Monday, February 28, 2011

Both The Boys And Girls Beverly High Track Athletes Placed 2nd In The State Indoor Meet Held In Fresno This Past Saturday

BHHS Track Club Took 2nd Place At The State  Indoor Meet

By Dupe Aleru|February 28, 2011|9:50 p.m.

After speaking with Head Coach Jeff Fisher and looking at the pictures from last weekends meet, takes me back to the days when I ran track in High School and goes to show just how much I was dedicated to the sport.

Track is one of those sports that will always hold a special place in my heart. Believe it or not, I use to dream of the days I would run in the Olympic those days, I was "considered the Flo Jo" of my least in my High School in Tulare CA. haha (yes where the cow manure smells off the 99 freeway!)

Today, these kids are just a bit faster...well a lot faster. I remember when a 12.6 in the open 100m sprint was consider fast, not to mention a time of 12 flat would take you to the state meet! Not in 2011, these athletes are running in the low 10's and I'm talking about the girls!

If I can do one thing this year that I can check off my list, it will definitely be to go see Beverly Hills High School's Track Team run in a meet. The feeling of just being back on a track brings me joy and fulfillment. I miss those days, riding on the school bus, listening to my ear phones-pumping me up before the big race and chatting with the team. Though those days are gone, I can still enjoy the glory of watching young athletes pursue their dreams.

Well congrats BHHS on your positive start for a terrific season to come! Go Normans!

BHHS Boys also took 2nd in the State Indoor Meet

BHHS Track Club Competed And Took 2nd At The State Indoor Invite

BHHS Track Club
By Dupé Aleru|February 28, 2011|8:32 a.m.  

They’re back! Beverly High’s Track Club sure knows how to begin the Track and Field season. Led by Coach Jeff Fisher, fourteen Beverly boys and girls track athletes competed in the State Indoor Invite held in Fresno last weekend, taking home 2nd place for both the boys and girls 4x800 meter relays.

The teams ran “unattached” (not part of CIF) for the Beverly Hills Track Club, as a preseason meet to help them prepare themselves for the season, which started this week.
The boys’ team that consists of Alex Rohani, Nick Harper, Chanan Batra and Josh Galen took second place in the 4x800 m relay with a time of 8:25.1, finishing behind Carlmont High School (of Belmont, CA in Northern California) who took first place with a time of 8:23.71. 

With the second place win, the event now places Beverly’s performance in the number two spot at BHHS. Considering that the meet was ran indoors- times are usually slower due to the banked indoor track and shorter distance per lap, meaning more turns to run- Beverly athletes goes to show that they competed like any other meet, running at their best. In addition, Beverly boys beat Gahr (the pre-favorite) who placed third and Fairfield in fourth. 

To amplify the victory, the Beverly girls’ team that consists of Sydney Gray, Ashley Bootesasz, Jessica Robert and Brianna Simmons also took second place in the 4x800m relay with a time of 10:58.85. Rio Mesa high school took first with a time of 10:38.30. Beverly and Rio were the only two teams to break 11 minutes. The girls finished ahead of Colony, who took third, Ventura in fourth and Fountain Valley in fifth- all top teams. 

For more information about BHHS Track team, visit

Sunday, February 27, 2011

UC San Diego Reacts To Racially Offensive E-mail

By Larry Gordon|Los Angeles Times|February 25, 2011|5:03 p.m.

UC San Diego administrators have condemned an Internet prankster who sent out a racially offensive e-mail earlier this month, but they declined to publicly identify the student or say whether any disciplinary action was taken.
After receiving a campuswide e-mail about a student survey, someone took advantage of a "reply to all" button that should not have been on the message, campus officials said.
The officials did not respond to questions about the specific content of the message, other than to describe it as "grossly inappropriate." According to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the person sent out a one-word message containing a common anti-black epithet. 
The action upset African American students who were outraged last year by several racially tinged incidents, including an off-campus party that mocked Black History Month.
In a statement released Friday, UC San Diego's administration said: "We sincerely regret that a single individual was given the ability to send out a hurtful and offensive email, and we have taken steps to ensure that this does not occur in the future."
The message said the campus is "resolute in our determination to ensure a safe and just environment in which everyone may live, work, learn and flourish."

