On Saturday, November 4th close to 100 south Oxnard middle school parents and their students gathered at Blackstock Junior High School for the second annual GradNation summit.

This year’s theme “Student Success – You Make It Happen – College and Beyond” provided parents with information and tools to keep their student on track for high school graduation.

The summit began with keynote remarks from siblings Maricruz Hernandez, Principal, Oxnard Middle College High School and Oscar Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Rio Elementary School District.

The two school administrators inspired attendees with their story, both having come to the United States from Mexico as teenagers , attending
high school and college locally before beginning their careers in education in the Oxnard community.

The purpose of the mini-summit was to prepare parents for the transition to high school, and to inform and connect them to available resources and opportunities with the goal of increasing the high school graduation rate.

Sessions in English and Spanish were offered with topics including: motivating your student ; how students’ classes are chosen when entering high school; benefits of participating in OUHSD academies; the college planning process, and risk factors that are barriers to graduation and may lead to delinquency.

Thank you to our sponsors Montecito Bank and Trust and So. Cal Gas Company