Principal's Message

March 13, 2020
As always, the safety and security of our students remain the top priority of the Woodland Hills Elementary staff.  As Superintendent Beutner shared this morning, our schools will be closed as of Monday, March 16, for a period of at least 2 weeks.  Therefore, we are sending resources home with your child today, in our ongoing efforts to maintain instructional continuity. These resources will also be available on our school website. Staff and I will be checking emails daily so feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Truly, thank you for your cooperation and continued support. Please stay safe and know we will be missing our students and hoping to see them soon. Should you have any questions, please call me at 818-347-9220 or email me at c.desiderio@lausd.net.
Week of 3/9 - 3/13/2020
Hello WHECES Families,

This Thursday, March 12, we will be hosting a Family Math Night at Woodland Hills Academy from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The event will take place in the multipurpose room. Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks, a very successful professional development company based in Canada, will be running the event. They will also be presenting hands-on math strategies to our staff during the day. There is still room for you and your child to attend. You do not need to RSVP. (This is not a drop off event. An adult must be present with the students.)

Did you know?
  • * Whether using traditional activities or more sophisticated manipulatives, hands-on learning helps students to more readily understand concepts     and boost their self-confidence.
  • * Of the 20 fastest growing careers, 15 of them require a background in math and science.
  • * When they’re shown what engineers do, 76 percent of girls get interested in engineering, which requires a strong math background.
  • * To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances in         math and science.
  • * The U.S. needs 1 million more STEM professionals in the next decade than it is projected to produce at the current rate.
  • ** Too often we give children answers to remember than problems to solve.
 
I hope to see you there!

Sincerely

Christina Desiderio
Principal
Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies

Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.
                                                                                             Walt Disney
week of Jan. 27 - 31/2020
Because works of art are almost always about ‘something’, they can be the glue that binds the curriculum together and helps kids synthesize all of their learning throughout the day," Christine Marmé Thompson, an art education professor from the Pennsylvania State University. I love this quote for two reasons; one, the words are spoken by a professor from my alma mater,  the Pennsylvania State University, and two, because it is so true. This is true for any artwork your children produce at home as well.  PATT will be sponsoring our next Professional Development entitled "Integrating the Arts Through Using Artful Thinking...What the Arts Teach and How it Shows." As always we appreciate the support PATT has given us this year with our Professional Development. 
week of January 20-24

Happy New Year! 

The California Science Framework was adopted in 2016. The Framework follows the Next Generation Science Standards, NGSS, which were developed in 2013. LAUSD has approved two NGSS science curriculum programs for us to choose from that we will be using starting next school year. Anyone interested in looking at these two programs is welcome to do so next week at Local District Northwest Office, 6621 Balboa Blvd. Lake Balboa, CA 91406. The staff and I will be looking at both programs next Tuesday and will make a decision by Monday, January 27 on the program we will be choosing. 
A big thank you to PATT for sponsoring our December professional development, PD,  The Arts, and Social-Emotional Learning and our upcoming PD on integrating Art appreciation. Your support with our PD has been extremely valuable to our professional growth.

Fondly,

Christina Desiderio

Principal
Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies


Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.
Week of: December 9-13, 2019
 
A 2014 New York Times article highlighted that art and engineering were not always completely separate disciplines. Leonardo da Vinci is recognized for combining science and art together. Galileo was a poet and literary critic, Einstein was a keen violin player, and Samuel Morse painted portraits. The original Apple Macintosh computer team came from backgrounds in anthropology, art, history, and poetry.

To encourage and strengthen teacher’s use of the arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) has developed an interactive professional development series in K-6 arts integration, titled Technology Enhanced Arts Learning, (TEAL) project. This professional development focuses on ways in which true arts integration supports learning in the classroom and addresses the Common Core State Standards and California Visual Arts Standards. Our wonderful PATT will be supporting an upcoming professional development, PD, delivered by a TEAL coach. The title of the PD is Arts and Social-Emotional Learning. The staff and I are thankful to PATT and look forward to the presentation.
Fondly,


Christina Desiderio
Principal
Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies

  Welcome to Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies. We appreciate you choosing our school to educate and nurture your child. We are honored to have this opportunity to make this year a unique and valuable experience. Your active support and cooperation, combined with our professional efforts, will ensure academic success for your child.

  We are proud of each and every one of our staff members. There is a spirit of cooperation and progress at our school and we look forward to sharing our enthusiasm with you. Our goal is to provide each student with a challenging and rigorous curriculum appropriate to his/her academic level. We will continue to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of all of our students. Every child will be provided a quality instructional experience as well as a balanced curriculum including the arts and technology.

  The Woodland Hills community is where children come first and education is our number one priority. With parents and staff working together as a team every child will succeed. We are thankful to have such an active parent community. Educating our children requires that we all work together and the Woodland Hills family is an outstanding example of teamwork!

  As your principal, you can expect that I will do my best to ensure that your child is challenged, nurtured, and provided with a safe and stimulating learning experience. I will have ongoing positive interactions with all of the children and be visible and accessible. If you need to contact me please do not hesitate at all. I will always make time to respond to your needs. I look forward to a successful school year!

Sincerely,

Christina Desiderio

Principal

Week of November 18 - 22: Conferences Week

 

Woodland Hills Elementary School Charter for Enriched Studies is committed to supporting the social and emotional well-being of our students. Programs like Second Step, a research-based program designed to promote social-emotional development, and the implementation of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support, PBIS, are just two examples of programs we use. Thanks to PATT who has provided the funding, we now have one day of counseling for students who are having social-emotional needs that might be interfering with there academic and social growth. There are also district supports available as well. 

 

 

Week of November 12-15, 2019

 

We are very happy to announce the hiring of a computer instructional aide. He is our very own campus aide Jeremy Eustace! The position is 100% funded by PATT! Jeremy will be using a digital literacy program from Learning.com in addition to supporting staff with technology. Thank you PATT for supporting this very important position!

We all know as parents of young children technology can be overwhelming and scary. The link below can help you take control of your child's access to the web on their cell phones. There are many other websites to support you raising your child to live an internet safe childhood. Although students can bring a cell phone to school, the rule is the phone is to be turned off during the day and either kept in their backpacks or kept safe with the teacher until the end of the day. Thank you for supporting our school policy but reminding your child about this very important rule.

https://www.consumerreports.org/smartphones/how-to-use-parental-controls-on-a-smartphone/

 

Sincerely,

Christina Desiderio
Principal
Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies


Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.
                                                                                           Walt Disney