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A select group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Columbus Medical Magnet Students had a rare opportunity to train alongside veteran physicians at The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills during a field trip to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The Simulation Center is an immersive environment equipped with the latest in human patient simulators and medical devices. The center replicates the reality of health care providers working together performing different roles and navigating the latest medical technology. During their visit, students learned about Multi-professional clinical skills development, teamwork, improving communication and, patient safety. Twenty-four students participated in the field trip and trained in small groups of six, using the latest in medical educational technology.

 The Women’s Guild Simulation Center comprises two fully equipped and functioning operating rooms, an ICU, OB/GYN room and a trauma bay. In addition, it has a PICU/NICU and multiple rooms for skills training and development. The center also includes a fully equipped computerized simulation room with simulators for practice in GI/ bronchoscopy procedures; laparoscopic, hysteroscopy, urologic, neurologic and cardiovascular procedures as well as ultrasound procedures and robotic surgery.


Columbus MS Receives National Recognition for Music Education Program

CCMS is one of 1% of schools in nation to receive distinction


Canoga Park, California – April 4th, 2017 – LAUSD’S Christopher Columbus MS has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. CCMS – Conservatory of Music is one of only 1% of schools in the nation to be recognized with this prestigious award in 2017.

The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, CCMS – Conservatory of Music answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that CCMS – Conservatory of Music is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015 and awaiting state implementation, designates music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.


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!