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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, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bradbury.

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.

Some of the 2015-2016 Awards

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)

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, 3rd at State

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.

Speech & Debate
120+ awards, 25+ Tournaments

The 40+-member Speech & Debate Team has sent some students to competitions almost every weekend all year, including 10 to state, 5 to Nationals, and 1 to Tournament of Champions. Coach: Evan Feldman. Team captains: Zach Grove, Emily Turkel, Victor Qin.

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)

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.

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.

Donate by Credit Card
Donate by Check

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.

Watch news video

Go Huskies!

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

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 -->

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Congratulations Mr. Maine - LAUSD Teacher of the Year 2015!

From the Science Olympiad Team

(a note from Ayse Alpay and Kim Chi Bui) There is nothing quite as exciting as seeing our kids win awards and receive recognition for their talents.  This past season was a rewarding one in which we watched our Sci Oly Team reclaim its role as the leading team in the county by winning first place at the Los Angeles Regional Competition.  Winning is fun! The team also made a good showing at the State Science Olympiad Competition, winning seventh place (so close to the Top 6!).  The team could not have made it this far without the support of overworked Mr. Maine, a former parent who continues to volunteer (Bob) and, of course, support from their parents at home.  Click here to continue reading.

Competition season is upon us!

Competition season is off to an amazing start!  Congratulations to all participants for their countless hours of hard work, courage under fire, and awesome accomplishments!  NHHS teams have even been featured in the news!  Click the picture below to view a KCBS and KCAL feature on our CyberPatriot, Academic Decathlon, and Science Bowl participants.

Below are season highlights to date.  We will update this listing on an ongoing basis.  (Please help us by sending results, names, and photos!)  For students continuing to compete, good luck on the next rounds!  Many thanks to the faculty sponsors as well, for their commitment to these outstanding teams and their indispensable guidance.  For additional information about the teams and competitions, please check out the Student Activities webpage.

Academic Decathlon - The NHHS Academic Decathlon team has again qualified for the California State Championship in Sacramento March 19-22, 2015.

CyberPatriots  - On Friday, March 13, 2015, NHHS CyberPatriots competed in the CyberPatriot National High School Cyber Defense competition in Washington DC.  Team Azure won 2nd place and 1st in the Cyber Crime Scene.  Team Silver took 5th place.  The CyberPatriots have been featured in local and national newscasts!  Click on the images below to see the stories.

Duke Moot Court - 6 of Noho’s 9 teams (including 5 participants competing in DMC for the first time) reached the Round of 16, the most in the country.  Two teams reached the Round of 8!

Future Farmers of America - NoHo’s team, which includes several HGM students, won their regional competition.

FIRST Robotics Competition – NoHoRobo placed 4th at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Competition in Rancho Mirage February 27-March 1, 2015 -- their best finish ever!  They compete next in Long Beach from March 11-14.

Physics Olympiad - North Hollywood has 7 national semifinalists this year (the previous best was 3!).  These individuals are among the 400 best physics students in the country.  They will take the semifinal exam in mid-March, which determines the qualifiers for the US Physics Team.

Science Bowl - North Hollywood finished 1st in the National Science Bowl regional competition in Los Angeles on February 21, 2015. The team goes on to the National Finals in Washington, DC on April 30!

Science Olympiad - North Hollywood took 1st and 3rd place n the Los Angeles County Science Olympiad at Occidental College on February 28, 2015.

Speech and Debate - The team is competing in more than 20 tournaments this year!  Four North Hollywood students have made it to the State Championships with more expected from this weekend's congress competition at Burbank High School.  Click here for full results to date.

National Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) - Three North Hollywood students qualified as semifinalists.

Individual Honors HGM students Austin Ho and Joyce Kang won the Fingerprints Book Award;  Joyce Kang and Stephen Solorzano were HOBY Summer Seminar recipients, and Miranda Heaner made the California All-State Choir.

KCBS-TV featured some of these teams in a special that aired recently.  Click here to watch:  Best And Brightest: North Hollywood High Boasts Nation's Top-Ranking Academic Teams

Thanks to those of you who donated to Friends of the Highly Gifted Magnet to help support these and other great extracurricular activities.

Good luck to all the North Hollywood teams!!!

Summer Programs

Looking for something meaningful to do this summer?  Check out our Summer Programs page under Student Activities.  There are new links to exciting opportunities!

Mark your Calendars

Selective College Admissions Presentation

On Tuesday, March 17th we will be having our Selective College Admissions presentation by Rob Schwartz (from Princeton Review) and Arun Ponnusamy (former admission officer at U Chicago, Cal Tech and UCLA) from 6:00 - 7:30 in the auditorium.

