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Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


Summer break is here!  Summer vacation begins on June 8, 2019 to August 19, 2019.  Have a safe, respectful and responsible summer vacation!

 

See you on Tuesday, August 20 as we welcome our third 6th grade cohort and our first 9th grade class!!!

 

Stayed tuned for more information on Summer Bridge programs.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 6/3/19




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

The Boys Academic Leadership Academy honors those who have given their lives for our country this Memorial Day holiday.  Please have a safe, respectful, responsible and reflective Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27, 2019.

 

 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/20/19




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


Spring Recess is the week of April 15, 2019 to April 19, 2019.  Please have a safe, respectful, responsible and restful Spring Break.

 

School is back in session on Monday, April 22, 2019.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/8/19




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

In recognition of the works of Cesar Chavez, school is not in session on Monday, April 1, 2019.

 

Have a safe, respectful and responsible Cesar Chavez Day.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 3/25/19




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

From the Boys Academic Leaderhsip Academy to our students, staff and families, have a Happy Valentine's Day.

 

Have a safe, respectful and responsible celebration.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 2/14/19




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


The BAL Academy wishes all its students and family a very happy New Year.  Please have a safe, respectful and responsible New Year's Holiday.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/30/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

The Boys Academic Leadership Academy wishes it's students, staff and families a very happy holiday season!  Whatever holiday you celebrate this season, may it be filled with laughter, joy and love.  Please have a safe, respectful and responsible holiday season!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/22/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Have a safe, respectful and responsible winter break.  School will not be in session from December 15, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

 

See you on the New Year for new adventures!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 12/13/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

The Applications for the University of California and the California State University are due.

 

The Boys Academic Leadership Academy wishes all applicants for the Fall 2019 entering freshmen class good luck on their applications.  We are ecited for our first graduating class to apply to college as well.  #savemeaspot #collegebound #letsgotocollege #iamgoingtocollege

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 11/28/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


The Boys Academic Leadership Academy thanks all its students, staff and families.  Please have a safe, respectful, responsible and restful Thanksgiving Holiday Week.  See you on Monday, November 26, 2017.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 11/16/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

In observance of Veteran's Day, there will be no school on Monday, November 12, 2018.

 

Have a safe, respectful and responsible Veteran's Day Holiday.
 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 11/5/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Please note that there is no school on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

 

The schedule for the week is...

  • Monday - School is in session
  • Tuesday - School is in session
  • Wednesday - No School
  • Thursday - School is in session
  • Friday - School is in session
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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 9/14/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


The Boys Academic Leadership Academy remembers September 11, 2001, a day of tragedy for the United States of America.

 

For more information on 9/11, please go to September 11, National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 9/11/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

REMINDER:

 

School will not be in session on Monday, September 10, 2018. 

 

School will be back in session on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 9/6/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

It's a 4 day weekend!  School will not be in session on Friday, August 31, 2018 and on Monday, September 3, 2018.

 

Friday, August 31, 2018 is Admissions Day and Monday, September 3, 2018 is Labor Day!

 

Have a safe, respectful, respectful and restful 4-day weekend!  School is back in session on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 8/26/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 is the first day of school, a new day for new beginnings and new adventures.  Let's welcome the new 6th graders and new students to the 2018-19 school year!  It's a safe, respectful and responsible 2018-19 school year!

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




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


Happy birthday America!!!  Please have a safe, respectful and responsible July 4th holiday!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 7/1/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

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Posted by: Donald Moorer
Published: 6/22/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


Join the 2nd annual Father's Day Cardboard Car Show on June 23, 2018.  For more information and to sign up, download the attached file.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 6/17/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

The 2018 Fatherhood Solution Conference, we're tackling difficult discussions about Fatherhood Roadblocks, addressing topics such as Race, Culture, Masculinity and Systems. Our aim is to equip you with new ways to build and strengthen relationships between fathers and their children.

REGISTER

Event Details

   

CII is pleased to announce our 11th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference

 

FAMILY VALUES

 

Discover new ways to build and strengthen relationships between fathers and their children.

 

Who should attend: community service providers, policy advocates, government representatives, mental health professionals, public health professionals, and concerned community members

 

Join nationally recognized experts and your colleagues for a daylong exploration of the most IMPORTANT and LEAST DISCUSSED issues related to fatherhood:

 

Working with Fathers 0-5

Immigration/DACA

Importance and methods of Co-Parenting

Masculinity

Home Visiting for Fathers

Non-Traditional Familes

Sex & Drug Education in 2018

Social Media as a Parenting Tool

Men's Health and Fitness

Recapturing our Communities

Necessity of Women in the Movement

Cultural Brokers

Incarcerated and Previously Incarcerated Fathers

Building Resilency from our past

 

For more information or to submit a proposal to present, please contact Project Fatherhood Director Alan-Michael Graves at agraves@childrensinstitute.org.

 

For more information about Project Fatherhood visit us:

www.projectfatherhood.org or www.lafatherhoodnetwork.org

 
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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 6/10/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


Space is limited for 2018-19 school year!  Apply today! 

 

Open Houses on 6/2, 6/9, 6/14, 6/16, 6/23 and 6/30.
 

Download the application here!

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




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

It's Summer Break!!! Come bring your kids to an exciting, new game show for Nickelodeon from Executive Producer Nick Cannon, and the creators of Lip Sync Battle: ShortiesDROP THAT SEAT is a crazy spin on the game musical chairs, played by teams of kids, involving high-energy music and dance-related challenges! It's the hyper real version of the coolest house party EVER!

 

APPLY FOR FREE TICKETS!


 

It's Summer Break! Come bring your kids to Nickelodeon's Lip Sync Battle Shorties hosted by Nick Cannon and JoJo Siwa. If you have kids in this age range or can bring kids, this is a VERY FUN show for them. Lip Sync Battle is already a huge viral sensation. Now Nickelodeon is taking it to the next level with its very own SERIES for JUNIORS! This series will feature kids & JUNIOR celebrities like you've never seen them before, in epic performances! 

