Kindergarten Three Piggy Opera Refresh!

by Lynette Wiebe, Kindergarten Teacher After nearly thirty years of kindergarteners performing the same play, we had to pause for a couple of years, and the community really felt the loss. This show was a rite of passage for HPA students, after all. In fact, year over year the whole school would wait for the … Continue reading Kindergarten Three Piggy Opera Refresh!

Four Move On – Los Angeles County History Day!

By Gint Valiulis Four HPA projects won at Los Angeles County History Day and will compete at History Day California in May. The winning projects are:  Websites:  "The Fight for Children's Rights: Debate and Diplomacy" by Eliana G., Emma N. "Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro: The World at Edge" by Aurix H., Cory L., Ethan C. "Code Name … Continue reading Four Move On – Los Angeles County History Day!

Debate Team Places 3rd at the Tri-League Tournament

By Gintaras Valiulis The HPA Debate Squad competed in-person at the Tri-League Tournament held at Poly on Saturday. Our teams had a great record overall giving the school a third-place trophy. The team of James W., Matthew M., and Diya K. took 12th place with a 3-1 record.  Diya also took a 9th place speaker trophy … Continue reading Debate Team Places 3rd at the Tri-League Tournament

Math Coming Alive: Real-Life Number Lines

By Colleen Zeiss Do you ever feel like life is a series of negative and positive integers? Mrs. Gangl’s seventh-grade math students know what I mean… I could tell something amazing was happening in the seventh grade when I noticed Mrs. Gangl’s math students carrying  their beautiful posters with pictures of their families’ most memorable … Continue reading Math Coming Alive: Real-Life Number Lines

A Gallery Walk Down Memory Lane…

By Colleen ZeissThe last week of each quarter is a time when we come together as a junior-high community to support the students’ hard work in their enrichment classes. What a wonderful display of the students’ hard work and creativity during the Quarter 1 Enrichment Gallery Walks! Students, you should be SO proud! Also, a … Continue reading A Gallery Walk Down Memory Lane…

The Sound of Counting

By Lynette Wiebe, Kindergarten Teacher We do a LOT of counting in Kindergarten. Counting with correlation, with cardinality, with accuracy. Counting to thirty, to sixty, to one hundred. Counting forwards, counting backwards. Counting on from a number, counting back from a number. Skip counting by tens, fives and twos. Counting days of school. Counting collections. … Continue reading The Sound of Counting

National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Anna Parsons-Lamb For Hispanic Heritage Month the 7th grade students in Hispanic Culture Enrichment class created a mural made up of many well-known Hispanics. In addition, all students have the opportunity to participate in a Bingo game where players read short bios in Spanish and match them to their English description on the Bingo … Continue reading National Hispanic Heritage Month

7th Grade Catalina Island Marine Institute Week

Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) at Toyon Bay is a unique outdoor science school providing an exciting outdoor educational experience for students from public and private schools in grades 4 through 12. It is one of three outdoor science schools on Catalina Island operated by the nonprofit corporation, Guided Discoveries. Students focus on hands-on experiential science, … Continue reading 7th Grade Catalina Island Marine Institute Week

Nguyen Kitchen – 6th Grade Book Report Tasting

By Sarah Nguyen Students came in, sat down, and sampled five courses of delicious reads! Our first book report is on cultural diversity and inclusion so Mrs. Kalan pulled all of these relevant and highly recommended book titles. As the chef and owner of Nguyen Kitchen, I then served up these tasty reads and students … Continue reading Nguyen Kitchen – 6th Grade Book Report Tasting