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    HMS Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)

    just completed 4 days of intense planning in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year!


    Go Jr Riders!




    Class of 2019.  Congratulations Jr. Riders



    HMS Debate Team Wins Bronze

    Representing the LA County in the State Debate and Speech Competition, the HMS Debate Team, composed of Karol Hernandez, Esmeralda Perez, and Natalie Jeronimo, won the 3rd Place in the Middle School English Debate.  The event was held in Ventura, CA on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  These HMS Debaters were coached by Ms. Maria Olvera-Guillen.

    Congratulations Jr. Riders.  Let's get the gold next year.


    Scholastic Book Fair at HMS

    Aimed at sustaining the reading levels over the summer for Junior Riders, the Spring edition of the Scholastic Book Fair will run from April 2 to April 9.  The book fair offers a "buy one get one free" incentive for students who will purchase books that they like.


    Debate Champions

    Three (3) Junior Riders, Karol Hernandez, Esmeralda Perez, and Natalie Jeronimo, competed in the Regional Speech and Debate Tournament  last March 23, 2019.  With the help and guidance of their coach, Ms. Olvera-Guillen, they won convincingly the first (1st) place award.

    They will represent the LA County and compete in the State Competition in May.  Congratulations and good luck Jr. Riders.


    Superior Rating for the HMS  Junior Rough Rider Band


    Once again the Junior Rough Rider Band earned a  unanimous Superior rating at LAUSD's music ensemble festival at Garfield High School.  Our band has won superior ratings at festivals over the past 3 years.

    Way to go Junior Riders! 


    College Awareness Week


    We celebrated College Awareness Week March 11-15 at Hollenbeck Middle School. Students participated in a week-long event that was geared towards getting them thinking about going to college. We kicked it off on Monday with an activity where our teachers shared their college experience with their students. We used their college going biographies to challenge all students to complete a Teacher College Biography Scavenger Hunt.  The Winners were Joanna Vasquez from Ms. Herrera's class, Christine Ecliserio and Abraham Aguilar from Mr. Quintrell's class.

    Then we had two days of college presentations Where Roosevelt High School students presented an introduction to all things college.  Students got to hear about different aspects of college life.  They too were able to complete an "I Am going to College" pledge on  Thursday.

    Finally, we concluded the week with a college fair in the Girls' gym where students were able to visit college booths and ;learn more about college application process and life at that college.  It was a great week supported by our community partners and HMS staff.


    HMS Celebrates Pi Day


    Pi Day falls every 14th of March in which the date coincides with the first 3 digits of the value of Pi (3.14).

    In observance of this day, the Math Department, spearheaded by Ms. Sheline, celebrates Pi Day by challenging the students to memorize the first 50 digits of the value of Pi.  Students who successfully memorized and recited the 50 digits were awarded the chance to pi(e) a teacher or staff.

    See pictures below.


    The Road to Playoffs


    Undefeated so far, the HMS Beyond the Bell YS Plus basketball team earned a spot in the playoffs this season by defeating all the teams in their division. 

    With the help of their main coach, Anthony Ruiz, and with hard practice, the team got enough motivation to make it all the way to the playoffs.  The players, Anthony Rojas, Kenneth Espino, Steven Hernandez, Gustavo Ortega, Monquell Rainey, Hendrix Sampson, Benlli Torres, Eric Vasquez, Jacob Villalobos, Joshua De La Rosa, Ahmad Criego, Wilfredo Rodriguez, Bryan Rodriguez, And Anthony Sanchez have all worked collaboratively as a team and have shown great effort.

    They dethroned the defending champions King Middle School in a close fight with a score of 32 to 31; beat Belvedere Middle School 46 to 20; defeated Virgil Middle School 41 to 19; and crushed Griffith Middle School 42 to 19.  

    Anthony Sanchez was named "Defensive Player of the Season" as he held the other teams to low shooting percentages.  The team is grateful to Ms. Bolado, the principal, for her support and presence during the games.

    Congrats Jr. Riders!


    UCSB Field Trip


    As part of providing the students with relevant, rigorous, and career & college ready curriculum, the Hollenbeck Science Technology Engineering Math and Medical (STEMM) Magnet conducted a field trip to UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) with the members of the College and Career Club who are completing a final project. 

    The event includes the tour of UCSB and some helpful tips and advice about getting to college and succeeding in it from some university students.  A showcase of the amazing benefits of being a UCSB student, a tour of the dorms and a chance to explore the beach were also provided to the group.

    The day did not end for these students without tasting the college pizza.


