TUSD Announces New Administrative Appointments

Torance Unified School District is excited to announce the appointment of two new administrative positions – Dr. Tim Stowe is the District’s new Deputy Superintendent, Administrative Services as of July 1, 2016 and Dr. Kati Krumpe will start as the new Chief Academic Officer on August 1, 2016.

Dr. Tim Stowe – Deputy Superintendent, Administrative Services:

Since 2013, Dr. Stowe had been serving as the District’s Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Stowe began his career with the District in 1993 as an English teacher at North High School before moving to teach social studies and technology at Magruder Middle School. While teaching at Magruder, he coached basketball at West High. In the fall of 1998, Dr. Stowe was appointed as Assistant Principal at Richardson Middle School. From 2000-2007 he served as the Principal of Hull Middle School and then West High School.

Dr. Stowe earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Redlands, a Masters of Science in School Counseling and an Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Stowe’s involvement in the community includes coaching youth sports and serving as a Board member of two non-profit organizations that support the education of students in the South Bay; the South Bay Classic and the Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee.

Dr. Stowe attended TUSD schools and his mother was a long time TUSD employee, recognized as Employee of the Year in 1997. Dr. Stowe and his wife Kathy, Associate Dean and Professor at the USC Rossier School of Education, have children who attend TUSD schools. Congratulations Dr. Stowe!

Dr. Kati Krumpe – Chief Academic Officer:

Dr. Krumpe had been serving as the Culver City Assistant Superintendent of Education Services since July 2013. She previously served in our District for 22 years beginning in September 1991 as a Science Teacher, Track, and Cross Country Coach at North High School. She was a high school assistant principal, the Edison Elementary Principal, and the Director of State and Federal Projects.

Dr. Krumpe received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986, her Master of Arts in School Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1994, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University in 2012.

Dr. Krumpe has been a volunteer with various community organizations and professional groups. She has served on the AYSO Region 14 Board, has been the President of the West High Athletic Booster Club, and has been a Big Sister with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters nonprofit organization. Dr. Krumpe continues to help mentor and support others in the education community as a teacher for the Association of California School Administrators in their administrative academies focusing on curriculum.

Dr. Krumpe and her family have a legacy of service with TUSD, in particular West High School. Her father, Fred Petersen, helped open the doors of West High as one of the school’s first math teachers and coach. The West High Athletic Stadium is named after beloved “Coach Pete”. Dr. Krumpe’s husband, Paul, is the head soccer coach at Loyola Marymount University and both her sons, as well as all her siblings, are proud West High Warriors.

We would like to welcome Dr. Krumpe back to our District!

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Top LA Markets are in South Bay

Here are the top 4 ZIP Codes in LA County by Average Selling Price for May 2016:
1. 90049 (Los Angeles) – $2,736,428
2. 90275(Rancho Palos Verdes) – $1,281,912
3. 90278(Redondo Beach) – $952,912
4. 91765(Diamond Bar) – $724,585

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Carol is on Radio to Discuss Rose Float

Carol discusses the Torrance Rose float on the air today.

Tune In today at 3PM as Lynn Robinson, Terri Scotto, Carol Young Gilles talk about the Torrance Rose Float Association. Who knows you might learn something you didn’t know about the Torrance Rose Float! They will also be spreading the work about the August 6th LUAU Fundraising event. Very exciting!
Here’s the link: http://laradiostudio.com/CamChat/

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#StuffTheBus With Torrance School Supplies

TUSD Partners with Assemblymember Hadley for
“Stuff the Bus” Campaign

Assemblymember David Hadley has launched the 2016 “Stuff the Bus” school donation drive, which will provide new school supplies to benefit K-12 students in the cities of Gardena, Lomita, Harbor City, and Torrance. The “Stuff the Bus” campaign will help support students by providing them with school supplies they need to be academically successful. Last year’s “Stuff the Bus” effort raised more than $17,000 in school supplies. Items can be dropped off at the following Torrance locations till Friday, July 29, 2016.

Drop locations in Torrance:
Red Car Brewery:
1266 Sartori Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501

Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce:
3400 Torrance Boulevard, Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503

22015 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503

Assemblymember Hadley’s District Office:
23211 Hawthorne Blvd., #200A, Torrance, CA 90505

Individuals can support this effort by donating backpacks, binders, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, calculators, and other basic school supplies. All the collected supplies will be distributed to the school districts after the finale event on July 29. The administrators of each school district will have the discretion of making the supplies available to those most in need.

