Northwest Stars - Building On Our Strengths
Welcome to Northwest Stars! Below you will find the latest and greatest news and accomplishments from our schools.
Congratulations to Reseda High School's Rookie of the Year Teacher
June 6, 2017District leaders and Reseda High School staff recognizing Michelle for her achievement.
LAUSD announces Michelle Brait, SDC teacher at Reseda HS as recipient of Rookie of the Year teaching award.
Special education students help UCLA catalog US, local historyMay 29, 2017Leichman students with teacher PJ Goldfinger work on cataloging the VHS tapes.
Students at Leichman Career and Transition Center are working on a project with UCLA to catalog and archive 30 years of local TV news footage.
Liggett and Nestle Elementary students to Record Songs in Legendary Capitol Studions
May 18, 2017Nestle Elementary students recording in Studio A on May 18, 2017.
Over a two-day period, 70 fourth- and fifth-grade students from Liggett Street Elementary School and Nestle Avenue Charter will record vocals at Capitol Studios, located in the landmark Capitol Records building in Hollywood.
Liggett Elementary School students will perform “Eleanor Rigby,” by The Beatles; “Lost Boy” by Ruth B; and “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Nestle Avenue Charter will record “Fight Song,” along with The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” and “Diamonds” by Rihanna. Each student will receive a link to a session download as a souvenir.
Under the direction of music teacher Avah Ham, the students will sing in Studio A, where such performers as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Bublé and Imagine Dragons have recorded since 1956.
Teacher Appreciation Week: SoCal Honda Dealers Random Acts of Kindness finds its way to Canoga Park Early Education CenterMay 2, 2017
. Nancy Joaquin, a special-education teacher at the Canoga Park Early Education Center, was surprised with materials and supplies to equip a new outdoor classroom during a National Teachers Appreciation Week event sponsored by the SoCal Honda Dealers Random Acts of Helpfulness on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Joaquin was nominated for the recognition by Sara Vasquez, principal of the Canoga Park and Cleveland Early Education Centers.
Grover Cleveland Charter High is recognized as Honor Roll SchoolApril 25, 2017Grover Cleveland Charter High
Grover Cleveland Charter High has been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as one of 1,866 public schools in California to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school.
The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
Bridge to the Future: CSUN Puts College on the Agenda for Canoga Park High School StudentsApril 21, 2017Participating Canoga Park High School students with staff leaders from CPHS and CSUN
CSUN launched Bridge to the Future (B2F) — a scholars program that provides a four-year, tuition-free education to a cohort of Canoga Park students. As part of their participation in the program, all B2F students are expected to give back to their community by participating in service activities and mentoring their younger peers at the high school. Returning to Canoga Park as role models for younger students, they will illustrate the accessibility of university attendance. The goal is to build a new tradition and college-going culture within the community, so more students choose to apply to CSUN, pursue a four-year degree, increase the economic and social standing of their families, and outline a sustainable career trajectory for themselves.
Sutter Middle School's Kind Club publishes video to culminate year-long project in spreading kindness throughout their community
April 21, 2017A still image from their final project video showing when the Kind Club visited Sunny Brae Elementary. Click the image to watch on Youtube.
Pomelo Elementary recognized as 2017 California Civic Learning Award SchoolApril 18, 2017Pomelo Elementary School
The California Department of Education has congratulated and commended Pomelo for being named a 2017 Civic Learning Award School. Such success is a direct result of Pomelo's dedicated and hard-working staff, as well as their supportive school community.
Aerojet Rocketdyne donates $1,000 to Sunny Brae Elementary to support growth in scienceApril 7, 2017Sunny Brae staff and students accepting the donation from Mr. William Munsch of Aerojet Rocketdyne.
Thank you to our local scientists and engineers at Aerojet Rocketdyne for supporting Sunny Brae’s endeavors to become an Academy of Global Awareness. The donation from Aerojet Rocketdyne for $1,000 was presented to Sunny Brae on Friday, April 7, by Mr. William Munsch. The award will help to purchase Science projects, specifically robots. Local District Northwest is very grateful for the support from our community!
Canoga Park Elementary recognizes Autism Awareness Month
April 4, 2017The Canoga Park Elementary School community taking a group photo in the shape of a puzzle piece to recognize Autism Awareness Month.
The Canoga Park CHAMPIONS came together to recognize Autism Awareness Month. Students were encouraged to wear blue in support of this great month. The student Council read messages about autism. Canoga's very own teacher, Andrea Lugo, led the organization of this idea and the staff and students made it happen. When it was time to take the picture above, instead of saying "cheese", the students yelled "CHAMPIONS!"
