Crenshaw Digital Team Brings its ‘Game’ to the White House – LA School Report
Click here to see the Crenshaw team pitching their games to the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center.
Click here to see the Crenshaw team pitching their games to the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center.
Monday’s Teacher of the Day: Mark Johnsen from Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES)
Mr. Johnsen is the band director for more than 300 fifth-through-twelfth grade students at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES) magnet school. In this unique configuration, dozens of students stay in the program for seven or eight years, until they graduate. He has worked tirelessly at the school for 17 years, putting in early-morning and late-night hours to help his students succeed. One parent noted that many times Mr. Johnsen will e-mail her late into the night and then turn around and e-mail early in the morning (“When does he sleep?”). There are four levels of bands and two jazz ensembles. In the program beginners become accomplished musicians ready to play in college. Several students have gone on to play professionally, including one who is a member of the Marine Corps “President’s Own” stationed in Washington D.C. Thank you, Mr. Johnsen for the tireless and selfless efforts you make for students!
LAUSD students and staff have experience a simulated earthquake. We are conducting a district-wide earthquake drill as part of the Great Shake Out. Please be aware that students and staff will be following and practicing “Drop, Cover and Hold.” Please use this time to also prepare for an emergency. To find out more click the link: http://parentemergencyinformation.lausd.net
Teacher of the Day: Ms Carla V. Vazquez
Central City Value Charter High School in Los Angeles is proud to have Carla V. Vazquez as an educator. She works hard to ensure that her students have access to an excellent education. Carla strives to make learning a collaborative effort between students, teachers, and school site staff with innovative and inspirational tools like her “Tree of Positive Affirmation.” She is more than a teacher, she’s a mentor and positive role model to the students she sees every day. She motivates students to master every subject, even those that seem to be difficult for them. Carla, we thank you for your dedication to LAUSD students.
The suspension rate in LA Unified has fallen to 1.5 percent — an impressive drop from the 8.1 percent of the 2007-08 school year.
State Senator Carol Liu, chair of the Senate Education Committee, visited Edison Middle School as part of her statewide bus tour discussing public education, focusing primarily on community schools.
Beginning Friday, thousands of rainbow “ally” badges will be passed out to Los Angeles Unified teachers and staff members that they can wear to identify themselves as allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.
There’s a new program at Los Angeles schools to help students. It’s part of the ‘Out for Safe Schools’ initiative.
Perfectly On Time Campaign!
Attendance and Punctuality Matter! Students at 93rd Street Elementary are excited about coming to school everyday! In October our students and families will be reminded that every minute in school counts! Weekly raffles will be held during the month of October for great attendance and punctuality!
93rd Street Elementary School will also be having a Food and Toy Drive during the month of October! When you come to school every day, great things happen!
Our search for “Teacher of the Day” takes us to 32nd Street/USC Magnet in the city of Los Angeles.
Dr. John Purcell is an inspiration to his students, parents and student volunteers. He has been teaching in Los Angeles Unified School District since 2001. He believes in setting the foundation for future success at the elementary level. He has also mentored student from USC to be innovative and think beyond the classroom. Dr. Purcell strongly believes in parent involvement and their collaboration in creating excellent educational experiences to all who walk through his doors.
We begin our feature Los Angeles Unified School District “Volunteer of the Day” wishing to show appreciation for their dedication to our students and schools.
Mrs. Vivian Peralta is a valuable and vital volunteer at Carlos Santana Arts Aca…demy. She assists in the classrooms and is part of the “Helping Hands” which assemble and prepare materials for all their students. She is always involved in students’ activities (like picture day) and guiding other volunteers. Thank you for your continuous support to our students.
Federal Grant Will Fund New Emphasis and Strengthen Existing Programs
LOS ANGELES – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, also known as STEM is a popular 21st-century emphasis for magnet programs in high schools and middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Blend in a heavy dose of the arts and STEM becomes STEAM, a new focus for four campuses.