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Former Teacher Is Accused Of Giving Alcohol To Students

By Nate Jackson|Los Angeles Times|February 25, 2011|3:42 pm

A retired Pasadena high school teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly supplying alcohol to current and former students at his home, police said.
South Pasadena police arrested David Lyman, 66, who was a teacher at Blair High School, on a warrant accusing him of furnishing alcohol to minors between June and December 2010, said Det. Richard Lee.
The Pasadena Unified School District contacted authorities in January after their internal investigation revealed that current and former Blair students had visited Lyman's South Pasadena home in the 1700 block of Oxley Street, where he allegedly gave them alcohol and allowed them to watch pornography on his computer, police said.
Police conducted interviews with the students days after it was reported and presented their case to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office Feb. 3.
Prosecutors determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a charge related to the pornography, but issued the arrest warrant on charges related to supplying alcohol.
Lyman, who was booked and released on his own recognizance, was ordered to appear in Superior Court in Alhambra in April, Lee said.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Classroom Web Cams To Be Installed At Page Private School

By Dupé Aleru|February 25, 2011|4:35 p.m.

Page Private School held a fundraiser last Thursday at Shakey’s pizza restaurant, 6052 W. Olympic Blvd in order to raise funds to supply web cams into its preschool classrooms.

The money raised will purchase web cams to go into pre-school A, pre-school A1, and pre-school B classrooms. These web cams will allow parents to log onto a secure website in order to view their child at school whether they're at home, work, or on the go.

Page has reached its goal in regards to funds and plans to have the web cams installed no later than the end of the month.

At the fundraiser, children enjoyed pizza and of course, the arcade. The Beverly Hills Page family came out to support the new project and had a great time.
For more information on Page Private School, contact Courtney Harris, Community Outreach at 310-272-3429 or visit

Team Tutors Will Co-Host College Admissions Evening Along With BHEF

By Dupé Aleru|February 25, 2011|8:15 a.m.

Want to know how top Universities make their admission decisions? Come join Team Tutors as they co-host a “College Admissions Evening” with the Beverly Hills Education Foundation (BHEF) on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
This special lecture on college admission will be presented by Dr. Katherine Cohen, founder of IvyWise and America’s leading expert on college admissions. Dr. Kat was recently on the Today Show, giving High School students and their parents advice on how to avoid the most common “college application mistakes.”
Cohen demystifies college admissions in this up-coming interactive and eye-opening look at the college admissions decision process from the perspective of an admissions officer.

I am proud to work so closely with BHEF, both as a member of the Board and as the owner of an educational company. If your son or daughter attends one of the Beverly Hills schools, Team Tutors donates 5% of every tutoring hour to BHEF. My partner Carrie Barens Lieberman and I grew up and attended school in Beverly Hills, and I have a son at the high school. It's a great way for us to give back and to help those programs that need funding,” said Nathalie Kunin, founder of Team Tutors.
This special event costs $50 per person and attendees who purchase tickets will also receive a $250 discount toward future IvyWise services.

For questions contact Lauren at or call 212-262-3500.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Updated: February 24, 2011 Joe Sample Will Perform Benefit Concert At BHPP

By Dupé Aleru

Legendary Jazz pianist Joe Sample, also known as the jazz-gospel-and-blues musician, will perform a concert to be held on March 18 at 7 p.m., to benefit Beverly Hills Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten (BHPP).

The concert will be held in Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 505 N. Rodeo Dr., which is also home to the Beverly Hills’ annual Music Festival.

Since the early 1980s, Sample has enjoyed a successful solo career and has guest starred on many recordings by other performers and groups, such as Mile Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and The Supremes.

Ticket prices are $75 general and $100 champagne meet and greet. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase through the preschool office by calling 310-271-5197.

‘Brachot And Yediot Bee’ Held At Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy

Brachot and Yediot Bee
By Dupé Aleru 

On Wednesday, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy held its annual “Brachot and Yediot Bee” for its third through eighth grade students.

There were a total of 28 contestants who participated in the Bee from the elementary school and a total of 24 contestants, respectively from the middle school. Both Bees-elementary and middle school, were attended by all of the contestant’s peers, along with family and friends. 

The questions that were asked during the Bee’s focused on the halachot (laws) of Brachot (blessings), and what Hillel calls “core Jewish knowledge” or Yediot Klaliyot

As the contestants progressed through the Bee’s, the rounds gradually became more difficult, but overall, all of the participating students displayed a very impressive control and breadth of knowledge in these areas of study. 