Assemblymember Hadley will host a finale event with school district officials, community partners, and the general community on Friday, July 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Walmart store parking lot, which is located at 22015 Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance. There will be a special presentation at 1:00 p.m., and Assemblymember Hadley, along with school officials and other community partners, will stuff the bus at 2:30 p.m.

Generous individuals who donate school supplies are encouraged to make their support known on social media using the hashtag #StuffTheBus and encourage others to do the same.

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Fireworks in Torrance Again

4th of July Fireworks Show


July 4, 2016 at 9 p.m. at the Torrance Civic Center

fireworks**UPDATE: As of June 30, tickets are NO LONGER available for the Toyota Sports Complex. All tickets have been distributed. 

Seating will be available at Toyota Sports Complex (Gates open at 7 p.m.) and the Los Angeles County Courthouse Parking Lot (Maple Avenue, north of Torrance Blvd.)

Tickets (free) will be required for the Toyota Sports Complex viewing area.


For nearly 30 years the City of Torrance hosted an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration that culminated in a fireworks show. Since 2011, the City had to forego the celebration due to the economy. 2 years ago staff explored options to bring a fireworks show back at a reduced cost.

We’ve received your emails. We’ve listened to your requests.

We are happy to announce that in 2016, the beloved fireworks show will make its return in Torrance!

The City Council has approved a July 4th Fireworks Show to take place on Monday, July 4th, 2016. Staff has recommended the Civic Center as the safest, cost effective, and secure location for the community to view a fireworks show. The internal Civic Center Parking Lot will be closed for the launching of the fireworks, however the surrounding parking lots will be open for the general public to view the show. In addition, the Toyota Sports Complex and a portion of the Courthouse Parking Lot will be open for public viewing.

Staff has estimated a cost not to exceed $75,000 for the 2016 fireworks display.

Meanwhile there is a tradition that continues on Torrance Beach:

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Palisades Playa del Rey

If not for the airport what could have been in Playa del Rey.

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Coyotes in Torrance

Coyote Awareness and Precaution

In March the District informed parents of an ongoing issue with coyotes in the City of Torrance. Since then there has been a significant increase in sightings and coyote attacks on other animals (no humans to date). In an effort to help increase awareness within the community, especially for parents who are visiting parks or other open spaces within the City, the District is providing the attached information from the City of Torrance. Please carefully review the attached information pieces to learn how to, and NOT to deal with a coyote you may see or encounter.

If you see a coyote behaving aggressively or attacking someone, please call 911 right away. To report a coyote sighting please contact the Torrance Police Department immediately at 310-618-5641.

The Torrance City Council, which already has approved some targeted trapping in several problem areas in the city, on Tuesday will consider funding a $25,000 urban coyote management plan. A workshop at occured last week featuring speakers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, a naturalist and manager of the Madrona Marsh Nature Center and the city’s Police Department.

Project Coyote has denounced the city’s move to trap coyotes following widespread sighting and reports of pet killings. The plan to be presented this week calls for trapping and killing in worst-case scenarios. Daily Breeze

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Torrance Education Foundation Awards $164,000 to TUSD

Grant Will Fund Science Lab Equipment at Elementary Schools

At the Monday night meeting of the Board of Education, the Torrance Education Foundation presented a grant in the amount of $164, 000. The funds are to be used towards equipping brand new science labs at all 17 of the TUSD elementary schools. Robinson Helicopter helped launch the fundraising effort with a generous contribution of $100,000 in an effort to advance science education at TUSD schools.

As part of Measure T, passed in 2014, in the next 24 months, every TUSD elementary school will gain a new science lab in which students can explore science concepts and experience hands on applications of their science lessons. Measure T funds will pay for the science classrooms to be built, but not for them to be installed with the necessary equipment and tools. TEF has committed to support the District’s goal to provide every science lab with the needed items so that they will be spaces for dynamic learning worthy of our young budding scientists.

“Support for the high priority needs of our schools and students is our primary mission at Torrance Education Foundation” says TEF Board President Kevin O’Brien. “Students need the opportunity to interact and learn about science and nature through experimentation. We are proud to contribute to the new science labs, and we are very excited to help our schools bring new access to learning and exploration of science to our students.”

