La Paz Intermediate School February 2008 La Paz Newsletter Principal’s Message Inside this issue: Dear Students and Parents, A Message from the 2 The end of January is an important time as it marks the half STPO way point for promotion as well as the beginning of the home Calendar of Events 2 stretch as we prepare for the California Standards Tests in May. During this crucial time, La Paz teachers collaboratively Principal’s Honor Roll 3 review student progress as measured by grade-level Recipients curriculum maps and student success on a variety of 6 assessments. Based on the information gained, the teachers Curriculum Update adjust their lessons, providing additional reteaching and time Electives 9 for some students while ensuring a challenging and enriching environment for all. Our goal is to provide all of our students Learning Communities 10 with an outstanding education, and to accomplish our goal, we will do whatever it takes to support students in their Special Education 11 learning. ASB 11 At La Paz, ―whatever it takes‖ means setting high expectations for each child, caring about each child as an individual and a learner, and working together (teachers, counselors, staff and administrators) in Technology 12 partnership with students and parents, to systematically intervene and provide timely support. To this end, our teachers and counselors are committed to reviewing students’ grades every three weeks, Service Awards 12 congratulating those students who are successful and providing support for those who are struggling. ELT (Extended Learning Time) at lunch, and before and after school is the foundation of this systemic PBS 12 support. In ELT, strong students can receive clarification on an assignment or a particular lesson, or What It Means to Be An simply use the time to work on assignments; and others who are struggling in a particular subject can 12 American get individualized help from the teacher and depending on department policy, demonstrate mastery of standards by redoing key mastery-driven assignments. Throughout this process, the counselors Intramurals 13 contact parents of students whose grades slip below a ―D‖ at the three week interval, giving them specific information about what we can do together to help the student improve. As we monitor grades California Junior and support each of our students, we are counting on your steady and loving intervention. Please talk 14 Scholarship Federation with your children about their homework, projects and tests. Help them establish daily study times, project timelines, and effective ways to study for tests. Encourage, even insist, that they attend ELT. And most importantly, check their grades online at least once a week. If a grade does not meet your expectation, talk with your child and contact the teacher. (Email is the most convenient and the quickest way to communicate with teachers.) The sooner we are all working together, the sooner we Read more about the... will see positive results. Washington, D.C. Trip Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to each and every child’s success. California Junior Scholarship Federation With Leopard Pride, San Diego Field Trip for 7th Graders Jean Carroll Jean Carroll Page 2 A Message from the STPO Dear La Paz Families; I hope that your winter holiday was restful and that you were able to spend some time with your family and friends. As we begin 2008, I know many of us look to set resolutions and goals for the New These fundraisers are fun Year. One goal that we have set for our STPO is to provide additional lunch tables for our students to for everyone, and a great use during their lunch period. In addition to the money raised during the magazine fundraiser, we have excuse to go out to dinner! planned to have monthly ―Dine Around‖ fundraisers to help achieve our goal. We have some fantastic speakers scheduled for our upcoming STPO meetings. On February 28, 7:00 The next several ―Dine Around‖ fundraisers are PM, College Wise will give us information on how to find, apply to and attend the right college for our listed below. If you can, child. On March 17, 7:00 PM, we are sponsoring a High School Information Night. We’ll have Band, please come out and lend your Cheer and Athletic representatives from Mission Viejo H.S., Laguna Hills H.S., Trabuco Hills H.S. and support! El Toro H.S available to answer your questions regarding their programs, try-outs and summer camps. Don’t miss this very informative night. On April 16, 7:00 PM, we’ll have an Internet safety expert talk February 27 with us about keeping our kids safe while they use the Internet. Please try to attend if you can. Islands (Laguna Hills ) Our Community Service Chairperson, Heidi Davies is planning several service projects to benefit local charities. We’ll collect spare change for the Pennies for Patients program in February, which will March 19 benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as collect cereal for South County Outreach in Fuddrucker’s ( El Toro) March. Both are wonderful charities that support families in our community. Please watch for information to come home to let you know how you can help. April 30 El Torito ( Laguna Hills) Finally, Dawn Johnson, STPO Parliamentarian will be coordinating the nominations for the 2008/2009 STPO Board. If you are interested in serving on the board, or would like more information regarding May 28 board positions, please contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will vote at the April STPO Rubio’s (Mission Viejo & General Meeting, so if you can, please try to make it so that your vote can be counted. Laguna Niguel) Take care, Christina Salcido, STPO President Christinaemail@example.com Calendar of Events February 6 Benchmark Writing Practice Test February 8 Second Trimester Progress Reports February 15-18 No School February 23 Music Camp February 28 College Wise Speaker March 4 STAR 7th Grade Writing Test (Very important to be in school!) March 18-19 Pre-Festival Concert March 20 SCSBOA Music Festival March 24-28 Spring Recess April 2 Second Trimester Report Cards April 24 Open House (Minimum Day) May 13-16 STAR