 The Brachot and Yediot Bee winners were: Elementary School- first place Rosie Wolkind, second place Pnina Waghalter and Yonah Berenson; Middle School-first place Ephraim Drucker, second place Benjamin Miles, Aaron Keller, Rafi Jacobi and Shirin Netaneli.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

UC Davis Faculty Members Want Charges Dropped Against Muslim Students Who Disrupted Speech At UC Irvine

By Nicole Santa Cruz in Orange County|February 22, 2011|6:55 p.m.
About 20 current and retired faculty members at UC Davis have joined a group of 100 UC Irvine faculty members in asking the Orange County district attorney to drop criminal charges against 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
The UC Davis faculty members sent a letter to the district attorney’s office Tuesday stating that the university campus should be a “place for civil discourse and debate.”
[Corrected at 10:02 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the letter was sent Wednesday.]
On Feb. 4, the attorney’s office charged 11 students from UC Irvine and UC Riverside with misdemeanors for the incident, in which Israeli ambassador Michael Oren was repeatedly shouted down during a speech.
Since then, various individuals and organizations, including the Jewish Voice for Peace, have spoken against the charges, saying that the students and the Muslim Student Union had already been disciplined by the university. The organization has denied planning the protest.
The letter stated that the criminal charges will have a “chilling effect” on free speech. “To respond to such an act with criminal prosecution is excessive,” it stated.
Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a statement Feb. 4 that the students were charged because of an "organized attempt to squelch the speaker." He said the students "meant to stop this speech and stop anyone else from hearing his ideas, and they did so by disrupting a lawful meeting."
The students are charged with two misdemeanor counts, including conspiracy to disrupt the speech. If convicted, each faces up to six months in jail.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

GEAR UP At Long Beach Polytechnic School To Host Workshop Series

By Dupe Aleru|February 22, 2011|8:17 a.m.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) will be hosting a series of workshops starting next Thursday at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach.

Come join the first workshop to be hosted on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria and teacher's dining room. Classes in English and Spanish will be available.

What are the topics to be discussed? Staying on Track for Graduation, College Entrance Requirements, Exploring College and Career Options, Importance of GPA and AP Classes, Financial Aid Options and more! 

Students whose parents attend will be eligible to receive a free GEAR UP T-shirt (if they have not done so already), and will have first priority registration for upcoming GEAR UP summer programs.  

GEAR UP programs are open to all parents of 9th grade students.  

For additional information, contact GEAR UP Coordinator, Lori Flores, at or call 562-591-0581 ext. 5297

Monday, February 21, 2011

LBUSD Budget Struggle: Share-It

By Brian Ulaszewski|Design In Place|February 21, 2011|10:32am

Many Long Beach Post regulars may have already read the back and forth discussion between two guest commentators, Dennis Smith and Vera Woodson, regarding the Long Beach Unified School District’s current financial crisis. Smith’s budgetary solutions were largely rejected by Woodson because in her analysis, they relied on an incomplete understanding of bus schedules and the assumption that removing a few bad apples can solve deeper problems. At the risk of stating the obvious, my diagnosis is that in California, we overall dedicate insufficient resources to education. After all, when adjusted for variation between states in the cost of living, California ranks almost last in terms of education spending per student. Even with this distressing and important reality in mind, the current malaise can serve as an opportunity for revisiting the status quo. There should be no sacred cows when trying to do more with less, and education is no exception, even as we continue to lobby for renewing our state’s investment in this crucial area. 

The question of doing more with less is complex indeed when considering the Long Beach Unified School District (hereafter LBUSD). With nearly 100 campuses encompassing hundreds of acres across Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, and even Catalina Island, the district has an incredible regional footprint. Most schools have libraries and open space, which is crucial because many are located in communities underserved by public parks and with public libraries overstretched by the needs of local youth. The City of Long Beach tries to address these needs by purchasing available parcels to convert to open space, and also by developing new libraries when resources become available. At the same time, the LBUSD struggles to preserve staffing levels at their school libraries and recess areas. Too often these difficulties mean schools must share librarians, or asphalt their entire outdoor play area to minimize maintenance costs.