APPLY FOR FREE TICKETS

 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 6/4/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

The final day of school for the 2017-18 instructional calendar is on Thursday, June 7, 2018 (12:30PM Dismissal)There is no school on Friday, June 8, 2018.

 

Let's have a successful end to the school year and get ready for summer!!!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 6/1/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


Have a safe, respectful and responsible summer vacation.  For information on summer camps and summer activities, please click here.

 

The first day of instruction for the 2018-19 school year is on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  See you in the 2018-19 school year.  Please stay tuned for information on the summer bridge program.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 6/1/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Chase is always chasing a goal.  From the goal being not getting into trouble to not having demerits to getting good grades, Chase is finally on his way.  Because of his concerted effort, we recognized Chase Samuels as king of the Day for the week of 5/25/2018.  Chase had never been recognized for his great work and this week, he earned the recognition.  He is joined this week by Diego Mendez Virgen, Gilbert Ortiz, Jullen Davis and Wayne Ricks.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/25/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no school on Monday, May 28, 2018.

 

We will be dismissing early Friday, May 25, 2018 at 12:30PM.

 

Have a safe, respectful, responsible and reflective Memorial Day.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/21/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


The BAL Academy is conducting a survey for a fieldtrip to Washington D.C.  Are you interested?  Fill out the survey.

 

https://tinyurl.com/baldc2019

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/18/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


When you asked his teachers, they will tell you that Wayne has been stepping it up hard!  Wayne has been making great efforts to ensure that his year is finishing off in the best possible way, as king and as a 7th grader in thought and action.

 

Congratulations Wayne Ricks for being named King of the Day!  Congratulations further to Cedric Marshall, Paul Andalon, Nicolas Primus, Devon Thomas and Jamion Brown for getting the top points for the week.

 

Congratulations to Tyson House for leading in the House competition.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/18/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

While the school was busy with the visit with the superintendent, staff members were reflecting and planning for the upcoming school year.  In the morning, Mr. Aquino led the school in a planning session on portfolios, presentation and defense.  Staff members explored the Habits of Mind and Heart, 21st Century Skills and Presentation and Defense models.  Plans were made and dates were tentatively set for students to create 8th grade portfolios in the upcoming school year.



In the afternoon, the staff visited the Young Oak Kim Academy in Koreatown to attend a professional development meeting with the Gurian Institute.  The Gurian Institute specializes in looking at the biological differences in boys and girls and using that knowledge to customize curriculum for boys.


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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/16/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Welcome to the Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Beutner!

 

For his first day on the job, Superintendent Austin Beutner, went on a district-wide tour of the Los Angeles Unified School District.  On his tour was a visit to the Boys Acdemic Leadership Academy.

 

During that visit, he was joined by an entourage of district administrative personnel such as Local District West Superintendent, Dr. Hildreth, Administrator of Instruction, Dr. Darnise Williams and Director, Dr. Michelle Woods and supporters including "No Limit" hip-hop artist, Master P.

 

Superintendent Beutner, Master P and his supporters spent lunchtime with our students and even played a game of football with the boys.  Our boys gave Master P and the superintendent a very good game.

 

 

Ending his visit at BAL, the superintendent visited Ms. Matsui's 3rd period Math/Science class.  In the class, Mr. Moorer, Superintendent Beutner and Master P recounted their days as students and how public school can be an uplifting experience towards social mobility.


We thank our boys and our staff for welcoming our new superintendent and his esteemed guests.


Superintendent Beutner addresses the district with a welcome letter of his own and "a commitment to the work, a promise to listen and learn and a desire to provide each student with the best education possible."


Master P shares lunch with the boys.

Ms. Matsui (teacher), Mr. Aquino (counselor) and Mr. Davis (parent) look on as the new superintendent addresses the class.

Superintendent Beutner plays football with our boys.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/15/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Silent but strong.  One can often overlook Cedric.  He is a respectful student. He is honest.  He gets a long with all students.  He is an honor student and now is King of the Day.  Long overdue!

 

We salute Cedric Marshall for being an awesome student who sows seeds of excellence.  This week, he is joined by Antwone Usher, Jerald Roberston, Diego Mendez Virgen and Robert Haskin as our top students.

 

Congratulations Cedric from Guevara House.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/11/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Join the Music Notes After-School Club


Dates: 5/14, 5/15, 5/16, 5/21. 5/22, 5/30, 5/31

Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM

 

Workshops will include approximately 30 students.  Groups of 3-4 students will create house-specific songs during the workshops.  Four students from the whole group will participate in the final workshop.  "RICH" (respect, integrity, courage and humility) school song will be created in the final workshop.

 

For more information on Music Notes online, please see http://www.musicnotesonline.com

 

To watch Music Notes Online's work, go to

http://www.musicnotesonline.com/free-videos/

 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/10/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

SURVEY: Yearbook Survey - https://tinyurl.com/y9tkqvzu

 

We are conducting a small survey that will take no more than three minutes of your time. It contains two (2) questions and we are not collecting any personal information from you or your child.  Your survey answers will remain anonymous. Please complete the survey and submit it by 5 P.M. on Thursday, May 10, 2018. 

 

If BAL Academy students produced a yearbook that included the following:

  • Multiple pictures of every student
  • Student written articles of events and activities
  • Online access to videos and pictures
  1. Would you purchase a 2017-2018 Yearbook? 
  2. What would be the most you would pay? 

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please follow the link to complete the survey. 

 

Thank you,

BAL Academy

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/8/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


On this teacher appreciation week and every week, we thank our teachers for continuing to go above and beyond.

 

Enjoy this Google Doodle!

