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Mosk ES building up ‘STEAM’ through innovative Lego robotics program

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Stanley Mosk staff recently attended 3 days of Professional Development at JPL



Stanley Mosk Elementary School

is Participating in 

Northwest STEAM Fest




Earth Day at CSUN


April 29, 2017



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:


Community Workshops

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.


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JPL Professional Development

Teachers Dive into Aquarium of the Pacific’s

Boeing Teachers Institute

August 2016

          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.

Press Release from a Previous Institute

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Full STEAM Ahead Night

November 15, 2016

The Stanley Mosk SARC is 

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Stanley Mosk Staff Present


"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together..."


Our Mission:

“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.”


Our Vision:

“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.”

Stanley Mosk staff ride on the  the Marine Science Floating Lab


Stanley Mosk staff recently had the opportunity to experience the Marine Science Floating Lab (MSFL) through the CEMSPLI - CSUN Grant Project.


The MSFL was an excellent opportunity for Stanley Mosk staff to explore the amazing biodiversity of what is often a hidden habitat. Watershed and biodiversity were  emphasized. Participants collected a bottom sediment sample to observe and record invertebrates, an otter trawl net collected a wide range of fish, mammals, and invertebrates from on and near the bottom.


The staff also observed  birds, sea lions, and other marine mammals in the harbor. Additionally, everyone observed the Los Angeles Harbor, shipping vessels, breakwater function, the ecosystem of the Los Angeles Harbor. 

We’re Off to READ the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

at Stanley Mosk Elementary


Three fourth grade classes at Stanley Mosk recently finished reading the classic The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum written in 1900 and considered to be America’s first fairytale. For the last month, the playground and halls were abuzz with discussion about the book, and students were treated to a culminating activity when Bob Baum, L. Frank Baum’s great grandson, visited Mosk. 


Baum, who is a retired LAUSD teacher, has kept the legacy of his great grandfather alive for many years by doing many presentations about L. Frank Baum’s life and inspiration for the book. Prior to reading the novel, students also read a biography about L. Frank Baum to build schema about the author’s life and help them read like writers.


Students of all reading levels were able to access the book listening to Anne Hathaway’s brilliant audio version.  One teacher scaffolded for a new student from El Salvador by letting him read the Spanish version of the book. “He was eager to read the book, and it was a means to honor his home language.”  Deborah Medina said.  


Bob Baum added, “The Wizard of Oz is translated in over 100 languages.”


Students recorded thoughts and images in a reader’s notebook which facilitated lively discussion of each chapter.  For example, after Chapter  X11, “The Search for the Wicked Witch, “fourth grader, Adriana Garcia exclaimed, “ I felt like I was Dorothy when she went to tell the Lion that the Wicked Witch had melted… and I want to be Dorothy for Halloween!”  This experience of character empathy is just one example of the many indicators of deep comprehension that students expressed while writing and talking about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


Students were captivated as Bob Baum shared the inspiration for characters such as the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, and the origin of the name for the land of Oz. L. Frank was a prolific storyteller. One night when he was sharing the developing story with neighborhood children, one child inquired about the magical land’s name He glanced at the drawer on a file cabinet labeled 0-Z and the land of Oz was born.


Students came prepared with a plethora of questions such as “How did L. Frank get interested in writing children’s books?”, “Did L. Frank’s heart condition as a child, influence his creation of the Tin Woodman?” ,and “Which character was L. Frank’s favorite?” Mr. Baum graciously answered many questions, enthralled students when he shared a 1st Edition printing of the book worth thousands of dollars, and autographed students’ readers’ notebooks.


 Emphasizing the importance of reading to nurture imagination, Bob Baum ended his presentation with this reminder; “Imagination and hard work can make any dream come true.”  


Thanks to Bob Baum, for bringing this message and an important piece of American culture to Stanley Mosk’s fourth grade class.

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Special Thanks to the Rally in the Valley

Robotics Challenge and STEAM Expo

Planning and Steering Committee 


Oscar Rios, Susan Belgrad, Li Liu, Sergio Millan, Marissa Vickers, Amanda Campos, Lauren Manning, Jennifer Nishimoto, Song Lee, Jon-Michael Rodriguez, Sheri Kamal 


Fourth Annual



Rally in the Valley LA Daily Article


Rally in the Valley Website


"The event was exciting from start to finish. Having the student challenges going on with activity booths on the sidelines allowed students to stay actively engaged in science throughout the whole day, even between their events.  I personally was reminded of exactly why I got into education in the first place: the raw passion the students have for science.  Seeing kids move between simple paper rockets, to Legos, to advanced programming with the same level of excitement is evidence of just how innately our students want to explore science with their hands and their minds.  I hope teachers will continue to keep the momentum going forward and give our students more opportunities to build on this great event," Brandon Rodriguez, Ph.D., EPD Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab


"As first time participants at the Rally in The Valley, it was exciting to see the positive energy and excitement in our students and the other participants. Their hard work and preparation for the robotics competition will pay dividends in their future learning. The spirit of competition and respect was amazing," Roger Avila, Principal at Canoga Park Elementary School.


