Welcome to Stanley Mosk STEAM Academy!
Mosk ES building up ‘STEAM’ through innovative Lego robotics program
Stanley Mosk staff recently attended 3 days of Professional Development at JPL
Stanley Mosk Elementary School
Full STEAM Ahead Night
November 15, 2016
6:00 - 7:00
Engage, Educate, Empower
Los Angeles Department of
Water and Power
Institute for Sustainability
Stanley Mosk Elementary is proud to participate in the 2016 - 2016 LADWP/Sustainability Grant in conjunction with California State University - Northridge.
The CSUN Institute for Sustainability has received a Community Partnership Grant from LADWP which addresses outreach for energy and water conservation through five components:
A series of workshops will be given throughout Los Angeles focusing on energy and water conservation measures as well as efficiency programs offered by LADWP. These workshops are being held in Districts 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6, 7 and 12 and are being offered to the public for free. Check our website for workshop dates and locations.
Outreach to Business Owners
Students participating in CSUN's Sustainability Minor will reach out to local businesses in a consulting capacity. These students will identify high commercial users of energy and water, then develop and present a business proposal to these commercial entities detailing how they could reduce their use.
Outreach and Education to Schoolchildren and Parents
The K-12 schools shown below will participate in problem-based learning curriculum on water and energy use. In collaboration with the Institute for Sustainability and the College of Education, participating schools will complete water and/or energy related projects. Students will share their projects and what they have learned with their families as well as bring home information on DWP programs.
JPL Professional Development
Teachers Dive into Aquarium of the Pacific’s
Boeing Teachers Institute
Stanley Mosk is proud to announce that Ms. Adriana Vento was one of 30 select educators who recently participated in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Boeing Teachers Institute. The institute gave Southern California hands-one experiences and marine science knowledge to share with their students. Participants spent two days at the Aquarium and three days on Catalina Island at the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
The teachers met scientists, learned how to use data in the classroom, and were grant access to resources that will allow them to bring current marine science into their classrooms during the school year. The participating teachers were granted special access to Aquarium of the Pacific facilities, snorkeling, kayaking, and hikes on Catalina. Additionally, they explored mudflats, toured a hyperbaric chamber, and attended lectures on marine science topics. Each teacher received an eight-gallon aquarium for the classroom and access to an online professional development community (PLC). Finally, they built remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), learned about oyster aquaculture, and met scientists who shared their expertise in marine science.
Full STEAM Ahead Night
November 15, 2016
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together..."
“The Mission of Stanley Mosk Elementary School is to provide engaging, focused, coherent, and rigorous instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Language Arts and 21st Century Skills for all students to be college and career ready.”
“Stanley Mosk Elementary School will be an inclusive learning community of school staff, parents, and community members, with all stakeholders dedicated to educating all students to reach their highest potential. Stanley Mosk Elementary will implement lessons and curriculum that are engaging, rigorous, focused, and coherent through hands-on materials in Literacy and STEAM. We will provide 21st Century Skills for students to be college and career ready.”
STEM on the Sea
November 11, 2016 - Los Angeles Maritime Institute
Staff from Stanley Mosk Elementary School, Mr. David Garringer, Mrs. Kelly Baker, and Mr. Dennis Colato, attended the Topsail STEM Program training for teachers at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. The participants received a workshop on the California Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) focusing on Environmental Sciences. The professional develop was led by EEI Teacher Ambassador Deb Garjian and Environmental Education Specialist Kirk Amato.
Participants then had the opportunity to sail on the, Exy Johnson - floating lab tall ship. They experienced many nautical STEM-based activities including navigation and setting the sails.
The Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s “learning by doing” at-sea programs that have been operating on the L.A. Waterfront for 23 years. Their proven ability to reach students in new and compelling ways, coupled with a vibrant educational venue (tall ships at sea), is groundbreaking.
“This is program really brings nautical STEM alive through the hands-on activity on the ship,” says David Garringer, Assistant Principal at Stanley Mosk. “We look forward to continuing our NGSS/STEM based professional development with EEI as well as potential field trips in the future onboard the tallships.”
