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7th Grade Museum Studies Elective


What Makes Our Community Unique? Highland Park Edition

Friday, December 8, 5:00–7:30 p.m., Free

Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School 

4805 Sycamore Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Seventh grade Museum Exhibition Development students from Arroyo Seco



Museum Science Magnet School explore the people, places, and history of the Highland Park community in Los Angeles. Learn about how the neighborhood we experience today has been shaped by its history.

Please RSVP to nmartinez@theautry.org.





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EDUCATION SPONSORS The Ahmanson Foundation • The Albertsons Foundation • Capital Group Companies Foundation • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund • Edison International • Employees Community Fund of Boeing California • The Georgina-Fredrick Children’s Foundation • Hearst Foundations • The Kenneth T. and Eileen L.

Norris Foundation • Northrop Grumman • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California • 

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation • Sony Pictures Entertainment • Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation •  Union Bank • U.S. Bank Foundation


Choices Late Applications


The window is open for late applications!  December 1, 2017 - January 19, 2018!  Get your applications in now!

Night at the Museum

Arroyo Seco is College Bound

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Career Day



School Schedules

Elementary Schedule Grades K-5




Supervision 7:30 a.m.  
Mon. -  Fri. (K-5) 8:01 a.m. 2:24 p.m.
Lunch (K - 4) 11:45 a.m. 12:25 p.m.
Lunch (5) 12: 30 p.m. 1:10 p.m.
Tues. 8:01 a.m. 1:24 p.m.
Tues. Lunch (K-4)   12:08 p.m.  12:48 p.m. 
Tues. Lunch  (5 11:23 a.m. 12:03 p.m.

Middle School Schedule Grades 6-8




Supervision 7:30 a.m.  
Mon. - Fri. (6-8) 8:01 a.m. 3:03 p.m.
Lunch (6-8) 12:33 p.m. 1:03 p.m.
Tuesday 8:01 a.m. 1:33 p.m.
Tues. Lunch (6-8) 11:33 a.m. 12:03 p.m.



Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

  • On the first day of school only, Kindergarten parents may escort their children to the line, then the classroom for an orientation.   1st grade parents may escort their children to the line, then the classroom.  2nd – 5th grade parents may escort their children to the line.  On the second day of school, and every day after that, parents may drop their K-8th grade students in the valet line, at the front gate, or at the yellow line by the water machine.
  • New Dismissal procedures:You will meet your children either at the yellow line by the water machine or at the front gate.  Kindergarten and first grade parents may continue to meet their children outside the classroom door.

2017-2018 Calendar

Click here to view the 2017-2018 school calendar.


December 2017/January 2018:


Dec. 1, 2017:                             ELAC Mtg @ 8:10 a.m. (library)

                                                  5th grade to the Geffen Contemporary @ MOCA

Dec. 1, 8, 2017:                         R. Ortega's Block 6 to Inner-City Arts

                                                  After School Intervention (Fregeolle)

Dec. 3, 2107:                             8th Grade Museum Studies Elective Class @ the Autry (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Dec. 4, 6, 2017:                         8th Grade to Visual Voyages @ the Huntington

Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13, 2017:             Lopez & Guerrero to Inner-City Arts

Dec. 4, 11, 2107:                       After School Intervention (Fregeolle and Lansdown)

Dec. 5, 2017:                             Parent Workshop on Special Education

Dec. 5, 7, 12, 2017:                   Moreno, DeLuna, Koneazny and Kopp to Inner-City Arts

Dec. 5, 12, 2017:                       Dismissal @ 1:24 p.m. for K-5, 1:33 p.m. for 6-8

                                                  Imagine Studio after school program

Dec. 6, 2017:                             Fire Drill

Dec. 6, 13, 2017:                       After School Intervention (Koneazny, Kopp and Ter-Saakyan))

Dec. 7, 2017:                             1st Grade to Zimmer Children's Museum

Dec. 8, 2017:                             Coffee with the Principal @ 8:10 a.m. (library)

                                                  Game Truck @ 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for Believe Fundraiser winners

                                                  Big Smiles

                                                  1st grade Community/World Museum @ 8:00 a.m.

