At the recent Los Angeles Metro Debate League Tournament on Janurary 22 and 23rd held at Crenshaw High School, DMHS debaters won numerous awards in all divisions, including first place team awards in the Rookie and Varsity divisions, as well as a first place speaker award in the Junior Varsity division.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Downtown Magnets High School ranked number two among high schools in the district, based on last spring's SBAC scores in English Language Arts. Eighty-eight percent of Juniors who took this test, which is based on Common Core standards, met or exceeded standard expectations. This compares to a thirty-three percent rate district-wide.
Oct 26 - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that DMHS teacher Daniel Jocz is among five remarkable educators in the state who have been selected as the 2016 California Teachers of the Year. He is the only LAUSD teacher who made it to the state level. Mr. Jocz is now in the running for the national Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced next spring.
"The teachers we are honoring today are dedicated, energetic, innovative and very effective," Torlakson said. "Every day in the classroom they inspire students to learn, excel and realize their full potential. Their work provides a great example for other teachers."
Downtown Magnets has moved up on the US News & World Report statewide high school rankings to #84 in California. We are in the top 10 high schools in LAUSD. We are in the top 5 non-charter high schools in LAUSD. Way to go Suns!
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.
A DMHS student film entitled "Mary" has been selected to screen at the 19th Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) at 1pm, September 5, 2015 at L..A. LIVE. "Mary" was directed by Eleanor Skladman, written by Eleanor Skladman and Sarahi Silva, produced by Stephanie Lopez and Eleanor Skladman, and the cast includes Aransa Balderas, Sarahi Silva, and Giselle Pena.
Congratulations to Melissa Lopez who was awarded the Warren Christopher Scholarship.
From the award pamphlet:
Melissa Lopez is unstoppable. "Being told that I can't do something is a phrase I am used to hearing, but not one I will ever accept," she says. That can-do attitude has already led to tremendous success in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Despite a demanding course load and year-round athletic commitments, Melissa is the of at top her class. Last year, she fulfilled a lifelong dream by training for an completing the LA Marathon. Outside of school, Melissa is active in the community, volunteering local at a garden and participating in the Southern California Hand Weavers Guild. After high school, she plans to attend college and study environmental science.
Ms. Willis presented at the Southern California Academy of Sciences Conference on the topic of The Effects of Sand Replacement on Macroinvertebrate Communities at Inner Cabrillo Beach.
Ms. McGee will present at the Western Association for College Admission Counseling in Reno, NV. Her topic centers around effective support for large student populations.
Mr. Perey presented his doctoral research at the American Educational Research Association.