Testing (Very important to be in school!) Page 3 First Trimester Principal’s Honor Roll (4.0) Samantha Adams Brian Downs Elika Lavassani Matthew Rodriguez Anna Young Alec Ananian Dan-Thanh Duong Solida Lay Adam Rubin Emily Young Hailey Andes Mahta Fakhimi Jae Lee Alexander Sacharske Kathleen Zaug Brittany Andrade Katelyn Fawcett Max Lee Alyssa Sandore Michelle Zens Lina Antonson Shannon Fishman Tristan Lennertz Angela Sangalang Nicole Zens Sara Arsenault Sydney Flora Joseph Levatino Krista Sangalang Ariana Asgarian Catharine Flynn James Li Claire Scheele Collette Astle Victoria Fontoura Samantha Liu Melanie Schultz Kathrine Bailey Jennifer Frerk Harry Lubowe Nancy Secundino Rebecca Beals Cameron Gatewood Marie Lucero Maren Sedgwick Evan Bender Jacklyn Goldman Jonathan Mabuni Samantha Shaver Holly Bennett Madison Goodman Christian Macias Jacqueline Shimabu- Natalya Bettey Amanda Gordon Sierra Mackey kuro Daniel Beymer Harley Gubler Jessica Makin Kevin Shishido Sundeep Bibra Katelyn Guido David Martz Brent Shulman Eleanor Blott Parsa Hadidi Patricia Masengale Ian Simpson Matthew Bobke Wyatt Hahn Devon Maslyn Aris Simsarian Kiera Bocchino James Hall Kayla Mayer Amanda Skinner Tyler Boyd Ryan Hall Daniel Mc Carthy Kristina Slezacek Benjamin Braun Torie Hamilton Molly Mc Cullough Katelyn Sloan Elisabeth Bruce Kristine Hannan Brittney Messer Quinn Sneddon Pachet Bryant Charles Hanzel Sophie Miller Ryan South Julia Cabrales Tyler Hanzel Nicole Millward Anoop Sownderraj Nicholas Camarda Kristen Hardy Torra Ming Corinne Spires Lindsey Campbell Shannon Hargis Hanah Mirahmadi Steven Sprecher Angelina Caplanis Colton Harrison Nina Miraki Jennifer Stanley Emily Cebula Jacob Hauptman Jason Mohr Ashlee Stapf Melanie Cebula Avery Hedde Kelley Moody Jamie Steele Hannah Cernicky Sierra Henderson Nicholas Mooney Sarah Steele Adam Charron Katherine Hernandez Kevin Moore Sage Stone Jasmine Chau David Heron Ty Moore Daniel Tayag Jonathan Chau Matthew Hiller Tiffany Mulya Russell Taylor Olivia Chen Allison Ho Bradley Myers Stephanie Tenborg Erika Cheung Alec Hogan Nicole Nakayama Brett Tenhoff Melissa Chisam Natasha Howe Jordan Nelson Monica Tomovich Rebecca Clark Aya Ibrahim Emily Neudecker Michael Tucker Luis Collazo Leilah Islami Michael Ngo Shelby Tuper Cassi Connella Amanda Jaffe Ryan Nguyen Guillermo Valdez Guy Cooper Sutton Stephanie Jamlang Stephen Nguyen Megan Van Horn Emily Corbo Alana Jones Natacha Nielsen Gabriela Vasquez Michael Cramer Kaila Kaczmarek Keefer Nishiki Zachary Voss Danielle Cross Samantha Keary Analise Nuxoll Andrew Walraven Jackson Dahl Winter Keith Stephanie Parker Kelsey Warkentin Maille Daley Nawal Kibria Ayesa Patino-Whitt Collin Wasley Siobhan Daley David Kim Shannon Pham Kylie West Alexander Davis Timothy Kim Rachel Portillo Sebastien Wheeler Scott Davis Yuri Kim Jake Price Rebecca White Dakota Dehn Alisa Kokanoutranon Jacob Purcell Rebekah Wilson Naya Deykes Alexandra Kulick Paige Ramos Shelby Wilson Brian Diener Roohi Kumar Nicole Rice Adam Wong Esma Djokovic Edmund Kuras Luke Riley Samuel Yaeger Sarah Dobrofsky Jacob Lane Jonathan Rinella Kevin Yang Landon Domenico Amanda Lauderdale Zainub Rizvi Tayler Ybarra Page 4 First Trimester Principal’s Honor Roll (3.5 to 3.99) Seyed Abediyeh Kimberly Cahuantzi Destiny Flaherty Montana Kleppe Ah Park Eduardo Solana Muzammil Adil Aubrey Cameron Cecily Flora Matthew Klister Tina Parsaee Kareem Soliman Ryan Agnew Laura Campoy Siena Florentine Emily Knudsen Megan Passaglia Matthew Sommers Margaret Agrela Grant Canas Zane Folta Jacob Koransky John Payne Malina Sos Amir Ali Tiffany Carinchi James Foundoulis Jonathan Lagunas Madison Peace Calvin Spencer Austin Allen Marissa Carrillo Connor Freer Michael Lathon Alejandro Perez Tyler Stein Ashley Allison Conner Cassens Robert Friedman Denis Lavinski Claire Peterson Caroline Stratton Shelby Alpert-Waldman Jessica Castellanos Emily Fritz Peter Le Lamar Pi Oliver Streit Isabella Alvarez Jessica Castro Sophia Fusco Jayne Lee Anthony Pierce Charles Swanson Jodi Amundsen Christopher Cebula Ryan Galbraith Allison Leyva Taylor Pruett Cezar Tabrizy Noah Andersen Andrew Cecil Darren Geenen Bryan Lloyd Grant Puckett Blake Tafoya Alexander Anderson Tessa Chamberlin Rebecca Genin Elena Lopez Austin Purmort Nathaniel Tago Meagan Anderson Josephine Chan Ariana Ghalami Jennifer Lopez Rachyl Quan Tanner Tardiff Daniel Antonson Christopher Chavez Meghan Gladwell Stephanie Lowe Kiefer Rabe Connor Tate Alicia Armenta Gordon Chen Benjamin Golden Shelby Lynn Alexander Rahe Noah Taylor Sarah Astor Casey Chiljian Max Goldstein Jeffrey Macmonigle Varun Rai Zaka Temori Tyler Atherley Shane Chowdhury Elizabeth Gonzales Aja Maez Elizabeth Rains Giana Terranova Robert Augustine Georgio Christodulou Marlene Gonzales Ashkon Maghsoodi Arsham Ravanipour Vishal Tharani Martina Aurelio Jay Cobarrubias Jake Greer Courtney Makin Steven Reames Alexis Thompson Natalie Aviles Abbie Coe Daniel Haberman Nairi Mardirossian Iman Rejali Allison Thorsell Asher Axe Christine Connolly Jake Hagadorn Vincent Marfone Victoria Remsnyder Sara Toderich Adi Azran Ryan Contreras Castina Hagerman Christopher Raymond Rhew Karissa Ty Tiffany Backe Jason Corlett Kristen Hall Martindale Katarina Richardson Taylor Van Amanda Bahou Julia Cornish Brooke Harris Chelsea Masoni Anna Righi Doleweerd Ruchika Bajaj Loraine Corona Tanner Harvey Joshua Massey Jayson Rivera Makayla Vaninetti Anmol Bal Jocelyn Corrales Jared Hazlett Cody Matlock Jefferson Rivera Britney Vargas Emily Ballmaier Keana Cowden Christopher Henson Reece Maxon Fariha Rizvi Sophie Vickery Trever Barron Daniel Cox Ashly Hernandez Camree May Kevin Robert Heidi Vineyard Zachary Baumeister Jack Crowley Jaime Hernandez Aaron Mayer Austin Roberts Tyler Walters Brandy Bautista Danielle Cunningham Victoria Hernandez Alison Mc Coy Matthew Rochford Klarissa Weber Alisa Benites Victoria Czorny Jordan Hessler Nolan Mc Murray Tyler Rolstad James Weems Brandon Benites Peter Damgaard Brendan Hicks Lance Meinhardt Robert Romero Stephen Weigand Meaghan Berry Michael Damyen Matthew Higa Brian Melchor Matthew Rosales Jessica Welch Morgan Berschauer Tracy Dang Brennan Hill Matthew