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  • 2015 Portola HGM Science Fair Science Fair ResultsOur 2nd Magnet Science Fair was so much fun. On Day 1, 7th and 8th graders discussed their projects with scientists, engineers and educators.  Most had conversations with 3-4 judges.  On Day 2, students shared their projects with 1000 other students and faculty, who voted for People's Choice Awards.List of All Student Projects  Top Projects OverallJudges' Special Awards  People's Choice Awards  Huge Thanks to  Mrs. Shah and Mr. OkimuraScience Fair Judges  Organizers and Volunteers  Ms. Perry, Ms. Magrelli, Ms. GarciaAward-winning projects will be displayed in science classrooms at Open House on March 19.
    Posted Mar 2, 2015, 7:05 AM by Keith Yang
  • PSAT this Saturday PSAT Practice Test  Saturday, October 18  8:30 – 10:30 AM  in Portola's Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)  For students who registered in advance...What to bring:Two No. 2 pencils with erasersOptional: an approved calculatorWhat NOT to bring:Food and drinks, including bottled waterDictionaries, books, papersProtractor, compass, ruler, highlighter, penPhones must be turned off completely. When your student registered for the test, they received the PSAT Student Guide, which includes practice questions, test details, and info about the National Merit Scholarship, which they will be eligible for in 11th grade.  Some of the math problems are concepts they have not yet learned.Please make sure your student is in the MPR by 8:30 ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2014, 9:11 AM by Quynh Nguyen
  • Choosing high schools? Talk to insiders High school tours and talks with teachers/staff are helpful, but what if you have deeper questions about how certain schools will meet your highly gifted child's needs and how they would fit in socially?  You would want a candid talk with actual high school students. For the first time, we have students from all 5 of the schools most requested by Portola HGM families.  Many are Portola alumni.  Your children are welcome to come and ask questions - it's their future!  North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet  Granada Hills Charter  Cleveland Humanities Magnet  El Camino Real Charter  Taft Individual Honors Program  Meet the High School Insiders  Wednesday, October 15  7 PM  Portola Library
    Posted Oct 14, 2014, 8:50 PM by Quynh Nguyen
  • Common Core Math, Q&A at MPA Meeting For those who missed Dr. McClay's Common Core Math meeting, please see her informative slide presentation.  We will have a 15-minute Question and Answer period at MPA Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 PM.  There will not be enough time to repeat the presentation, so please read slides and Summary below before asking questions.  A parent's summary of Main Points:  1)  National Common Core standards are much more rigorous than the previous California standards.  2)  In addition to the regular "pathway" (speed at which students take the Common Core courses), there are two very challenging accelerated pathways - one covers 4 years of CC math in 3 years, and one covers 5 years in 3 years. The ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2014, 4:25 PM by Quynh Nguyen
  • Prep for Will Geer field trip For this Friday's 7th grade field trip to Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, please make sure your child:  - dresses in layers for temperature range 73F - 96F  - brings a big bottle of water (no sweet drinks allowed due to bees)  - brings a disposable sack lunch with their name clearly marked  - brings NO electronics and NO backpack (need hands free for acting exercises)  They may wear a small sunhat as audience seats are under full or filtered sunlight.  Students have studied or will study the play they are going to see, A Midsummer Night's Dream.  As part of the theater's Full-Day School program, an expert educator has visited Portola to discuss the play and the world of Shakespeare.  On ...
    Posted Oct 1, 2014, 7:54 PM by Quynh Nguyen
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Portola Highly Gifted Magnet
The Portola Highly Gifted Magnet is the only middle-school program in the Los Angeles Unified School District exclusively dedicated to the education of highly gifted students, and one of the few programs across the United States, public or private, to do so.  Students enrolled in the Portola Highly Gifted Magnet benefit from an accelerated academic curriculum taught in a nurturing environment.  In addition to core classes, Portola HGM students learn about the world around them through enrichment trips, extra-curricular activities and through its diverse student population. 

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