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley celebrates Cleveland High School Senior as its "Youth of the Year"April 1, 2017Baljot Chahal was awarded the Boys & Girl Club of the West Valley, Youth of the Year Award, at a luncheon at the Warner Center Marriott onSaturday, April 1, 2017. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Baljot Chahal was bullied in elementary and middle school and turned away by other kids at recess. She was weak, said the girl from a deeply traditional east Indian family. Overweight. And painfully shy. She wasn’t normal. Then came a bold about-face at the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. “The club eventually became my savior,” said Chahal, 17, of Reseda, now president of her senior class at Cleveland Charter High School. “Being a part of the Boys & Girls Club has made me a very strong woman, whose voice is no longer silenced. “I no longer feel I need to hide behind my shadow, or feel bad for being me.”Chahal was named Youth of the Year on Saturday during the 2017 Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley Youth of the Year Luncheon, presented by Farmers Insurance, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.
Kaitlyn Arst of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School wins awards at County Science Fair and National History Day Fair in the same weekend
March 27, 2017
Kaitlyn participated in the Los Angeles County Science Fair (March 23-26, 2017) and the Los Angeles National History Day (March 25, 2017). She was awarded one of the Top Prize at the Los Angeles Science Fair - The Helen & Peter Bing Student Field Research Award with Earthwatch. This is a fellowship stipend award that covers all project and travel expenses to an expedition of her choosing, during the summer. She can choose to go on an expedition with world renown scientists, in places such as Belize, Canada, Costa Rica etc. She loves Dolphins, so I believe she is leaning towards an expedition with Dolphins in Costa Rica. She also was Co-Winner at the History Fair, where she will be moving on to NHD California State competition, being held in Rocklin (near Sacramento) on Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7, 2017. Congratulations to Kaitlyn for her incredible achievements.
Sutter Middle School's Kind Club arranged an Assembly for Mosk Elementary students with the founder of the app "Sit With Us"February 6, 2017Top Left: Students from Mosk Elementary and Sutter Middle School attending the assembly. Bottom Left: Natalie Hampton, founder of the app "Sit With Us," addressing students at the assembly. Right: The Sutter Middle School Kind Club student leaders and teacher sponsor taking a photo with Natalie in front of their Kind Wall.
The Kind Club at Sutter Middle School has continued to make a positive impact in their community. Natalie Hampton, founder of the app "Sit With Us," visited their school and spoke to students. The Sutter Kind Club invited Mosk Elementary students to the assembly and they were very engaged and enthusiastic to learn more about Ms. Hampton and her app. She shared her bullying experience in middle school, what inspired her to make the app, and how it works and why it works. She also met with the Kind Club Builds LA team for an exclusive interview.
The event was a great success and our school is currently using the app to ensure that no one sits alone at lunch. On Thursday, February 9th, Sutter MS organized a "No One Eats Alone" lunch event for all students.
Henry Middle School 6th Grade Girls Basketball are Valley ChampionsJanuary 30, 2017
Congratulations to Patrick Henry middle school 6th grade girls for winning the LAUSD city basketball championship. After a long and difficult season, the girls represented LD Northwest with pride at the city finals on Saturday January 28th. They each won a metal and brought home a trophy & basketball for the school to display. Patrick Henry represents LD Northwest with pride!
Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences says Hello Human Kindness with a week filled with activities during the Great Kindness Challenge 2017
January 28, 2017Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences taking a group photo on the athletic field while wearing their Hello Human Kindness T-Shirts.
Visit the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences' website to see more photos from the Great Kindness Challenge 2017.
Bertrand Elementary Students take part in the worldwide “Great Kindness Challenge”January 27, 2017Bertrand students alongside Principal Sylvia Guzmán and Intervention Coordinator Dan Hernandez celebrating Kindness Challenge Week on their campus.
Bertrand Elementary has been featured in the San Fernando Sun for their participation in the "Great Kindness Challenge". On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Bertrand students and their teachers took a “lap of kindness” around their schoolyard, sporting signs and posters made in class and enjoying each other's company outside in the bright mid-morning sunshine. Some ran, some skipped. Many held hands and chattered excitedly. Bertrand Elementary is one of 32 LAUSD schools in the San Fernando Valley participating in the Great Kindness Challenge with activities to promote and inspire acts of kindness, and reject negative behaviors like bullying. Click here to see the full story from the San Fernando Sun.
The Kind Club at Sutter Middle School is spreading kindness in the community through civic engagement and leadership
January 26, 2017The student leaders and teacher sponsor of the Kind Club at Sutter Middle School taking a group photo at the Girls Build LA event.
