Downtown Magnets High School


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Period 1-6 Schedule
Date: 11/30/2015
EduCare Study Hall
Date: 11/30/2015, 6:50 AM 7:50 AM
Location: Library
EduCare Debate
Date: 11/30/2015, 3 PM 4:30 PM
Location: B11
EduCare Homework Study
Date: 11/30/2015, 3 PM 5 PM
Location: Student Union
EduCare Racket Edge Club
Date: 11/30/2015, 3 PM 6 PM
Location: Echo Park Courts
LACC Music 650
Date: 11/30/2015, 3 PM 5 PM
Location: Library
Algebra II Tutoring
Date: 11/30/2015, 3:10 PM 4:10 PM
Location: Main Office - Dr. DuPree
Biology Tutoring
Date: 11/30/2015, 3:10 PM 4:10 PM
Location: A11 - Ms. Coffey
Geometry Tutoring
Date: 11/30/2015, 3:10 PM 4:10 PM
Location: A1 - Ms. Wu
EduCare Online Driver's Ed
Date: 11/30/2015, 3:15 PM 5 PM
Location: B12

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

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 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) 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 RJ ideas into practice.
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News & Announcements


For the CHOICES application, go to and look for Central Area schools. You can select Downtown Business HS (DBM) and/or Electronic Information/Multimedia HS (EIM). DBM pathways include the Academy of Fashion Design and the Academy of Finance. EIM includes the Academy of Engineering and Academy of Information Technology (computer science and multimedia). Both schools also include the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as a pathway option.

The DEADLINE for applications is NOVEMBER 13!

Student & Counselor Quoted in CBS Report

College Counselor Ms. Lynda McGee and senior Tricia Lopez were quoted recently in a CBS local news report about University of California's new requirement for applicants to submit letters of recommendation from teachers and mentors. Click on the above title to see the report.

All Stakeholders Invited to Instructional Rounds

Instructional Rounds will be conducted at DMHS on October 7th and 8th. Faculty, staff, parents, and students are invited to observe classrooms during one of the block periods throughout each day. We use protocols to observe and analyze patterns of learning and instruction with the goal of improving our instructional practice and thereby improving student learning. Observations are non-judgmental and non-evaluative. For more information, click on the above title.

Magnet Applications Due Nov 13

Students interested in applying to Downtown Business Magnet (DBM) and/or the Electronic Information Magnet (EIM) at DMHS should complete an e-Choices application. The window for applications is from October 1st to November 13th. Click on the above title for a link to the e-Choices online application and information website or visit DMHS to pick up an application.

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. The October 3rd and 18th events are both downtown. Click on the above title for more information.

Apply to Project Bridge & Visit Korea

Students interested in cultivating an understanding of race relations, leadership skills, and Korean society should apply to Project Bridge. This project culminates in a 10-day all-expenses-paid trip to Korea. The deadline is October 23rd. Click on the above title for more information.

DMHS Students Televised on Univision

At 9am on September 17th, DMHS hosted a special education rally, which was nationally televised the following day on Univision. The special, "Quiero Aprender," highlighted school rallies at DMHS and two other schools in Chicago and New York. In addition, the program spotlighted one student at each school, including DMHS student Samantha Lemus, who was filmed the previous week at school and at home. A celebrity host, contest, cash prize, and music were featured as well.

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DMHS Scores High on SBAC

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.

Mr. Jocz - California Teacher of the Year

Mr. Jocz - California Teacher of the Year

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."

Motif Award Honors DMHS as Top School Nationally

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.

DMHS Student Film in LA Shorts Fest

DMHS Student Film in LA Shorts Fest

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.

Congrats Melissa Lopez: Warren Christopher Scholarship

Congrats Melissa Lopez: Warren Christopher Scholarship

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.

DMHS Staff Present Their Great Work!

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.

DMHS Debate Team Video

Check out this video about the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League and featuring members of the DMHS Debate Team. Great work DMHS Debaters!

Click the link above

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