May 19, 2010


Four 8th graders from Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies entered the Ecybermission contest sponsored by the US Army.This year, over 13,000 students registered for eCYBERMISSION and formed over 3,300 teams. Out of those 3,300 teams, only 96 were chosen as winners. The LACES team received a criteria award for the Pacific Northwest Division. The entire team will receive $8000.00, that is $2000.00 for each team member. The team members are: Camille Didelot-Hearn, Alison Sanford, Galen Dodd, Stefano Rumi, and Coach Elizabeth Schlum. 

The students’ projects was about how to irradicate the Whitefly infestation that is ruining our crops. They experimented with many different types of control methods, organic and nonorganic pesiticides, but found that the natural predator of ladybugs was the most effective and the not harmful to the environment. They were also selected to be in the California State Science Fair in two weeks and were invited to display their work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

Congratulations on achieving such a remarkable accomplishment! 

eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based science, technology, engineering and math competition for students in grades six through nine.

You can learn more by going to

  The names of the students in the picture from left to right are:  Camille Didelot-Hearn, Alison Sanford, Galen Dodd, Stefano Rumi, and Coach Elizabeth Schlum.

  The names of the students in the picture from left to right are:  Camille Didelot-Hearn, Alison Sanford, Galen Dodd, Stefano Rumi, and Coach Elizabeth Schlum.

April 6, 2010

April 22 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Join the Bots and make a difference in your community.   Go to REDUCE REUSE and RECYCLE on LAUSDnet Kids and see what you can do to make a difference. 

March 31, 2010

The Bots Salute Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante, a great teacher who had great impact on Garfield High School, LAUSD and schools across the nation, passed away March 30, 2010.  He will be greatly missed.

March 24, 2010

At the Getty Villa - The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of the Empire

March 24- July 5 2010 at the Getty Villa compares the Art of the Aztec to that of the Romans.  Learn more here

March 15, 2010

Census- Remember We ALL COUNT!

Don’t forget to have your parents to fill out the US Census information. It is good for SCHOOLS and for you!  US Census in Schools

March 9, 2010

If you have a story you want to share…

If you have a story you want to share about your school, have your principal write to  The Bots would love to share your story too.

March 8, 2010

A Reading Boost to Celebrate Dr. Seuss

The 186th Street Elementary School students, staff, and parents enjoyed a Reading Pajama Party to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Thursday, March 4, 2010.  The children and staff members had a chance to wear their pajamas to school all day and culminate the evening with a reading celebration and a magic show.  All of the students and parents gasped with excitement when a group of special guests from one of their favorite Dr. Seuss’ books, The Cat in the Hat, stopped by to promote literacy.  Team members from the Target Store in Gardena brought The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 to join in the celebration.

Students were able to enjoy a choice of stories read by teachers and college students in different rooms with themes to promote a college going culture at the beginning of the event.  Fairy Tales were read in the USC Trojans’ Arena; stories about animals were read in the UCLA Bruins’ Den; books to promote peace and diversity were read in the Loyola Lions’ Lair; and story time with Dr. Seuss was held in the 186th Street Arts Academy.  After the students finished listening to the stories, they received a free book to increase their pleasure reading libraries at home and support the academic play of reading 15-20 minutes every evening called by Principal Reed. The play is called Operation R.E.E.D. (Read Every Evening Diligently).  The books were donated by the Molina Foundation and the Reading is Fundamental Program to promote reading, and the Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation donated healthy snacks to promote good nutrition.

The highlight of the evening was having the children bring their sleeping bags into the auditorium, sit on the floor with their friends, and culminate the Reading Pajama Party with a fantastic Magic Show by Mark, the Magician from “Magic with Aloha.”  Mr. Kiyabu’s show kept the children and parents on the edge of their seats, laughing, clapping, and trying to figure out the magician’s magic.  His show fit right in to the reading theme when he changed an ace of spade in a card trick to his favorite card of all, a library card.  He told the children “a library card can be magical because you can check out all kinds of books, even books about magic.” The parents and teachers cheered to see that even a magic trick can emphasize that “Readers are Leaders!”  The sight of students and parents enjoying an evening of quality entertainment and family time made the day a great success.

February 16, 2010