News and Announcements

Congratulations Mr. Maine - LAUSD Teacher of the Year!!!

The Annual

Every year the HGM publishes its own yearbook that reflects and celebrates the year that was in the Highly Gifted Magnet. The Annual holds special memories for all of our students, especially for members of our senior class. A portion of the yearbook is set aside as a Dedication Page. The Dedication Page is a unique opportunity for parents to commemorate or celebrate their graduating senior with inspirational quotes, baby photos or college opportunities. Parents can purchase a Dedication Page for the following prices:

Full page - $36
1/2 page - $18
1/4 page - $9

Dedication pages should be designed by the parent and should be submitted to Mr. Bradbury by Thursday, May 26.

If you have any questions, please call Mr. Bradbury at 818-753-6212 or contact him via email.

AP Exam Schedule

Please see HGM Calendar for updated dates and times for AP exams. Students taking morning tests - please be at school by 7:45 am for the bus ride to the off-campus AP test location.

Advisor Len Soloff, Coach Altair Maine, team members Richard Shuai, Jeff Lung, Josh Kim (captain), Rachel Wei, and Alex Ke

Science Bowl - Regional Champions

For the 17th time, NoHo wins the LADWP Science Bowl, a Jeopardy-style competition which tests students' knowledge of science, technology, and math. The study team is fifteen students, from which five go to competition: Richard Shuai, Jeff Lung, Josh Kim (team captain), Rachel Wei, and Alex Ke. They will go on to the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC. They are coached by HGM Science teacher Mr. Altair Maine, with support from HGM retired teacher Mr. Len Soloff.  News article

Coach Paul Landau with 2nd place team Mila Frank & Sarah Tyler (4th in Individual competition)

Coach Paul Landau with 2nd place team Mila Frank & Sarah Tyler (4th in Individual competition)

Duke Moot Court Successes

HGM students were remarkably successful at Duke Moot Court, the prestigious competition at Duke University where they argued Constitutional law cases. Sarah Tyler and Mila Frank finished second overall; Ben Schall and Felix Bulwa finished in the top 8; Esther Choi and Elan Reynaud finished in the top 16; and Sarah Tyler finished 4th in the Individual competition. They are coached by teacher and attorney Mr. Paul Landau, who has coached a generation of practicing attorneys. News article

Science Olympiad team takes first place in 2016 LA County regional tournament, held at Occidental College

Science Olympiad team takes first place in 2016 LA County regional tournament, held at Occidental College

Science Olympiad Regional Champions

After winning or placing at several invitational tournaments, the NoHo Sci Oly team won first place at the LA County Science Olympiad by winning medals in 16 out of 23 events in a field of 40 schools. Sci Oly events challenge students on both science knowledge and hands-on engineering/technology projects. In April, they will go to the state tournament at Caltech. The team includes 31 members. Sponsor: Mr. Maine. Alumni Parent Advisor: Bob Huffman. Captains: Chris Lung, Katie Chiou, Jaeyi Hahn.

Some team members competed at the Tri-County League's last tournament, where the team won the Originals award for the year

Speech & Debate
100+ awards, 23 tournaments, and counting...

The 40+-member Speech & Debate team has sent some students to competitions almost every weekend all year. They are now starting State and National championship competitions.  Qualified for State: Emily Turkel and Matthew Kim in Public Forum Debate; Alexander Landyshev for Congressional Debate; Jennifer Choi-Nakama and Victor Qin for Presiding Officer; Zach Grove for Dramatic and Thematic Interpretations; Linda Wakamoto for Expository; Felix Bulwa for Impromptu; Lyna Kim, Tai Michaels, Ella Michaels and Matthew Kim for Extemporaneous. Qualified for Nationals: Zach Grove in Dramatic Interp; Matthew Kim and Emily Turkel in Public Forum Debate; Ella in Congressional Debate. Qualified for Tournament of Champions: Ella Michaels in Congressional Debate. Coach: Evan Feldman. Team captains: Zach Grove, Emily Turkel, Victor Qin.

Cyber Patriots Take State Gold

In the Gold division of the cyber defense competition, NoHo's "Team Ladd" took 1st place in California. This all-Freshman team includes: Albert Liu, Daniel Joo, Kevin Song, Tai Michaels, and Tom Panenko.  We are awaiting results for the West Coast tournament and for NoHo teams in Platinum division, who may qualify for the national tournament.  Our coach is computer teacher Mr. Jay Gehringer.

