Downtown Magnets High School


Upcoming Events

Advisory Block Schedule (even periods)
Date: 2/11/2016
11th Grade Assembly
Date: 2/11/2016, 7:55 AM 8:30 AM
Location: Student Union
Coffee with the Principal
Date: 2/11/2016, 9 AM 10 AM
Location: Principal's Conference Room
Social Studies Tutoring
Date: 2/11/2016, 3:05 PM 4:10 PM
Location: see schedule
Math Tutoring
Date: 2/11/2016, 3:10 PM 4:10 PM
Location: see schedule
Advisory Block Schedule (odd periods)
Date: 2/12/2016
Grades Due
Date: 2/12/2016
Chemistry Tutoring
Date: 2/12/2016, 3:10 PM 4:10 PM
Location: A11 Coffey
Math Tutoring
Date: 2/12/2016, 3:10 PM 4:10 PM
Location: see schedule
AcaDeca Awards Ceremony
Date: 2/12/2016, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: Hollywood HS

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 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

Students Visit Price Waterhouse Cooper

On Tuesday, January 19th, forty Business and Finance Academy students had an opportunity to spend a day with staff from Price Waterhouse Cooper. Students listened to employees discuss their career paths, toured the facility, ate lunch and spent time with PWC employees to learn about their jobs.

LACC After-School Courses Offered

DMHS hosts Los Angeles Community College (LACC) courses after school. We are offering 4 courses after school: Health, Music Fundamentals, Yoga and Body Conditioning. If you have any questions, please see our after school program coordinator, Ms. Leslie Campos.

Summer Workshops for Teachers on Japanese American Incarceration

The Japanese America Citizens League (JACL) is offering summer workshops for teachers on Japanese American incarceration. Thirty-six teachers and educators will be selected to participate in each of the two sessions and a stipend of $1,200 will be provided to each participant to cover transportation, lodging and food costs.

Riordan Scholars Program Accepting Applications

The Riordan Scholars Program is NOW accepting applications for next year’s class. The program is provided on a tuition FREE basis and is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. The program targets students who will be the first in their family to attend college and are interested in enhancing their leadership skills and preparing for admission to college. Throughout the school year, students attend Saturday sessions at the UCLA Anderson School of Management to participate in SAT classes and workshops to develop their leadership and career skills, and receive guidance through the college admissions process.

Also note that DMHS students are the face of the Riordan Scholars Program. Use this link to see our students on the Riordan Scholars website:

DMHS a Model School

Great Public Schools Now, a recently established organization that aims to create successful new public schools, includes DMHS as a model of high performance.

Paid Summer Internships for Juniors

Juniors may apply for The Intern Project (TIP), sponsored by the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (LA Fund) to provide high school students from LA County with paid, work-based learning experiences. Internships Since TIP’s launch, 63 students have interned at 32 companies and earned over $100,000. Applications open January 4th and the deadline is February 20th.

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DMHS Debate Takes Over LAMDL

DMHS Debate Takes Over LAMDL

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.

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.

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