"RIV has grown exponentially over the last three years.  It's a pleasure to see so many minorities and girls competing in Robotics.  Hopefully this incubates them toward seeking education in the hard sciences," Richard Ramos, Principal at Haddon Elementary School.




Stanley Mosk Participates in the CSUN Sustainability Education Project

April 29, 2017


CSUN Sustainability Education Project


Engage, Educate, Empower Energy, Water, Education, Empowerment seeks to improve energy efficiency and water conversation in the San Fernando Valley, which has communities with some of the highest per capita residential energy consumption in the city at over 3,000 kWh per person per year. Commercial energy use is high, as well, in specific regions, such as in the west in the area of a shopping mall and industrial spaces. The project will provide education and outreach to improve energy efficiency and water conservation through several efforts including:


1.Outreach and education to K-12 teachers, schoolchildren, and parents through project based learning in STEM areas

2. Community events targeted at children and parents to recognize energy and water conservation projects

3. Engaging social media forums

The Moon Lands on Stanley Mosk

Stanley Mosk recently hosted authentic moon rocks and meteor samples through a JPL-NASA outreach program.  An inspired fourth grade teacher attended training at JPL and was then authorized to host the materials for a two week period.  His classroom was transformed into a hands-on student centered Moon and Space Museum.  The fourth grade students became the docents and experts, sharing their knowledge and providing a variety of experiences for the students to learn about the moon, meteorites and earth rocks.  All Mosk students participated!

Stanley Mosk Elementary School

Participates in Northwest STEAM Fest


Stanley Mosk recently participated in Northwest STEAM Fest.  Stanley Mosk had three booths at the event: Hall of Quality Education, Sustaining our World, and Innovating in our World.  


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JPL Provides NGSS Professional Development

Stanley Mosk Elementary and Hart Street Elementary School recently hosted Dr. Brandon Rodriguez from JPL.  Dr. Rodriguez provided Next Generation Science Standards aligned hands-on professional development workshops for both staffs. 


“It is always really exciting to workshop hands-on activities with teachers when we talk about NGSS.  Much like when we see that switch flip with our students, I always see the same epiphany in teachers: the moment when they realize “these are easy, accessible activities I can do in my classroom every single day”.  Hands-on doesn’t need to be time consuming or expensive.  It’s not in addition to content, it’s how we illustrate content.  When we do it correctly, we’re making smart models using simple materials that result in meaningful connections.  I was thrilled to see so many teachers at this institute walk out of the room eager to implement this as a practice,” stated Dr. Brandon Rodriguez, JPL.


“We are fortunate that scientific and educational experts such as Dr. Rodriguez can provide hands-on workshops to deepen the staff’s content knowledge and expertise,” stated David Garringer, Assistant Principal Stanley Mosk Elementary School.

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:

  1. What causes earthquakes and what are the hazards they create?
  2. How do scientists rate the strength of an earthquake?
  3. What factors can influence the resistance of buildings during an earthquake?

“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
Steve Zimmer, Board of Education President
Scott Schmerelson, Board of Education member
Bob Blumenfield, Los Angeles City Council member
Ramon C. Cortines, L.A.U.S.D. Superintendent
Vivian Ekchian, Local District Northwest Superintendent

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



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Mobile NHM

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:

  1. To capture and cultivate student interest in archaeology and science
  2. To immerse students in the work of a scientist and apply methods of scientific inquiry, including observation, data collection, and making hypothesis to understand how we know what we know about the people of the past
  3. To allow students understand the interrelationship between animals, plants, and humans in the local environment by exploring the natural resources of three regions: the coast, mountains and islands
  4. To deepen understanding of the complex history and culture of Native peoples in Southern California

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:

  • I felt both parts were fun and engaging, especially the hands-one portion
  • Both sections of the program allowed students to learn new things about the Chumash
  • I saw the students enjoying all the parts of the program
  • The students enjoyed digging and examining the artifacts in the lab
  • I saw students learning throughout the program.  They were fully engaged by the content and the total experience.

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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

2017 – 2018

Year-At-A-Glance (tentative)


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


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English Learner Advisory Committee


 2017 - 2018

Year-At-A-Glance (tentative)

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 - Mrs. Deborah Medina

School Phone - (818) 700 - 2020

E-mail Address: dpz4501@lausd.net

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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


Be Safe


Be Responsible


Be Respectful

The School Experience Survey for Parents is now available on-line

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