Classes begin Tuesday, September 5th, for students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Schools in The Argonaut coverage area in LAUSD Local District 3 include:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

n Beethoven Street Elementary School, 3711 Beethoven St., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 398-6286.

Althea Ford is the principal and the projected enrollment is 400 students.

The school received new floors in some offices and classrooms and is currently developing a mascot.

n Braddock Drive Elementary School and Magnet, 4711 Inglewood Blvd., Del Rey. Information, (310) 391-6707.

Deborah Brandy is the new principal and the projected enrollment is 650 students.

The school received the Ann and Kirk Douglas Playground Grant for a new playground. Construction will begin this school year.

n Broadway Elementary School, 1015 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Information, (310) 392-4944.

Edwin Romotsky is the principal and the projected enrollment is 330 students.

The school is adding a sixth- grade program this year.

n Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School, 810 Coeur d’Alene Ave., Venice. Information, (310) 821-7813.

Rex Patton is the principal and the projected enrollment is between 475 to 500 students.

The school is currently finishing a new bungalow for the visual arts, music, drama and dance teachers. It should be finished by the beginning of 2007.

n Cowan Avenue Elementary School, 7615 Cowan Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 645-1973.

Richard Da Sylveira is the principal and the projected enrollment is 450 students.

The school’s after-school program, Tiger Tutorial, is adding French and chess classes.

Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) students will also have a new program called Model United Nations, an educational simulation that focuses on communications, the science of civil government and multilateral diplomacy.

n Grand View Boulevard Elementary School, 3951 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 390-3618.

Rubon Valles is the principal and the projected enrollment is 825 students.

The kindergarten and pre-kindergarten playground areas have new apparatuses for students to play on.

The Public School (P.S.) Arts program will continue, as will a dual language program.

The whole school will also now have air conditioning.

n Kentwood Elementary School, 8401 Emerson Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-8977.

Jean Pennicooke is the new principal and the projected enrollment is close to 400 students.

The school has added another after-school program for students called “College Bound For Kids.” The program’s focus is academics plus recreation and it is held Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

n Loyola Village Elementary School and Magnet, 8821 Villanova Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-0480.

Melinda Goodall is the principal and the projected enrollment is 600.

The school is beginning a new program for fifth-graders called Financial Literacy.

The auditorium will be closed for renovation in September and October, as it is being completely refurbished. Decron Properties donated $50,000 for the enhancement.

Also, Loyola Village is now the home school for the western section of Playa Vista.

n Mar Vista Elementary School, 3330 Granville Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 391-1175.

Brenda Weinstock is the principal and the projected enrollment is 610.

The school also has a new physical education program, a new special education teacher and a new fourth grade teacher.

The school also has new “math manipulatives” — hands-on math materials — for the students, and is also putting a much stronger emphasis on technology and computer projects for students.

The school is also expanding differentiated instruction in the classroom to help accommodate various learning styles of students.

n Open Charter Magnet School, 5540 W. 77th St., Westchester. Information, (310) 568-0735.

Robert Burke is the principal and the projected enrollment is 365 students.

The school has two new teachers this year.

n Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet School, 7751 Paseo del Rey, Playa del Rey. Information, (310) 823-2356.

Jennifer Sullivan is the principal and the projected enrollment is 530 students.

The school received a grant from the Wonder of Reading Foundation for the purchase of new books, and the librarian, Carol Raby, created a student magazine called Check It Out, which showcases student book reviews and art.

The school library is considered the “model library” for other schools within local District 3.

n Playa del Rey Elementary School, 12221 Juniette St., Del Rey. Information, (310) 827-3560.

Karin Diskin is the principal and the projected enrollment is 260 students.

A new fairyland mural was painted on the outside of the main office building and it fronts the kindergarten area.

The library has acquired new computers so that the library can be more research-based.

The school is also introducing “reader’s theater” to the Public School Arts program, where children will put the literature they read into dramatic form.

n Short Avenue Elementary School, 12814 Maxella Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 397-4234.

Stephanie Harris is the principal and the projected enrollment is 380 students.

This year, sixth grade is being added to the school and 50 to 55 sixth graders are expected.

There are also two new teachers at the school.

A new kindergarten playground should be complete two weeks after school starts.

n Stoner Avenue Elementary School, 11735 Braddock Drive, Del Rey. Information, (310) 390-3396.

Pamela Williams is the principal and the projected enrollment is 600 students.

