Our Amazing Teachers

FAM Speaker Series – Aaron Wolf (Nov. 2017)

Mr. Laguna’s class hosted Aaron Wolf, a director, to come speak to his period 2 and 3 classes.  Aaron Wolf is a director, actor, writer and co-founder of Howling Wolf Productions. His credits include the award-winning films Guest House, starring Michael Gross and Heather Lind, and The Walk, starring Oscar and Emmy nominee Peter Riegert as well as Wolf. Wolf has directed and starred in pilots for Warner Brothers and co-hosted a sports show for Cox TV. Currently, Wolf is in post-production on Tar, a horror adventure about an ancient creature that lurks beneath the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits. Students in Mr. Laguna’s acting class, asked Aaron questions, learned some cinematography tips and got signed
headshots and selfies. It was an awesome time.
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6th grade ESM – Robotics (Nov. 2017)

In Mr. Aleman’s Robotics class, students designed and built rovers using legos and also have been programming sensors, such as ultrasonic and color sensors, to accomplish challenging tasks. Following a line, avoiding obstacles, moving in a square and participating in a sumo wrestling competition are some of the challenges students have completed so far.

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ESM 6th grade awarded a $1,500 grant!

ESM Sixth Grade teachers were awarded a $1,500 grant from Keeping History Alive.  The grant supports integrating history with other subjects in project-based learning lessons, and will provide field trips to Tall Ships in San Pedro where students will learn to sail on brigandines while engaging in STEM and history activities. https://lamitopsail.org/programs/topsail-stem-program/

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Developing Sustainable Schools Curricula (Nov. 2017)

ESM teachers Ms. Grimaldi, Ms. Jones, Ms. Mitsuse, and GAT teacher Mr. Gabriel were guests of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition.  The teachers attended a breakfast meeting with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.  Also, the teachers worked with Ten Strands founder, Will Parish, along with representatives from Sepulveda Middle School and Wilmington STEAM Magnet to develop sustainable schools curricula.

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Daddy’s Home 2 Movie Premiere – Nov. 2017

On Sunday, November 5, animation students were invited to the red carpet to welcome the stars from Paramount Pictures ‘Daddy’s Home 2’.  Many students were able to take pics and collect the autographs of many of the stars from the film, Mark Walhberg, John Cena, Will Ferrell and Mel Gibson.  After the red carpet welcome, students were treated to the movie.

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Lego Ninjago Movie Premiere – Sept. 2017

100 Animation students attended Warner Bros. Pictures ‘Lego Ninjago Movie’ on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Fun was had by all and all students attending, walked the green carpet of the premiere!

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Coming Out Day – Oct. 2017

Kudos to our school’s fabulous gay-straight alliance club for organizing a fun celebration of kids coming out as allies, gay, straight, best friends, …

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2017 Open House

Thanks to the students, families and teachers for an amazing Open House/Student Showcase! What a great way to bring our year to a close!

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2017 Comic Con and King Invasion Festival

On Friday, May 26th teachers signed up to bring their classes  to the King Invasion Film Festival and the KSNC Comic Con.  Mr Palayan has been sponsoring the King Invasion Film Festival for over ten years.  Students make films about what would happen if aliens from another planet invaded our school.  Mr. Palayan’s Animation students and Mrs. Rinaldi’s Film students entered films for the festival.  Congratulations to “My Alien” the winning film by Dahlia Kasson, Jennifer Vu, Mayen Chhuy, Nicole Alexsanian, and Lillian Deng.  In addition to watching the top five films and honorable mentions, students viewed a documentary about actual UFO sightings in the United States.  Mr Palayan asked the audience if they believed if the sightings were real and look at the picture, almost everyone raised their hand!

Before and after the film festival, the library courtyard was set up with fun Comic Con themed activities.  There was a Twilight Zone themed maze, a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Scavenger Hunt, a Comic Book Art booth where students were able to create their own covers to win an actual comic book, and in honor of Star Wars: A New Hope‘s 40th birthday the film was shown in room 136 and there was a photo booth set up with Jabba the Hut and his prisoner, Princess Leah.

It was a busy day, but the teachers and students had a blast.  A great way to end a stressful three weeks of testing.
       

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2017 Spring Concert by King Orchestra

King Orchestra, conducted by their fabulous music teacher Mr. Boktor, delivered yet another stellar performance last Thursday, May 4th, for their end-of-year Spring concert. This year, Mr. Boktor tried something really special: King Orchestra played movie sound tracks while projecting the movie in the background.
Kudos to Mr. Boktor and his amazing student musicians who played for the school during periods 3, 4, 5, and 6, plus an additional performance for the parents after school. That was about 6 hours being on stage and playing masterfully. Wow!!
Below are a few clips from the after school concert, or you can watch KSNC’s live recordings period by period HERE. KSNC had several cameras and they did an excellent job recording the concert from various angles.
Also, watch the video message that composer Ramin Djawadi sent Mr. Boktor and the King Orchestra after he heard that they were playing his main title and other selections from his score for HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’!!
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