                                                  7th Grade Museum Studies Elective Class Display @ 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 11, 2017:                           Holiday Program Practice

                                                  SSC Mtg @ 2:30 p.m. (library)

Dec. 12, 2017:                           Holiday Program Dress Rehearsal

Dec. 13, 2017:                           PTA Board Mtg @ 2:30 p.m. (library)

Dec. 14, 2017:                           Holiday Program

                                                  LSLC Mtg @ 3:15 p.m. (library)

Dec. 15, 2017:                           Pajama Day

                                                  Student of the Month    

                                                   Park Ranger @ lunch


Dec. 18, 2017- Jan. 5, 2018:    School closed for winter break

Jan. 8,  2018:                           School Resumes

                                                 SSC Mtg @ 2:30 p.m. (library)    

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018:          Dismiissal for K-5 @ 1:24 p.m., 6-8 @ 1:33 p.m.

Jan. 10, 2018:                          Fire Drill

                                                 PTA Board Mtg

Jan. 11, 2018:                          LSLC Mtg @ 3:15 p.m. (library)

Jan. 12, 2018:                          ELAC Mtg @ 8:10 a.m. (library)

                                                 ES Progress Reports

                                                 4th grade to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

                                                 ES Robotics Competition

Jan. 15, 2018:                          MLK Birthday- No School!  

Jan. 16, 2018:                          No Name Calling Week

Jan. 17, 2018:                          3rd grade Heritage Square Pre-Visit

Jan, 18, 2018:                          3rd grade to Heritage Square

                                                 5th grade to CA Science Center

Jan. 19, 2018:                          2nd grade to Natural History Museum

                                                 4th grade to Getty Museum

Jan. 22, 2018:                          The Great Kindness Challenge

Jan. 23, 2018:                           Mid-Year Awards (Attendance, Honor Roll)

Jan. 24, 2018:                           7th grade to Huntington Library

                                                  8th grade to CA Science Center

Jan. 25, 2018:                           7th grade to Huntington Library

Jan. 26, 2018:                           Coffee with the Principal @ 8:10 a.m.

                                                  A. Hawkins' class to Huntington Library

Jan. 29, 2018:                           6th grade to Huntington Library for LA Opera

Jan. 30, 2018:                           Mad Science after school classes begin

Jan. 31, 2018:                           Student of the Month

                                                  6th grade to Huntington Library for LA Opera




Welcome to Arroyo Seco . . .

Arroyo Seco Museum Magnet School is a beacon for educational innovation and academic excellence.  From our unique magnet focus to the unequaled museum experiences it provides, we are committed to providing our students with a brand of elite academic preparation.  The hallmark of our success is not only limited to the intelligent, capable students we produce but it is also found in our remarkable corps of highly qualified, dedicated and caring faculty and staff.

As our reputation for academic excellence has grown, so has the prospective interest.  We recognize the special gifts and talents of every one of our students and work diligently to help them realize their potential as future leaders and innovators of the world.  Our students will go on to enjoy the privileges earned by their individual achievements but will do so with a motivation greater than material reward.  Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet strives to produce talented, thoughtful leaders capable of entering the world on their own terms and leaving it better for us all.

"I believe profoundly in the importance of museums; I would go

as far as to say that you can judge a society by the quality of its museums.–R. Fortey


In Museum Science Studies courses students will learn the roles that museums play in our society. They will learn about specific museums.  They will learn why they were created and how they are funded, managed, and organized.  Students will visit and evaluate museums in Los Angeles, including virtual exhibits.  They will develop analytical and critical skills by reading, discussing and debating different museum exhibit collections.  Student will have the opportunity to work directly with staff from the Autry National Center to learn the seven key roles that museums must fulfill in society and the types of jobs that can be found in museums.  Once students have a strong foundation in California history, they will begin working to develop a field trip program for fourth grader students in Los Angeles area schools.  They will provide history tours of the Casa de Adobe, a replica of a traditional California rancho home.


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Students and staff of Arroyo Seco are welcome at The Huntington Library FREE OF CHARGE on any day it is open. Simply show your Arroyo Seco ID and you may admit a total of six guests at no charge.  

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Arroyo Seco at VEX IQ Competition

On Friday, December 1, our elementary robotics team successfully competed in their first robotics competition of the year in the newly formed LAUSD East Robotics League. Our second year team, led once again by Mr. Koneazny, entered the tournament against a diverse field of 20 teams, mostly from Local District East and a few, including us, from other local districts.


VEX IQ competition brings STEM skills and concepts to life by tasking teams of students with designing, building, and programming a robot to play with and against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. To prepare for competition, our 3rd to 5th robotics students have been working diligently every Friday after school since the beginning of the school year. Their dedication was rewarded with an outstanding 4th place finish at last Friday's tournament. 


We are very proud of our elementary robotics team for representing Arroyo Seco and Local District Central in VEX IQ competition. Your leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, perseverance, and professionalism were on full display. Thank you for representing our museum school's core values and commitment to excellence.


