Downtown Magnets High School

Magnet School of America

Upcoming Events

Date: 7/19/2016, 9 AM 3 PM
Location: Room A-2
Pupil Free Day & Faculty Meeting
Date: 6/13/2016
Final Spring Semester Grades Due
Date: 6/10/2016
Last day of instruction
Date: 6/10/2016
Minimum Day Finals Schedule - 12:17pm dismissal
Date: 6/10/2016
Location: Periods 5 & 6
Minimum Day Finals Schedule - 12:17pm dismissal
Date: 6/9/2016
Location: Periods 3 & 4
Graduation Commencement
Date: 6/9/2016, 2:30 PM
Location: Pasadena City College
Edgenuity English
Date: 6/9/2016, 3:15 PM 4:15 PM
Location: MC
Edgenuity Math
Date: 6/9/2016, 3:15 PM 4:15 PM
Location: B2
Edgenuity Social Studies
Date: 6/9/2016, 3:15 PM 4:15 PM
Location: CC

Program Updates

Parent Center

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College Center

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Advanced Placement

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International Baccalaureate

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Instructional Coach

March 2016 - On February 18 and 19, DMHS faculty conducted Instructional Rounds by department. Each department had identified a Problem of Practice (POP) and teachers’ observation notes were used to analyze department trends. Many departments, such as English, Social Studies, Science, and Special Education focused on issues of critical thinking, including questioning and the use of evidence to justify claims. Other department POPs included:
  • Procedural skills and fluency in Mathematics
  • Mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills in Physical Sducation
  • Literary analysis strategies for reading comprehension in World Languages
  • Scaffolding in Electives
The Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) will be meeting March 2 to determine each department’s professional development needs and to plan workshops for a March 8 Symposium.

November 2015 - We just completed a full Instructional Round, including classroom observations, analysis, and professional development, and we are grateful for everyone’s participation. On October 7th and 8th, administrators, a dozen teachers and students and five parents joined us in observing thirty “regular” classes in all core content areas. In addition, feedback from student participants was collected (attached). Afterwards, the ILT reviewed and analyzed observation data and student feedback to identify school-wide instructional strengths and weaknesses. The ILT then planned a PD Symposium to address areas of instructional need. Faculty feedback on the November 3rd Symposium was overwhelmingly positive, though many teachers requested that the next Symposium include two longer sessions rather than three 25-minute sessions.

Instructional Rounds is an action research project. In order to bring about school-wide improvement, we first identify a Problem of Practice (POP). This semester we are focusing on how to support struggling students. At DMHS, we have been conducting rounds at least once per semester for about three years. Our goal is to make our school vision - success for all students - a reality.

Attached is a Powerpoint presentation that describes our problem of practice - using instructional strategies that effectively address the needs of struggling students - as well as the results of our analysis. We theorized that if struggling students receive plenty of practice, feedback, and opportunities to question, discuss ideas, challenge thinking, apply knowledge, and reflect on learning, then their chances of succeeding increase. Classroom observations were designed to test this theory of action, and as a result of observing successful classroom strategies, the PD Symposium included the following sessions (see attachment for descriptions):
  • Help Gifted Underachievers
  • Check for Understanding vs. Progress
  • Sexy Data: Data Worth Checking Out - Mr. Jocz's Unit Survey
  • Moving Beyond Just Bloom’s
  • Growth Mindset
  • Student Generated Questions and Building Advocacy
  • Metacognition to Motivate Learning
  • Creating Student Independence
Instructional Coaches and department PLTs will provide support as teachers try to implement strategies they learned in the Symposium.

Attached are some of the presentation materials from the symposium.
- Diana Lee, Instructional Coach

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a set of practices designed to build a sense of community here at Downtown Magnets High School. The overall goal is to create a strong sense of community in order to reduce discipline issues so that all members of the school community can feel safe in order to focus on learning and achievement. Also, Restorative Justice aims to change the way that discipline issues are resolved by involving all the affected people (the harmer and the harmed, and everyone affected by an event) so that the school community can return to normal as quickly as possible.

Restorative Justice is a proactive (not reactive) mindset which fosters communication and collaboration between community members. Restorative Justice is not a program or curriculum from a book, and it does not replace traditional mechanisms for mandated punishment for certain specific offenses.

The most important aspects of Restorative Justice are its community-building components, which are designed to create connections between people so they feel safe and more connected to the school community, and avoid creating disruptions in the first place.

Please visit this page regularly for updates to the Restorative Justice newsletter for Downtown Magnets High School, Relationships Matter. This monthly newsletter will provide information about the Restorative Justice efforts here at Downtown Magnets High School, and how faculty and staff can put Restorative Justice ideas into practice.
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News & Announcements

Class of 2017 Senior Portrait - Fall 2016

Class of 2017: A mailer was sent to all seniors. If you did not receive this packet, call our school's new photography vendor FOTORAMA STUDIOS. (Click on Link Above)

Here's important information:

1) Senior Portrait Day (Kick-Off)
Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Time: 9 – 3pm Photo Day
Location: Downtown Magnets High School
Address: 1081 W. Temple Street, LA, CA 90012
Room: A-2
Access through the Main Office
Point of Contact: Dr. Perey and/or Mr. Altuner

