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Nuffer Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Receives Highest Honor at NLMUSD Star Awards

Credited with inspiring and encouraging students and teachers alike, Nuffer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Denise Daguimol was honored as the Teacher of the Year at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s 2016 Star Awards on May 10 at Excelsior High School.

“I am honored and very proud to represent the teachers in the District, who I consider my family,” Daguimol said. “I enjoy working with them. They inspire me.”

Daguimol came to Nuffer in 2006, after 10 years at Edmondson Elementary. She is a graduate of South Gate High School, received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Cal State Fullerton, her teaching credential from UCLA and a Master of Education from Concordia University.

Nuffer Elementary principal Mak Sar was not surprised Daguimol was selected for the top honor.

“She works so well with the students and staff,” Sar said. “I am very happy for her. She is a wonderful person and a great teacher.”

Daguimol was honored at the annual ceremony, which recognizes dedicated teachers, classified employees and administrators for their commitment to the District. Teachers and classified employees nominated by their peers at each school site were also recognized.
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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified PTA Honored by the State for Student Involvement

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Escalona Elementary School was honored with a California PTA 2016 Spotlight Award during CAPTA’s San Diego Convention May 4-7 for engaging students through its October 2015 Red Ribbon Week.

The week consisted of five spirit days centered on the “Just Say No” campaign and community service efforts that included staff, parents and students donating 10 ponytails to Wigs for Kids, writing more than 400 letters to soldiers and donating 578 pairs of socks.

“The Escalona Elementary PTA provides wonderful opportunities for our staff, parents and students to contribute to our community, and this award speaks to their dedication,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Our students learned how to make safe, responsible decisions from the Red Ribbon Week program and how to be more compassionate individuals.”

Escalona Elementary third- and second-grade combo teacher and Red Ribbon Week coordinator Renee Ivy wanted to connect their Red Ribbon Week spirit days to a service activity that would give back to the community.
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250 Norwalk High Students Raise $10,000 for 10 Charities in Three Weeks

Norwalk High School senior Robert Renteria revealed to classmates how he battled Hodgkin lymphoma throughout his childhood, wracked by debilitating radiation treatments during third grade and for years to defeat the cancer that sapped his body’s ability to fight infections.

It was during this tough time that the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him a wish: a trip to Disneyworld.

“I didn’t really get to have a childhood,” Renteria, 17, said. “Make-A-Wish made my life feel normal, and it was the happiest day of my life.”

Renteria’s gripping tale persuaded his classmates to choose the Make-A-Wish Foundation as one of 10 charities to receive a $1,000 donation from Norwalk High’s annual Charity for Charities event, now in its fourth year.

As part of the effort, seniors raise money by selling granola bars, research possible charities and lobby their peers before a vote on which charities will receive the donations. This year, nearly 250 seniors teamed up to sell granola bars for one dollar each, raising $10,000 over three weeks.

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Cyber Safety Alert!!

There is an app out there known as Ogle that everyone needs to be aware of. Essentially, Ogle is an app that allows anyone to “anonymously” post anything that they want about any school they choose – including ours. Schools across the nation are reporting inappropriate posts on Ogle that vary between cyber bullying of other students, nudity and drug use photos being published and shaming of classmates, administrators and staff. There are other apps out there like this; however, Ogle seems to be the most popular right now.

We are asking for parents to take steps to ensure that their students do not have the Ogle app on their phone, and that they do not access it. We are also asking parents to have discussions with their students about using the internet and social media websites appropriately.

Please click the headline for a link to a great video about the Ogle app that includes important steps that both parents and students should take to protect themselves from it.

Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Norwalk High Students – Best Friends – Receive Gates Millennium Scholarships

Best friends since their freshman year at Norwalk High School, seniors Celeste Larios and Kethzia Higuera will be two of only 1,000 high school students across the nation who will have the entire cost of their undergraduate studies covered through the coveted Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Larios and Higuera have pushed each other academically, earning a 4.99 and 4.6 grade point average respectively. Larios will attend Stanford to study environmental engineering and Higuera, co-valedictorian for Norwalk’s Class of ’16, will attend UC Irvine and study nursing. The pair can also request funding as Gates Millennium Scholars if they continue to a graduate degree program.

“We push each other. When one of us is struggling, the other will be there to offer words of encouragement,” said Larios, who admitted that when they are together, it can be a bit awkward for others. “We do finish each other’s sentences. Also, we tend to say the same things at the same time.”

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Southeast Academy Cadets Celebrate Commission to West Point, $180,000 Scholarship

Southeast Academy in Norwalk is celebrating two of its highest-achieving cadets, as they head to prestigious national universities, taking their first steps toward careers as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Marissa Gutierrez has been accepted into the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, while Jose Barajas received a $180,000 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship to attend Oregon State University.

“The whole experience is surreal,” said Gutierrez, who plans to major in psychology. “When I first came to Southeast I was very shy. Through the tremendous guidance of my instructors and the observation of the Academy’s leadership traits and principles, I am prepared to take the next step in the service of our country.”
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Norwalk-La Mirada Middle School Students Showcase Their Music Talents in Concert with La Mirada Symphony

Thirty Norwalk-La Mirada middle school musicians, all District Honor Band members, got their first experience performing on the big stage when they joined with the La Mirada Symphony for a pair of performances April 19 at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, with more than 1,000 District students in the audience.

The Youth Enrichment program performance is a showcase for the District’s stellar Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program. Two District music teachers – Vanessa Trevino from Benton Middle School and David Yamamoto from Corvallis Middle School – served as guest conductors.

“The opportunity to perform with some of the best musicians in the world is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and serves to show our students that anything is possible if they establish a goal and stay dedicated to achieving it,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “This is a wonderful event. They played beautifully.”
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La Mirada High Girls Soccer Team Captures First State Championship, Winning 1-0 Thriller

The La Mirada High School girls soccer team capped a triumphant season, capturing its first state championship after a thrilling 1-0 victory over Moorpark in the CIF Southern California Division IV final on Saturday at LMHS.

Freshman Megan Day scored the game’s solitary goal and junior goalkeeper Melissa Torres had another stellar game in the net, leading the Matadores to their 18th consecutive win to finish the season. Just two weeks before, the Matadores won its second straight CIF Southern Section championship, also besting Coastal Canyon League rival Moorpark in the final.

“Congratulations to the players and coaches of the La Mirada girls soccer team,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “It takes diligence and commitment to achieve at such a high level. They are an inspiration to us all.”
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Norwalk-La Mirada Parents Celebrate New Computer Skills at Waite Middle School Graduation Ceremony

Empowering themselves to take a more active role in their children’s education, 25 parents from the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District celebrated their graduation from the One Million New Internet Users (NIU) program at Waite Middle School on March 8.

The parents received certificates and commendations from Assemblyman Ian Calderon after completing a two-month computer training course designed to help them learn common computer functions and utilize online e-resources, allowing them to catch up with their digital-native children.

“I am very proud of all of you,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said as she addressed the class during the commencement ceremony. “You are role models. You are staying on top of your children’s education and helping the future leaders of America. Congratulations! Don’t stop!”
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