THE change you want to see in the world - Gandhi APRIL/MAY 2012
Photo by Olivia Hosbein
JOHN ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA
Message from the Principal GOLDEN OAK Service Award
Greetings Parents and Guardians, Presented to
Recently some concerns have been raised about students car- Becky Turk
rying heavy backpacks. In investigating these concerns I have
spoken with several parents, several students, our school Site The Golden Oak
Council, our school nurse and our teachers. In an effort to reduce the load immedi- Service Award is
ately, I asked every teacher to take some class time to help students clean out their the most presti-
notebooks. This process helped students throw out what was no longer needed, gious PTA award
determine what needed to be kept in notebooks and what could be kept at home. in California and
Photo by Amanda Tung
In helping their students, many teachers and parents reported that their students as such is only
were carrying around much more than they needed. awarded for
Parents have shared many ideas about what might be put in place to lighten the load. ing contributions
I’d like to share my ideas. to the welfare of
First, none of our students ever have to carry textbooks. Books are the heaviest items our children and community. We are
in American backpacks (In China, books are thin little pamphlet type booklets!). In very pleased to present this award to a
addition to providing each students with a set of books, the school has purchased one most deserving parent, Becky Turk.
classroom set. JAMS also has “book drop”. This is a feature of the schedule that allows
all our students to take their backpacks and drop them off at their next class before Becky has tirelessly given of her time,
nutrition and lunch. Additionally, one benefit of block scheduling is that students have energy and talents since she started as
only three periods per day which limits how much they have to carry their books. a kindergarten parent. While a parent
Next, let’s look at the distances students carry backpacks. Due to construction, none at Grant Elementary, she ran the Mon-
of us has access to the shortest routes. Additionally, classroom closures and the open- ster Mash, Silent Auction, Direct Dona-
ing of relocatable classrooms have meant teachers had to be moved to areas that tion, Carnival and held almost every
undermined grade-level proximity of classes. The good news is, construction will be PTA office including PTA President.
complete in early fall. The new 80s wings will house our 7th grade students. Shifting
7th grade teachers to this area allows us to be strategic in movement of 6th and 8th At JAMS, she has served as PTSA
grade teachers, so that we generate grade zones on campus. This change will result in President, Rock N ‘Run Chair, Volun-
shorter distances to each class! teer Coordinator and is involved in the
Science Magnet and serves on our Site
While I know that some have suggested installing lockers, I’m not sure that they will Governance Committee. She cares
help as much as folks might think. First, the only locations we have to install lockers deeply about our students and has
is in the center hall area, and the area curling up through the 20s and 10s. Next year,
been an AVID math tutor for the past
this will be the 6th grade zone. For most 6th grade movement, I don’t know that go-
ing to their locker wouldn’t be going just as far as their classroom. It could help when
they go to PE, or if they have music. For both 7th and 8th grade, going back and forth She has given generously of herself to
to lockers would actually entail moving farther with the backpack than they would help our kids and we are very grateful
otherwise have to move. Even without considering the cost of purchasing, installing for all that she has done over the years.
and maintaining metal lockers in our sea air, the cost-benefit ratio is not favorable.
She is most deserving of this great
Another idea being considered is rolling backpacks. For every parent I’ve spoken to honor. Thank you Becky! We wish
who believes they should be mandatory, I’ve had several others who have voiced you and your family all the best in your
strong opposition. Parent concerns primarily revolve around two things: 1) Their chil- move and we will miss you!
dren bike or skate to school and they will not be able to do this with a rolling back-
(Message from the Principal continued from Page 1)
pack; 2) They are concerned that their PTSA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
child may be bullied. by Joan Krenik
While all of us administrators have This year has flown by! I would like to thank you for your sup-
observed multiple students using rolling
port of our JAMS PTSA both through your donations and your
backpacks, none of us have ever witnessed
a student being bullied over this. This, of volunteer support!
course, does not mean it hasn’t or doesn’t Because of your donations, PTSA has been able to provide
happen but, at no point, has any child or
funding for many important programs at JAMS. PTSA fund-
parent brought to us a bullying or conflict
situation that involved rolling backpacks. ing helped provide new computers for Computer Lab 2, grade
First and foremost, if your child is being level enrichment programs, academic coaches and counselors, classroom supplies,
harassed or bullied, please let us know so field trips, theatre, tutoring, campus beautification… and many other things. We ap-
that we can step in and work to stop the preciate your support!
