KNVCoS Newsletter

March 2022

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Celebrating & Supporting our Community

Welcome Kennedy/NAHS/VAAS CoS students, families and community members! Please join us in celebrating all of the fantastic work that is happening at our schools. Thank you to our amazing principals, teachers, staff, students and families who have made all of these events possible. You make our Community of Schools a shining star!

Kindness Matters at Van Gogh!

In honor of Global Kindness Day, Van Gogh staff and students showed their love and kindness by forming a heart. A special thank you to Sky Skopes for their community outreach.

Tulsa's 3rd Graders Learn their Multiplication Facts through Music

In Ms. Goldstein's 3rd grade class, students have been practicing their multiplication facts and skip counting through singing and dancing to remixes of current songs such as Old Town Road or Bad Guy. Students genuinely look forward to singing these facts daily, dancing, and using them to help navigate the basic math facts and higher-level math concepts that include multiplication and division. Great work Room 9 Tigers!

Tulsa's Old Town Eights

Balboa Celebrates Read Across America Week and Enjoys Friday Fun Day

Balboa Gifted/ High Ability Magnet had Board Member Schmerelson visit as they celebrated Read Across America Week. On Friday, they practiced meditation during lunch for Friday Fun Day.

Design Thinking and Collaborative Learning Groups at Porter Middle School

6th grade students in Mr. Kangas' classes were asked to research, design and build a solar oven that would achieve temperatures of over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. They were given instructions and requirements for the build but no background information. They had to figure it out on their own. Their reward for achieving the required temperatures were homemade s'mores using their solar ovens. This project is a starting point for their upcoming unit on thermal energy. The solar oven project will help them transition into their new science unit as they talk about heat transfer and thermal energy. No better way to get students engaged than to infuse sugar into your lessons!
Design Thinking at Porter Middle School Part 1
Design Thinking at Porter Middle School Part 2
Porter Teachers have been working together engaging in cycles of inquiry and conducting peer observations. In cooperative learning groups, students rotate through 7 stations and interpret and compute quotients of fractions, identify the error and solve the problem correctly then describe and explain the error using the RACE writing strategy.
Collaborative Learning Groups at Porter Middle School

Congrats to Kennedy's Girls Soccer Team and Academic Decathlon Team!

Kennedy's Girls Soccer placed 2nd in CIF LA City Section Division II Finals!

Kennedy's Academic Decathlon Team brought home several Bronze and Silver and a Gold award this year! Congratulations to Bryan Colin who earned a Gold in Speech and Bronze in Social Science, Victoria Tomas who earned a Bronze in Math and Silver in Interview, Maverick Mondala who earned a Bronze in Speech and Silver in Interview, and Diana Camacho and Owen Connolly who both earned a Bronze in Speech!

Way to go Cougars!!

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Parent & Community Engagement and Updates

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. Head over to LAUSD's Human Relations, Diversity and Equity webpage to find links to stories of excellence about women changemakers and other resources.

We Are One: Standing With Immigrant Families Awareness Month

March is also Standing With Immigrant Families Awareness Month. Please visit for resources for immigrant families.
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E-Choices Late Application 2022-2023

The E-Choices Late Application for 2022-23 is from February 1st- September 23rd.

Families can apply up to 5 programs: Magnet, Dual Language Education, Schools for Advanced Studies, Admission Criteria Schools and Affiliated Charter Schools

Learn more and apply here

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Social and Emotional Support

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Upcoming Events

Cesar E. Chavez's Birthday Observed

Monday, March 28th, 8am-3pm

Your home

School will be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez's birthday