Despite the challenges of fire and wind, when it comes to Great Pumpkin Day, the fun must go on!From giant yellow Pikachustohistorical figures like Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln and iconic characters like Rosie the Riveter,to multiple bejeweled queens andcreepy clowns, the creatively costumed Primary and Lower School students delighted their families with a fantastic Great Pumpkin Day assembly in the Paul Family Athletic Center.
The Carlson Family Theater welcomes the Middle School Musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," Nov. 7-9. The play is a fresh approach to the all-time classic, based on the beloved comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy and all of his friends in this charming revue of vignettes and songs.
On Wednesday, October 23, the students in all four divisions wore orange shirts for UnityDay, an event sponsored by the PACER Center to send a message of support, hope, andunity, and to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
As part of the Library’s first celebration of TeenTober, Viewpoint welcomed award-winning author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin to speak to the Middle School about his path to becoming a writer and creating award-winning books.
On Thursday, October 17, at 9:35 a.m., Viewpoint conducted a Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. This drill gave the School an opportunity to simulate with students and staff what should be done on campus after the shaking of a major earthquake has stopped.
By Melissa Strong, Assistant Head of Middle School
Last week, our Eighth Grade students began their Civic Engagement advisory curriculum with a guest presentation by Roger Williams of Global Human Services. In his presentation, he described to students his volunteer work with the Family Rescue Center in Canoga Park, sharing how he applied his skills and experience toward a greater purpose in promoting community health awareness, and making health care more accessible to people in need.
On October 4, Viewpoint hosted Dr. Zelana Montminy, the first SSALA (School Speaker Alliance of Los Angeles) speaker of the 2019-20 school year. Speaking to a large audience of engaged parents in the School’s Carlson Family Theater, Dr. Montminy urged them to resist the idea that happiness is the ultimate goal, and instead help their children to “master resilience instead.”
The Senior Speech Program is a capstone event for all Viewpoint seniors. Some students are filled with trepidation at the prospect of writing and presenting a three to five minute speech, while others embrace the opportunity to speak in front of their teachers and peers.
By Rebecca Heller, Associate Director of College Counseling
“Quietly accept the unknown.” These words from the I Ching speak volumes about the college application experience. As a college counselor and yoga teacher, I often think about “yoga mat” philosophies that I can bring from the studio to the counseling office. Senior year is often a stressful time for students and parents due to the uncertainty of admission outcomes and a fear of the unknown. As college counselors who facilitate the process for students year after year, we know if students engage deeply in the process and follow our advice it will turn out well. Our goal is to help students and parents find peace in the midst of what may feel like chaos, in the knowledge that a student’s bright future will ultimately be revealed.
On Friday, August 30, the students and faculty filled the Paul Family Athletic Center for the Fifth Annual All-School Convocation. In addition to being a spirited launch to the new school year, this school-wide event was also an ideal opportunity to announce the 2019-20 recipients of five awards for distinguished teaching and service to the school. The winners are nominated by their peers for their excellence both in and outside the classroom, and below are some of the remarks made along with their nominations:
The excited voices of the students in Grades Kindergarten through Twelve filled the Paul Family Athletic Center (PFAC) for Viewpoint’s FifthAnnual All-School Convocation on Friday, August 30. More than 1,200 students, faculty, staff, and trustees gathered together to hear a warm welcome from Head of School Mark McKee.
Viewpoint was a hive of activity as 1,215 students arrived on campus for the start of the 2019-20 school year. After a summer of rest, relaxation, and then lots of preparation, the faculty and staff excitedly greeted both new and returning students for what everyone hopes will be a wonderful new year full of learning, friendship, and fun!
On June 8, Viewpoint celebrated the graduation of the 134 students in the Class of 2019. Family, friends, faculty, and students gathered on Ring Family Field for an elegant commencement ceremony, which included performances by the Upper School Chorus and the Upper School String Quartet.
On June 7, Viewpoint’s 123 Eighth Grade students gathered with their families, friends, and faculty on the Ring Family Field for a Promotion Ceremony to celebrate their many accomplishments and the completion of Middle School.
Over the course of two weeks, Blaney Patio became a charming English kitchen garden for the three First Grade class performances of Beatrix Potter’s beloved classic,The Tale ofPeter Rabbit.The annual production of this play by Mrs. Ashen’s, Ms. Burch’s, and Mrs. Cooper’s classes is one of Viewpoint’s most treasured traditions.
We are honored to announce that the Fall/Annual Report 2017-18 issue of Viewpoint magazine was awarded the Grand Gold Award in Independent School Magazines by CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District VII, which represents the Western region of the United States.
Congratulations to Harrison Raine’15, a senior at Colorado College, who was recently awarded a Watson Fellowship. This fellowship will provide funding for him to travel abroad for a year to pursue a project of his own design, “The Ecological and Societal Balance of Wildfires.”
“Once upon a time, there was a little train. It was a happy little train while rumbling over the tracks, for this was the Birthday Train." So begins Little Engine, which was performed with great joy and enthusiasm by all four Kindergarten classes this week on Blaney Patio for their families.
Congratulations to the outstanding fine artists and writers who won two National Gold awards, and 18 Gold, 17 Silver, and 51 Honorable Mention Regional awards in The 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
On February 28, Viewpoint School was excited to host Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab) for an evening of conversations with our students, followed by a performance of I Pledge Allegiance and a reception with members of the Viewpoint community.
On February 24, the 86 members of Viewpoint’s Orchestra and Wind Ensemble had the experience of a lifetime when they performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the National Instrumental Music Festival.
Congratulations to the outstanding fine artists and writers who won 18 Gold, 17 Silver, and 51 Honorable Mention Regional awards in The 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
On Wednesday, February 13, Upper School parents gathered to learn more about Viewpoint’s new partnership with Stanford’s Challenge Success, a program developed over the last 12 years to help schools and families foster well-balanced students.
Senior Jonathan Lovett, an emerging photographer and member of Viewpoint’s Conservatory of Theater, returned from YoungArts Week in Miami on January 13 with a new and exciting confidence in himself as an artist, and a greater certainty in his plan to make a career in the arts.
This past fall, Jonathan was selected as one of 130 National YoungArts finalists out of more than 7,000 applicants. YoungArts is the nation’s most prestigious youth arts program and the singular path to becoming a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. The YoungArts finalists are considered to be among the country’s most promising young artists in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts. This year, the YoungArts program received 800 photography portfolios – the most ever – and Jonathan was among the selected 10 finalists.