• Northwest Stars - 2015-2016 Archive

     Welcome to the 2015 2016 Northwest Stars Archive! Below you will find the news and accomplishments of our schools from the 2015-2016 School Year.

  • Gault Elementary School has been recognized by the State for their recycling efforts
    Student leaders of the Gault Green Team
    Gault Elementary School has been recognized by the State for their recycling efforts as well as the move to go green. This is the second year in a row for Gault to be honored by the State.
    Pictured are the student leaders of Gault Green Team.  
  • Nestle Avenue Elementary students record songs at Capitol Records Studios
  • Local District Northwest holds ribbon cutting ceremony for environmentally sustainable learning garden
    Students from Canoga Park HS and Miller CTC cutting the ribbon
  • Mulholland Middle School student is recognized as "Do the Right Thing" Ambassador
    Keven Barrera and his mother, Board Member Scott Schmerelson, and Mulholland 8th Grade Teacher Ms. Sawyers    Keven and his mother posing with Board President Zimmer, Mulholland AP Ms. Segal, and 8th Grade Teacher Ms. Sawyers
    On Tuesday May 24, 2016 Police Academy Cadet Captain, Kevin Barrera-Mejia and 8th Grade English Teacher, Michelle Sawyers were recognized by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board (L.A.U.S.D.). Both will be going to Washington D.C. to represent L.A.U.S.D. as National Ambassadors for the "Do the Right Thing Challenge". Kevin's poem was chosen out of thousands of entries to represent L.A.U.S.D. and Mulholland M.S. to the United States Congress.
  • Dr. Matthew Horvath received the Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year Award
    Dr. Horvath accepting his award
    At the ACSA Region XVI 2016 Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Casa Italiana, Dr. Matthew Horvath received the Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year Award for his outstanding work and leadership.
    We congratulate Dr. Matthew Horvath on his accomplishments this year as an instructional director in Local District Northwest.
  • Wilbur Charter renames library for beloved librarian
      The Taylor Family
    She coached her son’s soccer team, led her daughters’ Girl Scout troop and was president of the PTA.
    But it was the library at Wilbur Charter for Enriched Academics that held a special place in the heart of Beth Taylor. So it was only fitting that the library be named in honor of the retired library aide, who passed away last year at age 60.
    “She did say to me more than once, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if they named the library after me when I retire,’” said
    Greg Taylor, who was married for 37 years to his high school sweetheart. “I certainly wish it wasn’t under these circumstances. But Beth would have been amazingly touched by what’s happening here today.”
    More than 100 Wilbur parents attended Wednesday’s ceremony, which was a tribute to the 30 years that Beth Taylor dedicated to the school and its students. She was an active volunteer while the couple’s three children were at Wilbur Elementary, staying on at the library even after Jennifer, Kim and Jesse had moved on to middle school. In 1998, she was hired by L.A. Unified as Wilbur’s library aide, a position she held until her retirement in 2014.
  • Calvert Elementary celebrates their 60th anniversary
    David Glickman, Louise Blanco, Steve Zimmer, Kirk Nascimento, and Tracy Bartley   Tracy Bartley giving her acceptance speech
    On Saturday, May 14th, Calvert celebrated their 60th anniversary/Diamond Celebration. There were Art booths, Obstacle Courses, Health fair information, and games for the community. In addition, Calvert honored Tracy Bartley, Parent Alumni and community organizer. Tracy was integral in changing the landscape of Calvert. Tracy helped write grants, 
    fundraise, and install an athletic field and raised bed garden at Calvert. In addition, she assisted in installing over 100 trees. We are grateful for her continued support and have installed a lending library in her honor. Board President Steven Zimmer presented a Certificate from the LAUSD Board of Education and shared kind words regarding his time supporting the community project as well.
    Calvert is extremely grateful for the District, Community and Staff pitching in to make Calvert great.
  • Congratulations Daniel Pearl Magnet Magnet High School selected as a winner in the 50th Annual California Student Media Festival
    50th Annual California Student Media Festival
    Congratulations to Mr. Middlebrook's students, Karina and Albert, on their selection as a winner for their film, Faded Visions! Faded Visions has been selected as a winner in the 50th Annual California Student Media Festival for the category Secondary - Fine Arts.  The students will be recognized June 11, 2016 at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Downtown LA! Local District Northwest is very proud of their accomplishment!
  • Daniel Pearl Magnet High School student is co-winner of the Senior Individual Exhibit category at the California State National History Day
    Kaitlyn Arst of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School  
    Kaitlyn Arst is co-winner of the Senior Individual Exhibit category at the California State National History Day held in Rocklin, California May 7, 2016. Kaitlyn's presentation was on the subject of "Louise Arner Boyd: California Native Exploration of the Arctic."

