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Walnut Park Middle school- STEM Academy

Los Angeles Unified School District

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    Principal's news

    Hello STEM family!

    Can you believe it's already February! We survived the rains and cold of January and look forward to all the happenings this month including many parent workshops and our Spring parent conferences.

    A group of our 8th grade students had a wonderful weekend of fun and learning at AstroCamp, way up in the mountain community of Idyllwild. I want to thank our wonderful staff members Ms. Turner, Ms. Martin, Edwin and Rogelio for taking the time to make sure our kids had an amazing experience.

    Once again this month, I want to stress the importance of reading. It is one of our priorities as a school to improve reading skills and literacy levels. My principal's challenge to all our STEM family, both parents and students, is to spend at least 15 minutes each day reading for pleasure.

    Our teachers are working on using cooperative learning structures and technology to increase student interactions and engagement.

    Every student has access to IXL online instruction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please take advantage of this powerful resource for individualized learning. And please remember, we have iPads/laptops available to lend students. Please come by or call the STEM office for details.

    Once again, I am and thankful to be an educational leader here at STEM and I look forward to our continuing journey together towards excellence.


    Joe DiLeva

    Assistant Principal's News

    Cell Phone Policy and Student Illnesses:

    Parents, I want to take the time to remind you of the cellphone policy at STEM ACADEMY. Students are allowed to bring cell phones, but all cell phones must be turned OFF during instructional time. If a student is using their personal phone or if the phone is turned on, it can be subject to confiscation. In case of emergency or illness, the school offices have telephones that are available for student use. Forgetting their homework and/or PE uniform is not an emergency.

    It has come to our attention that many students are using their personal cell phones and calling parents to pick them up because they don't feel well. If a student is feeling ill, they are to tell the teacher or an adult so they  can be referred to the school nurse. If the nurse sees that the student requires medical attention, she will notify the parent to pick up the student. If a student is not referred to the nurse and calls on their own and is taken home, it is not an excused absence. You may take your child home at your child's request, but it will not be excused on the school's behalf.

    Parents, please talk to your children about the rules and I thank you for your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the STEM office.

    Ms. Sanabria

    Counselor's News

    IGP Conference: 8th grade parents, last month I mailed out the letter that informs where you child is  currently standing with credits. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the letter, please contact the Academic Counselor at 323-277-2631.

    Ms. Oh


    Student Safety: Thank you to all the parents that have been dropping off and picking up their children in a safe manner.

    Uniform Policy: Students should be in school uniform on a daily basis including the sweater. Sweaters should be solid black or burgundy with no logo or letters, unless it is a STEM sweater.

    Educare FREE After-School Program: Monday thru Friday after school until 6:00 pm we offer tutoring, crafts, dance, cooking, and more. Applications are available in the STEM office.