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Congratulations to Matthew Hardison for being the king of the day.  Matthew has made great strides in academics and great improvement in citizenship.  Today, Matthew is joined by first-timer, Jodey Figueroa and returners, Mycah Patterson, Gilbert Ortiz and  Andres Flores.  Good job Matthew!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/16/18




Audience: Calendar & News


On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the BAL Academy was invited to screen the documentary hip-hop film, Death of the Fifth Element.  The film argues about the state of hip-hop today with its beginning as a tool for social justice and social issues of the time.  After popcorn and the movie, the boys met with the film director, Moe Reed.  Meeting the filmmaker, the boys recited Invictus to show their appreciation.



Although there were other middle schools present, the BAL boys represented our school well.  After the other schools departed, our boys stayed to make sure that we left the theatre as close to cleanliness as possible.
 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Calendar & News


During Ms. Matsui's 7th period, her Creative Expression class engages in relevant and meaningful communities issues.  One of the issues that the 6th grade boys tackled was the #blacklivesmatter movement and its relevance to the Westmont community of South Los Angeles.  In honor of the killing of unarmed Anthony Weber, Ms. Matsui's boys create a poster exhibit to call attention to the matter.  Her boys lament that Anthony could have been their friend and that he could have been Ms. Matsui's student.  As a part of the ongoing discussion on the #blacklivesmatter movement, Ms. Matsui also invited Mr. Terrence McCrea, the author of "What Should We All Do After the Trayvon Martin Trial" as a guest speaker in her class.  For more information on the Anthony Weber case, please see http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-deputy-teen-shooting-20180209-story.html)

 


Parent, Mr. Brian Davis, assists in helping the boys put up their exhibit.

 

















 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Calendar & News


He wasn't expecting it.  In fact, he was pointing at one of his house brothers to be announced as the King of the Day.  When his name, "Devon Thomas!" was called, he was shocked and was surprised to have his name called to the stage.  Congratulations to Devon Thomas for being recognized as King of the Day for the Week of February 5, 2018.

 

Joining him on stage for the first time, Jared McClaren, Diego Mendez Virgen and second timers, Robert Fuller and Mylez McCall.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Calendar & News

 

Boys Academy sixth-grader Antwone Usher explains to Wes Hall and fellow students why it’s important always to have an ink pen in hand and ready.

 

Young Men of Color conference encourages students on road to success

 

 

More than 100 students from nearly two dozen schools came together Saturday as part of the fifth annual Young Men of Color conference – an event designed to inspire excellence and spur educational empowerment.

 

“These young men are here because we need to celebrate all young men of color,” said Dr. Brenda Manuel, administrator of the District’s Student Unit and a principal organizer of the conference. “We have brought a lot of people together – mentors, leaders, police officers and people in the community – to help these young men understand how talented they are and the true potential they have.”

 

Manuel co-founded The Village Movement, a school-based mentorship program that is linked to the annual conference, with Wes Hall, an educational consultant and CEO of the Institute for Student Empowerment.

 

Board Vice President Nick Melvoin reminds students that every-day actions like putting on a tie, shaking hands and making a bed are important steps on the road to leadership.

 

“When you live in America, you may see the American Dream and want the American Dream, but you may not have the tools and guidance you need to get there,” Hall said. “These young men are brilliant young men. With the right guidance, they will turn from being ‘at-risk’ youth into ‘at-promise’ youth.”

 

Hall served as the emcee for the day’s main events, which included words of inspiration from School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin and other leaders.

 

“The first and often overlooked step in being a leader is showing up, and these students are all here on a Saturday morning when they don’t have to be,” Melvoin said. “We are here to honor these young men and help them understand that it is the little things – like tying a necktie, shaking a hand and making their beds in the morning – that are the first and most significant steps on the road to leadership.”

 

Los Angeles School Police Chief Steve Zipperman and a dozen members of his department were also on hand to provide support.

“These students made a conscientious choice to be here, because they have a vision for what they want their lives to be,” Zipperman said. “We are here to help them bring that vision to life. We want them to know they matter. Today they are going to hear new ideas and receive inspiration and guidance from a variety of mentors who will help keep them moving in the right direction.”

 

Taking initiative one step at a time was a theme that ran through the day’s activities.

 

“We are here to help you, but we are asking you to meet us halfway,” Hall told the students.

 

Hall asked each of the students who were holding a pen to raise them high in the air.