Merryman Daniel Roy Amanda Wexler Erik Besner Morgan Dano Miles Hoard Mc Kenna Metcalf Bradford Runyon Sarah Whetzell Shane Bieber Cole Dargan Zachary Hollander Brooke Millard Bryan Russo Joshua Whitney Michael Bieniak Shireen Daryabary Pauline Hua Bryton Miller Alexandra Ruvalcaba Andrew Whitt Sean Biernacki Morgan Day Sabrina Hughes Christina Ming Chelsea Salcido John Wiehe Natalie Blenker Luke Degrassi Luke Hulse Xochitl Minor-Garcia Christian Sampson Christine Wilde Brendan Bohen Ryan Denton Noelle Hunter Ashley Morris Erika Sanchez Emillie Willett Brett Bommarito Kevin Devine Samantha Huntley Jason Mulcahy Leidy Sanchez Royce Williams Amanda Bordner Nicholas Dezember John Inkster Anna Mumm Graham Sanders Sarah Williams Derek Brackett Jeffrey Doll Zachary Ip Sydney Murai Lauren Sandler Spencer Williams Emily Bradford Bryce Douglass Brynna Irving Diana Murillo Brock Sanford Kelsey Wilson Mark Bragg Kevin Dowell Colby Jackson Rami Murillo Zachary Sattler Kevin Wolting David Braymer Jessica Eisenbart Erik Jackson Jordan Murphy Taylor Savage Samuel Wood Sarah Braymer Shane Elliott Ameen Jarrahian Derek Murrieta Krystal Scavo Michael Wu Ryan Brillhart Michelle Escobar Nolan Johnson Omar Naji Nolan Schwartz Margaret Yanni Joseph Brinkis Sarah Espinosa Brett Jones Aria Najmzadeh Araceli Sevilla Donya Yassami Corine Brix Shirin Farhoomand Melina Kalhor Montana Ng Ashley Sharp Carley Yegsigian Emily Browning Dina Fasheh Kaveer Kapoor Amanda Nguyen Setareh Shekarchi Miranda Young Ashley Burbach Joseph Fastuca Kristine Karimian Phikhanh Nguyen Elizabeth Simonian Audriana Zehra Adam Burke Lauryn Feilmeier Kaitlin Keltner Francisco Nunez Johanna Simpson John Zundel Wesley Burkhard Mackenzie Felt Michael Kemmer Ashley Olson Allyson Smith David Zweibel Jennifer Caballero Noel Ferrer Thomas Kim Marlea Ong Brianna Smith Emily Cabuling Michaela Finkbeiner William King Tate Overend Danielle Kacey Cadwell Keith Finneran John Klawitter Cody Pannell Smothermon Page 5 First Trimester Principal’s Honor Roll (3.0 to 3.49) Remie Adams Sarah Du Gabrielle Kaiser Alyssa Odden Daniel Steel Matthew Addonizio Jordan Duran Sara Kamieniecki Alexander Olson Sami Sullivan Nadine Agharezei Brandon Earnest Kirin Kapowai Alexis O'neill Maria Suriano Christopher Aguilera Jonas Earnest Savanna Katz Hannah Owen Michael Tabora Christopher Akhavein Colin Eichelberger Nicolas Kellstrom Hugo Paniagua Ryan Takamiya Daniel Albarran Maxwell Engel Benjamin Kimler Vincent Paplia Keenan Talamo Martin Alfaro Kyle Erspamer Damien Knox Jacob Patterson Fernando Tellez Arianna Alosio Marco Evangelista Nicole Kolenic Lucas Pellizzon Jessica Tellez Norma Alvarez Zachary Fajardo Kallee Krebs Ryan Perera Vanessa Tellez Kelsey Anderson Devan Fakharizadeh Elijah Kreindel Blake Pieksma Stephen Teuton Clarissa Armenta Abby Fickinger Nicholas Kugler-Fakhim Nicole Pifer Crystaline Tran Alijah Arnold Denee Fleites Erich Kuhlmann Matthew Portillo Paulina Valdivia Joshua Auerbach Christopher Fontana Mathias Kuhlmann Nicklas Potter Dakota Vallar Mackenzie Ayers Lindsay Frias Anna Lavinski Jeremy Powers Kahn Van Toor Lauren Bahlinger Cory Friedman Julie Le Joshua Quintino Austin Vandegriff Alex Barradas Christine Gaeta Victoria Lee Nader Rahelan Mireya Vazquez Andrew Barry Marlee Galaz Isbir Leigh Marissa Ray Derek Vu Emilee Beck Lilian Galeana Kathrine Lemos Cyrus Riahi Grace Walters Katelyn Bento Brian Garcia Cody Lenhart Sina Riahi Elliott Washington Erick Bermudez Jordan Garcia Emily Lerner Audrey Rink Andrew Weaver Jeena Bonutto Magaly Garcia Jessica Lezay Xyomarah Rivera Casey White Veronica Boutwell Pedro Garcia Karen Li Sydney Roberts Nicholas Whitney John Bradley Kimberly Gazga Michael Lorrimer Scott Robison Forrest Wiederman Nicholas Brinkmeier Sanam Ghaneeian Raquel Luczo Rachel Rodarmel Jason Willahan Priscilla Cabello Michael Gold Austin Mac Pherson Carlos Rodriguez Zanoah Wilson Kyle Candalla Heather Goldin Sean Mackey Jeffrey Rodriguez Allen Winton Beau Caouette Katarina Golemo Sophia Majidian Isaiah Rolow Cristiana Wo- Gabrielle Caplan Elizabeth Gomez Michael Mamich Samantha Roman jciechowski Maggie Carranza Nigel Gomez Mie Manniche Kevin Romero Leslie Woodson Justine Casper Nicholas Gonzalez Christopher Mansfield Stiven Romero Kathleen Woodward Daniel Castle Cassandra Guerrero Andrew Manzanares Chad Ross Fang Yao Wu Deborah Chamberlain Heath Gullifer Alexandra Maring Kyrsten Salazar Sara Yazdanfar Danielle Chawki Angel Guzman Garrett Marino Adam Salcido Taylan Young Claes Claeson Christen Hagstrom Joseph Martin Frida Salinas Caitlyn Zayas Allison Close Amna Haider Krisjon Martinez Michael Salzle Nicholas Zintgraff Olivia Codd Paige Halloran Donald Mc Allister Andrea Sandoval Gerardo Collado Jr. Haley Harrelson Hunter Mc Daniel Taylor Sato Stefano Colucci Natalie Hart Paige Mc Ginnis Dylan Scarpelli Jordan Corredor Logan Hatfield Alyssa Mc Ivor Ryan Schreiner Samuel Crawford Erin Heidenreich Devon Mc Rane Kyle Serio Itzayana Cruz Gilberto Hernandez Edward Merk Ani Shahmirian Markus Dannenberg Ivonne Hernandez Kyle Miller Brooke Shimazaki Keanu Patr David Christian Hirsch Hayley Mizar Taylor Shook Hunter Davis Alessia Huch Michael Mofid Jonathon Sianez Elizabeth De Witt Michael Hudson Giordan Moloian Jenna Simoncelli Joseph Deal Kimberley Hughes Julia Moon Sonya Singh Grace Defibaugh Cynthia Huizar Cinthia Morales Kevin Skelly Andrew Delbridge Theodore Hunt Richard Morris Ryan Sloan Christian Diaz Brandon Hunter Ivone Mota Justin Smith Garrett Dilorinzo Tanner Huntley Carly Mottram Brittany Snook Nicklaus Dimino Gabrielle Jackson Hannah Narragon Pranaya Soeraadiningr Colin Dodd Jade Jackson Morgan Nassif Arturo Sosa Jared Donahoe Tatiana Jackson Brandon Neville Allyson Spafford Megan Dorsey Jenna Johns Jesse-Bric Nicholson Dillon Steckbauer Page 6 English The English Department is Literature and Language Arts textbook. Both grade levels include busy with essay writing skills sample essays and other information that is helpful to young writers. this month. Seventh grade There are also many resources available on the Internet. students are working on persuasive essays currently, and will also be practicing Check out