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The CCMS Concert Band recently attended an invited rehearsal of Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Conducted by Monsieur Lionel Bringuier, the students observed how a professional orchestra prepares for a concert.  Also, students participated in a workshop that explained the history of the piece and its story.


Above, award-winning teacher Monique Brusca works with Leonor Diaz, left, and Ashley Martinez in their Modern Band class at Columbus Middle School. Read on.......


As a Medical Magnet, knowing Greek and Latin roots, which can be learned from studying spelling, is an essential part of our curriculum in preparation for career and college readiness, especially for those jobs in the medical field.
Students shone at our 2nd Annual CCMS Spelling Bee last Friday. As part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, our winner (and returning champion):  Julia Gutierrez-7th grade, and runner up: Safat Zia (Zara), will be competing at the CA Regional Spelling Bee. See below for details!

Location: Walter Reed Middle School Auditorium, 4525 Irvine Ave, NoHo, CA 91602
Date & Time: 03-12-2017 2 PM
Once again, a big congrats to Julia and Zara! We'll see you at the next round!


Museum of Tolerance

Ms.Godinez and Ms. Conn led all 8th Grade Magnet Students on a field trip to the Museum of Tolerance for an emotional and enlightening examination of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.  During the visit, each student was challenged to make their own personal commitment to effect positive change in the world.


La Brea Tar Pits

Mr. Seifert and Ms. Agajanian brought all 6th Grade Magnet Students on a wonderful field trip to the La Brea Tar Pits. The students visited Pit 91 and witnessed live excavations of Ice Age fossils of saber-toothed cats and dire wolves. Students were also able to view the paleontologists in the Fossil Lab hard at work. In addition to learning about LA’s past, the students were able to have a little fun rolling down the hill, a favorite activity of all kids who visit.


Congratulations to the fifteen Columbus Medical Magnet Students who participated in this year’s Hippocrates Circle Program, and graduated on Monday, November 28, 2016 during a wonderful ceremony at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills.  During the graduation dinner banquet, our students, along with students from Woodland Hills Academy and Lawrence Magnet School, were honored by the physicians of Kaiser Permanente and presented with a graduation certificate and a stethoscope as symbols of their accomplishments. At the close of the event, all of the future doctors recited the Hippocratic Oath and reaffirmed their commitment to pursue a career as a physician. 

Over the last months, our students have participated in a series of field trips and special events that gave them a rare behind the scenes look into the world of the physician and provided them with many hands-on opportunities to experience what it is like to be a doctor. They earned CPR certification, toured a hospital, and established relationships with doctors who will mentor them as they prepare for medical school and beyond.  In addition, students and their families were able to meet and ask questions of a group of committed doctors who shared their personal experiences of overcoming hardships and challenges to become physicians.

Once again, congratulations to our Hippocrates Circle Program graduates!


Saturday October 29th was a great day for Columbus Middle School!  Enrich LA is an organization dedicated to building healthy, edible gardens at over one hundred Los Angeles schools.  We were lucky enough to be selected to receive this grant!  We had volunteers from USC, as well as staff and students and family members out on Saturday to help build our Edible Garden!  Thanks to everyone who came out!


1473925339900 w1000.jpgOn October 29th and 30th Lowes sent a crew sent of 10 volunteers to help us renovate our agricultural area. And also made a generous donations of over $2000 worth of gardening supplies and plants! Thank you Lowe's.


Our First Annual PTA Cultural Diversity Night was a huge success as we celebrated each other's cultures and heritage.  While celebrating our diversity, we became more aware of ourselves, gained a sense of pride, and developed an understanding that fosters respect and open-mindedness for others.  Teachers, students, families, and the community came together and embraced our similarities and differences through music, dance, song, and art.  The event helped us to cross cultural boundaries and allowed us to be part of an experience that honored and recognized our universal equality and provided time for us to connect as a unified community.