• Biographies Brought to Life at Mayall Academy

    Posted by HECTOR VERDUZCO on 2/26/2018

    Mayall Sign

    As a culminating activity, the Third Grade classes at Mayall Academy in North Hills presented their version of a Wax Museum to parents, staff, and students on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in the school auditorium.  The classes have been studying and researching famous characters in art as part of their English Language Arts Program and study of the artist Andy Warhol.  Not only did they read biographies about Will Smith, Frida Kahlo, and George Lucas, they used their Chromebooks to research facts and details about their lives.  Students wrote research papers, presented photographs, and did oral presentations for their classmates dressed as their character. 

    Mrs. Marne, Miss Coleman, and Mrs. Zuletta (Third Grade teachers) worked together to present the Wax Museum to the Mayall Community.  They felt it would be an amazing way to present the student projects in a unique way.  Students were ready to recite facts about their character.  Did you know that George Lucas met Steven Spielberg while they were film students at USC?  That is one of the interesting facts Lucas Pineda discovered about George Lucas.  Did you know that Julie Andrews lives in Brentwood?  Braylin Coulter learned that fact during her investigation.  Students were very excited to share their knowledge.    When leaving the venue, parents commented on new details and fun facts they learned about some of their favorite personalities.

    What a wonderful way to incorporate literature, technology, and art!



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    Posted by HECTOR VERDUZCO on 12/11/2017

    Mayall Students

    Mayall Academy of Arts and Technology Magnet in North Hills participated for the second year in the Granada Hills Holiday Parade on Sunday December 3rd.  Students, families, and staff sang, cheered and waved to parade watchers along the 2 mile route.  Mayall participants jingled bells and sang Jingle Bells enthusiastically while waving to children and adults eliciting smiles and cheers!  It was an amazing way to begin the Holiday Season!  Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander and KTLA News Host Chris Burrous rode in open air vehicles down the parade route waving and greeting the crowds!

    After the parade, awards were given in various categories to equestrian units, drumlines, bands, Boy and Girl Scouts, dance teams, floats, car clubs, and youth novelty groups by John Ciccarelli, parade founder.  Mayall Academy was proud to receive 2nd place in the Youth Novelty division for the second year in a row!  Congratulations to all the participants for bringing this award to our school!

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  • Bancroft Middle School Magnet and LA Opera

    Posted by MARY JANE LIRA LONDON on 11/13/2017

    Bancroft Middle School Magnet Coordinator Erin Saporta and Theatre teacher Matthew Kennedy worked together to bring the LA Opera to Bancroft Middle School & Performing Arts/STE[+a]M Magnets.


    After an 8-week residency, Bancroft sixth-grade students performed The White Bird of Poston with principal singers, musicians and other artists from the LA Opera. The opera, composed by Eli Villanueva, dealt with the issue of Japanese internment during World War II.

    The Bancroft actors/singers sang in an operatic style, played multiple characters, and  designed their own masks. 


    Before the show, student audience members were educated about Japanese internment at the Manzanar and Poston camps.

     LA Opera and Bancroft Magnet     Cast


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  • LAUSD Magnet Students are Top Performers for 3 Years in a Row

    Posted by MARY JANE LIRA LONDON on 10/24/2017
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  • Magnet College and Career Readiness

    Posted by HECTOR VERDUZCO on 10/23/2017

    Mayall CCA

    Mayall Academy of Arts and Technology students held a college and career awareness assembly.  Mayall students created posters about various colleges and universities.  Mayall students prepared speeches about the college they researched and presented them during the assembly.  Mrs. Kim, Principal, also presented a slideshow about Getting Ready for College.  Mayall students are getting college and career ready! - https://spark.adobe.com/page/kgs8js3RFjUjZ/


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  • Students, educators, community partners set the stage for future careers in medicine:

    Posted by MARY JANE LIRA LONDON on 10/12/2017

    Students, educators, community partners set the stage for future careers in medicine:

    A major organizer of the effort is science teacher April White, who is part of the faculty of the Venice Science Technology Engineering Medical Math (STEMM) Magnet. White began her career with a degree in biochemistry, conducting research in the biotech industry for six years before deciding to transition to education.

    “April is one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking teachers I have ever worked with,” (Principal) Wiedoeft said. “We are so fortunate to have someone of her caliber to help build the program our students need to thrive as the next generation of scientists.”

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  • Vintage STEM Magnet Named National Blue Ribbon School

    Posted by MARY JANE LIRA LONDON on 10/9/2017

    Congratulations to Vintage STEM Magnet!

    Vintage Magnet has been designated as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School for 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Vintage was one of 342 schools in the nation and one of only 25 schools in California to be recognized in 2017.


    The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Vintage received this status for making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

    Since 1982, the U. S. Department of Education has sought out and celebrated great American schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

    Principal Williams-Maurao will be attending the award ceremony in Washington D.C. on November 7 and 8.




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  • Mayall Academy Wins Making Movies that Matter Film Festival

    Posted by HECTOR VERDUZCO on 5/25/2017

    Class Photo


    Mayall Academy won the Best Overall Elementary Film in the 2nd annual Making Movies that Matter film festival sponsored by Councilman Mitchell Englander's office.  The culminating event was held last night, 5/24/17, at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN.  It was a very exciting evening for all of them and an amazing accomplishment for their student team led by our computer teacher, Mr. Jhun De Guzman, our CAL ARTS artist Mr. Jin Kyu Ahn, and teacher advisor Mrs. Marleen Riewthong.  Last year, Mayall Academy won 1st place in the Elementary Animation Division.

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  • STEAM Magnet at Olive Vista

    Posted by HECTOR VERDUZCO on 1/30/2017

    STEAM Olive


    On Saturday January 28, 2017, the STEAM Magnet at Olive Vista had 15 students compete at LA Trade Tech College in the Team Engineering Challenge for our SkillsUSA Engineering Club led by Sabrina Loesh. Approximately 20 teams from five middle schools around the Los Angeles area participated in the competition. The participating schools came from diverse areas throughout the district.


    All competitors designed and constructed a tower composed of spaghetti, tape, string, and a marshmallow. Of the five student groups, three groups proudly constructed the only standing towers at the end of the contest. These three teams from Olive Vista STEAM Magnet took the BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD medals at this competition!!


    Part two of the competition is this coming Saturday (2/4/17). The STEAM Magnet at Olive Vista has 37 students competing in the CO2 Dragster and Urban Search and Rescue Robotics competitions.


    There is nothing that can hold the OV STEAM kids from achieving their dreams!

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