 

Among the couple dozen students to hold their pens aloft was Antwone Usher, a sixth-grader from the Boys Academic Leadership Academy. Hall invited the youth onstage to explain why he was taking notes about the conference.

 

Gardena High junior Christian Thurman talks proudly with Wes Hall about his career plans before 100 of his peers.

 

You should have your pen in your hand when someone is trying to tell you something important that will affect your future,” Usher said. “It’s up to you if you are going to follow their advice and do what you need to do.”

 

The keynote address was delivered by Ronald Reeves, head of global learning and development for the American International Group Inc. He shared his story of becoming a journalist and encouraged his audience to ask questions everywhere they go.

 

“Ask every person you meet to tell you about his life journey and his career journey,” he said. “They will always be happy to tell you their stories, and you will be amazed at what you learn, and it will help you focus. If you start practicing now on focusing, then you will have a sharper focus in your college years and even sharper during your career.”

 

Participants also attended breakout sessions with topics that included networking, financial management and using science and math to spark creativity. Enroute to the workshops, students reflected on messages they heard during the morning session.

 

“The board member said that the first step in becoming a leader is showing up,” said Gardena High junior Christian Thurman. “That’s why we’re here. We are here because we are showing dedication. A lot of kids from our school were supposed to come. Not everyone showed up, but we did.”

 

Gardena High students, from left, Christian Thurman, Derion Bruton and Arroyo Cortes say they chose to attend the Young Men of Color conference to show dedication and to seek guidance in becoming strong leaders.

 

“These people are here because they know we can do well in school and that we can go a long way in life,” he said. “We can make a change. We can take what we learn today and take it back to our school and help make it a better place.”

 

Manuel said that the conference and the associated Village Movement are not just about supporting students who are at risk.

 

“So many of these students are already showing signs of true leaders,” she said. “With our help, they can become role models for their peers and plant the seeds for new generations of leaders in their schools and their communities.”

 

For original article on lausddaily.net, click here.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/6/18




Audience: Calendar & News, Homepage, Honors and Accolades and Homepage


Shy and hesitent to be recognized, Jeremiah Smith, 7th grade, wins the King of the Day honor representing the Neil Degrasse Tyson house.  He is joined by Robert Haskin, Robert Fuller, Jerald Ryan Robertson and Paul Andalon as the top students of the week.

 

Jeremiah's teachers, Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Donnell, note that in addition to Jeremiah's merits points, Jeremiah's focus in his classes while remaining undeterred by other students has been noted as a positive contribution to his classes.

 

To view other kings of the day, please click here.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/2/18




Audience: Calendar & News


In a battle for grade level pride, Oscar Mata Martinez (7th Grader, Tyson House) and Jayden Epps (6th Grader, Ali House) represent their classes in a lunchtime battle... over checkers!

 

With a tub of board games, the two honor students Jayden and Oscar traded moves and strategized on who would be victorious.

 

The first checker battle goes to...

 

Jayden Epps!

 

...representing 6th Grade!

 


 

 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/1/18




Audience: Calendar & News


On a crisp cool windy day, student run up and down the field to fly their kites.  With their kite on tow and a spool of string in their hand, the students let their kites fly higher and higher.

The boys take the field in a STEAM way, kite flying.

Excited, Darius runs the yard with his newly built kite.

While Washington Prep physical education looks on, our students run across the field to fly their kites.

Eric Brown releases a spool of thread to fly his kite higher.

With assistance from Ms. Matsui, Mylez launches his kite.

Even with his leg healing, Tyree runs his kite.  After a lap around the field, he is tired!

Poof jacket and all, Antwonesoars his kite high!
 

Ms. Green gets into the action and helps a student launch his kite.
 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/26/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Honors and Accolades


On a crisp January day in South Los Angeles, we honored the students considered to be among the top students.  This week, as the Neil Degrasse Tyson House, led in overall points, their house brother Donald Brown, made it complete and was named King of the Day.  Donald is awarded this distinction for exemplary academic and citizenship behavior.


Led by Ms. Matsui and Mr. Mayrie, Donald and his house brothers lead for the first time in the Spring semester!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/26/18




Audience: Calendar & News

Thank you to our various sponsors for supporting our school.  Please support our boys by visiting our sponsors.  Special thank you to Mr. Galindo from Shakeys and Ms. Genesis from Yogurtland for supporting our boys with incentives.


