May 5, 2015

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Wednesday Meetings

May 6: Adaptive School: to discuss possibilities for room configurations.

May 13: Committee Share Out: CGI 3:30-4, Safe School 4-4:30, and Balance Literacy 4:30-5

Special Olympics:

Service Assembly

Monday, May 11

Upper I -- 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Upper II -- 11:15-11:45 a.m.

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Teacher Appreciation Day

1. "The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth."-- Dan Rather

2. "Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre." -- Gail Godwin

3. "Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth." -- Helen Caldicott, author and peace activist

4. "The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind." -- Khalil Gibran

5. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -- Henry Brooks Adams

6. "Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions." -- Author Unknown

7. "Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care." -- Horace Mann

8. "A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart." -- Author Unknown

9. "Compassionate teachers fill a void left by working parents who aren't able to devote enough attention to their children. Teachers don't just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills." -- Charles Platt

10. "If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job." -- Donald D. Quinn

11. "The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad... Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves and murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow." -- Ivan Welton Fitzwater

12. "A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." -- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

13. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -- William Arthur Ward

14. "If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests." --Kuan Chung

15. "I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." -- Alexander the Great

16. "There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race." -- John F. Kennedy

17. "The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people." -- K. Patricia Cross

18. "Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty." -- Thomas Jefferson

19. "Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." -- Japanese proverb

20. "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." -- Carl Jung

21. "Education is light, lack of it darkness." -- Russian proverb

22. "Whoever first coined the phrase 'you're the wind beneath my wings' most assuredly was reflecting on the sublime influence of a very special teacher." -- Frank Trujillo

23. "There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher." -- Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides

24. "The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards." -- Anatole France

25. "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less." -- Lee Iacocca

Safety Protocol for Intruder on Campus

We have engaged the UCPD in conversations about safety protocols and training for UCLA Lab School employees to take place in August. However, after the intruder incident last week, we determined that it is best to have this training as soon as possible, and then again in August. Kate is working on scheduling two training sessions, one in the morning and one late in the afternoon (date TBD).

We have also formed a Crisis Protocol and Response Team to address various scenarios from an intruder on campus to an acute emergency. The goal of this team is to establish policies, protocols, planning, training, and evaluation to ensure that staff are properly trained to respond to any emergency situation and to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

While we are in the process of addressing these issues, it is important to remind you that should a suspicious person gain access to our campus, please call 911 immediately, or use the walkie-talkie to communicate about the suspicious person. The Lock-Down Drill procedures should also be followed and can be found on the wiki at

GSEIS All Staff Meeting

All are invited to attend the All Staff Meeting where you'll hear from the Dean and others about the many interesting things going on at our School. Below is a tentative agenda:

Dean will give a State of the School presentation

Budget update

Initiatives and notable accomplishments

Centennial Campaign and what staff should know about GSEIS efforts

Smarter Balanced – Paisha Allmendinger will present a brief overview

Q & A from staff

Associate Dean Danny Solorzano will also talk about the work of the Equity and Diversity Committee.

Demonstration Lessons by Cotsen Alumni Promote Teaching with Primary Sources

Why Some Kids with ADHD Squirm So Much

Interesting article:

Breakfast with the Chancellor

UCLA Staff Assembly will host a Breakfast with the Chancellor on Monday, June 1, which is an informal discussion with Chancellor Gene Block and 13 randomly selected staff members.

In interested in a chance to be selected, complete the online application at by Friday, May 15. The application is very short and only takes a few minutes to complete. If your application is selected, you will be notified by Tuesday, May 19. Supervisors of those selected to attend will be notified and are encouraged to grant sufficient release time for the breakfast, provided the absence would not infringe upon the performance of required job duties.

Breakfast with Chancellor Gene Block

Monday, June 1st, 2014, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Online Application:

Eligibility: All staff members who have at least one year of service and currently hold career or contract appointments may apply to attend the breakfast. Those classified as Senior Management Group are not eligible. To ensure that the maximum number may participate, those selected to attend may not apply again. However, those who have applied but not been selected may apply for future breakfasts.

Professional Development Share-Out

We are introducing a new section to Admin News to share information from professional development opportunities that were attended by staff and faculty. Please feel free to send a brief summary of PDs attended so that it can be shared in Admin News.

Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Everyday Practice

Norma, Laurie, Beth, Debbi, Tanea and Laila attended a talk by Marc Brackett. Norma shared she found several commonalities between his theories what we all do here, daily, through Safe School. Safe School is about tapping into children's social emotional development and supporting them in navigating their emotions. He is the Director of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence, co-creator of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social, emotional learning, a senior research scientist in psychology at Yale's Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, and on the advisory board of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. To learn more about Marc visit the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence website:

Cotsen’s Conference on ‘Inquiry’ Attracts Hundreds of Educators to a Saturday Workshop

On April 11th Carla-Anne, Chris, Rosangela, Kevin, Deanna, Sylvia, Teresa and Laila participated in this amazing opportunity. Guest speaker for the event was the highly regarded author and consultant, on literacy improvement Harvey "Smokey" Daniels Daniels’ focus for the day was creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions. He explored the powerful effects of inquiry and written conversations, strategies that tap into children’s natural curiosity and impact their learning in significant ways. Daniels engaged the audience in mini inquiries on a variety of topics that participants selected themselves. As expected, the activity resulted in high level thinking and academic discussions, but interspersed throughout the session were laughs and camaraderie. How inspirational !!!


Wireless Update

Testing of the wireless upgrade is in progress. While we are able to view the new wireless networks on the campus, ITS has not yet made if widely available. We will provide a quick training tutorial and let you know when you can begin using the new wireless networks.


Send an Email as an Attachment in Gmail (by Google)

A feature sometimes missed by Outlook users switching to Gmail is the ability to attach emails to a new message. Here’s an alternative method you could try.

  • Open the email you want to send as an attachment.
  • Click on the small Printer icon above the Reply button.
  • In the Print pop up box, select Change under Destination and choose Save to Drive from the Google Cloud Print section.
  • Press Save – this will save your email as a PDF under My Drive. You can repeat these steps to save as many emails as you need to.
  • Now open a new Compose window and select the Insert Files using Drive icon by hovering over the Paperclip and clicking the small Drive icon.
  • Choose My Drive from the left menu and find your new PDF – it should be the first in the list.
  • Your email will appear as a link in the body of your email and is automatically shared with the recipient (you can change these rights in a pop up window before sending the email).

Hot Tip – to send your email as a true attachment, use the Save as PDF option from the Print pop up box to save the email as a PDF to your hard drive then attach as normal.


For those interested in building your Spanish vocabulary one word at a time, we will publish a word or phrase in Admin News, use it in a sentence, and provide the English translation. Today’s Spanish word of the day:

Fin de Semana:Weekend

Cómo estuvo tu fin de semana?

How was your weekend?


"Going Public" an Important Part of the Inquiry Process

Room 19 had an exhibit entitled, "Illuminated Manuscripts and Book Arts Project" in the Library, Thursday, April 23rd and Friday, April 24th. Four students submitted books for the Morgan Book Arts Project. They skyped with the Morgan Library and Museum's Book Arts Ceremony in NYC Friday after school to be part of their celebration. One of students in Room 19 attended the ceremony in NYC to represent them, as well as one student who had his book on display in the museum for two weeks!

Colonial Days

Upper I teachers, teacher assistants, staff members and parents worked together to offer our students memorable, historical experiences. Though the years just prior to the American Revolution were certainly full of turmoil, the people of the colonies worked hard and found time for a some fun, too! Colonial Days at UCLA Lab School explores the domestic side of 18th century America and puts students in the shoes of their colonist counterparts in a fun, interactive way. These days culminate with a field trip to Riley's Farm.

TLC Notes

This section of Admin News was created to share notes from TLC meetings.

Fit Week Update:

  • Short assembly first few weeks of school to focus on health and fitness…students can set personal wellbeing goals for the year. We, as a school will organize the kick off assembly beginning of year to set the tone, and give students a voice
  • January/February a 4 day week Fit Week similar to 2014-15
  • Let’s get rid of balloons, cost and environmentally safe

Testing 2015 and Beyond:

  • SAT10 will no longer be available
  • Exploring other options

Decision Making Protocol for TLC

  • in the works


Nancy Chakravarty

Hey y'all! Our Director of Admissions, Nancy Chakravarty, has lost most of her Southern accent but just can't give up that oh so useful plural. Nancy is from Atlanta and lived in Chicago, New York and Southern California before moving to LA with her husband, Sudip, who is a professor in the UCLA physics department. She came to UCLA Lab School in 1989 when her daughter enrolled in EC2, where Erma Riley was the classroom TA. In her free time Nancy enjoys cooking, gardening and quilting. She is a proud grandma of her first grandchild, Rowan Gale Kirby Charkravarty!
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