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FOHA 6TH Grade Parent Coffee Tuesday, August 12th, 8:30 am – 9:00am Please join us for coffee and pastries in the School Library after...

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FOHA 6TH Grade Parent Coffee Tuesday, August 12th, 8:30 am – 9:00am Please join us for coffee and pastries in the School Library after...

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8th Grade

FOHA 6TH Grade Parent Coffee Tuesday, August 12th, 8:30 am – 9:00am Please join us for coffee and pastries in the School Library after...

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Sunday, August 24th   2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Where? UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreation Center 1111 Easton Drive Los Angeles, CA 90024 Cool off...

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Artwork for talent show

If you would like to submit artwork for the Reeds got talent show lobby, please drop it off in room 217 to Ms Szymanski during nutrition or before school.  Be sure and fill out the form that will be posted outside her room.  Your name, and period 1 room number should be on the artwork so it will get back to you after the show.  Artwork does not need to be auditioned, just drop it off. Art work can be drawings, paintings, sculputures, stories or any visual art.

For more information contact, Ms Szymanski in room 217

Ps.  Submissions should be dropped off before October 20th

Talent show

Yes it is time for our reeds got talent show!!  So many auditioned last year and I am sure there will be more this year.  We must stick to the rules though and I have included them here.  Reminder that although this is a Humanities fund raiser, the whole school is allowed to audtion.  The Humanities 8th graders get to run the whole show though.  They get to be host, crew, stage managers etc.  But what makes this great is that the whole school is allowed to participate.  I have included what I am posting outside my room.  I am so looking forward to this, as every year.  Still working on our teacher act!!!

Ms Szymanski

 

PLEASE TAKE THIS INFORMATION AND READ BEFORE YOU AUDITION!

RULES WILL BE FOLLOWED!!

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE ALL THE REHEARSALS, (AND THERE ARE ONLY 2 BEFORE THE ACTUAL SHOW), THEN YOU MAY NOT BE IN THE SHOW. 

IMPORTANT!!

JUST BECAUSE YOU AUDITION, OR WERE IN THE SHOW BEFORE DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SPOT IN THE SHOW THIS YEAR.  WE HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPACE FOR THE SHOW AND NEED TO PICK A VARIETY OF ACTS EVEN IF THEY ARE ALL GOOD.  

IF YOU WANT TO AUDITION SIGN UP BELOW.  YOU MUST SIGN UP BEFORE THE AUDITION. 

AUDITION DATE SEPT 11 FROM 3 TO 5

THIS IS A COMPLETELY STUDENT RUN SHOW.  LIGHTS, CREW, ACTS, MICS, HOSTS,AND CHOOSING ACTS ARE BY STUDENTS.  THIS IS WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL.  EACH YEAR IT GETS BIGGER AND BETTER!! WHICH MEANS WE MUST HAVE MORE RULES THAT NEED TO BE FOLLOWED.

RULES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Audition:

 Your audition on September 11th will only be about 1 to 2 minutes long.  You may schedule an audition with Ms Szymanski before the audition date.  That means come during nutrition or lunch to show her your act.  YOU MUST SIGN UP TO AUDITION AND CANNOT JUST SHOW UP THE DAY  OF THE AUDITION  OR AFTER THE AUDITION. 

At the audition there will be no mics to sing.  You will sing either with your own ITouch or phone.  It will not be great quality, but we just need to see what you are doing.  Dancers with music, please bring it on a CD as we will just play it on a boom box.  Your act does not have to be perfected.  If picked you will work on it on your own and it needs to be ready to go by the first tech rehearsal date  No costumes are necessary to audition. 

Bands may show me a video or your band playing and not have to come to the audition. This must be done before the audition date.  

NO ONE WILL BE SEEN TO AUDITION AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH!!

Those picked to be in the show will be listed outside of room 217 one or two days after the audition. if you then choose not to be in the show I just know asap!!  

AUDITIONING DOES NOT GUARANTEE BEING IN THE SHOW!! WE HAVE LOTS OF PEOPLE AUDITIONING AND CANNOT HAVE A VERY LONG SHOW SO WE HAVE TO MAKE CUTS!  THAT IS SHOW BIZ!!

