Canoga Park Chatsworth

Community of Schools

February 2022

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PRCS celebrates Lunar New Year

Porter Ranch Community School is one of the only schools in our Community offering a Korean Dual Language program for students in Kindergarten-5th Grade. In celebration of Lunar New Year, Councilman John Lee supported the celebration by visiting classrooms and handing out goodie bags for students. Support from our local Councilman to our schools has been imperative to keep the wonderful relationship with our community. We wish all our families that celebrate Lunar New Year a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

새해 복 많이 받으세요 from Lawrence Middle School

새해 복 많이 받으세요 means Happy Lunar New Year in Korean!

To celebrate the 2022 Lunar New Year at Lawrence, students spend the entire week experiencing various cultural activities. They had opportunities to taste small packaged Korean traditional snacks, play traditional game 윷놀이(Yutnori), and make traditional clothing 한복(Hanbok) and accessories 노리개(Norigae) with origami. On the day of the Lunar New Year, students learned how to 새배(Saebae), a deep traditional bow to elders to wish happy new year. Students were asked to share this with their family members and have a picture taken to include in a handmade card. Parents/guardians who'd received the bow were asked to write a word of blessing for their child. Lawrence students continued their celebration from school with their loved ones at home.

Lawrence MS Lunar New Year

2-2-22 (tutu-tutu) literally!

Office staff at Nevada Elementary showed some school spirit on 2-2-22 with their matching tutus! This special numerical date has many significance besides a good reason for schools to show their spirit wearing tutus! Did you know 2/2022 will mark the end of the 222 days sequence in this century? The sequence, which started two decades ago, will end this in February. This month we will witness three such dates altogether – 2/2/22, 2/20/22 and 2/22/22. That's a whole lot of 2's!!! Show your school spirit on any of these days wearing a 2-2 (tutu)!
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100the Day Celebrations!!

Porter Ranch Community School

After the holidays, perhaps the largest celebration for students is the 100th day of school. From the very first day, classes begin keeping track of the number of days they have been in school in anticipation of the 100th day. It is a milestone that represents progress, growth, and achievement. This year, especially, the schools celebrated the 100th day with special enthusiasm and excitement for being able to be on campus together!

Happy 100th day to all our students, staff and faculty at all of our schools!

PRCS 100th day of school

Topeka Elementary

Teachers and staff at Topeka all got in the spirit of the 100th Day of School with their amazing impersonations of a 100-year-old! 10-year-old students also decided to add an additional "0" to their age and join in the festivities of this special celebration!

Superior Elementary

Walkers, grey hair, and readers are cool! Superior Elementary students and teachers dressed to take part of this special celebration!


100 days older... 100 days smarter.... 100 days happier!

Nobel Middle School

Who says 100th day celebrations are only for Elementary? Nobel Middle School students took part of the special celebration as well with dressing up and having a lunch time spirit activity for all students. Congratualations to our Middle School winners for best 100 day dressed! Keep the spirit alive no matter how old you are!

Introducing our newest team member

The CoS office would like to welcome our newest team member, John Terrien to the Canoga Park Chatsworth Community of Schools family! John comes to us from Portola Middle School where he served as the English Learner Coordinator. He has been with LAUSD since 1999 and has taught kindergarten through 8th grade. John has taught both designated ELD classes (dELD) as well as integrated ELD (iELD) in Math and Science. John joins Juliane Prager in the Title III office and they look forward to supporting the implementation of high-quality instruction for our English Learners at our schools. John will be working with teachers on planning and delivering engaging lessons that meet our students' needs as well as working directly with students so they can reclassify and fully participate in all the wonderful programs our schools have to offer. Contact John at or Juliane at for any support needed, they are happy to help!
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Echoice Late Applications OPEN NOW!

February 1 at 8am begins the open enrollment for Choices. Be sure to log in and turn in applications for of the 6 programs LAUSD has to offer. Magnet, SAS, Dual Language, Affiliated Charter and more. Click here to get all the information and apply today! You can also call the Choices Office for specific questions by calling Shira Scherb at 213-725-5600 x1877.

An the award goes to... Lawrence Middle School

A record-high 14 LAUSD have been recognized for their innovation and exceptional academic performance by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), which represents nearly 4,000 theme-based programs across the United States. We are so proud to announce Lawrence Middle School is one of the 14 chosen for this prestigious award. This is the third national MSA award for Lawrence, which prepares students to succeed in honors and Advanced Placement classes in high school. Congratulations to all the students, staff and faculty at Lawrence Middle School for this high honor. Keep up the great work!
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CSUN partners with Nobel Middle School

An exciting partnership is underway this month with Nobel Middle School. CSUN is partnering with Nobel Middle School to create a Black Student Achievement Alliance. This wonderful collaboration will kick-off on Friday, February 11th with a special speaker, Dr. Cedric. D. Hackett
Associate Professor at CSUN and will include lunch for all participating students and goodie bags. This 6 week program is an amazing program to support our African-American students at Nobel Middle School.

Click on the article link in CSUN Today, Cal State University, Northridge Newsletter about this wonderful partnership.

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Social Justice

“…The most valuable framework for understanding the poor mental health outcomes and mental health inequities in this country is one of social injustice.” (‘Dismantle Social Injustice’, By Ruth S. Shim, Sarah Y. Vinson March 29, 2021 Scientific American)

One of the hottest current political topics is whether or not we should be teaching about social justice issues in our schools, and in particular, to young children. What benefit is there, and how do we know that they’re not too young?

Watch any playground game and we can see that young children are keenly interested in fairness, rules, and ensuring equitable treatment for all. While we shouldn’t bombard them with lessons that require a higher level of thinking, it is never too early to have open conversations with children about history, how we treat others, creating equitable systems, and ensuring that everyone has what they need to succeed.

“Recently, several prominent national education organizations—including the NEA, AERA, AFT, and NCTE—have called for addressing equity in schools and society, specifically recommending that we highlight systemic patterns of racism and educational equity that impact students, and that educators and school leaders need training and support to do that.” (Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice, By Jinnie Spiegler)

Bringing awareness to difference, equity, and social justice as a norm, rather than a radical idea, will positively affect the mental (and physical!) health of ALL students, sending an early message that they are seen, heard, and that they are important.


For additional support, contact Jill Thomas in our Mental Health Services Dept., at


If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are asymptomatic, and you wish to take a rapid antigen test on or after Day 5 of your isolation period to return to school, please visit a designated site Monday to Friday 7:15 AM to 4:30 PM, and Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Appointments are not required. See the attached flyer with locations. West Valley Occupational Center is in our Community of Schools area.

Vaccine and Boosters at local schools

Students and staff of LAUSD can get free vaccinations and booster at local sites.

Please see a bi-weekly comprehensive list here:

Click here for the full listing of schools in all of : Local District Northwest.

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When is my child's school testing?

Mobile testing units are back at each school weekly. Click to see what days your school will have the mobile unit next.


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Attention all High School Seniors! $1000 can be yours!

Los Angeles County college-bound high school seniors and community college students transferring to a four‐year university who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are eligible to participate. Selection criteria include academic performance, school or community involvement, a letter of recommendation, and an essay submission. Interested students can find more information and apply online at Online applications will be accepted through April 8, 2022. Recipients will be announced on May 2, 2022.