OLIVE VISTA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Panda Pride Press
14600 Tyler Street, Sylmar, CA 91342 (818) 367-1071
March 2004, Volume XVII Jean Whitaker, Principal
Our Vision: Every student will achieve academic excellence by engaging in challenging and
meaningful learning in a safe environment that promotes creativity, respect, self-esteem and
MEASURE R PASSES
By Anthony Davila, Assistant Principal
Los Angeles Unified School District voters approve Measure R, a $3.87 billion local school bond measure on the
March 2004 ballot. Measure R will help reduce overcrowding and continue to repair and upgrade aging schools.
Measure R will also continue the progress the District has already made: nearly 100 new schools and expansion
projects have been completed or are under construction with more than 100 to come, almost 10,000 repair projects
are either complete or underway throughout the District, and student test scores are steadily improving.
Olive Vista’s Measure R School Site Committee members, Judy Potthast, Chile Nakamura, Anthony Davila,
Claudia Bolanos, and Ginger Casper (pictured above) extend a thank you to parents who voted yes on Measure R to
support our schools.
By Robert Benavidez, Technology Coordinator
Is the magnetic field protecting the Earth from deadly radiation about to reverse
direction or disappear? Today, scientists are beginning to worry if the magnetic storm
is a harbinger of things to come for the Earth’s magnetic field. Get online to visit
http://www.pbs.org/nova/magnetic and find out about the major meteorological events
that can influence our daily lives. For instance, a magnetic storm strong enough to
disrupt power grids from Canada to New York occurred last year. In fact researchers
suggest that the most serious power grid failure in American history was caused by a
magnetic storm in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. For information call Robert
Benavidez, Technology Coordinator at 367-1071 Ext. 390.
TOP 10 INTERNET SITES
By Elly Saletta, Library Media Teacher
The Olive Vista Library recommends the following websites because they provide
assistance to complete homework, help students learn more about personal topics of interest,
give opportunities to read stories and articles written by children, and supply information to
parents and other adults on safe and effective Internet use by children:
http://db.cochran.com/litoc:theoPage.db Over 700 sites on homework topics as well as
pets, holidays and just fun sites, and safety on the Internet.
http://www.ala.org/parents/index.html Tips for parents and teens including a guide to
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown Books for children and adults including author and
illustrator web sites.
http://www.indiana.edu/`ericrec/fl/pcto/menu.html Read aloud from an online magazine.
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/facts/kids.html Eleven search engines for kids.
http://www.Idonline.org A site for students with learning disabilities.
http://www.ala.org/CONN/kcfavorites.html A favorite website for homework questions and learning activities for
http://homearts.com/depts/relat/bookintr.html Authors and critics recommend books they think children should
http://www.multnomah.lib.or.us/homework/index.html A homework center covering topics from American history
to states information.
For more information call Elly Saletta, Library Media Teacher at 367-1071 Ext. 391.
OLIVE VISTA’S STUDENT ACTIVITIES
By Tommie Ratcliff, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Porter conducts Leadership-Student Government classes in Room 46. Vistacrats are taught by Mrs.
Ockene Fogelman in Room B-19. Run 4 Fun and Students Run LA meets in the gym with Mr. Fernandez. Impact
is taught by Mr. Goldberg in Room B15. The Olive Vista Band meets in Room 39 and is taught by Mr. Gurwell.
Future Scholars is taught by Mr. Nichols in Room 30. Jr. Lakers is taught by Mr. Benavidez. The After-School
Youth Services Program is run by Mr. Fernandez in the gym. MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science
Achievement) meets in Room 43. The Drill Team is taught by Mr. Mendoza in the gym. Folklorico is taught by
Mrs. Pratts and Mr. Cota in the school gym.
OV LANDSCAPING PROJECT BEGINS
By Anthony Davila, Assistant Principal
The Olive Vista Middle School grounds have taken on a new look! Thanks to the generosity of Ultra Greens
nursery and the California Conservation Corps the school grounds have had a landscaping makeover. New plants
decorate the front of the school and the school entrance. Fruitless Pear trees were added to OV’s Olive Bowl. For
information call Anthony Davila, Assistant Principal at 367-1071 Ext. 341.
PARENT ACADEMY CONFERENCE
SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER
By Armen Petrossian, Parent Education Coordinator
On April 24, 2004, Mrs. Jean Whitaker, Principal, and Mrs. Chile Nakamura, Parent Center Director, will sponsor
a conference for parents entitled “The Parent Academy” beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. This
conference is designed to help parents prepare their children for college. The focus of the conference will be
understanding Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) including the California Standards Test (CST) and
California Achievement Test (CAT6). The presentation will include how to prepare for the tests, tips for test taking,
test-taking strategies, and test-taking mistakes.
Registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 a.m. in Miles Hall Auditorium. To pre-register call Armen
Petrossian, Parent Education Coordinator at 367-1071 Ext. 380.
2004 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Monday March 1, 2004 8:00-11:00 a.m. Blue Prints for Parents, Parent
Monday March 1, 2004 7 Grade Awards Night
Thursday March 4, 2004 8 Grade Awards Night
Friday March 5, 2004 7 Grade Trip to Mission College
Monday March 8, 2004 6:00 p.m. Intervention Parent Meeting, Parent
Wednesday March 10, 2004 8 Grade Gear-up CSUN Trip
Wednesday March 10, 2004 8:00-11:00 a.m. Blue Prints for Parents, Parent
Thursday March 11, 2004 8:00-11:30 a.m. PHBAO Meeting, Parent Center
Wednesday March 17, 2004 8 Grade CSUN Trip
Wednesday March 17, 2004 8:00-11:00 a.m. Blue Prints for Parents, Parent
Thursday March 18, 2004 8:00-11:00 a.m. High Frequencies Words Training,
Wednesday March 24, 2004 8:00-11:00 a.m. Blue Prints for Parents, Parent
Thursday March 25, 2004 8:00-11:00 a.m. High Frequencies Words Training,
Friday March 26, 2004 7 Grade Mission College Trip
Friday March 26, 2004 8:00 a.m. Reading Training, Parent Center
Wednesday March 31, 2004 8:00-11:00 a.m. Blue Prints for Parents, Parent
Thursday April 1, 2004 8:00-12:30 p.m. Minimum Day
Thursday April 1, 2004 5:30-8:00 p.m. Spring Showcase
Wednesday April 14, 2004 5:30-8:00 p.m. PHBAO Conferences
Monday – Friday April 5 – 9, 2004 Spring Break
Saturday April 24, 2004 8:00-12:30 p.m. Parent Academy
Monday – Friday May 3 – 14, 2004 STAR Testing
Monday May 31, 2004 Memorial Day
Thursday June 17, 2004 School Ends
Friday June 18, 2004 Graduation