Joseph Le Conte Middle School

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Principals Message

Principal's Message 

A new school year is well underway. It is an exciting time of the year in which our new students get to know their teachers and make friends that will last for years, and our returning students reacquaint themselves with teachers and friends from the previous year.

Our goal is to provide every student with an environment that fosters their social and emotional well-being while at the same time creating an environment that promotes academic excellence with the support of teachers, parents and administrators. Our administrative and support team will also promote academic excellence by rewarding students who show dedication and commitment to be at the top of their class.

In 2022, our school will celebrate its 100th year of providing a quality education to the members of the community.  For nearly one hundred years Le Conte Middle School has served the Hollywood community by providing students with the foundational knowledge that allows them to successfully navigate through their next stage in life. Our alumni serve communities across the city and beyond.  To celebrate this milestone, we will begin a campaign to ask alumni to contact us and to share their successes and contributions to their communities.  As they say in the business, stay tuned.

As we celebrate our past, we look toward to the future as we strive to become the school of choice for every middle school-age student who lives in our neighborhood and beyond. To achieve that goal, our teachers continue to meet with their department peers to develop and implement best practices for providing a first-rate learning experience for all students.  The school has small learning communities that are designed to address the students’ strengths and interests. The goal of our Communications and Arts Magnet is to provide students with the opportunity to develop written and oral communication skills that can be utilized at school and in their social life. Further, the students study art and create art projects that enhance their creative skills. Our HEAT Magnet, which stands for Health, Engineering, Applied Science, and Technology and our School for Advanced Studies (SAS) continue to provide exciting and challenging learning experiences. To that end, we continue to partner with Project Lead the Way, a nationally recognized organization, that seeks to provide hands on, challenging experiences to the students in this science/engineering magnet.  

We continue to value the partnerships with organizations that are ready to support our students’ hopes and dreams. The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) has partnered with us to bring the GEAR UP program back to our campus to develop a stronger college-going culture for our students. Also, Paramount Studios remains a significant community partner as they bring resources, programs and volunteers that enrich our students’ lives. Through our partnership with Paramount Studios our students have access to Young Storytellers where students will have the opportunity to write  stories that can be made screen-ready. Another essential partner is the LACER after-school program which is a vital source of enriched opportunities in sports, art, music, and academic support for our students.  There is, however, no greater partner in our effort to provide a successful learning experience to all our students than our parents and guardians.

We are a school that has been recognized for excellence and is continuously striving to provide students the highest quality education.  For example, in the 2017-18 school year, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) recognized Le Conte as a Distinguished School, and Common Sense Media, a not-for-profit organization that offers comprehensive, research-based resources that can help students to thrive online, staying safe and responsible as they explore, learn, and interact recognized us a Common Sense School. In the spirit of improvement, in early 2018 the school began the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process.  After reviewing our initial plan, WASC gave us initial accreditation through the year 2020.  Much work lies ahead for our school, parents and community partners to develop a self-study for WASC’s review.

 

There is excitement in the air!

We hope you will join us.

 

Eduardo Duran

Principal