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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.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 5/18/17




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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.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 5/5/17




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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.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 3/7/17




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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.......

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 2/21/17




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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!

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 2/3/17




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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.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 1/17/17




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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.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 1/8/17




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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!

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 12/5/16




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Published: 12/1/16




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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!
 

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 12/1/16




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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.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 10/31/16




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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.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 10/31/16




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1468166397361 w1000.jpgThese six CCMS students received very generous scholarships from Ms. Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, which provided them the opportunity to participate in the CSUN Teenage Drama Workshop which is a 6 week, intensive summer workshop for student interested in theatre. Our students were at CSUN Monday – Friday and most Saturdays from 8:00am – 5:00pm. The students lived and breathed every aspect of the dramatic arts this summer from the performance areas of acting, dance, voice, musical theatre, improvisation, and playwriting to the technical theatre areas of costuming, stagecraft, lights and sound. These photos are from their final performance of Shrek the Musical, Jr. My favorite quote from the students, “Ms. Sciarrino, this was the best summer ever. We worked hard and learned so much.”

 The names of the folks in the big group photo are Professor Doug Kaback, Bridgette Sellman, Santiago Gomez, Maria Acabal, Principal Debra McIntyre-Sciarrino, Ingrid Corleto, Julia Rosaci, Fernando Araujo, and Choreography Candy Sherwin.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 10/4/16




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May 26, 2016

 

Dear Ms. Brusca,

 

1456828044714_jpg_w460.jpgI would like to extend my congratulations on being selected as one of the LAUSD 2016 Teachers of the Year from Local District Northwest. Your exemplary and creative teaching at Columbus Middle School makes a difference in the lives of your students, the school and the community. Your commitment to educating our students and guiding them on their continued journey of success to college and career is inspiring to both those you educate and fellow educators.

 

The entire Local District Northwest applauds this important achievement and we look forward to your continued dedication to teaching, which has made a lasting and profound difference in the lives of our students.

 

Sincerely,

Vivian Ekchian

Local District Northwest Superintendent

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 9/15/16




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The Jungle Book was a successful culmination of the hard work and learning the Drama Class and Club did this year. During the year the class learned various aspects of theatre. Working with the Hooligan Theatre group from UCLA, they fine-tuned their characterization and acting skills. The class learned stagecraft techniques and design, in addition to costuming, lighting, and scriptwriting. Finally, these skills were combined to present The Jungle Book.

 The Drama Club is looking forward to continuing our success next year. Keep an eye out for our next production.

By Ms. Agajanian

CCMS Drama Teacher

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 8/10/16




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On March 12, 2016, two teams from CCMS participated in the Academic Pentathlon competition organized by the Orange County Department of Education at Bolsa Grande High School. The purpose of the Academic Pentathlon program is to prepare students for success in college and careers by building their  skills in communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and character.

This year’s theme for the competition was “India”. The students competed in five subject areas: Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, Literature, and essay writing. Each grade level also competed in an exciting Super Quiz relay where parents, faculty, and classmates cheered for their teams from the sidelines.

The CCMS team members were:

7th grade  Ahmed Baig, Matthew Elijah Amaro, Nour Aly Molokhia, John Carlos Baldoz Bote, Michelle Tejeda, David Navarro, Liliana Maria Gusky, and Wahidullah Dawari.

8th grade Sarahy Gonzales, Katherine Cortes, Nandita Ashley Kumar, Isaiah Ogundeko, Karen Garcia Flores, Kaled Mejia, and Maesha Prema Zaman.

The teams were coached by Mr. Nwankwo and Mrs. Kazanjian (assistant coach).

Medals and plaques were presented to the top Super Quiz teams and highest scoring teams overall. Also, medals were presented to the top individuals for each G.P.A category in every subject area.

On Tuesday, April 19, administrators, teachers, parents, and students gathered to celebrate the achievement of our teams. The medals were presented by Mrs. Debra McIntyre- Sciarrino who praised the students for their hard work and congratulated the parents. She also thanked the teachers for their dedication to students’ achievement. The students won medals in the following categories:

Language/Literature- 2 medals

Fine Arts- 4 medals

Math- 1 medal

Social Science- 3 medals

Science- 1 medal

Overall individual medal

Perseverance- 2 medals

Super Quiz- 7th grade team (5th place) and 8th grade team (3rd place)

Overall- 7th grade team (5th place) and 8th grade team (5th place)

We would like to thank the following teachers who helped the teams in preparing them for the competition: Mrs. Brusca, Mr. Chau, Mr. Deeth, Mrs. Godinez, Mr. Rabbani, and Ms. Wilson. Special thanks to Ms. Stephanie Powell for her enthusiasm and dedication in providing food and support to the students.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 6/7/16




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Special Olympics School Games Track and Field is an event where students of all abilities get to participate together.  The track and field events we participate in are 50 meter walk, 100 meter walk, 50 meter run, 100 meter run, javelin throw, long jump, softball throw, and relay.  The athletes train for many weeks for the track meet.  We prepare by learning to use proper form for sprinting, how to throw the javelin, use proper form when throwing a softball, and how to pass a baton for a relay race.  All the time having FUN!