behavior; secondly, during a time when im-
age is everything, and fear of losing social We also have many many parents that give tirelessly of themselves to support our
status is one of the top fears our kids school and our children. Their service and dedication deserves recognition and is a
have, I wonder how much of child resis- perfect example of why our school is so fantastic. It was very difficult to narrow the
tance to rolling backpacks is a function list as there are so many hard working parents. We greatly appreciate all that you do
of this fear of being perceived as uncool for JAMS – we could not do it without you. At Open House, we will publically thank
(and therefore unaccepted by their valued the following individuals for their service to JAMS and our kids: Delia Lopez, Sylvia
peer group) as opposed to fear of being
Mendoza, Florence Benjamin and Volvo of Santa Monica, Colby Evett, Debbie Arvesen,
bullied. Something for us to explore, to be
sure. While I am not in favor of mandating Yosi Drori, Lisa Balfas, Julie Algood, Michelle Lomonoco, Cheryl Clark. We are espe-
rolling backpacks, I do we could work as cially pleased to award the Golden Oak to Becky Turk.
a team (parents, students, and staff) to de-
sign rolling backpacks that are considered Finally, we have a big PTSA event coming up. Our Rock N Run is an important
cool by a wide variety of students. fundraiser and the money raised will be used for further technology upgrades and
library support. This fun event will be held on Friday, May 18th during 3rd and
Next steps will take a bit of time. In the
4th periods. It is an opportunity for your child to have fun, get some exercise and
meantime, there are steps we can take
immediately to support good spine health. hang out with friends. We will have a DJ, lots of enthusiasm and great prizes. A $5.00
The list below outlines these recommen- donation will allow your child to participate. For donations of $10 or more, students
dations. will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win gift cards and lots of great prizes.
Students donating more than $10 will have more opportunities to win. Check out
Promoting good spine health: the flyer for details. At the end, students get popsicles and an early lunch period. (We
• Many students indicated that they car- will have the BBQ that day!). Donors who have given more than $250 will get to go
ried notebooks and supplies they need on a stretch limosine ride lunch. We appreciate your support of this event!
for every class every day (including
those classes that are not meeting that
day). The rationale they shared: They
were afraid they might forget to put in
what they needed for the next day.
How can you help: Create a space in your
home for placing notebooks and sup-
plies needed for the next day. Establish a
routine for packing backpacks with the
next day’s needs before bed.
• Encourage your child to wear BOTH
straps of their backpacks, not just one.
This makes a HUGE difference!
• Encourage your child to buckle waist
straps (if their backpacks have them)
• Make sure your child isn’t carrying
around a lot of personal stuff they do
• Create a weekly ritual to help your child
file schoolwork they do not need to
carry in their notebooks, and backpacks
are cleaned of items not needed.
We here at school will encourage
2 all students to do likewise . February 14th, 2012 The first “Heart Day” at JAMS was a resounding success!
The 8th grade Magnet students experienced several fun and engaging hands-on activi-
ties involving Physics and Astronomy concepts during their three day stay at Astrocamp. Come and support JAMS PTSA –
From building and launching bottle rockets 200 – 300 feet in the air, to building and Buy a book at the BOOKFAIR! This
dropping a Cosmic Lander on the “surface” of Mars, to climbing a “canyon” on Mars and is a great opportunity to get your
to experiencing free fall from 50 feet high, our students thoroughly enjoyed their time at child’s required summer reading
this scenic mountain school. In addition, many students were able to use telescopes to books and other great books (and
view Venus, Jupiter and four of Jupiter’s planets, as well as other stars and constellations. cool stuff!) while supporting JAMS!