IMPORTANT!!!  ACTS CAN BE NO LONGER THAN 2 MINUTES!!!! END OF STORY!!

Pianists will have a piano to play on.

 

When you get selected

 You must be available for all the rehearsals.  we have very few of them.  Only two before the show. PARENTS AND STUDENTS DO  NOT ASK FOR YOUR CHILD OR FOR YOU TO LEAVE EARLY FROM ANY OF THE REHEARSALS.  If they have to sit for two hours and wait to go on stage, then that is what they have to do.  I cannot make exceptions, it is not fair to everyone else and for my crew who have to work out the details of the show.  

Anyone using background music, you must have your music burned on two discs.  The ones that work best are the CD-r pro.  Test your music on more than one device.  At tech rehearsal if it does not work, you must have a working copy to Ms Szymanski by two days later so we can test it.   Your name, and song should be written on the disc.

Anyone using props must bring their own.  We might have tables and chairs, but special things you must bring.

Bands must supply their own equipment except for mics.  we will have those. 

With in 2 days you must email me the name of your song and  what you are doing.  It should be the same thing you did in your audition.

 

Tech rehearsal 

This is the time for my crew to figure out when to open curtains etc.  It is the least fun rehearsal, but very important.  You might not even get to perform much.  It is for hosts to se a bit of your act and for the crew to figure out lighting etc.  HAVE PATIENCE!!

 

Dress rehearsal

During this time we try to run the show in order without stop.  That doesn’t always work, but we try.  This means full costumes, music and props.  

NO INAPPROPRIATE LYRICS OR COSTUMES ALLOWED!!  WE KNOW WHAT THAT IS!1

PERFORMERS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE DRESS REHEARSAL SO THAT MY CREW CAN GIVE NOTES AT THE END!! DO NOT ASK TO LEAVE!!

 

Day of show!!

ALL PERFORMERS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE SHOW.!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT EVERYONE IN THE SHOW.  AND BESIDES THE TEACHERS PERFORM AT THE END AND IT IS ALWAYS GREAT!!

ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT MS SZYMANSKI IN ROOM 217 OR AT skiluna@aol.com

 

 

 

Welcome to 2014-2015 school year

Hello to all

Just a quick note to say hello and to say how happy I am go be back at work and begin a new year with some new faces some old faces. There a lot of changes this year, especially in the math department.  The new common core will be frustrating, fun and a learning experience for us all, but ultimately it will be beneficial for the students to learn to persevere in their learning and understanding of concepts.

Some requests from me personally are, if you have any issues at all, please email me and I will get back to you very very quickly.  My email is skiluna@aol.com.   I am still working a very simple website, but it is not quite there yet.  I dont want to put it out there until I am sure it is ok.

Also, for the past 2 years I had a wonderful parent who came in to help me make copies one morning a week.  I so miss her.  If anyone is willing to do that, maybe once every two weeks on a set morning that would be great.  With common core there will be a lot of copying to do.

Second, my wish list, which is on going include these things.  Copy paper, kleenex, paper towels, cleaning wipes, art supplies, sharpies (black or blue), dry earse markers (black or blue), jolly ranchers or sour patch individual candies.  And of  course alway herb tea, (peppermint and chamomile the teacher’s favorite). :)

Look for talent show information that I should be putting out soon.  It might also be on the school calender as well.  Hope to get information out very very soon.

Again, looking forward to a great year. I feel sad that I was not able to say a proper goodbye to my last years students and was not really there much the last week of school for my old 7th graders.  My mother passed away June 1st and my mind was else where.  But I wish all of them success and I am very thrilled to start our new year.

Sincerely

Ms Szymanski

Ps  tutoring hours are nutrition, wednesday from 3-4 (have child come immediately after school, before school tuesday or thursday (7:20).  If students wants to come tuesday or thursday make sure they let me know so I am not out of my room copying or something else.

First Day of School Important Reminders

On, Tuesday August 12th, student home rooms will be listed by last name at all entrances to the campus.  Students are to report to their 1st period class to receive their complete schedule. Students can enter buildings at 7:50am. Period 1 begins at 8:00am.

