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Rancho del Mar High School students collected an assortment of toys, clothes, toiletries and food for Rainbow Services Inc., a shelter for women and children who’ve suffered from domestic violence. The students delivered the items to the shelter on Dec. 13. Pictured with the collected goods are staff members Adam Genovese, Rosemary Humphrey and Elizabeth Maltese, and ASB officers Claudia Gutierrez, Breana DiPinto and Izzy Sartorius.

Chadwick School students hosted a community service event supporting All Life Charities, a Wilmington-based nonprofit that provides food and clothing to families in the South Bay who live below the poverty line. Each upper school adviser group from Chadwick was paired with one of 25 families from All Life Charities and collected basic living essentials like cleaning supplies and toiletries and additional items like gently used clothing, toys and books for their assigned family.

The students delivered the items on Dec. 20 and on Dec. 21 hosted a boutique for the families to “shop” for clothing, toys, and books.

Also, students from Chadwick School participated in the 24 Hours of Homelessness Project to gain empathy and understanding about the homeless population living on streets in Los Angeles.

The students met with the director of Central City East Association, an organization that serves as interface between small business in Skid Row and Los Angeles to learn about the interaction between small businesses and the homeless population in the area.

The students then spent the night at the Los Angeles Mission in conditions similar to those that people face when living on the street such as no bedding or heat. They served dinner and then woke up early to serve breakfast at 5 a.m. A resident of the Los Angeles Mission who lived on the streets on Skid Row for more than 15 years provided them with a tour of Skid Row during their visit.


On Saturday, Dec. 7, more than 100 students weathered the rain, wind and cold to participate in the 20th annual Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified school District Intermediate School Math Field Day. Miraleste students were coached by Ben Kroon, Ridgecrest students were coached by Eric Hendrickson, and Palos Verdes Intermediate students were coached by Phyllis Thom, Shau-Lian Liao and Beverly Mairs.

Trophy winners will continue training in preparation for the Los Angeles County Math Field Day in April. Trophy winners were:

  • Eighth Grade: Lori Won, Nathan Kim, Alyssa Chew, Felicia Liu, Robert Hu, Angelina Norris, Nicole Lee and Ashley Knebel;

  • Seventh Grade: Laura Gong, Albert Tan, Wyatt Chang, Karl Kim, Callie Shiang, Renee Yang, Faris Ashai and Nima Shirazian; and

  • Sixth Grade: Curtis Liu, Josh Matsuda, Katherine He, Hailey Chen, Patrick McKiernan, Ian Karlmann, Anton Lok, Derrick Kim and Daniel Su.

On Jan. 25, 2014, a similar contest will be held for elementary students in grades four and five. Elementary trophy winners will also continue training for the county event in April.


Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance schools’ Robotics Team (named the Huskybots) placed 19th out of 48 schools with a score of 292 points at the Los Angeles Region First Lego League Championship on Dec. 15.

The middle school team (Harrison Harper, of Palos Verdes; Nicholas Stagnaro, of Rancho Palos Verdes; Matthew Chun, of Harbor City; and Ian Grindle, of San Pedro) had to perform strongly in a previous qualifier to advance to this stage. Assigned with the topic Nature’s Fury, the team was tasked with producing a robotic solution to address issues that nature places on humanity. The Huskybots addressed wild fires, recognizing that wild fires pose problems and threats to homeowners in draught areas around Los Angeles.

The team did extensive research identifying how many citizens are affected by wild fires, how much land is ravaged and the amount of financial damage these fires impose on Californians.

The team created a robotic sprinkler system that is installed inconspicuously on a homeowner’s roof to quickly address the most vulnerable part of a home swiftly. The Huskybots sprinkler system could be activated with a Smart Phone, had sensors to recognize a family barbeque and carried a price of $750 with installation.

“These students did an excellent job going from research, to concept, to execution. It was impressive to think these students created a robotic product with a terrific real-life application. I’m proud of them and know they are proud of themselves,” said faculty adviser Bob Cloer, who coached the team with faculty member Rob Greene.

RHP and Renaissance School also participated in the annual Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 through 15. CSEdWeek is geared toward encouraging interest in the field of computer science and aims to demonstrate that anyone can learn coding basics. In addition, the students were immersed in the Hour of Code program, a campaign to get 10 million students of all ages to do an hour of computer coding.

RHP and Renaissance are in the process of expanding the school’s programming offerings at school, and are encouraged by the way the Hour of Code ignited interest in programming. A once daunting task has proven to be a fun and engaging activity, which gives students the confidence to know that they are capable of coding. RHP and Renaissance expects to take the mystique and apprehension out of coding.

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