Academic Decathlon Qualifies for State

The NHHS Academic Decathlon team has again qualified for the California State Championship. Among team members are HGM students Bradley Diener and David Shim. The team and Coach Mr. Raúl Barragan will go to the state tournament in Sacramento on March 17-20, 2016.

Students Advancing in Physics Olympiad

Sophomores Franklin Bertelloni and Roshan Jagani have qualified for semifinals in the US Physics Olympiad. They will then take the semifinal test, which may qualify them for the US Physics training camp and to represent the United States in the International Physics Olympiad. Mr. Maine says this year's test was particularly tough.

College Prep Meetings

Tuesday, March 8
NHHS Auditorium

5 - 6 pm:
Junior Informational Meeting for HGM Parents
(see flier for info)

6 - 7 pm:
Navigating the College Admissions Process
for 10th & 11th graders but all are welcome
(see flier for info)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 18

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Community Meeting on School Modernization/Construction

Wednesday, 2/17, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
School Auditorium

Our campus will undergo the biggest construction modernization project ever at an existing LAUSD school. Experts have just completed seismic/safety studies to come up with general plans for campus changes. This is your chance to hear their plans and give your input. See mailed flyer for more info.

End of Year Party

May 13, 2016
Potluck * Talent Show * Silent Auction

Due to multiple tournaments and scheduling conflicts on Feb. 19, the HGM social has been changed to an end of year party, after the AP tests.  Huge thanks to those who donated items, which will be auctioned in May.  Please keep them coming!

Finals Week Funky Schedule

Welcome to Finals Week, December 14-18.  Remember, you can always get these details earlier from the HGM Calendar.  Finals are about 2 hours each.

Monday - finals for periods 1 & 4
Tuesday - finals for periods 2 & 5
Wednesday - finals for periods 3 & 6

Thursday - regular schedule
Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday - 12:44 PM dismissal

School buses leave right after school every day, but there are no late buses this week.

Not every class has a cumulative final exam.  Some have a regular test, some have assignments/projects due, and there are other variations. Please check with your teacher if you are uncertain of expectations. Happy studying!

Donate during our Annual Giving Drive
You Could Win an iPad Mini 2

Donate to the HGM by December 14 and be automatically entered to win an iPad mini 2.  Any donation amount enters you to win, and every increment of $100 that you pledge is an extra raffle entry (e.g. $600 donation gets 7 raffle chances).  If you have already donated, thank you!  Your donation counts towards the raffle.

While we are asking for a $600 donation per family, 100% participation is our goal.  Please give what you can! Your donations are critical to maintaining excellence and supporting many activities at the HGM. The drawing will be held on Monday, December 14, at the 7 PM Friends of the HGM meeting.

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CBS Donates $60,000 in Music Equipment

to North Hollywood HS!  This is in support of our outstanding music program and in recognition of our longtime voluntarism in the community.  Full Story.

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Go Huskies!

Girls' Tennis Team wins Division 2 City Championship!

NHHS Football Team is in playoffs!  Nov. 20 @ 7 PM they play quarterfinal game at Hollywood High. See you there!

Cross Country Boys Varsity, Girls Varsity, Girls Frosh-Soph, and top individuals ran their hearts out at City prelims/semi-finals. There were many personal records set on the tough Pierce College trails.

For all sports teams, see NHHS athletics page. Go Huskies!

Teams & Clubs Funding Requests

Friends of HGM would like to support as many activities as possible, but have limited funds. As such, we are piloting a new procedure that seeks to be more transparent, fair, and encourage organizations to be more strategic. Please see...

New! Funding Request Form

Supplementary support for teams/clubs is made possible by your donations to FHGM - thank you!

Have You Donated To Your School?

North Hollywood HGM is a nationally recognized program to meet the unique needs of highly gifted students. Because many of these needs are not funded by the district, we need your support to maintain excellence. The many recurring costs include:

  • Tutoring & AP workshops by HGM teachers
  • Support for amazing Teams and Clubs
  • Field Trips
  • Better AP textbooks, classroom sets (to lighten student backpacks)
  • Teacher materials and training conferences

Please help us reach our fundraising goal, so we can also fulfill new teacher requests such as:

  • New novels and books on writing
  • Supplies for Biology experiments
  • Computer carts for classrooms
  • New Norton literature anthologies

Please do your part to keep our students thriving. We are asking each family to contribute $600. Please give more if you can, but any amount would be of great help!  All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for employer matching programs.

HGM Freshman College Prep Night

Monday, Nov 9 @ 6pm
NHHS Auditorium

Our College Counselor Ms. Rademaker will hold an information session on strategic college preparation. All 9th graders or new students and their parents are encouraged to attend.  Topics include HGM curriculum/course options over the next 4 years, requirements for graduation/college applications, and strategies for the more selective universities.

