Weekly roundup: Los Amigos High seniors set to graduate with associate degrees in May, ACSA recognizes 15 educational leaders, and more

Nearly 60 seniors from Los Amigos High School will not only receive their diplomas at graduation but also earn associate degrees come May. 

Airing on KCAL News’ Class Act segment on Tuesday, March 11, reporter Jasmine Viel provided viewers with insight into the numerous opportunities available at the Garden Grove Unified School District campus, including the Early College Academy program — a collaborative initiative with Golden West College.

KCAL spotlights Los Amigos High School
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“I’ve been with them since day one during distance learning,” Erin Chase, the program coordinator, said. “I have meetings almost every week with parents who are interested in transferring their students from Long Beach, Los Angeles County and others. Word has gotten out about how this is such a great opportunity.” 

These 12th-graders are part of the program’s first cohort of students who dedicated four school years to earning their degrees. With this accomplishment, they will be able to transfer to a four-year college with general education requirements met and will also be able to walk in the graduation ceremony at the community college. 

“I got accepted early into UC Berkeley and I’m currently trying to get into USC,” Vivian, a senior in the program, said. “I hope to become an attorney specifically in family law or immigration law.” 

Viel also spotlighted the Los Amigos Lobos’ associated student body, girls flag football team, dance and cheer teams, as well as the journalism and yearbook class.

Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:

Bell Intermediate School GGUSD
  • Four high-performing middle schools in Orange County earned renewed statuses in the California Schools to Watch program.
  • The Orange County Department of Education recently hosted its latest physical education peer learning lab on March 6, inviting educators to observe a unified P.E. class at Travis Ranch School and gather best practices to implement similar curriculum for students with disabilities at their campus sites.
Career technical educator Shelley Andros helps students from Buena Park Middle School's Femineer program through the design and building process of their robot.
  • Students enrolled in the Femineer program at Buena Park Middle School put their lessons on robotics to the test by participating in a local high school’s STEM tournament.
  • In partnership with North Orange County ROP, the Los Alamitos Unified School District recently revealed a realistic ambulance simulator as part of its emergency response career technical education pathway program.
  • The Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees has passed a resolution notifying teachers of potential layoffs as the district faces enrollment declines and other financial challenges, KTLA 5 News reported.
  • “The Last Repair Shop,” a short document following the team that repairs and maintains instruments for music classes in the Los Angeles Unified School District won an Oscar on Sunday.
  • The Los Angeles Times reported that the two Orange Unified board members who were the subject of recall elections provided farewell remarks during Monday’s meeting.

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