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12/11/17


Winter break will take place from Saturday, December 16, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018.  Have a respectful, safe and responsible winter break.

 

Spring semester will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.

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12/7/17

Mondays at Boys Academic Leadership Academy are STEAM Professional Learning for the adults on campus!


Pictured: BAL teachers complete 6 science experiment stations.

 

Every Monday is an opportunity for teachers and administrators at BAL Academy to enhance their toolbox of instructional strategies and to gain innovative ideas in presenting scientific information to students.


Pictured:  Principal Moorer, Mr. Donnell, and Mr. Sanchez.

 

It is always a productive shared experience when Principal Moorer and the BAL teachers have an opportunity to learn together. The faculty was challenged to complete  an engineering problem, then engage in six experiments through interactive scientific stations, and to collect data while problem solving a data analysis question.  Ms. Tserunian, LD West STEAM Coordinator, facilitated the training.


Pictured: Ms. K. Tserunian, LD West STEAM Coordinator

 

The Vision and Mission of BAL Academy provides the teachers with a framework to integrate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)/ STEM practices and high level concepts throughout every class subject. 

 

The school was developed to impact the existing achievement gap for young men of color, who are also underrepresented in STEM/STEAM related fields and careers.  The theme established at BAL will provide boys with a clear pathway to college in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.


 

The essential belief at BAL is that if the achievement gap is addressed, for urban males: the number of men of color going to college will increase.

 

One of the goals of BAL is to provide a sequential college preparatory science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) curriculum infused with instructional techniques appropriate to young men.

 

STEAM at BAL Academy has been thoughtfully planned with integration of the music arts; and the music arts program at BAL will integrate creativity, artistic skills and discovery processes across all classrooms and content areas. 


 

BAL Academy will provide a well designed STEAM series set to launch in early Spring 2018 semester!  

 

School wide engagement of Stem/Steam practices and demonstrations will provide students direct access to hands on learning activities.  BAL Teachers will deliver Stem/Steam lessons using innovative kits, Instructional apps, project based and robotics materials, directly increasing demonstration and application of high level STEAM concepts, real world problem solving, engineering techniques and exposure to scientific experiments and critical thinking opportunities.

 

BAL STEAMing Ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12/1/17

On Friday, November Nov. 17, 2017 - The Young Men of BAL had an opportunity to share and experience "Real Men Reading" on the campus.  
Pictured: NBA Referees - Zack Zarbo, Randy Richardson, and Tre Maddox greet students with Principal Moorer.

 

Sponsored in partnership with the Scholastic Corporation, the Boys at BAL experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity to Read and receive autographs from Veteran National Basketball Association (NBA) Referees.  

 

The boys were treated to a morning spent Reading and Dialogue with the NBA Referees.  Surprises continued throughout the morning as the boys received FREE Books from the Scholastic by famed author Gary Soto, Taking Sides.  


 

At Boys Academic Leadership Academy, the Principal and staff commit to the old wise proverb - "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Chinese proverb."


Pictured: Nicholas Primus, 4.0 GPA, reads during the event.

 

Three important lessons were learned during this event: 1) It is important to recognize that if we want young men of color to develop a lifelong Love of reading, that boys must be exposed to books and stories where the main characters reflect their life experiences!  2) Book Ownership is Key!  Boys must be provided opportunities to build their own reading libraries and determine what genres and authors interest them!  and 3) MOST Important Lesson for Literacy and Young men of color - Young men of Color MUST experience Men of Color Reading - Role Model the Behavior you want kids to reach!  Principal Moorer and several male staff members joined in the Literary experience.  Mr. Ruiz, Counselor, Mr. Johnson, Teacher, hosted the event in the 6th grade English Classes.  


 


 

Scholastic representatives continued to provide surprises in raffle gifts, bookmarks, and even a visit from a life-size Clifford the Read/Red Dog - all items and activities were designed to encourage our young men to read!
 


Students receive autographs, in their new book copies!

 

After reading several chapters together, the distinguished referees shared exciting moments from NBA history, answered questions about requirements as a referee in major league sports, and shared what's it feels like to tell all star players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James what to do!


 

The Young Men of Color at BAL will never forget their morning - When Men Read, Boys learn to love Reading!!!

 

Thank you Scholastic and The NBA Referee Association!

 

 

 

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12/1/17

Every Friday at Boys Academic Leadership Academy a new "King of the Day" and a Reigning House are selected based on factors earned during the week.  December 1, 2017. This week congratulations go out to Ali House once again for earning House Recognition!


Congratulations to Mr. Gilbert Ortiz, 6th grade student at BAL who earned the most merit points this week to claim the title of King of the Day! 

