Sea Dragon's Diary

Welcome Back! Mr. Chabola's Weekly Communication

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Welcome to Lin Howe 2021-2022

Dear Lin Howe Community,

Welcome Back Lin Howe Sea Dragons!!!

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year I understand that many of us are nervous, scared, and excited about the upcoming year. This year, more than any other year, we will focus on building relationships with those that we may have lost touch with, those that are new to our community, and to those that we may not have reached out to before. We will be welcoming our new students, new families, new staff, and old staff in new positions. The building of relationships will need to happen in the classroom, across a grade level, across our site, across our staff, and extend to our families and community.

At the district level we will be welcoming a new superintendent, a new Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and a new Director of K-12 Curriculum. At our site we are welcoming 5 new teachers, a new Assistant Principal, a Multi- Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) leader, the return of our full time Teacher Learning Partner (TLP), and an additional intervention teacher.

I challenge myself, our support team, our staff, and each one of you to reach out to make new, refreshed, and renewed relationships with all our students, staff, and family members. I would also like to challenge each of you to reach out to someone that you may have lost connection with or haven’t connected with before. It will be together that we are able to move forward and grow our Lin Howe community.

As a staff and school community we will continue our journey in creating spaces that are equitable and celebrate diversity and inclusion. We will continue our family education series and our staff development sessions. This summer I continued on my journey by attending a week- long conference on “Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in Schools”. I read a few books and articles including “Achieving Equity and Excellence”, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) articles on the use of clip charts in classrooms, and “What Great Principals do Differently”. I look forward to sharing with you my increased awareness and my personal reflections from those experiences as I hope that you will feel open to share with me any of your personal and or professional discoveries from the summer.

Though as we have seen globally there has been a presence of COVID variants, we will continue to work together to make sure that we are diligent with keeping ourselves and our students safe. As we work together for our students, staff, and families, let’s take a moment to acknowledge that over the past 18 months, that globally, we as a larger school community have been through a lot; however, we are committed to providing a nurturing and supportive learning environment for our students.

As your proud Principal, I hope that you know that as we begin this year,

I continue to:

  • Believe in you

  • Hear you

  • Support you

  • Trust you

  • Be here for all of you

My commitment to all of you is to continue working meaningfully each day for our students, staff, and families for our beloved Lin Howe Community. Looking forward to a great year!

Casey Chabola


WE are Lin Howe!!

Welcome our New staff members!!

Stephanie Kirchhoff- 5th Grade Teacher

Hi Linwood Howe families! My name is Ms. Kirchhoff and I will be teaching 5th grade this year at Linwood Howe. I am so excited to return to Culver City Unified! I completed my student teaching in the district and I have always admired the family-feel that all the parents, students, teachers, and staff create together. A little about me: I grew up in Long Beach, CA and graduated with my Masters degree and teaching credential from Pepperdine University. I enjoy running, camping, and painting in my free time. I have a dog named Lucy and love spending time with my family. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught 4th, 2nd, and kindergarten and now I am so excited to make memories with you this year in 5th grade! Go Sea Dragons!


Ms. Kirchhoff

Karen Thomas- 1st Grade Teacher


I am so excited to be a part of the Lin Howe community, and all that it offers. Teaching is my second career, and I absolutely love it!

My background is in Project Management, where I had the opportunity to serve as a mentor. I recently graduated from Loyola Marymount’s School of Education, where I earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I worked as a Teacher’s Aide for LAUSD, and performed targeted reading intervention for the first grade class I assisted in. As a private tutor I personalized instruction for students, and helped facilitate curriculum during distance learning. I became a Substitute Teacher with LAUSD, and was a part of the hybrid program when schools reopened earlier this year. I led in person instruction for the students returning to campus, and continued on Zoom in afternoon for the remainder of the students at home.

I grew up in San Diego but LA has been my home. I love to travel, hike, garden, and spend time with family. I have a passion for teaching and look forward to bringing my enthusiasm and compassion for students into the classroom. Whether the learning environment takes place on campus or through online instruction, I am eager to support my students in their educational growth. Wishing you a fun year of learning!

Jaquenette Clinton- 2nd Grade Teacher

Hello, my name is Jaquenette Clinton and I am a new teacher at Linwood Howe.

Although I am new to the district, I am not new to teaching. I have twenty-four years of

teaching experience. Nineteen of those years have been in second grade, while five years

were spent in third grade. I have taught in both the Compton Unified and Los Angeles

Unified School Districts.

I am a proud graduate of a HBCU, Alabama A&M University, where I received a

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. I also attended Cal State Long Beach where I earned my California Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Education.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, going to the movies, and traveling.

I am also a resident of Culver City. I am very excited to teach in the same city in which I reside. I look forward to being a part of the Linwood Howe family!

My Favorites

Color: Purple

Food: Crab Legs

Drinks: Coffee, Water, and Rootbeer

Hobbies: Reading and completing jigsaw puzzles

Sport: Track and Field

Football Team: Seattle Seahawks

Fun Fact: I competed in the 1992 US Olympic Trials in Track and Field.

Christina Chun- 2nd Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Christina Chun and I'll be a 2nd grade teacher at Lin Howe. I've always loved being an educator and helping others learn ever since I was a Sophomore in high school. I got my bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from UCSD and my master's degree in digital teaching along with my teaching credential from Azusa Pacific University. For the past two years I worked as an interventionist at Downey Unified, helping students from K-5th with their reading and math skills to get to grade-level, and before that I worked as an assistant director to a tutoring company. When I have free time, I enjoy taking care of my indoor plants, cooking, knitting/crocheting, drawing, and playing games. I'm looking forward to meeting all of the families and all of my new students!

