What We Fund

Kenter Canyon is a public school and is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, the education your children receive here is supplemented with enrichment programs and support. The experience at Kenter Canyon only happens when we get to combine LAUSD funding with the substantial contributions the Kenter community makes each year through Kenter Canyon Parent Support Group (“KCPSG” or “PSG”). KCPSG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to fundraise for the many programs and “extras” that enhance the day to day experience of our children. The following ae some (not all) of the programs KCPSG helps fund:



Instructional aides in every classroom enable ourstudents to receive more individualized attention anddifferentiated instruction. KCPSG funding provides for full time aides in Kindergarten and half-time aides in Grades 1-5.

Under LAUSD guidelines, 4th and 5th grades can have up to 38 students per class. Parents and staff at Kenter have always had a great concern about the larger class-size and the ability for the classroom teachers to provide the optimal educational experience in that situation. To address those concerns, each year KCPSG funds an additional classroom teacher so that class size in 4th and 5th grade stays below the guidelines (typically 30 children per class).

Kenter strives to be in forefront of educational technology. Each child at Kenter has weekly instructional time with Alex Sornoso, our full-time technology lab teacher in our designated computer lab (all new computers purchased in 2016). For more information about the Alex and the computer curriculum click here. In addition, each student in Grades 3-5 have a designated in-class laptop which enables classroom teachers to fully integrate technology into instructional time. Grades 1 and 2 have one to one ipads which enables teacher to differentiate learning and take advantage of programs such as Dreambox, EPIC and Teach Your Monster. Kindergarten classes have Chromebook stations to introduce our youngest learners to technology and educational programs. Each classroom at Kenter is also outfitted with state of the art wall-mounted projectors and document cameras to allow for flexible and creative educational experiences.

Each week, all classes at Kenter visit our science lab staffed by Jazmin Nijjar, our full-time KCPSG funded lab technician. These weekly visits to the science lab enrich the science curriculum with experiments and more hands-on experiences using Full Option Science Series kits as the primary tool for science instruction.

All students at Kenter meet once a week with KCPSG funded music teacher, Mike Wendland, to learn about different instruments,world music, symbols, note value, rhythm, and to learn great songs.

At Kenter, we understand how important physical education is to our students by helping them stay physically fit, reduce obesity, promote healthy living and maintain focus in the classroom. Every week all children at Kenter has directed and specialized physical education with Coach Nolan, funded by KCPSG.

ART

All students at Kenter receive art instruction every other week with KCPSG funded art teacher, Deborah Reilly. Under Ms. Deborah’s instruction students experiment and create art using a full spectrum of mediums and methods and learn about the artists, art styles or historical relevance of the art work they are creating.

At Kenter we want every child to meet his or her potential and feel success at every grade level. To achieve that we believe that sometimes a student will need some individual help with a particular skill or subject matter. To meet those needs Kenter (with funding from KCPSG) has instituted an intervention program in Grades 1 and 2 which provides special instruction to individuals and small groups of students with identified needs. Ms. Stephanie Ross runs the intervention program at Kenter and works closely with Dr. Moren and the First and Second grade teachers.

Kenter strives to provide a truly enriched educational experience for its students. To achieve this goal, we sometimes need to take them out of the classroom setting to have experientialeducation. KCPSG funds field trips for each grade level including visits to the Skirball Museum, the Science Center, Underwood Family Farm, the Planetarium at SMC among many others. In addition, KCPSG funds on-site experiences and assemblies including the Cabrillo Visiting Aquarium, Walk Through American Revolution, Walk Through California and several arts and music assemblies provided by the Music Center.

 

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