Their time learning about space, lights and lasers, laws of motion and gravity was invalu- The Book Fair will be open May
able. Another important class involved Team Building activities in which students were 7-11 during the following hours:
able to work collaboratively with each other. By Mr. Brown
Monday – Wednesday
“Without a doubt I think the best, most exciting and the most thrilling activity at Astro- 7:30-8:10am – before school
camp was the Skycoaster. Once I was about 40 feet above the ground, I couldn’t wait 12-1:30pm – lunch
to release the ripcord and enjoy the mini pendulum. Overall, Astrocamp was great and I 3-3:30pm – after school
wouldn’t mind going back there.” By Zain Delawalla, 8th grade Magnet student
Thursday: Open House
7:30-8:10am – before school
1-2pm – after school
6-9pm – Open House
Last Day: Friday
Open only 8:30-9:15am and
1-1:30pm - lunch
Science Outreach to the Elementary Schools BIKE IT DAY
The 8th Grade Science Magnet students completed their science outreach project in at JAMS
which they designed hands-on science experiments and demonstrated them to the vari- Friday, May 11
ous elementary schools in Santa Monica. Working in small groups, the students instruct-
ed children from kindergarten to 5th grade in science topics including Newton’s laws, SMMUSD students
chemical reactions, the science of colors, optical illusions, and simple rockets. are getting out their
bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking
Our students very much enjoyed being the “teacher” for a day. They were able to clearly
shoes in preparation for Bike It! Walk It!
explain a scientific concept in a fun and exciting way by having the elementary students
actively participate by doing the experiments. Day at fourteen local schools in May. All
students living close enough to walk or
We visited Muir, Rogers, Edison, Grant, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Franklin during the first roll to school are urged to participate,
week in March. Our students also encouraged those students who come to JAMS to be
but for those who live too far away, car-
part of the Science Magnet Program.
pooling or riding the bus to school are
also rewarded for reducing traffic con-
gestion around schools. Bike It! Walk it!
Day is a very special celebration because
it is one of the few environmental events
at SMMUSD schools where everyone
comes together for a common cause.
Students arrive energized and ready to
learn and parents rediscover their neigh-
bors and the joys of nature on the walk
or ride to school.
JOIN JAMS PALS an informal mailing list for the Join the Santa Monica Malibu Unified
JAMS community. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org School District in reducing our carbon
to have your name added to the list. footprints as we bike, bus, scooter,
skateboard, and walk to school. 3
JAMS Notes from the Podium
MUSIC by Angela Woo, Apryl Garcia, and Cecile Blanchard
As we head into the remainder of the school year, we reflect upon and
celebrate all that our musicians have accomplished thus far. Here are a few
highlights of all that has occurred involving our 600+ JAMS musicians.
JAMS MUSICIANS HONORED!
Congratulations to JAMS musicians selected for the 2012 SCSBOA All-State Jr. High
Honor Band, the 2012 CBDA All-Southern Jr. High Honor Band (below left) and the
2012 California Band Directors 2012 SCVA Jr. High Honor Treble Choir (below right)
Junior High Honor Band
Emily Arvesen, clarinet, 8th
Amar Bhardwaj, french horn, 8th
Emma Brown, french horn, 7th
Emma Encinas, french horn, 8th
Henry Felstiner, contrabass clarinet, 8th
Bradley Finkelstein, percussion, 8th
Sam Guyette, clarinet, 8th
Hayden Kirschbaum, clarinet, 8th THE JAMS CONCERT WINDS HOSTS THE SECOND ANNUAL JAMS
Kate Rusk-Kosa, french horn, 8th
Olive Sherman, clarinet, 8th grade
After months of electronic pen-pal exchanges via video clips, the JAMS Concert
Jessi Thixton, trumpet, 8th grade
Winds, conducted by Mrs. Apryl Garcia, and the A.E. Wright Middle School Wind En-
2012 Southern California semble, conducted by Mrs. Ashley Suhr, finally met in person on Thursday, March 1st
School Band and Orchestra for the Second Annual John Adams Middle School Music Exchange. After perform-
Association All-Southern ing for each other and receiving a clinic from Ms. Jessica Swift, SMMUSD Elementary
Junior High Honor Band Teacher, both ensembles celebrated their hard work by sharing a pizza party!
