Principal’s Message for February 2011

February 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Dear DPMHS Community,

February is “Love Your School Month” at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. Show your support by donating to our PTSA Fund Drive. We are raising money to build our school library and to renovate our multipurpose room. Our goal is to buy new stage curtains and install a permanent sound system and light board for assemblies, presentations and student productions.

February is also “Bring a Friend to School” month. We are increasing our student enrollment which will allow us to hire more teachers and provide additional elective classes, such as drawing and painting, film-making, broadcasting, and others. Help us to reach our enrollment capacity by encouraging your friends, relatives and neighbors to visit our school and take a campus tour. Let them know that we have a low teacher-student ratio, high graduation rate, a high acceptance rate at prestigious universities and a friendly student body and caring staff. Tell them to check us out at pearlmagnet.org and GreatSchools.org.

During February we will be sponsoring student events every day to build school spirit and provide time for students to enjoy a variety of games, activities and programs before testing begins. Students will be able to sing, dance, read poetry and perform in “The Grove,” the assembly area on our front lawn. They’ll be able to attend a Valentine’s Day dance, play athletic games and even participate in a giant chess tournament made up of students as the chess pieces! Student artists will be able to work together in teams to draw sidewalk murals and students can participate as teams in the “Brainiac Competition” in which they answer questions based on what they have learned in their various courses this year.

Helping students academically is a priority at Daniel Pearl and we have recently implemented a new program called Academic Recovery. Students who are behind in their classes or who have lost instructional time due to absences or excessive tardies are assigned to Academic Recovery during the school day, so that they are able to catch up. Students can request help from peer tutors or from faculty members.  Contact Ms. Weiner, School Counselor, or Laverne Potter, Magnet Coordinator, for more information regarding our student academic support system.

What is the latest news on student lockers? We have been told that over 450 new steel lockers will be installed during March. Keep your fingers crossed!

What’s coming up next?  Testing, testing, testing!  Students will be taking the CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam), CST (California Standards Test), AP (Advanced Placement) Exams, as well as District Periodic Exams.

As always, please feel free to email me at janet.kiddoo@lausd.net or call our main office at 818-654-3775 if you have any questions about school events.

Janet Kiddoo
Principal