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What's Happening at the Magnet?

The MPA meetings provide valuable information
about what's happening at the Magnet, often
have great guest speakers, and give you
the opportunity to ask questions and be an active
part of the Magnet community. 
We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th!

Click MPA Parent Meeting or use
Zoom Code 573 856 1104 to join the meeting.
Our Annual Giving is underway, but we
still have a ways to go!
We are separated but still connected, and we need 100% participation from our Magnet families to safeguard and support what makes the HGM so special.  Please give what you can and as generously as you can.  We are suggesting a $650 donation per student to cover the costs of our 2020/2021 programs, but more (or less) is equally welcome. One-time or monthly donation options are available, and
donations may be tax-deductible.  Contact with questions or concerns.

Click Annual Fund Drive for more information and to make your tax-deductible donation today!
Meet the
High School
 Current high school students will talk about
their schools and answer your questions.  The student speakers are Portola Alumni from 3 of the most attended programs by Portola HGM graduates:
North Hollywood High HGM
Cleveland Humanities Magnet
Taft STEAM Program

Monday, October 19th at 6:30pm
(Zoom info to follow)
LAUSD Choices Application Extended Dates for HGM Programs
During school closures, intellectual testing for identification as highly gifted (HG) or highly gifted applicable (HGA) has been suspended. Based on how the tests are normed, standardized assessments must be conducted face-to-face by an LAUSD school psychologist in order for the test results to be valid.

As a result, the on-time application for HGM has
been adjusted and will occur in spring 2021.
Highly Gifted Magnets will not be listed in the
Choices application during the on-time application window (October 1 - November 13). Interested applicants may use the late application to apply for an HGM and be considered "on time."
Do you know someone who may be interested in attending our HGM Magnet program next year? 

They can take a virtual tour of Portola,
just click here
Portola Virtual Tour.

Attend one of our Zoom Q & A sessions to
learn how Portola Highly Gifted Magnet can meet the needs of your highly gifted/highly gifted applicable child.
Click HGM Zoom Q & A Sessions to sign up.
We are  all going to need find creative ways to celebrate Halloween this year and we want to see your  children's Halloween costumes!  Send a picture of your child in their 2020 Halloween costume or favorite costume from a past Halloween. Submissions will be compiled and posted on Facebook & Instagram.  Be sure to include child's full name and grade along with your photo.

Send photo your photo to .
And be sure to submit this 
Media Release Form
so that we can post your photo.
Click on this link for more information
and permission slip.
Fright Night Film Fest

Magnet Parents Association
Portola Highly Gifted Magnet
18720 Linnet Street
Tarzana, CA 91356

10/6 MPA Parent Meeting at 6pm

10/8 Portola Parent University Workshop Ways to Avoid Huge College Loans, 6-7pm (Zoom Code: 952 8669 4801)

10/15 Portola Parent University Workshop Impulsivity, Inattention, Hyperactivity, & Self Control: What does it all mean?, 6-7pm (Zoom Code: 952 8669 4801)


10/27  FRIGHT NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL (FOP sponsored event)


Click here to donate
to the Annual Fund


Click here when you shop at Amazon and Amazon will donate to the Magnet.

Use your Ralphs Rewards Card and help Portola HGM at the same time! The more you buy, the higher a percentage Ralphs will donate!
Set up your Ralphs Card today!
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The Magnet has a Facebook and an Instagram page!

Please go to and/or to portola.hgm on Instagram and like or follow us
2020-2021 MPA Board
President Bonnie Graves
Vice President Alisa Lippman
Secretary Katie Barwis
Treasurer Hong Tran
Asst. Treasurer Esther He
Comm. Chair Tracy Dresse
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All dates pulled from Portola calendar and are subject to change.


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