Parents at Stanley Mosk are learning Next Generation Science Standards
November 2, 2016
As the new principal at Stanley Mosk Elementary School, Jodi Harrison is committed to fulfilling the vision of having all stakeholders dedicated to educating all students to reach their highest potential. In order to make that a reality, Ms. Harrison and David Garringer the Assistant Principal, are conducting monthly Coffee with the Principal meetings in which parents are provided opportunities to experience the new Next Generation Science Standards as well as the math and language arts standards.
“It is important to build relationships and to assist parents to become partners in their students learning,” says Mr. Garringer. “The Coffee with Principal is a program that has been gaining momentum and allows parents to experience the new standards in a meaningful way.”
For the month of November, the presentation focused on Robust Structures and Earthquakes. The goal was to teach a Project Based Learning Experience focusing on building structures that can withstand a strong earthquake. This real world lesson included Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as well as Language Arts. The participants reviewed Earthquakes by interacting with non-fiction text and the Next Generation Science Standards. Using a tablet, they then used coding to test the strength of their structures using the Lego Education We Do 2.0 Robot Earthquake Simulator. The participants concluded the presentation by collaborating to document their results and discuss the relationships of structures to earthquake resistance. The parents left energized and asking for more hands-on 21st century learning experiences in order to support their children to be successful in school and life.
“The parents were naturals at coding. They used problem solving strategies to figure out how to control their robots. In addition to the hands-on learning our group also engaged in a rich discussion about the endless opportunities that will be available for their children in the fields of engineering and science. Their feedback was extremely positive with all parents expressing the value of learning about science and technology,” stated Ms. Harrison.
Stanley Mosk Staff present at
California STEM Symposium
October 10, 2016
Stanley Mosk staff recently presented at the California STEM Symposium held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Mr. David Garringer, Assistant Principal, and Mr. Oscar Rios, 5th grade teacher and STEAM instructor, presented Robust Structures: What contributes to earthquake – resistant structures? Participants had the opportunities to construct various structures using LEGO Education bricks. Then the participants used LEGO Education We Do 2.0 Robots to test their structures resistance to earthquakes.
During the presentation, Mr. Garringer and Mr. Rios posed the following Driving Questions for participants to reflect on during the workshop:
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to attend and present at an event such as the CDE STEM Symposium, stated Mr. Rios. “This is one of the largest such events focused on STEM and STEAM education in California.”
“This is an excellent opportunity to discuss and present a relative topic, earthquakes, due to the recent activities at the Salton Sea,” states David Garringer, Assistant Principal. “Hands-on activities and lessons like these really bring learning to life for students at a higher and much more meaningful level than simply reading or watching a video.”
There were about 55 educators in the breakout session.
21st Century Education Symposium - September 2016
Stanley Mosk Hosts 21st Century Education Symposium
Date: September 17 and September 18, 2016
Location: Stanley Mosk LEGO Education Model School – Center of Influence
“We are extremely fortunate to partner with LEGO Education to co-sponsor this 21st Century Education Symposium for progressive, innovative educators and school leaders. This provides a forum where participants can have hands-on opportunities that promote the 21st Century Skills of Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration,” states David Garringer, Assistant Principal at Stanley Mosk Elementary School.
Stanley Mosk recently hosted a 21st Century Education Symposium sponsored by LEGO Education. There were approximately 100 progressive, innovative educators and school leaders in attendance.
The morning was kicked off with Dr. Brandon Rodriguez as the key note speaker. Dr. Rodriguez is currently the Educator Professional Development specialist at NASA – Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. As part of a collaboration between NASA and Texas State University, he represents the California branch of a national team to develop professional development workshops and science curricula. One of his primary goals is to couple cutting edge science and pedagogy for the scientists of tomorrow.
Dr. Rodriguez spoke on his unique life experiences and how a single act of encouragement can change a person’s educational career. Additionally, he spoke of the importance of education in STEM/STEAM and that the Science of today does not work in silos but a combination of technical professions working together to solve problems.
After the keynote speaker, participants had opportunities to attend break-out sessions on a variety of hands-on educational LEGO Educational products that promote the 21st Century skills of Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical-Thinking.