    Kaitlyn will be representing Daniel Pearl Magnet High School and California at the 2016 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Maryland June 12-16, 2016 at University of Maryland, College Park. There will be students from 50 states within the United States and students from other countries competing at the NHD competition.
  • Local District Northwest recognizes our schools that have conducted and certified daily water flushing on time, every month of this school year
     100% Certified Flushing Records
    • Andasol Avenue Elementary School
    • Beckford Avenue Elementary School
    • Calahan Street Elementary School
    • Calvert Street Elementary School
    • Chase Street Elementary School
    • Chatsworth Park Elementary School
    • Cleveland High School
    • Cohasset Street Elementary School
    • Danube Avenue Elementary School
    • Darby Avenue Elementary School
    • Dearborn Street Elementary School
    • Emelita Street Elementary School
    • Garden Grove Avenue Elementary School
    • Gault Street Elementary School
    • Gledhill Street Elementary School
    • Granada Elementary School
    • Hale Charter Academy
    • Hart Street Elementary School
    • Haskell Elementary School
    • Holmes Middle School
    • Justice Street Elementary School
    • Knollwood Elementary School
    • Langdon Avenue Elementary School
    • Leichman Special Education Center

    List excludes exempt schools

    • Lemay Street Elementary School 
    • Liggett Elementary School
    • Lokrantz Special Education Center
    • Lorne Street Elementary School
    • Mayall Street Elementary School
    • Melvin Avenue Elementary School
    • Mosk Elementary School
    • Nevada Avenue Elementary School
    • Nobel Middle School
    • Parthenia Street Elementary School
    • Pomelo Drive Elementary School
    • Portola Middle School
    • Reseda Elementary School
    • Sepulveda Middle School
    • Shirley Avenue Elementary School
    • Superior Street Elementary School
    • Sutter Middle School
    • Taft High School
    • Tarzana Elementary School
    • Topeka Drive Elementary School
    • Tulsa Street Elementary School
    • Vanalden Avenue Elementary School
    • Wilbur Avenue Elementary School
    • Winnetka Avenue Elementary School
    • Woodland Hills Elementary School 
  • Plummer Elementary School’s fifth graders participated in the LAUSD 5K run!
    Plummer Elementary 5th Graders at LAUSD 5K Run5K    Plummer Elementary 5th Graders at LUASD 5K Run
  • Students from Miller Career and Transition Center have greatly contributed in the planting of the sustainable garden at Local District Northwest
    Students from Miller planting at LD Northwest
  • Academy for Enriched Sciences hosts STEAM Night for families
    STEAM Night at AES
    A Special Edition of Inside the LAUSD featuring how Local District Northwest is leading the charge in providing enrichment opportunities for students in all of our schools
  • Cleveland High School and John R. Wooden High School excel in the Get Lit Spoken Word Poetry Slam
    Get Lit Poetry Slam Competition
    Poets from John R. Wooden once again made it to the semi-final round of the Spoken Word poetry slam! The competition is among 50 schools total, with four schools ending up in the finals. Cleveland High School advanced to the finals once again! Last year, Wooden High School made it to the finals, which is no easy feat!
    Local District Northwest is very proud of the excellent performance by both Cleveland and Wooden High Schools. Public, private, and charter schools of all sizes participate in this competition.  We are especially proud that a small Alternate Education Pathway school such as Wooden High School, has participated and 
    achieved so much success. This is another opportunity to illustrate how theteamwork and creativity of at-risk teens leads to memorable innovation when guided and given the chance to thrive.
    The "Get Lit" program is fantastic; it is a great literacy program, where students select a "Classic" poem, perform it and then perform their written response to the poem. The process is life changing. Our schools are very "into it," as all participating students learn the value of literature as well as the elements of good storytelling, poetic forms, and purposeful writing. These students are engaged in real world application of learning that will prepare them for success in college, career, and life.
