L.A. Unified Parent and Volunteer
The musicians at last weekend’s Coachella Music Festival in Indio had nothing over the performers at COREchella in Reseda, featuring home-grown talent from the award-winning Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School in a high-energy concert filled with music, antics and fun.
Actor Jon Huertas, star of “This is Us” and “Castle” hosted the one-night event, which is named for the CORE curriculum offered by the popular magnet. With 18 student performances, plus a headlining band featuring magnet teachers as lead and background vocalists. students hoped to raise $40,000 to purchase new tablet carts that they say will provide teachers with opportunities to increase the use of technology in the classroom in new and innovative ways, and reduce the carbon footprint at the school in the next five years.
“COREchella is a concert created by students to keep the arts alive in education and find ways to improve their school,” said Cleveland Magnet Coordinator Jennifer Macon said. “Our teachers are innovative and want to utilize technology in the classroom, but they are limited by the existing equipment. New classroom sets of tablets will give us the ability to do more.”
COREchella was launched in 2010 by students who saw an opportunity to fill the void left by cuts to the arts in education. With support from school staff and their parents, the students pursued a proactive approach to fundraising utilizing local resources and student talent.
“What these kids are doing to help raise funds for their school program and improve their environment is great,” Huertas said. “It shows a commitment to improving their lives and the lives of others.”
Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School program integrates the arts into the study of history, English and philosophy. It is one of L.A. Unified’s top-performing magnet schools. In 2017, it was one of only two high schools to receive the prestigious Magnet School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America, which is hosting its 39th annual national conference this week in Los Angeles. More than 80 percent of the school’s graduating students attend four-year college programs after high school completion.
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Cleveland High band program marches on after years with no teacher, little money – Los Angeles Daily News
LAPD officers spread holiday cheer at Van Nuys elementary school – Los Angeles Daily News
Burrowing Owl delights students, staff at urban school – SoCalWild.com
Dorsey students complete College Board pilot class. – L.A. Sentinel
Girls Academic Leadership Academy: A unique opportunity.– Jewish Journal
West Valley Occupational Center celebrates 50 years. – Los Angeles Daily News
Linked Learning the focus of innovative high school. – Education Writers of America
Music, arts programs at LA schools increasing after years of decline. – Los Angeles Daily News
Coeur d’Alene Elementary: One school’s journey towards instructional excellence. – Cotsen Foundation
Student identity through the arts. Huffington Post
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