HGM in the News
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) hosted the inaugural California Cyber Innovation Challenge at Sacramento City College on Wednesday, where eight teams of high school students competed in a series of timed challenges.
Make student voices really matter in our schools
Commentary in EdSource
Nearly every middle and high school gives students a voice on campus in some way, but many schools miss the opportunity to make student voices really matter.
Student voice is an area that I’ve been passionate about for a long time. When I was a student at North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles Unified, I participated in several meaningful programs that gave students a real voice in solving problems and helped many students develop leadership capacity (and not just the usual suspects!).
Two seniors from the Highly Gifted Magnet at North Hollywood High School took second place in Duke University’s annual Moot Court competition, a prestigious national contest that showcases students’ research, writing and debate skills as well as their knowledge of constitutional law.
By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
North Hollywood High School has done it again.
The school’s Team A won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 24th annual Science Bowl Regional Competition in downtown Los Angeles against 24 other schools on Saturday.
The victory marks North Hollywood High School’s 17th regional championship in a competition that uses a game show format to test reflexes and the students’ grasp of advance science, math and technology concepts.
Five San Fernando Valley schools will be fast-tracked under Superintendent Ramon Cortines’ plan to renovate 11 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The upgrades will bring additional classroom space, updated technology and the shine of a makeover, with details hammered out later this year in meetings with staff, students and parents. If all goes as planned, the projects should be completed in five years.
North Hollywood High School sits atop Cortines’ list. Built in 1927, the school has grand columns that stretch to wood-framed window panes, neatly tucked below Spanish roof shingles. From Magnolia Boulevard, the campus’ main building appears suited for the campus of an East Coast Ivy League university.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — It’s an accomplishment for a high school to have one academic team make the championships.
But three? That’s an honor earned by several hard-working students at North Hollywood High School headed for competitions that could change their lives.
Looking to protect themselves from hackers, some companies are turning to a group of North Hollywood High School students who are national champions in cyber security. The students have their own possible explanation on how Sony Pictures was attacked.
By Jay Matthews
To create the Challenge Index, which I used to rank the high schools below, I took the total number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school in 2013 and divided that figure by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June of that year.
[Note: North Hollywood High as a whole (2,850 students) is #14 because magnet data was not separated. If the HGM were separated, it would rank #1]
By Alicia Banks, Los Angeles Times
A team of tech-savvy students from North Hollywood High clinched the national championship this past weekend in Maryland at the CyberPatriot VI competition, which tests their cyber-security knowledge.
About 1,600 teams from the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada vied for a spot at nationals through qualifying and semi-final rounds.
[More photos from the event are available at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjVUd4LZ]
Two years ago Phyllis Spadafora of North Hollywood High School was one of nine winners of Tamar’s Technology Pilot Grant Contest.
In her winning application, selected by a panel of three outside judges, Spadafora described how she would use technology (in this case iPads) to better teach her French classes. One of the stipulations of the grant—which was designed to encourage innovation and experimentation at the grassroots level--is that teachers would share what they learned. On Thursday, a Gazette reporter visited Madame Spadafora’s AP French class to check it out.
Spadafora’s AP French Class (the equivalent of French IV) has 18 students. As the students walked in they went straight to a closet and picked up their iPads. They knew the routine. Each tablet was numbered, and set up as theirs. Spadafora uses the iPads two days a week out of five. She stressed that the iPads are not meant to supplant the teacher, or replace any of the discussion, group work or presentations that would otherwise occur. They are a tool. In that capacity, they are amazing.Read More
By Barbara Jones
The signs are everywhere that it's awards season in L.A.
No, not those awards.
These are the CyberPatriots, the Science Bowl and, the Oscars of school contests, the Academic Decathlon, with hundreds of kids across Los Angeles Unified prepping for hours every day in the hope of bringing home a trophy.
That would make North Hollywood High the "Lincoln" of competitors, with entries in each of the major categories.
Tuesday afternoon found North Hollywood's nine-member Academic Decathlon team polishing their knowledge of Russia, the theme of this year's competition, in advance of this weekend's finals.
Down the hall, five math and science whiz kids drilled for the regional Science Bowl on Feb. 23, while the eight members of the school's two CyberPatriots teams honed their computer skills for their first-ever entry in the national cyber-defense contest in March.
While U.S. athletes were in London parading their physical prowess, eight American "mathletes" were scoring medals at China’s Math Olympiad. One of them is a 16-year-old from North Hollywood High School, Alica Weng.