Given these shared difficulties with libraries and parks, the LBUSD and City of Long Beach should consider sharing resources, maintenance, staffing, and liability. This concept is not unprecedented locally or nationally. Cesar Chavez Elementary School in downtown Long Beach is a noteworthy example. Students use the adjacent public park for their outdoor recreation area; in exchange, the school gymnasium and health clinic are available to the public on evenings and weekends. Having reciprocal benefits for each party is an essential component to establishing such joint-use arrangements.  LBUSD and the city both need to derive a benefit from the relationship. With the current fiscal crisis, models for collaboration like this are worth exploring more broadly.

To read full article, visit 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Obama Makes Pitch For His Education And High-Tech Agenda

By Mark Z. Barabak| Los Angeles Times| February 19, 2011|
President Obama paid a quick West Coast sales call for his education and high-tech agenda, dining with industry royalty at a private meeting in Silicon Valley before touring a state-of-the-art semiconductor plant in Oregon.
After visiting with a group of science fair students and peering at the image of atoms seen through an electron magnoscope, Obama renewed the theme sounded in his State of the Union address, with a nod toward his recent focus on deficit reduction.
"Even as we have to live within our means, we can't sacrifice investments in our future," Obama told several hundred guests and employees gathered at Intel Corp.'s suburbanPortland, Ore., campus Friday. "If we want the next technological breakthrough that leads to the next Intel to happen here in the United States, not in China, not in Germany, then we have to invest in America's research and technology, in the work of our scientists and engineers."
Obama has pushed for increased spending on education, high-speed Internet, high-speed rail and green technologies — even as other federal programs are slashed or frozen — as a way to create jobs and better position the U.S. for competition in an increasingly globalized economy. Republicans call "investment" a euphemism for expanding the size and heft of government and have called for drastic budget cuts.
Obama found a friendly audience in Oregon, a Democratic stronghold, and an unlikely host in Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini, who contributed to Obama's Republican opponent,Sen. John McCain of Arizona, in 2008 and has been critical of the president's economic and healthcare policies.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sylvan Learning Center Announces Skye Hambrick As Its February Student Of The Month

By Dupé Aleru

Sylvan Learning Center is pleased to announce third grade student Skye Hambrick as the recipient of its February 2011 Student of the Month Award.

“We use the monthly award to recognize the achievements, hard work, and improvement that some of our finest students demonstrate throughout their program. Skye’s performance over the last few months certainly has earned her this honor,” said Center Director Tim Benson.
“Skye joined our Sylvan family at the end of last summer to get ready for the new school year.  Although it was clear at the time that she was a talented learner, her mother decided that in order to continue to strengthen her skills, joining Sylvan would be a major advantage to enhance her learning, preparing her for the upcoming school year.” 

“Since then, Skye has made significant increases in both her math and reading scores when comparing her Progress Assessments to her Initial Diagnostic Assessment. For example, her Total Math percentile has risen from 63rd to 97th. That means she is now outperforming 97% of her peers in mathematics on the standardized California Achievement Test. Her Reading scores have also made a fantastic jump, where she now scores in the 92nd percentile.”

“Congratulations Skye on all of your hard work and success.  It has been a pleasure having you in our center. We know you will continue to challenge yourself and continue to be a top performer in all academic areas.”

For more information regarding the Sylvan academic programs, please contact Tim Benson, center director at 310- 843-0111 or visit

Friday, February 18, 2011

A March Runoff Will Decide Who Leads The L.A. Teachers Union

By Howard Blume|Los Angeles Time|February 17, 2011|10:27pm
Veteran union leader Julie Washington finished first in the race for president of United Teachers Los Angeles, but fell short of avoiding a runoff in balloting to head the union, officials announced Thursday night.
Washington, a union vice president, claimed 44.8% of the vote. In second place and securing a spot in the runoff was Warren Fletcher, a teacher at the City of Angels alternative school, with 37.3% of the vote.
Six other candidates vied for the top office. The only other aspirant with more than 4% of the vote was Mat Taylor, the lead union representative for much of South Los Angeles, with 8.7% of the vote.
Ballots for the next and final round of voting will be mailed on March 7 to UTLA members and must be returned on or before March 29. UTLA represents teachers at schools operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second-largest school system.
Washington was the heavy favorite, largely because of her long record of union leadership, including service as a key member of the contract negotiating team. She also enjoyed the implicit support of some current union leaders, who allowed her to preside at recent public events, raising her profile inside and outside the union.

