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Higher Education Notes—Local Students Named To Honor, Dean’s And President’s Lists

Students excel at Cedarville University, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

BHEF Strives To Raise $100K In ‘Thanks 4 Giving’ Campaign

Just in time for Thanksgiving, when families gather around the table giving thanks for a bountiful spread and the warmth of relationships, the Beverly Hills Education Foundation is asking locals to help support public education in the City.

Multicultural Week – The Horace Mann community once again celebrated its annual Multicultural Week to great success

The Horace Mann community once again celebrated its annual Multicultural Week to great success. Highlighting a different geographic region each day, students enjoyed an array of food and activities, including  learning how to surf and how to write their names in Norse runes. Pictured (top row, from left): Ki Woon Kang, Yu Zhou, Aimee Contreras-Camua, Rayan Sohaib, Sohaib Rana, Jenny Yoo, Hina Sohaib, Annie Jeng, Fumi Yamashita and Sara Nabati; (middle row, from left): Rosa Kim, HaRim Lee, Kathleen Avena Blanco and Kyung Min Kim; (front row, from left): Sophie Hong, Gina Choi, Shehzel Sohaib, Courtney Hong, Olivia Kim, Liana Carrel, Aria Carrel, Jolie West-Christopher, Chaerin Lee and Shabia Sohaib.

Baby Bruins – Beverly Vista 5th grade teacher Kris Milliken recently took students on a field trip to UCLA where they received a campus tour

Beverly Vista 5th grade teacher Kris Milliken recently took students on a field trip to UCLA where they received a campus tour.  “By showing the students around a university campus and continually teaching them about the benefits of going to college, I am hopeful that this field trip will serve as added motivation for the children to one day pursue higher education,” Milliken said.

Horace Mann 8th Grader Davin Jeong Earns Prestigious High School Scholarship

Horace Mann 8th grade student Davin Jeong, 13, has been awarded a four-year scholarship to attend any high school program by the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA).  Davin is among a cohort of 30 students named as Caroline D. Bradley Scholars who were chosen from a competitive pool of gifted 7th grade applicants from across the country.

Teen BHEF Seeks Applicants For 2018-19

Beverly Hills students looking to make a difference in their community’s public education are encouraged to join Teen Beverly Hills Education Foundation (BHEF), which is now accepting applications through Sept. 8.

Little is Known as to the Motive for Texas School Shooter’s Deadly Rampage

 Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who police say shot 10 people dead Friday at his Texas high school, recently posted a picture of a black t-shirt on his Facebook page that read: "BORN TO KILL."

Texas Shooting Leaves Ten Dead, One Student Arrested

 Ten people were killed and at least 10 injured when a student armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at his Texas high school on Friday, officials said, in the latest deadly school shooting in the United States.

Beverly Hills News – City of Beverly Hills Disputes School District Statement

In a press release Wednesday evening, the City of Beverly Hills responded to a letter from Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy, in which he outlined their ongoing concerns over the planned Metro Purple Line Extension beneath the bungalows at Beverly Hills High School.

El Rodeo School Wins California Distinguished Arts Award

Adding yet another feather to its burgeoning cap of merits, on Friday El Rodeo elementary school nabbed the prestigious California Distinguished Arts Award, becoming just one of 12 schools in the state to receive the designation.

Saluting Graduates – Beverly Hills High seniors made pennants to signify their college plans for next year at the school’s “Pennant Party.”

Beverly Hills High seniors got creative this week, making pennants to signify their college plans for next year at the school’s “Pennant Party.” The BHHS College Center and PTSA supplied free pizza and snacks while students won raffle prizes while creating their pennants. Pictured, from left: BHHS seniors Ben Dahan, Sophia Goldberg, Dominique Petrie, Jamie Kim and Jonathan Artal.

Rachelle Marcus Declares Candidacy For Beverly Hills School Board

Longtime resident and lifelong educator Rachelle Marcus officially became the first candidate to throw her hat in the ring for one of two upcoming seats on the Beverly Hills Board of Education.

Happy Graduation – The final PTSA meeting of the 2017-18 school year included a bittersweet celebration that honored PTSA moms with graduating seniors.

The final PTSA meeting of the 2017-18 school year included a bittersweet celebration that honored PTSA moms with graduating seniors. After upwards of 20 years in the school district, several of these volunteers are graduating out with their last child. The meeting also offered quite the suprise for co-president Jodi Galen - with a lifesize replica of the petite powerhouse volunteer! Pictured (top, from left): PTSA co-president Laurie Okum, Marjaneh Manavi, Jodi Galen (times two!), and Cindy Trost; (bottom, from left): “graduating moms” Rishelle Maman, Dorit Abramov, Doreece Artal, Eddie Rabin, Dagny Dubelko, Dori Kenneally, Fariba Khorshad, Nazy Yadegar, Jodi Galen and Laurie Okum.

Plugged In Parents – More than 200 BHUSD parents, kids and staff participated in the district’s second “Plugged-In Parents” event on Tuesday evening at Horace Mann

More than 200 BHUSD parents, kids and staff participated in the district’s second “Plugged-In Parents” event on Tuesday evening at Horace Mann to learn about navigating the challenges of screen time in the digital era. Featuring speaker Anya Kamenetz (author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life), the event was sponsored by PTA Council, Rocco’s Pizza, Virtual Room LA and San Wilshire Printing. To view the entire event, which was filmed by K-BEV, visit: tinyurl.com/BHUSDplugged2. Pictured (from left): Karla Mulholland, Ann-Marie Fine, Alisa Bozin, Anya Kamenetz, Lisa Bieler, Horace Mann Principal Juliet Fine (front), Bahare Yektafar, BHUSD Director of Technology Bernadette Lucas, Romi Azevedo (front), Kimberly Combs and Superintendent Michael Bregy.

Apple Unveils New Apps for iPad Technology in the Classroom

 Apple on Tuesday unveiled new applications and a discounted iPad tablet aimed at the education market as it tries to regain momentum lost to Google in the world of classroom technology.

Success At Hawthorne – Hawthorne held its own Fun Run this past week, “Running With The Viking,” raising over $40,000

Taking a nod from El Rodeo, which launched Beverly Hills Unified School District’s first annual “Fun Run” a few years ago, Hawthorne held its own Fun Run this past week,  "Running With The Viking,” raising over $40,000.  Pictured: Hawthorne students and parents enjoy Multicultural Day.
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