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THIS WEEK IN CULVER CITY SCHOOLS...
FRIDAY (5/17)
La Ballona Production of Aladdin
7pm @ La Ballona Cafetorium
More Information Below

SATURDAY (5/18)
El Marino Beautification Day (Garden Clean-Up)
9am to 2pm @ El Marino

CIF-Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet
11:30am @ El Camino College

El Marino Performance Arts Showcase
2:30pm @ El Marino Cafetorium

La Ballona Production of Aladdin
4pm and 6:30pm @ La Ballona Cafetorium
More Information Below

"Why Drive When You Can ..."
Art Exhibit and Makerspace Exhibition
5pm @ Robert Frost Auditorium
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MONDAY (5/20)
Linwood E. Howe African Drum & Dance Assembly
9:30am @ Linwood Howe Cafetorium

TUESDAY (5/21)
Office of Child Development Facilities Master Plan Meeting
6pm @ Farragut Cafetorium
More Information Below

CCMS Spring Music Concert
7pm @ Robert Frost Auditorium

WEDNESDAY (5/22)
El Rincon Passport Around the World Night
5pm @ El Rincon

AVPA Spring Music Concert
7pm @ Robert Frost Auditorium

THURSDAY (5/23)
La Ballona Spring Concert
6:30pm

FRIDAY (5/24)
El Marino PTA Production of The Jungle Book
5pm @ El Marino

Farragut International Food & Arts Festival
6pm @ Farragut


LOOKING AHEAD ...

MONDAY (5/27)
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
NO SCHOOL

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  For a Complete List of Events at Your Child's School, Please Visit Our DISTRICT CALENDAR and Filter for Your Desired Campus.

See Something, Say Something
Yesterday at approximately 11:15 a.m., the Culver City Police Department and the Culver City High School Administration was contacted to investigate a social media posting depicting a Culver City High School student in possession of a firearm on school property. A pellet gun was located and retrieved by CCPD at our request. There was no threat made against any student or staff and there was no imminent threat at any time. This is still an ongoing investigation and CCPD is following up with the student and their family.
 
Additionally, in an abundance of caution, Culver City Middle School entered a temporary lockdown. Within minutes, the CCMS administration received confirmation from CCPD that there was no threat so the lockdown was immediately canceled.

Please be sure to empower your child to report any incident on or off campus that could be an issue. Instances of bullying, drugs, weapons, assault or other inappropriate behavior should be reported immediately. Talk to them about why this is important and let them know that while we prefer they identify themselves when reporting an incident like this, we also have ways to report incidents anonymously.
 
We are very proud of the security of our campuses, and while no one can guarantee the elimination of all crime, CCUSD continues to adjust, improve and enhance its security efforts to provide the safest environment possible for our students, staff and teachers. For the past 15 years, CCUSD has had at least one School Resource Officer (SRO) in the District – a full-time, armed Culver City Police Officer dedicated strictly to our schools. Our SRO routinely visits every campus and is a visible and active part of our security efforts. He works with our District Security Director and his security team to review and enhance security protocols throughout the District and interacts with students and parents every day to assess and prevent potential problems, while building positive, trusting relationships.

In addition, we have already begun to make changes to our crisis communications plan so that in the future, the District can more quickly communicate basic information to our school community in a crisis situation and then follow up later with more detailed information.

As always, safety is our number one priority. Working together as partners will result in a stronger, more resilient school community. We appreciate your support and partnership.
 
 –– Superintendent Leslie Lockhart
Summer Update – Measure CC Bond Update
As we approach the end of another school year, we want to keep everyone updated on the major Measure CC Bond projects that are still happening:

The Science Building for the High School and Middle School is coming along well and looks great! It is providing 8 new Science classrooms (4 for each school) with all the modern tools and technology needed for today’s science students. This building is on track to be opened soon and we expect to use it for additional Summer School rooms (because of the HVAC work preventing access to much of the High School).

The major project happening this summer is the completion of HVAC installation in the remaining High School and Middle School classroom buildings. We have already started preliminary aspects of the work and expect these buildings to be finished before school starts up again.

Another summer project that will cause some disruptions is the completion of the “fire loop” on the Middle School side of the Elenda complex. This project is installing the last of the required fire hydrants and involves quite a bit of trenching around the campus and parking areas. Because of this one, about one-third of the Elenda parking lot will be blocked off so we ask that anyone dropping off or picking up students anywhere in that area be extra careful. As we have done previously, both entry and exit to the parking lot will be alongside Farragut since the Middle School side entry will be unavailable. We will have signs posted to make everything clear.

Thank you to everyone for your continued cooperation as we are approaching the finish line for these Measure CC projects!
CCHS Shows Well at Divisional Track Finals
The Culver City High School track and field team was represented well at the CIF Southern Section Divisional Finals last Saturday at El Camino College in Torrance.

Centaur student-athletes combined to earn one gold, two silvers and one bronze in the sprinting events. The Culver girls finished 9th out of 36 Division II schools in the team totals while the boys placed 13th out of 45 Division II schools.

Mekhi Evans-bey (pictured) ran a personal best time of 48.18 to take first place in the 400m Division II race. The winning time qualified him for this Saturday’s CIF Masters competition, also being held at El Camino College. He is the only Culver City track and field athlete to advance to the Masters, with an excellent chance to make it to the CIF State Finals held May 24-25 in Clovis.

