Thirty-one scholars of the Los Nietos Middle School Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program will compete from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 against about 10 other Chapman University MESA Center schools at the annual MESA Preliminary Competition. High-performing teams will compete against schools from 10 other Southern California Regions at the Regional MESA event on April 8 at UC Irvine. Los Nietos Middle School has been a fixture at the MESA Prelims and Regionals, reaching both competitions in each of the last five years.
Le Cordon Bleu chef Trina Nelson led Los Nietos nutrition staff in a two-day culinary workshop on Aug. 8-9 aimed at preparing the District to launch a new “scratch” cooking menu this fall. Nutrition staff practiced cooking items from the new menu and learned knife handling, fresh food preparation and presentation skills. The menu is one of the District’s 2017-18 health initiatives and will eliminate all processed food from school-provided meals in favor of fresh ingredients.
About 1,700 students in the Los Nietos School District will discover new digital tools, remodeled classrooms and a soon-to-be completed science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) lab when they return to campuses on Monday, Aug. 14. Students in grades three through eight will also receive 1:1 access to digital tools this year.
About 48 Los Nietos School District students are exploring science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) fields at Ada S. Nelson Elementary School during the District’s four-week summer enrichment program, which concludes Friday, June 30. Students in grades three through eight were selected for the program, which includes building model bridges, launching rockets and conducting Google Slides presentations.
Follow-up Story: Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary students laughed and listened intently, captivated by community leaders who took turns reading classic tales on March 2 in celebration of Read Across America, the annual reading awareness program. Literary rhymes from Dr. Seuss classics like “The Cat in The Hat,” “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” filled classrooms as guest readers encouraged children to explore books and imparted important lessons. Whittier Police Officer Lindsay Inman dedicated a few moments to recently fallen Officer Keith Boyer, and assured students of her role in keeping them safe. Santa Fe Springs City Council member Juanita Trujillo shared a lesson on dreaming big.
Fifteen fifth- and sixth-graders from Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School will compete at the annual Los Angeles County Elementary Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 4 at Occidental College. A total of 60 teams will compete. Rancho has been preparing for the event through its weekly science club and is hoping to improve on its silver medal finish last year.
Follow-up Story: Guided by familiar animated movie characters and pop music icons, Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School K-6 students received lessons on the benefits of setting goals and planning for the future during the multi-screen, multi-media presentation, “Ready! Set! Go!” on Feb. 17. The 30-minute motivational lesson focuses on telling the stories of real students across the country demonstrating proper planning strategies, and how they use initiative and perseverance to combat the obstacles that unexpectedly crop up along the way. Photos are available.
Los Nietos Elementary School Parent Teacher Club Finances 50 Laptops
Aeolian Elementary School is spending $13,500 to buy 50 Chromebook laptops for classrooms, a purchase made possible by the fundraising efforts of Aeolian’s Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The District is working toward a 1-to-1 ratio of students to personal devices. The PTC unanimously concluded that building on the school’s technology base would be the best use of its funds.
Follow-up Story: Twenty-four Los Nietos Middle School students completed the L.A. Marathon on March 19, crossing the finish line to earn medals. The students prepared all year through Students Run L.A., a program designed to improve student health, promote goal-setting and facilitate character-building. Los Nietos Students Run L.A. Coach Erika Rose, with the help of three coaches and two adult volunteers, guided students through a long, rigorous training schedule that included distance runs. With the help of parents and volunteers, every Los Nietos runner crossed the finish line. Photos are available.
Los Nietos Hosts Educators from China for Exchange of Practices
Follow-up Story: Los Nietos School District hosted nearly 25 educators from China for a lunch, school tour and exchange of educational practices on Jan. 23 as part of an international partnership. The educators visited Aeolian Elementary School, where they toured the campus and experienced classroom instruction. The District’s new curriculum, technology, and Safe and Civil Schools behavioral practices were on display. The group concluded the visit at the Los Nietos District Office, where they met with Superintendent Jonathan Vasquez and staff members for a debriefing.
Follow-up Story: Nearly 125 Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School students took part in the opening day of a four-Saturday science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) Enrichment Program that kicked off on Jan. 28. The program allows students in second grade and above to explore exciting fields like robotics, computer coding, journalism, computer skills and art. The program is designed to help students excel beyond their daily curriculum while finding new passions and interests that can lead them down a path of success. The program will continue Saturday, Feb. 11; Saturday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, April 8.
Follow-up Story: Los Nietos School District will host nearly 20 educators from Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, for lunch, a school tour and exchange of educational practices on Monday, Jan. 23 as part of an international partnership. The District’s new curriculum, technology and Safe and Civil Schools behavioral practices will be on display. Also, two Chinese teachers will teach a lesson to fourth-grade students at Aeolian Elementary School. The group from China will conclude the visit at the Los Nietos District Office, where they review the day’s events with Superintendent Jonathan Vasquez and other staff members.
Santa Fe Springs City librarians are bringing extra reading help to third-graders at Los Nietos School District’s Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary twice a week through a reading club designed to boost literacy comprehension. Through a partnership with the District, librarians will spend an hour on Wednesdays and Thursdays helping small groups of students raise reading levels.