The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will once again partner with the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), and the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation for the Seventh Annual State of Our Schools, a community report on the district’s student achievement, initiatives, and financial health.

The State of Our Schools event is scheduled in Santa Monica from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Thelma Terry Building at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave.

This year’s event will feature a comprehensive report from Superintendent Sandra Lyon about the ever-changing financial picture for SMMUSD in light of recent budget announcements from the state. The superintendent’s presentation will also provide a report on student achievement and district initiatives to help students succeed.

“Our Santa Monica-Malibu schools pride themselves on excellence and accomplishment – but the district is facing significant challenges,” Lyon said.

“As parents, community leaders, and concerned citizens, I hope you will take this opportunity to hear the very latest information about our schools; the challenges they face and some of the wonderful accomplishments our students make every day.”

In addition, school principals will report on innovative educational programs and initiatives that help students make successful transitions to their next grade level. At the Jan. 31 event, Santa Monica school principals Irene Gonzalez-Castillo from McKinley Elementary, Eva Mayoral from John Adams Middle School and Laurel Fretz from Santa Monica High School will make presentations.

The program will also feature musical entertainment from student performers.

Admission is free and open to the public. Spanish translation is available and light refreshments will be served.

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