“These new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math magnets will prepare students to use both the logic-driven left side of the brain and the more creative right side, an innovative blending of the cognitive and concrete with the creative and abstract,” Estelle Luckett said. She heads the division in charge of magnet schools.
The new programs opened this year at: LAUSD/USC Cinematic Arts and Technology Magnet; Orville Wright Engineering and Design Magnet; Irving Advanced Mathematics, Music and Engineering Magnet and Sun Valley STEAM Magnets at Sun Valley Middle School. They are funded by a federal Magnet School Assistance Program grant, $10.4 million over three years.
The LAUSD Magnet Program offers 191 magnet programs throughout the District. Magnet programs offer theme-based instructional opportunities to students in grades K-12, living within the boundaries of LAUSD. In early October, the Choices brochure, which includes the magnet application, will be available online at eChoices.lausd.net or paper applications in all LAUSD schools, Educational Service Centers, LAUSD Headquarters, Parent Community Services Branch (PCSB) and the Los Angeles City Libraries. If you have questions, please call (877) 462-4798. All students, including English Learners, Special Education and Gifted/Talented are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit an application for the 2014-2015 school year is Friday, November 15, 2013, at 5:00 pm.
Contact: Estelle Luckette, (213) 241-4177
Students to Gain Real-World Banking Experience
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 2, 2013 – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education, in partnership with Union Bank, N.A., announced plans to open the first two student-run branches in Southern California. Located at Lincoln High School and Crenshaw High School, they are part of an innovative program designed to provide students with real-world financial education and work experience.
Union Bank opened its first student-run branch in 2011 in Fresno, California at McLane High School. Thirty student bankers have graduated from the program and four McLane graduates are currently employed by Union Bank in the Central Valley.
In LAUSD, the full-service student-run branches are scheduled to open in 2014. They will be staffed by student bankers, who will have an opportunity to acquire skills in finance as well as teamwork and leadership and the hands-on experience of working in a bank. Traditional banking products and services will be available to students, school staff, school administrators and teachers. Union Bank also will establish a Parents Academy at each school that will offer financial education, in English and Spanish, for parents and guardians of the students at each high school.
“We are excited to partner with Union Bank and open the first student-run bank in Lincoln High School and bring programs that help students learn money management skills that prepare them for college and careers after high school,” said Board Member Mónica García. Lincoln is in her board district, and is also the alma mater of the bank executive in charge of banking services in the region. García added, “I am grateful that an LAUSD alumna—Leticia Aguilar—is a leader in the industry paving the way for other students.”
“As a responsible bank, Union Bank is dedicated to increasing financial awareness within our communities, and we know that educating our youth is critical to building and sustaining strong communities for the future,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President and Regional Executive Leticia Aguilar, who manages the bank’s branches in the Los Angeles and Central California divisions. “We’ve seen tremendous talent and success from the participants in our student-run branch in Fresno and our goal is to replicate that in Los Angeles.”
“Union Bank is committed to this partnership, and we look forward to working with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in our shared mission of providing students and the community with information about how to better manage their personal finances,” said Union Bank Senior Vice President Jan Woolsey, a manager in the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility division who helped manage the bank’s initiative in Los Angeles. “The real impact is in keeping our youth in school and sending them into the world with better life skills — we’ve seen a 100 percent graduation rate in our student banker population and a greater incidence (97 percent) of going to college than the general population.”
“Our Lincoln High School community is anxiously awaiting the opening of the Union Bank Lincoln High School Branch. We are honored for being selected among all the LAUSD high schools, as one of the new Union Bank High School branches,” said Lincoln High School Principal Jose F. Torres. “This opportunity will serve as the catalyst that will promote financial literacy for our students and their families. This experience also allows student interns to receive high school credit for their work in the branch as they acquire knowledge and hands on experience with the use of Business and Financial curriculum.”
About Los Angeles Unified School District
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools, and 196 public charter schools. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $102.3 billion at June 30, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 422 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.
Contact: Lizzette Patron, 213-241-6180