La Mirada High Parents Forming New Group to Focus on Academics E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 08 March 2012 06:53

As Seen in the La Mirada Lamplighter; Concerned Parents Battle Convoluted Reputation of School

La Mirada~Hoping to provide fresh new ideas, and keep La Mirada school kids in La Mirada, about 30 parents conducted a meeting at La Mirada High School this past Thursday night,  attempting to form a new club, focusing on academics.

"We have a booster club for all the sports and other groups on campus, but none for academics," said Edward Eng, who along with teacher David Drago is spearheading an effort with other members of the school's Shared Decision Making Committee (SDMC) to form the Academic Booster Club-a group made up of parents, teachers, and students who hope to fill the perceived gap between the high school and the community.

The meeting was also attended by Principal Bill Seals and Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD) School Board member Chris Pflanzer.

Hoping to place more emphasis and focus on academics and achievement, the group wants to propose new initiatives, and concentrate on four areas:  have La Mirada High become a California Distinguished School (there are only two in the district); look for grant opportunities; implement an Annual Career Day; and create a broader outreach program to middle schools in La Mirada-to retain students.

According to the Department of Education website, in order for a school to be eligible to apply to be a California Distinguished School , "schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Academic Performance Index (API) requirements."

The unit also wants to form a committee to plan and execute student activities, to raise funds, inquire about donations/grants, and sponsor future school and community events.

"When my child was attending Los Coyotes (Middle School)," said Eng, "It was amazing to hear all the constant announcements about the success of the soccer team, or the track and field team, but nothing ever about the success we had there in academic competition."

The issue is, according to many who attended the meeting, is that La Mirada High School lacks the incentives and not sufficient enough to retain academically aggressive students, currently attending middle schools in La Mirada.

La Mirada Students Shine in the Municipal Spotlight E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 05 March 2012 18:13

La Mirada~This year's version of the La Mirada Youth in Government again featured some of La Mirada High School's best and brightest students at the City Council Meeting this past Tuesday night.

Established in 1960, the city's Youth in Government program partners with the La Mirada Ebell Service Club and La Mirada High School to give students an opportunity to work with city officials and learn about municipal government. These students are given the assignment of reviewing community issues or existing programs and services, and then developing alternatives and providing recommendations for enhancing services and programs.

As part of the Youth in Government program, the Student City Council and staff are paired with their city counterparts at a special La Mirada City Council meeting where they conduct business just as a regular city council meeting would be conducted, serving as mock City Council members and staff, presenting their reports on local issues.

In the past, the Youth in Government program has actively contributed, and has seen recommended projects come to fruition, including the development of the La Mirada Community Gymnasium and the installation of left-turn signals at busy intersections.

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ruth Perez was on hand to watch the student give their presentations, along with School Board members Jesse Urquidi, Chris Pflanzer, Ed Hengler, and Daryl Adams.

This year's group of youngsters recommended two projects for review and discussion: utilizing social media by creating a mobile app for the city's website to better communicate and serve its residents and; upgrade La Mirada playgrounds to meet new ADA standards.

Each year, members of Congress and the State Assembly and Senate recognize the efforts of the Youth in Government students at the program's annual concluding ceremony.

This year's Youth in Government participants included Sunny Khokhor, Priscilla Lee, Sam Khattar, Jessica Duron, Matthew Alvarez, Brooklynn Ackerman, Olivia Tang, Janice Jang, Justin Rhee, Mark Sologuren, Breanne Flores, Christy Pflanzer , Eva Gaye, Mauricio Pavano, Mario Matal, Kevin Lim, Jorge Martinez, Nathan Decker, Marina Alvarez, Leticia Fonseca, Vanessa Ramirez, Uzair Mumtaz,  and Brian Hanst.

Photos by City of La Mirada: above, 2012 Youth in Government Participants, right, Christy Pflanzer makes presentation with Marina Alvarez looking on.

Beatitudes to Host Annual Open House E-mail
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Friday, 20 January 2012 16:04

La Mirada~Beatitudes of Our Lord School will hold its annual Open House on Sunday January 29th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. All are welcome to tour the school and learn about the outstanding education and extracurricular programs Beatitudes offers kindergarten through eighth grade students.

In addition, the Beatitudes School Choir will perform during the 10:00am mass and at the continental breakfast that will be served in Marron Hall following Mass.

Local Restaurant to Host Fundraiser for Elementary School E-mail
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Friday, 20 January 2012 16:00

Whittier~A fundraiser will be held Tuesday, January 24th between 4-9 p.m. for Scott Ave Elementary School in Whittier.

The host site will be the KFC in Whittier at 16161 Leffingwell Rd (Leffingwell Rd & First Ave).

The school will receive 20% of all pre-tax sales when presented with a flyer to a store salesperson. Grab some dinner and help Scott Ave Elementary raise money to assist kids in their education.

The flyer can be downloaded online at or at For additional information contact KFC Whittier’s Richard Hopkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (562) 943-1818.

Beatitudes Golf Has Good Showing at Tournament E-mail
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La Mirada~The Beatitudes of Our Lord School Golf Team participated in the 2011 CYO Fall Golf Tournament at Rancho Duarte Golf Course on Sunday October 9th, taking 3rd place in the team competition while winning four top awards in individual competitions.

Matthew Carungay (Seventh Grade) placed 2nd in the Boys A Division, Miguel Vergel De Dios (Fourth Grade) placed 1st in the Boys C Division and Camille Dimayuga (Fourth Grade) placed 1st in the Girls C Division.

Additionally, Austin Alba-Brooks (Seventh Grade) placed 1st and birdied in the Closest to the Pin Contest. With nearly 100 students from 18 schools in Los Angeles County participating, the Bobcats took home the most awards of all the schools in the tournament.

"This is only the second year for the Beatitudes Golf Team" said Mary Forrest, Beatitudes Athletic Director. "Our coaches Percy Carungay, Bill Brooks and Dennis Mendoza have done an incredible job preparing our talented golf team for success."

The Beatitudes of Our Lord School sports program is part of the CYO Big Ten conference.


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