Sutter Middle School's Kind Club wants to move our community towards an anti-bullying environment. They want to raise the awareness of students, parents and teachers about the harmful effects and the lifelong impacts bullying has on all parties. Kind Club will visit five local elementary schools to explain what constitutes bullying and the harmful effects of both cyberbullying and traditional bullying. The team will host assemblies to educate elemetnary students about bullying as well as conduct some team-building activities to help students learn how to create positive relationships. The school the team will visit are Fullbright Avenue Elementary, Limerick Avenue Elementary, Mosk Elementary, Sunny Brae Avenue Elementary, and Winnetka Avenue Elementary. In addition, the team is interviewing middle and high school students, parents, and teachers about how bullying has affected their lives or impacted their communities. The team is providing research and action steps for how to stop bullying and using social media to share their progress. Local District Northwest celebrates the initiative of these students to innovate and campaign for a kinder community and better world.
Click here to visit The Kind Club's incredible website with photos, videos, detailed project plans, and more.
Columbus Middle School teacher selected to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator AwardJanuary 11, 2017Ms. Brusca leading Columbus students and school leaders in a drumline performance this last semester.
Ms. Monique Brusca, teacher at Columbus Middle School, has been selected to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award at the 2017 Symposium on Music in School this summer at Yale University. The focus at this year's Symposium is music-making in America's city schools, and the Yale School of Music has partnered with the National Association of Music Educators and VH1 Save the Music Foundation to identify educators who exemplify the qualities of successful music educators in urban districts. Ms Brusca has been selected as a teacher who is remarkable both for her visionary approach to music education in a city school district, as well as her efforts to truly ‘make a difference’ in the lives of students and families.
Patrick Henry Middle School celebrates the holidays by hawing the spirit and donating toys, bikes and skateboards to the Toys for Tots!December 17, 2016Patrick Henry MS students, families, and staff showing their opportunity to show the "spirit of giving" this holiday season.
Mayall Academy students win 2nd Place trophy for “Youth Novelty” in the 2016 Granada Hills Holiday Parade
December 15, 2016The Mayall Academy family walking together in the Granada Hills Holiday Parade.
Patrick Henry Middle School's Ukulele Team takes 1st Place in Granada Hills ParadeDecember 13, 2016Patrick Henry Middle School's Ukulele Team with Principal, Dr. Sandra Cruz, and Instructor, Mr. Bernie Bascara
We would like to share that Patrick Henry Middle School Ukulele, under the direction of Mr. Bernie Bascara, won 1st place in the middle school category for the Granada Hills Parade on Sunday, December 4th. Local District Northwest congratulates the students and sends a warm thank you to all staff, parents, and families who supported them in this making this achievement.
Thanksgiving at Hart Street Elementary
December 7, 2016Hart Elementary and YMCA delivering turkey meals to the community.
For the past six years, Hart Street ES has collaborated with the YMCA to donate turkey meals to our needy families.
This past Thanksgiving, Hart Street and the YMCA donated 100 meals.
Lanai Road Elementary School Receives 2016 Best of Encino AwardDecember 7, 2016
Lanai Road Elementary School has been selected for the 2016 Best of Encino Award in the Elementary School category by the Encino Award Program.
Each year, the Encino Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Encino area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Encino Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Encino Award Program and data provided by third parties.
The Encino Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Encino area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Encino Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.Congratulations to the Lanai Road School Community for their achievement.
Daniel Pearl Magnet High School partners with Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council to provide CPR training to the community
December 3, 2016
Daniel Pearl Magnet High School partnered with the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council to provide a free CPR Training on Saturday, Dec 3rd for students, parents, staff, and community members. All participants also were trained in basic first aid and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. Another training will be scheduled in spring.
Valley Academy of Arts and Science, Daniel Pearl Magnet HS, Miller HS, and Adams HS come together for a few friendly games of soccerDecember 2, 2016Photographs of games and teams taken during the tournament.
An Intramural Soccer tournament, organized by Principal Kelly Hanock and her team at Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences (VAAS) took place on Friday, December 2, 2016. The event brought together students from VAAS, Daniel Pearl Magnet HS (DPMHS), Miller HS, and Adams HS to have friendly and fun soccer matches! Principal Deb Smith of DPMHS, Principal Paul Purkiser of Addams HS and Principal Wayne Foglesong of Miller HS have successfully collaborated with Principal Kelly Hanock and are planning to hold Basketball Games in the spring semester.
Reseda football shuts out Hollywood to reach first City final since 1998November 28, 2016The Reseda High School Football team.
As a result, RESEDA VARSITY FOOTBALL WILL PLAY FRANKLIN IN THE 95th ANNUAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 11:00 AM (Div. 3) EL CAMINO COLLEGE, MURDOCK STADIUM.