Currently, construction is going on at the school. Several classrooms, the main office, the library and the coordinator’s office have new floors. The school is also installing an air-conditioning system, a new fire alarm system and a new intercom system for all the classrooms.

n Walgrove Avenue Elementary School, 1630 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 391-7104.

Yuri Hayashi is the principal and the projected enrollment is 250 students.

The school is starting a STAR (Science, Theatre, Arts & Recreation) Education Enrichment after-school program Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Walgrove Avenue School is also making the assembly quad into a learning courtyard. Images, including a United States map, the Solar System and the multiplication table, will be painted on the asphalt of the learning courtyard.

The school will also cut a new door in the library that leads to the learning courtyard, so students may read there.

n Westminster Avenue Elementary School and Magnet, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Information, (310) 392-3041.

Betty Coleman is the principal and the projected enrollment is between 550 and 600 students.

A new heating and air-conditioning system is being installed and should be ready by the end of September. The auditorium is also being repainted on the inside.

A new greenhouse is on the school playground, with some help from neighborhood volunteers, and the school is now planting flowers and vegetables seasonally.

n Westport Heights Elementary School, 6011 W. 79th St., Westchester. Information, (310) 645-5611.

Karen Long is the new principal and the projected enrollment is 500 students.

An air-conditioning system is being installed at the school.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

n Marina del Rey Middle School and Magnet, 12500 Braddock Drive, Del Rey. Information, (310) 822-6788.

Erick Mata is the principal and the projected enrollment is 1,325 students.

Currently, the school is undergoing construction. A new intercom system and air-conditioning system are being installed throughout the school and new phones are being placed in the classrooms. These projects should be complete by June.

There is also a new dance teacher, art teacher, PE teacher and a math and science teacher in the Magnet Program.

n Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 397-2125.

Jeffrey Felz is the principal and the projected enrollment is 1,600 students.

An air-conditioning system is being installed and is nearing completion, as well as a new alarm system. The interior and exterior of the school are also being painted.

n Orville Wright Middle School and Magnet, 6550 W. 80th St., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-5666.

Stephen Rochelle is the principal and the projected enrollment is 1,220 students.

Five million dollars worth of new construction projects are in the works. New painting and plumbing is complete and asbestos removal is almost complete. The school is also installing a new climate control system. New paving and new fencing should be complete in October.

Two new labs are installed — a computer lab and a beginning flight simulator lab. A new advanced flight simulator lab will be constructed shortly.

MULTI-LEVEL SCHOOLS

n Westside Leadership Magnet School, 104 Anchorage St., Marina Peninsula. Information, (310) 821-2039.

Kathy Gonnella is the principal and the projected enrollment is 450 students.

The school is currently under construction; the whole school is being painted and is receiving new floors.

n McBride Special Education Center, 3960 Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 391-0568.

Timothy Bays is the principal and the projected enrollment is 200 students between ages three and 22.

This year, the school will introduce SMART Boards — interactive whiteboards.

HIGH SCHOOLS

n Del Rey High School, 8701 Park Hill Drive, Del Rey. Information, (310) 641-3858.

Randolph Cornfield is the new principal and the projected enrollment for this continuation school is 70 students.

A new horticulture and cooking class is coming to the school, where students will grow their own food and prepare it in class.

Another new class will teach etiquette and manners to students who enroll.

n Phoenix High School, 12971 Zanja St., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 306-8775.

Michael Delbuck is the principal and the projected enrollment is 65 students.

The school is one of only four continuation high schools in the district to have 100 percent of its students pass the California High School Exit Exam in math and English language arts.

n Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 306-7981.

The principal is Jan Davis and the projected enrollment is 3,100 students.

The school will be continuing its Ninth Grade Academy, called VISTA, where three to four core subject matter teachers teach approximately 70 students and work together to help students have a successful ninth-grade year.

Also, the New Media Academy and Bilingual Business and Finance Academy will expand this year to ninth-grade students. Previously, it has only been available to tenth-, 11th- and 12th-graders.

In all three academies, students still take classes at the comprehensive school in addition to their classes in the academy.

n Westchester High School, 7400 Manchester Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-4003.

Anita Barner is the principal and the projected enrollment is 2,100 students.

The Ninth Grade Academy — a small learning community that is divided into three “houses” — is opening this year. Also, the school is opening an environmental science and mathematics small learning community, where two teachers will offer advanced courses in both subjects.

The school is expanding the Humanitas program, which is a study of English, art, humanities and social sciences.

The school is also starting a partnership with Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Some LMU professors will mentor selected ninth-grade students at Westchester High School.

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