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  • NEW PRINCIPAL BRINGS NEW DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM TO WILSHIRE CREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: When Gayle Robinson signed on to become the new principal at Wilshire Crest Elementary School in the fall of 2017, one of her big goals was to bring more neighborhood students back to the school.  (Like  many other traditional neighborhood schools in recent years, Wilshire Crest has been steadily losing enrollment to the increasing array of specialty school options now available to city families.) Robinson told the Buzz that she originally considered a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) magnet for Wilshire Crest, because she also wants to increase the school’s arts instruction. But LAUSD had other ideas, and encouraged her to consider a dual-language program. Read More…

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  • CLASS OF 2018 SPOTLIGHT: HAMILTON HIGH GRAD EMBODIES ‘Sí se puede’ INITIATIVE: Alexander Hamilton High School graduating senior Dennis Portillo started his college search one restless night when he was in the tenth grade. Lying in bed and unable to sleep, Dennis began surfing the Internet. “I started researching all the top schools,” he recalled . “I thought, ‘No way I’ll be able to get into any of these.’” Fast-forward two years, and Portillo’s self-doubts are gone. He is graduating from Hamilton with a 4.4 grade-point average and will be attending Yale University in the fall. He credits his family, friends and teachers as well as a great deal of hard work. Read More…

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  • CLASS OF 2018 SPOTLIGHT: MUSIC AND PASSION LAUNCH CAREER OF VENICE HIGH GRAD:  It’s late spring, and thousands of L.A. Unified seniors are preparing to walk across the graduation stage filled with dreams of what they will become in the years ahead. For Venice High senior Kiev Morales, his dream has already come true. Having studied the violin for a mere seven years, the 18-year-old is already performing professionally. “Music is my passion and my life,” he said. “I don’t foresee doing anything in my future that doesn’t involve music.” Read More...

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  • CLASS OF 2018 SPOTLIGHT: WHITMAN CONTINUATION HIGH STUDENTS SHOW PRIDE ON THEIR SCHOOL - AND THEIR SUCCESS: As a freshman, Amanda Sinquimani recalled, she envisioned a bleak future for herself. “I just wanted to drop out of school,” she said. “I had a lot going of challenging things going on in my life. I didn’t think there was anyone out there who cared, and so I didn’t care.” Now a senior at Walt Whitman Continuation High School, Amanda is not only on track to earn her diploma, but on the fast-track to college. She is also earning her associate’s degree degree through dual-enrollment at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. She is set to transfer this fall to Cal State L.A., where she plans to earn her nursing degree. Read More…

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  • ‘COUNT ME IN!’ TO A COLLEGE-BOUND FUTURE, LOCAL DISTRICT WEST STUDENTS DECLARE: With graduation season on the horizon, Local District West leaders recently fanned out across the region to recognize the hundreds of students who publicly declared their commitment to attend college after they earn their high school diploma. During the second annual College Signing Day, Local District West Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth and her team traveled by school bus to high schools, middle schools and even elementary schools, where special events reinforced the importance of college readiness. Read More…

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  • FILLING THE ‘NEED’ FOR SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENTS: Kerrie Egerton was an 11-year-old student enrolled in Catholic school in the north of England when she set her sights on becoming a teacher. At the time, she thought she might teach English or religious studies – subjects that sparked her interest, enlivened her imagination and sharpened her critical-thinking skills. And those were the courses she pursued in college, still with a dream of following in her own teachers’ footsteps. Then she took a course in teaching students with disabilities – the only such program offered in her native country – and it changed the direction of her career path and the vision of the educator she wanted to become. Read More…

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  • FLEXIBLE SEATING CONCEPT PROMOTES STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING AT AGELES MESA: Walking into fifth grade teacher Amanda Tooley’s classroom will challenge any notions of what a classroom is supposed to look like. There are no rows or columns of desks facing a whiteboard at the front of the room. There is no wooden teacher’s desk with an apple on it. Instead, the Angeles Mesa DREAMS Magnet classroom is adorned with throw rugs, couches, plush chairs, coffee tables, exercise balls, high tables and chairs and low desks — not to mention a seemingly endless number of books organized by genre, all beneath the warm glow of various table lamps and hanging lights. The room’s appearance is less like a traditional classroom and more akin to an IKEA showroom or tech company campus in the Silicon Valley. Read More…