Teachers from Mulholland Middle School and Canoga Park High School make top 10 finalists for California League of Schools' Educator of the Year Award
November 17, 2016
Mrs. Marci Lewis (Science and Robotics Teacher at Mulholland MS) and Ms. Sarah Ishida (Science and Foreign Language Teacher at Canoga Park HS) were selected to be in the top 10 finalists for the Region 8 Educator of the Year of the California League of Schools 2017. Their incredible dedication and efforts, which resulted in significant student achievement, were recognized and honored at the Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Congratulations Mrs. Lewis and Ms. Ishida!
Porter Middle School students connect their ideas on tolerance
November 16, 2016Porter Middle School students holding a connected chain of paper links that contains their school's thoughts on tolerance.
All Porter Middle School Homerooms wrote about what the word "Tolerance"meant to them. Then the school connected every paper together to create a chain of links that contains their collective thoughts on tolerance.
Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary School celebrates opening of a brand new computer lab, donated by Councilman Mitch EnglanderNovember 15, 2016Left: Councilman Mitch Englander, Principal Victoria Littlejohn, and students cutting the ribbon. Top Right: Students using the new computer lab. Bottom Right: Leaders, teachers, and students in a group photo in the new computer lab.
Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary School celebrated opening of a brand new computer lab, donated by Councilman Mitch Englander. At the Ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, students presented the Councilman with a speech and a demonstration lesson. Castlebay Lane students are excited to expand their learning and creativity through technology.
Pomelo Community Charter School celebrates Veterans Day with Heroes Feast
November 14, 2016Left: Pomelo students taking a group picture in their best red, white, and blue at the Heroes Feast.Right: A helicopter flying over Pomelo to commemorate the event.
Patrick Henry Middle School hosts Armenian Delegation
November 13, 2016Left: The Patrick Henry School Community with Armenian Delegation. Top Right: The Armenian Delegation with Superintendent Vivian Ekchian and Instructional Director Joseph Nacorda. Bottom Right: Patrick Henry students engaging in discussion with members of the Armenian Delegation.
Community learning about earthquake safety is "shaking things up" at Coffee with the Principal at Stanley Mosk Elementary
November 2, 2016Principal Jodi Harrison connecting with families at Stanley Mosk Elementary's Coffee with the Principal.
Stanley Mosk Elementary School is a Lego Model School that emphasizes STEAM education. Each month the principal, Jodi Harrison, holds a Coffee with the Principal to promote family partnerships. On November 2nd, her goal was to teach a Project Based Learning Experience focusing on building structures that can withstand a strong earthquake. This real world lesson included Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as well as Language Arts. The parents left energized and asking for more hands-on 21st century learning experiences.
Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter’s Elementary Team comes in first place for the Youth Services North Regional and District-wide Flag Football Tournament 2016November 3, 2016Principal Movses Tarakhchyan and Coach Jordan Cisneros with the team. Team: Luke Jones 4th Gr, Jared Mims 5th Gr, Brady Fine 5th Gr, Tyren Brown 5th Gr, Christopher Wear 5th Gr, Adan Viner 4th Gr, Maxwell Madnick 4th Gr, Eli Gozarkhan 3rd Gr, Jacob Ashikian 3rd Gr, Clayton “Lange” Palumbo 4th Gr, Carter Stewart 4th Gr, Isaac Salmeron 5th Gr, Kyle Simkin 4th Gr
Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter’s Elementary Team came in first place for the Youth Services North Regional and Districtwide Flag Football Tournament 2016. Congratulations to the team for their hard work and achievement.
Hart Street Elementary School in Canoga Park hosts its 10th annual Math NightNovember 1, 2016
Hart Street Elementary School in Canoga Park has been hosting its annual Math Night events for the past 10 years. It takes places in the evening to allow students and especially parents the opportunity to attend. This year the Math Night was Tuesday, October 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Hart Elementary Math Night events were developed to give the opportunity for teachers to successfully model fun math games and activities with parents and students. The goal is for parents and students to experience how fun math games are and how they can be used at home. Hart Elementary wants their students to improve their math skills with exciting and fun math activities. This year, 26 staff participated and approximately 225 parents attended. It is such a huge event that they had to put tables outside the auditorium due to the larger than expected participation. Congratulations to the Hart Elementary team for a successful community event centered around math learning.
Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences recognizes Girl Empowerment Day
October 28, 2016VAAS students and staff dressed as Rosie the Riveter from J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!" poster from 1943
Patrick Henry Middle School's Principal is honored with Pink Patch Project plaque
October 27, 2016Left: Sgt. George Sandoval and Dr. Sandra Cruz with Pink Patch Project plaque.Right: PHMS students and staff posing in pink for the final Thursday in October.
