Follow-up Story: Norwalk High School junior Alyssa Bernal is a step closer to her dream of attending an Ivy League law school, earning $500 in Lions Club scholarships after strong performances during the 80th Annual Lions Club Student Speaker Contest. Bernal, who has a 4.54 GPA and a goal of becoming the first female chief justice of the Supreme Court, will use the money to attend the Yale University Young Global Scholars pre-collegiate summer program in June. Bernal won three consecutive regional contests with her response to the question, “Is the Right to Privacy a Threat to our National Security.”
Top seniors from John Glenn, La Mirada, Norwalk and Southeast high schools visited their former elementary schools on May 12 to inspire students to work hard toward their goals and that anyone can go to college during the District's inaugural Kinder to College event. The District launched the event to promote a college-going culture from kindergarten through high school. Students wore graduation caps and gowns or college T-shirts while they talked about the university they will attend and what they will study, or how they will serve the United States in the Marines, Navy, Air Force or Army.
Nearly 175 Norwalk-La Mirada parent volunteers were feted with a Bollywood dance performance from Eastwood Elementary fourth-graders and a catered lunch prepared by Norwalk High students during the 17th annual Day of the Parent celebration at Huerta Elementary School on May 18. The parents received certificates from their school principals and PTA representatives.
La Mirada High School senior Isaac Cantu is extra vigilant as he stencils the words "Dream Big" along the side of one of four garden boxes he and three other students have made in their woodshop class to beautify the grounds of the Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos. Cantu worked with seniors Johnny Granados, Andrew Iabarra and Spencer Collins to finish the garden boxes, which can house dozens of plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Follow-up Story: Six La Mirada High School student-athletes signed letters of intent on April 12 – National Signing Day for spring sports – committing to colleges and universities they will attend in the fall. The students are: Alyssa Ramirez, softball, La Serna University; Alyssa Hana, softball, Wellesley College; Andrew Valencia: water polo, Whittier College; Andrew Diaz, baseball, Hope International; Alex Gonzalez, baseball, Vanguard University; and Justin Scroggin, baseball, Navy. Photos are available.
Follow-up Story: La Mirada High School and Los Coyotes and Hutchinson middle schools this week received California Gold Ribbons, which recognizes model programs during rollout of the California Standards. The winning schools will be honored during regional ceremonies this spring.
CBEE Names Seven Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Schools to Honor Roll for Academic Achievements, STEM Proficiency
Seven Norwalk-La Mirada Unified schools were named to the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) 2016 Honor Roll, which recognizes higher-performing schools that narrow achievement gaps between student populations. One school was also named to the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Honor Roll for excelling in math and science.
Follow-up Story: Norwalk High School freshman Dominique Guerrero saw the possibility of becoming a writer after her short story, “This is For You, Mom,” was published in a UC Irvine literary journal, which featured 18 writings from students across Norwalk-La Mirada Unified. The literary journal, Pathway to Academic Success, is a collection of exemplary essays, poems and narratives written by NLMUSD students from 2014 to 2016. The District partnered with the Pathways to Success program to adapt a professional development program created by Carol Booth Olson, director of the UCI Writing Project, to improve the reading and writing skills of English learners. Photos are available.
Norwalk High School has earned the SkillsUSA Gold Chapter of Distinction, a state recognition of hands-on community service outreach that qualifies the chapter for a finalist spot in the nationally acclaimed 2017 Model of Excellence Award. Automotive and culinary students combined their talents to create a community mobile food trailer to cater community and awareness events. Norwalk High previously won Gold Chapter Distinction and the Model of Excellence Award in 2015 and 2016. The school is one of two in California to receive the Model of Excellence Award and one of 12 across the nation to earn the award twice.
Follow-up Story: Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Waite Middle School has been recognized for raising student literacy over the last three years through Project Raising Educational Achievement for students with Disabilities (READ). Waite achieved Project READ’s Exemplar status by involving family and community members, aligning school English language arts curriculum with California Standards and teaching reading skills across all subjects. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Nuffer Elementary School is encouraging fathers, uncles and other male figures to become more involved in their children’s education by participating in recess, lunchtime and classroom activities through the WatchDOGS, Dads of Successful Students, program. Nuffer is one of 5,707 schools across the United States and seven other countries to increase male involvement at their schools. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: All three of Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s comprehensive high schools competed against 15 Los Angeles-area schools in the 2017 Chevron Design Challenge Saturday, April 1 at John Glenn High School. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering design student teams were be pitted against each other as they created original designs and projects in front of a panel of professional engineers.
Students and community members across Norwalk and La Mirada had the opportunity to refine their career goals by speaking with industry professionals during a recent Career Exploration Night. Attendees participated in career workshops, including a special presentation provided by Microsoft. Industries included arts, education, fashion, hospitality and engineering.