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  • CBS 2/KCAL 9 STUDENT AND TEACHER OF THE MONTH: Michelle Gaines-Jones and Andrew Butler (Cowan Avenue Elementary School) 

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  • RAMS & CBS-2/KCAL-9 HONOR LAUSD's STUDENT & TEACHER OF THE MONTH: On Friday, March 23, the Los Angeles Rams & CBS-2/KCAL-9 paid a visit to Southern California’s oldest public high school, Los Angeles Senior High, to recognize LAUSD’s Student and Teacher of the Month. The entire student body filled the school auditorium for an all-school assembly to celebrate the accomplishments of senior Emma Salim and teacher Ms. Kerrie Egerton. Read More

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  • MARK TWAIN REAPS BENEFITS OF INVESTMENT IN NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS:  Enrollment at Mark Twain Middle School has increased nearly 20 percent in the past three years, and parents in communities surrounding the Mar Vista campus want to know why. More than 100 parents from neighboring elementary schools packed this month’s tour of Mark Twain, asking questions about the residential school, its arts academy and world-language magnet, and its English/Spanish and English/Mandarin dual-language programs. “It is so great to have the chance to hear from parents and students about why they are so happy with this school,” said Rose Christoffersen, whose child is in fifth grade at Broadway Elementary School. “There is so much happening here with learning opportunities, great staff and all the activities. I didn’t know all of this was going on.” Read More…

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  • KENTER CANYON SECOND-GRADER TEACHES EVERYONE HOW TO DREAM BIG: A few years ago when Quinn Pruitt was learning to walk and talk, he noticed his twin sister, Emma, wasn’t able to do everything he could and wondered why. He learned she had something called Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that can cause lack of speech, seizures and problems with movement and balance. Those affected typically require lifelong care. But, Quinn has a dream that during his sister’s life time that will change. Read More…

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  • GALA RENAMED IN HONOR OF SUPERINTENDENT MICHELLE KING: The landmark Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) was renamed Tuesday in honor of retiring Superintendent Michelle King, who started her 30-year education career as a science teacher and rose through the ranks to become the first African-American woman to lead the nation’s second-largest school district. Following a program that included uplifting student speeches and inspiring performances, the Board of Education voted unanimously to rename GALA to Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Dr. Michelle King School for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Read more…

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  • CRENSHAW COUGARS HONORED FOR HISTORIC STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian and the Board of Education paid tribute Tuesday to Crenshaw High’s football team, which won the school’s first-ever CIF state championship with its hard-fought 43-46 win over Auburn’s Placer High. Playing on Crenshaw’s home turf, defensive back Joseph Williams intercepted a pass in the end zone in the final play of the game to clinch the California Interscholastic Federation’s Division 4-AA championship. “We still can’t believe we won,” said senior running back Solomon Hassen, who managed to move the ball nearly 200 years in carries and passes. “We are just living in the moment now. It was the first time this had happened, so it’s a big deal.” Read More…

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  • ROSEWOOD STUDENTS SING THEIR HERTS OUT FOR ROCK LEGEND SAMMY HAGARTaking the stage in a room filled with rock-and-roll star power, the advanced choir from Rosewood Avenue Elementary School performed the opening number in Wednesday’s musical gala to raise money to support and expand arts education in LA. Unified schools. The student choir, known as The Changels, sang their own rendition of legendary rock singer Sammy Hanger’s “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,” then were joined in song by the former Van Halen frontman himself. Read More...

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  • Robert Garrett of Crenshaw is named Don Shula coach of the year: Robert Garrett, the longtime football coach at Crenshaw High, was chosen as the national Don Shula coach of the year at the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday. The Chargers nominated him for the award. Two of his former players, Brandon Mebane and Hayes Pullard, play for the Chargers. “Helping youngsters to become better men,” Garrett said when asked what he enjoyed about being a coach.

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  • CLIPPER, CEDARS-SINAI PROMOTE HEALTHY MINDS AND HEARTS AT ALTA LOMA ELEMENTARY: Active and energetic Alta Loma Elementary School students were treated recently to an afternoon of exercise with encouragement from professional basketball players, cheerleaders and health-care professionals during a special event sponsored by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Los Angeles Clippers. Kids at the Mid-City campus ran obstacle courses, raced with beanbags balanced on their heads and sprinted underneath a parachute in a program combining physical activity with lessons about healthy habits. Read More…

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  • FAIRFAX HIGH STUDENTS DRIVE PROGRESS AS L.A. METRO MOVES WESTWARD:  Three Fairfax High School students are playing a role in the history of mass transportation in Los Angeles. Senior Valerie Castro and freshmen Marianne Gutierrez and Tiffany Pamilar are among those who answered the call by L.A. Metro to name the gigantic twin machines that will be used to bore four miles of tunnels as part of the much-anticipated extension of the Purple Line linking Koreatown to Beverly Hills. With their individual entries, the three girls captured half of the six finalist positions announced earlier this month. Read More...