Dr. Sandra Cruz, principal of Patrick Henry Middle School and a breast cancer survivor of 6 years this December, has been honored by Los Angeles School Police Department's Sgt. George Sandoval with the LASPD Pink Patch Project plaque. Patrick Henry commemorated October, breast cancer awareness month, by wearing pink every Thursday. On Thursday October 27, the school culminated with a group picture of staff and students wearing pink and including our special guest, Sgt. Sandoval who proudly displayed the pink patch on his uniform. Local District Northwest appreciates our LASPD's unwavering support and continued collaboration in keeping our schools safe and in participating in school events.
Dearborn Elementary hosts media coverage of the Great California ShakeOut Drill
October 20, 2016Dearborn students practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" in Great California ShakeOut Drill.
Dearborn Elementary welcomed the media for coverage of the Great California ShakeOut Drill on October 20th, 2016. The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes.
Local District Northwest attends the Los Angeles Valley College Fest as a great opportunity to engage the community in success for all students
October 8, 2016Left: College Fest Attendees. Right: Local District Northwest Superintendent Vivian Ekchian speaking to students and families at one of the College Fest workshops.
The Annual African American Fall Parent Summit was held at Los Angeles Valley College on October 8, 2016. The event focused on removing biases and barriers to black student success and featured a variety of workshops with over 80 college and university booths. The LAUSD family and local communities came together for this event aimed at preparing all students to be college and career ready.
Patrick Henry Middle School mobilizes the community for National Walk to School Day
October 5, 2016Patrick Henry Middle School students participating in Walk to School Day
Carrying signs and banners from Patrick Henry Middle School, scores of students, parents, teachers, and administrators participated in Walk to School Day on October 5th 2016. Streaming down the sidewalks, the Henry community enjoyed a walk together to complete the one-mile walk from Petit Park to their Granada Hills campus by the first bell. Local District Northwest celebrates Henry's commitment to promoting positive academic, social-emotional, and physical wellness through this community event.
Valley Alternative Magnet School gets shout out as "spectacularly great school for grades K-12" in L.A. Parent's Education GuideOctober 5, 2016The cover and reference to Valley Alternative Magnet from the 2016-2017 Education Guide by LA Parent.Background: the Valley Alternative Magnet campus and student body.
Valley Alternative Magnet got a shout out in this month’s Education Guide put out by LA Parent as a “spectacularly great school for grades K-12”. If you go to the link below, the article titled LAUSD Magnets: Getting to the Points starts on page 24, and Valley Alternative Magnet is called out on page 27.
Pomelo Community Charter celebrates grand opening of their new science lab with ribbon cutting ceremony and model science lesson
September 21, 2016Pomelo Elementary Science Lab ribbon cutting ceremony.
Great News from Pomelo Community Charter! On September 21, 2016, Pomelo Community Charter had a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of their brand new science lab! Parents, community and local district personnel were invited to celebrate this wonderful occasion. Guests interacted with Ms. Elizabeth Baxter's 4th grade class as they investigated properties of rocks and minerals. Visitors could see all the science materials neatly organized and prepared for instruction by the science lab aide, Mrs. Suzanne Ecklund.
The new lab features student furniture specially purchased for an elementary school science lab. Student work is posted, accompanied by current science standards. Lessons in the lab are incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards, and STEAM and STEM components to prepare students for the 21st century.
The school was presented with a certificate from the City of Los Angeles and Councilman Mitchell Englander's office and a certificate of congratulations from West Hills City Council. Refreshments were enjoyed by all! Parent and community support are greatly appreciated with the school's ongoing efforts to promote instructional excellence for all Pomelo students.
Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary students make inspiring videos and speeches in a campaign for school leadership roles
September 17, 2016Castlebay students make videos and speeches to campaign for school leadership roles on their student council.
This year at Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary, students running for the Student Council engaged in producing campaign videos and making speeches. They did a great job in this real world experience of seeking positions of leadership.
The schools of the Taft Instructional Cabinet engage in system-wide professional development to deepen student learning in mathematics
September 20, 2016Elementary teachers of the Taft Instructional Cabinet engaged in math professional development.
Over 120 teachers from the Taft Instructional Cabinet came together for a collaborative session on deepening student learning in mathematics. Local District Northwest Instructional Directors Joseph Nacorda and Yolanda Guerra collaborated with the principals of the participating schools to create this opportunity to learn together. The elementary session was facilitated by Elementary Math Coordinator Steve Allen, and the middle and high school session was led by Secondary Math Coordinator Susan Sim-Kim. The professional development event was a great success in our efforts to provide relevant and engaging math instruction for our students.
Patrick Henry Middle School's Academy of Performing and Visual Arts Magnet is bringing learning to life through arts integration
September 12, 2016Left: Principal Dr. Sandra Cruz, LAUSD Arts Branch Executive Director Rory Pullens, and Patrick Henry staff member holding the PAVA T-shirt.Right: The Ukulele classroom is a school-wide program and all students at PHMS have the opportunity to join the class and/or club.
