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Granada Hills Charter Captures Fifth National Academic Decathlon Title – in Six Years!

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Granada Hills Charter High School garnered its fifth United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) title – in six years – earlier today in Anchorage, Alaska. Granada Hills Charter scored 54,195.1 out of a possible 60,000. This award marks the end of the 2015-16 academic decathlon season in which Granada Hills Charter won all levels of competition including the city, state and national titles.

“It’s exciting to win at this level,” said Mathew Arnold, GHCHS English teacher and Academic Decathlon coach, “This win isn’t just for us. It’s a way to for the whole school to show our strength. I’m proud of our kids and feel fortunate to be a part of this team!”

The Academic Decathlon is a 10-event scholastic competition for high school students that consists of seven multiple choice tests plus a speech, interview, and essay. Granada Hills Charter captured the trophy in the fast-paced super quiz round, signaling the end of the competition on Fridayafternoon. The Awards Banquet was held at the Civic Center hotel in Anchorage and the team’s championship was announced to cheers in the packed auditorium, including all the parents of the GHCHS team.

“We are so proud of our son and his team mates for their dedication,” said Sundio Lin, father of Joshua Lin, a member of the team since 2015. “They work so hard. Seven days a week. The coaches and staff, they love our children and sacrifice so much, every year. We are grateful to see Joshua succeed like this.”

The Academic Decathlon divides the competition into three categories based on GPA: Honor (3.75-4.00), Scholastic (3.00-3.74), and Varsity (2.99 or below). Granada Hills Charter won the top individual scores in all three categories.

GHCHS also earned national USAD titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. This year’s winning team of students are Mark Aguila, Julian Duran, Isha Gupta, Joshua Lin, Christopher Lo, Aishah Mahmud, Melissa Santos, Mayeena Ulkarim and Jorge Zepeda. The coaches are Mathew Arnold, Jon Sturtevant, and Rachael Phipps.

LA Unified Town Hall Meeting

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L.A. Unified, Local District Northeast (NE) and Local District Northwest (NW)
Invite you to meet

L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King

with Local District NE Superintendent Byron Maltez
and Local District NW Superintendent Vivian Ekchian

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Pacoima Middle School Auditorium
9919 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

(Entrance on Kagel Canyon)

  • 8:00 am Doors Open
  • 8:20 am Pacoima Middle School Cadets Flag Salute
  • 8:25 am Pacoima Singers Musical Theatre Group
  • 8:35 am Staff Meet & Greet
  • 8:45 am Meet Local District NE Superintendent Maltez and Local District NW Superintendent Ekchian
  • 9:00-10:00am Q&A with Superintendent Michelle King (Q&A Moderated by Board Member Mónica Ratliff, District 6)

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Granada Hills Charter High Sets Academic Decathlon Record

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For the fourth time in five years, Granada Hills Charter High School has won the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon.

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Granada Hills Charter High School scored a competition- record 59,167.1 points out of a possible 65,400 to win the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon for the fourth time in five years, district officials announced tonight.

Ten other teams qualified as wild card entrants for the California Academic Decathlon, which will be held March 20-21 in Sacramento: defending national champion El Camino Real (58,223); defending district champion Marshall (56,458.6); Franklin (55,166.5); Garfield (50,790.6); Bell (49,744.8); Hamilton (48,943.8); North Hollywood (46,232.2); Van Nuys (46,058.7); Grant (45,459.3); and Harbor Teacher Prep (43,178.2).

Irene Lee from Granada Hills was the top individual scorer with 9,461.4 points, tying the record among all competitions.

Kim Monson of Narbonne won the Coach of the Year award.

The Academic Decathlon began Jan. 31 at the Roybal Learning Center near downtown Los Angeles, with teams from 59 high schools competing in the speech, interview and essay categories.

The competition concluded Saturday with tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and social science and the Super Quiz, also at the Roybal Learning Center.

The study topic was alternatives in energy.

The results were announced at an awards ceremony at Hollywood High School.

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Frost Middle School Receives Funds for Computer Lab

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Frost Middle School in Granada Hills received a $50,000 check Friday morning to help build a new computer laboratory at the school. Last year, parents and staff donated $18,000 and purchased 45 new Lenovo computers for a second computer lab at the school. Frost’s Parent Teacher Student Association, in coordination with Councilmember Mitch Englander’s office, secured $50,000 in contributions to add to the effort.

The second lab is being added in anticipation of online standardized testing.

By Matt Thacker on Dec. 5
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http://www.postperiodical.com/frost-middle-school-receives-funds-computer-lab/

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