“I tried to hit 47. I was looking at the time when I was running. I was trying,” said Evans-bey, a CCHS junior. “When it gets down to the first 150 I let my speed from the first 50 guide me through the curve. Then towards the last 150 I sprint through. I felt I could have went faster.”

CCHS 4x100m relay team of Alero Soaris, Ava Belcher, Alexandria Williams and Kayla Barnes posted a personal season best time.
Sophomore sprinter Ayahna Bahati placed eighth in the girls Division II 100m hurdles event with a time of 15.46.
CCHS Honors Centaur Student-Athletes
Culver City High School recently honored a long list of outstanding student-athletes for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
This year's Athletes of the Year (pictured at right) were sprinter Kayla Barnes, who will attend Fresno State University in the fall; volleyball star Megan Shimoda, who will attend UC Santa Barbara; and Centaur football and track star Jamal Glaspie, who will attend Fresno State University in the fall.
The following student-athletes (pictured below at left) were each presented with a $1,000 Zeidman Booster Club Scholarship Award:

  • Catie Shin – CSU Long Beach (lacrosse)
  • Megan Shimoda – UC Santa Barbara (volleyball)
  • Desi Dickson – UCLA (cross country, soccer and track)
  • Hannah Beighey – Gonzaga (lacrosse)
The 2019 Class set a record for the most Dave Sanchez award winners (56). These were student-athletes who achieved four-year GPA over 3.5. This year also saw the most Jerry Chabola Award winners (21) for student-athletes who exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and exhibit the attributes of Character Counts.

The 2019 Class also set the record for the most Ocean League Champions in one school year (7): four Girls CIF Semifinalist Teams (volleyball, tennis, soccer, and softball), one 1 Boys Semifinalist Team (water polo) and one CIF Champion (football).

Dan Fagas (pictured below at right) with members of the CCHS volleyball and softball teams who presented a thank you from all the CCHS teams, players and the CCHS Booster Club for his love and commitment to the student-athletes at Culver City High School.
Prime Time Basketball Team Defeats Hamilton
Congratulations to the CCHS Team Prime Time basketball team on a great performance against Hamilton High School this week.

It was a fantastic game by both schools as the Centaurs defeated the Yankees in a close game. Students had a great time playing the game, and there were plenty of smiling faces. A big "Thank You" to Dr Jonathan Chapman for coaching the CCHS team this season. His decades of of experience as a basketball player and coach, coupled with his leadership in education are valuable assets to the program.

Also, a special thanks to the CCHS peer coaches who did a sensational job encouraging players and exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character in action.

CCHS is in its fifth year as participants in the Team Prime Time program, which creates full-inclusion teams by pairing underprivileged youth and children with special needs with peer coaches from the same high school, giving children with developmental challenges the only real opportunity to participate in a mainstream high school sports experience.
CCUSD Construction Management Firm Wins Honors for Managing Frost Auditorium Project
Harris & Associates (the construction management firm handling the District's Measure CC Bond projects) won a prestigious award for managing the construction process of our very own Robert Frost Auditorium.

The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) awards ceremony was held this week; and CCUSD Assistant Superintendent Robert Quinn, along with Angela Vargas, Chris Dunne, and Glenn Suitor from Harris attended to accept the award. The award will be placed in the display case of the front Frost lobby for all to see!
CCHS Sophomore Helps Lead Quad Rowing Team to Regional Championship
Congratulations to CCHS sophomore Keaton Lynch, whose California Yacht Club quad rowing team had a strong showing at the 2019 U.S. Rowing Southwest Regionals on Lake Natoma last weekend.

The California Yacht Club Men’s Quad won the race with an impressive 6:23 time, 4 seconds faster than the second-place finisher ,Norcal. The quad had an early lead off the starting blocks and held its advantage for the full 2,000-meter race. The Quad’s lineup included Lynch, Luke Holscher (Pacifica Christian), Peter Albrecht (Campbell Hall), and Harrison Zeigler (Loyola).

The squad will be moving on to Youth Nationals in Sarasota, Florida June 6-9. Under the helm of head coach Craig Leeds, CYC will be sending seven of total 16 Varsity rowers to Youth Nationals later this year. This is a big deal considering the small size of this elite team. Many of the high school teams across the country have as many as 150 rowers on their teams. CYC has a combined 32 rowers between varsity and novice teams.
La Ballona's Production of Aladdin
Set for May 17 and 18
La Ballona is gearing up for it's upcoming production of Aladdin production. Make sure to mark your calendar for the following performances:

Friday, May 17 at 7 pm.
Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

All shows are at La Ballona in the cafetorium!

Tickets for sale online:  laballona.ludus.com
$10 adults and $5 children under 12
Earn Your Principal A Massage – Take the Walk 'n Rollers Parent Travel Survey!
The Culver City Walk 'n Rollers Parent Travel Survey is out. The initial numbers show everything is trending the right way, but the sampling is small. We need more parents to take the survey here:  http://www.ccwalkandroll.com/surveypledge

We will draw a winner each week from the respondents.

Remember, the school with the most responses will earn the principal a free massage! 

Current leader board (percentages of total):
El Marino Language School: 27.3
Farragut Elementary School: 27.3
Linwood Howe Elementary School: 18.2
Culver City Middle School: 9.1
Culver City High School: 6.1
El Rincon Elementary School:  6.1
La Ballona Elementary School:  6.1
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