Read full article here

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Boy Brings Old Grenade To School, Causing Lockdown

By  Michael Miller, Huntington Beach Independent / Times Community News|February 17, 2011|
Dwyer Middle School and Smith Elementary Schoolwent into lockdown Wednesday morning after a Dwyer student brought a World War II-era hand grenade to campus to show friends, Huntington Beach police said.
The device appeared to be inert, but the school contacted the Police Department, which sent officers to the neighboring campuses on 17th Street, Lt. Russell Reinhart said. The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad also arrived to examine the device.
Reinhart said the grenade still had an active firing pin, but the explosive material had been removed. The student, though, had taped the bottom of the grenade back on, which made it appear to still be active.
The grenade, he said, was apparently a family heirloom. School administrators found out about the device after a student notified a teacher, Reinhart said.

Charlene Liebau Talks Grades In Regards To College

By Charlene Liebau
College Admissions Editor

Grades–good grade –are the purview of teachers, the expectation of parents, and the hope and prayer of students. 
            For college-bound students there is no denying grades are important. In fact, most college admission officers agree the single most important part of an application is the student’s transcript–the record of courses taken and grades received. With grade inflation running rampant in American high schools one’s rank in class, along with grade point average, has become an important ingredient in assessing a college application. Most often, class rank is determined by taking into consideration achievement level (grades) and the degree of rigor of the courses studied. While two students may have the same number of As and Bs on their transcripts, the student who has taken honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate level classes will have points added to the grade point average and thus have a higher “weighted” rank in the class. Thus, a student with a record of As in AP level courses may well have a grade point average of 4.3 on a 4.0 scale. 
            Weighted grade point averages are helpful because they give a boost, and thus encouragement, to students to take the most rigorous courses available. And, they are helpful in making admission decisions because colleges are eager to enroll the best prepared students.
            Colleges and universities, including the most highly selective, do not expect a student to enroll in all classes at the advanced level. True, there are a few students who can handle such a schedule and remain an active participant in school, contribute hours to community service, play a sport at the varsity level and be first chair in the orchestra, and still have time to be the lead in the school play. But such student profiles are truly the exception. Colleges seek students who perform well in a challenging program, but who also have the time and energy to contribute to their community in meaningful ways.
            A focus on grades can have an important and negative­­ impact on a student’s level of motivation. If the expectation is to “get an A in every class” the student may be reluctant to challenge him/herself. Instead, the approach will be to take the safe, easy route. This is not the route to being well prepared for success in college.   
            What I am touching on are the two extremes fostered by focusing on grades. On one hand, the goal of the highest possible grades may lead to undertaking an unreasonable number of advanced level courses only to suffer under the weight of it all.  On the other hand, a focus on grades may cause the student to put limits on him/herself – to fear taking on a challenge. Here, the loss is failure to reach one’s potential.
            The fixation on grades, and the pressures surrounding them, has significant impact for an individual student and for all of society. Evidence of this is the increasing incidence of plagiarism and cheating–national scandals among our brightest students.
            Most importantly, an unhealthy concern with grades can distort the learning process. Bottom line: Learning is the goal. Grades should be viewed as the byproduct of the learning process.
            Charlene Liebau is the former director of admissions for CalTech and Occidental College. She is also a finalist judge of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Children's Book World Will Host Its 'Author Talk' Today At Hillel

By Dupé Aleru
Children's Book World (CBW) will host its “Author Talk”, presented by Newbery Honor Medal winning author Gennifer Choldenko, at Hillel Hebrew Academy on today at 10:00 a.m.  

Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 West Pico Blvd., has been serving the Westside community and surrounding areas as a source for children's books and author events for the past 24 years. CBW was selected as one of the best 12 bookstores nationwide in a readers' poll in the Hunffington Post in Dec. of 2010.

Nearly 300 fourth through sixth grade students from neighboring schools along with Hillel Hebrew Academy will be in attendance, where Choldenko will present her new junior high school novel No Passengers Beyond This Point, set in a fantastical place with rules all of its own, that tells a story of adventure and survival.

In addition to Choldenko’s new book, she will also discuss her award-winning Al Capone series. After the 'Author Talk', she will be delighted to answer all student questions.

For more information on CBW, visit or call 310-559-2665.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day Community Service Holds True For Beverly Vista

Beverly Vista Elementary School

Beverly Vista students made 500 sack lunches for the Westside Food Bank on Valentine's Day. What a great way to serve the community.

Job well done Beverly Vista.