Phase one of the science lab projects will begin this summer at Carr, Edison, Lincoln and Yukon Elementary Schools, with the goal that all the school science labs will be complete within two years. Some of the equipment needed for the labs include: barometers, beakers and test tubes, storage carts, chopsticks, dissection scissors, eye droppers, forceps, fossils, goggles, hammers, hot plates, a human body model, magnets, ping pong balls, prisms, rope, rulers, a digital scale, telescopes, terrariums, test tubes, and a wave tank.

About Torrance Education Foundation

Torrance Education Foundation (TEF) promotes and financially supports academic excellence for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Torrance Unified School District (TUSD). Founded in 1992, in partnership with TUSD, TEF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that gathers and channels donated resources from Torrance citizens, businesses, and area philanthropies to ensure that all students have access to the widest variety of exciting, cutting-edge, enriching educational and learning opportunities.

In the past five years, TEF has directed more than $5 million to support the high-priority needs of TUSD, its teachers, and its Pre-K through 12th grade students.

About Torrance Unified School District

Torrance Unified School District (TUSD), established in 1947 and unified in 1948, includes 17 elementary, 8 middle, and 4 high schools, 1 continuation school and 1 alternative high school. The District also has 3 adult school campuses and 1 pre-school for children with special needs. The District encompasses all of the City of Torrance.

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Recycle Your Old E Equipment


Summer Cleaning:
E-Waste Recycling and Household Donation Drive


Torrance, CA – Is your spring cleaning overdue? Take advantage of two upcoming opportunities to clear out any unwanted electronics and household items, with the added bonus of helping TUSD schools fundraise:
Magruder Middle School E-Waste Recycling:
When: Saturday, June 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Magruder Middle School located at 4100 W. 185th Street, drop off items on 184th Street off of Osage Ave.
What: E-Waste recycling opportunity for your old computers, cell phones, and TVs. Easy and convenient drive-thru recycling. Just drive up and someone will take the items out of your car for you. Can’t make it Saturday? Bring your e-waste to Magruder this week during school hours (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and drop of in room 26 (please check in with the front office first). For more information, please see attached flyer for additional details.

West High School Entertainment Unit Donation Drive:
When: Saturday, June 4th and August 20th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: West High School, 20401 Victor Street, drop off items on the southwest corner of Victor and Del Amo.
What: Bring your unwanted clothing, shoes, books, and household items to the WHS Entertainment Unit donation drive. Items will be donated to local SAVERS stores. For more information go to: http://whsentertainmentunit.com/savers-fundraiser/ or see attached flyer for more details.


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Fiesta Hermosa Beach

Fly above #FiestaHermosa and see how amazing Southern California’s largest arts and crafts festival is in #HermosaBeach! #TrulyHermosa #MemorialDayWeekend

Since 1972, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce has produced Fiesta Hermosa, the ”largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California”. Over 300 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. The festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in downtown Hermosa Beach, California. With the ocean as a backdrop, Hermosa Beach is an ideal place for a summer festival with temperatures of 80 degrees and balmy sea breezes.

People flock to Fiesta Hermosa each year for not only the art fair, but for the Music – which is always of the highest caliber. There are two stages featuring live music – one at the Main Stage on the Pier and another in the Charity Beer & Wine Garden. The Main Stage features the finest “tribute bands” performing the classic rock of bands such as Santana, Bob Seger, The Who, U2 and Van Halen, to name just a few. Classic rock, 80s and reggae are showcased in the Charity Beer & Wine Garden.

Fiesta Hermosa – Fun at the Beach


Every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends, Hermosa Beach is boppin with the sites, smells and music of Fiesta Hermosa.

Hermosa Beach, California is always fun, but when the Fiesta comes to town, there…

Fairgoers rave about our Food Court, which offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food choices. Everything is delicious – from roasted corn to Thai, Greek, and Mexican food, to tri-tip sandwiches and barbecued sausages. Handmade guacamole, crepes, and shaved ice creations are also popular with the crowd. And where else can you find cotton candy, caramel apples, fresh squeezed lemonade, and funnel cakes?

Our popular Charity Beer & Wine Garden features many different brews of beer, a selection of wines, and icy coolers served by town “celebrities”, including the Mayor, city councilmembers, non-profit and other civic organizations. The participating organizations receive all proceeds for their good works in the community.

The Kiddie Carnival features a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides, rock climbing wall and bungee jump, and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old. Pony rides, a Petting Zoo, and face painters are sure to delight the little ones. http://fiestahermosa.net/

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