 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/7/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


BAL Academy will be taking the CAASP (SBAC) Testing from May 8, 2018 to May 11, 2018.


SCHEDULE

  • Monday, May 7, 2018 - NO TESTING
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Thursday, May 10, 2018 Friday, May 11, 2018

8:30 - 9:00 - Advisory

9:05 - 12:10 - ELA SBAC (Period 1 Students)

12:10 - 12:40 - Lunch

12:45 - 1:25 - Period 1

1:30 - 2:10 - Period 3

2:15 - 2:55 - Period 5

3:00 - 3:30 - Period 7

8:30 - 9:00 - Advisory

9:05 - 12:10 - ELA SBAC (Period 2 Students)

12:10 - 12:40 - Lunch

12:45 - 1:25 - Period 2

1:30 - 2:10 - Period 4

2:15 - 2:55 - Period 6

3:00 - 3:30 - Period 7

8:30 - 9:00 - Advisory

9:05 - 12:10 - Math SBAC (Period 1 Students)

12:10 - 12:40 - Lunch

12:45 - 1:25 - Period 1

1:30 - 2:10 - Period 3

2:15 - 2:55 - Period 5

3:00 - 3:30 - Period 7

8:30 - 9:00 - Advisory

9:05 - 12:10 - Math SBAC (Period 2 Students)

12:10 - 12:40 - Lunch

12:45 - 1:25 - Period 2

1:30 - 2:10 - Period 4

2:15 - 2:55 - Period 6

3:00 - 3:30 - Period 7

  • Make up for SBAC is May 14 to May 15, 2018.

Let's have a successful SBAC Testing period.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/7/18




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


Congratulations to these students for continuing to be successful as we head towards the end of the school year. Let get to the finish line.

 

15th Week Academic Success (No Ds, Fs & no more than 2 Us) Perfect Attendance for April (100% attendance with 0 tardies)

Nicolas Primus

Jerald Robertson

Haleni Sitani

Devon Thomas

James Torres

Antwone Usher

Akida Warmsley

Christopher Washington

Nicholas Washington

Charles Williams

Dylan Williams

Jatoby Williams

Jonathan Primus

Cedric Marshall

Jared McClaren

Diego Mendez Virgen

Raphie Mercado

Troy Morales

Tyree Littles

Ajhaunte Hill

Robert Haskin

Amare Blankenship

Grant Brown

Paul Andalon

Jayden Epps

Nathaniel Evans

Robert Fuller

Matthew Hardison

Eric Brown

Grant Brown

Nathaniel Evans

Noah Evans

Jodey Figueroa

Matthew Hardison

Eligah Huston

Kelly Donovan

Tyree Littles

Darion Lucas

Darius Lucas

Cedric Marshall

Caleb Mayers-Stubbs

Diego Mendez Virgen

Raphie Mercado

Troy Morales

Paul Nwakanma

Gilbert Ortiz

Micah Patterson

Jonathan Primus

Jerald Robertson

Jeremiah Smith

Devon Thomas

Patrick Torreblanca

Antwone Usher

Jatoby Williams

 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/4/18




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

Congratulations to Ashton Harvey for winning King of the Day for the week of 05/04/2018.  In this beautiful spring day, Ashton is joined by Jerald Robertson, Antwone Usher, Grant Brown and Robert Fuller.

 

In addition, congratulations to the students recognized for perfect attendance and 15th week academic success.  Flowers are blooming and students are succeeding.

 

Good job Ashton!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 5/4/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Student speak about their grownth mindset and their first year at BAL.  Thank you to Diego Mendez Virgen, Oscar Mata Martinez, Darius Jackson, Akida Warmsley and Ze'rion Rivera for being interviewed.

 

Special thank you Antwone Usher and Andrew Cawley for interviewing students.  Thank you to Mr. Angulo for filming and to Mr. Aquino for film editing.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/27/18




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

"I am the greatest!" Muhammad Ali once said.

 

When members of the Tyson House, Guevara House and Baldwin House were called to represent for top students of the week, it was a sore point for Ali House.  Little did they know that their house brother, Ze'Rion Rivera would be named King of the Day for the Week of April 27, 2018.  Ze'Rion was joined this week by 6th graders, Paul Andalon, Diego Mendez Virgen, Antwone Usher and 7th grader, Oscar Mata Martinez.

 

Ze'Rion had made it close to the top five before.  Sometimes frustrated, he continued on to do better and to keep showing the qualities of R.I.C.H.  Ze'Rion is an upstanding Ali House member who cares about his classmates, quells conflict and bring smiles and positivity in his class.  We are very proud of Ze'Rion for representing 7th graders and representing the Ali House.


 

Further representing for Ali House, Mr. Thomas Johnson, brought House pride with the song "Lean On Me."

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/27/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. Since then, the festival has grown into a vibrant celebration of all of the arts, and of our dynamic, innovative and unique metropolis. Each year, over 150,000 people come to the University of Southern California campus to experience a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers and musicians like no other. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest festival of its kind in the United States and is The Times’ annual gift to our city.

For more information, please see:
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/the-festival/about-the-festival/

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/20/18




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

While visiting his previous, Manhattan Place Elementary, Antwone learned that he was named King of the Day for the Week of 4/20/2018.  Although unable to celebrate his victory, Antwone was able to convey the spirit of the school to his previous classmates at the Manhattan Place Elementary.

 

Antwone is an amazing student who has been on the honor roll and is leading to get on the honor roll once more.  Not only is Antwone an amazing academic student, he is also a student citizen who embodies the characteristics of R.I.C.H. (respect, integrity, courage and humility).  Good job Antwone!

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/20/18




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

A little surprised today, honor roll student Nathaniel Evans was named King of the Day for the Week of April 13, 2018.  It was a fortunate Friday the 13th for "Nate."