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The first day of school, Tuesday, August 12th is an early dismissal day at 1:32PM.  Period 0 (Optional) begins at 7:00AM, Period 1 will begin at 8:00AM.

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Lockers will be given on the day that students receive their text books. (Typically within the first 7 days of school). Any problems with lockers should be directed to the student store.

Special Posting!  Humanities Academy Grows!

In the Spring, Walter Reed made changes to the bell schedule, and now our students have a six period day instead of seven periods.  This has an unique impact on the Humanities Academy, as our academy is the largest at Reed and has three tracks of students instead of two.  In practical terms, this means that our Humanities teachers will be teaching five classes a day instead of six (because all teachers have a planning period).  The administration has hired, and in some cases borrowed from other academies, some wonderful teachers to fill out the Humanities schedule.

For 6th grade, our new Humanities teachers are Ms. Mintz (English / Ancient Civilizations) and Ms. Holbrook (Math/ Science). Please check out the FOHA website to learn more about who our new teachers are.  www.reedfoha.org

Be assured that the letters your kids wrote over the summer introducing themselves to Ms Siminski and Ms.Walker will be passed along to the correct teachers!

FOHA  welcomes these teachers with open arms and we are committed to supporting every teacher in the academy and to facilitating communication between the teachers, the administration, the parents, and–most importantly!— the students.

Don’t forget, the Sixth Grade Coffee is the first day of school, at 8:30 in the library. Bring your questions!

Welcome to Humanities From the New Members in Town: Ms. Wende Mintz and Ms. Bobrosky

Ms. Mintz has been at Walter Reed for six years, previously teaching 7th and 8th grade History for the Technology Academy.  She also taught Youth & the Law, as well as being the Reed Yearbook Advisor.  Prior to that, she taught seven years of 8th grade History at Mt. Gleason Middle School in Sunland, and two years at Pinewood Avenue Elementary School in Sunland.  She worked on her Masters in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ohio, taking summer courses over seven years. A degree in Fashion Illustration from FIDM, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, along with a Teaching Credential, round out her education.  Swing Dancing is her passion, along with her two rescue cats; Carly and Violet.

Her email is mintz.room184@gmail.com
Her website is:  https://sites.google.com/site/msmintz184/home

 

Ms. Bobrosky grew up at Walter Reed– her father has been at Reed for 38 years. She was inspired by the teachers she was surrounded by, and knew early on that teaching was what she wanted to do. After getting her B.A in English at CSUN in 2008, she had experience in several schools before getting lucky enough to land a teaching position at Reed. Originally starting as the Culinary Academy’s English/ History teacher, she is happy to be teaching in the Humanities Academy, following the greats like Gold and Eskander (two of the amazing teachers who started the academy and have since retired)!

Her website is www.msbobsclass.com
Parents can email her at rachel.bobrosky@lausd.net

FOHA All-Grade SWIM & BBQ!

Sunday, August 24th   2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where?
UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
1111 Easton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Cool off with friends and family at the FOHA all-grade Swim Party and BBQ at UCLA’s beautiful Sunset Canyon Rec area!  Bring food, drink — and something to share. We will provide plates, plastic cutlery, condiments and BBQs fired up for grilling. Please no alcohol. Blankets, beach towels, balls are all good too — there are several pools, a large field and a sand volley ball court.

Admission is free — $2 lifeguard fee per swimmer UCLA recreation facilities require waivers for non-members which will be available to sign at the entrance.

Directions
From Sunset Blvd (going eastbound from 405) turn right onto Bellagio.
From Sunset Blvd (going westbound from Beverly Glen) turn left onto Bellagio.
Turn left at the first stop sign onto De Neve Dr.
At the next stop sign, turn right into Sunset Canyon Recreation Center  for drop off only.
For Parking, continue on De Neve past tennis courts to Sunset Village Parking lot

Parking (cash or credit card)
Sunset Village Parking Structure
200 De Neve Dr.

There’s very little non-permit parking in the Sunset Rec lot so they ask that big groups park in the larger Sunset Village lot on De Neve Dr. (5 minute walk past tennis courts). You can drop off people and gear at Sunset Rec before parking.