The Patrick Henry Middle School students of the Academy of Performing & Visual Arts Magnet are learning what it looks like when math and the arts dance. The magnet program is taking every opportunity to engage students in relevant and engaging instruction that integrates academic content with the artistic disciplines of dance, music, theater, film, media arts, and the visual arts.
Sherman Oaks CES Teacher, Elizabeth Nelson, completed the 2016 Green Boot Camp in San Diego last JuneAugust 17, 2016
Local District Northwest congratulates Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies on having one of their teachers being selected to attend the 2016 Green Boot Camp in San Diego last June! Elizabeth Nelson from Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies spent a week learning with 50 other teachers from around the world. Honeywell’s Green Boot Camp teaches middle school teachers how to turn their classrooms into fertile ground on which ideas about sustainability can thrive.
Out of over 500 applications, Elizabeth attended with teachers from 13 countries and 30 other states for a total of 50 participants. Honeywell’s selection of Elizabeth to participate in this program is a significant achievement for her personally, but also is something residents of our community should be proud of as it’s a direct reflection on the quality education our Local District provides.
Local District Northwest and Pierce College connect the community with over 100 colleges and universities at College Fair Extraordinaire Event
September 10, 2016Photographs taken by Local District Staff during the event at Pierce College.
Local District Northwest and Pierce College partnered to bring over 100 colleges and universities from across the country to the community event, College Fair Extraordinaire. The event featured twenty workshops for students and their families on topics such as financial aid and the college application process. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the great success of this event.
Liggett Elementary celebrates the grand opening of their new auditorium with a ribbon cutting ceremony and student performances
September 9, 2016Students performing at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The students did a wonderful job performing for the Liggett Elementary Auditorium Grand Opening. They were asked to sing a song for the many important community members such as Vivian Ekchian, the Local District Northwest Superintendent, Adrin Nazarian, Los Angeles Assembly Member, Brian Gaviria, a member of LA Mayor Gacetti's office, and local fire fighters and police officers. Local District Northwest celebrates alongside the Liggett community in knowing that the new auditorium will be used as a center for learning and enrichment in the arts.
Dearborn Elementary celebrates opening of new science lab with evening ribbon cutting ceremony
September 8, 2016The ribbon cutting ceremony and the new science lab.
Dearborn Elementary celebrated the opening of their new science lab, which will serve as a hub of learning for young scientists and engineers. The community came together to commemorate this special addition to the Dearborn instructional program with a ribbon cutting ceremony; school staff, parents, Local District Northwest staff, representatives from Council District 12, and Board Member Scott Schmerelson were in attendance to congratulate the school on this achievement. Following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, everyone gathered in the Science Lab for a science demonstration led by a team of scientists from CSUN who will be partnering with the school to enrich science instruction. The night culminated with everyone engaging in an engineering design challenge that fully demonstrated the potential of this new learning space.
Leichman Career and Transition Center uses animal care area to provide real-world learning experiences for students
September 2, 2016A student from Leichman Career and Transition Center working with the new chickens on campus.
Students from Leichman Career and Transition Center are getting involved in caring for animals in the newly improved animal care area of the campus. Leichman's animal care area has 29 hens that will be ready to produce eggs for sale at their Thursday Farmer’s Market. Leichman is exploring partnerships to bring in more animals to the area as well. The Leichman community is excited to see the area being used for Animal Care again!
Mulholland Middle School's Robotics Magnet is being highlighted in the media for its innovative approach to learning
September 1, 2016Photographs of Mulholland Middle School's Robotics Magnet
The Los Angeles School Report has highlighted Mulholland Middle School as LAUSD’s first robotics magnet, which has powered the middle school’s boosted enrollment.
Sepulveda Middle School is bringing environmental literacy to their students through the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation
August 31, 2016Photographs from the 2016 CELF Education for Sustainability Institute in New York
A team of teachers from Sepulveda Middle School is leading the way in bringing environmental literacy to their students after attending this summer’s 2016 CELF Education for Sustainability Institute in New York. The team is one of three schools in the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation's LAUSD Pilot Program. The teachers are engaged in the Institute's first Transformative Action track to bring what they learned back to their students.
The focus of the institute was engaging teachers in active learning experiences that deepen their knowledge of Education for Sustainability (EfS) principles and practices as well as modeling how to apply EfS as a context for student learning and community action. School teams explored how to adjust lesson plans, align curriculum, and walk away from the Institute with a foundation for EfS implementation. As the program proceeds, each school team is collaborating to engage in curriculum mapping and integration that produces highly relevant and engaging project-based learning for their students.