Next round of competition is January 12, 2018, at Elizabeth Learning Center with a chance to advance to state competition. Go Cougars!

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles

Events Calendar







Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Nov. 6, 7, 8, 9, 2017

Feb. 26, 27, 28, March 1, 2, 2018


Minimum Days

Nov.  6, 7, 8, 9, 2017

Feb. 26, 27, 28, March 1, 2, 2018

June 7, 2018

Back to School

August 22, 2017  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum

May 18, 2018 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Special Events

Academic Night


October 5, 2017

Red Ribbon Week

October 23, 2017

Halloween Parade/Harvest Festival (PTA)

October 27, 2017

Career Day

November 16, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Holiday Program

December 14, 2017

Pajama Day

December 15, 2017

Fitness Gram

February 1, 2018- March 16, 2018


February 1, 2018- May 31, 2018

100th Day of School

120th Day of School

February 5, 2018

March 6, 2018

Science Fair

February 23, 2018


March 5, 2018 – June 7, 2018


Arroyo Idol

March 16, 2018

Health Care Partners Day of Service

Today: 12/12/17

School Experience Survey

School Experience Survey window is open from October 30, 2017 - November 17, 2017.  Look for the paper surveys during conference week.  You can submit a paper survey or you can submit the survey online. 

School Experience Survey


August 15, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians:


On behalf of all of our staff, I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year!  We welcome Mrs. Angelica Garcia, TSP Coordinator, Mr. Christian Perez, Building and Grounds Worker, Mr. Bryan De Leon, Teacher Assistant, Ms. Nathalie Ramirez, Teacher Assistant, Mr. Arlen Ruelas, Teacher Assistant, Mr. Jason Ruiz, Teacher Assistant and Ms. Brach Cabral, 6th grade Math/Science teacher.  We wish Ms. Laura Tovar the best as she transfers to Nimitz Middle School. 

Today, your child will receive a large white envelope with information for you to read, keep or return.  For your child’s safety, read the entire contents of the envelope and return all forms by Friday, August 25, 2017.  It is extremely important that we have emergency information for your child. 

Students in grades 2-8 will receive a Daily Agenda (planner) for communication between the school and home and to help your child organize and plan his/her studies.  Be certain to review the Daily Agenda every day.  Parents will be informed about school events and activities through monthly newsletters, fliers, phone calls and on our website at http://arroyoseco-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

Our academic focus this year will be on the Next Generation Science Standards and how they relate to Museum Science and, of course, literacy and numeracy.  I am excited that all students, grades K-8, will have the opportunity to visit the Huntington Library again this year.  Additionally, we are excited that our Visual Arts teacher will be here two days a week and our Music teacher one day a week for the entire year.  The opportunities for connections and learning and growing our knowledge of Museum Science are endless. 

We will be establishing our Local School Leadership Council, ELAC and SSC in the next month, as well as holding our Back to School Night on August 22, 2017.  Please feel free to contact us at 323/254-5141 or via email at robin.polito-shuffer@lausd.net if you have any questions. 


Thank you and I look forward to meeting you at Back to School Night!


Robin Polito-Shuffer


Website Accessibility

Please contact the Office of Communications and Media Relations at communications@lausd.net or call 213-241-6766 to request access to or notify LAUSD about on-line information or functionality that is currently inaccessible. To file a formal grievance with the Los Angeles Unified School District, under Section 504 and Title II, please click here to learn how.

Title IX

The Title IX Complaint Managers at our school are:


Jenny Liu, Secondary Counselor, jjk8862@lausd.net

Robin Polito-Shuffer, Principal, robin.polito-shuffer@lausd.net

Edward Torrero, AP, EIS, ext5160@lausd.net


All can be reached by phone at 323/254-5141.  Additionally, for more information, please click here: http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/3654


True Grit

We were nominated by Educators 4 Excellence for their True Grit Award for increasing our enrollment in students meeting A-G requirements.  We were honored at their True Grit Gala on February 16.  Congratulations to Ms. Liu and all of our Middle School teachers!

Health Care Partners Day of Service

On Friday, August 12th, Operation Project HOPE helped facilitate a "Day of Service" for the employees of Health Care Partners. Their volunteers beautified our school by painting new, positive murals. The group also brightened up the landscaping and installed a new awning for the bulletin area. In just a few hours, the campus was ready for the new school year. Thank you, Health Care Partners, for your kind donation, and for helping us achieve "World Peace, One Child at a Time."





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