  • ‘MyPlate’ dishes up delectable serving of nutrition and exercise at Napa Street Elementary
    MyPlate Program at Napa Street Elementary
    MyPlate Musical at Napa Street Elementary
    Some of the glitz and glamour of Broadway came to the stage Thursday at Napa Street Elementary, where dozens of third- and fourth-graders performed “MyPlate! The New Food Guide Musical,” a program promoting healthy food and lifestyle choices.Like a mom sneaking veggies into her kid’s favorite mac-and-cheese, “MyPlate!” presents kernels of nutritional information in a way that makes them more palatable.The performance at Napa was conducted in partnership with the Marilyn Maragram Center for Family and Consumer Sciences at Cal State Northridge. Dr. Annette Besnilian, the center’s director, is collecting data about what the kids are learning to help researchers better understand how to teach students to make better lifestyle choices.
  • Garden Grove students show the (re)purpose of Earth Day lessons
    Earth Day Fashion Show at Garden Grove
    Above, students demonstrate their commitment to recycling during an Earth Day fashion show at Garden Grove Elementary School in Reseda.
    Fashionistas Vera Wang and Tom Ford had nothing over the students strutting the red carpet Friday at Garden Grove Elementary School.
    Girls modeled flowing dresses and pleated skirts, while the boys were decked out in stylish vests, ties and hats. What set these original creations apart is what they were made of – plastic bags, discarded newspapers, empty soda bottles and aluminum cans, all re-purposed for a fashion show celebrating Earth Day.
    Garden Grove has been learning for the last year about the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment, supported by an improvement grant from Waste Management and support from the LAPD’s West Valley Division and Police Activity League. They learned about composting and gardening and the need to minimize the trash sent to landfills.
  • Sherman Oaks CES students receive a framed recognition for their kind letters to a classmate's parent deployed in Afghanistan
    SOCES Frame of Recognition
    Another random act of kindness. Ms. Jackson, a Sherman Oaks CES math teacher, has a student whose parent is deployed in Afghanistan. Her class wrote letters and sent them along with Valentines' candies to him and another serviceman. This week, the class received a note of thanks and a framed recognition.
  • Daniel Pearl Magnet High School receives multiple awards at National High School Journalism Convention in Downtown Los Angeles
    The Pearl Post poses for a group picture  Lauren Fritschi presenting her cartoon about the Brussels bombing Rebekah Spector, Editor in Chief, posing with the Pacemaker Finalist Award
    Journalism students from nine LAUSD schools attended the national high school journalism convention sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association held April 14-17 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Daniel Pearl Magnet High School's The Pearl Post received an Online Pacemaker finalist award.
    Three DPMHS students also received awards for their write-off competition:
    • Yearbook Editor Rita Chidbachian received an Excellent in YB Copy/Captions: Student Life, EIC.
    • Llana Gale received an Honorable Mention in News Editing/Headline Writing, and Online EIC.
    • Rebekah Spector received an Honorable Mention in Newswriting.
    • Senior Lauren Fritschi also participated in a panel where she discussed an editorial cartoon she drew for the Global Student Square.
    DPMHS journalism teacher Adriana Chavira was the chair of the local planning team that organized the convention, which drew an estimated 3,700 attendees from across the country. Congratulations to DPMHS Journalists!

  • Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES) wins two gold medals at Heritage Music Festival in Chicago
     SOCES students celebrating their double gold victory  SOCES students posing for a group picture.
    SOCES's Wind and Jazz Ensembles traveled to Chicago last week to participate in the Heritage Music Festival under the direction of their incredible band teacher, Mr. Johnsen.

    Both groups won Gold for the first time in 10 years. Students in both ensembles experienced an exciting trip filled with excitement and teamwork.
    Students, teachers, administrators, and parents are very proud of the accomplishment of winning double gold.