The planning that the Sepulveda Middle School teachers did at the institute this summer will translate into a 7th grade class studying ingredients in products and conduct statistical analysis on the presence of toxins, and another 7th grade class tracing food seed-to-table while examining the industrial food system and learning how their food choices affect personal health and climate change.
Taft High School Football Team attends Saturday Night Rams vs. Chiefs Football Game at the Coliseum
August 22, 2016
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, Taft HS Alumni, and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, Marshall HS Alumni, invited the two high school football teams to Saturday night's NFL game at the Coliseum. The high school teams stood on opposing sides of the football field during pregame ceremony and the coaches and team captains from Taft and Marshall HS participated in the coin toss. Both teams got to watch the game from bleachers on the field.
JR Wooden High School students are recognized by Young Workers Leadership Academy in Statewide Newsletter
July 26, 2016Students from John R Wooden High School planning for success with their Principal
John R. Wooden High School presented at North West Fest where the Local District came together to talk to the community and showcase projects done in our schools. The team developed a poster, handed out Are You A Working Teen? fact-sheets, and educated the community on resources like Cal/OSHA.The students also started planning a smaller local version of the YWLA to be hosted in the LA area this fall.
YWLA is a project of the state’s Worker Occupational Health Safety and Health Training and Education Program, administered by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) in the Department of Industrial Relations. Additional funding this year came from the California State Employees Association, the California Teachers Association, Laborers International Union of North America, Pacific Compensation Insurance Company, and the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF).
Congratulations to Local District Northwest's LAUSD Teachers of the Year
August 1, 2016
L.A. Unified announced 22 educators as Teachers of the Year for 2016-17, honoring their dedication, passion and innovation to their students and their profession. Six of these educators come from Local District Northwest as listed in the image above; Local District Northwest celebrates their achievements. They guide, encourage and inspire students to academic success.
“I would like to congratulate our Teachers of the Year and to thank these exceptional educators for their dedication to our students and our schools,” said Superintendent Michelle King, a former science teacher. “Every day, these teachers are hard at work in their classrooms, inspiring our kids to learn and realize their full potential.”Our Local District Northwest Rookies of the Year represent 2 elementary schools, and one K-12 span school.Our Local District Northwest LAUSD Teacher of the Year are:
- Monique Brusca, an instrumental music teacher at Christopher Columbus Middle School, has been teaching for 22 years.
- Tracy Elchyshyn, a third-grade teacher at Calabash Charter Academy, has been teaching for 23 years.
- Tricia Kalma, a fifth-grade teacher at Porter Ranch Community School, has been teaching for 11 years.
- Isela Lieber, an English teacher at James Monroe High School, has been teaching for 10 years.
- Diana Rivera, a transitional kindergarten to third-grade teacher at Granada Elementary Community Charter School, has been teaching 13 years.
- Brenda Young, an English teacher at John R. Wooden High School, has been teaching 15 years.
The educators will be honored in September at the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year luncheon.
A famous voice makes it possible for six Columbus Middle School students to participate in the CSUN Teenage Drama Workshop this summerJuly 26, 2016Professor Doug Kaback, Bridgette, Santiago, Maria, Principal Debra Sciarrino, Ingrid, Julia, Fernando, and Choreographer Candy Sherwin.
Six CCMS students have received scholarships from Ms. Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, which provided them the opportunity to participate in the CSUN Teenage Drama Workshop -- a 6-week, intensive summer workshop for students interested in theatre. The students attended the workshop at CSUN Monday through Friday (and several Saturdays) from 8:00am – 5:00pm. The students lived and breathed every aspect of the dramatic arts this summer from the performance areas of acting, dance, voice, musical theatre, improvisation, and playwriting to the technical theatre areas of costuming, stagecraft, lights and sound. These photos are from their final performance of Shrek the Musical, Jr. A memorable quote from one of the students to their principal was “Ms. Sciarrino, this was the best summer ever. We worked hard and learned so much.”
Local District Northwest recognizes the six students for all their hard work and thanks Ms. Nancy Cartwright, Ms. Sciarrino, the Columbus Middle School staff, Professor Doug Kaback, and the CSUN Teenage Drama Workshop staff for their collaboration in creating a relevant and engaging real-world learning experience for students in our community this summer.
Three teachers from Local District Northwest will receive "Rookie of the Year" Award at Dodgers Stadium this August
July 22, 2016
Three teachers from Local District Northwest teachers out of have been named Rookies of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Eighteen teachers from across the Los Angeles Unified School District will be honored at Dodgers Stadium this August. "Congratulations to the next class of ROY teachers. We believe that your enthusiasm and dedication as a new teacher in our District will inspire students to achieve and encourage lifelong learning," said the Superintendent Michelle King. "Thank you for selecting education as a career and I am eager to work with you as we move our students in L.A. Unified forward."