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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/22/18




Audience: Calendar & News

On Friday, January 19, 2018, the BAL Academy looked back at the inaugural Fall 2017 semester.  We looked back at memories of Summer Bridge, events in the Fall semester and celebrated memories of brotherhood.  On to the next level!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Calendar & News


Congratulations to Robert Fuller for winning the King of the Day for the week of January 16, 2018.  He is joined by Matthew Hardison, Zaid Rivas, Paul Andalon, and Donald Brown III.  Congratulations boys!


For a complete listing of Kings of the Day, please click here.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Calendar & News


What a moment!  The Fall 2017 BAL Academy Awards were held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Washington Preparatory High School Theatre.  The day began with introductions and libations from our principal Mr. Moorer.  Mr. Angulo reminded our students of the Big 5 School Rules.  The student body received a quick lesson on what it means to be a good audience member.


The awards began with the Citizenship Honors Awards won by an elite group of 9 students.  This award was awarded to students with a 2.0 and above, no Ds/Fs and received all Es in Cooperation and Work Habits!  For a list of Awardees, please click here!


The awards ceremony then continued with the Bronze Honor Roll for students who received a grade point average of 3.000 to 3.666, no Ds or Fails, and no more than 2 Us in Work Habits and Cooperation.  An impressive group of 30 students received this honor.  For a list of Awardees, please click here!


Next, 15 students received the Silver Honor Roll for students who received a grade point average of 3.667 to 3.999, no Ds or Fails, and no more than 2 Us in Work Habits and Cooperation.  For a list of Awardees, please click here!


Last but not least, an elite group of 7 students received the Golden Honor Roll Award for attaining an impressive 4.000 grade point average (all As in all classes), and no more than 2 Us in Work Habits and Cooperation.  For a list of Awardees, please click here!

 

We ended off our assembly with our leading House of the Week, King of the Day ceremony and Invictus led by by Robert Fuller. For a listing of Kings of the Day, please click here.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Calendar & News


There will be no school on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Honors and Accolades


Robert Fuller is a 6th grade middle school honor student at the Boys Academic Leadership Academy.  In the Fall 2017 semester, Robert earned a proud grade point average of 3.857 with 6 As in his courses and all Es in Work Habits and Cooperation.  Robert enjoys building robots, constructing with legos, reading and playing video games with friends in his neighborhood.  Robert's favorite subject is Math and Science.  Although he has not decided which colleges he might want to apply to, Robert wants to become an engineer.

 

Look out future engineers, here comes Robert!

 

For more information information on student in the Student Honor Roll, click here.  PRIDE is our schoolwide academic expectation for all students.  PRIDE stands for precision of expression, relevance, innovation, democracy and evidence.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Honors and Accolades


On a cold Friday California day, January 12, 2018, BAL Academy continues with it morning rituals of libations and recitation of Invictus.  Fridays are special for BAL Academy as we recognize the acheivements of amazing young kings.  For the first week of 2018, our top students earning merits and representing their houses with pride are Donald Brown (7th Grade - Neil Degrasse Tyson House), Jerald Robertson (6th Grade - Neil Degrasse Tyson House), Nicholas Washington (7th Grade - James Baldwin House), Anthony Sanchez (7th Grade - James Baldwin House) and Raphie Mercado (6th Grade - Muhammad Ali House).

 

For his second time, Raphie Mercado won for King of the Day.  Congratulations Raphie for representing the Muhammad Ali House.

 

Although, the Che Guevara House did not have a top earning student; overall, the Che Guevara House is leading in House points.

 

For more information on student accolades, click here.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Calendar & News


On a rainy California Monday, the BAL Academy kicked off the Spring 2018 semester with an Assembly at the Washington Prep Academy School Theatre. 

 

Congratulations to the following students for receiving the perfect attendance award for the Fall 2017 semester.

  • Isaiah Duncan
  • Noah Evans
  • Darius Lucas
  • Jeremiah Smith
  • Nicholas Washington
  • Ze'Rion Rivera
  • James Clough
  • Alonzo Kelley
  • Darion Lucas
  • Haleni Sitani
  • Patrick Torreblanca
  • Grant Brown
  • JullenDavis
  • Jerald Robertson
  • Devon Thomas
  • Rommell Hamilton
  • Ashton Harvey
  • Diego Mendez Virgen
  • Nathaniel Evans
  • Robert Haskin
  • Cedric Marshall
  • Gilbert Ortiz

For more information on student accolades, click here.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: Calendar & News


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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/11/17




Audience: Calendar & News


We will have a minimum day schedule on Friday, December 15, 2017.

