Our Amazing Teachers

T.S.King MathCounts Club Goes to State!

 

It is with great pride we report that T.S. King MathCounts Club placed first in their division at last Saturday’s competition (and 5th amongst 42 schools in Los Angeles – including such schools as Harvard Westlake and Palos Verdes). They have now advanced to the 2018 SoCal Math Counts Competition which will be held on Saturday, March 31st, at the California Baptist University in Riverside.

Congratulations to our club sponsors and 9 competitors for making it this far, and best of luck in the upcoming competition!

Mr. Aleman and  Mr. Piumarta (Club Sponsors & Math Coaches)

Margareth Aquino (6th grade)

Diego Connolly (8th grade)

Zander Denning (8th grade)

Noah Han (7th grade)

Lindsay Orosco (6th grade)

Dylan Rainman (8th grade)

Leo Schelly (6th grade)

Eric Xie-McCarthy (8th grade)

James Young (6th grade)

 

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New Design Lab – Work in Progress…

Parents, teachers, and students came together on the last Friday of the holiday break to apply some elbow grease to our upcoming Design Lab. These volunteers painted, sawed, hung, and assembled throughout the morning, making strides in creating our dream lab. Check out the hard work of these volunteers. Other work days are needed–stay tuned for your opportunity to help our magnet build this amazing makers’ space.

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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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