Center Street School

Principal's Message

Dear CSS Families,


Although it is summer, there is a lot going on at Center Street! First and foremost, our new assistant principal, Grace Long, was confirmed by the board of education at Tuesday evening's meeting.


Ms. Long received her undergrad and masters in curriculum and instruction from UCLA. She has been a member of the Lawndale Elementary School District since 2001. During her tenure there, she has served as a 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th grade teacher. Since 2014, Ms. Long has also served as the middle school language arts coach. In this capacity, she has provided instructional coaching for teachers, lead lesson study and data analysis, coordinated professional learning communities, collaborated with Ed Services and teacher leaders to align district goals and has designed intervention for struggling students. She is also a Cotsen Alumna. 


Ms. Long is in every way a teacher leader, dedicated to working with our staff and families to continue the amazing work that we are already doing at CSS. On a personal note, she is also living the elementary school life at home as a parent of three children, ages 8, 6 & 2.


The other big news is that we broke ground for the new TLC building! Here is a list of what is happening:

  • The area just south of the current TLC building has been cleared for the new foundation and concrete has been pulled up in the area that will be our completely redesigned learning garden!
  • Our planter at the entrance to the school is being repaired as I write this. Sadly, we lost the trees, as assessment of the planter revealed that the tree roots had compromised both the planter and the adjacent walkways. New plantings are being considered and we hope to have the planters full of drought resistant foliage/trees before the first day of school.
  • Work has begun on our driveway and pathways. Concrete is being removed in the front of the school and the quad to provide an unobstructed, ADA compliant pathway for our students and others in our community.  Work will continue throughout the summer.

I hope that you and your family are having a fun-filled and relaxing summer including all kinds of learning experiences for your children. We look forward to hearing about your adventures when school begins on August 29th.


Martha Monahan, Principal