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  • MELROSE AVENUE ELEMENTARY TACKLES ATTENDANCE HEAD ON - AND KIDS WIN: When the students in Christine Hann’s kindergarten class saw their principal walking in the door this week, they were overcome with excitement as they waited to see who would win this month’s prize. The topic? Good attendance. Since taking the helm at Melrose Avenue Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet, Principal Mathew Needleman and his team have made improving attendance one of their top priorities. And with a range of strategies, they are seeing results. Read More…

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  • STOP THE PRESSES! REVERE MIDDLE SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL PACEMAKER AWARD: The Town Crier, a newspaper published by students at Paul Revere Charter Middle School, won its second Pacemaker Award, a national award for excellence in journalism and the highest honor given by the National Scholastic Press Association. The affiliated charter was the only middle school among the 26 winners selected from 275 middle and high school publications nationwide vying for the honor. Revere has been a finalist for the award each year since 2012. Winners for 2016-17 were recently announced at a conference in Dallas. Read More…

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  • $10,000 LAUSD LIBRARY MAKEOVER AWARDED TO SHORT AVENUE ELEMENTARY: Short Avenue Elementary School competed against 1,087 other LAUSD schools and won a $10,000 library makeover award and author visit for their submissions to the LAUSD's summer reading challenge. Read More…

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  • DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION BUILDS BRIDGES ACROSS CONTINENTS: “It is such a privilege to welcome these very special visitors to our school,” said Kingsley Principal Karina Salazar. “It has been an incredible opportunity for our teachers to interact with their peers from another nation. They’ve been working closely together, sharing stories of successes, challenges and how to refine best practices.” The East Hollywood campus is one of nine in L.A. Unified that are hosting more than 70 Fulbright Program scholars this fall as part of an Obama-era agreement with the Argentine Ministry of Education. Read More...

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  • VENICE HIGH EDUCATOR NAMED A CALIFORNIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Kirsten Farrell, a health science and medical technology teacher for Venice Senior High School, has been named by State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson as one of five California Teachers of the Year. She is the only Los Angeles teacher to receive the honor this year. Read More…

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  • STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, COMMUNITY PARTNERS SET THE STAGE FOR FUTURE CAREERS IN MEDICINE: With experts anticipating a major shortage of medical professionals in the next decade, two L.A. Unified schools – Venice Senior High School and the Girls Academic Leadership Academy – are doing their part to grow the next generation of leaders in biomedical sciences. Along with an El Segundo high school, the campuses are piloting a curriculum designed to prepare students for 21st century careers as doctors, nurses, paramedics and others who apply biomedical principles to save lives. Read More…

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  • SPORTS IN SPACE: PALMS MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD 'ATHLETICS' TO THE STEAM EXPERIENCE: When STEM programs morphed into STEAM, most schools added “arts” to the focus on science, technology, engineering and math. But, at Palms Middle School, students have joined the #EqualSpace challenge, using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, athletics and math to develop sporting activities that could be played in space… Read More.

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  • Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time:  Not long after her third child was born, Hamilton Senior High School principal Brenda Pensamiento recalls running her first marathon. “Before that I was barely able to run one mile,” she recalled. “But, I kept at it until I could. And then another mile…and then another…” She has vivid memories of when she first came to Los Angeles in the 1980s. She was only 14 when her family fled the civil war in Nicaragua. “I was terrified of coming to the United States,” she said. “I was at an age at which I had established roots back home. I had a life. I had friends. This was a foreign land to me, and I didn’t know the language. But, I believe things happen for a reason.” Read More.

