From November 2010

Announcement: Proposed Early Start for 2011-2012 School Year

LAUSD is proposing a change to the school year calendar, and they would like your feedback:

“Los Angeles Unified School District is proposing a District-Wide Early Start Instructional Calendar for all single track elementary, middle and senior high schools.  The proposed District-Wide Early Start Calendar would allow the school year to start on August 15, 2011, and end on June 1, 2012 for students.

Moving toward an Early Start Instructional Calendar has tremendous benefits for LAUSD students. Research shows that the earlier calendar helps students retain more material before taking the end-of-semester exams before the winter break, instead of two months later in February. On the earlier schedules, students cover more material and are better prepared before taking the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests.

Also the school year would end earlier in June allowing families to enroll their children in summer camps and various community agency programs. High school students would benefit from the Early Start Instructional Calendar by having the opportunity to enroll in summer college courses.

Finally it’s important to remember that the move toward the early start calendar is being driven in large part by the local principals who want to see their students improve their learning and academic performance.”

To view a draft of the 2011-2012 instructional single-track calendar, click here.

To read more about this proposal, and other calendar issues, visit

If you have questions or comments please email no later than December 10, 2010.

Micheltorena News, Fall 2010

The next few months are going to be very busy here at at the school!  We have reading, planting and more planting going on at the campus.  Please update your calendars with the following dates:

December 9, Thursday   Family Reading Night  5 – 7pm    Come here your teacher read a favorite book!  Did you know that there are 4 children’s books authors and illustrators among current Micheltorena parents?  Candace Ryan,  Peter Healy,  Steven Weissman and Jordan Crane are all involved in children’s bookmaking. 

December 13, Monday   Fruit tree orchard planting, phase I   Read more about our garden projects here.

December 17, Friday   Wonder of Reading Library Opening Ceremony 9:30am  To read more about our library, or to make a donation, click here.

January 13 and 15, 2011   Fruit tree orchard planting, phase II  Join us on Saturday,  January 15 to help plant our new fruit tree orchard, and bring home a fruit tree sapling for your own home!  This tree planting event will be hosted by Treepeople.

Garden Volunteer Day #1

It’s official! Micheltorena has garden fever. On Saturday, November 13, 23 volunteers showed up at the school to dig up and replant the garden at the northside of campus (soon to be the new reading garden), and spread wheelbarrows and wheelbarrows of mulch and compost under existing bushes and trees. Volunteers consisted of Micheltorena students, parents, school parents to-be, teachers, and community members. Photos of the day coming soon!

Groundbreaking on the new corner garden will take place on Monday, November 15. Our next garden volunteer day will be Saturday, November 27, where we will start to build raised beds for the garden. Other garden volunteer projects include moving and planting the hanging Woolley Garden and an fruit tree orchard planting event on campus in January 2011.