Friday, March 21, 2014

LSI Outing to Lot 1 Cafe in Echo Park

On March 17, the students of LSI Downtown were treated to an alternative St. Patrick's Day celebration at Lot 1 cafe in Echo Park, an area famous for its independent and alternative music scene.  The Lineup for the night featured Smithfield Bargain, Six Mile Station (a band on tour from Reno, Nevada), Mike Shadel, The Boys of Bail.  The music ranged many styles, from jazz to rock to folk, and even a little country from the boys of Six Mile Station, who featured a variety of instruments including trombone, banjo, upright bass, trumpet, guitar and drumset.  Other great small music venues in the area include TAIX, The Echo, and the Echoplex, at which you can see many high profile independent artists.  Many venues feature free shows on Monday nights!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Salsa Night at Alpine Village in Torrance!

On March 11, teachers Lorena and Katie took students from LSI Torrance salsa dancing at Alpine Village in Torrance. Teacher Lorena is a professional salsa dancer and taught the students some basic salsa steps. The students danced to a live authentic salsa band. It was great exercise and good fun had by all ! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Basketball Tournament 2014

On Friday March 7, four LSI campuses competed in the Annual LSI Basketball Tournament. Each year students, teachers, and staff all look forward to this exciting opportunity to show school spirit as students cheer on their classmates who are competing in the games. Each school was represented by their colored T-shirts: Yellow for Downtown Los Angeles, Green for Northeast Los Angeles, Blue for Southeast Los Angeles and Red for Orange County. It was really exciting to see each school cheer for their classmates on the court. 

Despite the unity displayed in this sudden expression of joy, on that same day three schools suffered defeat, and one school celebrated ultimate victory as they took the basketball trophy back to their campus. The trophy returned to our Southeast LA campus located in Torrance, the blue team, for the second year in a row! Congratulations to them, and congratulations to all the campuses for making the day so special and so filled with good memories. Now it's time to break out the soccer cleats and to get ready for the soccer tournament! 

And this year, something new happened. About halfway through the first round of games, a group of students wearing yellow, blue, green and red T-shirts all got together in the stands and started dancing to the beat of Middle Eastern drums that the Saudi students had brought to the tournament. Students from all the campuses danced, cheered, and sang songs while our passionate and out-going Saudi students laid down a drum beat that could be heard and felt throughout the entire gymnasium. At that one moment, the cheering and dancing was not for one LSI campus in particular. It was more about a spontaneous celebration of the moment.  It was very cool to see this.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Discover L.A.: A visit to the Space

Shuttle Endeavour
January 9th was a special day for the students of the LSI – Northeast Los Angeles campus.  LSI Students were treated to a day of wonder as they were able to lay their eyes on the actual NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California. 
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is one of the retired space orbiters used by NASA to perform a large variety of experiments and missions in space.  Endeavour was the fifth and final NASA space shuttle to be built and first flew in May 1992.  After having contributed to the building of the International Space Station (ISS), Endeavour had flown 122,853,151 miles and spent 299 days in space throughout its career.  Its final voyage to space occurred in June 2011.
Shortly after its retirement, NASA announced that Endeavour would go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.  After being flown to LAX, Endeavour traveled 12 miles through the streets of LA in its last journey to its final home.  Many native Los Angelenos who lived along the route, climbed to the top of their roofs to take numerous pictures of a Spaceship traveling past their homes!
Today, people from different corners of the globe can come face-to-face with a piece of Space Exploration history by simply traveling to Los Angeles!

Taken from our monthly e-Newsletter

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ice skating and Thai Food

On March 1st teachers Katie and Lorena took LSI students ice skating in Harbor City.  For many students it was their first experience ice skating!  By the end everyone had learned how to skate.  Afterwards the group went to a restaurant for delicious Thai food.  It was a great day!