The Camino Nuevo Way | January 2018
A Book Club Bridges Cultures, Inspires Reading
For the past several months, families at all Camino Nuevo schools have been reading Julia Alvarez’s “In the Time of the Butterflies,” a novel set in the Dominican Republic that describes the horrors of the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship. On Tuesday, over pozole and cafecito, all the families came together to discuss the book and reflect on the experience. Mirna Aguilar, who has four elementary-age grandchildren at Kayne Siart, says she couldn't put the book down. The story reminded her of the injustices leading up to the Salvadoran Civil War. The book club was a forum for her and others to share common experiences, express different points of view, and forge closer bonds. It also reminded families of the importance and joy of reading. “When I arrived to this country, I didn’t know how to motivate my children to read,” Ms. Aguilar says. “But now my grandkids know that I’m in the school's book club. It makes them proud to see me reading and now they want to read, too.”  
'A School Filled With Love' Celebrates Success
For Irma Palma, the Jane B. Eisner School is like a home – a place where caring teachers go out of their way to help students learn and excel. Eric Vasquez, another student, describes the school in similar terms – a place where English learners like him feel welcome and supported. Both Irma and Eric shared these reflections during a special celebration to mark the school’s fifth anniversary and to thank one of the school’s biggest supporters, Jane Eisner, president of the Eisner Foundation. Mrs. Eisner’s foundation made a generous donation to help Camino Nuevo open the school on a renovated campus in Harvard Heights. Surrounded by friends and family as well as students, alumni, and staff, Mrs. Eisner said she was delighted to see how the school is motivating students and pushing learning to new heights. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also attended the celebration and toured the school with the Eisners, summed up the day perhaps best: “This school is filled with so much love, with such an amazing vision.” 
Kicking Off a Campaign to Get L.A. Kids Moving
At the Camino Nuevo Sandra Cisneros campus, teachers like Annette Bilow are well aware of the benefits of getting kids up and moving in the classroom. Physical activity is not only good for the body, but it is also good for the brain. Research shows that active students display greater focus, faster mental processing, and better retention of information than kids who spend the day sitting still. It was no surprise then to see Mrs. Bilow and her fourth graders on a recent morning practicing their math facts while jumping, running, and dancing to a GoNoodle video. The morning routine coincided with a special visit by representatives of GoNoodle, which has partnered with health care insurance provider Health Net to give public school teachers across Los Angeles free access to its online movement videos. Officials from both companies were impressed with how Mrs. Bilow and other Camino Nuevo teachers are marrying learning and movement to achieve better outcomes for students. Kudos to Mrs. Bilow and her students for inspiring all of us to move!
With 'Lup Dub' Video, Students and Teachers Bond
To celebrate their hard work and achievements in the first semester, the staff and students from Dalzell Lance High School returned to a favorite tradition and created a “lip dub” music video. Pulling off the video was not easy. ‘Lip dub’ videos, which show people lip-synching to a song before the original audio is then dubbed over the final footage, are usually filmed in one single, unedited shot. For this video, which involved the entire student body, students chose three songs and spent hours in their iConnect groups rehearsing to get the singing and dancing exactly right. “It allowed our students to be creative, have fun, and ultimately to be teenagers for the day and bond with their friends and teachers,” said Chelsey Strawbridge, a teacher who was involved. “It’s almost like having a living yearbook to remember our experiences at Camino.” Students were treated to a special screening of the final video at the Vista Theater in Hollywood. Stay tuned for the wider audience release date.
Help Set the Record Straight About Our Schools
Did you know that charter schools are public schools that are free and open to all students? Many people in our community and across the state are still unaware or confused about the important role charter public schools play in strengthening California’s public school system. Here are few things you need to know about our schools:

  • Camino Nuevo Charter Academy is a community of public schools that puts students first!
  • Camino Nuevo Charter Academy is giving more kids an opportunity for a great public education.
  • A “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work when it comes to education. Our charter schools offer the personal attention, creativity and passionate teaching that kids need to learn.

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  • My charter school is a public school that puts students first. #DiscoverCharterSchools
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