 

Nate represents the Muhammad Ali House and is joined by fellow student Ryan Robertson, Jayden Epps, Matthew Hardison, Robert Haskin and Diego Mendez Virgen as top studnets of the week.

 

Nate knows he is a scholar, now he knows he is a R.I.C.H. scholar!


Today, Mr. Johnson filled in for Mr. Moorer in leading townhall as Mr. Moorer and Mr. Aquino met with students at Cimarron Elementary.

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/13/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Congratulations to the students recognized for perfect attendance (with 0 tardies) in the month of March and to the students who were on the 10th week academic honor roll (3.000 grade point average, no Ds or Fails and no more than 2 Us in Work Habits or Cooperation). 

 

Students who achieved perfect attendance were given prizes to Shakeys and Yogurtland while those on the Honor Roll were invited to a pizza party.

 

Perfect Attendance (March 2018) 10th-Week Academic Honor Roll

Grant Brown

Andrew Cawley

Jayden Epps

Andres Flores

Robert Haskin

Darius Lucas

Oscar Mata Martinez

Caleb Mayers Stubbs

Mylez McCall

Diego Mendez Virgen

Troy Morales

Micah Patterson

Zaid Rivas

Jerald Robertson

Haleni Sitani

Jeremiah SmMith

Devon Thomas

Patrick Torreblanca

Antwone Usher

Christopher Washington

Nicholas Washington

Paul Andalon

Jayden Epps

Nathaniel Evans

Noah Evans

Matthew Hardison

Robert Haskin

Ajhuante Hill

Cedric Marshall

Diego Mendez Virgen

Raphie Mercado

Adell Neville

Nicolas Primus

Jerald Ryan Robertson

Devon Thomas

James Torres

Antwone Usher

Akida Warmsley

Christopher Washington

Dylan Williams

Jatoby Williams

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/9/18




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

Congratulations Kamoryn Kees being named King of the Day on April 6, 2018!  After a rocky semester, Kamoryn committed to his best behavior even if he wasn't named as king of the day.  Ms. Matsui had recounted how helpful and how curteous Kamoryn was being.  He had a great competitor in Jayden Epps, but eventually Kamoryn's effort paid off.

 

He is joined by Paul Andalon, Jayden Epps, Ashton Harvey and Jerald Ryan Robertson and Oscar Mata MArtinez as upstanding students on the week.  At the end, Kamoryn led his brothers and the entire school with a proud Invictus.


 

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Posted by: John Aquino
Published: 4/6/18




Audience: Calendar & News and Calendar & News

Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner. Hot summer camps are already filling up in and around Los Angeles. Whether your child is interested in STEM classes, language acquisition, culinary arts, theater, adventure, or just making friends and having fun, these fantastic summer camp programs are best bets for LA families.

 



Rolling Robots Summer Camp
10955 West Pico
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Additional locations
www.rollingrobots.com
For kids who love both robotics and STEM, don’t miss the RollingRobots Summer Camp, with locations in Glendale, WestLA and Palos Verdes. The award-winning robotics team teaches kids ages 5 to 16 a variety of themes including VEX robotics building, coding, and competition and battle robots competition. Additional STEM camps include 3D Printing, Lego Mindstorms, Minecraft Design and MOD, APP Development, UnityGame Design and VR Design, and even camps for K to 2nd graders that include Bots for Tots, littleBits Circuits and Coding, Dash and Dot, Ozobotand Scratch Coding. The Monday-Friday camps run June-August.

 

Los Angeles - Galileo innovation summer camps - Art, Science And Outdoors.  Create Go-Karts, Design Mobile Games, Robot Pets and More!  For Kids Pre-K Through 8th Grade.  Limited space in some locations.  Sign Up today for Summer 2018!

At Galileo, we take the fun of traditional day camp and mix it with thoughtfully crafted, hands-on projects in fields from science and engineering to the visual and culinary arts. Supported by the boundless energy and experience of the best staff around, Galileo campers grow with us from pre-K all the way through 8th grade, emerging as confident creators ready to express themselves fearlessly, lead boldly and turn their ideas into reality in high school and beyond. We call them Galileo Innovators, and they will change the world.

 


 

HackSC Jr.

HackSC Jr. is a hackathon held at USC for K12 students.  A hackathon is an event where students get together and work all day on a project of their own choosing.  There are mentors (USC Computer Science students) there to help and answer any questions.  We are planning to have one USC student for every 2-3 hackers.  Prizes are given out in a number of different categories, and this year there will be a demonstration of Occulus virtual reality given by Facebook.  If you are interested in this event, please apply at http://www.hackscjr.org.  Click the “Apply” button, then the “Hackers” button.  Please apply as soon as possible, as acceptances will be sent out next week.  If you have questions about this event, please email hackscjr@gmail.com.  I am planning to be at the event in the morning, so hopefully you all can say hi to me as well.

 



Ec’ole du Soleil
Los Feliz Main Campus
4155 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.internationalschool.la
Give your child the gift of language with Ec’ole du Soleil, a single-week language and culture camp offered throughout the summer (June 18- July 20). The program, part of the International School of Los Angeles and hosted at their Los Feliz campus, teaches students from 3-years-old through 5th grade essential French language skills paired with fun activities and cultural crafts. Campers enjoy weekly field trips that enhance the program offerings.

 



Pali Adventures
30778 CA-18
Running Springs, CA 92382
www.paliadventures.com
Overnight summer camp adventures are offered just outside Los Angeles with Pali Adventures, open for kids ages 8-16. Campers can choose from 21 specialties and over 70 electives while camping including culinary arts, fashion, film, and more. Weekly camps begin June 17th and run through August 18th, Sunday through Saturday. Campers seeking adventure can learn about and explore trapeze, Hollywood stunts, motor and water sports, and secret agent training, among others. Creative campers will love learning about fashion, film, fine arts, movie making, make up, and more. Performers can perfect their acting skills, learn magic or how to DJ while older kids (ages 15-16) can take part in the leadership experience.

