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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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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 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.

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.

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 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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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

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.

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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