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COMING UP THIS WEEK IN CULVER CITY SCHOOLS...
CCMS Fall Fundraiser Drive Begins
Support Student Enrichment Opportunities!

CCHS Girls Tennis vs North Torrance, 2:30pm at Home
CCHS Boys Varsity and JV Water Polo Tournament vs Brentwood
3pm, Culver City Plunge
Come Cheer the Centaurs to Victory!

CCHS Cross Country Ocean League Opener, 2:30pm at Rancho Park
CCHS Girls Volleyball Ocean League Opener, 3:15 at El Segundo
CCHS JV Football vs University, 3:30pm at Home
GO CENTAURS!

El Marino PTA Cultural Assembly – Mariachi Los Camperos, 9am
El Rincon Heritage Performance, 9am
Linwood E. Howe Green 5 Assemblies, 9:30am
From Cultural to Environmental, CCUSD Students Celebrate it all!

Linwood E. Howe College Day
Focus on Higher Education!

La Ballona Picture Day
CCHS Make-Up Picture Day
Polish those Pearly Whites!

Farragut Family Game Night
The Family that Plays Together, Stays Together!

CCHS Varsity Football vs University, 7pm at Home
Wear Blue and Cheer the Centaurs on to Victory!

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CCMS Girls Awarded Tech Trek Camp Scholarships
Congratulations to Culver City Middle School students Lilianna Suarez, Yeimi Torres Zinga, and Alba Navas, who recently attended a special summer camp called Tech Trek.

The American Association of University Women, (AAUW) Beach Cities branch, sponsors several seventh-grade girls from local middle schools to attend Tech Trek , a week-long academic residential camp located at several university campuses across California, featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

For the first time, three Culver Middle School students were selected to participate this year and attended camps at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and Whittier College. At each camp, girls received an in-depth, week-long course focused on a STEM subject, participated in field trips and workshops, and lived the life of a college student for the week. The trio were honored at this week's Board of Education meeting.
Check Out Our Newest #CulverPride Video ...
Check out our newest Culver Pride video – this time featuring La Ballona Elementary School. This special series has been created, filmed and edited by Holly Gable and Dan O’Brien. Thanks to Dan and Holly for all of their hard work and the time they dedicated to creating such beautiful testaments to our outstanding schools. These videos will live on the website of each school after their CulverPride debut. We hope you enjoy!
Celebrate Culver City’s Centennial with CCUSD
Please join CCUSD and the entire Culver City Community to celebrate the culmination of Culver City’s Centennial Festivities from 3:30 to 4:30pm on Wednesday, September 20 at
Culver City High School.
 
Watch the unveiling of the Sony Centennial Legacy Project and celebrate the placing of the keystone arch inside the Robert Frost Auditorium, which is currently under renovation. (rendering of the completed project above) Enjoy music from Culver City High School’s Marching Band, participate in an interactive art project, and enjoy delicious fare provided by the legendary Sorrento Italian Market.

The Centennial Legacy Project began with a generous donation from Sony Pictures Entertainment to the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) for CCUSD elementary school students to create a legacy art project dedicated to the secondary schools. Meetings began in February 2017 to discuss how best to commemorate Culver City’s Centennial by incorporating the ideas of the elementary school students and the history of Culver City. CCUSD elementary visual art teachers Margaret Alarcon and Susana Fattorini helped conceive the design and engage the students at all five elementary schools.

During the 2016-2017 school year, all 4th and 5th grade students were asked, “What does Culver City’s Centennial mean to you?” The themes that were most commonly expressed centered around a strong tree with 100 roots, diversity, and the rainbow from The Wizard of Oz. Painted murals, wall mosaics and mosaic benches were all considered. The final decision to create mosaic benches outside the high school emanated from the desire to produce a functional piece of art, and to place it a public space that could be enjoyed by the largest concentration of people.

Ms. Fattorini explains, “The Centennial Legacy Project mosaic benches installed outside of Culver City High School symbolize the nurturing growth provided by CCUSD’s five elementary schools to the student population as they continue through their secondary school years, and into life after high school. The benches commemorate 100 years of Culver City history, by focusing on the strength of our schools, one of the city’s greatest sources of Culver pride.”

The dripping-water tile design coming down from the five benches are etched with the names of each elementary school, plus a 6th that says, ‘Success for All Takes Us All.’ “This family of benches reflects our family of schools,” says Interim CCUSD Superintendent Leslie Lockhart. “It also symbolizes the foundation that each CCUSD student receives in the lower grades, which continues into the student’s secondary years, and beyond. The watering, or nurturing, of CCUSD students creates strong roots that are based in a comprehensive education, and cultivate 21st century skills needed not only to succeed, but also to thrive in their lives after school.”

The event will include brief remarks from Culver City Vice Mayor Thomas Small, CCUSD Interim Superintendent Leslie Lockhart, CCUSD School Board Vice President Anne Allaire, and Robert Frost Auditorium architect Craig Hodgetts. All ages are welcome.
 
For questions and more information, please contact Heather Moses, CCUSD District Arts Coordinator, at heathermoses@ccusd.org or (310) 842-4220, ext. 4230.
Backpacks for Kids Seeking Volunteers and Donations for Food Drive Event
The CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program will be holding a food drive at the Pavilions grocery store on Jefferson Boulevard from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24. The group is looking for both donations and volunteers who are willing to work in two-hour shifts.

Since 2013, the CCUSD Backpacks for Kids program has been serving students at all CCUSD school sites, serving more than 10,000 meals to students throughout the year.
 
The CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program provides food to CCUSD students who may not have access to healthy food during the weekend. Parents and staff work together to identify students in need. On Thursdays, parents and student volunteers at one CCUSD location fill the backpacks. The backpacks are delivered every Friday to each school for these students to take home anonymously. The volunteer group, run through the non-profit Culver City Council of PTAs , is hoping to stock the pantry so it can begin sending out backpacks for the 2017-2018 school year.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up for shifts here . For more information about the program, please contact Megan Rawls at meganbackpacks@gmail.com.
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Celebrate Culver City's Centennial Birthday
The conclusion of Culver City’s year-long observance of its 100 th Anniversary is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than holding a good ole' fashioned Birthday Party in the Park?!

Part of the city's Centennial Closing events will be a Culver City Birthday Party held from 11am to 7pm on Saturday, September 16 th in Veterans Park at the corner of Overland Avenue and Culver Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

When you enter the Birthday Party through the balloon arch, you can take a selfie in front of the Centennial banner thanking all our sponsors for making the day a success. You will also receive a program and “passport.” Visit the various spots on the map, get your passport stamped and when filled out drop it off for the possibility of winning a prize.

The morning and mid-afternoon will be devoted to family fun activities. There will be kids games provided by CCUSD schools; an arts and crafts area where you can build your own cardboard village, do chalk art, help paint a Centennial mural or a Kindness rock; basketball and paddle tennis and a health and wellness station to learn about nutrition while getting some exercise. There will even be an encampment by the Boy Scouts, food trucks galore, a baking contest, bus tours, live music, dancing and much, much more.

There will also be a program with comments by the Mayor, the President of the Centennial Committee, and performances from the Taiko drummers from Culver City Middle School, the high school marching band, the drum line and cheerleaders and the presentation of the street light pole banners to the student artists.

For all the details, please click here .
Art Continues to Flourish at CCUSD
Guest artist and Farragut Principal Rebecca Ngo joined kindergarten students in making chalk pastel drawings of the Paul Klee Cat recently.