NLMUSD Eighth-Graders Encouraged to Pursue Engineering Careers
Nearly 100 female Norwalk-La Mirada eighth-graders from Corvallis, Los Alisos and Waite middle schools participated in a day of hands-on learning and instruction during Female Challenge Day on Dec. 2 at Norwalk High School. Cal Poly Pomona Project Lead The Way students joined Norwalk High School’s Pathway to Engineering students to speak to the middle schoolers about the challenges and rewards of pursuing education and careers in the traditionally male-dominated field of engineering. Photos are available.
Nearly 100 female Norwalk-La Mirada eighth-graders from Corvallis, Los Alisos and Waite middle schools participated in a day of hands-on learning and instruction during Female Challenge Day on Dec. 2 at Norwalk High School. Cal Poly Pomona Project Lead The Way (PLTW) students joined Norwalk High School’s Pathway to Engineering (PTE) students to speak to the middle schoolers about the challenges and rewards of pursuing education and careers in the traditionally male-dominated field of engineering.
The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Migrant Education program will celebrate the culmination of its summer session on Tuesday, July 19 with an Olympics-themed musical performance, followed by an open house. The public is invited to watch migrant education students from pre-K to 12th grade showcase their musical talents by performing traditional Russian, Mexican and American folk dances, as well as the Olympic theme song on pianos and recorders. Both events will be held at Edmonson Elementary School, located at 15121 Grayland Ave. in Norwalk. The performance begins at 9:15 a.m., with the open house immediately following at 10 a.m.
Academic Pentathlon Prepares NLMUSD Middle School Students for Success
More than 200 Norwalk-La Mirada middle school students participated in the 2016 Academic Pentathlon, earning numerous team and individual medals for demonstrating their knowledge of the culture and history of India, the complexities of ecology and the writings of Rudyard Kipling. Benton, Corvallis, Hutchinson, Los Alisos, Los Coyotes and Waite middle schools sent teams of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to the pentathlon.
Credited with inspiring and encouraging students and teachers alike, Nuffer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Denise Daguimol was honored as the Teacher of the Year at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s 2016 Star Awards on May 10 at Excelsior High School. Daguimol came to Nuffer in 2006, after 10 years at Edmondson Elementary. She is a graduate of South Gate High School, received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Cal State Fullerton, her teaching credential from UCLA and a Master of Education from Concordia University.
Norwalk-La Mirada will spend a newly announced $3 million grant to strengthen science instruction through a collaborative partnership formed with California State University, Long Beach dubbed the Science Professional Academy. The grant is part of $18.2 million California Mathematics and Science Partnership grants awarded this month to 28 school districts to improve instruction for disadvantaged youths. Norwalk-La Mirada is one of five districts to receive the highest level of funding. The district’s application outlined plans for the Science Professional Academy, which will provide K-8 teachers with deeper science content knowledge and additional instructional strategies for optimizing student understanding and greater achievement in science education. The professional learning will be a collaborative effort with CSULB Science Education Department and CSULB scientists who provide course work and training to district teacher leaders. Rochelle Fanali, 909-445-1001 (office) or 310-962-7727 (cell)
About 200 high school students and their parents learned about exciting new career paths during the “Emerging Careers for the Future: Career Opportunity Expo” held March 11 at Norwalk High School. The event, a collaborative effort between Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Department and the office of U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez, presented students with an opportunity to discover such career opportunities as green technology, health and medicine and automotive technology.
Six student musicians from three Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District high schools practiced day and night through the holidays in preparation for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Pasadena City College Parade Honor Band. The band, composed of Pasadena City College’s Lancer Marching Band and 200 gifted high school musicians from around the state, has marched in the New Year's Day parade since 1930.
Students at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will start a brand-new, exciting year on Thursday, Sept. 4. This year, Glazier and Gardenhill elementary schools will launch for its students Project Lead the Way curriculum. A resounding success at NLMUSD middle and high schools, PLTW is the country’s leading provider of STEM curriculum. Media contact: Christina Cardenas, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)
Special-education students at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will receive increased support thanks to a $40,000 grant awarded to UCLArts and Healing, which plans to use the funds to deliver a drumming program designed to teach students social emotional skill development. UCLArts and Healing, a collaboration between non-profit Arts and Healing Initiative and the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, will train upper elementary special education teachers to deliver a program called “Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming.” Media contact: Christina Cardenas, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)