Junior Parents College Information Night with Ms. Rademaker

Prior to that presentation, at 5:00pm on the 17th, Ms. Rademaker will be meeting with 11th grade parents for the Junior Parents College Information Night.

Chaperones for 9th Grade Field Trip

9th Graders will be going on a whale-watching excursion out to the Channel Islands Harbor on Wednesday, March 25th.  They will be leaving at 8AM and be back at school by 2:30PM.  If you are interested in going as a chaperone, please contact Mr. Bradbury at (818)753-6213 or eab21361@lausd.net.  The chaperones can either take the school bus with the students or drive to the Channel Islands harbor.

This field trip was paid for with your generous donation to the FHGM.  

It's not too late to donate to support our students and teachers!  Visit www.highlygiftedmagnet.org and click on DONATE.

Outsmart the SAT

The Catalyst SAT Bootcamp is a two-day seminar for students that provides go-to strategies for every question they'll face on the test -- a real preparation class designed by instructors who have earned multiple perfect scores on the actual SAT. The SAT Bootcamp is designed for students taking the SAT before the Spring of 2016. Topics include how to:

  • Shortcut math questions that stump more than 90% of test-takers
  • Compose a perfect-score essay - no matter what question the SAT asks
  • Spot hidden clues that instantly reveal the main idea in long reading passages
  • Avoid the four sneakiest ways SAT Grammar questions try to trick students

Location: North Hollywood High School

Schedule: Saturday, March 7th from 9am-1pm and Sunday, March 8th from 9am-1pm

Cost: $175 - We unfortunately cannot accommodate walk-in students.

For more information or to enroll, visit www.CatalystPrep.com and click the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website's menu bar. The deadline to enroll in this special SAT prep opportunity is Wednesday, March 4th.

A Portion Of The Proceeds Benefits The NHHS Highly Gifted Magnet!

January Events

Thursday, January 15th - 6 to 8 pm - Financial Aid Evening Part II - The FAFSA Line by Line-Presentations in English and Spanish- Auditorium and Cafeteria

Wednesday, January 21st - 6pm to 7:30 pm - Searching for the Best College for your child and SAT test preparation Strategies - Presentation by Rob Schwartz, Outreach Director for Princeton Review - Auditorium.  Ideal for 11th and 10th grade students and parents.  Please note that the PSAT score reports were distributed in December.

Wednesday, January 21st - 10:30 am- Sally Na, junior at Harvard University and North Hollywood High HGM alumna, will be at the College Center to talk to students about the Ivy League experience and the critical success factors for achievement at a prestigious university.  Students may sign up in the  College Center for Sally's presentation.

Scholarship Opportunities

A number of excellent scholarship opportunities have deadlines in January.

  • Gates Millenium Scholarship - 1,000 scholarship awarded nationwide to top students of color  with demonstrated financial need. Scholarship covers whatever the college financial aid does not provide. - deadline January 15th. URL: gmsp.org

  • Rotary Club of Los Angeles - $1,000 to $2,000 scholarship renewable. 3,0 gpa and extensive community service. Deadline January 20

  • COBA - $1,000 to $2,000 scholarship. For outstanding African American students with a gpa of 3.0 or higher with demonstrated financial need - deadline January 23.

  • Human Relations Scholarship - $2,000. Student who has demonstrated leadership in promoting intergroup/initercultural relations - deadline January 23

  • Ronald McDonald House Scholarships- $1,000 to $2,000. gpa 2.7 or higher. application online- deadline January 20

  • Los Angeles Clippers Scholarship - $4,000 - extensive community service and school leadership - deadline January 30

Scholarship websites are listed in the College Center.  Some paper based applications are also available in the College Center.

New Summer Programs Page!

We have added a new page under the Student Activities section to help students and parents learn about exciting and enriching summer programs.  Click here to check it out. 

Support the HGM while you shop!

Many thanks to those families participating in the Target and Ralph's shopping programs.  If you have not already enrolled, please consider supporting the HGM in this way.


Friends of the HGM is enrolled in Target's Take Charge of Education donation program.  If you have a Target credit card, please designate our magnet and Friends of the HGM will receive a percentage of your purchase as a donation.  You can sign up online at Target.com, searching Take Charge of Education, or go here and select North Hollywood HGM.  The regular school also has an account, so be sure to choose the one for the HGM.    


