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6/17/18


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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6/6/18


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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6/1/18


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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5/16/18

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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5/15/18

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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4/5/18

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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4/1/18

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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3/20/18

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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2/15/18



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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1/26/18


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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