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  • HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR GRADUATES OF UCLA-LAUSD COLLABORATIVE: Thanks to his own diligence and the support of his teachers – not to mention the seven Advanced Placement courses he aced – Ugonna Nwankwo will be graduating next month at the top of his class from George Washington Preparatory Senior High School. “Hard work pays off,” said Nwankwo, who moved with his family from Nigeria when he was a young boy. “I learned to constantly go after my dream, and not give up.” Read More…

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  • CRENSHAW GRAD IS ‘COLLEGE READY’ AS SHE HEADS TO BERKELEY: If there was ever any doubt that Asia Abdur-Rahim’s would fulfill her dream of attending a university, just consider that the club founded by the Crenshaw High School senior is called College Ready. And that’s her mindset now, as she prepares to graduate with a 4.19 grade-point average and to attend the University of California at Berkeley in the fall. Read More...

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  • ANONYMOUS LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT SPURS UNIVERSITY HIGH GRAD TO THE IVY LEAGUE: Ask University Senior High School graduate Jacob Abraham to list the people who have most influenced his life and he’ll name his parents, various mentors – and someone whose identity he’ll never know. The advice came from an anonymous admissions official at an Ivy League university who was responding to a letter from Abraham – who was then in eighth grade – asking what it would take to be a successful applicant.  Abraham recalled receiving a huge packet of information, along with a handwritten note of encouragement... Read More

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  • STUDENT GOVERNMENT LEADERS SELECT HAMILTON HIGH JUNIOR AS BOARD OF EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE: A 16-year-old junior from Hamilton High School has been selected to serve on the Board of Education for the upcoming school year, providing an official student voice on the issues and challenges facing the nation’s second-largest school district. Benjamin Holtzman was selected on Wednesday by student government leaders from high schools across the District in an election that fielded five other candidates. Steven Pineda, a junior at University High School, was chosen as the student alternate. Read More...

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  • STUDENTS CHALK IT UP TO EXPERIENCE DURING FAIRFAX HIGH ART FESTIVAL: The quad area of Fairfax High was transformed Wednesday into a canvas as scores of students created vibrant “floor murals” during the campus’ 15th annual Chalk Art Festival. Read More…

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  • VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY TURNS 100: Philip Skarin walked a mile and a half to his little school in the Cahuenga Pass in 1930 from Mulholland Drive when it was just a dirt road. There were 16 students in his class at the school that was called Hollywood Park Elementary and opened in 1917. Read More…

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  • CEDARS-SINAI PARTNERS WITH L.A. CLIPPERS TO INSTILL HEALTHY HABITS IN CARSON-GORE ACADEMY: Cedars-Sinai partnered with the Los Angeles Clippers to host an afternoon of healthy habits for the students of Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Studies, one of the newer additions to the LAUSD schools nestled in the heart of Los Angeles. Read More…

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  • WESTCHESTER STUDENTS EXPLORE AVIATION CAREERS AT LAX: At LAX, fifth graders from Cowan Ave. Elementary School in Westchester participated in an aviation career day. Read More…

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  • GRAND VIEW’S NEW COMPUTER LAB REFLECTS LEGACY OF HOPE, GENEROSITY:  As he drove one day past Grand View Boulevard Elementary School, sports radio personality Steve Mason realized he could fulfill his goals of making a difference in the community while also honoring the memory of his recently deceased father. “I live in this neighborhood and I drove to this school and said, ‘I want to do something concrete,’” Mason recalled. “The principal said, ‘Well, we’re working on a computer lab,’ and I said, ‘Let me get that done.’” Read More…

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  • TEAMWORK IS THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR VENCIE HIGH’S SPORTS MEDICINE STUDENTS: During any athletic practice or game involving Venice High School, there is more than one Gondoliers team on the court or playing field. Venice is one of a handful of schools in L.A. Unified with its own Sports Medicine Team whose members oversee the safety and well-being of the Gondoliers’ athletes. Read More…

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  • PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN ‘SAVE THE DROP’ WATER-CONSERVATION CONTEST: Three L.A. Unified schools each received $50,000 each to launch a water-conservation project on their campus as the grand-prize winners of the District’s Save the Drop contest, which encouraged students to devise strategies for alleviating California’s historic drought. Read More…

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  • CAN YOU DIG IT? SCHOOL GARDENS THAT WELCOME EVERYONE: It’s spring!  Time to introduce your kids to the magical feeling that comes with pulling a carrot right up out of the soil, or picking a perfectly ripe, sun-warmed cherry tomato from the vine.  But your city home doesn’t have the space for a big garden. Read More about Westminster Elementary's garden…