On Saturday, Aug. 13, the 18 winners and their guests will attend a Dodgers baseball game from a private suite at the stadium, provided by Security Benefit, a retirement specialist company serving teachers and educators. Superintendent King will join them, and also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Our Local District Northwest Rookies of the Year represent 2 elementary schools, and one K-12 span school. Our Rookies of the Year are:
During the 2016-17 school year, the District employed more than 800 first-year teachers. Of those, their school site prinicipal nominated 76 overall. Rookie of the Year honors were based on key characteristics, including effectiveness in preparing and delivering instruction; providing a positive classroom climate with strong routines and procedures; adopting a dynamic and engaging teaching style; and showing high levels of professionalism.
- Jacob Dickerman, chemistry/science, Valley Alternative Magnet School
- Olivia Hackett, special education, Beckford Charter for Enriched Studies
- Gabriel Serrano, special education, Emelita Academy Charter
The California Credit Union, which was originally formed to offer educators financial services, created the Rookie of the Year program in conjunction with Security Benefit to recognize educators within the greater Los Angeles community. "These teachers exemplify excellence in what they do," said Ron McDaniel, CEO of California Credit Union. "Our credit union was built on serving educators and we are proud to support a program that encourages and inspires excellent new teachers who are passionate about teaching the children of Los Angeles."
Local District Northwest leads the way in innovating new pathways for student success through the MC3 apprenticeship programJuly 21, 2016Counseling Coordinator Pia Damonte is working to launch the MC3 class at high schools this fall.
The Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) is the basis for a new pre-apprenticeship course that can lead to a well-paid job in the building trades and put students on the track to long-term success.
Organized by Local District Northwest, the MC3 training sessions were attended by teachers from throughout LAUSD and taught by professionals with the Los Angeles and Orange Counties' Building and Construction Trades Council. The sessions covered likely topics such as tools and materials and how to read blueprints, but also workers’ rights, sexual harassment and diversity issues, health and safety, and financial responsibility.
There were also discussions about how to teach students the “soft skills” of employment, such as job interviews, teamwork and punctuality. Local District Superintendent Vivian Ekchian worked with Chris Hannan from the Building Trades Council to streamline the training by making it easier for educators to attend. Seven of the participating high schools are in the Northwest Local District – Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Cleveland, Kennedy, Monroe, Reseda and the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies.
“We are expanding opportunities for kids to find what interests them,” Ekchian said. “This program provides them with an awareness of what exists and what it takes to get there.”
Pia Damonte, the counseling coordinator for Local District Northwest, has been working with individual schools on how to integrate the MC3 course into their schedule. “This program is about taking what you know and applying it to the real world,” Damonte said. “It’s career-technical education and Common Core working together.”
Read the full story at LAUSD Daily.
Daniel Pearl Magnet High School's newspaper, The Pearl Post, is the #1 High School Newspaper in Los Angeles for a second year in a row!
The award was presented at the LA Press Club Journalism Awards Dinner last night at The Biltmore Hotel. We are so proud that The Pearl Post is #1 again for Best High School Newspaper. Additionally, three student journalists from DPMHS were recognized for their exceptional coverage of breaking news around the LAUSD Bomb Threat earlier this school year.
Pictured left are Dr. Daniel Pearl, the three award-winning DPMHS journalists, Principal Deb Smith, and Pat Morrison.
Congratulations to our schools that have been recognized as having Distinguished After School Health (DASH) programsCongratulations to the Northwest schools honored with the Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program certificate by the California Department of Education, which ensures students eat healthy and partake in daily exercise.On Thursday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “These terrific after school programs show students the many benefits of good nutrition and exercise and will help our students achieve success. Students who eat right and stay fit will do better in class.”Northwest schools which were honored with the DASH certificate include:Patrick Henry Middle School,Darby Elementary,Dearborn Elementary.
Shirley Elementary celebrates opening of new learning garden with a community ribbon cutting ceremony
Shirley Elementary's goal has been to create a garden where students are able to learn the bio-diversity of plants and for teachers to integrate it into our school curriculum. At this time, the school is continuing to revamp their garden to make it a friendly place for students to have hands-on experiences. The grand opening of the new garden was recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony (see photos below).
Currently the existing garden is not a place for students. Parents of a different era planted roses with thorns, which kept students away due to safety. As well, over time, the garden was neglected over the years and it became an eyesore. To that end, Shirley Avenue would like to completely re-haul the existing garden and to make it a friendly drought tolerant place where it can be interactive for students to learn about nature and foster the connection between plants and people. All students will be participating in planting, maintaining, and learning in the new garden.