 



BLVD Kitchen
13545 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(844) 454-2583
www.theblvdkitchen.com
Popular LA Restaurant BLVD Kitchen will host various cooking camps this summer for kids seeking a chance to have some fun while honing their cooking skills. Kids ages 6-10 can enjoy the Kids Cooking Camp, taught over three afternoons by Chef Michal Harris; each week (starting June 12) features a unique culinary theme. New and experienced chefs ages 11 and up won’t want to miss the Master Chef Skills Camp, offered in two week-long sessions. Kids will learn knife skills, baking and pastry, eggs & grains, and unique techniques. A Summer Cupcake Battle Camp, offered one week only, taught by Cake Pop creator and pastry chef Diana Sproveri is a best bet for kids 11 and up with a competitive spirit.

 



Stratford School Summer Camps
1200 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 962-3075
www.stratfordschools.com
The Stratford School’s annual STEAM camps for preschool-8th grade will once again be offered at Stratford’s two Los Angeles locations: Melrose and Altadena Allen. The Melrose campus will offer great curriculum including Worldly Adventures, Innovation Design, and Destination Science: Transforming Robots (for grades 1-5). The Altadena location highlights include the Team Building Challenge and Culinary Exploration (for grades 1-5) as well as a fantastic Kindergarten Prep for incoming 5-year-olds. Sessions, which start June 11, are offered for all grade levels.

 



Camp Helping Hands
Thousand Oaks and Northridge
www.camphelpinghands.com
Located at both their original location in Thousand Oaks and in Northridge, Camp Helping Hands models service-learning, including volunteering, learning life and leadership skills, empathy, and social responsibility. Kids ages 6-14 participate in a four-week program, July 9-August 3, focusing on the earth, people, animals, and the community while partnering with various service organizations including Imperfect Produce, Nature of Wildworks, Guide Dogs of America, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust for Northridge; and Meals Wheels, For The Troops, Love on 4 Paws, The Gentle Barn, Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) and the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains for Thousand Oaks.

 



Camp Raddish
Hermosa Beach & Santa Monica, CA
(310) 796-9070
www.raddishkids.com
Over 600 kid chefs enjoyed Camp Raddish last summer and dates are filling up quickly for summer 2018 sessions, running June 18- August 10. Cooking kids from grades 3-12 spend a week building, shopping for, and running an actual restaurant that they launch on the last day of their session. Global Eats sessions feature cuisines from around the world. Their monthly cooking subscription kits, based on their experience from various camps.
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April 3 is elections day.  Don’t forget to get out and vote at the polls.  To find your polling place, go to https://lavote.net/Locator/.

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On Friday, April 6, 2018, BAL Academy and USC cohosted a STEM Family NIght at the Los Angeles Cleantech Innovation Center downtown.  Students and families enjoyed a night of learning and engagement about green energy, clean technology and future living.

 

LACI uses a unique blend of industry and in-house best practices that increase the success rate at which clean technology companies effectively get to market.


About the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator:

 

LACI helps you to deftly navigate the difficult startup and growth years through a formalized support system, deep bench of expert mentors, strong network of investment capital and market resources, and pragmatic education and training.

 

Rated a Top 10 Global Incubator, LACI supports high-potential teams for 5+ years, throughout the long and often unpredictable path to commercialization, from Genesis, Acceleration, Incubation, Growth, Expansion, including:

 

Vetting for High Potential – Applicants are subject to a robust initial vetting process that examines technology, team, tactics, investment trends, market drivers, competitive landscape, strategic alignment, and regional economic impact. Accepted companies are then subject to a deeper techno-economic analysis during a 3-month probationary period.

 

Exceptional Coaching – Seasoned entrepreneurs, domain experts, investors, luminaries, and other stakeholders combine to provide you with unparalleled mentoring and training. From daily one-on-one coaching to distinguished speaker sessions, from foundational intensives to ad hoc problem solving, the unique and impactful blend of help LACI offers is a game-changer for small business executives.


Real Funding Preparation – We prime the fundraising process, providing most of the services an investment bank would, but without the hefty fees. Elements include business planning, intellectual property protection, pre-audit readiness, investor identification, access to industry databases, comps analysis, investment structuring, data room access and formatting, deal doc templates, pitch prep, and investor relationship management.


Access to Networks – One of our core strengths is the powerful and cooperative networks available to you through LACI. Whether you need to tap into talent, investment, grants, research, technology validation and demonstration, pilots and new customers, technical expertise, business resources, or new markets, the networks here are strong and effective.

 

Market Linking – LACI engages large customers in large markets to define their most pressing cleantech problems. By accurately defining real market needs at the outset, innovator / customer alignment is clearer, solution development is more efficient for both companies and customers, and risk of failure is lowered for entrepreneurs and investors. Pathways include technology validation, pilots, investment, and customers.

 

Community – The vibrant community at LACI offers you regular industry touchpoints on a local, regional, national and global scale. Elements of the LACI community include partner office hours, peer mentoring, stakeholder events, social mixers, talent identification, internship opportunities, and just the right amount of fun.

 

Dynamic Space – LACI provides all-inclusive, below-market-rate access to plug-and-play, flexible office, conference and meeting, event and training, assembly and warehouse, and rapid prototyping space. This frees entrepreneurs to focus on their building their business, and provides stimulating opportunities for collaboration and learning among executives from diverse companies.

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One more day of rest and relaxation!  No school on Monday, April 2, 2018.

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HackSC Jr.

HackSC Jr. is a hackathon held at USC for K12 students.  A hackathon is an event where students get together and work all day on a project of their own choosing.  There are mentors (USC Computer Science students) there to help and answer any questions.  We are planning to have one USC student for every 2-3 hackers.  Prizes are given out in a number of different categories, and this year there will be a demonstration of Occulus virtual reality given by Facebook.

