Message from the Executive Director

The last week of our Fall semester has been like no other in recent memory. Thank you to the entire Granada Hills Charter community for your calmness and support Tuesday following the early morning decision to close all public schools in Los Angeles. Everyone on the GHCHS team worked together to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

With the closure of the GHCHS campus on Tuesday, we were able to utilize our communication notification system with all stakeholders. In light of the emergency, please update your emergency information, phone numbers (including your mobile phone number for text message alerts) and email in the Home Access Center. I encourage you to download the new free eSchoolPLUS Family App that will provide another avenue of emergency notification easily received on your mobile device. An article regarding this new App is included in this eNewsletter.

Following an intense week of final exams and projects that culminated last Friday, our students and staff begin a well-deserved three-week Winter Break. What a relief for our students - and their families - that they leave for a vacation from school with the work of the first semester completed.

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WIN Program prepares Students for Future Careers

by Melody Young, GHCHS class of 2016

Although high school education greatly emphasizes the importance of theoretical preparation for the workforce, it rarely reinforces the importance of real-life experience. This year, Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) took action against this problem and began the Work, Internships, and Networking program (WIN).
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Granada Hills Farmer's Market

Join us in the Zelzah parking lot for Granada Hills Farmer's Market on Sundays beginning December 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will include over 50 farmers, crafters, food vendors, and much more. Student group leaders please check your student emails for opportunities to participate.
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Update on the GHCHS Chromebooks for Students

by David Bensinger, Administrator, Office of Instruction

At the start of the 2015-2016 school year, Granada Hills Charter High School launched a technology initiative that provided every GHCHS student with a Chromebook for use at school and at home. This 1:1 (one to one) program is designed to give students access to the wealth of online educational resources, increase collaboration, and teach students how to use technology in a responsible and effective manner.

With over 4,600 Chromebooks distributed to students, GHCHS is the largest single school 1:1 program in the country. Students keep their Chromebooks from the day they enroll until the day they graduate. This program and the Chromebook device are offered at no cost to students and their families. Additionally, GHCHS has established a partnership with T-Mobile to provide free internet access to eligible students who are without a reliable wireless connection at home.
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GHCHS Releases the New eSchoolPLUS Family App

by Nafisa Hossain, GHCHS class of 2016

Now you can access school information from mobile devices using the eSchoolPLUS Family app. Use the app to view attendance, classwork, class and activity calendar events, fees, student grades, and transportation information. Also, send email to a teacher by tapping the teacher's name. The student alerts you subscribed to in Home Access Center can be viewed directly in the app using the Notifications option. Use the Preferences option to change your student alert subscriptions and the email address on record with the school.

Here’s where to get the eSchoolPLUS Family App for free: For iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, use App Store. For Android devices, use Google Play Store app. For Kindle Fire and Fire phones, use Amazon App Store. The app is supported on: iOS 7.1+ (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)+
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More than Girls Who Code

by John Lee, GHCHS class of 2016

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are four different areas of study, yet they are predominantly composed of just one gender. Although women are leaving their mark in the STEM field each day, young female students with big dreams still find themselves having to overcome many obstacles in order to get there.
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IB provides opportunities to International Students

by Nafisa Hossain, GHCHS class of 2016
 
Senior Lola de Marcos is different from many of the students at Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) because she is an international transfer student. De Marcos started attending GHCHS in the beginning of her junior year after her family immigrated from Spain to the United States in hopes of seeking more college and work opportunities.
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GHCHS DECA takes part in Believe Campaign

by Melody Young, GHCHS class of 2016

On November 26, the Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) DECA team began its letter writing fundraiser to contribute to Macy’s Believe campaign for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The team collected letters written about personal beliefs from GHCHS students as well as the Granada Hills community. Amassed letters were turned in to the Northridge Macy’s store on December 11, which is this year’s “Believe Day.” On Believe Day, Macy’s donates $2, double their usual amount, for each letter turned into Macy’s stores.
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Camua Captures Student Life on Film

by Shaneli Mirpuri, GHCHS class of 2016
 
Every day teenagers scroll through dozens of photos, rarely taking pause among the countless selfies and sunsets. However, some photos manage to transform a mindless scrolling into a deeper reflection. Junior Raphael Camua’s photography has taken social media by storm with his artistic shots after dedicating most of his time, both at school and away, on his passion for photography and film.
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Andrew Guevara has two lives, on the field with Marching Band and Football

by Melody Young, GHCHS class of 2016

When students arrive on campus, they hear the metronome of the marching band as they rehearse on the field. While many students are sleeping, the marching band arrives on campus to squeeze in extra practice. Similarly when students leave campus, the can often hear the grunts of the football team as their pads collide with each other.
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Holiday Concert brings Festive Cheer

by Karla Comayagua, GHCHS class of 2016
 
The holiday choir concert took place on December 3 in Highlander Hall. With the holidays just around the corner, Granada Hills Charter High School’s Show Choir put the audience in the holiday spirit. The show choir began preparing for the concert directly after the fall concert. It took a number of weeks to prepare for the show because the singers had to learn all of the music and choreography.
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Monday, December 21, 2015
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