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  • UCLA PARTNERS WITH LAUSD AT HORACE MANN SCHOOL: Facing an impressive mix of challenges, including declining enrollment and a less than favorable reputation, Horace Mann Middle School would seem an unlikely place to produce a college-going population.  The stakeholders behind a joint venture between the Los Angeles Unified School District and UCLA are hopeful that their collaboration will rewrite the narrative for this neighborhood school whose population is made up of mostly black and Latino students. Read more…

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  • HAMILTON MUSIC MAGNET JUNIOR SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS GRAMMY JAZZ CAMP: Joey Curreri, a junior at the Hamilton High School Music and Performing Arts Magnet, has been selected as one of only 32 students nationwide to participate in this week’s Grammy Camp Jazz Session. Their talent will be showcased in a series of events linked to the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, providing the student musicians with opportunities to perform for some of music’s biggest names. Read More…

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  • PALMS MS STUDENT STIRS PASSION FOR COOKING WITH ‘CHOPPED JR’ APPEARANCE: Start with a tight-knit family, then add a measure of self-discipline and a passion for cooking and you have the ingredients that earned a Palms Middle School student a spot on the Food Network’s popular show, “Chopped Junior.” Jayla Hill, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, made it to the finals of the episode that aired Dec. 27, while she and her schoolmates were on winter break. Read More...

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  • SMOKEY ROBINSON SURPRISES PIO PICO STUDENTS WITH A SONG, NEW INSTRUMENTS - AND $1 MILLION: Motown legend William “Smokey” Robinson Jr. made a special appearance Wednesday at Pio Pico Middle School, where he announced the donation of musical instruments along with a $1 million donation to Little Kids Rock, which supports music education in Pio Pico and other L.A. Unified schools. Read More…

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  • MLK SPIRIT ON DISPLAY AT CRENSHAW HIGH AS 700 VOLUNTEERS TAKE PART IN DAY OF SERVICE: Honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of young volunteers from City Year in coordination with local partners on Monday commemorated Dr. King’s dream of the “Beloved Community” by beautifying Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles. Click Here to read more.

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  • BALDWIN HILLS SECOND-GRADERS FIND INSPIRATION IN THE COMMUNITY TO CHANGE THE COMMUNITY: Finding inspiration from a youngster just like them, second-graders from Baldwin Hills Elementary Pilot launched a collection drive to help the homeless –an act of generosity that taught them the importance of giving back to the community. Read More…

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  • WONDERLAND ELEMENTARY A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL: Congratulations to the staff, students, & parents at Wonderland Elementary School on being named a National Blue Ribbon school.

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  • BOOK AS GIFTS HELP STUDENTS BOND AS BUDDIES: The Milk + Bookies organization, together with 25 students from the Leadership Class at Paul Revere Charter Middle School and Magnet Center, recently visited 112th Street Elementary School to celebrate the joy of giving books, making new friendships, and reading books. Read More…

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  • WHO IS ‘THE CUTEST ELF?’ JUST ASK THE KINDERGARTENERS AT WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: It all began last year when Giselle Spriewald, a veteran kindergarten teacher at Wilshire Park Elementary School, went in search of a holiday song that her students could perform during the annual Winter Program. Dissatisfied with the seasonal fare she found, she decided to write her own song. Read More…

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  • C:\DAGS DESIGN STUDENTS GET CAREER BOOST FROM NICKELODEON DONATION: Nickelodeon Animation Studios recently sent one of its top artists, along with more than two dozen high-tech gizmos, to Augustus Hawkins High, where students in the Critical Design and Gaming School (C:\DAGS) got to try their hand at creating cartoon images of their own. Read More...

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  • DORSEY HIGH FILM STUDENT GET A ‘REEL’ FEEL FOR ENTERTAINMENT JOBS: Almost like a story you’d see on a movie screen, all it took for teacher Robyn Charles was a simple email to set off a chain of events that has led to the blossoming of an outstanding film production program at Susan Dorsey High School. Read More…

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  • ENTERTAINMENT GIANT FUND NEW RECORDING STUDIO AT HISTORIC HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: For many years, the basement of Hollywood High School was filled with trophies and other memorabilia – much of it long-forgotten and collecting dust. Thanks to a grant from Artivist Entertainment and Live Nation/House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, the historic space has been transformed into a state-of-the-art recording studio for aspiring musicians, vocalists and sound engineers. Read More…

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  • HOW VENICE HIGH OPTED IN — AND BECAME LA’s MOST-IMPROVED HIGH SCHOOL: While statistically Venice High School was the most-improved LA Unified high school in 2015-16 based on state test scores, the real story behind the jump is participation: Read More…

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  • HALLOWEEN AT VINE ELEMENTARY: Click here to see the Vine Street ES Halloween parade on KTLA 5.