 

The event will take place on Saturday, March 31 from 8:00a.m.-5:30p.m. on campus at USC, in Taper Hall of Humanities (THH).  The event is free for students to attend, but space is limited, so please do not confirm you are coming unless you really are.   All student attendees will get lunch and snacks, a t-shirt, prizes, and other cool swag.  The application says that it costs $150, but every student who is accepted will get a scholarship that covers the entire amount.

 

If you are interested in this event, please apply at http://www.hackscjr.org.  Click the “Apply” button, then the “Hackers” button.  Please apply as soon as possible, as acceptances will be sent out next week.

 

If you have questions about this event, please email hackscjr@gmail.com.  I am planning to be at the event in the morning, so hopefully you all can say hi to me as well.

 

CS@SC Summer Camps application open

Our second item of news is that the application for the CS@SC Summer Camps 2018 is now open!  The application will be very similar to last year, so when you apply, make sure you upload the latest report card and any proof of free/reduced meals, if your child qualifies for them at his/her school.  I will be determining scholarships based on those two items.  There will be merit-based and need-based scholarships available again this year, thanks to the generous support of our founding donor, the Institute for Education.  Everyone who uploads a report card will be considered for merit-based scholarships, and everyone who uploads proof of free/reduced meals will be considered for need-based scholarships.  Although the regular price of the camps is $550, over 80% of the students who attended in 2017 paid less than $250 for the week (though of course this is based

 

The camps will run from 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m. daily for four weeks this year, specifically the weeks of July 9July 16July 23, and July 30.  To apply, go to http://summercamps.usc.edu.   Click the “Login/Apply now” link in the top right corner, then either create a new account or login with your existing account.  There is a link that says “Forgot Password” if you do not remember your password but already have an account.

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Spring Break will take place from March 26 to March 30.  There will be no school on April 2, 2018.

 

School will resume on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

 

Have a safe, respectful, responsible and invigorating Spring Break!

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7th Grade represents!  Oscar Mata Martinez stepped up to the plate and was named King of the Day before the STEAM Olympics Event.  Oscar has been a great representative for his house and for the school.  He shows great character and has the academics that makes the Tyson House proud.  Having picked up the guitar only in August, Oscar gained proficiency in a small amount of time.  Oscar

Oscar along with Helani Sitani plays a medley of Ode to Joy and Malaguena at Woodcrest Elementary and at the principal's meeting.

 

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After parent conferences, BAL executed its first STEAM Olympics.  The day pitted house against house in fun STEAM events.  It all began in the morning as house first competed in the Cheer 'Em On where a house had to come up with a cheer for another house.

 

"B! A! L! D! Win! Win! Win!," Ali started it off cheering for Baldwin house.  Tyson House brought out the signs!  It was a fun day of cheering on for other houses!

The first event was the Cookie Face-off on to Stack Em Up Knock Em Down then on to Hula Hoop War and 1-2-3 STEAM Freeze.  We finished the stage events with an engineering event with build-a-pole.  The boys struggled and learned how hard being an engineering is.

 

We moved on to the field with Water-baloon Parabola, the Ping-pong Relay and the Classic Tug-of-war.  Mylez was the MVP for his house as he carried on his house to victory in the Ping-pong Relay.

 

Finally, we held the STEAM Spelling Bee where Mylez McCall won the Bee.  The Catch-the-Beat brought the Musicians and Ali House took the win!

 

Although Ali House was struggling with merit points this week; overall, they are the winners of the first STEAM Olympics! 



Are you ready for the B.A.L. Academy STEAM Olympics!  Which house will dominate!  It's House versus House versus House versus House!

 

Events include Stack Em Up-Knock Em Down, Cookie Face-off, Hula-hoop Wars, 1-2-3 STEAM Freeze right after Townhall. Water Balloon Parabola, Build-a-pole, Tug-o-War and Ping-pong Relay will take place in the field.  Match-catch-the-Beat and STEAM Spelling Bee will take place in the auditorium.

 

Cheer Em On will take place all day long.

 

Parents and family can come, cheer and even substitute for a student.

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Welcome and thank yout o Dr. Garcia-Ramos from Pepperdine University to the Boys Academic Leadership Academy. On Monday, March 19, 2018, Ms. Garcia-Ramos led a professional development meeting regarding project-based learning giving our staff background on Project-Based Learning and its benefits for students.


In the afternoon, Ms. Matsui gave lessons on strategies for Cooperative Learning.  She demonstrated the strategies quiz-quiz-trade, 3-of-a-kind and think-pair-share.

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For months, James Torres wondered and pondered, when he might be King of the Day.  James then began a campaign to redefine his behavior and his character.  He looked what he could do around his school to make a difference including a campaign to stop littering.  He has been curteous , friendly and caring towards his house brothers often dedicating his libations towards their success.  Even when his house does not get recognized as house leader, James is always positive and supportive.

James is joined in being recognized this week along with Ryan Robertson, Paul Andalon, Amare Blankenship and Anthony Sanchez.  Congratulations James!

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On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, BAL Academy students joined in the nationwide student walkout to remember the victims of the Parkland shooting in Florida as well as the killings of unarmed black boys and men throughout the country.  Students and supporting teachers walked out to a supervised peaceful townhall demonstration overseen by Principal Moorer.  Students walked out with their signs chanting "protect kids not guns."  Principal Moorer asked boys to walk up on stage to say words of remembrance and support to the victims of gun violence.  Many talked about their compassion for the victims and some even remembered unarmed victims of police shootings.  And some who were shy came up to speak for the first time.

Students protested in a special townhall minute for 17 minutes in remembrance of the17 victims of the Parkland shooting.

Many students came out with signs of dedications and signs of call to action for the end of gun violence and greater gun control.



