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Hello Los Alamitos Unified Community,

Last night, we celebrated all six of our elementary schools for being recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools. In addition, LAE received the Title I Academic Achievement Award and McGaugh received the Excellece in Arts Education Award. We love our elementary schools and the spectacular foundation they provide for all of our students! Last year, all of our secondary schools were recognized, which makes Los Al a Gold Ribbon District!

Last Friday night, LAHS choir and orchestra students created a spectacular show at the Cottonwood Auditorium. It truly was extraordinary - big thanks to visionary Directors, Mr. Moellenkamp and Ms. Dherlin. See below for a short clip from the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Net1ui2f0A8

Les Miserables Medley - 2016

Your National Champion Los Alamitos Show Choir Collaborated With The Incomparable Los Al Music Department To Put Together One Of The Most Fantastic Performan...

Last Friday night, we also had a fantastic photography exhibition at the Canon Experience Center. It was beyond joyful to witness students and parents seeing student work prominently displayed throughout the Center. Hats off to our exceptional Photography teacher, Jeannine Ball.

We also have the LAHS dance performance, Stop the Music, this week on May 19, 20, and 21 at 7:00 pm and a Saturday matinee at 1:00 pm. You can still get tickets by emailing Melendy Fabian, the box office parent/volunteer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It's going to be a fantastic show!

Thank you for supporting Academics, Athletics, Activities, and the Arts in Los Al - a great place to live, work, and go to school! #LOSALROCKSATEVERYTHING!

With immense gratitude,


ADVISORY: Holocaust Survivors, Unique Portraits by Photography Professor Highlight First Yom HaShoah Event

April 25, 2016 16-01a

Contact: Marc S. Posner
(714) 484-7006
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Multiple Holocaust survivors and a pair of children of survivors highlight Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The event is inspired by Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester’s unique portraits taken of survivors. The portraits will be on display during the event and Cypress College students will perform an interpretative routine in reaction to the photographs. More than 400 people are expected to attend the event, which will be held adjacent to the college’s pond.


Holocaust survivors Dr. Jacob Eisenbach and Natalie Weinstein-Gold are the featured speakers at Cypress College’s Yom HaShoah remembrance event. They are among the five or six survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who will be honored at the event. In addition, two children of survivors will also participate in the event. Cypress College Professor Clifford Lester’s unique portrait series of Holocaust survivors inspired the event. Cypress College students, college employees, and community members will also participate. These include representatives for the German Consulate in Los Angeles and Rabbi Heidi Cohen of Santa Ana’s Temple Beth Sholom.


Yom HaShoah is the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. This year it begins at sunset on Wednesday, May 4 and concludes at sunset on May 5. Cypress College pays respect with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed. This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public.


Cypress College, located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, CA. Cypress College is easily accessible from the 5, 22, 91, 405 and 605 freeways. Cypress is located in northwest Orange County near the LA County border.


Among Cypress College’s core values is “inclusiveness” and the college’s Diversity Committee agreed to hold a Yom HaShoah event in this spirit. The event was inspired in part by reaction to Professor Lester’s portraits of Holocaust survivors, which were exhibited during an all-faculty meeting at the start of the school year. The work was so well received that the photographs are now on display in the campus Student Center.


Cypress College’s tribute features an inspiring talk by Holocaust survivors and is also centered around an exhibition of haunting and spirit-filled portraits of survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor Clifford Lester. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive. The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Dr. Bob Simpson is the president.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu

LAPD Hiring Workshop and Entrance Exam at Cerritos College on 5/13/16 at 5 pm

Good morning,

It was nice meeting you both yesterday. As we discussed the LAPD is hiring and we are reaching out into communities to spread the word. Hopefully we can give some residents of Los Alamitos a career in law enforcement.

Our hiring workshop and test event at Cerritos College is free of charge. The event will consist of a presentation discussing a career in law enforcement, the benefits of a career with the LAPD, and what to expect during the hiring process, and an entrance exam which is offered immediately after the presentation.

The event will be held Friday, May 13 2016, beginning at 5 pm at Cerritos College in the Science Building (Room S202). I have attached a copy of the flyer.

Please feel free to email/post/distribute this flyer as you see fit.

Additionally, I will be in contact with you shortly regarding our attendance at the Wings, Wheels, and Rotors Expo. I am definitely interested but I just have to confirm my schedule.

Also, I confirmed that our military recruiting team is consistently visiting the joint forces base in your area so that is covered.

Lastly, I will be making contact with Cypress College again next month to narrow down some dates for recruiting there. I appreciate your offer in helping me make contact there. In the meantime, if you know of any instructors that would like to have me speak in their classroom regarding law enforcement related topics, I am happy to do that. Feel free to give them my contact information.

