Canoga Park Chatsworth

Community of Schools

January 2022

Dear Canoga Park Chatsworth Community of Schools families and community members,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a beautiful start to 2022. As all schools resume on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, we are excited to have students back on campus. All schools are taking the utmost priority in safety for all students and staff. Along with necessary baseline testing for students and staff to return to campus, schools are also providing extra cleaning and precautionary measures to keep all our students and staff safe.


All students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, participating in in-person instruction must participate in ongoing weekly COVID-19 testing. This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Additionally, all students and staff are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 “baseline” test in order to come onto campus on January 11.

Tests are free, quick, easy, and your personal information will remain confidential!

Check out all the information at

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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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Free vaccinations and boosters for all students and staff

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.


Registration for spring online enrichment opens at 8:00 AM on Monday January 10, 2022. Application period for spring enrichment is January 10 – January 21

Thank you for your interest in LA Unified's Spring Enrichment virtual offerings. Please submit one form for each child (each student requires a separate form) and each child can enroll in one spring enrichment course.

Click here to apply now!


Join us for an annual event designed to build community, promote Black excellence, and empower parents through education and information. This year's summit will feature keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin, author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, STEM, STEAM, Make, Dream: Reimagining the Culture of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and Ratchetdemic. In addition, you will have the choice of attending 2 interactive workshops following the keynote speaker. Register by clicking here now!
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COACH OF THE YEAR! Congrats Sina Aghassy

Congratulations to Chatsworth High School Boys Volleyball Coach, Sina Aghassy, on his award as 2020-2021 National State Federation of High Schools Coach of the Year. Coach Aghassy has been coaching for 7 years and led the Chancellors to 5 City Championships including this year as the 2021 Boys City Champions! Sina is not only a Coach but also a Math teacher so he translates his coaching skills into the classroom to motivate his students on and off the court. Coach Aghassy says the best part of coaching is the process of watching his players/students growing from their freshman year to senior year. The level of growth and maturation is remarkable and the fact that he can be a part of their journey is the most rewarding thing. To watch them succeed at a high level not only on the court but in the classroom and achieve great things once they leave Chatsworth HS! Congrats CoacAghassy for making a difference in students' lives at Chatsworth High School!
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Welcome to 2022! If you are feeling exhausted, stretched or empty coming out of 2021, you are not alone and may be in need of some essential self-care. Even though the western world is overall considered individualistic, a majority of western people come from generations and generations of immigrants. This means we likely subconsciously subscribe to the collectivist mindset, which can lead to self-care feeling unnatural or selfish.

While there is no single definition of self-care, it is often described as performing a series of actions to improve our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Practicing self-care promotes a healthy relationship with yourself. When you are unable to care for yourself, it is nearly impossible to care for others. Therefore, self-care allows you to establish a positive mindset that will translate to good feelings and emotions for others around you. By taking the time to let yourself recharge, it helps your mind and body operate at its best—exactly the foundation you need to be the best parent and partner you can be!

Children, just like adults, benefit greatly from consistent and deliberate self-care activities. Even if they are not currently stressed or upset, teaching kids to regularly take care of themselves will help ensure that they have the skills to manage future stressors in healthy and effective ways. Doing self-care activities together not only helps you, but helps your child to cultivate good habits, while lowering their risk of developing mental health issues like depression and anxiety. When taking part in self-care activities with your kids, they do not need to be expensive, time-consuming, or elaborate, but they do work best when practiced frequently and consistently.

Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you!

For additional information on self-care, please email our Mental Health Consultant, Jill Thomas at

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Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly visits one of our EEC centers

Canoga Park EEC got a star-studded visit from Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly, Superintendent Local District Northwest Joseph Nacorda, Board Member Scott Schmerleson, CPCC Community of Schools Administrator Mary Melvin, and additional supporters. Students and teachers were welcoming to our guests as they showed them the wonderful Early Educational Center that LAUSD is providing our preschool-aged students and families.

Thank you Thomas, Beckford Charter student

Beckford student, Thomas Tedla helps start the January Board meeting for BD3 with his wonderful pledge of allegiance.


Each of our schools left for Winter Break in December with celebrating at their schools in their very own special ways. Through visits from LAPD who brought gifts for the students, Santa visits and recorded holiday shows and performances, each school brought a festivity of their own. We hope you enjoy seeing the smiles from all our students in our Community of Schools!

Canoga Park Elementary

Canoga Park Elementary School

Beckford Elementary

Hart Elementary

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Columbus Middle School

Columbus Middle School holiday performance

Porter Ranch Community School

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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.