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

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....
Sports in space: Palms Middle School adds ‘athletics’ to the STEAM experience

Sports in space: Palms Middle School adds ‘athletics’ to the STEAM experience

Above: Students examine a wheel designed for “Rover” devices built for exploration on Mars. When STEM programs morphed into STEAM, most schools added “arts” to the focus on science, technology, engineering and math. But, at Palms Middle School,...
Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Above, Hamilton High principal Brenda Pensamiento, walks the halls with leadership student Usbaldo Ramirez-Perez. Not long after her third child was born, Hamilton Senior High School principal Brenda Pensamiento recalls running her first marathon. “Before that I was...
Students build on STEM concepts – literally – to save the planet

Students build on STEM concepts – literally – to save the planet

“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, you still can. And, so can the world.” The new take on the old adage promotes Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that is using repurposed technology to fight illegal logging in...
Class of 2017 Spotlight: Grit and support propel this English learner to Grant High valedictorian

Class of 2017 Spotlight: Grit and support propel this English learner to Grant High valedictorian

The goal of L.A. Unified is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to graduate prepared for college, career and life. As we near the end of the school year, we are featuring stories about some of the outstanding members of the Class of 2017. The blockbuster...
Local District West building bridges to universities in its own backyard

Local District West building bridges to universities in its own backyard

Above: Local District West Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth presents Middle College High School graduate Diana Monterrosa with her associate’s degree two weeks before she receives her high school diploma. Students, faculty and leaders from Local District West...
L.A. Unified executives discover new appreciation for every-day heroes serving students

L.A. Unified executives discover new appreciation for every-day heroes serving students

Above: Chief facilities executive Mark Hovatter reads to students as part of his day shadowing Melvin Avenue Elementary library aide Anita Persoff. (Photo by Davis Barber Photography.) As part of Classified School Employee Week, Superintendent Michelle King and L.A....
SOCES student engineers strive to bring new visions to L.A. Unified

SOCES student engineers strive to bring new visions to L.A. Unified

Developers of high-tech devices to help the blind and visually impaired may soon be facing stiff competition from an unlikely quarter – a team of six freshmen at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies. The students at the Grade 4-12 magnet school recently got...
North Hollywood CyberPatriots clinch 2017 national championship

North Hollywood CyberPatriots clinch 2017 national championship

Above: Members of “Team Togo” — from left, Nikola Pratte, Aled Cuda, Jonathan Liu, Jaren Mendelsohn and Kyle Gusdorf, celebrate their championship with coach Jay Gehringer. Five juniors from North Hollywood High captured the National CyberPatriot Championship, the...
Superintendent kicks off community engagement meetings focused on 100 percent graduation

Superintendent kicks off community engagement meetings focused on 100 percent graduation

Superintendent Michelle King held the first in a series of meetings designed to promote open dialogues in school communities around her recently released strategic plan to move all students to graduation. Hosted last week at Vista Middle School in Panorama City, the...
Creative energies flow in Northeast’s annual Arts & Lit fest

Creative energies flow in Northeast’s annual Arts & Lit fest

Hundreds of students from schools across the Northeast San Fernando Valley showcased their talents in visual and performing arts Saturday at the annual Local District Northeast “Arts & Lit Fest.” Visitors were treated to dance, music, and theater performances...
Girls encouraged to reach for the stars – literally – at inaugural Women in STEM event

Girls encouraged to reach for the stars – literally – at inaugural Women in STEM event

Above, Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Diana Trujillo inspires female students to make their own dreams come true.  More than 2,300 students from two dozen schools across L.A. Unified gathered recently at Francis Polytechnic Senior High School where they had the...