Best regards,

Officer Capilouto
Los Angeles Police Department
Recruitment Division

US Army STAND-TO Volunteer Appreciation Week

Provided by IMCOM

What is it?

The U.S. Army recognizes volunteers' extraordinary service and during Volunteer Appreciation Week, highlights the volunteers' contributions and accomplishments.

Volunteers are essential to the Army's mission. They give their time to the Army community by serving Soldiers, Families, retirees and civilians. From leading Family Readiness Groups, to coaching youth sports, to assisting administrative offices, volunteers are critical to building strong communities.

What is the Army doing?

The theme for this year's Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 10-16, is Army Volunteers: Lifting Spirits, Touching Lives.

The Army Volunteer Corps (AVC), managed by Army Community Service, is a program which people use to find volunteer opportunities, log service hours and receive support and guidance.AVC aims to strengthen volunteerism by enhancing volunteers' career mobility, establishing partnerships with off-post organizations and promoting a life-long commitment to service. AVC coordinators are planning events to formally show their appreciation to volunteers such as recognition ceremonies with garrison leadership presence.

The Army will also give the Emma Marie Baird Award for outstanding volunteer service to individuals who contributed 3,750 or more volunteer service hours over a five year period. The award, named in honor of Army Community Service's founder, is signed by the Army Chief of Staff and presented to each volunteer at their garrison. This year, retired Army Lt. Col. C.J. Buche, a volunteer from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, will receive the award.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

The Army continues to recognize volunteers as a valuable resource and tool that extends the Army's budget by millions of dollars annually. AVC will continue to provide both on-post and off-post volunteer opportunities for Soldiers, Families, retirees and civilians. AVC will also continue to provide in-person support to volunteers and foster partnerships with the surrounding communities.

Why is this important to the Army?

Volunteers make a meaningful difference in the lives of Soldiers and their Families every day. Thousands of volunteers devote their time regularly by serving the Army community. Volunteers are able to accomplish community work which would have not been done otherwise due to time constraints and financial limitations faced by the Army. The support of volunteers' assists in fulfilling the Army mission. The Army is appreciative of the volunteers who are selflessly giving their time back into the community.


  • U.S. Army Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation
  • U.S. Army Installation Management Command
  • Army.mil: Families
  • Army OneSource
  • Army Family Readiness Groups
  • Army Volunteer Corps
  • USACE: Volunteers in action

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  • IMCOM YouTube Channel

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Junior enlisted can get help with costs for holiday travel home

Junior enlisted service members can get help paying for their travel home from their military bases during the holidays, thanks to a partnership between the nonprofit Armed Services YMCA and The Jack Daniel Distillery.

Operation Ride Home is open to active-duty members in paygrades E-4 and below, in all branches of service, single or married, who otherwise might not be able to afford to travel home for the holidays. Family members of married troops also are eligible.

The program offers either a voucher for a plane ticket, limited to $400 per person; or a prepaid debit card for $100 per person for gas, lodging and food.

“It’s not meant to completely cover all transportation costs, but to help those who can no way afford the travel,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Tom Landwermeyer, chief operating officer of Armed Services YMCA.

Participants are selected and prioritized based on need, in coordination with their installation commands. Travel must be at least 350 miles from the service member’s installation.

Officials expect to book travel arrangements through Dec. 11. They’ll also transfer funds if some branches are unable to use all their funds.

Operation Ride Home originated during the 2011 holiday season. Jack Daniel donated $100,000 to kick off this year's campaign, as it has the previous four years. Additional donations are being accepted at jdoperationridehome.com; donations are tax deductible.

Airline miles also can be donated. In 2014, 772 individuals — 393 single and married service members, the rest family members — traveled home with the help of the program, at a cost of $168,812.

The funds can be used for holiday travel extending from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, for whenever the service member can get leave. If they are unable to get leave time to travel before the New Year, the travel may extend some days beyond New Year's Day. ASYMCA officials will work with military leadership in such instances.

Service members apply through their local Armed Services YMCA branch; information about those locations is available at www.asymca.org. More information about this year’s Operation Ride Home is expected to be on the website soon.

The only two Armed Services YMCA branches not participating are those in Alaska and Hawaii, due to the high cost of flights to and from those states.

"Operation Ride Home has truly been transformational in the lives of so many of our service members and their families, and we hope all of our friends will join with us this year so even more of them can spend the holidays with their families," said Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel's master distiller, in a news release.

"I share Jeff Arnett's hope that more will join in supporting this important program bringing the joy of the holiday season to so many of our heroes and their families," said retired Navy Vice Adm. William French, Armed Services YMCA president and CEO.