructors, administrators, volunteers and superintendents from K-12 schools for their success in teaching, integrating computing into STEM subjects and inspiring students to pursue careers in C-STEM fields.


    “I want to thank the Orange Grove and Hacienda La Puente Unified community for recognizing the outstanding work our students and staff are doing in computer science and C-STEM,” Nieto said. “It is my privilege to serve our students and families and propagate outstanding programs that make a real difference in our teaching and learning.”


    Hacienda La Puente Unified’s C-STEM program, launched in 2019, aims to transform math education with unique hands-on approaches that promote critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills and close the math achievement gap for at-risk students and English language learners.  


    This year, C-STEM students participated in the 2022 Summer Robotics Camp and the program expanded to its fourth cohort for the 2022-23 school year, bringing the curriculum to 13 K-8 schools and 47 educators. The District also introduced a new course, Integrated Math 1 with Computer Science, to all comprehensive high schools taught by two itinerant high school teachers. Five high school teachers also received the opportunity to complete their Computer Science Supplemental Authorization Credential, funded by a grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


    “Thank you to the UC Davis C-STEM Center and the Board of Education for your support as we work each day to deliver high-quality and enriching learning experiences for our students,” Jiménez said. “This recognition is a testament to our C-STEM efforts Districtwide. I want to dedicate this award to our hardworking teachers and administrators who have committed significant amounts of time and energy to ensure the success of this program. I also want to thank our students for their engagement and excitement for the program. They are applying their knowledge through coding and robotics and using critical thinking skills by simulating tasks and skills required now in the workplace. I look forward to expanding this program in our schools and providing more opportunities for our students to engage in computer science and STEM fields.”




    HLPUSD_CSTEMADMINISTRATORS1: From left to right: Solano County Superintendent Dr. Estrella-Henderson, UC Davis Vice Chancellor Dr. Tull, Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez, Orange Grove Middle School Principal Dr. David Nieto, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Judy Fancher, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguilar-Curry and UC Davis C-STEM Director Dr. Cheng celebrate Nieto after being named a UC Davis C-STEM 2022 Administrator of the Year award on Oct. 21.



    HLPUSD_CSTEMADMINISTRATORS2: Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez was recognized by Solano County Superintendent Dr. Estrella-Henderson (left), UC Davis Vice Chancellor Dr. Tull, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguilar-Curry and UC Davis C-STEM Director Dr. Cheng (right) after being named the UC Davis C-STEM 2022 Superintendent of the Year during the awards ceremony on Oct. 21.



    HLPUSD_CSTEMADMINISTRATORS3: Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez shares District highlights and C-STEM success stories during his speech at the 12th Annual UC Davis C-STEM Conference on Oct. 21.


    Posted 10/27/22
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      At Nelson Elementary TK-6 School,  we are committed to building a learning community of responsible citizens who have a passion for learning through an integrated curriculum. Education is partnership among parents, students, staff, and our neighboring community. We are committed to providing a safe, respectful and academically rigorous environment. Students will learn through inquiring and collaboration, with the use of innovative strategies and technology to demonstrate mastery. We will celebrate as a community, take pride in our successes, and continue to achieve to be our best.


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