these useful websites! narrative writing in anticipation of the state Our school online program: writing assessment in March www.gomyaccess.com/myaccess/do/log which may be on any of these genres. Eighth grade students The Five Paragraph Essay: are applying their knowledge www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/index.html of literary devices, and writing Response to Literature essays. Next they will be Great Source iWrite: practicing technical writing, www.greatsource.com/iwrite/students/s_lit.html and finishing up the year with a research report. Thesis Builder: ozline.com/electraguide/thesis.html For more information on types of writing, and writing skills, look through the Holt Math Algebra proud of the hard work your equations and their graphs. The A small airplane flies 600 Algebra students are putting main focus of this section is the kilometers in 5 hours against in. They’ve grown by leaps and understanding that slope is a the wind. Returning with the bounds! (By the way, the plane’s rate of change. When they wind requires only 4 hours. How speed was 135 km/h, and the finish this unit, students will be fast was the plane flying? How wind’s speed was 15 km/h.) well prepared for their algebra fast was the wind blowing? classes next year. Pre-Algebra If you have fond memories of The focus in Pre-Algebra has Geometry this type of word problem, so do been on solving equations and Right before winter break, the Algebra students at La linear functions. Pre-Algebra Geometry students Paz. This past month, Algebra students are exploring the created fractal projects that students have been studying patterns and relations between looked like snowflakes and Systems of Equations and two quantities. Students are tessellations that looked like Inequalities, including the analyzing real-life stained glass. Now they are wonderful world of word examples, such as college using their Algebra skills to problems. The students passed savings and cell phone plans, in learn Geometry. In chapter 1, their word problem quiz with relation to linear functions. the Pythagorean Theorem was ―flying‖ colors, and also gained reviewed and now in chapter 7, Math 8 confidence in tackling math it has been revisited to The past few months have been problems that look like they help them develop more very productive for the Math 8 came from a book of riddles. We theorems involving right students. Several weeks were soon will be exploring exponents triangles. These theorems will spent on ratios, proportions and and powers. The students will be lead them into their percents. Students are now applying multiple properties of trigonometry section of comfortable with solving several exponents to simplify Geometry. How exciting! types of word problems involving expressions. They’re almost like percents. They have spent the solving puzzles! You should be past few weeks exploring linear Page 7 Experience History in Washington D.C. Preparations for the fall 2008 approx. 9/25/08). This would (Oct. 5-10) DC/NY trip have also mean that students who begun. Over 200 parents and have been suspended for students braved torrential rain serious offenses will be to attend the information ineligible. Students who are meeting held in the La Paz MPR registered for the trip will be on January 23. Many have This is an exciting opportunity required to show proof of already taken advantage of the that you won’t want to miss, so acceptable grades, work Those who register before opportunity to save 5% by make sure to meet the habits, and citizenship. March 15 will benefit from registering early. If you are eligibility requirements. All Space is limited so a 5% discount on the cost planning to register but have students must demonstrate registration should be of the Washington, D.C. not done so, go online or call respect and responsibility to completed soon. If you have trip. before March 15 to get the qualify for the trip. This questions about the trip, send savings. means that there cannot be an email to either Mrs. any grades lower than a “C” If you want to register your Billingsley in any class and no “N”s or child or find out more about (firstname.lastname@example.org) or “U”s in citizenship or work School Tours of America, you Mrs. Russell habits in the last trimester can go online at (email@example.com). Do not of seventh grade and on the www.schooltoursofamerica.com send money or registration to first grade check in or call their toll free number the school or the teachers. September (which will be due (866) 543-9625. ZOOming Out In Science home a handout for the San form will have a slip for parents Diego Zoo field trip. The cost who want to chaperone to fill of the trip will be $20, which out and send back to the covers transportation and teacher. Adhering to district admission to the zoo. The trip policy, students must have at is scheduled for April 15 least a ―C‖ in all classes and (Keith), April 16 (Beck), and excellent citizenship to go on La Paz seventh grade science April 17 (Ernsbarger/ this daylong fun, fantastic trip. classes are going to the world- Nakatsuka). Each group will We hope all students are famous San Diego Zoo! La Paz need about 20 parent working hard to keep their students always have a great volunteers to accompany small grades and classroom manners time on this annual outing. During groups of 5-6 students acceptable! We will leave La the day at the zoo, students will throughout the zoo for the Paz at 8:45 AM and return at 6 be exploring many different day. The field trip permission PM. animal species while comparing their habitats, food sources, and living habits. Students will have SCIENCE TRIVIA the opportunity to observe and BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW! make notes on animal adaptations About our animal friends and body structures. The zoo is A cat has 32 muscles in each ear famous for its re-creation of the A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue natural habitats, and the A snail can sleep for three years students will have the An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain opportunity to see many animals that are