September 20 Newsletter




Last Spring the 9th graders participated in “My Hometown,” a photography project sponsored by the New York Times.

Students around the country were asked to photograph their neighborhoods, families, friends and schools to create a 21st century portrait of the country.


The work of 24 HTLA students was selected!

Now the pictures can be seen on a special website showcasing their work.  Go to the following website:


to read about the project and click on the My Hometown” link to take you to the  page where you can start to view the images.  You can jump directly a student’s photo using the search box in the upper right.


2 HTLA students- Rachel Alaynick (#24 of 145) and Daniela de Paz (#122 of 145)- made Editor’s Pick (a final presentation, curated to give a sampling of the best photos from a cross-section of the country).


The following students pictures also were selected for the project and are listed alphabetically under “California”

Caroline Alvarado (2), Delmy Alvarez, Ellie Banai, Desire Bonilla, Luis Saul Brophy, Alan Campos, Anthony Castellanos, Gabriel Celeya, Lucy Demirchyan, Elijah Ferrar, Brittany Hernandez, Khoren Khorenyan, Jason Kramer, Ashley Lavizadeh, Giuliano Millan (2), Christine Miranda, Jason Mooney, Jo Morley, Denisse Nava, Allison Oya, Luca Pizzoleo, Jocelyn Salazar, Joseph Soriano, Tyler Struck, Ramon Torres, Megan Tucker, Kevin Wagner and Cis Zerna.


Class of 2024 Prom Fundraiser


Here’s an easy way to support the Class of 2014 – have something to eat at the McDonalds on Balboa just North of Vanowen this  Thursday, 9/26, from 5 -8pm.  20% of all sales will be donated to the Class of 2014 to help bring down the cost of their Prom!


College Night for 9th and 10th Grade Families


Please join Dr. Koven this Wednesday, 9/25, at 6:30.   The guest speaker’s presentation is “Building a stronger high school student.”  9th and 10th grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend.  Remember the adage about planning, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail!”  Now is the time to start preparing for college!




This Friday night, 9/27, is the Back to from 6:00 – 9:30 pm is the Safari Night Dance.  Tickets are on sale during nutrition and lunch for $5.00 and at the door for $8.00.  There is no admission after

6:30 pm and if a student leaves the dance early, there is no readmission.  The dance ends promptly at 9:30 pm.  Students who are not picked up by 9:45 pm will not be allowed to attend any other evening activities this school year.


STAR Campaign


The STAR (Students Teachers And Resources working together for success) campaign is underway!  So far, only 40 HTLA families have participated in the STAR Fund.  The “High Tech” at HTLA was state of the art when we opened in 2004, but is need of major upgrades to keep up with the pace of innovation.  Our goal is to raise the $200,000 needed for the upgrade.  While we ask for each family to consider giving $250 or more to the STAR Fund, we realize that not every family can afford to do so.  EVERY donation, of any size, is appreciated.  We also accept PayPal post dated checks.


Goodwill Fundraiser

How about doing a little “Fall Cleaning”?  Clean out your closets, bag the clothing, shoes, accessories, books, CD’s, DVD’s, records, videos, household items, and electronic items you don’t want anymore, bring the bags to HTLA between September 23 and October 18, and we will donate the bags to the Goodwill on Sunday, October 20.   The Goodwill will donate up to $5000 to the Parent Organization for our stuff (the donation increases with the amount of bins we can fill.)


Remember to check the school website:  and FaceBook page: HighTech LA frequently and make sure to register at the Parent Organization website: