Save the Date: CCMS Meet-and-Greet Campus Clean-Up
Join the Culver City Middle School PTSA and Panther Partners for a meet-and-greet campus clean-up event on the CCMS campus from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20.
Volunteers will take on a clean-up efforts from 3 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a pizza and salad dinner for $2 per person. Please bring your own tools (shovels, trowels, rakes) and spirit!
Please RSVP to Bonnie Wacker and join the incoming sixth-grade parents and their families as well as current parents and students at Culver City Middle School for this great event.
"We are all enthusiastic and committed to providing the best education we can to our kids," Wacker said. "We want to meet each other and have our kids meet this summer at a mixer. Let's extend our 'communities' of active involved families to the middle school. We'll be refreshing garden beds, removing leaf litter, fertilizing lawns and power washing."
The effort will be followed by a pizza dinner, music and games.
"If you are new to the campus, it will be a good day for your child to get acquainted with his/her new campus on a casual, no-school day, and, reconnect with old friends and make some new ones," Wacker added.
"Darn Yankees" Brings Home "Tony-esque" Honors
The National Youth Arts organization has announced it has given top honors to the Culver City Middle School performance of "Darn Yankees," including several honors given to individual actors.
Each year, the organization receives more than 200 submissions of musicals, dramas and films from schools and private programs around the country. At the end of the school year, the group votes and selects "Outstanding" performers, productions, designers, directors, etc. - sort of a Tony Awards for youth theatre. The organization recognizes honorees in two divisions - Junior Division is grades K-8 and Senior Division is grade 9-12.
"Darn Yankees" earned three awards and received four additional nominations, pretty impressive for a production in which 50% of the case was making his/her stage debut!
Culver City Middle School Musical Theatre Production won the following awards:
Reno Behnken - Outstanding Lead Actor (Junior Division);
Dylan Blasidell - Oustanding Lead Actress (Junior Division); and
Also nominated were:
Cameron DeFaria - Outstanding Lead Actor;
Oliver Berliner - Outstanding Supporting Actor
Claire Skelley - Outstanding Supporting Actress; and
Diane Feldman - Outstanding Direction.
The awards will be presented to the honorees in a ceremony on Sunday, June 19 at Loats Theatre on the campus of Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach.
CCHS Principal Pam Magee to Head Palisades Charter High School
The Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees has announced that it has appointed Pamela Ann Magee to be the school's Principal and Chief Administrative Officer. Her appointment is the culmination of an extensive process, which began over a year ago with the thorough stakeholder work led by the UCLA School Management Team to define the position and to identify the desired experience and personal characteristics of the school's new academic leader.
"We are, of course, saddened to see Pam leave the District, but this is a wonderful opportunity for her, and we wish her well," said Superintendent Patricia Jaffe.
Magee will assume her new role on July 1 after spending the last six years as principal of Culver City High School.
With her team at CCHS, Magee successfully led the high school through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process to receive a six-year clear term. This year, the school was re-designated as a California Distinguished High School due to all student groups meeting achievement goals and the noticeable decrease in achievement discrepancies. Culver City Unified School District, with Culver City High School, was recognized as an Advanced Placement Honor District for opening Advanced Placement doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while improving the percentage of students earning passing scores or higher on AP tests. As a result of the school's continued academic growth, Magee and a team from CCHS presented best practices for closing the achievement gap at a statewide conference hosted by the Association of California School Administrators and Total School Solutions, Inc.
Drummond Rolls His Way to CCHS Bowling Title
Along the same lines as the 1969 New York Mets World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles and Buster Douglas' knockout of Mike Tyson, comes Ian Drummond and his double victory Saturday evening in the Third Annual Culver City High School Booster Club's Bowling Tournament. Drummond, never confused with Earl Anthony or Walter Ray Williams, was a member of both the first-place and second-place championship teams in Saturday's tournament.
CCUSD locksmith Robert Gray, Kevyn Tucker, Cynthia Tucker and Kimily Batiste formed the foundation of the championship team. Team Gray bowled with Councilman Andy Weissman and Drummond, totaling 1,795 pins for its victory. Gray led the team with a fine 223 average for the evening. Weissman bowled a quite respectable 168 to help the cause.
Doug Stanger's Team ADP finished second with a score of 1,759. Team ADP had the distinct pleasure of bowling with Board of Education member Steven Gourley, and Drummond. Team Prieto, led by CCHS baseball coach Rick Prieto, fresh off a thrilling season on the diamond, along with "ringer" student Eric Mandzuch, finished third with a score of 1,664.
Culver City VIPs scoring well included Culver City Board of Education President Scott Zeidman, a former competitive bowler; Mr. Culver City Mike Cohen (181 average with a high game of 204), and City Manager Jon Nachbar (174 average, high game 200).
Culver City Police Chief Don Pedersen won the coveted "best of the chiefs award" besting Culver City Fire Chief Chris Sellers with a two-game total score of 323 to 251.
Andy Weissman was the highest scoring City Councilman with a score of 302, enough to edge out colleague Scott Malsin (221), and former Councilmen Steven Gourley (234) and Steve Rose (186). Culver City Middle School Assistant Principal Jocie Wilson, filled in aptly for the injured Mayor Mehaul O'Leary with a two-game total of 269. In the battle of Culver City High, Jerry Chabola (315) easily outdistanced CCHS Principal Pam Magee (116), and champion Ian Drummond.
However, the night was all about Drummond. Overshadowing the near sellout crowd and the over $2,000.00 raised for the Booster Club, Drummond wowed the fans and bowlers alike with an incredible showing on the lanes. In a sport where 300 is perfect, Drummond amassed single game totals of 54 in the first game, and an improved 65 in the second game. Bowlers of Drummond's stature are rarely, if ever, seen on ABC or ESPN. Reportedly, Drummond had a strike in each game.
Drummond, a former soccer standout for Culver High, put it simply, 'There's more to bowling than the score."
High scores among the participants included Kat (274 first game, 527 total), Eric "ringer" Mandzuch (256/490), Aileen Zeidman (264/488), Rick Easley (277/486), Kevyn Tucker (245/447), and Robert Gray (220/439). Generous donations were made by Eagle Sports, Sorrento's, Santa Maria Barbecue, and Lonzo' Bakery.
Carroll Named Assistant Superintendent - Educational
Congratulations to Farragut Elementary School Principal Eileen Carroll, who has been named CCUSD's Assistant Superintendent - Educational Services.
Effective July 1, Carroll will replace Gwenis Laura, who will be moving to the Orange Unified School District to become that district's Executive Director of Elementary Education.
Carroll has been principal of Farragut Elementary School since 2009. She previously served as Director of State and Federal Programs at Desert Sands Unified School District. She also served a total of 13 years as Principal at Martin Van Buren Elementary School in Desert Sands Unified School District and Highland Ranch School in Poway Unified School District.
Carroll earned both her Masters in Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Bakersfield.
"Eileen will be an outstanding addition to our District Administration team," said Superintendent Patricia Jaffe. "She has done an outstanding job during her two years at Farragut, and we welcome someone with Eileen's experience and expertise to the District Office."
El Marino Shares Hope With Japanese Students
Students at El Marino Language School posed for this photo that will be sent to Japan as a show of solidarity with the Japanese people and particularly Japan's children who continue to suffer through the aftermath of the tragic tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people. A poster-size print will be hand-delivered to Japanese students by teacher Saori Sekiguchi when she visits this summer.