“When we look into the future of American jobs, we see jobs that involve the hard sciences. As a district, we need to prepare our youth for those jobs. Stanley Mosk Elementary is at the cutting edge of STEM teacher PD to fill that gap," states Richard Ramos, Principal of Haddon STEAM Academy.
“The value of having modern, innovative professional development cannot be understated. Just as science is always changing, so does the way we effectively teach it. Long gone are the days where science can be effectively communicated through a packet or a textbook. The scientific explorations of tomorrow are dynamic and interdisciplinary: so too must be its explorers.”Brandon Rodriguez, Ph.D. EPD Specialist NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
The symposium was continued on September 18 where participants were provided more in-depth high-quality professional development in robotics and hands-on materials that allow students to enhance their language arts skills.
Stanley Mosk LEGO Model School
Stanley Mosk Elementary School was celebrated as a Lego Education Model School, one of only two in the nation, during a ceremony at the Winnetka campus. Lego Education President Colin Gillespie announced that Mosk will be receiving a five-year, $100,000 grant that includes a full robotics curriculum to support the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math program. The grant will also fund teaching materials, professional development and staff attendance at national conferences. In addition, the school will receive a life-size model of its grizzly bear mascot, made by the company from its Lego bricks.
Mosk Elementary will be partnering with Lego Education in a program designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of a hands-on curriculum tied to the California State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
The following dignitaries spoke at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
Colin Gillespie, Lego Education North America President
Barbara Friedrich, Principal Stanley Mosk Elementary School was the Master of Ceremonies
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The Rally in the Valley
Robotics Challenge and Expo was a huge success with 7 participating schools
and over 200 elementary students participating
There is such a thing as a free lunch – and breakfast, too – thanks to new federal program
Natural History Mobile Museum Visits Stanley Mosk Elementary School
Stanley Mosk had the privilege of hosting the Natural History Mobile Museum the week of April 11, 2016. The program objectives are:
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 were given two hours to learn about the history and daily life of Chumash people of the past through the science and practice of archaeology.
Some teacher reflections on the Natural History Mobile Museum:
No Kid Hungry
Stanley Mosk is visited by advocates for the No Child Hungry program
The Los Angeles Unified School District has made breakfast part of the school day district-wide and now tops the nation for breakfasts served to hungry kids. No Kid Hungry spokesperson and long-time hunger advocate Jeff Bridges along with Jordona Brewster and Amandla Stenberg recently visited Stanley Mosk Elementary School along with CEO of the program, Billy Shore.
Stanley Mosk students not only were able to meet the actors, they participated in a variety of activities to promote good nutrition and healthy breakfasts.
For Additional Information: https://www.nokidhungry.org/
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Stanley Mosk Elementary School
School Site Council
2016 – 2017
September: Orientation, Elections, Delegate School Safety Plan
October: PIP & Parent Compact, Safety Plan Due, Budget Adjustments, SPSA
November: SPSA Evaluation, Budget Adjustments, Review ELAC Recommendations
December: No Regularly Scheduled Meeting
January: Monitor SPSA, Adjustments, Review ELAC Recommendations
February/March: SPSA, Budget Adjustments, SPSA Budget Development
April/May: Review Data, Finalize Budget Changes, Calendaring, Reflection, Recognition
Stanley Mosk Elementary School
English Learner Advisory Committee
2016 - 2017
September: Orientation, Elections, Delegate
October: Mandated Topics (Importance of School Attendance), SSC Recommendations, Budget Adjustment Recommendations
November: SPSA Evaluation, Mandated Topics (Comprehensive Needs Assessment), SSC Recommendations, Budget Adjustment Recommendations
December: No Regularly Scheduled Meeting
January: Mandated Topics (Single Plan for Student Achievement), SSC Recommendations, Budget Adjustment Recommendations, SPSA
February/March: Mandated Topics (Language Census Report), SSC Recommendations, Budget Adjustments, SPSA Budget Development
April/May: Finalize Budget Changes, Reflection, Recognition
Title IX Complaint Manager - Mr. David Garringer
School Phone - (818) 700 - 2020
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Look for the LAUSD District Title I Parent Involvement Policy
in your Mailbox the week of November 28, 2016
and the School Title I Parent Involvement Policy and
Parent / Student / Teacher Compact
School-Wide Positive Support System