By Colleen Zeiss The 2023 National History Day theme for 2023 is "Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas." On Friday, January 13, 2023, eighth graders in Mr. Valiulis’s History Day class presented their final products for submission for this prestigious competition. After months of research, note-taking, drafting, re-drafting, editing, evaluating, and revising, these students presented … Continue reading Our Eagles Soar to New Frontiers: History Day at High Point
The Gift of Giving: HPA Holiday Gift Drive
By Sarah Attar (Class of 2023) The 7th and 8th grade Junior High Service Club held a gift drive for the Children's Law Center during the week of December 5th-9th. The Children's Law Center of California (CLC) provides legal advocacy for abused, neglected, or abandoned children in the foster care system. High Point Academy did … Continue reading The Gift of Giving: HPA Holiday Gift Drive
Debate Team Takes 3rd Place!
By Gintaras Vailulis High Point debaters competed on December 10th at LILA. High Point took 3rd place overall. Henry M. placed 6th in speaker awards and Donovan B. placed 12th out of 93 speakers. Special thanks go out to High Point's judges: Irma H., Nathan L. and Gregory F. High Points teams were: Ethan C., Reece L., and Gyan … Continue reading Debate Team Takes 3rd Place!
HPA Alumna Returns for Computer Science Education Week
By Cheryl Stern You won’t often hear High Point alumna, Cyana L., using the adage, “It’s not rocket science.” This impressive high schooler returned to HPA this week to share her passion for this very subject with our junior high students. As part of Computer Science Education Week, out 7th and 8th graders were treated … Continue reading HPA Alumna Returns for Computer Science Education Week
HPA Rising to the Challenge
By Colleen Zeiss The High Point community joined Rise Against Hunger in its fight against hunger. On Friday, November 18th, students helped to package meals for children and adults who face hunger across the globe. We partnered with Rise Against Hunger to package 10,584 meals! The packaging event took place in the music room, and … Continue reading HPA Rising to the Challenge
Savannah Summer Visit
Easing back to school for a new year, it's always fun to hear what teachers did over the summer. Gintaras Valiulis, Junior High Co-Director & History Teacher, traveled to Savannah, Georgia with teachers from throughout the U.S. I had the opportunity to tour a great historical city with amazing company. As we journeyed around this beautiful … Continue reading Savannah Summer Visit
STEAM DAY 2022 at High Point!
HIGH POINT’S TEACHERS AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN STEAM DAY By Norma Richman The first ever STEAM Day at High Point Academy promises to become an annual affair, highlighting the quality programs presented by the science, math and arts teachers. According to most educators, STEAM is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts … Continue reading STEAM DAY 2022 at High Point!
8th Grade Spanish Class Holds Fundraiser for Jackson Elementary Dual Language Library
By Anna Parsons-Lamb In March, the Junior High Service Club lead by Mrs. Colleen Zeis put on a carnival to raise money for Pasadena's Jackson Dual Language Academy school library. The fundraiser to support the Dual Language Spanish elementary school was inspired by the 8th grade Spanish "Biblioburro" unit. "Biblioburro" or library donkey is about Luis Soriano, … Continue reading 8th Grade Spanish Class Holds Fundraiser for Jackson Elementary Dual Language Library
History Day 2022
By Gintaras Valiulis Ten HPA 8th graders competed at History Day California in Sacramento. These projects qualified by winning at the Los Angeles County contest and are the result of months of historical research and project refinement. Alex J., Carissa C., Francesca G.-N., and Katherine C. were selected as finalists for their website, "Code Name Gadget: Debate, … Continue reading History Day 2022
Debat Squad Finishes Year!
by Gintaras Valiulis High Point's debate squad finished the season with two weekends of tournaments. The National Championship was held online with students competing on both Saturday, April 30th, and Sunday May 1st. Our teams debated both sides of each proposition: Minors should not be tried as adults.The US should establish a program of de-extinction … Continue reading Debat Squad Finishes Year!