JUNE 2022

Happy Summer!

The Canoga Park Chatsworth Community of Schools congratulates all our students, teachers and staff for an amazing 2021-22 school year. As we wrap up this year with award ceremonies, graduations, culminations and accomplishment events, the COS office wants to especially acknowledge the Principals and Admin teams at each of our schools for their hard work in all they did to make this year successful for their schools!

To all our Community of School families, we wish you a safe and restful summer break. See you all in August!


Mary Melvin

COS Administrator


UCLA bound student

Huge shout out to Canoga Park High School's Student Body President, Julia Gutierrez. We are so proud of her academic and personal accomplishments throughout her high school years as she is on her way to continuing her education at UCLA this Fall. Julia is a proud student within our Community of Schools attending Enadia Way for elementary, Columbus for Middle School and Canoga Park for High School. She is a true Canoga Park Chatsworth COS graduate!
Stoney Point Prom 2022

Stoney Point PROM 2022

A fabulous evening to celebrate all our graduates at Stoney Point High School with a first-ever prom for the students. It was a wonderful evening of celebrating accomplishments for over 30 students. Congrats Stoney Point High School!
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15th Annual Regional Battle of the Books Champion-Nobel Middle School

Congratulations to the hard-working students at Nobel Middle School who took first place at the 2022 Battle of the Books. We are so proud of you! Special thanks to Mrs. Hamilton for taking this team to 1st place! GO NOBEL!
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PRCS campus beautification

The PTA and Booster Club of Porter Ranch Community School are leaving a lasting gift this year with the beautification of their campus with murals including a welcome wall, basketball backboards and handball court revamp. Affirming and supporting words on the handball courts, along with the 7 Habits Leader in Me and Pac 10 College school logos on the basketball backboards is a fantastic way for students to always see the message of goodness. Thank you to the PTA and Booster for making PRCS beautiful!
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Canoga Park High School graduates are college bound!

Principal Robert Garcia was all smiles as he celebrated awards for the Canoga Park High School class of 2022. Students will be representing over 20 colleges and universities including Harvard University, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, SDSU, CSUN, Pomona and so many more! Go Hunters!

Wonderful happenings at Topeka Elementary

Board District 3 Scott Schmerleson and Administrator Mary Melvin were warmly welcomed to the campus of Topeka Elementary as Principal Chavez and her team showcased their new garden and library. Through a community grant, Topeka Elementary was able to cultivate a beautiful new garden to beautify their school. The library also has been revamped with additional books and the students got a special treat with Mr. Schmelerson reading one of their favorites to them to celebrate this special day!
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2 PRCS teachers take the title!

Mrs. Breanna Maxfield took the honor of the Teacher of the Year as she received the most votes for this special title. She was celebrated by another PRCS colleague, Mrs. Shireen Milliken, who won Science Teacher of the Year as well. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for recognizing wonderful educators in our community.

Beckford Elementary awarded Principal of the Year

Congratulations to Shelly Brower, Beckford Elementary School Principal, who won the Principal of the Year Award from the 2022 Unforgettable Educator Awards. Ms. Brower was cheered on by her students and school community for a job well done.

Nevada Elementary celebrates a trip around the world

Topeka Elementary students were lucky to take a trip around the world without leaving their school campus. A fun, interactive cultural fest allowed students to learn about the different cultures around the world with informative boards, music and art presentations and live dances from special guests.

Mr. Schmerelson inspires the next generation of leaders

Mr. Schmerelson took the opportunity to inspire the next generation of educators at Columbus Middle School.
COS Digital Yearbook

COS Digital Yearbook 2022

Who doesn't love yearbooks! Check out the COS Digital Yearbook 2022 highlighting all our schools and their accomplishments this year!
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Community Student Art Show

Come check out the talented artwork from students in our community including Germain and Superior Elementary and Lawrence Middle School in addition to many other schools. It will be an afternoon of beautiful artwork, lovely music and light snacks for the whole family provided by the Community of Schools office. Join us on Saturday, June 4 from 3-5pm at the Courtyard in the Chatsworth Public Library.
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Summer School Registration is open!

Are you interested in Summer school for your child? Please join the webinar on May 31 at 5:30pm to learn more and get instructions to sign up. Summer School will be in person on our school campuses to support students in English, math or credit recovery in High School. LAUSD is offering summer school to all students. Click here to enroll at participating schools today!
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Pride Month Presents Many Opportunities

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the Stonewall riots that occurred in 1969. In June 1969, supporters of New York City’s Stonewall Inn protested police harassment of the LGBTQ+ community. This unrest marked the beginning of a larger movement to raise awareness and outlaw discriminatory practices against members of the LGBTQ+ community ( Today, the advocacy continues. Pride is celebrated in various ways, such as parades and community events. The most impactful way to celebrate Pride may be through education.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is a longtime advocate in ensuring for affirming schools and workplaces for our LGBTQ+ community. The LA Unified Human Relations Diversity and Equity (HRDE) is a department in the Division of Student Health and Human Services. HRDE is committed to fostering a safe and respectful District, school and community culture when the seeds of peace and justice are sown so that all students and staff can lead needs safe, purposeful and academically fruitful lives.

Equally important to education is providing support and acceptance. Research indicates that individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ face challenges related to stigma and discrimination. These challenges have been linked to high rates of mental health issues, including suicidality and substance abuse. Positive relationships and social connections are core to resilience for all individuals no matter how one identifies. Therefore, you are encouraged to take time to learn more about Pride month while practicing accepting behaviors to strengthen our community resilience. Please visit the Family Acceptance Project® website to learn more about the research and access downloadable/shareable materials that can be used at home, in schools, and in our communities.

If you or someone you know is in need of resources, or just a safe place to talk, here are some great resources to get you started:

LAUSD Student and Family Wellness Hotline 213-241-3840

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LAUSD Calendar 2022-23

We are just finishing up the 2021-22 school year but I know many families are already looking ahead to the new school year. Please find the approved LAUSD calendar for the 2022-23 school year with first day of school for students on Monday, August 15.

Canoga Park High School celebrates college bound students

A special assembly for all Canoga Park High School seniors as they were recognized for their achievements and accomplishments. Many of the students are heading to higher education as they prepare of college at over 20 different schools including Harvard, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, CSUN, Pomona, SDSU and more amazing colleges and universities. A special shout out to Dulce Gonzalez who is graduating with honors, a CIF Female Athlete of the Year award, and is headed to Harvard University in the Fall. Congrats to all our 2022 graduates at Canoga Park High School!