Information About Our Site
Corona Avenue Elementary School
Los Angeles Unified School District
Bell, California United States of America
- Teachers or Classes:
Blanca Aguilar and Jack Baumann's Newsletter Project.
- How many students worked on this project? 26
Their ages were:
8-11 years of age
- The following people helped us
We would especially like to thank Perry Aiello, Oravann Schreibman,
Maureen Gold of Eastman Kodak and Wanda Collins our Vice Principal. We would also like to thank Jeff Hill and Los Angeles Educational Partnership for putting our page on their server.
- Project Contact Email: Corona Ave. School
We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category:
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Description of "Our Community"
Corona is geographically located southeast of downtown Los Angeles in the city of Bell. The city of Bell has been identified as one of the state's most densely populated cities, with people living below the poverty line. Corona is a predominately bilingual, multi-track, year round school with a student population that nears 1,850. Home Language Surveys indicate that 75% of our students come from families whose primary language is Spanish, 20% are fluent in English, and 5% speak Arabic.
Summary of Our Project
As a California Model Technology School (MTS) site since 1986, Corona has innovatively used technology as an instructional tool by integrating it in different areas of the curriculum. This project came about with the collaboration between Eastman Kodak and a Corona staff team. It was suggested that Kodak assist us in training our school to create and publish an image-based color school newsletter. Our second issue, which was suggested by Karen Hare, one of Corona´s teachers, thought that it would be ideal for students to write articles thanking the local businesses and community sponsors that have contributed to the support of some of the different activities that take place at Corona. Jack Baumann suggested that we enter this issue into CyberFair. Omar and Juan were also instrumental in converting the document into the simulation that would go up into Web. This project is the product of collaboration between the stateholders of Corona Avenue.
This section explains the project elements found in the CyberFair Project Assignment.
1. How did your activities and research for this
International School CyberFair 96 project support your
required coursework and curriculum requirements?
1 Writing is one of Corona´s biggest thrusts and focused areas. Approximately three years ago Corona participated in the California Writing Project. Since then the school has become very involved in supporting projects that involve writing. Staff members were very pleased with Kodak´s suggestion, because this meant another writing avenue. Our school´s newsletter gives students the opportunity to improve their writing and communication skills using higher level techniques. Such as interviewing people in their professions then reporting it in written form. These writing activities are integrated with listening speaking and reading based on the California Framework and Districts course of study.
One of the most noteworthy experience was using the program PageMaker™ and working with the six students assigned as the Layout Artist. At times there were frustrating moments when articles did not configure within the given space and others when the computer would freeze. Watching our project as it will appear on the Web was the most exciting moment. The students were intrigued when they saw the simulation of our newsletter. Seeing their faces was exciting. The end product made all our hard work more meaningful and worthwhile.
2. What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair project?
Contact was made with all the local businesses and community sponsors by telephone. Students used ClarisWorks (wordprocessing and painting) to type their reports and to illustrate the newsletter. PageMaker was used to create the actual newsletter. PhotoShop by Adobe was used to transport the the photographs from the photo CD to PageMaker. The scanner, provided by Kodak, was used to scan the pictures taken by the cameras. Clip Art was used to illustrate articles that did not have pictures. BBedit Lite and NetScape were used to transform the newsletter into the CyberFair project. And a Power Macintosh computer was used throughout the entire newsletter and project.
3. In what ways did you act as ambassadors and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person?
Parents were informed of their child´s participation as Reporters or as Photo Journalists. Telephone calls were put through to set appointments with business representatives to come meet with them and inform them of our intentions with the newsletter and to take photographs. Permission slips were sent home to transport students to different locations to take the photographs..
A reporter of the La Opiñión newspaper visited our school asked questions about our newsletter. Apparently he saw the newsletter and was interested to know more about it. He is anxiously awaiting the results of this project. All of our community contributors received a copy of our newsletter and as a result we have received various visits and invitations to participate in different activities that they are sponsoring. For instance, McDonalds is sponsoring art contests and they invited our students to participate. All the school staff are cheering on and proud of this project. All the students and their parents expressed being honored of having a part in this project.
4. What has been the impact of your project on your community?
One of our Web pages has all ready been seen throughout the country and it has caused such a wonderful impact, that it was suggested it be entered into a contest. What seems to be impressing people the most is that it is curriculum based and that it is in Spanish and English. Many of the parents that come to our Tech center and seen our Web pages are so impressed that they are anxious to start working on their own pages.
5. How did your project involve other members of your
community as helpers and volunteers?
This project started as a Thank You to all the community members that have contributed support in any way to Corona Avenue School. Then the idea to enter it in the CyberFair came afterward. Therefore, assistance was not necessary since the product was finished.
6. What other things have you done at your school to Share and Unite with your community?
All the stakeholders of our community have recieved a copy of the newsletter and the parents of the students that help create this project have been informed that the newsletter will be up on the Web.