Amar Bhardwaj, french horn, 8th
Henry Felstiner, contrabass clarinet, 8th
Hayden Kirschbaum, clarinet, 8th
Kate Rusk-Kosa, french horn, 8th
2012 Southern California
Vocal Association Junior High
Honor Treble Choir STAIRWAY OF THE STARS
Tiana Binns, Ilana Cohen,
The annual presentation of the SMMUSD’s music performance curriculum was
Lauryn French, Danica Buckner,
proudly presented on March 22nd and 23rd at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
by the SMMUSD Music Department and nearly 1,000 instrumental and vocal music
Gabriela Hernandez, Harry Clennon,
students, grades 4-12. Representing JAMS was our Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic
Lilyana Fabian, Karina Murcia
Orchestra, and Norseman Honor Choir.
The 63rd Annual Stairway of the Stars took place on March 22nd and 23rd at the Santa
4 Monica Civic Auditorium
FUTURE JAMS MUSIC
• April 28th, 6pm, Lincoln MS - SCVA
Honor Choir Concert
• May 9th, 5-8pm, JAMS – Kiwanis
JAMS Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Club / Vocal Solo Final Auditions
Orchestra and Senior Girls’ Chorus at their
respective festival performances. • May 24th, 7pm, Spring Choral
• May 30th, 7pm, Spring Band Concert
• May 31st, 7pm, Spring Orchestra
SCSBOA FESTIVAL AT SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL
On March 28th and 29th, the JAMS Wind Ensemble and JAMS Philharmonic Orches- • June 2nd, 10am-12pm, Lincoln MS –
tra, conducted by Ms. Angela Woo, participated in the Southern California School Kiwanis Club Instrumental Solo Final
Band and Orchestra Festival held at Santa Monica High School. Each ensemble Auditions
presented a 30-minute concert for three adjudicators, and a fourth adjudicator evalu-
• June 18-22, JAMS – Pacific Blue
ated the sight-reading skills of the ensemble. The Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic
Orchestra proudly earned the highest possible ratings of “Unanimous Superior” for
their concert performance and a “Superior” for their sight-reading performance. The
comments from all the adjudicators were incredibly complimentary, recognizing the
hard work, commitment, and poise of our students. Thank you to our families who
attended the festival to support us! JAMS OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, May 10 from 6-9pm
HELP!!! INSTRUMENTS NEEDED!!!
We need help! Over the last many years, the enrollment of the JAMS Instrumental
Music program has steadily increased. Next year’s bands and orchestras may include
over 450 students! Our current instrument inventory is unable to provide for the The JAMS GAZETTE is a
number of anticipated students needing an instrument, so we are asking families and publication of the John Adams
community members to consider donating old/unused instruments. (We will gladly Middle School PTSA.
furnish a letter of receipt for tax purposes.) Please contact Ms. Woo at awoo@sm-
musd.org or (310) 452-2326 ext. 72-226 for more information. Thank you! Santa Monica Malibu School
District PTA 33rd District/CCPTS
PACIFIC BLUE ’12! Principal: Eva Mayoral
Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 at John Adams Middle School
The 16th Annual Pacific Blue Music Camp is almost here! This one-week music day PTSA President: Joan Krenik
camp held at JAMS welcomes any middle school-aged student with a minimum of one
year of instrumental music experience. Students participate in either a large ensem- Editor: Kathleen Micham
ble orchestra or concert band, and throughout the day, music sectionals and master
Layout & Design:
classes are held for students to work within small learning groups.
Katherine Inglis Hosbein
Since 1996, Pacific Blue has become a well-loved tradition for music families in
our community; 90% of the camp participants are SMMUSD students. Pacific Blue Contributors: Dan Brown, Janie
serves as an invaluable transition activity for incoming 6th grade JAMS students Buelow, Joan Krenik, Eva Mayoral, April
(and parents) to help ease into middle school life. Both Ms. Woo and Mrs. Garcia Garcia, Angela Woo, Cecile Blanchard
on are staff at Pacific Blue, and look forward every summer to the “lighter side” of Please send comments, questions
and/or submissions to: Kathleen Micham
Returning to Pacific Blue ’12 as our special guest clinicians are Robert Anderson at email@example.com
and Jacob Szekely, co-founders of String Project L.A., Los Angeles’ leading alternative
strings ensemble. Students will participate in a two-day creative strings master class
that reinforces fundamental performance practices through various musical genres,
including jazz, hip-hop, rock, and blues.
