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46 and Counting!!

The LAUSD Beyond the Bell All District Honor Band celebrated its 46th annual appearance of marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The band is comprised of dedicated LAUSD High School students who give up all of but two days of their winter break to learn music, marching and teamwork. This year 54 high schools were represented in the program that started meeting in October of 2017. This band of enthusiastic and dedicated students only had 14 rehearsals to put together performances for Disney......

Beyond the Bell Computer Teams Score Big in National Cyber Competition

LAUSD Beyond the Bell (BTB) after school programs have been at the forefront of CyberPatriot competitions for the last seven years.   Each year the Air Force Association, supported by tech industry firms Northrop Grumman, Cisco, Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, and also by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, sponsors the CyberPatriot competition.  This year 5,400 teams have registered to compete.  Teams will manage virtual networks and defend computer systems in an effort to make them secure.  It’s a grueling series of challenges.   The competition rounds are six hours long, and at the end of four rounds only twenty-eight teams will be invited to participate in the national finals on the east coast.   BTB was the first program in the nation to be awarded the status of Center of Excellence in 2012, and the program received the Vandenberg Award for excellence in science education two years later.  BTB teams swept the 2017 California State Championship and have won three national medals.  At least one BTB team has been invited to the national finals every year for seven years.  Hopes are high for a repeat trip this year.  Two rounds of competition have been played and right now thirty-three BTB teams have advanced to the top-ranked Platinum tier.  Only Platinum tier teams can qualify for the nationals.  Though the teams from BTB represent only 2% of the total of teams from around the US they currently hold 8% of the Platinum tier slots.  Among the thirty-three BTB teams hoping for a seat to the finals is Team “Togo” from North Hollywood High School, who just set the highest score in the nation.  They are the defending national champions, and their goal is to return to the nationals and score an unprecedented back-to-back championship.  Round 3 will be held on January 20th, and all eyes around the country will be looking to see how the North Hollywood Togo Huskies are doing.  Go Togo Huskies, Go!......

THE BEYOND THE BELL BRANCH (BTB) TO APPLY FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GRANTS: 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS (21ST CCLC), AFTER SCHOOL EDUCATION AND SAFETY (ASES) - January 2018

The Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) plans to apply for after school program grants: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), After School Education and Safety (ASES)Funding will be secured for a total of approximately 90 new schools and renewals of existing after school program grants. For further information please contact Harry Talbot, administrative Coordinator, Beyond The Bell, harry.talbot@lausd.net, 213-241-7900Date: January 2018......

Elementary Young Actioneers – Take Action

Project Angel Food provided students at Elementary Take Action sites the opportunity to decorate bags for families in need during this holiday season. This activity gave LAUSD Young Actioneers practice being mindful. Through different exercises, students shared their dreams, hopes, fears, and how we can support one another through challenging times in our lives. In community circles students discussed how a small act of kindness can bring joy to those facing a difficult time during th......

FORE The Kids

(L-R: David Ryu, Renata Simril, Nick Cannon, Alvaro Cortes) Morning Program The 10th Annual Beyond The Bell Liberty Mutual Golf Classic was successfully held at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, California, on November 13th.  In addition to celebrity emcee Nick Cannon, over 175 golfers and sponsors were in attendance showing their support for LAUSD students in afterschool programs.  Beyond the Bell (BTB) volunteers and staff greeted guests bright and early Monday morning for a......

Nick and Nellie Come to Harmony School

Author Lila Silvern meeting with parents Harmony Elementary School’s Saturday Migrant Education Program (MEP) was treated to a special book signing event Saturday, October 21. The parent class was introduced to Nick y Nellie Visitan la Universidad, a book dedicated to LAUSD MEP Coordinator Nellie Barrientos.  The Saturday MEP teachers created a unit of lessons to encourage their students to plan for a college education.  Since no supporting books written for primary grade children were found, Li......

Beyond the Bell Prepares Students for College

Santee Education Complex played host to the C5 Los Angeles (C5LA) annual Take Action Campaign College Day Saturday October 21st 2017.  Take Action Campaign is a high school leadership and college access program sponsored Beyond the Bell in LAUSD.One hundred and fifty students from thirty three Take Action Campaign high schools woke up early on a Saturday to board their busses, which transported them to the event.  This event was divided into two parts:  Underclassmen attended workshops providing......

Students ‘challenged’ to solve complex problems and become tomorrow’s leaders

Teams representing ten L.A. Unified schools are participating in this year's Challenge Los Angeles, in which experts in immigration, nutrition, teen stress and digital culture challenge students to develop innovative solutions to problems affecting their communities.Read on »......

Young Actioneers – Elementary Take Action Campaign

Beyond the Bell’s Elementary School Unit – Youth Services Program has begun a third year implementing the Young Actioneers – Elementary Take Action Campaign (ETAC).  This program focuses on social and emotional learning competencies: Growth Mindset, Social Awareness, and Self-Efficacy.  Youth Services Coaches guide students through hands-on activities and discussion circles that focus on fostering a sense of community, student voice, and an understanding of intra/interpersonal skills.  The goal ......

LAP Students Lead, Achieve and Persevere

The Language in Action Program (LAP) is in full swing this semester!  LAP is a federally funded program that provides English language acquisition for the District’s English Learners in a socially and emotionally supportive environment.  This year the program will be implemented at 65 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high schools.  All English Learners are welcomed but priority is given to the District’s newcomer population.  Students at Roybal Learning Center and Wilson Se......
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