 

Students will be dismissed at 12:30PM.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/10/17




Audience: About, School, Teachers and Staff, Students, Resources, School Rules & Policies, College Access Resource, Graduation Destination, Houses, Experiences, Calendar & News, Homepage, Homepage, Parents and Families and Get Involved

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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/7/17




Audience: About, School, Teachers and Staff, Culmination Station, Students, Resources, Rituals, School Rules & Policies, College Access Resource, Graduation Destination, Houses, Career Aimed Now, Summer Bridge, Experiences, Calendar & News, Homepage, Counselor's Corner, Tie Ceremonies, Homepage, Pledges and Creeds, Invictus, Parents and Families and Get Involved

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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/1/17




Audience: About, School, Teachers and Staff, Culmination Station, Students, Resources, Rituals, School Rules & Policies, College Access Resource, Honors and Accolades, Houses, Career Aimed Now, Experiences, Calendar & News, Homepage, Counselor's Corner, Homepage, Pledges and Creeds, Invictus, Parents and Families and Get Involved

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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/1/17




Audience: About, School, Teachers and Staff, Culmination Station, Students, Rituals, School Rules & Policies, College Access Resource, Graduation Destination, Houses, Career Aimed Now, Experiences, Calendar & News, Homepage, Counselor's Corner, Homepage, Pledges and Creeds, Invictus, Parents and Families and Get Involved

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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 11/16/17




Audience: About, School, Teachers and Staff, Culmination Station, Students, Rituals, Honors and Accolades, College Access Resource, Graduation Destination, Houses, Career Aimed Now, Experiences, Calendar & News, Homepage, Counselor's Corner, Homepage, Pledges and Creeds, Invictus, Parents and Families and Get Involved

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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 11/16/17




Audience: About, School, Students, Resources, Rituals, Graduation Destination, Teachers, Career Aimed Now, Calendar & News, Invictus, Parents and Families, Teachers and Staff, Culmination Station, Staff, Principals, Honors and Accolades, College Access Resource, Houses, Sys Admins, Associates, Experiences, Homepage, Counselor's Corner, Homepage and Get Involved

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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 11/16/17




Audience: Calendar & News

Please note that there will be no school on November 10, 2017.

 

Please check our calendar for other upcoming holidays.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 11/5/17




Audience: Calendar & News


Ms. Kima Reed, Ms. Elizabeth Almonte, Ms. Joana Johnson and Mr. Aaron Burnett from the Eagle Academy mentored B.A.L. teachers and staff to assist in improving school climate and structure.  This week, the Eagle Academy based in the New York and New Jersey visited the Boys Academic Leadership Academy of Los Angeles culture and classroom environment.  The Eagle Academy will continue to mentor and support B.A.L. Academy staff and LAUSD personnel in order to meet the mission and vision for our young men.

 


Mr. Banks, president of the Eagle Academy Foundation, met with our 
families, teachers and staff to discuss the current climate at the B.A.L. Academy.  Mr. Banks encouraged families and teachers to become "trailblazers."  He discusses the hardship of beginning an all boys academy but the eventual positive effect it will have on our communities from New York/New Jersey to Los Angeles.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: About, School, Teachers and Staff, Culmination Station, Students, Resources, Rituals, School Rules & Policies, College Access Resource, Honors and Accolades, Graduation Destination, Houses, Career Aimed Now, Summer Bridge, Experiences, Calendar & News, Homepage, Counselor's Corner, Tie Ceremonies, Homepage, Pledges and Creeds, Invictus, Parents and Families and Get Involved


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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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 10/24/17




Audience: Charmaine Young, Homepage, About, Calendar & News, Career Aimed Now, College Access Resource, Counselor's Corner, Culmination Station, Experiences, Get Involved, Graduation Destination, Houses, Invictus, Parents and Families, Pledges and Creeds, School Rules & Policies, Resources, Rituals, School, Students, Summer Bridge, Teachers and Staff and Tie Ceremonies

Our Teachers at Boys Academic Leadership Academy are committed to their Love of Learning!  BAL Teachers have engaged in a professional learning series focusing on Student Engagement and Instructional Transitions.  Our teachers are eagerly exploring awesome strategies and techniques successful with our young men!  Targeted Professional Development will support Improved Learning for all of students.


Mr. Donnel leads the "Red Equity Sticks" Team in completing the 3-2-1 Instructional Strategy.

 


Mr. Johnson and Principal Moorer complete their "Partner Share Task" in the learning session.