Following the this session will be the FHGM Parents Meeting @ 7pm in K109.

Picnic Highlights

Joel = MJ lip sync

THANKS to everyone who came to the picnic and made it such a great day!  Special shoutouts:

  • All the HGM Teachers, Administrators and Staff, who took time out of their weekend to celebrate with us
  • HGM Korean Parents Association for donating and serving their delicious Korean BBQ
  • Volunteers who helped set up, staff booths, clean up
  • Families and businesses that donated raffle prizes
  • Student Teams & Clubs, for info booths and activities
  • Our fabulous DJ Enrique Linan
  • Mr. McCollaum's beautiful rendition of Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • Talented Lip Sync Contestants!

Sincerely yours,

HGM Picnic Committee
Ruth Otarola-Linan, picnic chair
Charlene Mathers, volunteer coordinator
Joan Huddleston, clubs & lip sync contest coordinator
Edward Koo, raffle coordinator

More Online Shops to Benefit Our School
at eScrip Mall

Apart from our Amazon Associates link, many other retailers now use one portal to donate a portion of what your spend to our school.  Sign up now - it's so easy

  1. Register at eScrip
  2. Then, go to "My eScrip" to edit your school/nonprofit to benefit "Friends of the Highly Gifted Magnet"

2 Easy Ways to Earn

  1. Go through eScrip Mall to get to your merchant's website. Make sure you're logged into eScrip.
  2. You don't have to go through eScrip if you register your credit cards. Even if you go directly to the shopping websites or participating restaurants, your purchases will automatically benefit the HGM.


Clubs & Teams Fair
Games * Raffles * Lip $ync Contest
Korean BBQ * Pizza * Ice Cream

Our biggest social event of the year is this Saturday, October 17, 11am-3pm.  It's truly a wonderful day of friends, food, and uniquely HGM-style fun with HGM teachers, staff, and families. 

ALL the HGM teachers and administrators are coming!  Come say Hi, hang out and get to know them (Have you seen Mr. Maine's adorable 4-year old?)

If you haven't done so, please return this PICNIC FORM right now for food orders, volunteer signups, or to donate supplies & raffle items.

Do you know highly gifted 8th graders looking for a great high school?

Please invite them to next Monday's Prospective Open House and send them this ...

North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet is the only high school in Los Angeles just for highly gifted students.  Come get to know us!

Prospective Open House - Monday, October 12 @ 5 PM - talk to teachers, students and staff

School daytime tours - space is limited, RSVP required

HGM website - see menus at the top for info on the program, achievements, teams/clubs, matriculation list

If you have questions, please bring them to the Open House or contact our Magnet Coordinator Mr. Ethan Bradbury at eab21361@lausd.net.

Upcoming Busy Week 10/12-17

Monday @ 5 PM: Prospective Open House

Monday @ 7 PM: FHGM parents meeting, room K109

Wednesday @ 8 AM:  PSAT for all HGM 9th, 10th, 11th graders. Arrive early!

Thursday @5-7 PM: Parent-teacher conferences

Friday @ 12:44 PM: early dismissal, buses leave right after

Friday @ 6:30-11 PM: Homecoming Dance @ Castaway

Saturday @ 11 AM - 3 PM: HGM Picnic & Brainiac Fair

Good times at the 9th Grade Parent Mixer

We had such a great time getting to know each other, Ms. Underwood, Ms. Kivork, and Mr. Bradbury, over pizzas and beer.  Thanks for all the stories, insider tips, and laughs/tears over the joys and challenges of HGM kids!

Huge thanks to organizers
Allison & Clint Wallace
Richard Loew

Earn Free Money for our School...

Do you shop at Ralphs?

If you link your Rewards Card to their Community program, Ralphs will automatically donate a portion of your spending to FHGM. It costs you nothing! To register, simply show this barcode letter and your Rewards card (or phone number) to the cashier next time you shop. Alternatively, you can register online to connect your Rewards card to Friends of the Highly Gifted Magnet NPO# 81675.  It's so simple, so register today.


Do you shop at Amazon?

If you purchase through our FHGM Amazon link, 4%-8% of what you spend goes to our school. This costs you nothing.

For us to get credit, you must use the link to add items to your shopping cart within 24 hours and from the same browser tab.  We do not get credit for "Save for Later."  You can always find our link on the right side of this Homepage -->

Event Hosts
Allison & Clint Wallace
Richard Loew


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5231 Colfax Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601
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