To end the peaceful protest, our community recited Invictus with fists up as a show of solidarity and support for all victims of gun violence.



To the Florida Parkland victims and families, to the Las Vegas victims and families, to the Sandy Hook Elementary victims and families, to Michael Brown, to Laquan McDonald, to Tamir Rice, to Walter Scott, to Freddie Gray, to Sandra Bland, to Alton Sterling, to Philando Castile and to all other friends, allies and families here and passed, to you we recite Invictus with unity and solidarity.

 

From the Tyson House, the Baldwin House, the Guevara House, the Ali House and all of BAL Academy, we say, "ashay, ashay, ashay!"

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A Rainy Trip to Wakanda

 

On Saturday, March 10, 19 boys made the trip to Wakanda!  Sponsored by Sheryl Underwood, our boys met with "The Talk" host along with fellow "The Talk" host, rapper Eve.  Even with the rain, our boys enjoyed the screen of the first black superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with popcorn and drink in hand.  Thank you Ms. Underwood and Eve for supporting our boys to meet superheroes and superheroines that look like them.


Trips to Wakanda

February 24, 2017

 

Through various donors, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Donnell and Mr. Sanchez took the seventh graders and sixth graders on consecutive fieldtrips to view the screening of Black Panthers.  Before going to the movie, the boys enjoyed a lunch at Shakey's pizza parlor.

 

Wakanda Forever!

 



 

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Congratulations to 6th Grader, Jodey Figueroa, for being King of the Day.  Jodey has shown tremendous growth in having a R.I.C.H. character.  He has amassed tremendous merits points without any demerits.

 

Good job Jodey!  We also recognize Jerald Robertson, Diego Mendez-Virgen, Matthew Hardison, Anthony Sanchez and Micah Patterson for your exceptional character this week.

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Don't forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour on Sunday, March 11 at 2AM.  Yes, we lose 1 hour of sleep but it is brighter longer in the day!

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In a special reversal, more students were on stage than in the audience to be recognized as attendance go-getters!  An astounding 50+ boys were recognized during townhall for having perfect attendance during the month of February.  The boys were present 100% during the month.  Attending school is half the battle!!!

 

Way to go BAL Academy!  Each boys recognized were given a certificate to Shakeys.

 

Students recognized were...

  • Paul Andalon
  • Amare Blankenship
  • Grant Brown
  • Jamion Brown
  • De Shon Carr
  • Jullen Davis
  • Paul Deese
  • Emanuel Doss
  • Jayden Epps
  • Noah Evans
  • Nathaniel Evans
  • Jodey Figueroa
  • Andres Flores
  • Zylan Giles
  • Matthew Hardison
  • Robert Haskin
  • Ajhuante Hill
  • KamorynKees
  • Alonzo Kelley
  • Donavan Kelley
  • Tyree Littles
  • Darius Lucas
  • Darion Lucas
  • Cedric Marshall
  • Oscar Mata Martinez
  • Mylez McCall
  • Diego Mendez Virgen
  • Troy Morales
  • Paul Nwakanma
  • Jade O'Banner
  • Gilbert Ortiz
  • Micah Patterson
  • Jonathan Primus
  • Nicolas Primus
  • Ze'rion Rivera
  • Jerald Robertson
  • Jalon Rowe
  • Anthony Sanchez
  • Kendrick Shepherd
  • Kylan Stanley
  • Devon Thomas
  • Patrick Torreblanca
  • James Torres
  • Antwone Usher
  • Akida Warmsley
  • Nicholas Washington
  • Christopher Washington
  • Dylan Williams
  • Charles WIlliams
  • Demarion Wilson
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All dressed for success!!!  Congratulations to Jamion Brown, Jayden Epps, Devon Thomas, Devin Owes and Emanuel Doss for looking "on point and fleek" with their school uniforms for this past week.  Tie and all!

 

Students received a certificate to Yogurtland for this special recognition.

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The sky might be raining, but that didn't stop us from celebrating our King of the Day.  Along with his classmates, Paul Andalon, Devon Thomas, Zaid Rivas and Jatoby Williams as recognized R.I.C.H. students, Robert Haskin is named King of the Day for this rainy March 2.

 

After being in last place for 3 weeks, the Neil Degrasse Tyson House was named as the leading house!  Even though Ms. Matsui was not here to celebrate, the school pour libations for her well-being on this rainy day.

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On a special assembly arranged by the BAL Environmental Clubs, the Heal-the-Bay organization was invited topresentabout the importance of keeping our bays clean and healthy.  A presentor from the organization, Mr. David Coles, gave a soecial presentation on his organization and what students can do to help in cleaning our beaches.

Students participated in the discussion on to best create a positive impact on our environment.

To learn more about Heal-the-Bay, go to https://healthebay.org

Thank you to the Environmental Club for inviting Heal-the-Bay and for MCing the Assembly.  Watch the video for Eric Brown's introduction.

 

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Boys Academy celebrating growth and brotherhood in inaugural year

 

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Above: With encouragement from Principal Donald Moorer, seventh-grader Ze’Rion Rivera adds water to a ‘tree of life,’ part of a morning ritual designed to promote positivity, growth and reflection.

 

The first-ever boys academy in L.A. Unified is now midway through its inaugural year, and the students and educators alike are riding high on signs of success.

 


Sixth-grader Alex Figueroa makes calculations on the length of string needed to get a kite airborne, part of a lesson in aerodynamics.

 

“It’s been a huge change since the year started,” said Principal Donald Moorer, who opened the doors of the Boys Academic Leadership Academy on Aug. 15. “We have young men who came from elementary and middle schools from all across Los Angeles. At first they didn’t know each other. Now, several months later, what you see is a unified group of young men with a strong sense of brotherhood.”

 

Two years ago, the Board of Education authorized the launch of the academy, which shares a campus with Washington Preparatory High School. Modeled after the successful Eagle Academies in New York City, the school opened this year to sixth- and seventh-graders and will ultimately serve grades six through twelve.