 


Ms. Glenn and Ms. Matsui Collaborate to complete their tasks!

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Posted by: Charmaine Young
Published: 10/20/17




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On Fridays at Boys Academic Leadership Academy students complete academic challenges in science and math - schoolwide! Today, Ms. Matsui's 6th Grade Math Scientists completed Mystery Science Challenge and were granted an opportunity to compete in the Science Scavenger Hunt on Friday, October 13, 2017.


 

Young Scientists in student teams of 4, raced around campus to complete 13 exciting Science Challenges on Friday the 13th! Lead by their team captains, teams had 30 minutes to solve the science challenges and take pictures as evidence on their Kindle Fire Tablets.  

 

Team Captain Levi Contreras (6th Grade) said, "We were nervous and rushed, but we knew we had to get it right!"  6th Grader Troy Morales said, "The most challenging obstacle was trying to count all the steps on campus and the most exciting part of the scavenger hunt was figuring out how to work together to get the right answers!".


 

This was a special challenge for the 6th graders who are in the TYSON house named after the famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson! Boys Academic Leadership Academy grows scientists!

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Posted by: Charmaine Young
Published: 10/13/17




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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.  Students eagerly attend BAL Town Hall meeting to learn the new winners each Friday.


 

Friday, October 13, 2017 - Congratulations to ALI House - the House of Merit winning the most merit points for the week.

A Special congratulations to 6th Grade Student, Eric Brown for being named the "King of the Day".

 

The King - Mr. Brown, stated " I felt excited when Mr. Moorer called my name on the microphone!" Eric Brown realizes that picking up trash to keep his campus clean made this recognition happen.  He suggested that if a student want to be King of the Day they should be on time, wear their ties correctly everyday, and keep the campus clean.

 

Salute to Mr. Eric Brown and to Ali House!

 

 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 10/13/17




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Parents!  Come learn about culmination, A-Gs and college!

What are the A-Gs?  What is the requirement to culminate and promote to high school?  What are academic marks and how do you look at them?  How do I access my child’s report cards?  Come and find out about culmination requirements, portfolios, promotions on Tuesday, October 17,2017 from 5pm to 7pm.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 10/10/17




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P.E. Uniforms are now available for purchase.  You may view pricing for P.E. uniforms here.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 10/9/17




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Back-to-School Night

  • September 14, 2017
  • 5PM to 7PM
  • Parents will receive a packet containing their class schedules, their liveschool accounts, their mymail accounts and other helpful items.
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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 9/9/17




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Teachers, students, parents and families!

 

Please join us on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM for our first school site council meeting.

 

Please find the agenda attached.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 8/29/17




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The next school site council meeting will be on October 24, 2017 at 6PM in the Collaboration Room.

 

If you have missed a School Site Council meeting, please visit the School Site Council webpage.  Click here and read the minutes from the meeting.  Please note that minutes are subject to change based on the approval of the School Site Council.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 8/28/17




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Congratulations families on our elections of parent school site council members on August 31, 2017.  Please view the meeting and election minutes here.

 

Our next School Site Council meeting is on September 7, 2017.  We will be electing officers for school site council.

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Posted by: Charmaine Young
Published: 8/28/17




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“The district is trying to give parents a unique opportunity they feel they can’t get through charter schools,” said Tyrone Howard, a professor and associate dean for equity and inclusion at UCLA’s education and information school. But, he said, “you can’t just say it; you have to ensure the quality.”

 

To read the article, please click here:

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Posted by: Charmaine Young
Published: 8/28/17




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Get the web resources you need to succeed.  Students, parents and staff can find various tools for their roles.  Click here!

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Posted by: Justin Frank
Published: 8/15/17




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Watch on our Youtube channel "Libations with BAL" as our BAL meets its boys during our summer bridge program.

 

View this video on https://youtu.be/1IXwt37jykU.

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Posted by: Justin Frank
Published: 8/12/17




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Posted by: Justin Frank
Published: 8/11/17




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Posted by: Justin Frank
Published: 8/11/17




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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 8/11/17




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Posted by: Charmaine Young
Published: 8/11/17




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Orientations (Find out about our program):

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m.

 

Meet & Greet (Get to know our school community):

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Posted by: Justin Frank
Published: 8/1/17




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Our Summer Bridge Program starting Monday, July 31 will be designed to help our enrolled students transition from elementary to our middle school program.

Click the links below for more information:

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Posted by: Justin Frank
Published: 6/1/17