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Los Angeles Unified School District/Beyond the Bell All District Honor Band Marches in Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade

On Monday, January 16, 2017 the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Beyond the Bell (BTB) All District Honor Band participated in the 32nd Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade.  Students celebrated the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the leading band in the parade. Students marched and played the entire parade route which began on Western Avenue and ended in Leimert Park.  LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, BTB Senior Executive Director Alvaro Cortés, and LAUSD Board Me......

Battle of the Books

Beyond the Bell’s Middle School Unit held its fourth annual YS PLUS Battle of the Books competition at Burroughs MS on December 3rd, 2016. Students from 36 YS PLUS sites across the city dressed as their favorite book character and participated in a trivia event in an attempt to earn the honor of becoming the Battle of the Books Champion. Teams are composed of diverse groups of students ranging from highly gifted, English Learners, and 6th- 8th graders.Students spent the fall semester preparing f......

Social Emotional Learning After School

LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell (BTB) Branch is pleased to be working with six other California school districts in addressing the social emotional learning (SEL) needs of students.  Under the coordination & assistance of The Partnership for Children & Youth (http://partnerforchildren.org/) the following school Districts are developing action plans to better align expanded learning resources and programs to improve Social-Emotional outcomes for students.•    Los Angeles Unified School District•    Santa Ana Unified School District•    Sacramento Unified School District•    San Francisco Unified School District •    Oakland Unified School District•    San Leandro Unified School District•    San Rafael Unified School DistrictThe LAUSD team is comprised of the Beyond the Bell Branch Senior Executive Director Alvaro Cortès, Health Education Program Coordinator Dr. Lori Vollandt, Human Resources Administrator Dr. Marco Nava, BTB Field Coordinators Maria Bracamonte and Isaure Blandin, and specialist Dr. Victor Gonzalez. District teams have met and worked to identify the hallmarks of effective SEL programs and action steps each district can take to further meet the SEL needs of students. Four competencies identified to support SEL growth include a growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-motivation and social awareness.Research has shown that, “afterschool programs that follow four evidence-based practices are successful in promoting young people’s personal and social development” (Durlak, Weissberg, & Pachan, 2010).  Beyond the Bell is working to build the capacity of after school staff to support students in the identified SEL competencies.  To see the full plan and learn more about Social Emotional Learning visit http://bit.ly/SEL-BTB .......

BTB Calendar: January 2017

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Students Give Back to the Community

Students Give Back to the Community As part of LAUSD Beyond the Bell’s (BTB) Take Action Campaign (TAC) – now in 41 high schools and 36 middle schools throughout the greater Los Angeles area – student leaders were given an incredible opportunity to be of service and give back to their community through the ‘Backpack Challenge.’ The ‘Backpack Challenge’ was made possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous player from the LA Clippers, who donated 500 backpa......

Elementary School Unit Spanish Language Club

The Beyond the Bell (BTB) Elementary School Unit is implementing Spanish Language Clubs at Serrania, Sunny Brea, and Woodland Hills Elementary Schools in Local District Northwest. The students are exposed to Spanish through literature, music, and art. Two BTB staff members are facilitating the program by visiting each campus twice a week during the operational hours of the BTB after school Youth Services program. The duration of the program will continue through December 15, 2016 and re......

Environmental Award Named For LAUSD Clear Creek Pioneer

Howard Bell.  Never heard of him?  Who was he?  What did he ever do?  These are common questions of members of the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) .  Howard Bell never wrote the “Great Book” on outdoor education, but he could have. Howard Bell inherited the administration of the Clear Creek Forestry Center in 1946, the oldest continuously operated school camp program in this country, when he became the Junior High level Los Angeles Unified School District Yo......

Language in Action Program Culmination Mentors Needed

LAP is a federally funded program that provides language development to English Learners and provides access to after school programs.  Our students attend 15 sessions of language development and as a reward are invited on a college visit where they will receive a tour of the campus as well as participate in other great activities. I hope you are able to join us on this day.  I would also like to extend an invitation to you to be one of our mentors at our culmination.  As a mentor, you would sit......

BTB Calendar: December 2016 *UPDATED*

Happy Holidays!We're gonna strike up the band this December & dance like sugar plums!Read more>>>......

9th Annual BTB Golf Tournament

 Golf  The morning broke clear and warm in preparation for the 9th Annual Beyond the Bell Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament and Awards Banquet. Golfers arrived at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, CA to find welcoming BTB staff ready to provide them with a fun day of golf, all in support of the students of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Every golfer received special thank you gifts from our sponsors, including a Shakti Warrior and BTB branded st......
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