 

Mr. Ortiz was celebrated by his homeroom class - Mr. Torres! When asked to come up on stage during BAL Townhall, excitement erupted when four of his Boys Academic Leadership Academy Brothers asked Principal Moorer if they could support Gilbert and assist him in leading the entire school through the morning ritual of reciting Invictus, so that Gilbert would not be nervous about completing the task.


 

At BAL, students and adults celebrate Brotherhood and Leadership!  When your BAL brothers support you - there is nothing you cannot accomplish!

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11/16/17

Life at BAL! Each morning at Boys Academic Leadership Academy begins a new day of learning, brotherhood, leadership and greater purpose.
BAL students pictured running to morning Town hall.  Students are eager to help their House affiliation win for the day.  Students are members of four Houses on the campus of Boys Academic Leadership Academy - Ali, Baldwin, Guevara, and Tyson.  BAL Houses were named to commemorate distinguished male figures of color in varied fields of accomplishment - Science, Sports, Social Justice and Liberal Arts.

 

After Town hall, lead by Principal Moorer, students ensure that their brothers are in full school uniform, their shirts and ties are ready for the day, and they remind each other not to earn demerits as a house. 
Advisory provides students an opportunity to connect with their house leaders and follows town hall to prepare students to a day of learning.  Every student receives academic instruction in the four core subjects and all students participate in learning music.


Ali House members (pictured), have decided to kneel and cross their hearts as a sign of respect while they recite Invictus, in the morning ritual.


 

Students are actively engaged in their classroom learning.


Hands are raised in 6th grade math class as students are eager to share their answers with the class.


Everyday at BAL is an adventure in Boyhood and an opportunity to powerfully impact the next generation of leaders.


Principal Moorer states "I am committed to ensuring that all students will be equipped with the tools to build a solid foundation of academic excellence rooted in brotherhood and to uphold the BAL Academy creed - Respect, Integrity, Courage, and Humility."

Nov. 16, 2017

 

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11/16/17

Academic Buzz was heard all over the campus of BAL as early as 7:30 in the morning.  The 10 Week Report Cards were celebrated by Principal Moorer, Counselor Mr. Aquino, and the entire Boys Academic Leadership Academy Faculty. 


BAL students in grades 6th and 7th, anxiously awaited the news that would identify the first official BAL Scholars of this school year!  The First 10 week grades were distributed by Mr. Aquino; the entire student body of BAL wanted to learn the Grade Point Average (GPA) process and the school ranking of top scholars. 


Principal Moorer did not disappoint the waiting student body in dramatically announcing the Top Scholars, as with all accomplishments at BAL, there was celebration and ceremony.  The entire day was taken over by GPA recognition, PA Announcements, and House shout outs on the main stage in the center of campus.  Students received certificates, gifts, photos, and positive encouragement through out the day!


Nicholas Primus, 6th grade, Baldwin House was King of the Day representing a grade point average of 4.0, signifying straight A's!  Ali House represented on stage with the highest number of students with a 3.0 - 3.95 GPA



Principal Moorer and Counselor Aquino, made sure that every student at BAL will remember the first 10 Week Grading Period at Boys Academic Leadership Academy.  "Grades over Fades" was shouted throughout campus, as the boys' chant this phrase to emphasize that they are more concerned with academic pursuits than violence (fades)!  Moorer provides incentives when the students go above the call of brotherhood to demonstrate a Non-Violent Campus.

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11/16/17

We salute Mr. Jerald Robertson as King of the Day - for Thursday, November 9, 2017. 

 


 

 

Mr. Robertson was cheered on by his Tyson House brothers and House Leader Ms. Matsui.  The 6th grade student, understands his role and responsibility as the fourth member of the Tyson House to win the King of the Day this semester.   

 

Principal Moore congratulates Jerald Robertson.


 

Mr. Roberston, states "I was surprised and excited about hearing my name on the stage.  My brothers and teacher came over and were excited about me winning."  "My mother and family members immediately began texting me congrats messages, I saved them on my phone as a motivation."  "I hope to win again.  The other KOD winners from Tyson house also came over to congratulate me!"

 

Mr. Robertson enjoys his Tyson House, Reading and all things Harry Potter!  He is looking forward to the Thanksgiving Break.

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10/24/17


King of the Day - Zaid Rivas appears above with BAL Counselor, Mr. Aquino!  Reaching for the Stars!

 

Congratulations to ZAID RIVAS- 7th Grade student King of the Day! Who is this Boys Academic Leadership Academy Guardian?? Zaid describes himself as "a boy with a dream of helping his fellow brothers! He proudly represents TYSON house at BAL. 

 


 

 

As a 7th grader he enjoys Yugi-Oh Cards, expertly plays his Guitar, and spends time working out with his Uncle who is training in the LAFD Fire Academy.  Zaid hikes, lifts weights and plays soccer.

 

He enjoys watching YouTube phenoms -TheDooo and Estos Tone who plays electric guitar as Zaid perfects his own musicianship!

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