  • John R. Wooden High School has been chosen as a finalist in the Tree People's Streets to the Sea Challenge.
     Streets to the Sea Challenge
    John R. Wooden High School is one of ten schools that have been selected for the final round and recognition ceremony of the Streets to the Sea Challenge.
    The participating Wooden High School students will receive an engraved trophy at the recognition ceremony on April 28th for making it to the final round.
  • Holmes Middle School, Sutter Middle School, and Porter Ranch Community School win Students in Action awards from the Jefferson Awards Foundation
    Congratulations to those Students In Action Teams who competed and earned banners at last week's Los Angeles Region Students In Action (SIA) Spring Competition and Celebration, capping off an excellent first year of SIA training and service.
    Gold Banner Awards
    Holmes Middle School
    Silver Banner Awards
    Sutter Middle School
    Porter Ranch Community School
  • State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award
    California Gold Ribbon Schools
    Local District Northwest Celebrates our 2016 Gold Ribbons Schools!
    • Balboa Gifted Magnet School
    • Bertrand Avenue Elementary School
    • Capistrano Ave. Elementary School
    • Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary School
    • Chatsworth Park Elementary School
    • Encino Charter Elementary School
    • Hart Street Elementary School
    • Haynes Charter for Enriched Studies
    • Justice Street Academy Charter School
    • Lockhurst Drive Charter Elementary School
    • Mayall Academy of Arts and Technology Magnet School
    • Melvin Avenue Elementary School
    • Porter Ranch Community School
    • Primary Academy for Success
    • San Jose Street Elementary School
    • Serrania Charter for Enriched Studies
    • Vintage Magnet Elementary
  • Porter Middle School has achieved the title of California Green Ribbon School Gold Level for the 2016
    Curtis Ward, Porter MS teacher, attending the Environmental Sustainability Challenge Meeting at Local District Northwest
    Great news about George K. Porter Middle School! Curtis Ward, Social Studies Dept. Chair/Environmental-Sustainability Lead, shared that Porter has achieved the title of California Green Ribbon School Gold Level for the 2016!

    "USDE Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate exemplary achievement in three areas of focus established by the US Department of Education. The first area focuses on reducing environmental impact and costs to a school site or district. The second area concentrates on the improving health and wellness for the schools, students, and staff. The last area of focus highlights the integration of effective environmental education that teaches across the disciplines and is especially attuned at effectively implementing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, civic skills, and green career pathways. At Porter Middle School, we have achieved the title of California Green Ribbon School Gold Level for the 2016 calendar year, and continue to develop both Local District Northwest initiatives as well as LAUSD initiatives in an effort to bring environmental and sustainability education to the students and staff," Ward said of the honor.

    More information about the award can be found at:
  • Canoga Park High School celebrates grand opening of new B.A.I.T. Studio at their Building Assets Through Integrated Technology (B.A.I.T.) Academy

     Canoga Park HS opens BAIT Studio
    Students using the BAIT studio  
     Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Canoga Park High School
       Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, Principal Robert Garcia, School Board member Scott Schmerelson and Councilman Bob Blumenfield
     Canoga Park High School is proud to announce the grand opening of their  B.A.I.T. Studio. Canoga Park High students, teachers and administrators, along with L.A. Unified officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the BAIT Studio, a $5 million production studio.
    Forging another pathway into the 21st century workforce, Canoga Park High on Thursday unveiled a new $5 million digital studio, where students can launch entertainment, communications and high-tech careers.
    Known as the BAIT Academy – Building Assets through Integrated Technology – the three-room studio features state-of-the art digital, video and photo imaging and screening equipment. 
    The new computers lining the walls are loaded with professional-grade software, giving students the latest tools for graphic design and multimedia production.
    “This marks the re-visioning of Canoga Park High School as ‘Canoga … College … Career,’” said Principal Robert Garcia, whose son attends the West Valley campus. “It sends a message that our students have access to a world-class learning experience.”
  • JROTC team from Monroe High qualifies for national leadership competition
    Monroe HS's JORTC Team
     After advancing through two phases of online competition, the six-member Army JROTC team from Monroe High School will compete this summer for national honors in the annual Army JROTC Leadership Bowl in Washington, D.C.
    Students from Monroe and 39 other schools outscored more than 1,300 teams from around the world to qualify for the Leadership Bowl, which tests their knowledge of current events, leadership values and leadership skills. Members of Monroe’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps team are Marisol Ahumada, Anne Bana, Andrea Cardoza, Tamara Herrador, Luis Maya and Yoli Ortega.