All our, CCMS, athletes did an amazing job at Special Olympics- School Games-Track and Field. They all came home with many ribbons.  Each athlete did an awesome job!  They ran, jumped, and threw with all of their effort and strength.  They made Christopher Columbus Middle School very proud!

Special Olympics School Games Track and Field is an event where students of all abilities get to participate together.  The track and field events we participate in are 50 meter walk, 100 meter walk, 50 meter run, 100 meter run, javelin throw, long jump, softball throw, and relay.  The athletes train for many weeks for the track meet.  We prepare by learning to use proper form for sprinting, how to throw the javelin, use proper form when throwing a softball, and how to pass a baton for a relay race.  All the time having FUN!

All our, CCMS, athletes did an amazing job at Special Olympics- School Games-Track and Field. They all came home with many ribbons.  Each athlete did an awesome job!  They ran, jumped, and threw with all of their effort and strength.  They made Christopher Columbus Middle School very proud!

CCMS Special Olympic Athletes

Avalos, Sebastian

Balvaneda Lopez, Tania El

Cajahuaringa, Kate

Ceron, Nathan

De La Cruz Silva, Fatima

Diaz, Christopher

Gonzalez, Santiago

Jandres, Brian

Lozano, Cristian

Martinez, Belinda

Moreno, Bryan

Naimi, Katreena

Rodis, Efreim

Ruiz, Ashley

Vo, Dung Dylan-Not pictured

Wheatley, Myles


 

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 5/26/16




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Canoga Park, Ca. (March 24, 2016) – Christopher Columbus MS has1456823341580.jpg been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. CCMS joins 118 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.



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



Schools that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.



To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, CCMS 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 is leading the way with learning1456823281458_w1000.jpg opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing —while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.



Upon hearing the great news CCMS Principal Debra McIntyre-Sciarrino had this to say, “Tears are dripping down my face, so many emotions I am feeling. I am proud and awed of the work we have all done this year. We have and will continue to change the lives of our students.”



As CCMS finalizes its 2016-2017 budget, the NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school.




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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 5/3/16




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1456822126497_w1000.jpgA select group of our CCMS 7th and 8th grade students participated in this year’s Academic Pentathlon on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Bolse Grande High School in Garden Grove, CA.  The program engages students of all achievement levels in an exciting five-event competition. Under the guidance of our coaches, Mr. Nwankwo and Mrs. Kazanjian, our students prepared for competition in the subject areas of fine arts (art and music), literature (including essay analysis), math, science, and social science. The Academic Pentathlon also prepares students for success in college and careers by building 21st century skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and character.

Each grade level competed in the exciting Super Quiz relay, a team1456822126499_w1000.jpg event where parents, faculty, and classmates cheer from the sidelines, championing academics much like the environment of a sporting event. The top scoring teams and individual students are awarded medals and plaques. 

Both teams did amazing and represented our school well!  We are excited to continue this new tradition and are already looking to build next year’s team! 

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 4/22/16




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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 was a “Celebration of Music” event for Christopher Columbus Middle School. The event was prompted by the generous donation from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that included cellos, flutes, violins, violas, marching band drums, trombones, baritones, French horns, and saxophones, just to name a few of the gifts received. Joining the enthusiastic Celebration with the students and staff of CCMS was the CCMS Teacher Band UN-Common Core, CCMS Parents, Canoga Park Neighborhood Council President Ho, Instructional Director Nacorda, and Local District Superintendent Ekchian, who encouraged and challenged CCMS students to pursue their passion and make a difference in their community.

