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La Mirada Students Place in Top 100 in World's Largest Student Rocket Contest E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 03 June 2013 16:54

La Mirada High School Rocketry Club: Front Row: Akash Soma, Justin Gocho, Kevin Lim, Emily De Boer; Back Row: Hassaan Shakeel, Ryan Haro, Evan Klansek, Ricardo Jauregui, Zack Hart, James Gallardo, Fernando Tapia

After months of preparation, La Mirada High School students compete for national title in AIA’s Team America Rocketry Challenge.

The Plains, VA~Eleven students from La Mirada bested more than 625 teams nationally recently to be picked to be one of the 100 hundred schools nationwide to compete in the 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

The top 100 finishers advanced to the National Finals recently held on Saturday, May 11 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.

La Mirada High’s team received a qualifying score that placed them well within the top 100 teams nationwide, and in the finals, they finished 73rd out of the 100 schools.

They were competing for the national title, $60,000 worth of scholarships and prizes and a chance to participate in NASA’s Student Launch Initiative.

TARC is the world’s largest student rocket contest that aims to inspire students to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

For months, these amateur rocketeers worked to design, build and perfect model rockets that can safely carry one raw egg up to an exact altitude of 750 feet up in the air and return to the ground within 48-50 seconds – a mere two-second window before incurring penalties.

All seniors represented La Mirada High in this year’s contest: Kurush Dubash, Hassaan Shakeel, Emily De Boer, Justin Gocho, Evan Klansek, Fernando Tapia, Ryan Haro, Zach Hart, Kevin Lim, Ricardo Jauregui, and Akash Soma.

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School Board May Decide to Close Dulles E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 05:22

District Staff Recommends Closure of School

Norwalk~The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board members are meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will vote on whether or not to keep Dulles Elementary School in La Mirada open.

At the January 7th meeting, district staff reported that Dulles is currently operating at 50 percent capacity (237 students). The school has nine teachers and three of the nine have combination classes (two grades, one class).

Five Dulles parents spoke at the meeting in support of keeping the school open.

The district is expected to save at least $366,000 annually if the school is closed.

The school district is looking to cut costs as the combination of recent budget deficits and declining enrollment are expected to deplete reserve monies in a few years.

Four years ago, the district closed Hargitt and Huerta schools in Norwalk

UPDATE: 01/22/13 8:13p~The Board of Education voted unanimously to keep Dulles open after the district's finance department miraculously provided information at the meeting from the Governors office, they say they received last Wednesday, in which new projections indicate more money to be available. In other words, an hour and a half of my life I will never get back.

 
Escalona Elementary Reaches 907 API: Principal Follows Through on Deal by Kissing Pig E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Saturday, 17 November 2012 19:30

Escalona Elementary principal Bonnie Lytle makes good on a deal made three years ago-if her students ever scored over 900 on the state's API report she would kiss a pig. Figures were released last month and the school scored 907. Time to pucker up! Photo Victoria Pflanzer

Hundreds of Students Squeal in Delight at Ceremony as Principal Keeps Her Word by Smooching Swine

La Mirada ~Escalona Elementary principal Bonnie Lytle made a promise to her students-if the school’s Academic Performance Index (API) ever reached 900, she would kiss a pig.

Although it took three years, Escalona scored a 907 when the figures were released last month-one of the first schools in the district to score over 900.

So, this past Friday Lytle followed through by kissing a pig named Olive- fitting for La Mirada-in front of hundreds of students, parents, and spectators.

The very cold winter-like winds didn’t dampen the spirit of the huge crowd at the after school outdoor celebration called “Pig Party.”

There was a petting zoo, along with booths selling popcorn and candy, and drinks. The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada was also there selling quarter pound hot dogs with the works.

The API is a major component of the Public Schools Accountability Act passed by the California legislature in 1999 and scores range from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The scores are used as a measurement to monitor a school’s growth.

PTA President Monae Zamott said the kids worked hard, “They have been trying and trying to hit that 900. Each year they have inched a little bit closer, improving their scores all along. She (Lytle) didn’t want the kids to wait for their reward.”

Zamott said that the vow got the kids to study more, and that’s all that really matters, “It was a great challenge and a great motivator for them to study. We can’t wait until she kisses the pig.”

The school had a score of 858 in 2009, climbed to 890 in 2010, and then 907 for 2011.

The scores, compiled from testing done in the previous school year, are released every October.

Many of the students who were tested last year, are partly responsible for the score, but have moved on to Benton, Hutchinson, and other middle schools. They were also invited to the festivities.

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Three CIF Home Games in One Week Treat La Mirada Sports Fans E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 17:43

La Mirada High Girls Volleyball Advance to Second Round With Big Win

La Mirada~Big week for La Mirada High Sports at La Mirada. Tomorrow night, THURSDAY at 7pm, girls volleyball enters the 2nd round of the CIF Division 3AA playoffs against Riverside Poly after their 25-17, 24-26, 25-10, 25-17 victory over Beverly Hills yesterday in La Mirada.

La Mirada (8-1) football begins a march to the finals playing in its first round game as the number one seed in the Southeast Division. The Suburban League champion Matadores are riding a six-game wining streak and will play at home as well, FRIDAY at 7:30 pm vs. Arcadia. The Apaches (4-6) who lost to La Mirada last year in the second round 31-28, stumbled a bit down the stretch in the Pacific League, and are losers of their last two.


 
School Board Approves Donations to La Mirada Schools E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 12:11

Benton Parents donate over $127,000 for Washington D.C. Trip: La Mirada Kiwanis and Rotary Donate Cameras

Norwalk~At a recent meeting, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board formally accepted several donations totalling thousands of dollars to benefit local schools.

Donations to La Mirada schools included:

-$112.88 by Target Take Charge of Education to Los Coyotes Middle School, to be used for material and supplies.

-$2,750 for Lodestone Adventures to provide Los Coyotes students with training activities that promote team building, talent discovery, and leadership.

-$10,000 to send about 50 Los Coyotes students and chaperones to leadership camp at the Alpine Meadows Retreat Center in Angelus Oaks, with funding coming from parent donations and the ASB budget.

-$34,100 to send about 124 Gardenhill Elementary students and chaperones  and $23,386 to send about 88 Eastwood Elementary students and chaperones to Thousand Pines Pines Outdoor Science School in Crestline. Gardenhill will be going in March 2013 and Eastwood in February.

-$481.99 to Benton Middle School by Target Take Charge of Education to be used for the student donation fund.

-$350 To Benton by the Benton PTSA to be used for the student donation fund.

-$359.91 to Benton by Big Lots/La Mirada to be used for the student donation fund.

-$152,550 to send about 71 Benton students and chaperones on an "American Heritage Trip" that will send the group through Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia next summer with funding coming from fundraisers ($24,366), the ASB trust budget ($800), and parent donations ($127,383).

-Two Canon Powershot SX40 HS Cameras to Benton Visual and Arts Academy to be used by the photography class, separately donated by the La Mirada Kiwanis and La Mirada Rotary Clubs.

-16 refurbished computers with Microsoft Office site license for each to Escalona Elementary by the Escalona PTSA, to be used for instruction in classrooms.

 
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