I'm an aspiring author. I practice digital drawing and photography in my spare time. I'm currently writing a middle grade book series with a spooky/gothic tone centering on animal welfare.
I enjoy going to the beach to surf or just hang out. I also enjoy trips to the mountains to snowboard. My favorite thing to eat are fish tacos and hamburgers. I like to ride my bicycle anywhere I go. I also enjoy long motorcycle rides. I like hiking, sleeping in a hammock, and camping. I also like spear fishing. I love to travel...planning on going to France soon. I enjoy teaching friends to do the things I enjoy.
I went to Cal State LA for both undergrad and credential program, and for my special ed. credential. I got it through the CENTSE program offered by LAUSD. I have been with the district since 1999, so I have 19 years working for LAUSD. I was a gen ed. teacher, and I also did substituting. I’ve been doing special ed for the last 6 years. I’ve worked as a pre-school special ed. teacher, and I was also an autism teacher for two years.
Outside of work, I focus on mindfulness, hiking, being outdoors (I LOVE nature), and spending time with my family (my two doggies included!) and friends.
I have been teaching with LAUSD since July 2001. I have a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a focus in criminology. I have a teaching credential and preliminary administrative credential. I have a Masters in Education. I am currently working on a Masters in Counseling Psychology and hope to acquire my license as an MFT and LPCC.
The world need people to be more gentle, kind, and compassionate. The next dream I hope to achieve is to walk El Camino de Santiago for a minimum of 2 weeks.
The teachers and classified staff will get week-long treats: a way to say "Thank you" for making Vine the awesome school that it is!
Monday: coffee and donuts
Tuesday: continental breakfast
Wednesday: lunch provided by Subway
Thursday: coffee drinks and smoothies from Brasil Kiss (thanks neighbors!)
Friday: a taco lunch
What is "Way of Council?"
"The basic practice of Council is simple: a group of people set in a circle. Drawing on indigenous traditions of using a talking piece, an object is passed from person to person in a group sitting in a circle which grants the holder solid permission to speak. Each one has a voice, speaks from their heart and all others listen. The Way of Council invites active participation in the learning process. The Councils draw on the life experiences and wisdom of all participants to generate new understandings of the problem and new possibilities for solutions. It brings together the ancient wisdom of community and the contemporary value of respect for individual gifts, needs, and differences." (http://regenerationeducation.org)
In the photo: Mr. Galvez facilitated a recent Way of Council Session on "Kindness and Tolerance" with Mrs. McGuire's students based on the movie "Wonder."
Our annual "Smarter Balanced Assessment" (SBA) Testing begins the week of April 30th for our students in Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6! Parents, please do your part to ensure that your child, regardless of grade level, attends school every day, on time, and in school uniform. Doing so will likely help our students demonstrate growth on these tests!
Our Third Grade students recently received personal dictionaries from our Wilshire Rotary Club partners! Here, Mr. Magallon's students find the meaning of new words.
* SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) PARENT AND OFFICER ELECTIONS OCT. 5TH! JOIN US! *
All Parents are encouraged to serve on our 2017-2018 School Site Council (SSC) and participate! This year’s SSC Parent elections will be Thursday, October 5th, at 2:30 p.m. in our AUDITORIUM! Join us!
* ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE (ELAC) ELECTED! *
Congratulations to our newly elected 2017-2018 English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Officers and Members!
Rocio Sanchez – Chair/President
Sofia Jimenez – Vice-Chair/Vice-President
Jenny Dominguez – Secretary
Edith Molina – Parliamentarian
Eduardo Mejia – Member
Patricia Torres – Member
Norma Balvas – Member
Albina Pay – Member
Maday Juarez - Member
A special thanks to Maria Martinez, Parent Center Director, Harold Galvez, TSP Coordinator, and Edith Perez, Local District West Parent Educator, for your support!
* Academic Intervention Tutoring for English Learners (ELs) Coming Soon! *
We are pleased to offer a FALL-Semester after-school academic intervention tutoring program for a select number of our students who are classified as English Learners (ELs). Please see Mr. Galvez, Coordinator, for more information. Thanks!
Thank you to all of our Book Fair volunteers and Vine Important Parents (VIPs)!
