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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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Lampton Elementary ‘Read Across America’ Day A Community Tradition of Friends, Family, Food and Fun

It’s a family affair every year at Lampton Elementary School’s Read Across America Day, where guest readers celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss while sharing the gift of literacy with Lampton’s 700 students. It’s a lively atmosphere decorated with red balloons with white polka dots and a ten-foot-tall photo cartoon cut-out of iconic characters Things One and Thing Two.

Among the readers who volunteered their time on Thursday, March 3 were former Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District assistant superintendent Chris Forehan, whose son Joseph is a teacher at Lampton; NLMUSD math coach Shannon Cruz and her daughter Kelby McClellan, a former John Glenn High grad who dressed as Merida from Disney’s “Brave”; and retired Lampton teacher Mary Jane Fujimora, the school’s original Read Across America Day coordinator, who revealed one of the secrets to the success of the annual event.
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CDE Notice

Notice to families whose children attended public school from January 2008 to the present. The California Department of Education (CDE) has been ordered to disclose documents and data that may contain student information. The request is tied to a lawsuit involving the CDE. The link above provides explanation and a form to complete if you object to the release of your student’s information. More information can be obtained by calling the CDE at (916) 319-0800.

Aviso a las familias cuyos hijos asistieron a la escuela pública desde enero de 2008 hasta la actualidad. El Departamento de Educación de California (CDE, por sus siglas en inglés) ha recibido la orden de revelar documentos y datos que pueden contener información de los estudiantes. La solicitud está vinculada a una demanda que involucra al CDE. El enlace de arriba proporciona una explicación y una forma para completar si usted se opone a la liberación de la información de su estudiante. Se puede obtener más información llamando al CDE al (916) 319-0800.
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Norwalk-La Mirada USD Head Start Preschool Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Ramona Preschool auditorium was festooned with colorful paintings of trees and children’s handprints created by the preschoolers of Norwalk-La Mirada School District’s Head Start classes in honor of the program’s 50th anniversary celebration held on Feb. 26.

More than 100 Head Start parents, students and preschool staff listened to moving personal accounts from two Head Start alumni who shared some of their earliest childhood memories of learning to speak English and making new friends as Ramona Preschool students.
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Corvallis Middle School Career Day Connects Students with Wide Variety of Professionals

A small group of Corvallis Middle School students looked on in fascination as an FBI special agent showed off the protective gear he uses while in the field, including night vision goggles and a bulletproof vest. It may a dangerous job, but one that a Corvallis student may choose to pursue in the future.

The agent was one of three dozen guest speakers to lead sessions students could choose to attend during Corvallis’ annual Career Day on Friday, Feb. 26. The event afforded more than 700 students a sneak peek at vocations they may consider in the future. On hand were a Grammy Award-winning musician, a soccer coach, a professional cartoonist and several former National Football League players.
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