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Magnet Afterschool Enrichment Fall 2014

posted Sep 16, 2014, 8:14 PM by LA MagnetSchools   [ updated Sep 17, 2014, 12:09 AM ]
The MPA, in conjunction with our teachers, would like to offer some exciting after-school activities for Magnet students.  Please turn in the attached registration form and payment by Friday, Sept. 19, to your Homeroom teacher. 

Space is limited, so admission is based on first registrations received. In some cases, classes must have a minimum number of students t

o be taught.  You will be notified by email whether your class will be offered.  If class is cancelled or already full, your payment will be refunded.  

There is no late bus, so parents are responsible for picking up their children after class. No classes will be held on Thanksgiving week and on Sept. 25, when school is closed.

For questions about specific classes, please contact the teacher.  For questions about the program or registration, contact or Ms. Perry at (818) 654-3355. 

Debate - Ms. Massoudi 
Thursdays, 1 hour, 10 sessions, Oct 2 - Dec. 11, 20-25 students, $50 
8th graders have priority, 7th and 6th graders admitted if space is available 

Are you interested in developing your abilities in public speaking, argumentation, and critical reasoning?  This class gives students the opportunity to practice debating each other on wide-ranging topics such as ethics, current events, and "pizza vs. burgers."  Techniques will be shared for research, preparation, delivery, cross-examination, rebuttal, and tolerance for opposing views.  Students will sometimes take positions contrary to their personal beliefs, further stretching powers of performance and logic.  

Introduction to Robotics - Mr. Okimura 
Mondays, 1.5 hours, 10 sessions, Sept 29 - Dec 1, maximum 10 students, $200  

Students will work in teams of 2 to build and program Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots, sometimes using interactive curriculum developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy.  They will get to experiment hands-on with motors, sensors, and intelligent units, develop their problem-solving and teamwork skills, and learn object-oriented computer programming using an entry-level graphical computer language.  The cost includes use of the EV3 kits and instructional materials. 

Science Fair for 6th graders - Mrs. Shah
Thursdays, 1 hour, 10 sessions, Oct. 2 – Dec. 11, 15-25 students, $50 

Since only 7th and 8th graders at Portola HGM are assigned Science Fair projects for class, this is an opportunity for 6th graders interested in science to do a project for fun, while learning and applying higher level scientific thinking.  With Mrs. Shah’s experienced guidance and their peers’ feedback, students will develop their individual project ideas, experimental procedures, and discuss the trial and error problem-solving that is integral to the scientific process.  The class will also provide some general approaches to good science.  Students will work on the projects on their own outside school, but depending on the nature of their experiments, may use the equipment in Mrs. Shah’s lab. 

All 6th graders, whether or not they take this class, will have the option to participate in the Portola Magnet Science Fair in January.  The project requirements for our science fair generally follow the guidelines of the LA County Science Fair. 

MathCounts Club - Mrs. Martin
Wednesdays, 1.5 hours, already started, until February, free

MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement.  The program provides extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in math.  The club will focus on fun and creative problems that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills.  The competitions have written and oral rounds as well as individual and team components.  As the coach, Ms. Martin will select some students from this after-school club or from her MATHCOUNTS elective to represent Portola HGM at the chapter competition in February. This club usually runs 1.5 hours but sometimes finishes early.

Please turn in the registration form and payment by Friday, Sept. 19, to your Homeroom teacher. 

LA MagnetSchools,
Sep 17, 2014, 12:08 AM