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  • AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY DAY HELPS STUDENTS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL: More than 600 L.A. Unified students, parents and staff engaged each other Saturday during an informative day filled with relevant workshops, special guests, a college fair, and entertainment as the District held its fourth annual African American Family Day at Hamilton High School. Read More…

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  • CIENEGA ELEMENTARY SCORES BIG WITH LA RAMS AND CEDARS-SINAI ON PHYSICAL-FITNESS CAMPAIGN:  Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Bradley Marquez was definitely the MVP during a recent event at Cienega Elementary School. During the kick-off of the Rams’ PLAY 60 Challenge assembly, which was presented by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the National Football League player encouraged students at the Westside campus to be physically active every day. Read More

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  • DREAMS BECOME A REALITY IN NEW PERFORMANCE STUDIO AT MARINA DEL REY MIDDLE SCHOOL: Classroom 27, which for more than 50 years housed the drama program at Marina Del Rey Performing Arts Magnet, has been transformed into Studio 27, a black-box theater dedicated to retired teacher Nancy Pierandozzi.   Current and former students and faculty participated during the recent unveiling of the 130-seat black-box theater, where the ebony-painted walls make the space suitable for simple sets and basic technical arrangements. Read More…

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  • WONDERLAND ELEMENTARY CELEBRATED AS NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL: Wonderland Elementary, a 500-student campus in the Hollywood Hills, today was named a National Blue Ribbon School in recognition of its outstanding academic performance… Read More...

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  • LA County honors Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach educators as Teachers of the Year: Two local teachers were among the dozens of classroom veterans honored Friday at the 35th annual Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year luncheon.  Friends, family and colleagues packed into the chandeliered Sierra Ballroom in the Universal City Hilton hotel to celebrate the 73 winning teachers from the county’s 80 school districts. Bootsie Battle-Holt, a math teacher at Marina del Rey Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet, was one of them. Read More… &  VIDEO: Talking with Marina del Rey math teacher Bootsie Battle-Holt

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  • PRINCIPALS CHOE & PARKER RECOGNIZEDFive L.A. Unified schools were among the 20 recipients of the prestigious Walt Disney Motif Award, which recognizes the work of those who have a positive influence on the lives of children.  During a recent gala at the Disney Concert Hall, awards for advocacy were presented to Principal Katherine Choe from Mar Vista Elementary School for Advanced Studies; Principal Brad Rumble from Esperanza Elementary School; Principal Ashley Parker from Hancock Park Elementary SchoolRead More

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  • YALE UNIVERSITY RECOGNIZES VENICE HIGH BIOLOGY TEACHER WITH OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD:  Arriving for her freshman year at Yale University, newly minted Venice High School graduate Amanda Rector learned about a special program that recognizes outstanding educators who inspire their students to succeed. Read More...

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  • Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) in the news:
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  • RAPPERS, DJs, ATHLETES GET STUDENTS FIRED UP DURING HIGH-ENERGY BACKPACK DONATION: A jubilant crowd of students from 42nd Street Elementary this week became the grateful recipients of new backpacks stuffed with supplies they need for the school year. Every student – from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade – received a shiny new bag during an event sponsored by STATE Bags, a buy-one-give-one benefit corporation… Click here for more.

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  • CBS 2 FEATURES WASHINGTON PREP FILM TEACHER: Darryl McCane lives for second acts at a school where some students are in need of a second chance. He's using a film class to give them that. Click here for more.

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  • LOS ANGELES UNIFIED WILL OPEN FIRST SINGLE-GENDER SCHOOL IN 20 YEARS:  The Girls Academic Leadership Academy, known as GALA, a middle and high school in Los Angeles Unified, is built around a STEM curriculum – science, technology, engineering and math – as a way to attract more female students to subjects in which they are underrepresented. Its founding mission is to create an instructional atmosphere sensitive to ways girls learn that may be different from boys to develop self-confidence, emotional well-being and leadership skills. READ MORE...

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  • GRANT EARLY EDUCATION CENTER: Years ago, when Stephanie Roldan was ready for preschool, her mother tried to enroll her in Grant Early Education Center, where the youngster’s sister and three cousins had received a solid educational foundation. Click here to read more.