For more information on Beverly Vista School, visit

Monday, February 14, 2011

UCLA Gets Another $100-Million Donation

Kirk Kerkorian

By Larry Gordon|Los Angeles Times|February 14, 2011|11:06am
A foundation established by billionaire investor and Las Vegas casino mogul Kirk Kerkorian is giving UCLA about $100 million for medical research and other projects and will allow the university to administer an additional $100 million for other charitable causes around the country, officials announced Monday.
The gift comes less than three weeks after the Westwood campus received a $100-million gift from Meyer Luskin, a UCLA alumnus who made a fortune in the animal-feed business. The Luskin donation is being split between UCLA’s school of public affairs and the construction of an on-campus conference center and hotel.
Under the Kerkorian gift announced Monday, the $200-million assets of the Lincy Foundation will be transferred to a new organization called the Dream Fund that will be run by UCLA. The Westwood campus will be able to use about half that amount for its own research and student support.
Photo: Kirk Kerkorian in 2005. Credit: Joe Cavaretta / Associated Press

Echo Park School On Lockdown As Police Search For Armed Man

Betty Plasencia Elementary School

By Nate Jackson|Los Angeles Times|February 14, 2001|9:36am

Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood was on lockdown Monday as police searched for an armed man spotted on campus, authorities said.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call from the school around 8:30 a.m. that an armed, unidentified man was walking through the school’s campus, said Lt. Hector Rodriguez of the Los Angeles School Police Department.
Police are working to secure the perimeter of the campus at 1321 Cortez St. Security checks were being conducted in classrooms, Rodriguez said.
School officers were working with the LAPD to make sure the gunman was no longer on campus, Rodriguez said.
[Updated at 10:35 a.m.: A man matching the description of the gunman was detained on Monday, police said. The man in custody did not have a gun when police detained him, said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.
The school remained locked down while police continued to search the area for other possible suspects.]

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Granada Hills Wins L.A. Unified Academic Decathlon

By Larry Gordon|Los Angeles Times|February 11, 2011|8:32 p.m.

Granada Hills Charter High School’s team of brainiacs won the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 2011 Academic Decathlon, officials announced Friday night.
In topping 63 other high schools in the district, Granada Hills scored 49,104.9 points out of a possible 60,000. Marshall High School placed second and El Camino Real was third.
But Granada Hills won’t be the only Los Angeles school to advance to the statewide contest next month in Sacramento. Based on their high scores, 10 other district schools will be wild-card entries in the state finals: Marshall, El Camino Real, Franklin, Palisades Charter, Taft, Garfield, Venice, San Fernando, Van Nuys and Canoga Park.
This year’s Academic Decathlon involved tests, essays and presentations in art, economics, literature, mathematics, music and social science. The main study topic was "The Great Depression."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

‘How Do We Recognize Giftedness In Children’ Will Be Presented By Donna Raskin At TEADS

By Dupé Aleru

Donna Raskin, head of Temple Emanuel Academy Day School (TEADS), will present “How Do We Recognize Giftedness In Children: And What Do We Do About It” on Feb. 16 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
on its campus.

Raskin holds a M.S. in education for the gifted and talented and a masters of education in educational leadership. In addition, Raskin will discuss “Benefits of Small Class Sizes On a Child’s Academic and Social Development” on March 8 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Followed by a panel discussion, “The Homework Dilemma” will be held on Apr. 5 from  7:30-8:30 p.m. All workshops will be held at Temple Emanuel Academy Day School, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. Suggested donation is $10 and free childcare included.

For more information, call 310-288-3737.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Joe Sample To Perform Benefit Concert At BHPP

By Amy Chipman & Sheila Hogan
Joe Sample
Beverly Hills Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten  

Legendary Jazz pianist, Joe Sample, will perform a concert the evening of Friday, March 18th to benefit Beverly Hills Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten. This rare opportunity to see him perform live in the Los Angeles are is available to the public.

Since the early 1980s, Joe Sample has enjoyed a successful solo career and has guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and The Supremes. This American pianist, keyboard player and composer incorporates jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and classical forms into his music.

Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church offers its lovely Sanctuary, a warm and intimate setting for this unique event.  It was also home to the Beverly Hills Annual Music Festival for many years, and is proud to host this spectacular evening.

