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THIS WEEK IN CULVER CITY SCHOOLS...
FRIDAY (2/8)
El Rincon American Heart Association Healthy Heart Fundraiser Kickoff

Know Your Rights Immigration Workshop
6:30pm @ CCMS Multipurpose Room
CARECEN has prepared a special workshop for area residents
who want to learn about U.S. immigration law. What rights do
immigrants have when facing detention or deportation?
What actions can citizens take to protect and support family,
friends and neighbors facing detention and deportation?

Free childcare available. Snacks and drinks served. Open to all.

Sponsored by Culver City Action Network, CCUSD,
CARECEN, and Culver City Family Alliance.

CCHS Boys Basketball at West Torrance
CIF Playoffs
7pm @ West Torrance High School, 20401 Victor St., in Torrance

SATURDAY (2/9)
CCHS Baseball vs Dorsey (So. Cal. Invitational Tournament)
11am @ CCUSD Baseball Diamond

CCHS Boys Soccer at Tustin
CIF Playoffs
3pm @ Tustin High School Stadium, 1171 El Camino Real in Tustin

TUESDAY (2/12)
CCHS Baseball vs Marshall (So. Cal. Invitational Tournament)
3pm @ CCUSD Baseball Diamond

CCUSD Board of Education Meeting
7pm @ CCUSD District Office, 4034 Irving Place
Please Note Location Change
Agenda Available Here When Posted

WEDNESDAY (2/13)
El Rincon Valentine's Day Dance
1:45pm @ El Rincon Cafetorium

CCHS Softball vs Venice
3:15pm @ CCHS

Linwood Howe Open House
6pm @ Linwood Howe

THURSDAY (2/14)
CCHS Boys Tennis vs Torrance
2:30pm @ CCHS

FRIDAY (2/15)
CCHS Softball vs Marymount
3:15pm @ CCHS

CCMS Multicultural Celebration
5pm @ CCMS Cafeteria

La Ballona Valentine's Family Dance
6:30pm @ La Ballona Cafeteria

Looking Ahead ...

MONDAY (2/18)
NO SCHOOL
Presidents Day

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CCMS Students Raise Funds for Paradise Middle School Burned in Camp Fire
Culver City Middle School's WEB and ASB celebrated the school's Kindness Week by holding a number of fundraisers to benefit Paradise Intermediate School, which was nearly destroyed when the Camp Fire destroyed many of its buildings. Many of the school's students have been relocated until the school can be rebuilt.

Please watch the video at the right to see the message Culver City MIddle School sent to their fellow students at Paradise. We're so proud of these compassionate, thoughtful and amazing students for showing the world what true kindness really is!
Lin Howe's Tea Hecht Takes Home Spelling Bee Title, Advances to County Bee in March
Tea Hecht stood tall and confidently spelled the word D-I-S-T-I-N-C-T to take home the Annual Culver City Unified School District Spelling Bee title on February 5 at Linwood E. Howe Elementary School. The fourth-grader from El Marino Language School finished atop 23 other spellers – four students from each of the district’s five elementary schools and Culver City Middle School competed.

There was plenty of drama as the spellers tackled such tough words as "hieroglyphs," "accommodate," "mollify," and "witticism" before a winner was crowned.

Hecht also took home a first-place trophy and a $200 cash prize courtesy of the Culver City Education Foundation. She will advance to the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee, which will be held at 4 p.m. on March 13 at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., in Alhambra. The winner of that competition will advance to the statewide spelling bee in Sonoma in May.
Second-place finisher George Skinner, a fifth-grader from Linwood E. Howe, received a trophy and $150 in cash, while third-place finisher Kenji Takano-Chong, a fifth-grader from El Marino Language School, went home with a trophy a $100 cash prize.
Spectrum TV Features Partnership Between Lin Howe and Culver CityBus
School field trips usually start with the big yellow bus. Students will line up to board, sit in twos, and travel to their destination.

But what if it was a green bus they were boarding? A green Culver City Bus to be exact.

The city of Culver City is partnering with local schools to teach children about public transportation. Instead of a school bus, students will ride a public Culver City Bus. In doing this, students get their own tap card, learn about bus travel, and gain independence.

Read more and watch the Spectrum TV video here here ...
Measure K Parcel Tax Exemption
Forms Now Available
The Measure K Parcel Tax Exemption forms (for seniors, SSI and SSDI/low income) are now available on the CCUSD website and are due to the Parcel Tax Administrator by June 30, 2019.

Instructions for submitting the forms and eligibility requirements are on each form. Printed forms will also be available soon at the District Office and at the Senior Center.
Nominate A Teacher or Classified
Employee of the Year Today!
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Sony Pictures Entertainment Teacher of the Year and the 2018-2019 CCUSD Classified Employee of the Year.

