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School Board Approves Donations to La Mirada Schools E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
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.

 
Overflow Crowd Floods District for 1st Annual College Fair & Expo E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 07 October 2012 20:36

Norwalk~Hundreds of students and parents descended on the Norwalk-La Mirada School District headquarters as the school district hosted the 1st Annual NLMUSD College Expo Day 2012 this last Thursday.

The district-the 15th largest in California-welcomed representatives from colleges and universities from all over Southern California and beyond, to interact with students and parents, hand out brochures and other literature containing important information and answer questions they might have.

Each representative had an information table in which parents and students were able to discuss the requirements to attend the college or university.

Also, topical workshops were presented during two session times. In Session 1, Tiana Otabuah (UCI) presented a workshop on “College 101”; Kaplan Test Prep presented “SAT Test Prep”; UCLA presented “Tips on Writing a Personal Statement”; and Cypress College presented a workshop on “Financial Aid”.

During Session 2, Otabuah presented a workshop on “What Juniors Need to Know”; Cerritos College presented “Community College and Transferring”; CSUF presented a workshop on “Early Outreach Program (UOP)”; and Cypress College presented a second workshop on “Financial Aid”.

Representatives from the City of Norwalk, City of La Mirada, PTA, and ROP were also present at the community event to talk about their services.

The occasion featured a welcome greeting from Superintendent Dr. Ruth Perez and a special message

Students and parents pack a classroom to listen to a representative from UCLA give tips on writing a personal statement for college.

from Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.

The idea was born when middle and high school counselors of the school district, at one of their monthly meetings, were discussing ways to revamp a district college handbook. In the past, the district’s high schools and middle schools held their own college information nights. The counselors decided to have an event for all the schools

Soon, the district counselor team of Irene Rifilato (Norwalk High School), David Hallum (La Mirada High School), Candida Hernandez (Los Coyotes Middle School) and Jenny Amaya (Waite Middle School) were chosen by the other counselors to organize the new expo.

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El Camino High Students Presented With Scholarship Funds From Kiwanis E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:56

El Camino High Seniors Presented With Scholarship Checks From La Mirada Kiwanis

By Tony Aiello

La Mirada~ Two El Camino High School seniors recently were given scholarship awards from the Kiwanis Club of La Mirada.

The students were presented with their gifts at a ceremony on the school campus this past Thursday.


left to right, Valerie Mejia, counselor, Rich Trujjillo. Lou Piltz & Tom Thornton (LM Kiwanis Club), $1000 awardee Zayara Silva, Mr. Brown, El Camino High School Principal. photo Kiwanis Club

La Mirada~La Mirada Kiwanis members Lou Piltz, Tom Thornton, and Rich Trujillo acknowledged the students, and they were joined by El Camino principal Darryl Brown and other local dignitaries including Norwalk-La Mirada School Board member, Darryl Adams.

Located in La Mirada, El Camino is a California State Model Continuation High School.

Students were judged on their merit, grades, school activity; along with their community involvement and accomplishments.

This year’s winners-which included La Mirada high students-received scholarship amounts totally $11,000, with 14 students overall, receiving gifts.

Annually, scholarship amounts are awarded in the amounts of $500 and $1000.

At El Camino, Courtney Morrison and Zaraya Silva each received $1000.

La Mirada High students received their prizes earlier in the week.

For over 30 years, the service club has offered the scholarships. To qualify, students must reside in La Mirada, but can be attending any high school.


Courtney Morrison also received $1000. photo Kiwanis Club






 
Kiwanis Club of La Mirada Present Scholarships to La Mirada High Seniors E-mail
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Monday, 25 June 2012 16:00

La Mirada~The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada presented their scholarship awards to nine La Mirada high school seniors who are interested in continuing their education.

Lou Piltz and Rich Trujillo from the Kiwanis of La Mirada are flanked by this year's LMHS scholarship recepients. photo Kiwanis Club

The students were presented with their gifts at a ceremony this past Tuesday at the school.

Students were judged on their merit, grades, school activity; along with their community involvement and accomplishments.

This year’s winners received scholarship amounts totally $11,000, with 14 students overall, receiving gifts.

Scholarship amounts are awarded in the amounts of $500 and $1000.

La Mirada High School students who received $1000 were Teresa Co, Phyong-Lien Ngheim, Megan Hoyarek, Ramon Visaiz and Christy Pflanzer.

$500 recipients included Melissa Aceves, Eric Matheny, Nicholas Sanchez-McCormick and Nicholas Popoy.

For over 30 years, the service club has offered the scholarships. To qualify, students must reside in La Mirada, but can be attending any high school.



 
3rd Annual Visual and Performing Arts Show E-mail
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Written by Cat Dayco Guerra   
Saturday, 31 March 2012 21:33

Visual and Performing Arts Academy at LMHS Continues to Provide Students Opportunities; Event Moved to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts This Year

La Mirada~While the arts continue to diminish in neighboring schools and districts, the visual and performing arts at La Mirada High School are achieving and growing at record levels.

In the Spring of 2009, La Mirada High School acquired a limited state grant to officially establish the Visual and Performing Arts Academy. The purpose of this academy is to preparestudents for a career pathway in the areas of art, dance, music, or theatre and to foster these talents to make a difference in the community and our world. In the first year of the program, a new dance studio and dance program was created with grant funds and funding from the Lucerne Art of Dairy Cow Contest.

A guitar program was started, and the first annual VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Extravaganza was held. This event was the first showcase of its kind to present the best of students' art, dance, music, and theatre combined in one fabulous evening. It was held in the gym, free of charge with an attendance of over 350 people. It was the highlight of the year for students in the Academy and the arts, as they performed and exhibited their talents and also shared in the achievements of their peers. Since one goal of the VAPA Academy is to prepare students to enter the fields of Media Arts and Entertainment as professionals, it seemed logical to move the VAPA Extravaganza from the gym to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts the following year.

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