Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Night out at Stacked

Evening students enjoyed a night out at Stacked in the Del Amo Fashion Center in April. 

TOEFL Teacher JC had his class plus many other students from the different levels. 

Students enjoyed the yummy food but had the best time talking and practicing their English with one another. 

What a great night!

 By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at SB 

TOEFL class at Stacked

Our evening TOEFL class enjoyed a night out at Stacked restaurant in the Del Amo Fashion Center.

They recently completed their practice test and wanted to relax a little bit together. 

Everyone enjoyed their own custom burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and more at Stacked! 

By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at SB 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hawaiian dances at the Glendale High School

LSI students, teachers and friends joined me (Caroline) on Saturday, May 20th to watch beautiful Hawaiian dances at the Glendale High School auditorium. 

Audience members enjoyed several performances which had different themes and stories. We got to learn a lot about the Hawaiian culture as well. 

Later in the show, award winners Mailani Makainai and Kupu Dalire sang live as dancers performed on stage. It was an absolute treat. 

Rona (LSI teacher in DTLA) was one of the dancers. She did an amazing job and everyone cheered whenever she stepped onstage. 

They were so happy and proud to see their teacher dancing the Hula!

After the show, we got to enjoy some delicious deep dish Chicago style pizzas at Masa of Echo Park! 

Overall, it was a wonderful afternoon of Hula, Hawaiian music, and Aloha! 

By Caroline, Teacher at DTLA

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


The soccer tournament was held at the beautiful Glendale Sports Complex. 

They day was beautiful but brought a punishing heat that tested all players’ and spectators’ dedication to their team.

 Students flocked to the fields full of enthusiasm and excitement to cheer for their school. 

And this year brought some exciting matches and interesting results. 

The battle between OC and DTLA ended in a nail-biting spectacle of penalty kicks. 

While the Torrance Sharks struck first blood versus the Alhambra Dragons. 

Needless to say, the atmosphere was energetic and full of cheers. 

No matter how many times these tournaments take place, the drama doesn’t end. 

At the end of the tournament, the DTLA Angels proved their worthiness to be crowned champions over the Torrance Sharks. 

However, at the end of the day, the tournament is about fun and building friendships. 

Language Systems loves bringing people together to cherish diversity, culture, and friendship in an atmosphere that is welcoming to all. 

Let’s hope the upcoming Volleyball Tournament is as exciting as this year’s goal mania Soccer Tournament.

 By Carlos Takashima, Program Coordinator at NELA

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Our excursion to The Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL) in Pasadena, on April 28, 2017 was a fascinating opportunity for students and teachers alike to learn about the contribution to past, present and future space exploration and a deeper scientific understanding of the Earth, our solar system and beyond. 

It started with a short lecture and film on the history of JPL, as well as some time to look at some interesting models of past and current robots used to explore the solar system. We then paid a visit to Mission Control, where JPL scientist monitor and adjust the current activity of space probes and satellites being used for a verity of scientific missions. JPL scientists were in contact with eight space craft at the time, including Cassini, which was sending back new information about and pictures of Saturn's rings. For the last part of the tour we saw the "clean room." This is a huge room where JPL engineers build new robots and vehicles that will be used in upcoming National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) missions. The tour guide said that we were currently assembling the machines that would be sent to Mars in 2020. It was a fascinating afternoon, spent learning about how this local organization has expanded our understanding of space, how they are helping us learn more about the solar system now, and how they plan to continue exploring into the future. Take a tour of JPL, it's really interesting!

 By Carlos Takashima, Program Coordinator at NELA

Visiting JPL campus by Charlotte

One has to register one month in advance before visiting JPL campus.  A passport is required if you are not a US citizen.  

It takes about 2.5 hours to visit every part of JPL which is sprawling and the tour involves lots of walking.  The commentator greeted us with warmth and delivered with passion an introduction in detail on the model exhibitions of all robotic spacecraft sent to the planetary bodies of the Solar System.  

The mission control center that monitors and manages all the space flights has become a national landmark.  Our last stop is the clean room where we saw part of the shield of 2020 Mars Rover.  

By Charlotte, Student at LSI - Northeast Los Angeles School 

JPL tour by Christine

JPL (jet propulsion lab) is located in Pasadena, this place is pretty massive and tranquil. 

We reserved this tour a month ahead and went there on Friday afternoon.  The security check is very strict; a passport is required before entering the campus.  A very smart and enthusiastic engineer greeted us and led our group. 

She took us through several buildings which performed different tasks for the space exploration programs.  We watched a short introduction film about JPL in the first exhibition room. The museum is not big but was super cool and had replicas of all the space vehicles that is currently out there exploring each planet. Our second stop is the mission control center.  It’s cool to see scientists monitoring the operation of all the crafts and satellites that have been sent out.  

 The most amazing part of this tour is when we were in the room. We’ve got the chance to see some parts of “Mission 2020” which is a branch new spacecraft that will be sent to Mars. I guess some extraordinary discoveries will be made by this cute robot.  Overall, this tour was really fun and chill, and I did learn a lot about the space crafts. 

By Christine, Student at LSI - Northeast Los Angeles School

Jet Propulsion Laboratory by Rebecca

On April 28th, we went to Jet Propulsion Laboratory that belonging to California Institute of Technology located in Pasadena, CA. 

A tour guide told us that JPL is the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science, and space-based astronomy missions. 

We saw a different kind of space vehicle, and the tour guide told us what they make for and how they work in space. Also, we visited mission control center that is for monitoring date and keep all thing running well. 

To my surprise, they have an interesting behavior at mission control center. That is. when they thinking or feel nervous, they used to eat peanuts.  

In the end of the tour, we got into a huge white room called clean room that is for clean all equipment and tools. I was so excited to see those interesting and complicated robots or space vehicle which I never see them before, except on TV. For the future, they plan to send one or two space vehicle to MARS in 2020. I hope they doing well and sent more picture or date back to Earth, then let more people know the universe because our world is but a small part of the universe.

By Rebecca, Student at LSI - Northeast Los Angeles School

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

On Saturday, April 29th, a group of us headed to Pasadena to explore the beautiful Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. 

Our first stop was the Library Exhibition Hall where we saw rare manuscripts, original works of Shakespeare, the Gutenberg bible and several other works from renowned writers. 

Across the way, we took a mini-tour of the Huntington mansion which had a massive art collection. 

We then had lunch at one of the cafes and had great chats all around.

The biggest attraction was, of course, the Botanical gardens. The Rose, Japanese, Chinese and Desert gardens were all breathtaking. 

Each garden boasted its own unique look and style. 

There were several gardens we didn't get to see due to time but we'll definitely come back there again. 

What an amazing time!
By Teacher Caroline (DTLA)