Block Grant 

The Carpinteria Unified School District received $613,718 to provide professional learning for teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals for the next four years. CUSD will hire an assistant principal/instructional coach at CHS to improve teachers’ skills in student engagement and literacy instruction across all subject areas. Teachers will also receive reimbursement for continuing education courses.



I would like to thank the Carpinteria Unified School District Board of Trustees for their dedication and commitment to providing quality academic, social, athletic, artistic and vocational opportunities for each and every student in CUSD. 


Congratulations CHS Poets 

Carpinteria High School students Jocelyn Pena, Sierra Mayoral, Riley Wrought and Kate Cooney are published winners in the Santa Barbara Reads contest. Congratulations!


CIF Champions 

CHS boys’ water polo team defeated Burbank last week to win the Division 5 CIF Championship. Congratulations! 


Aliso Elementary Celebrates Veterans Day

Earlier this month, Aliso Elementary students and staff met with veterans and got the chance to see WWII military jeeps in honor of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday. 

Students performed the National Anthem, “America the Beautiful,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Principal Veronica Gallardo organized this event with assistance from the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation and local VFWs. 


CHS Friendsgiving 


The CHS Virtual Enterprise class organized the school’s annual Friendsgiving on Friday, Nov. 19, during lunch. Working with the CUSD Food Services Department, a traditional thanksgiving meal was served to all students. This was a great opportunity for all students and staff to show gratitude. 


CMS Art and Mindfulness 

At the beginning of the school year, each class began with mindful drawing. Students began by drawing concentric circles in silence and continued to draw without lifting the pencil until the paper was filled with circles. During this mindful practice, students turned the meditative circles into artwork. They then studied organic lines and shapes and combined the mindfulness sketches with tree ring prints to create a fingerprint-like abstraction, to remind all of them of their connection to nature and the growth we have overcome. 


Measure U 

At Summerland, the excavators are moving soil to begin compaction and lime treatment. The Measure U team also began final drawings for the new tennis courts, which will be ready to go once the school is complete. 

Works are framing and setting beams for the new CHS administration building. CHS Principal Gerado Cornejo and the Measure U team met with Dawn Ziemer, from ZBA Architects, to finalize colors, finishes and fixtures. 

Architects are also working on the bid documents for the summer modernization projects at Canalino.




Diana Rigby is the current superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District. She is focused on improving teaching and learning for all CUSD students and welcomes parent and community input and feedback. For more information about CUSD, log on to, or contact Diana at or (805) 684-4511x222.

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