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LAUSD Decathlon Teams at the Top Again

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) wins again!  For the 9th year in a row an LAUSD school has outscored all other regional front runners to become California’s 2018 Academic Decathlon State Champions.  El Camino Real Charter High School topped the charts with a total score of 61,612.40 at the annual competition.  Granada Hills Charter High School placed a close second with a score of 60,949.20.  In fourth place from LAUSD was Franklin Senior High School with a score of 57,737.40. Loo......

A Day in Troy

On Saturday February 24, 2018, students from 42nd St Elementary and John Mack Elementary attended a USC Athletics community event.   A Day in Troy consisted of a tour of the USC campus, a pep talk, an autograph session, and a USC Women’s Basketball Game.  Austin, a football player, and James who is a part of the Golf program, were the campus tour guides. They led us throughout the USC campus and the students were introduced to great locations that are rich in history.  Students visited: the Anne......

Academic Pentathlon and Decathlon Programs

Competition, it is not just for athletes. With the support of Beyond the Bell, over 500 high school and 200 middle school students are sharpening their academic skills and knowledge by participating in the Academic Decathlon and Academic Pentathlon programs. Each team must consist of nine students: three students with an A grade point average, three with a B grade point average and three with a C grade point average. High school teams may have mixed grade levels (9-12) while the middle s......

Beyond the Bell Celebrates LAUSD’s English Learners!

“Bilingualism is an asset not an impediment for your future goals!  The high school diploma is another stage in your educational journey.”  These were the messages conveyed to the students at their Language in Action Program (LAP) Culmination.   On Saturday, December 9, 2017, Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) celebrated 250 high school English Learners for their successful completion of the Language in Action Program.  LAP is a program BTB provides English Learners at 65 high schools throughou......

CHARLES WHITE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPENS ART GALLERY THAT BENEFITS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Beyond the Bell Youth Development After-School Program recently participated in an official press conference announcing the Grand Opening of the new Charles White Elementary School Art Gallery.   The event occurred on Thursday, January 17, 2018 and was hosted in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Specially selected student reporters researched information and donned their cameras and microphones to cover this exciting event for their elementary school. ......

Social Emotional Learning During Out-of-School Time

During the final week of the Winter Recess, out-of-school time staff gathered together to develop a deeper understanding of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The Los Angeles Conservation Corp After School Program participated in a “Heartset” training provided by Stu Semigran of Educare.  Also National University’s Sanford Harmony had trainers on hand for the Beyond the Bell before school program, Ready Set Go (RSG).  RSG committed to implementing the Sanford Harmony “Buddy Up and Meet Up” program......

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......
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