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THIS WEEK IN CULVER CITY SCHOOLS...
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

SATURDAY (2/16)
CCHS Girls Soccer at Oak Hills
CIF Semi-Finals
3pm @ Oak Hills High School, 7625 Cataba Road in Oak Hills

MONDAY (2/18)
NO SCHOOL
Presidents Day

WEDNESDAY (2/20)
El Marino Talent Show Auditions (K-2)
2pm @ El Marino Cafetorium

CCHS Boys Volleyball vs Paramount
3:15pm @ CCHS Gym

CCUSD All-District Concert
6:30pm @ Robert Frost Auditorium

THURSDAY (2/21)
CCHS Boys Tennis vs Brentwood
2pm @ CCHS

CCHS Boys Track and Field vs West Torrance
2:45pm @ Balkman Track / Helms Field

CCHS Boys Volleyball vs Crossroads
3:15pm @ CCHS Gym

FRIDAY (2/22)
Linwood E. Howe Family Movie Night
"The Greatest Showman"
6pm – food and snacks
6:30pm – movie begins
Bring your own blankets, pillows, cushions, and low beach chairs.
Pre-order a pizza dinner: bit.ly/movienightpizza

SATURDAY (2/23)
CCHS Baseball vs Torrance
3pm @ CCHS

Looking Ahead ...

SUNDAY (3/3)
CicLAvia
Kickoff at 8:30 a.m. in Downtown Culver City
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Girls Soccer Advances to CIF Semis,
Let's Cheer Them on to Victory!
Tomorrow, February 16, the Culver City High School Girls Soccer team (15-6-4) will take on top-seeded Oak Hills (20-2-2) in the CIF Division III semi-finals.

The game will be held at 3 p.m. at Oak Hills High School, 7625 Cataba Road in Oak Hills. Let's help cheer on the Lady Centaurs to victory!
La Ballona Students Recreate
Ballona Creek in Mosaic Tiles
If you’ve driven down Washington Blvd in the past week, you may have noticed another La Ballona Creek. This one isn’t rushing with rainwater, but rather gushing with broken tiles, mortar and grout.
 
Earlier this school year, La Ballona Elementary set about to create, well, La Ballona – in mosaic tiles.

“We have such a vibrant community,” said La Ballona parent volunteer Ajae Clearway. “The blank brick wall in front of our school just wasn't representing us.”

So, the parents decided to use that brick wall as a canvas for something that beautified not only the school, but was an eye-catching piece of art that passersby could enjoy as well.
 
“We wanted to go with the theme of Ballona Creek, movement and water,” said Ajae. They enlisted the help of local mosaic artist and art therapist, Tabitha Fronk, who is a personal friend of some La Ballona parents. Tabitha is a resident artist at Westminster Elementary School in Venice. She made the project possible by initiating a collaboration with Westminster, which houses an art studio that can safely handle the dust and debris of mosaic-making. Then, Tabitha reached out to Gonzalo Duran of The Mosaic Tile House in Venice to create the initial design based on La Ballona’s flowing water concept.
 
Once the design was created, La Ballona needed the materials to turn its artistic vision into an artistic reality. Ajae posted a request for tile donations online. Within a week, the Culver City community rallied and provided enough tiles for the entire mural. Tile donations came from school projects, residential neighbors, and businesses.

“The great thing about making mosaics is that we can use donated tiles – ones that are left over from projects, or flawed in some way,” said Ajae. “If the pieces are already broken, that’s even better!”
 
La Ballona also received a PEP (Parks Enhancement Program) Grant from Culver City Parks & Rec to cover additional materials such as mortar and grout. The school drew on La Ballona PTA’s Ruth E. Ewing Fund for the Arts to cover its remaining costs.
 
Art therapist Tabitha and her Principal Barry Cohen allowed La Ballona families to come into Westminster Elementary’s studio and build the mosaic over three weekends. Everyone at La Ballona was invited to participate.

“More than a dozen families went over three weekends to break tile, arrange tile, glue, grout, and clean,” said Ajae. “The kids thoroughly enjoyed breaking the tile and using a toothbrush to clean the grout at the end. The adults got into the arranging of the tile, much like building a puzzle. We even had a Culver City High School student volunteer.”
 
“We are excited about this partnership with Westminster,” says La Ballona PTA President Marti Paez, “and are so grateful for their generosity, and for trusting our community with their space. We are also immensely grateful to Tabitha, whose advocacy for children is a true passion.”
 
The mosaic was installed in early February, on La Ballona’s exterior wall facing Washington Boulevard. Marti added. “This entire project from start to finish has been such a hit that we are planning to continue next year and add more mosaic beauty to the front of the school.”
Pictured (top) La Ballona families work on the mosaic inside Westminster Elementary’s art studio. (Above) La Ballona families celebrate the completion of the mosaic – volunteer mosaic artist Tabitha Fronk is in the scarf. (At right) Installing the mosaic at La Ballona.
CCUSD Equity Advisory Council
Announces Upcoming Meetings
Over the past three years the Culver City Unified School District has worked with the school community to ensure that students, staff, and families feel physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe at all times. Initially known as the Inclusion, Respect and Diversity Task Force , the group now meets monthly as the Equity Advisory Council and works collaboratively to address equity issues that impact student learning.

For the remainder of this year, the Council has chosen to divide into working subcommittees to address the following three focus areas:

  • District Ethos: actively engaging in anti-bias work across the district
  • Discipline and Safety: examining data to ensure equity in all discipline referrals;
  • Student Empowerment: gathering student feedback to gain insight into the student experience

In order to ensure diversity of representation from all sites and student groups, the Council is seeking additional participants to help us in our work in the areas of District Ethos, Discipline and Safety, and Student Empowerment.

Members of the school community are invited to join us at our next meeting on February 28 from 3:45pm - 5:15pm. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for April 25 and May 23. Please click on the following survey link to sign up: EAC Interest Survey2019
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 are also available at the District Office (4034 Irving Place) and at the Culver City Senior Center (4095 Overland Avenue).
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.
Robert Frost Auditorium Continues
to Earn Architectural Accolades
Everyone knows the stunning works of architecture that symbolize our city world-wide. We all admire these buildings, but FORM recently uncovered the hidden gems, “the unusual suspects” that influenced design and were game-changers in architectural discourse.

FORM decided its selections had to be: innovative, groundbreaking, aesthetically beautiful, sustainable, paradigm shifting, iconic, contextual, and timeless. The jury of respected architects agreed that any building designed by a jury member or their firm be removed from consideration and that any building to be considered must still be standing. CCUSD's Robert Frost Auditorium made the cut! FORM noted that the L.A. Conservancy called it, “one of the most breathtaking modern buildings ever designed.”

Pictured, above, this stylized map accompanied the article. The Frost is visible on the lower left side.

To read the whole story, please click here.
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