For more information, contact Ms. Woo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Pacific
Blue website at www.pacificbluemusiccamp.com. Hurry – enrollment for the 2012
session ends very soon! 5
East Meets West; West Meets East by Eva Mayoral
This fall each of the Santa Monica middle schools from elementary school through asked us if teachers in the U.S. were mean
schools had the opportunity to get to university, including a vocational school. and whether they yelled at kids when
know two middle school principals from they got an answer wrong. This, of course,
China. The pair visited each school for a In China, compulsory education ends prompted us to ask if their teachers were
period of two weeks. While visiting at with grade nine (which is the last year of mean and yelled at them. They all chanted,
JAMS, the two principals stayed with me in their middle school). Acceptance into high “YES!!! They yell at us very much!!!”
my home. This allowed us to spend many school is extremely competitive and based
wonderful hours getting to know one solely on the results of an exam given at Most classroom teaching we observed
another and to share professional experi- the end of middle school. Competition was very traditional. The teacher lectured.
ences, victories, and challenges across our is even higher for the very best of high Students were frequently put on the
two very different cultures. schools, which are more likely to feed the spot, having to rise and answer whenever
very best universities. For this reason, the question was directed toward them. The
The principals were stunned by how few stakes are very high in middle school. Stu- teacher frequently asked additional ques-
staff and dollars we had for the number dents treat the middle school experience tions of the students and the level of relief
of students. Each of their schools has much less as something that is being done the student felt after it was over was obvi-
800 students (compared to our 1100), TO them, and much more as something ous in any language.
but have double the faculty and triple the that is being done FOR them. Even to get
administrative staff. While class sizes are into a vocational high school, students At the high school, there were dedicated
higher in China (40 students, compared to must score sufficiently high on the place- robotics labs, and I was surprised and
our staffing ratio of 33:1), teachers teach ment exam. Students who do not get into thrilled to see the very same probe-
only two periods per day (each 45 minutes high school or vocational high school go wear and data collection software (with
long). The remainder of the day, teachers to work in factories or fields. There are no Chinese axes, of course!) we have just
collaborate, plan, research teaching prac- discipline issues. This is due both to high purchased for our JAMS students (thanks
tices, and enhance their knowledge base. stakes as well as the underlying culture in Science Magnet Board!). In a physics class
During the summer, Chinese teachers are China to not challenge or second-guess I observed, student group presentations
provided professional development oppor- authority figures. showing representations and applications
tunities that often involve conferences and of particular concepts were thoughtfully,
experiences in other countries. In addition, Heavy backpacks are not an issue in skillfully, effectively, and seamlessly nested
at the discretion of the principal, teachers China (at least not during the school day), into a lecture I observed on electromag-
are regularly provided monetary bonuses. because students do not travel to differ- netic radiation. It was great fun to have
The criterion generally used to earn such ent rooms. Rather, the students stay in the the science be my translator!
a bonus is student achievement on exams. classroom and, at the end of each period During lunch, every student and every
Everyone is motivated! (which is marked by playing of classical
music over the PA ), the TEACHERS ro- staff member is served a free, hot, fresh-
Despite our comparative resource short- tate to the next class. Students wait quiet- cooked, balanced meal. There are not mul-
fall, the principals were very impressed by ly and patiently for the next teacher. Upon tiple options, although the menu changes
many features at JAMS. They were very arrival (and departure) of the teacher, the each day. Everyone eats the same thing.
interested in our professional develop- students all stand, greet the teacher, and Everyone eats in the cafeteria (there is a
ment program and requested all the plans bow. Textbooks are incredibly thin work- separate staff section).
and materials I created. I was honored to books (a different one for each semester). All students are taught traditional arts as
find they are implementing this work at Each teacher is provided exactly what they rotate through their middle school
their schools. In classrooms, they were should be taught each day. There are no career. We observed a lesson on carving
impressed by lessons involving student broad standards to be followed. detailed scenes and representations onto
discussion, debates, Socratic seminars a large olive pit! Some were so detailed
(wherein students analyzed and discussed All students in China learn English. One you could see the teeth on the people!
articles), project-based learning, student interesting billboard I observed stated:
“Live a better life. Learn English.” While We also observed a calligraphy lesson,
collaboration, hands-on opportunities, and saw the best of these works displayed
and application of technology in building not everyone was able to communicate
around the school, thereby allowing the
and representing understanding. Mostly, of in English, many students and teachers campus to be adorned with slogans,
course, they were impressed by our warm were able to communicate directly with poems, and encouraging statements to
and wonderful students . us. We also, of course, had an interpreter.
