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.

Three CIF Home Games in One Week Treat La Mirada Sports Fans E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
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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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.

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


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