Friends of the HGM is also enrolled in Ralph's Community program.  To enroll your Ralph's card please go to the Ralph's website here, or to Ralphs.com.  After putting in your user name and password, click on MY ACCOUNT.  Then click on COMMUNITY REWARDS, Edit my Community Contributions and follow the instructions.  OUR ORGANIZATION IS LISTED AS FRIENDS OF THE HIGHLY GIFTED MAGNET (81675).  IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ENROLLED IN PREVIOUS YEARS, YOU WILL NEED TO ENROLL AGAIN. RALPH'S CLEARS OUT ALL PREVIOUS DESIGNATIONS EVERY SEPTEMBER.  Ralphs' donation is based on a sliding scale, so the more we spend each month, the more they will donate to our organization, up to 4%.

Finals Week Schedule

Final Exams are Dec 15-17, 2014.  School is dismissed at 12:43pm. 
Periods 1 & 4: Monday Dec 15, 2014 
Periods 2 & 5: Tuesday Dec 16, 2014 
Periods 3 & 6: Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014: Regular Day - School out at 3:16pm 
Friday, Dec 19, 2014: Minimum Day - School out at 12:44pm

It's time once again for the

North Hollywood High Zoo Magnet
Winter Ball

Click here for additional information.

Financial Aid Events on Campus

December 9th, 6pm to 8 pm at NHHS Auditorium - College Financial Aid Overview - Grants, Loans, Scholarships.  Presented by the Director of Financial Aid, Occidental College.  This evening is for parents and students at all grade levels.

January 15th , 6pm to 8pm at NHHS Auditorium and Cafeteria - FAFSA Line by Line - English and Spanish presentations.     Presented by the Director of Financial Aid, Occidental College.

Loretta  Hultman,  M.B.A., M. Ed.
College and Financial Aid Counselor
North Hollywood High School

Click here for free online college planning tools for students and parents.

HGM’s 26th Annual Holiday & Student Talent Show
Friday, December 5, 2014
5:30 pm at the NHHS Cafeteria

Click here for details

Presentations by Ms. Hultman,
NoHo College Counselor, and Catalyst Prep

Monday, November 10th from 6 - 7 p.m.

Join us on Monday, November 10 from 6 - 7pm at the NoHo Auditorium.
Ms. Hultman will discuss the college financial aid process, admissions evaluation and scholarship applications.  Ms. Hultman has served on the UCLA Freshmen Admissions Committee for 15 years and has worked with students on scholarship applications.  Plus, a representative from Catalyst Prep will provide information about their test prep program

Prospective Students

Are you a Highly Gifted middle schooler in search of a Great High School?

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

Schoolday tours - space is limited, RSVP soon

Prospective Open House, Nov. 6 @ 5:30 PM - talk to our teachers, students, staff

Our website - see menus at the top for Program, Student Achievement, and Teams/Clubs

Matriculation List - where our graduates go to college, many with scholarships

If you have questions, please bring them to Open House, or contact our Magnet Coordinator Mr. Ethan Bradbury at Eab21361@lausd.net.

Parent Conference Night

Thursday, October 16th from 5 - 7 p.m.

Parents are invited to attend and use this opportunity to speak to their child's teachers.  Parents may pick up Report Cards from their student's 2nd period teacher.

Student Tours

The HGM is excited to announce the dates for our Prospective Student Tours.  We will hold three tours between October 10th and October 27th.  The deadline to apply for all magnet schools is November 15th.

Our three tour dates are: Friday, October 10; Thursday, October 16; and Monday, October 27.  There will be three tours conducted on each of those days.  The times for the tours are: 8:30-10:00; 11:00-12:30; and 1:30-3:00.

Our tours are hosted by students currently enrolled in the Highly Gifted Magnet.   Tours visit several HGM classrooms during instructional time and provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn about the HGM and North Hollywood High School.

If you are interested in signing up for a tour, please call the HGM office at (818) 753-6213 between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.  You may also send an email to kmp4366@lausd.net.  Make sure you include your name, phone number, the number of people attending and the date and time you wish to attend.

2014 Annual Family Picnic and Brainiac Fair

Dear HGM Families,

The flyer for the 2014 Annual HGM Family Picnic and Brainiac Fair will go out next week. Be sure to look out for it (or print the one below) and return it with your food and raffle ticket pre-order as soon as possible.  

Come and meet your community as we spend a memorable afternoon picnicking with other HGM families and HGM faculty and staff. There will be a Brainiac Fair, a raffle, a chess challenge, and Karaoke open mic, so bring your own CD and be prepared to have some fun!

If you can donate any goods or services for the raffle, please complete the form below and return it to the HGM office with your donation.

SAT Bootcamp