2) Senior Portrait Day (Make-Ups During the Summer)
Saturdays During the Summer
Fotorama Studio
416 W. Alondra Blvd. Gardena, Ca 90248
Call to make an appointment or for directions.
Office 323) 587-6699

3) Senior Portrait Day (Make-Up in Sept 2016)
TBD on one PD Early-Out Tuesday

Full Ride Scholarships for Youth Summer Conservatory

The Latino Theater Company proudly announces their 5th Youth Summer Conservatory at the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC), which runs from June 20th and ends on July 15th. Learn from professionally trained directors, writer, actors, scholars, and theater technicians who provide unique and valuable experiences with special emphasis placed on developing the skills needed to succeed in college and their future careers. Courses include Yoga, Movement/Dance, Voice/Speech, Acting, Play-writing, Theater Studies, and Directing. 15 full ride scholarships are available for students who qualify for LAUSD's free lunch program. The deadline has been extended to this Friday, June 3rd.

For more information and an application, visit

Join the DMHS 5K Fun Run

Help raise funds for College Center activities, including the Grings Memorial Scholarship Fund, by joining the fourth annual DMHS 5K Fun Run this Saturday, May 28th, from 10am - 2pm. Enjoy carnival games, a gift basket raffle, and music from Power 106 in the Student Union and Lower Lot! Register for this exciting event at

High School Leadership Workshop - May 26

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is offering a free High School Leadership Initiative workshop on Thursday, May 26th at Downtown Magnets High School, from 3-5pm. Participants in the workshops will be able to explore leadership strengths and areas for development, learn to expand and use multiple tools as a leader, and discover ways to make memorable impressions on college and scholarship applications, at interviews, and in networking opportunities.

Enrollment Forms Available

To access a student enrollment form in English or Spanish, click on the above title and download the pdf document.

Summer School in LAUSD!

Summer school is scheduled from June 27th to July 29th, from 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM. Although DMHS is not a summer school site, students may enroll in up to two semester classes at another LAUSD campus. Contact your counselor to enroll.

Ryman Arts for Teens

Ryman Arts is hosting a recruitment event for students interested in learning more about their arts program for teens. Ryman Arts teaches classical drawing and painting to talented and motivated high school students as a bridge to a lifetime that expresses and appreciates the arts. Interested students can learn more about this program at the Ryman Arts Application Day event on Saturday, April 30th at Cal State Fullerton. This event is a free drawing workshop for student; parents and teachers are welcome to attend. Click on the above title for more information. Applications for the 2016 fall semester are due Friday, May 20th.

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Boys' Tennis: CIF-LA City Quarterfinalists for a Solid Year

High praises to our boys' Varsity tennis team for a dazzling and strong performance this year. They beat number 6th-seeded Southeast High School, but bowed to the 1st-seeded Pacific Palisades, leading to a second place finish in the Northern League Division 1 regular season.

Mr. Jocz meets President Obama

On Tuesday, May 3, Mr. Jocz was congratulated by President Obama at a White House ceremony honoring Teachers of the Year from each state. After being recognized as California's Teacher of the Year, Mr. Jocz was selected in January as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year recognition. Congratulations Mr. Jocz!

U.S. News & World Report 2016 Gold Medal Award

The U.S. News and World Report released its list of 500 best-performing high schools on April 20th and Downtown Business Magnets ranked #56 in California and #360 nationwide. We moved up from #84 state-wide in 2015. Click on the title above to see the LAUSD news release.

Debaters Make History at National Championship Tournament

Eleanor Skladman and Samantha Lemus made history by being the first Los Angeles Metro Debate League (LAMDL) team to make it to the finals of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) Championship Tournament, held April 14-17 at San Francisco State University. In addition, they were the first 16th seeded team to beat a #1 seeded team at the championship. In addition, out of 5,000 speakers participating in the tournament, Skladman won the 12th place speaker award.

Ms. Coffey Named Knowles Science Teacher Fellow

Ms. Coffey is one of 30 teachers nationwide selected as a Knowles Science Teacher Fellow! She will participate in a five year fellowship for new teachers that provides additional stipends and grants for classroom materials, professional development, national board certification, and leadership opportunities. Fellows work on strengthening content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and leadership skills.

Unsung Heroes

Congratulations to the finalists of Lowell Milken Center's 2016 Unsung Heroes Art Competition, Maya Wong and Xue Liu, two DMHS AP Studio Art students. Maya and Xue's artworks represent approximately 15% of the total entries submitted by students in grades 6-12 from across the world. To learn more about the project, please visit LMC’s Unsung Heroes Art Competition webpage. The winners, including the $7,500 grand prize, will be announced on April 1, 2016.

DMHS Named 2016 National Magnet School of Excellence

DMHS has been named a 2016 National Magnet School of Excellence! In May, DMHS will be recognized at the National Magnets Schools of America conference for the ability to raise academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Motif Award Honors DMHS as Top School Nationally

The International Selections Committee of the nationally recognized Motif Awards ranks Downtown Magnets High School as one of the top leading schools in the country, observed for the school's hard work and diligence within the community.

Because of DMHS's push to generate positive productive citizens within the nation, the Motif Awards International Selections Committee invited Downtown Magnets High School faculty and staff to participate in the 2015 Motif Awards Ceremony - The Nation’s Highest Honor for Youth Advocacy - on September 6 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

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