now extremely Butterflies taste with their feet endangered. At the end of Cats have over 100 vocal cords March, each seventh grade Dogs have only about 10 science teacher will be sending Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur Page 8 Science Notebooks & Journals—Tools for Parents Too! Research tells us that science styles, increase student skills The most notebooks and interactive in communicating and analyzing powerful way to use a student journals help students learn in the results of their thinking, science notebook as a true several ways (How People and help organize and restate learning tool is to provide Learn, 200 National Research their learning in many multiple opportunities for Council) . Among these are: different ways. feedback to the student and allow multiple opportunities By drawing out a student’s Parents should use the for students to express their pre-existing understanding notebooks as an opportunity to thinking. Research has shown interact with their children By assisting a student that this type of feedback while keeping abreast of the through a variety of has a direct effect on the concepts and activities taking experiences to build a achievement and attitudes of place within the science conceptual framework the students. classroom. Parents are encouraged to go through the Student notebooks or journals By organizing their notebook often and many should be viewed as a work in knowledge in order to later times with their children. progress. Students should be retrieve it and apply it Asking questions about working to complete the By allowing students to activities, grades and notebook consistently reflect on their learning, concepts will promote a throughout each trimester. A assess their own motivation for the students to parent involving himself or understanding and generate stay current, do well and herself in the process is a new questions. develop a better valuable, contributive part to understanding of the the notebook or journal’s Notebooks and journals also materials presented. successful completion. accommodate diverse learning “Parents should use the notebooks as an opportunity to interact with their Physics is FUNdamental children while keeping abreast of the concepts This second trimester, eighth brought all of us down while down while we timed their and activities taking place grade students are exploring always, always pulling at us. We speeds. Doing this domino lab within the science the science of physics. The are investigating Newton’s three was a good way to learn classroom.” study of motion and forces laws of motion using computers, average speed! Another lab we involves many fundamental marshmallow catapults, and did this trimester was the activities. Racing Hot Wheel bouncing balls. We will end the Speed & Acceleration lab; in cars led us to the examination trimester and the pressure of it this lab we took Hot Wheel of speed and acceleration. Mass, all will get to us as we look at cars and raced them down a weight and density are terms buoyancy, take off in flight track while we timed them to that everyone now knows and studies, and do our best find speed and acceleration. will ―grow‖ with throughout the impression of Dave Letterman This lab was one of my year. We have found out that with our own ―Will It Float?‖ favorites! The best one we did being the most ―attractive‖ may experiments. so far was the Forces Lab. We not mean the best looking. We learned that things only In the words of eighth grade also know that there is a balance when force (push or student Erin Heidenreich, "We scientific reason why we don’t pull) on them was zero. We got have done so many fun labs! We get up to do chores when asked to play with the jumble tower, have done labs like the Domino the first time and it’s inertia. build a house of cards, and Dash lab that helped us Friction has us all heated up attempt to balance nails on calculate and understand while dragging some the wrong each other. I can't wait until average speed. This lab was fun way. The gravity of the we get to science class and do because we got to work in situation has affected the our next lab." Wow, the groups. We also got to set up dropping of eggs and our science of physics really is dominos then knocked them pendulum swings and has FUNdamental! Page 9 Physical Education (P.E.) P.E.classes are in full swing— Pfaffman (who isn’t tall!) It is time to check the shoes literally! Mrs. Bosanko’s enjoys watching his kids learn your children are wearing for classes are actively swinging the complex motor skill of the P.E. They really need good their golf clubs as they are lay-up shot. running shoes to support their each being trained to be the feet, legs and back. Have they Fitness is a priority in Physical next Tiger Woods—it could complained of sore feet? Education. The eight graders happen! Mrs. Stoner’s class is Could be the shoes and not have assessed their fitness swinging a bowling ball as they the mile run that is to blame! levels and with their data have develop an understanding of A reminder that sweatshirts established fitness goals for the underhand pattern. and sweatpants (both have to this year. Throughout the be sweatshirt material) are Mrs. Mitchell’s classes are year they will be given recommended for cold days. swinging a bat and she is sure opportunities to track their Students are not excused that there is a homerun hitter individual progress and re- from dressing unless they somewhere in the mix. Mr. evaluate their goals. The have a doctor’s note. If McAlister and Mr. Pfaffman’s seventh grade students are in students have a parent note classes are bouncing the process of establishing we still have them dress out basketballs and they make a goals for fitness and will be and modify their activity to lot of noise! Basketball is Mr. creating a one-week fitness suit their needs. McAlister’s favorite sport (he plan toward the end of the is tall, you know!) and Mr. year. Electives Art mentary and have completed the Monterey Jazz—―Next Students are creating beauti- their short documentary films. Generation‖ Festival. The en- ful watercolor lotus