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  • WESTERN AVE OPENS DOORS TO FAMILIES THE ‘WesTECH’ WAY: It’s springtime, and like many schools across L.A. Unified, Western Avenue Elementary held an open house so parents and relatives could come see what students have been learning. Click here to read more.

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  • VINE STREET ES TAKES A VICTORY LAP: A daily, before-school physical fitness program started this year at Vine Street Elementary has the school community walking, running and skipping. “Vine Victory Laps!” engages students, parents, faculty and staff in healthy, purposeful movement and music at the beginning of each school day. Click here to read more.

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  • LACES LEADS LAUSD IN RANKINGS: The latest US News & World Report rankings of the "Best High Schools" finds LD West's own LACES at #18 for California and #138 Nationally. LACES scored the highest among LAUSD on the list. Please Click Here to see the full list.

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  • HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING CAREER ACADEMYA group of sophomores from Hollywood High School’s Teaching Career Academy recently attended a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall to celebrate The Big Read… Click here for more.

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  • RICHLAND ELEMENTARY CREATES LEARNING GARDEN: A new Learning Garden was created Thursday at Richland Avenue Elementary, giving students new educational options and the opportunity to connect with nature. Read More.

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  • HAMILTON HIGH OUTSTANDING MUSIC EDUCATION: Columbus Middle School in Canoga Park and the Music and Performing Arts Academy Magnet at Hamilton High are among just 118 schools nationwide to be recognized by the nonprofit NAMM Foundation for their outstanding commitment to music education. Read More.

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  • Hawkins High students blend coding with core subjects to explore social justice issues: Freshmen at the Critical Design and Gaming School (C:\DAGS) at Augustus Hawkins High School presented projects this week that highlighted social justice issues about which they are passionate. Topics included animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence.

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  • Portrait of a school success story: Braddock Elementary: Braddock Elementary has been serving socio-economically and linguistically diverse communities in the Culver City area for over three decades. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its teachers, administrators, and parents, the school has managed to create a wealth of new opportunities for students over time. Read on…

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  • SPRING COMES EARLY TO HANCOCK PARK ELEMENTARY, THANKS TO NEW SEEDS GARDEN: The first day of spring is still a few days away, but bright green leaves are already popping up at Hancock Park Elementary School, which recently celebrated the opening of its campus farm… Read on.

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  • Creativity, community drive Baldwin Hills Pilot School innovations: This is our school’s inaugural year with autonomies to innovate as a pilot school. We have three core instructional areas: culturally responsive pedagogy, STEAM integration and project-based learning. Click here to read more...

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  • Bernstein High students express pride with high-tech communications: Monday morning announcements at Bernstein High are live-streamed over the Internet from a professional on-campus studio, part of an effort to prepare students for careers in broadcast and technology. Read on...

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  • Linked Learning has helped these LAUSD students thrive: Bryan Cantero discovered in school that he liked to write. Then he found out he could turn it into a career and even spent last summer writing in a paid internship... Read more at LA School Report.

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  • School Board prepares to welcome student member: When the School Board convenes on Tuesday, there will be an eighth member sitting in the “horseshoe” – a math and science whiz from the STEM Academy at Bernstein High who will provide an official student voice on the issues and challenges affecting the District. 

    Leon Popa won last month’s student election to become a non-voting member of the board. The seat was created after some 3,000 students signed petitions seeking a seat for one of their own on the dais.

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  • LA High Teams Score First Place Tie in JPL Invention ChallengeFor two teams, the competition at the annual Invention Challenge could not have been any closer...

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  • Hamilton, Verdugo Hills Advance in Quest for Grammy GoldHamilton and Verdugo Hills n High School’s arts program includes instrumental music, theater and dance. Hamilton and Verdugo Hills High Schools are among just 119 nationwide named as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists, in recognition of their outstanding commitment to music education...

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  • Congratulations to Pablo Gonzalez, a senior at Marlton School of the Deaf! He has been offered the position as a student commissioner for the Advisory Commission on Special Education and has accepted the position!

    As a student commissioner, he will work with the members of the Speaker of the Assembly, Senate Committee on Rules, Governor, and the State Board of Education. His capacity will include recommending and advising the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education. In addition, he will work with parents, persons with disabilities, persons knowledgeable about the administration of special education, teachers, and legislative representatives from the Assembly and Senate. He is committed to carrying out his role for two years.
     
    Please tell Pablo how proud you are and wish him the best in his newfound role as a student commissioner!
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