Laurel CACT Principal's Update

May 22 - May 26th

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This week in review...

Laurel Cinematic Arts Families,

This week is OPEN HOUSE week. All are welcome to join us THIS THURSDAY FROM 5-7 P.M. to see our students projects and portfolios. Join us in the Auditorium for a welcome presentation from 5:00 - 5:30 and move to our classrooms to meet with teachers and see student work in action! Next week 5th and 8th grade students will present their portfolios to staff to showcase their readiness for middle and high school.

We have 3-days left of State Testing :) This week students are taking their reading and writing exams. Thank you for helping us reach our participation goal of 95% by discussing the importance of trying their best on state assessments. One way to describe tests are in preparation for career. To name a few: teachers, doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, dentists and general contractors all require standardized testing for licensing. Students will access their EXAMS using their chrome books. Practice with your 3-8th grade child by accessing practice test questions here:

Students will receive incentives for being on-time and prepared for testing in grades 3-8 & be invited to a Luau for attending every day of testing and trying their best! Student Luau THIS FRIDAY, May 26th. If you are a parent volunteer interested in supporting with this Friday's Luau from 9:30 - 11:30, email Ms. Corcoran.

Remember to buy your child's yearbook so they have one in time for end-of-year autographs & memory sharing! Purchase your child's yearbook for $35.00 Today. Visit Yearbook ID Code: 15011523

In Partnership, Ms. Corcoran, Principal

Upcoming Important Date(s) in May/June:

May 25 - Open House & Student Showcase - Parents Invited 5-7 p.m.

May 26 - 8th grade Grad Night 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

May 26 - Minimum Day & End-of-Testing Student Luau

May 30 & May 31 - 5th & 8th grade Portfolio Defense

June 7 - 5th Grade End of Year BBQ 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

June 7 - TK/Kindergarten Culmination 9:00 a.m. with Laurel EEC

June 8 - 8th Grade Breakfast 8:30 a.m. & 8th Grade Culmination 4 p.m. Fairfax HS

June 9 - Minimum Day

June 12 - (MONDAY) - Last Day of School - Field Day & End of Year Awards (Minimum Day)

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Student Activities Calendar

Buy your Yearbook Today for $35

Purchase your child's yearbook for $35.00 Today. Visit Yearbook ID Code:


Deadline extended to purchase yearbooks to May 15, 2023.

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Grades 3-8 Testing Schedule Begins Monday

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8th grade Culmination

Congratulations to our 8th graders preparing for culmination!

- 8th grade final grades are due June 2nd, students will receive final clearance forms for culmination next week. Students must complete all aspects of graduation contract prior to culminating, including returning school issued devices/chargers, textbooks, and library books.

- Students who have not completed all aspects of the culmination contract, but have met the 50 credit culmination requirement, can appeal to participate in the culmination ceremony. Appeals should indicate strong improvement from first to second semester in the area not met, and documentation of extenuating circumstances. Students who are at risk of not completing one or more area received a warning notice.

- Culmination will take place on June 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Fairfax High School. Students must report to culmination at 3:00 p.m. to prepare for processional

- 8th grade breakfast will take place on June 8th at 8:30 a.m. Students will receive their gowns during the breakfast. These will be loaned to students for the ceremony for FREE. If students are interested in purchasing a gown to keep, a booth will be available at open house and 8th grade breakfast. Gowns will cost $35.00.

Student Led Clubs

Student Led Club Application - Turn in to Mr. Adrian

Students are encouraged to start their own lunch clubs to explore their interests and build community across Laurel Cinematic Arts Magnet. Some examples of past and current clubs include: Art, Cubing, Gardening, Rainbow/GSA, Gaming Clubs Meet 1-2x/wk

Summer School 2023 - Enroll Today!

This summer, there are many exciting programs available for all students. Schools in our community are hosting full day on-campus programs. There are also many online enrichment activities. You can learn a new language, take an art class or learn to play an instrument. Information about summer programs are available at

Academic summer programs will be offered for students who are currently Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) through 12th Grade. To register, parents can go online at or pick up an application in our main office.

Note: Laurel CACT will offer summer school to support students who are in need of academic progress in English and Mathematics 8:30 - 12:30 p.m. & Summer Camp from 12:30 - 6:00 p.m. (We are not offering ESY at this location.)

For Laurel Cinematic Arts Summer School follow the steps below:

Program Dates: June 26 – July 25

Times: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday – Friday (if you are in need of childcare until 6 p.m., fill out Beyond the Bell application)

Locations: For a list of sites offering summer school, visit: ETK-8 Summer School Program

Learning Method: In-person

How to Apply: Families have two options for enrolling a child in the ETK-8 program:
1. Request a Student Application and submit the completed form to the home school
2. Complete an online Student Application by visiting

Eligibility: Current Los Angeles Unified students with District ID number in grades ETK-8th

Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee enrollment

You may also register by turining in the paper application to the main office:

Paper Application (English/Spanish)

Provide an application to families who request a paper application.
Attach the following to the enrollment application:

Beyond the Bell After School Application (Spanish)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 323.654.1930 or visit our school’s website.

School-wide Daily Attendance Goals

We have 15 days of school left! Let's be sure to be in attendance every day!

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Remember to strive for proficient attendance this school year!

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PTSA Announcements

Grad Nite will take place on May 26th. Students with a 3.0 or higher and no more than 2 US qualify for a FREE grad night ticket.

EMAIL PPANTHERS.PTSA@GMAIL.COM for questions regarding PTSA.

Upcoming meetings:

PTSA Board Meeting May 19, 2023 3pm ZOOM

PTSA Associate meeting (all members invited): June 2, 2023 3pm ZOOM

Need a tutor in your home? Log into Paper through Schoology to access a live tutor through chat or voice memo

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Tutoring Center Open This Week in Library

Laurel CACT Magnet will also open a tutoring center on Tuesdays (1:45 - 3:30) and THIS Thursday ONLY (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) in the library.

Register here to sign up for after school tutoring: (Or scan QR Code)'

Students will be using PAPER, an on demand tutoring app, for homework help support.

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Request a Device Here

Students who do not yet have a device must request one through LA Unified's device management portal.

Woodcraft Rangers is Hiring

Woodcraft Rangers is hiring 2 new coaches. See flyer below:
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Parent Engagement Opportunities

Coffee with the Principal - Friday, May 19

Come learn more about LA Unified and Laurel CACT's School Safety Policy & Student Supports!

Volunteer with us!

First, Register to be a volunteer through LA Unified at, then...

Register to volunteer on a Laurel CACT Volunteer Project here.

Make sure to have your TB test when applying to become an LA Unified Volunteer.

Would you like to try out volunteering?

Join us to volunteer for 1-hour in the library, sign up here:

Huge thank you to our parents who are registering as parent volunteers! To volunteer during the school day, please be sure to upload TB test information into the volunteer portal no later than 2-3 weeks after you have applied to be a volunteer. We must approve/deny volunteers within 30-days of their application submission. Below you will find the link to register as a volunteer with LA Unified:

Student & Family Resources

Laurel Cinematic Arts & Creative Technologies Magnet School

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