blossoms, They continue to develop their semble is trying to gain an learning calligraphy, and storytelling techniques as invitation for the fourth studying the Elements of Art they work on their three act straight year. and Principles of Design. In- stories. Schedule of events: termediate students are Students in the introductory working on portrait drawing 2/23/08, Music Camp - class have developed their skills, digital photography and 9:00 AM— Orchestra/ storytelling skills by writing, 4:00 PM Advanced Band cartooning. The Art Academy taping, and editing fairy tales. meets meets Tuesday and Thursday They’re moving on to further from 3:15-4:00 PM for car- 3/18/08 Concert for develop three act stories in tooning and fashion design 6:30 PM Orchestra and the ―Your Choice‖ projects. La Paz MPR Jazz #2 (new programs added each month). The Art Department Music will have a fundraiser to pro- The La Paz Music Program is 3/19/08 Concert for Inter. mote our clay/ceramics pro- back in full swing after a suc- 6:30 PM Band, Adv. Band gram. Please help us achieve cessful holiday concert and La Paz MPR and Jazz Band #1 our goals by ordering Cookie Jazz Band breakfast. All Lee jewelry for your friends groups are currently preparing 3/20/08 GGHS Festival, all and loved ones for Valentines for a festival, which will be on groups to depart Day! OR just make a donation. Thursday, March 20 at Garden La Paz at 6:30 AM Check my website for more sharp Grove High School. Parents details. Peace, Mrs. Baca are welcome and encouraged 4/4 to Monterey Jazz to attend! 4/6/08 Festival – TBA Video Production Advanced students have The Jazz Band is working hard learned the art of the docu- on their audition recording for Page 10 Electives (continued) Drama: 7th Grade theatre their scene studies. will be required to create and production will be performing Check lapazdrama.com for more present a family tree to their Disney’s Mulan Jr. Feb. 1, 2, & 9 information. peers. The oral presentation will at 7:00 PM. There will be a include a description of the Keyboarding: Students are matinee performance on Feb. 9 personality and physical traits racing for the finish line on at 2:00 PM. Tickets are just $5 of different family members. their typing speed and at the door. 8th Grade theatre Students are encouraged to assignments. production is in rehearsal for work on their notebook Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Spanish: Students have been ―reflections‖ daily in order to be Nothing. This show is held ―in busy in class exploring and more successful in this class. the round‖ for a unique audience singing songs that focus on Oceanography: Students have experience. The show opens Feb. grammar concepts and enhance just finished learning about ANNOUNCEMENTS! 22 for two weekends. 8th Grade the learning experience. waves and tsunamis! Now drama is in rehearsal for their Throughout the rest of the ASB students are making children’s theatre production of year we will continue to add to Lots of fun student presentations on why sea turtles Snow White which will be our repertoire, including songs activities coming up! ASB are becoming critically performed at local elementary that have cultural value and Elections will be held in April endangered. In the upcoming schools in Feb., March, and songs that are relevant to the for 2008-09 Officers. See weeks we’ll be doing cool labs April. Intro to Drama classes thematic units covered in class. Mrs. Baca to sign up (check like looking at plankton under have just completed their study Our next unit will be based on ASB webpage for more info). the microscope and dissecting of theatre history and the family. As part of their sharks! Year Book improvisation and will soon begin formal assessment, students Order your Yearbook and DVD now before the price The Camp goes up! Go to Jostens.com (Tammy Black, Maria DiAntonia, Jan Ernsbarger, Lisa Meyers, Jane Stoner and Jim Tellier) to order book and products. Happy Campers Go Bowling by using their Cornell notes to The second trimester project Deadline for add on products (Cost $15/student) quiz them on historical content. will be announced soon. is January 31, 2008. The Camp will work on improving Ask them to share what they Science: Students know why an aerobic capacity by walking to have learned and help them find apple is red, the eyes detect Saddleback Lanes to assess where they don’t understand. light and the brain turns the their bowling skills on February Encourage them to come to ELT image right-side up. The angle 22. This is a culminating activity for clarification any day of the of incidence is equal to the for our bowling unit. We will walk week. angle of reflection and this is to the bowling alley, have lunch English: We are drafting and why 25 degrees equals 25 and bowl for a couple of hours. improving essays in preparation degrees. They now know that Then we will walk back to La Paz, for the state writing test on the rock cycle is more than it and check out our heart rates. March 4. Don’t wait until the seems and that there is a (Physical Education) last minute to do your Reading difference between continents Homework: If a student says Counts. Students should be and plates and the slow they do not have homework, ask reading 20 minutes every night. movement changes to see their planner and ask your Parents please initial and write EVERYTHING. They have child to explain what they in the student planner the total learned it is easier to argue a learned in each class that day. number of minutes your student side you agree with than one This helps to deepen the level of has read each night. This will you know little about. Science understanding. help us monitor student is cool that way. The focus is progress. We are creating a to learn by thinking about History: Planning has begun for special reading group during previous information, attach the Renaissance Fair. A parent lunch ELT. Some students may current understanding and then committee is being formed. We be assigned in an effort to attempt to predict what you are looking for volunteers to improve their comprehension think will happen next. Wow! chair interactive booths. The and earn the necessary Reading Advance notice: be on the look meeting is tentatively scheduled Counts points. out for the cell project and for February 20. Please e-mail information regarding the Ms. Black if you are interested. Math: Students are learning annual San Diego Zoo trip, April You can help your child succeed linear equations and functions. 