Joseph Le Conte Middle School

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Principals Message

Principal's Message 

 

Hello, and thank you for your interest in Le Conte Middle School.

The Spring semester is in full swing, filled with activities and excitement.  Plans are in process for multiple student activities and teachers are preparing for culminating projects. We are also excited to welcome all prospective students and their parents/guardians who will be visiting the school over the next few months. At the same time that we are recruiting prospective students, we are also preparing to say good-bye to our eighth graders while neighboring high schools are currently in the process of meeting with them to offer a variety of academic and sport programs.

We want Le Conte Middle School to be the school of choice for every middle school-age student who lives in the surrounding neighborhood and beyond. To achieve that goal, our teachers continue to meet with their departments’ peers to implement best practices to ensure a first-rate learning experience for all students.  Additionally, we are working with our neighboring elementary schools to provide support and guidance to the parents/guardians and students to reduce their anxiety as they transition to middle school and are offering workshops entitled “Transition to Middle School” and “A Day in Middle School.”  Further, we are planning a community fair on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for all elementary and secondary students and their families, as well as members of the community at large to provide a variety of resources such as medical and social services.  Save the Date!

The Le Conte Center for Enriched Studies Magnet, and 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 for their students. Also, working with partner agencies and organizations such as Project Lead the Way will provide opportunities for students to work with computers under a new science/engineering curriculum.  Le Conte’s Physical Education Carol White Grant will continue to support our fitness goals. We are also continuing our partnerships with Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and the Youth Policy Institute, and Paramount Studios which will bring new resources and support us with technology and free tutoring for students who need additional support with their studies. Another essential partner is the LACER after-school program which continues to be a vital source of enrichment opportunities in sports, art, music, and academics.  There is, however, no greater partner in our effort to provide a successful learning experience to all of our students than their parents/guardians. Therefore, I ask that current and prospective parents/guardians visit our website on a weekly basis to obtain important information from the school calendar and the Latest News. All parents/guardians are also strongly encouraged to attend our Back to School Night, Open House and conference opportunity events. Dates for these events can be found on our website.

Our strong desire to continually improve as an academic institution, led us to participate in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) pilot accreditation program for middle schools. This process will culminate in the Fall of 2019 when WASC will visit our school for three days to determine the level of accreditation we will receive as measured by the recommendations they make during their Spring 2018 visit.  

There is excitement in the air!

We hope you will partner with us as we work to continuously strengthen our programs and provide a quality education to our students.

Eduardo Duran

Principal