ICEF Weekly Newsletter

February 7, 2016

For the Week of February 8 - February 12

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Upcoming Dates

February 11 - WebEx Meeting, 9AM, Teacher Hiring

February 17 - Cadre Meeting

February 18 - Instructional Specialists' Meeting

February 19 - Elementary Teacher Leader Training

February 22 - Data Day

March 19 - Athletics for All (MARK YOUR CALENDARS!)

March 25 - Deadline for Formal Evaluations and 3 Informal Evaluations

Focus for the Week - 1.3 Use student data to guide planning

With Performance Tasks coming up, how well are we using data to guide planning?

  • How well are we using data to inform our instructional strategies?
  • How well are we using data to plan for the needs of our subgroups?

News, Helpful Hints, and Reminders

From the Academic Team -

  • On Monday, February 8, Mr. Kenneth Wheeler will be re-joining the ICEF Team to assist with Teacher Recruiting. Welcome back, Mr. Wheeler!

  • On Monday, February 8, David is hosting our first SBAC meeting. All schools should send their Testing Coordinator or a representative.

  • Performance Tasks are fast approaching! If you need assistance with TOMS, please contact David or Shannon.

  • Elementary Directors - Marie will be sending out information regarding the 2/19 Teacher Training. Please be sure and respond with requested information.

  • Please hold the WebEx time this week for a short debrief on the Teacher Hiring Process. More information will follow.

  • On March 5, UCLA Curtis Center is hosting a Mathematics and Teaching Conference. See more information here:

From our Athletics Department -

The Knights are on fire this season!! Everyone is invited to come out and support our teams on Monday, February 8th. Get there early or you may not get in (5010 11th Ave, Los Angeles, 90043). Game times are as follows:

  • GIrls JV @ 2:30PM
  • Boys JV @ 4:00PM
  • Girls Varsity @ 5:30PM
  • Boys Varsity @ 7:00PM
ICEF’s elementary and middle school athletes are also competing in basketball league play. Please check each school for the their respective schedules. Let's support our scholars!
From the Development and Communications AND Arts Team -

See below for helpful information!!

  • Save the Date: On Saturday, March 12, View Park High School will host a community-wide Spring carnival. The event is a fundraiser for the senior class. The day will include food, a dunk tank, music and more. Stay tuned for more information.
  • PBS SoCal invites you and your students to submit media entries to the 50th Annual California Student Media Festival, presented in partnership by PBS SoCaL and CUE. Join us in celebrating student creativity!
  • What is the California Student Media Festival? It’s a celebration of young voices and an opportunity for students to be recognized for the work they create in school or through extracurricular programs. It’s free to submit, and all projects will be recognized for participation. There are fabulous prizes for the winners, including cash for your organization or school. The deadline for entries is Monday April 4th, 2016. For information on how to enter, submission guidelines, categories, prizes for winners and more, go to Need help creating videos with your students? New for the 50th anniversary year is a resource toolkit with lesson plans, editing help, and more. Check it out HERE!
  • You are invited to the upcoming 2016 Catalyst Conference: Arts and Democracy in Education in Glassell Park on April 2nd, 8am-4pm. The Catalyst Series, organized and hosted by Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, seeks to bring together individuals who wish to take part in shaping the educational landscape with a focus on arts integration, civic engagement, social justice, and democratic pedagogy. Our conference will examine the intersections between art, democracy, social justice and education. Participation is free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants range from educators to artists, policy makers, university faculty, activists, parents and more. Click HERE to register for the conference:
  • Free Middle-School Engineering Curriculum - Engineering Everywhere, which provides afterschool curriculum for middle-school-aged youth, has two new units. “Growing Up” is an agricultural engineering unit, where students’ are challenged to design farms, while “Go Fish” focuses on biomechanical engineering through challenges to design prosthetic devices for animals. Each is designed to include six to ten different hands-on-activities and a documentary video to set the context for youth as they explore each new challenge. You can download these lessons and more at the Engineering Everywhere website.
  • FREE!Guess the Correlation—The EdSurge team had great fun with this last week—and we think math and economics teachers may, too. This old-school tool has all the flair of a Nintendo game and the simplicity of a Geocities website, yet it’s a fun way for students to see whether they can accurately predict correlations between two variables in a scatter plot. The site also has a two-player option, and—fun fact—was created by a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.

For Students

  • California State Summer School for the Arts - July 9 – August 5, 2016; Applications due February 29; If you know any creative high school students who practice music, dance, theatre, creative writing, animation, film, or visual arts, please encourage them to apply!
  • The Student Voices Campaign - Deadline April 1, 2016. Launched by the California Alliance for Arts Education,the Student Voices Campaign is a creative way for young people to make their voices heard in their school district. Make a short video that shows your vision for your school and upload it by the deadline. We send it to your local school board, along with a message from you! Enter to win a trip to San Francisco where your video will be screened before a live audience of student artists, activists and industry professionals.
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Celebrations and Worth Noticing!

Celebrations from our Athletics Department!

  • ICEF’s Spring sports recently kicked-off practice! We are very excited to have our first high school softball, baseball and swim teams competing as a part of CIF this year. In addition, our Lacrosse team will face off against other schools this Spring.
  • The VPPHS boys basketball team faced Crenshaw last week before a sold out crowd. The gym was at capacity as fans were turned away at the door. The match was action packed, filled with high flying dunks as we traded the lead score throughout the entire game. When it was time for the buzzer, View Park came away with a one point victory 68-67. Hurray!
  • On Saturday the girls traveled to San Diego and US #1 ranked Fallbrook for a series of 7's matches for our U18, U16 and U14 girls. Varsity lost a close match against the Fallbrook's varsity, but went on to win their next two matches convincingly. It was also special for our JV and middle school girls to get quality game time and put in strong performances.
In other news...
  • Cheers to VPPES, VPPMS, and VPPHS for having successful LAUSD oversight visits! LAUSD was beyond impressed! Kudos to everyone who helped put them together, especially Blanca Hernandez and Ryan Gomez! Thank you for putting in the extra time and attention to details!
  • View Park High School has recently become an affiliate of the United States Chess Federation (USCF)! Soon VPPHS will be hosting Chess Tournaments!
  • Cheers to IIES who hosted a successful Open House last week! Thank you for celebrating the strengths at IIES!

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