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What's Happening at the Magnet?

Welcome back to our spring semester. The first day of instruction for the students is Tuesday 1/12.

A reminder that our Virtual Zoom Help Desk is open daily for you.  Use the Zoom Code 938 2450 9170 to seek assistance during school hours Mon-Friday.
Distribution Day for
Spring Semester Books
HGM's distribution day for spring semester novels has not been set yet.  Stay tuned!
We still need Science Fair Judges!

The HGM's 9th annual Science Fair will be held virtually over the weekend of February 6th & 7th.

We need a panel of professionals from distinctive science, engineering, medical and teaching fields to share their expertise, judge some inspired projects, and help cultivate an excitement for science in your possible future colleagues!

Our students are passionate about science and our winners have successfully advanced to the LA County, State, and National Science Fairs. Your participation would mean a lot to our students! 

If you are interested in being a judge, please fill out the form below.  Please feel free to share this link with friends or colleagues that might be interested.

Science Fair Judge Form

There are (2) 3 hour time slots each day of the fair so you can select specific a time slot(s) that work for you.  Judging duties inlcude; interview students about their projects, offer suggestions, pose questions to inspire deeper research, and use the provided judging criteria to review and score assigned projects.
    GATE/SAS Special Virtual Parent Webinar    
Brave New Gifted Worlds:  Designing Effective Supports for Learning at Home and at School
with Dr. Morgan Appel
Dr. Appel will be sharing information on the impacts of the pandemic on gifted learners and offering insights, strategies and resources to support your children in remote and hybrid learning environments.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 845 1117 9351 / Passcode: 465850
Click here to see the flyer with more information,  Gifted Webinar.
(The same webinar is being given on Wednesday, January 20th at 5:30pm, geared toward elementary. The 21st will be geared toward middle & high school.)
Gana Tumurkhuu
(Ochir Jargalsaikhan, 6th grade)
School Experience Survey  
Families are encouraged to also complete this
survey which provides LAUSD important
feedback about the teaching and learning environment at our school. 

Click on
School Experience Survey to complete.
This survey needs to be submitted
1/22/21 to be counted.
A huge THANK YOU to all families who have given to out Annual Giving campaign so far! 
It's never too
late to give
what you can!
Whether it's $75, $50,  $25, or even just $10 - every dollar makes a difference & a higher participation rate helps when applying for grant money.

Click Annual Fund Drive for more information and to make your tax-deductible donation today!

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


1/11 NO SCHOOL - Pupil Free Day
First Day of Spring Semester for All Students

1/18 NO SCHOOL - MLK's Birthday
1/21 FOP Parent Workshop - An Introduction to Mindful Parenting presented by Pepperdine Community Counseling Center
, 6-7 pm, ZOOM Meeting ID: 952 8669 4801

1/21 LAUSD Webinar with Dr. Morgan Appel - Brave New Gifted Worlds: Designing Effective Supports at Home and at School, 5:30 pm (see link to flyer in body of newsletter)



Click here to donate
to the Annual Fund


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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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