This donation will greatly enhance the current CCMS Music Program by replacing old and worn instruments and accommodating the increasing number of students interested in the music program. With that in mind, it was the appropriate time for Principal McIntyre-Sciarrino to announce the creation of a new Small Learning Community (SLC) beginning in the Fall of 2016, The Conservatory of Music at CCMS.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 4/18/16




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On Thursday, February 11th Christopher Columbus Middle School celebrated an award of a grant from the UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind and the Annenberg Foundation of a new high tech fitness center, physical education equipment, curriculum, and professional development designed to teach and inspire students to enjoy the fun and challenge of fitness leading them to a life time of healthy choices. Joining us for the celebration was the UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind Executive Director Patrick McCredie, UCLA staff Luke Brauer, Mary Kate Short, Matthew Flesock, LAUSD Physical Education Advisor Chad Fenwick, LDNW Instructional Director Joseph Nacorda, and LAUSD Board District 3 Board-member Scott Schmerelson.

During the celebration Executive Director Patrick McCredie shared with the student body that he knows CCMS, “Is one of the best of the best schools in LAUSD,” as we were selected to receive the UCLA Health grant from an applicate pool of over 100 LAUSD schools. Board-member Scott Schmerelson congratulated Grant Coordinator and writer Mr. Gregory Williams on his efforts and told the students that he found them to be “So nice, so friendly, and so polite, you guys are really great.” The CCMS dance team performed their award winning number and the Modern Band played a rousing rendition of YMCA! The dignitaries were then lead by the CCMS Band to the gymnasium for the fitness center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 4/18/16




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1456822126124_jpg_w460.jpgJulia represented our school in the Regional Spelling Bee, Sunday, March 13. She was in the top 100 spellers in Los Angeles County. Seventeen school districts, over 119 schools and 23,000 students competed for a spot on the stage. Congratulations Julia for making it to the stage!

Congratulations to all Magnet and Resident students who participated in the 1st Annual CCMS Spelling Bee and a big thank you goes to Mr. Seifert who organized the Spelling Bee competition for our school and to Mr. Rauseo for assisted in the competition. The top three winners at CCMS were Julia Gutierrez, Britney Tolentino, and Jose Vasquez, with Julia winning the competition and moving on to the Regional Competition held at Walter Reed Middle School.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 4/18/16




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Through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, 22 CCMS 8th Grade Magnet Students have been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Hippocrates Circle Program!

The Hippocrates Circle Program is a free program, for selected 8th grade students. The Program is designed to help students in making informed decisions that will begin to shape their future. The Program is designed for students who have an interest in science and a desire to help improve the lives and health of other people, to move them towards an amazing and fulfilling career as a physician. Due in part to Hippocrates Circle, one of our former CCMS Magnet students is currently in his 4th year of Medical School at UC San Diego and now his cousin is one of our participants this year.

Kaiser Permanente knows that reaching this goal will take hard work, dedication and sacrifice. As a member of our community, they want to help. Through the Hippocrates Circle Program, students are put in touch with physicians and medical students who share ideas on how they can attain your goals. During field trips on October 15 and November 12, students will learn what doctors do in everyday practice, tour a hospital, visit a medical school, and learn a lot about how to succeed and achieve their dreams along with ways to pay for a medical education. Families are invited to attend a program orientation September 21, financial aid workshop and student graduation December 1.

To qualify, students must have a 2.5 GPA or better and submit an essay about why s/he wants to become a doctor. It was very difficult, this year, choosing from among the excellent essays submitted. Their stories and reasons for wanting to enter the medical field were compelling. Normally, we are limited to fifteen (15) participants, however, this year; Kaiser Permanente was generous in allowing us to select twenty-two students!

Congratulations to the following 8th grade students for being selected as HCP participants:

1

Jaime

Alegre

2

Melanie

Ayala

3

Hana

Calamba

4

Maraya

Carbajal

5

Shraina

Constancia

6

Sarahy

Gonzalez

7

Anais

Hernandez

8

Raymond

Juarez-Zuniga

9

Nandita

Kumar

10

Kaled

Mejia Suarez

11

Gerson

Morales

12

Nazmun

Nahar Mumu

13

Bashir

Nomair

14

Isaiah

Ogundeko

15

Kheily

Ortiz

16

Gladys

Osakwe

17

Jasmine

Pourzanjani

18

Emira

Setayeshgar

19

Yakelyn

Torres

20

Maesha

Zaman

21

Diana

Zavala

22

Sabrine

Zekkani

To learn more about the Hippocrates Circle Program, visit them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/hippocratescircle

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 9/30/15




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Please help our school and your child's classroom. Go to DonorsChoose and see what our school needs. Please support us in our effort to get supplies we need so desperately.

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Posted by: Mr. Richard Helm
Published: 8/20/15