In one observation, while the teachers all. We saw classes where students made
During spring break, all three Santa were rotating, we had an opportunity to paper flowers, created blocks for printing,
Monica middle school principals traveled ask a class some questions (and they had sang as a choir, learned and performed tra-
to China to observe schools. One third an opportunity to ask us questions). When ditional dances, and participated in drama.
of the cost was supported by UCLA’s I asked what their favorite class was, the Visiting art classes was awesome because
Confucius Institute, the remaining two- ENTIRE class shouted: PE!! This proves students were allowed (and eager) to
thirds was funded by each of us personally. that 7th graders worldwide would prefer teach us their newfound skills. They taught
In China we observed all levels of to romp about! One student then us to write our names in Chinese char-
6 acters, carve an olive pit, and allow us to
make our own screen print bag with the
blocks they had carved. We didn’t want to
National Jr. Honor Society Update
PENNIES FOR PATIENTS – FINAL RESULTS
The biggest difference was a three-day
holiday on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednes- Dear Parents and Guardians,
day called “grave sweeping” wherein On behalf of the National Jr. Honor Society, we would like to thank everyone for
people visited cemeteries and returned supporting our Pennies for Patients Fundraiser. It was really inspiring to see so many
to the areas of their ancestors. Since this students, staff members, and parents give to this worthy cause. Your generosity truly
made this project a great success.
three-day holiday was coming up, the
work (and school week) was shifted to We would like to acknowledge the following SSR classes and teachers for their extra
include Saturday and Sunday for every- effort and enthusiasm in raising money. Here were the top five classes: Ms. Valentiner,
Ms. Hale, Ms. Dresher, and Ms. Loopesko. The top fundraising class with the most par-
one—imagine that!!! Due to the upcom- ticipation was Mr. Zrinzo with a total of $399.13. Congratulations Mr. Z and to your
ing Memorial Day holiday, we will be class. Total Donations for this year’s Pennies for Patients Fundraiser was $2,448.48.
holding classes on the Saturday—would
We also took great pride in assisting with the LA Marathon, the Special Games at
that be okay with you? Loyola Marymount, and fundraising for the Knock Foundation.
Overall, it was an incredible experience. The Knock Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles which sup-
I honored a promise to my son by eating ports and manages the Matumaini Childcare Center in Rau, Tanzania, Africa. It man-
something that was amazing and some- ages various educational and lunch programs at the Mrupanga and Longuo Primary
thing that scared me every day. It was not Schools. The goal of the NJHS is to help support the lunch program at Longuo so the
students can have a daily nutritious meal during the school day. By providing lunch
a hard promise to keep! Hospitality was for these kids there has been an increase of 25% in attendance. For many children,
second to none. Everyone we came upon this is the only meal of the day.
was warm and gracious. Coming back to
We plan to raise money by selling Jamba Juice and hot chocolate and selling hand-
single-story Santa Monica was a shock made bracelets. We also want to send personal decorative notecards with a special
after experiencing the extreme height message to the students of Longuo Primary School.
of Shanghai--tightly packed 10+ story
We encourage all 7th grade students who have excellent citizenship (mostly E’s in
apartments/condos seemed to be the citizenship) and who wish to be leaders and role models to other students to apply
living norm, at least in Shanghai! That kind for admission to the National Jr. Honor Society next year. Our mission is to be of
of height is needed to accommodate the service to others.
people of the city with the largest density Mr. Brown and Mr. Silvers – Advisors to the NJHS
in the world!