17 (chaperones wanted). Page 11 The MacVillage (Sandi Babic, Boni Beck, Wendy Cook, Mary Jacks and Ron McAlister) The MacVillage Community is having a great year. The ELT program has been a big contributor to student success. When students do their homework, they are more successful on tests and that results in good grades. Our community website has links to all of the teacher’s websites and grades online. Students and parents are encouraged to check grades online regularly. We have a great group of students and we look forward to continued success throughout the school year. The Tribe (Carolyn Bosanko, Ian Keith, Chris Luker, Rebekah Pogue and Laurel Ramsey) The Tribe had a great first students will get to go volunteers are needed! Please trimester! Lunch time ELT has together. In March, the Tribe contact Ms. Ramsey. The English really helped students stay on with do an inter-disciplinary day class is preparing for the state track and kept up to date with exploring the mathematical writing test. They have been their assignments. Students who concept of Pi throughout all the working really hard to learn all showed outstanding citizenship different subjects. The history the writing types and have during the first trimester were department is starting to enjoyed typing into My Access rewarded with a walking field organize the first annual and receiving instant feedback. trip to lunch with their Renaissance Festival, in which Students of the Tribe who show teachers. The second trimester all the students will participate. "Lapazative" behavior can look is looking just as promising. The It will be held on May 30 and forward to another walking field science field trip to the zoo will incorporate all of the subjects trip this Trimester! be exciting as all the Tribe and communities. Parent “As the year progresses, Our Corner of the World the leadership program (Mrs. Eaton, Mrs. Nakatsuka, Miss Schimeneck) continues to help inspire Seventh Graders are working hard to master skills in their World History classes! While researching students to do their very Spices of Asia and India, we learned that cinnamon was discovered by the Romans, parsley is good for best. Student involvement the digestion, using herbs on the skin improves circulation, and peppercorns come from Borneo! in all activities is our main goal. We hope to eliminate To demonstrate irony, English students created book titles such as ―Ballet for Gorillas‖ by King Kong, the typical stereotyping of ―Throw a Football‖ by David Beckham, ―How I Gave Up‖ by The Rock, and ―Let’s Get Serious‖ by Jim school and change it to a Carrey. The activity was not only fun but provided a great reinforcement for a difficult concept! fun learning environment. We hope that you as parents will continue to influence your children to ASB participate with ASB The leadership program at La County started in October, the As the year progresses, the activities and show their Paz is one that supports the leadership class knew they had leadership program continues school spirit.” students in everything they do. to help. With the help of Mrs. to help inspire students to do ASB organizes all the activities Roush, we met fireman Dan, who their very best. Student at school, including advertising lost his own home while fighting involvement in all activities is of activities and announcements. the fire. We put firemen boots our main goal. We hope to The theme of this school year is out on the stage in the quad and eliminate the typical environmental awareness and in the office and collected money stereotyping of school and harmony. for the victims of the fires. change it to a fun learning Fireman Dan came and visited La environment. We hope that In the beginning of the year, we Paz and spoke about a fireman’s you as parents will continue to focused on doing activities that responsibilities and activities, as influence your children to showed unity and helped start well as what happened with his participate with ASB activities new friendships for everyone. home. Our school collected over and show their school spirit. When the fires that affected $3,000 to support those who had so many homes in south Orange - Kelley Moody, ASB President lost their homes. Page 12 Technology Technology use at La Paz for both students and teachers has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years—with most of the key funding coming from eScrip and other fundraising efforts lead by STPO, ASB, and the community in general. As a direct result of this funding we have been able to purchase additional laptop computers for student use in English as a part of the EETT program, supply every classroom with a LCD computer projector for presentation of lessons, turn La Paz into a wireless community with Internet access to the entire campus by installing wireless access points in key locations, and create student online folders which allow students access from home to documents or presentations they have made on school computers. Advancements in technology at La Paz as a result of this funding has made us one of the most technologically progressive campuses in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. ELT (Extended Learning Time) ELT is off to a successful start. Many La Paz students are taking advantage of the free, teacher- directed tutoring offered through ELT. It is available before and after school and during lunch. ELT is a drop-in program where students get individual help from their teachers in all subject areas. ELT is primarily for students who need to review a particular concept, but all students are welcome to attend. Lunchtime ELT is mandatory for students who are falling behind in any subject area. Even though ELT is mandatory for some students, it is optional for all