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2016 - 2017


Thanks, Comcast NBC Universal!

Hundreds of volunteers from Comcast NBC Universal came to help beautify our NoHo campus as part of the annual Comcast Cares endeavor.


Cyber Security National Champs!

3 out of the 14 high school teams that went to National Finals in Cyber Patriots competition were from North Hollywood HS. Of these, 11th grade Team Togo took home the national championship.

LA Times Article
LAUSD Daily Article


Junior Selected for USA National Debate Team

ABC News Story


Hands-On Science + Amgen Biotech

HGM science gets even better!  Our Science Teachers are more committed than ever to providing real-world science experience for HGM students.  Ms. Espinosa's AP Bio students are doing weekly lab experiments. She has also completed training for the Amgen Biotech Experience, which entitles her to borrow molecular biology lab equipment from Amgen so her students have been doing DNA engineering. 

Mr. Maine and Ms. Espinosa's AP Chemistry students have also been doing experiments every 2-3 weeks. They have requested a $5,000 from Friends of HGM for hands-on lab experiments, which we are more than thrilled to support. Stay tuned (thanks to FHGM and a grant co-written by Ms. Underwood and Ms. Espinosa) for ... RoboRoaches!

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Fabulous Parent Mixer!

HUGE thanks to Alison & Clint Wallace, Richard & Mirta Muscarolas Loew for hosting such a magical evening and donating all the proceeds to the FHGM. Great conversations and sharing with new friends. Some of us wish we had stayed late enough to enjoy the multi-story treehouse with zipline ;)


Essential Tools: Passport & Schoology

Parent Passport gives parents access to student records, attendance, and much more. If you have never used it, watch this instruction video for how to get in.

From Parent Passport, you can now access assignments, grades, teacher communications, notification emails, and more in future, through Schoology, LAUSD's new online learning management system. North Hollywood is a pilot school trying out Schoology and not all teachers are using it yet.

Here are basic instructions.  If you have problems or questions, please call the school at 818-753-6200 or LAUSD's Parent, Community and Student Services at 213-481-3350.


Mr. Yousefian Thanks You!

All Mr. Yousefian's lessons are interactive and formatted for use on a Smart Board. This interactive teaching tool was made possible by generous donations from the parents of HGM students. Mr. Yousefian joins Mr. Maine and Ms. Espinosa among teachers who regularly use this interactive teaching tool. If you are interested in helping make more educational opportunities like this available to HGM students please donate to HGM.

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Biggest Picnic Ever!

* Boonderwood Wedding Send-off * New Mini-Maine * Teams & Clubs Fair *
* Ice Cream Social *
Yummy Korean Food * Heated House Competitions *
* Awesome Raffle Prizes * Games Games Games *

Huge thanks to all who made this year so raucously fun and memorable!  Most of the HGM, all of the teachers, plus new Baby Luna, the new Mr. Underwood, and Dr. Haut visiting from retirement. For our most ambitious and successful HGM picnic ever, huge thanks to our tireless Picnic Committee: Jennifer Clark, Charlene Mathers, Joan Huddleston, Edward Koo


2015 - 2016


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.


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


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 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.


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.


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 Sports!

Girls Tennis 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!


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
  • Talented Lip Sync Contestants!

CONGRATULATIONS!
Mr. Maine Named LAUSD Teacher of the Year


2014 - 2015


Recommended Summer Programs

Looking for something meaningful to do this summer?  Check out our Recommended Summer Programs page.


HGM Picnic & Brainiac Fair

Our biggest social event of the year!


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 the Wallace and Muscarolas Loew Families!


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 -->

Do you shop ONLINE? Go through eScrip

MANY other retailers now use one portal to donate a portion of what your spend to our school.  Register at eScrip, 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.

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!!!


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.


It's time once again for the

North Hollywood High Zoo Magnet
Winter Ball

Click here for additional information.


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

Click here for details