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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.


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.


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.



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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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.


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.


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.




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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