MAKE THIS SUMMER THE GREENEST EVER! by Gina Garcia
Summer is almost here! Which usu- Stay Cool and Green! The high de- but you want to make sure you’re not
ally means having fun in the SUN! But mand for electricity in summer months lathering your skin in toxic chemi-
global climate change can mean record causes an increase in energy produc- cals. To find the best sunscreen op-
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Go Green, Ride Blue: Skip parking
hassles, reduce summer gridlock, and Say ‘No’ to disposables: Heading to the need to know about living sustainably,
save gas money by hopping on Santa beach, park or pool, why not pack a protecting the planet and saving money.
Monica’s Big Blue Bus: bigbluebus.com. reusable bag with organic snacks, cloth The money you save on reduced
The Big Blue Bus offers more than 15 napkins and reusable cutlery and leave energy bills can be put towards that
lines to get you to the places you want the disposables behind.You can also recycled surfboard you’ve been eyeing.
to go this summer; Santa Monica Pier, choose bulk over individually packaged At Sustainable Works we believe, “We
the beach, Third Street Promenade, products, and get a nice stainless steel cannot wait for others to solve our
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few. Better yet, opt for zero emissions free options. and behaviors to foster a safe, equitable
and jump on your beach cruiser or use Be safe in the Sun: It’s important to and healthy world. The future of our
your two feet. protect yourself from harmful rays, planet lies with us.”
Measure BB Update: Building footing installation at the 80’s east wing
includes components such as rebar, anchor bolts, and concrete.
The footings are the lowest layer of the building.
As a part of the JAMS New Construction
and Modernization Project, two Rainstore3
systems were installed, one at the Com-
mons Space near the 80’s east wing and
another at the front entry. Rainstore3 is a
structure used to store rainwater under-
ground during and after a rain event. Some
of the benefits of the system are land
conservation and reduced pollution to our
The process of installing this system
includes excavating below the ground to
create the space, installing layers of geogrid
fabric and geotextiles around the Rain-
store3 blocks, and surrounding the entire
The Rainstore3 system prevents storm
water from running into storm drains that JAMS Modernization
system with gravel. Geogrids and geotex- lead to the ocean. Urban runoff flowing Footings, the lowest layer of a building’s
tiles, commonly made out of polyester, are through storm drains is the greatest single structure, support and distribute the weight
wrapped around the Rainstorm3 system. source of pollution to our beaches and of the building. The installation of the build-
The Rainstorm3 water storage system, shore waters of the Santa Monica Bay. The ing’s foundation includes staking out the
made from molded plastic, is made up of catch basin, which is designed to collect the buildings on site, digging trenches for the
blocks with air space for water to col- rainwater, contains a sediment filter. The footings, installing rebar, anchor bolts, and
lect. The blocks in the system are stacked, sediment filter removes dirt, debris, and pouring concrete.
similar to Lego™ blocks, to create stor- contaminants from the storm water before Rebar is a steel bar used to strengthen the
age space. Once the installation system is it enters the holding cells. After the water concrete footings. Another strengthen-
complete, the system is strong enough to is filtered, it is drained into the Rainstore3 ing element of the rebar comes from the
support the weight of vehicles above. system, which percolates the water back designed ridges, which acts as an anchor
into the ground. in the concrete preventing the rebar from
The system conserves land space because
moving during an event such as an earth-
the storm water that is pooled on campus The District strives to incorporate sus-
quake. The rebar is formed into cages and
is managed underground versus creating tainable design throughout each phase of
installed in the footing trenches.
a manmade pond above ground. Once construction. This system is just one way
the storm water is collected within the the District is working towards providing After the rebar is in place, the construc-
Rainstore3 system, it allows the water to a more sustainable and environmentally tion crew installs the anchor bolts, which
percolate back into the ground. friendly campus! connect the concrete footings to the walls
of the building. Once all elements of the
footings are in place, the construction
crew will pour the concrete. The footings
installation is nearly complete for the 80’s
east wing and new attendance office at the
The next phase of construction includes
the installation of the stem walls. Stem
walls are supporting structures built with
concrete and steel, which connect the
foundation footings to the walls of the
building. The stem wall and foundation
together create a solid support system for
the building. The stem wall prevents poten-
tial damage to the building’s interior walls
caused by ground moisture and insects.
The stem wall installation process began in
March and was completed in April.
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