    Porter Ranch Community School students win several awards at the Los Angeles County Science Fair
    Los Angeles County Science Fair  
    Porter Ranch Community School had all 8th grade students enter in the Los Angeles County Science Fair. Twelve students were selected to attend the Los Angeles County Science Fair in Pasadena on Friday March 18th before spring break.

    The Los Angeles Country Science Fair has over 900 participants from both private and public schools. Porter Ranch Community School had 4 top winners:
    • Margret Franke won 1st place in Animal Physiology
    • Her scientific question was "Does a Horse's Shoulder Angle Affect its Stride?"
    • Robert Grigorian won honorable mention in chemistry with his scientific question regarding coke and mentos.
    • Chasen Kazahaya and Jack Saltzman also won honorable mention in Engineering with "Can Lasers transmit sound?"

  • Daniel Pearl Magnet High School student will represent Los Angeles County at the California State National History Day 2016

     National History Day National History Day
    Kaitlyn Arst (10th Grade) was the co-winner in her category Senior Individual Exhibit at the National History Day Los Angeles 2016. She will be representing Los Angeles County and Daniel Pearl Magnet High School at the California State National History Day in Rocklin, CA on May 6-7, 2016.
  • Farmers Cares Week brought a campus beautification project to Reseda Elementary over spring break

     Farmers Cares Week at Reseda Elementary 1  Farmers Cares Week at Reseda Elementary
     Farmers Cares Week at Reseda Elementary  Farmers Cares Week at Reseda Elementary
    Employees from Woodland Hills Farmers Insurance adopted Reseda Elementary in a big way fr a campus beautification project. The call was for 100 volunteers, but the response was closer to 300. The team completed several projects, while the school was closed for Spring Break, including painting, cleaning the playground area, gardening and general maintenance.
    In addition to the beautification project, ThankAmerica's Teachers adopted Reseda Elementary school during Farmers Cares Week and provided school supplies and flyers for students and parents to nominate their teacher for grants. It was the final gesture to a great day of volunteering for a very deserving school that will returned from spring break to shiny classrooms and facilities for the rest of the school year.
  • Daniel Pearl Magnet High School's award-winning newspaper, The Pearl Post, and Journalism Program were featured on Univision

     Pearl Post
     The Pearl Post on Univision
    In April, three thousand high school students will participate in the Annual Convention for Journalism. The event has been organized by Ms. Chavira, a teacher and former journalist at Daniel Pearl Magnet high School.  
    Students at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School graduate with experience in journalism as well as photography. That experience develops their communication skills and creativity capacity for self expression.  Several students have been recognized for their award winning photos, and many have gone on to study journalism in college because of their experience in Ms. Chavira's class.
    Click here to watch the segment at the Univision website.
  • Cleveland High School student is recognized as Ventura Blvd Magazine's "Top Teens: 10 to Watch"

     Cleveland High School Student in Top Teens: 10 to Watch
    One of our Cleveland High School seniors, Jaspreet Kaur, has been featured in the April 2016 issue of Ventura Blvd Magazine's "Top Teens: 10 to Watch." She is the only public school student selected. Her story is amazing.

    Last year, she received the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. On Sunday, April 3, she represented Cleveland HS at the Skills USA State Competition.

    Here is a link to her profile in the publication:

    Jaspreet is a true inspiration.
  • Columbus Middle School is designated as a SupportMusic Merit Award School

    2016 Best Communities for Music Education
    Columbus Middle School has been designated a 2016 SupportMusic Merit Award as part of the Best Communities for Music Education program.
    Congratulations again to Columbus Middle School for demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
  • Independence High School is recognized as a 2016 Model Continuation High School by State Superintendent of Public Instruction

     Independence High School