Robin Murran- 1st Grade Teacher

I am so excited to be teaching first grade at Linwood Howe this upcoming school year! While you will get to know me well throughout the year, I wanted to formally introduce myself. I grew up in La Cañada and attended UCSB for undergraduate and graduate school. After earning my teaching credential, I taught kindergarten and first grade in Glendale for four years. In the summer of 2020 I married my high school sweetheart, Michael and we moved to Culver City. I enjoy hiking, running, and spending time with my family and friends. I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the Linwood Howe family! I look forward to meeting everyone soon!

All the best,

Robin Murran

Brian Raber- Assistant Principal

I’m so excited to be joining your team as the new Assistant Principal! I have been an educator for the past 15 years working in multiple districts all across Northern and Southern California in grades K-8, as well as spending one year teaching abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. My educational journey began as a Special Day Class Teacher working in a 1st-6th grade split class. As a new teacher, I quickly learned the importance of providing all students with an equitable education aimed at utilizing inclusive practices, differentiated instruction, and high expectations. After a few years in Special Education, I decided to transition into the General Ed classroom as a 2nd Grade Teacher. During my time in this setting, I was fortunate to work closely with Columbia Teachers College consultants, implementing a Balanced Literacy Approach in Reading and Writing. My love for instruction and the art of the lesson was ignited through my work with these amazing trainers and soon after I returned to Special Education as a Resource Specialist with the goal of using this approach for all students. For the past 7 years, I have loved serving in the role of RSP Teacher because it provided so many opportunities to observe, collaborate, and learn from a variety of teacher styles, students, and families. With the transition into administration, I am eager to learn from the Linwood Howe Community and support the work that has already been established with the diverse community of learners and teachers that make up this school. In addition to my passion for working in education, I also enjoy learning to play the Ukulele, improving my Spanish speaking skills, and continuing my development as a High School Basketball Official. I hope to incorporate some of these passions while working with students and supporting teachers in the classroom and on the playground. I am so grateful to be part of your school and look forward to our journey together as we get back to in-person learning.

Lin Howe Staff Members in New Roles!

Dr. David Morales- Multi-Tiered Levels of Student Support Coordinator (MTSS)

Dr. Opal Chambers- Teaching Learning Partner (TLP)

Stephanie Beebe- Arts and Innovation Lab Teacher

Maryann Sweeney- Grades 2-4 Inclusion Co-Teacher

Daniella Liber- K-5 SDC Teacher

Diana Hiller- Intervention Teacher

Classroom and Teacher Placements will be communicated Monday, August 16th

TK/Kindergarten Drop off and Pick Up Videos Below

Gates will open at 8:30am for drop off and at 3:15pm for Pick Up

Kindergarten Pick up and Drop off video

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for TK and K

Drop Off

Students will be dropped off at the gates, no family members will be walking on to campus in the morning. Students can be dropped off at any of our 4 gates.

Recommended for TK and K will be to drop off at Gates 3 and 4. These gates are located on the Van Buren side of Lin Howe

Pick Up

TK and K students-

TK pick up will take place at Gate 3

Kindergarten pick up will take place at Gate 4

Older siblings of TK and K students can meet their siblings at the designated gates for pick up.

Drop off and Pick up procedures for grades 1st-5th


Students in grades 1st-5th can be dropped off at any of our Gates (Gates 1, 2, 3, or 4) and then walk to the big yard for teacher pick up.


Students in grades 1st and 2nd can be picked up at Gate 1.

Students in grades 3rd-5th can be picked up at Gate 2.

***Students will older siblings may exit the older siblings gate.***

EXCEPTION- Older siblings of TK and K students may be picked up at Gates 3 or 4.

Registration Paperwork Information

Every year, we ask parents/guardians to update their student’s information for our records. At this time, we are asking you to complete/update your student's registration information on-line. You will find the Parent Portal under the Parents tab on the Lin Howe website. If you have previously accessed the Parent Portal, just log-in and go to "Register Online." You will be prompted to acknowledge and complete your child's 2021-2022 school year registration.

If you are not currently accessing the Parent Portal we will be emailing you the information need.

Again, the Parent Portal can be accessed under the Parents tab on the Lin Howe website.

You will need to print, sign, and submit 2 documents to finalize registration.

*Print Acknowledgement Form (see picture below)

*Daily Emergency and Disaster Release Information Download, print, and sign (see picture below)

We are asking that you return these documents BEFORE school starts on August 19th. You can turn them in by dropping them in the front office between 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday-Friday. OR you may place the completed pages in a box that we will leave just inside the blue gate by the front office at any time.

We are not able to accept the forms by email.

Daily Emergency and Disaster Release Form

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Acknowledgement Form

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Supply Lists

Here is a link to grade level supply lists.

Please note that we are still updating some of the lists.

Noon Duty Paid/Volunteer Supervisors Needed

We could use cleared volunteers to help with lunch time supervision.

Our lunch times start at 11:30 and end at 1:35.

If you are a cleared volunteer and would like to help with supervision please contact Leslie Gardner at

We are also looking for a noon duty supervisor that can work 11:30-1:35 Monday, Wednesday, Friday noon duty supervisor that will be compensated for your time.

If interested please click on PDF Link Below.

Daily Covid Screener- Please Complete at Home Before Coming to School

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