other students. For more information and an ELT schedule, please visit www.svusd.org/elt or get a flyer at the front office. TEACHER FINALISTS! Congratulations to Jan La Paz School Service Awards Ernsbarger and Lisa Meyers! PBS (Positive Behavioral Support) Finalists for Region 11 This year La Paz students have an opportunity The PBS team has been focusing on increasing California League of Middle to be recognized for giving back. A School positive student behavior though increased Schools Teacher of the Service Award has been established for Lapazative participation. We have had very Year. Ms. Ernsbarger is a 7th seventh and eighth grade students who successful Lapazative drawings since the beginning grade Science teacher and complete 20 hours of activities such as peer of the school year. STPO has been a huge help in Ms. Meyers teaches English tutoring, escorting new students, band accumulating prizes, which include iPods and gift 7. Both are outstanding tutoring, campus beautification and the certificates of all kinds. Currently we are pushing teachers and we were very Esperanza Birthday Club. This award will be for more involvement in promoting positive behavior proud that they were presented at the end of the year. in the classroom with the help of the communities. selected as 2 of the top ten Each community has set up rewards for their teachers in Region 11. Verification forms may be picked up from the students based on citizenship. We are very excited counseling offices. Students are responsible about the results and it shows. The simple fact is for recording service activities and returning that our Leopards are great kids thanks to the the forms to Ms. Shortley or Ms. Lynch. efforts of parents, teachers, and students. What It Means to be an American ―I am proud to be an American. I am proud that my father served in the United States Marine Corps. I am also glad that I have many different opportunities as an American. My father proudly flies the American flag in front of our house everyday of the year.‖ - Zachary Fajardo ―My mother is from South Africa and she tells me her experiences during the Apartheid. They are very sad. Every time I have gone to South Africa, people hear my accent and ask me where I am from. When I say ―America,‖ they always say, ―Wow!‖ and ask what life is like in the United States.‖ - Robert Walters ―Being an American to me means Freedom of Speech, Religion, privileges and opportunities. What I like about being an American is that I can grow up and get a job and be able to have a family. The Bill of Rights actually lets me be able to have this advantage in life.‖ - Ivonne Hernandez ―We are the luckiest people to be in America because America is awesome.‖ - Brandon Hunter Page 13 Intramurals The La Paz Intramural Program offers sports and a volleyball tournament, and we are now in a full contests for students to compete in at lunch court basketball tournament. Coming up this year time. Each event this year has had great turn we will have a three point contest, a soccer outs with over 160 students per event. There are tournament, and track and field. Track and field separate 7th and 8th grade divisions for each participants will practice at lunch and then sport and each team is guaranteed to play in four compete in the district middle school track meet regular season games. The top eight teams are at Trabuco Hills High School. Track and field then put into a single elimination playoff series practice will begin after spring break and the until a final championship is played. 8th grade meet will be in late May. All students make the champions get the opportunity to compete against track and field team if they come out at lunch the staff in a fun staff versus student game. and participate. It is suggested that lunchtime This year the staff won in football and volleyball. intramural participants eat the majority of their It is the first time the staff has won either lunch at snack time and have a quick snack at event in over five years. We have finished a lunch before they play. football tournament, a field goal kicking contest, 7th Grade Field Goal Champions 7th Grade Football Champions 7th Grade Volleyball Champions 8th Grade Field Goal Champions 8th Grade Football Champions 8th Grade Volleyball Champions Page 14 California Junior Scholarship Federation California Junior Scholarship Federation is a free, state-wide organization of over 600 chapters. Its purpose is to foster high standards of scholarship, citizenship, and service on the part of middle school students in California’s public and private schools. CJSF grooms the student for CSF membership in high school, where it becomes an important part of a resume that may open doors for students going to college. Here at La Paz, students qualifying for CJSF are honored at the end of their 8th grade year with a gold seal on their promotion certificates and special recognition in the souvenir promotion program. This year for the first time, eighth grade students may earn CJSF with distinction membership for completing 20 school service hours or choose regular CJSF status without completing the service component. CJSF coordinators are Lisa Shortley, 8th grade counselor, Karen Lynch, 7th grade counselor and Cyndi Billingsley, CJSF with Distinction Advisor. How do students earn membership? Students must qualify for membership two trimesters in 7th grade and two trimesters in 8th grade to earn the gold seal. Membership drives are held at the close of each trimester. The application period for trimester 3 is held at the beginning of school in the fall. In order to qualify, a student must earn at least 2 A’s and 2 B’s in the core subjects of math, English, social studies and science. Honors credit or classes earn 1 extra point for an A or a B. Students must reapply each trimester. Applications are available in the counselors’ offices or from English teachers and must be accompanied by the report card (which is returned immediately) or a copy of the report card. Applications should be returned to the English teachers or counselors. Additional information is available on the school website.