Creativity, team-building and fun at the Middle School Halloween celebration!

8th grade students participate in the grade-level Mummy Wrap competition.

Middle School students had a spooktacular time on Tuesday, October 30, as we celebrated Halloween with a costume parade, a grade-level mummy wrap competition, and an advisory team Pumpkin Decorating Contest! We’ve shared some photos of the festivities:

Students vote during I Block for the “Scariest,” “Funniest” and “Most Creative” advisory pumpkins–and collect a sweet treat!

Our librarians get into the Halloween spirit.

Students get into the Halloween spirit with a gathering in the PFAC!

For a special Halloween treat, we hope you’ll enjoy this gallery of spoooooky and witty advisory pumpkin designs!

History and community: Spanish students visit Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles

On Sunday, October 28, Middle School Spanish students, teachers, families and friends participated in our annual historic scavenger hunt on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Our students made connections between Los Angeles’ present-day culture and its Spanish colonial and Mexican heritage as they visited some of the oldest buildings in Los Angeles, including the Casa Avila Adobe, viewed the Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros’ mural America Tropical, and enjoyed the artistic altars, musical and dance performances on display as the Mexican-American and Hispanic community celebrates el Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). The tour was capped off with a sweet treat from Mr. Churro, a modern-day Olvera Street landmark!


The MS Daily Bulletin goes to YouTube in our first student newscast!

This week the Middle School launched its first Daily Bulletin newscast on YouTube! All interested students were invited to sign up for a chance to be part of this pilot and, for our first newscast, 7th grader Mia N., 8th grader Josh D. and 6th grader Emy M. each presented sections on Middle School I Block activities, Viewpoint community events, and special reminders and upcoming due dates.

The response from our student, faculty and staff viewers this morning was positive, and we look forward to seeing this newscast evolve with more viewer feedback and ideas! Stay tuned for next week’s newscast!

Middle School substance abuse prevention workshops with Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD)

Thank you for joining us on Monday evening at our parent information session with educators from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD). FCD prevention specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved healthy recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living. From Monday through Thursday of this week, Middle School students have been engaged in workshops with FCD to gain the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices.

For those who were unable to join us on Monday, we would like to share with you the resources for parents provided to us by FCD. Questions? Please contact Melissa Strong at

Please CLICK to open link to FCD Prevention Works presentation slides.


Mornings With Mr. Chan, Oct. 9, 2018

Thank you for joining us at the first of our Middle School coffees, Mornings With Mr. Chan, on Tuesday, Oct. 9! We look forward to sharing a great new year with our Middle School students and families.

At these informal gatherings, we will discuss Middle School programs, resources for students and families, and tips for navigating developmental milestones in your adolescent’s life in a smaller setting. Our first coffee was an opportunity to get to know better the roles and support provided by each of our Middle School Administrative Team members, to discuss Middle School events and themes for the month of October, and to build new friendships and connections with the Middle School parent community.

For those who were unable to join us, please click the link below to view our presentation slides. In this presentation you will find linked resources for Freedom from Chemical Dependency (which will be on our campus from Oct. 15-18 to lead student workshops),, sponsors of Unity Day (a national event to promote inclusion and kindness and prevent bullying), and Lori Getz, Cyber Education consultant (who will offer presentations for parents and students on Oct. 25).

Please CLICK to view full slideshow from Mornings With Mr. Chan, Oct. 9, 2018!