 

The school’s opening came a year after the launch of the popular Girls Academy of Los Angeles. Like its counterpart, the Boys Academy has a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) focus and aims to instill leadership skills in its students.

Moorer says the school adopted many tried and true practices of the Eagle Academies while also making it a uniquely West Coast school.

 

“We are part of the District’s efforts to expand pathways for learning,” he said. “We know that not all students are the same and that trying to teach every student the same way doesn’t work. So, we aim to provide hands-on, interactive learning in an open environment where young men are encouraged to explore and understand their world in their own ways.”

 

At the beginning and end of each week, the school day opens with a town hall-style meeting in the quad, where students participate in rituals designed to start the day on a positive note. These include reminders of the school’s ‘Big Five’: resolving conflicts peacefully, using appropriate and positive language, being in uniform, respecting others and keeping electronics invisible and inaudible.

At one town hall, several students who had gotten into physical altercations during the week apologized to their classmates for bringing violence into the school.

 

“This is a peace zone,” Moorer said. “Of course, these are adolescent boys with high energy levels, and conflicts and tensions will arise. But, they learn to deal with conflicts effectively, handling disputes in a gentlemanly fashion.”

 

As their principal reminded students during the town hall that violence is not tolerated, the students began chanting “grades not fades!” – fades referring to a South Los Angeles slang term for goading others into fights. Moorer says they’ve taken the term and turned it into something catchy to help reinforce the school’s values.

 

“When students see a fight breaking out, they will circle around and begin chanting the phrase,” he said. “It’s had a tremendous impact, as we’ve seen the level of physical violence go way down these past few months.”

 


Seventh-grader and “King of the Day” Donald Brown, leads his classmates in reciting the poem “Invictus,” one of the morning rituals practiced at the Boys Academy.

 

Morning rituals also include reciting “Invictus” written by 19th century poet William Ernest Henley with a message of fortitude in the face of adversity. Students also vie for the chance to pour libations, each adding water to a lemon tree as they say what they are thankful for.

 

“I think the rituals are great,” said sixth-grader Alexander Figueroa. “We get to watch as the tree gets bigger over time, and we say what we are thankful for. I am thankful for this school, because it’s helping us to get good grades to go to college after we graduate.”

While he doesn’t yet know where he wants to attend college, Figueroa has a clear sense of the kind of career he wants to pursue.

 

“I want to be some kind of an engineer,” he said. “Which kind, I am not sure yet. But, I love the idea of working in engineering.”

Students compete both as individuals and as teams to see who can accumulate the most merit points each week. The teams are in the form of four ‘houses,’ each named after a prominent male figure who embodies confidence, leadership, resilience and academic excellence: author James Baldwin, revolutionary leader Che Guevara, astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

 

Each week, the house with the most accumulated merit points is celebrated along with the student with the most points who is dubbed “King of the Day.”

 

Celebrating a victory this week was the Niel Degrasse House and “King of the Day” seventh-grader Donald Brown.

“I’m really proud,” Brown said of his recognition. “Everyone really tries hard to get the most merit points. To earn then you have to stay focused, show up on time and not mess around during class time.”

 

Moorer says that while the points and competition bring fun and team-building to the school, it’s really a bonus.

 

Tommy Johnson, who teaches English, history and media at the Boys Academy, helps sixth-graders begin their academic day.

 

“They really see themselves as a unified school,” he said. “The first half of this year, they have already developed such a strong sense of brotherhood, they look out for another and they congratulate one another on a job well done.”

 

Moorer’s point was underscored as teams of students exchanged handshakes and high fives when the week’s winners were announced.

 

With about 100 students this year, the school is still relatively small. Sean Williams, father of sixth-grader Charles, says that’s to be expected for a new school in the South Los Angeles community.

 

“Parents can sometimes be skeptical when you offer something new and different,” he said. “But, I have no doubt that when more parents see what this school can do for these young men, they will be pushing hard to get their boys enrolled here.”

 

Getting the word out early had an impact on parents like Williams, who drives his son each day from Downey to attend the academy.

Moorer continues to promote the school, holding community meetings, regularly touring elementary and middle schools around the city and even knocking on doors in the nearby neighborhoods. But, he says that the strongest marketing comes from the parents themselves.

 

“Dads like Sean have been with us since the beginning, helping us to build what you see today,” Moorer said. “Having parents as a strong base of support — and the school’s greatest cheerleaders — makes an enormous difference.”

 

Williams described Moorer as just what the new school needs.

“Mr. Moorer is a great principal and a great man,” he said. “He’s here for these kids. They know he cares, and they trust him to help them succeed.”

 

Boys Academy celebrating growth and brotherhood in inaugural year

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Congratulations to 6th grader, Diego Mendez-Virgen, for being named as King of the Day for the week of February 23, 2018.  Diego amassed the most merit points and did not receive any demerits for the week.  He is joined by fellow 6th graders, Paul Andalon and Robert Haskins as well as 7th graders, Nicholas Washington and Anthony Sanchez as the top merit earners.

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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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On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the BAL Academy was invited to screen the documentary hip-hop film, The Killing of the Fifth Element.

 

Our boys, in their BAL uniforms, joined other students at the Baldwin Hill Theatre to screening the film.


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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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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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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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




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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 and 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




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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, Honors and Accolades, Honors and Accolades and Calendar & News


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




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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 and 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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Published: 1/19/18




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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




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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




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

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Published: 1/12/18




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


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




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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 and 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




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




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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: About, School, Teachers and Staff, School, Students, Teachers and Staff, Students, Resources, Rituals, Rituals, Charmaine Young, Invictus, Experiences, Experiences, Resources, Calendar & News, Homepage, Homepage, Get Involved, Calendar & News, Invictus, About and Get Involved

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