Teacher of the Year nominees must be fully credentialed teachers currently employed to teach any pre-kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum to children or adults. The nomination must be specific in describing the outstanding work of the nominee. Keep in mind that the Teacher of the Year is chosen based solely on the nominee's qualifications, as described in the application.

To download and complete a Teacher of the Year nomination form, please click here .

To download and complete a Classified Employee of the Year nomination form, please click here .

Please submit all nominations no later than Friday, February 15, 2019.
Signing Day: CCHS Athletes Commit to Playing at the Collegiate Level
Congratulations to the following Centaur student-athletes who announced their college athletic plans at a Signing Day ceremony on February 7 (from left):

Kofi Karikari Football
(Virgina Union)

Kevin Mcguire Football
(University of Idaho)

Megan Shimoda Volleyball
(UC Santa Barbara)

Dylan Lewis Soccer – (UC Santa Barbara)

Mason Le Baseball – (San Jose St. University)

Best of luck to these talented student-athletes as they take their game to the next level.
AVPA's The Art of Making Art Energizes Students, Sparks Collaboration
"That was so much fun! It's the most energized I've felt when doing my art!" exclaimed one AVPA student Saturday night at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in downtown Culver City.
 
This particular student’s art may have been dance, painting, music, theatre/improv or film. All of these art forms got together that night to collaborate during AVPA’s first-ever The Art of Making Art .
 
Some of the performances were resurrected, such as AVPA Theatre’s 8-minute "A Wicked Medley,” which made its competitive debut at the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California's fall festival. Other performances were improvised on the spot, such as the visual art pieces created as the jazz combo jammed or the theatre troupe’s comedy sketches.
 
“While AVPA is made up of five different art genres that work together as a unified program, the students don't always get to collaborate as often as they’d like,” said Tony Spano, Creative Director of Music and Executive Director of CCHS’s AVPA (Academy of Visual & Performing Arts). “This was one of the rare opportunities to create multiple collaborative projects across art, dance, film, music, and theatre. The chance to create original work thrilled the students, and the energy of the performance wowed the audience.”
 
For 10 years, the Kirk Douglas Theatre (KDT) has hosted AVPA’s annual Java Gala productions, held as culmination performances at the end of the school year. But this year, the theatre was not available on the usual date in June. “We didn't want to pass up the opportunity to work with our partners at CTG (Center Theatre Group) and KDT, who provide a professional production experience for our students,” added Spano. “So, rather than produce the usual format for a Java Gala show, we presented the students with this mid-year opportunity to create and collaborate on multiple original projects. The results were unique and exciting for the students to present on the stage.”
 
“Despite the fact that film students were in the thick of shooting and editing their films for our big Sony screening in March, they very much enjoyed collaborating with the other AVPA departments,” said Holly Gable, AVPA’s Interim Film Creative Director. “They are already thinking up new ideas for future collaborations. 
 
“There is so much talent here, and it's important for each different genre to gain appreciation for the other forms,” said AVPA’s Artistic Director and Creative Director of Dance Carol Zee. “The best way for this to happen is to get them creating together.”
 
After the show, countless AVPA students and members of the audience proclaimed this show as one of the best yet. “Credit goes to the students for being bold and brave with their ideas for the collaborations, executing them so successfully, and in such a short amount of time. I know I share an enormous amount of pride with all of the AVPA teachers the seemingly inexhaustible talents of our students,” said Gable.
 
The end-of-year Java Gala will be held on June 8, 2019, at the newly renovated Robert Frost on the CCHS campus. Click here for more information on AVPA and a schedule of all performances.
Architectural Record Features the Real Story of How Robert Frost Auditorium Came to Be
Architects Hodgetts + Fung (H+F) recently unveiled the Robert Frost Auditorium’s $16.3 million renovation and an amazing back story about how the project was conceived and built. The story, which includes a plan conceived in a dream, a jealous engineer and a design genius who is just now getting his due recognition, was recently featured in Architectural Record. To read the whole story, please click here.
Wende Museum Hosts Special Student Tour Featuring Its Newest Exhibits
Culver City's Wende Museum will host a special student tour of the museum at 11am on Sunday, February 10.

The tour will explore the museum's two new exhibitions - "Crumbling Empire: The Power of Dissident Voices" and "Upside Down Propaganda: The Art of North Korean Defector Sun Mu" - as part of itws opening-day celebrations.

The museum, located at 10808 Culver Boulevard , is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present. For more information, please call (310) 216-1600 or visit www.wendemuseum.org.
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