A limited number or tickets are available through the Preschool Office, at 310-271-5197.  Additional information can be found on their website, at

Cutting College Costs

By David Reynaldo (Director of College Zoom)
Regardless of whether a student qualifies for financial aid, the best way to cut college costs is to find individuals who are willing to make tax deductible donations to a university and have each donation credited toward a particular student’s tuition.

Donations can come from anyone. Students should ask their employer, family friends, relatives, etc. to fund a private scholarship for their benefit. The scholarship will be a tax write off for the donor because colleges are 501(c)3 organizations.

For example, when one of my classmates got his acceptance letter from the University of Southern California, in his senior year of high school, he asked the university for a list of alumni in his area. His request was granted and because he wanted to study business, he contacted every successful business person named on the list. He scheduled informational interviews with each one of them to learn why they felt that attending USC was instrumental to their success. Then, at the end of the informational interviews, he’d inform the alumni that he wanted to attend USC for the same reasons, but he couldn’t afford the tuition. Several alumni offered to help and collectively paid 100% of the tuition for his entire four years of college. Not only did my friend attend a top private university for free, but he gained several close mentors who met with him regularly and helped him become one of the most success-driven students in my graduating class.

David Reynaldo is the director of College Zoom, an award-winning college counseling service that helps students increase their admissions success with a money-back guarantee.

Charlene Liebau Talks AP Courses and Tests

By Charlene Liebau
College Admissions Editor
AP, Advanced Placement, is the designation given to college level courses taught in high school. AP is a program of the College Board, and includes a standardized curriculum in 35 different courses across 20 different subject fields.  AP courses range from art history to studio art, biology to physics, macroeconomics and microeconomics to psychology and world history, calculus to statistics, and six different language. Each high school decides which of the available courses to offer and the level of preparation required for students to enroll.

In May standardized tests in AP subjects are given during school hours. Depending on the subject, AP tests take from two to three hours each and include both multiple-choice and free-response sections.  While the multiple-choice section is scored by a computer, the student generated answers are graded by college and high school teachers. 

AP tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5:  a score of 5 means the student is “extremely well qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement” in the subject, to a low score of 1 which carries “no recommendation to receive college credit or advanced placement”. For some colleges a score of 3 or better qualifies the student to receive up to one year of college credit in that subject. However, other colleges are more restrictive and limit course credit for AP. Receiving college credit or advanced placement in a course is granted to the student by the individual college not the AP teacher or the College Board.  Since policies differ from institution to institution, one should consult college catalogs for specific information.    

In addition to the possibility of receiving college credit, students who take AP exams and earn a score of 3 or higher are recognized by distinctions ranging from AP Scholar (grade of 3 or higher on four or more exams) to National AP Scholar (grade of 4 or higher on eight or more AP exams). Such distinctions are conveyed to the student and to his or her designated college but carry no monetary award.

In what ways does the AP exam differ from SAT Subject Test? Both are subject specific but differ in several ways. SAT Subject Tests are geared to the “typical” high school curriculum whereas AP level courses follow a specific, standardized curriculum taught at the college level. SAT Subject Tests are offered throughout the testing cycle and are one hour in length. All AP exams are administered at the end of the academic year (in May) and require two or three hours to complete. While SAT Subject Tests are often required by colleges as part of the application process, AP tests are not.  In reporting test score results SAT Subject Tests are scored just as the SAT Reasoning Tests is scored - on a scale of 200 to 800 points while AP test results use a one to five point scale.

For students the often asked question arises: should I enroll in AP level courses? Keep in mind while colleges look favorably on those willing to challenge themselves by choosing the more rigorous level of instruction whether that be honors or AP, students should not invite pressure by enrolling in AP level courses for which they are not adequately prepared. College admission officers do not expect that every course on the student’s transcript will be at the AP level.   

Charlene Liebau if former director of admissions for CalTech and Occidental College. She is also a finalist judge of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Career Day 2011 Will Begin For 11th And 12th Graders At BHHS

Last year's panelists for the Career Day
By Dupé  Aleru
    Lorella Cargile, the Vocational Education/Transition Service Coordinator at BHHS will host its Career Day 2011 on April 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m at BHHS’s EDC Center.
    Every spring, BHHS hosts a Career Day, in which they invite their former students to come and discuss life after high school with current Beverly High students. The day is also a way to discuss the career choices that exist amongst their current 11th and 12th graders.
    Contact Mrs. Cargile for additional information about Career Day at lcargile@bhusd .org or 310-551-5100 x 8261.