Mr. Tovar, Ms. Ventura, and Mr. Galvez recently served pizza to classrooms that were the first to return all ”WELCOME BACK!” Packet documents!
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to a partial eclipse, while a total solar eclipse was seen along a narrow path extending coast to coast across the U.S.A. Here, in Hollywood, we were able to view the partial eclipse via internet streaming in the auditorium. Some adults, using special viewing glasses, were able to observe it live. "Wow!" "Cool!" "Amazing!" These were some of the feelings verbalized in those moments. All of the students and staff of Vine Street School with undoubtedly remember this day!
First Place: Valerie Figueroa
Second Place: Eduardo Cortez
Third Place: Tyler Barillas
First Grade Winners:
First Place: Caleb Sopenasky
Second Place: Max Lopez
Third Place: Andrea Valle-Lopez
Second Grade Winners:
First Place: A Very Good Speller
Second Place: Christopher Mariblanca
Third Place: Briana Anacleto
Third Grade Winners:
First Place: Daniel Flores
Second Place: Max Hockman
Third Place: Eileen Castillo
Fourth Grade Winners:
First Place: Fabrizio Rodriguez
Second Place: A Very Good Speller
Third Place: Diego Garcia
Fifth Place Winners:
First Place: Edward Mejia
Second Place: Chelsea Velasco
Third Place: Oscar Rivas
Sixth Grader Winners:
First Place: Hazel Avila
Second Place: A Very Good Speller
Third Place: A Very Good Speller
Teacher appreciation week started off with donuts and coffee provided by our neighborhood Dunkin Donuts. Mmmmm! Thank you Hollywood Dunkin Donuts! Next, all enjoyed a breakfast burrito and fruit salad breakfast on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, May 3rd, the teachers and staff enjoy a delicious hot burrito breakfast.
On Friday, May 5th, the teachers and staff were treated to a feast provided by our VIPPS (Very Important Parent Partners). We always look forward to this annual treat, so THANK YOU, PARENTS!!!!
Vine Street staff represented their favorite sports teams on Friday, April 28th, for Student Council's Spirit Day. Dressing up in fan wear is always a fave for this sporty staff!
Our annual "Smarter Balanced Assessment" (SBA) Testing begins the week of April 3rd for our students in Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. Parents, please do your part to ensure that your child, regardless of grade level, attends school every day, on time, and in school uniform. Doing so will likely help our students demonstrate continued growth on these tests.
Ms. Gast's Kindergarten class actively participated in our recent LAPD-sponsored "Street Smarts" Traffic Safety Assembly.
Dr. Lowry and the Staff of Vine Street are so proud of our 5th Grade Student Dancers. In partnership with the California Dance Institute, they performed beautifully recently during three, high-energy culminating perfromances for parents, students, and staff! Come to Vine Street School!
On election day, March 7th, we were honored to have two VIP Vine Street supporters join us at our staff meeting. Board Member, Steve Zimmer, and newly re-elected UTLA President, Alex Caputo-Pearl, came to share their ideas with us and get the vote out. Thank you, Mr. Zimmer and Mr. Caputo-Pearl! You are always welcome at Vine!
Once again, Vine Street students, staff, and parents were overjoyed to see Santa before Winter Break. More than 500 students had their pictures taken with him. Thank you Santa, for brightening our holidays! Can't wait to see you next year!
ELAC and SSC Members and Officers Elected!
Congratulations to us all! We recently formed our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) and School Site Council (SSC). These bodies govern how our school develops our budget and implements policies and programs to support our students. Join our meetings!
ELAC Committee (ELAC):
Chair – Lesly Garcia
Vice Chair – Sofia Jimenez
Secretary – Maria Hurtado
Parliamentarian – Albina Pay
Member – Maday Juarez
Member – Raquel Leon
Member – Rocio Sanchez
Member – Elba Larita
Member – Marco Poz
Member – Wendy Castro
School Site Council (SSC):
Chair – Krisia Jimenez
Vice Chair – Vanessa Ordaz
Secretary – Maria Martinez
Parliamentarian – Lesly Garcia
Member – Kevin Savage
Member – Ena Aguilera
Member – Dinorah Escobar
Member – Marta Lopez
Member – Luz Lopez
Member – Dr. Kurt Lowry