    Reflecting on a Powerful Moment in LA History


    Using over 85 amazing pictures from teachers and school community members along with strike artifacts and video footage, HMS School Library, Communities in School, and Promesa Boyle Heights present Strike: Los Maestros Luchando! Tambien Estan Enseñando¡ 

    The exhibit shows the momentous event about the strike where Hollenbeck teachers and support staff took part to inform the community of the grave need to support public education.  Their action serves as inspiration to all.  Students, parents and community members are grateful to the teachers who poured out their energy, thoughts and hearts to provide life lessons everyday.

    The exhibit was held to provide a quiet time to reflect on this powerful moment in LA history.



    "University Night" at HMS

    This year's Family Night at Hollenbeck MS has the theme "University Night" as part of the 'Go to College' campaign of the school.

    The event was participated in by the entire Hollenbeck family as parent, students, and teachers were interacting with games showcasing different college themes.  It was also organized by the joint effort of Ms. Delgado, Ms. Flores, the Parent Center, City Year, and CIS.

    Lucky participants went home with prizes from winning in the raffle event. 



    Getting high GPA, excellent work habits and cooperation, and outstanding class performance are the reasons why these 548 students were awarded and recognized as academic champions.  Of these 548 junior riders, 56 were recognized as "Rising Stars" for good behavior and trying their best as per nomination by their respective teachers, 50 got the "Principal's Award" for obtaining a GPA of 4.0 and a grade of E in work habits and cooperation. "Gold Award" was given to 216 students for obtaining a GPA of 3.5 — 3.9 and "Silver Award" was given to 226 students for obtaining a GPA of 3.0 — 3.49.

    The awarding ceremony was witnessed by parents, family members, classmates,and friends of these academic champions.  We thank and applaud the Culture Committee for organizing this event. Congratulations Jr. Riders!




    Junior Riders Shine in the "Soapbox Project"

    Three (3) students from the Law and Public Service Magnet at Hollenbeck MS participated in the "Soapbox Project" which is a part of the Civics Action Initiative carried out by the MIkva Challenge Program.  This project consists of students from various schools presenting a two minute speech that seeks to solve a community or youth problem. While doing so, students learn a vital leadership skill: the empowerment of oneself and others through the positive use of one’s voice.

    Giselle Mendoza rocked the stage. Her presentation came after an experience student from Legacy High School and a student from Animo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School. Genesis Gonzalez owned the stage from the moment she was called. Ann Cuzak, one of the judges, commented: “If she is so naturally powerful at this age, imagine when she is in high school!” The summit closed with Victoria Cueva, who captured the audience with her emotive presentation.


    Genesis Gonzalez was awarded first place in the Middle Schools Category.  CONGRATULATIONS JR. RIDERS!!



    Breakfast with Dad (Desayuno Con Papa)


    Aimed at examining the impact of positive male role models on our children's literacy development, the Family Action Team (FAT) organized a family workshop to involve fathers and other positive role models in the students education.  The event was held at the HMS Cafeteria on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.


    The FAT believes that students who bond with fathers and father figures often possess sharper cognitive skills, are better problem-solvers, have a more positive self image and perform more strongly in school.  Positive male role model can simply be a consistent, caring presence who takes delight in being part of students' life.



    Former Junior Riders at Rose Parade

    Fifteen (15) former Junior Riders join this year's Tournament of Roses Parade as part of the LAUSD All City Band.  As part of the 360 students representing schools from across the district, these students also represent Mendez, Roosevelt, and Bravo High Schools.  Their participation in the event is a proof that Hollenbeck has a great and solid music program and it is also a testament to our school wide efforts to improve our school community.


    Hollenbeck is LA County Mock Trials Champion


    Hollenbeck’s Mock Trial team earned First Place at the Los Angeles County's 41st Annual Mock Trial competition.  The competition started with over 60 middle school teams from public and private schools. Congratulations to our dedicated students and coaches who spent countless hours preparing for the competition.  This is an outstanding achievement for our school and the Boyle Heights community.

    A special thank you to our dedicated volunteer attorney coach Mr. Leonard Linares. His time and commitment to the Hollenbeck team over the years has been critical to the team’s success.

    Team Members: Dania Alejandres,  Elsy Carrillo, Jose Cruz,  Andrea Cueva, Maximus Flores, Nathalie Galvan, Natalie Jeronimo, Ashley Lopez, Justina Lucas, Beyonce Maldonado, Amber Mash, Clarissa Pelaez, Melanie Sanchez, Kyara Sandoval, Kevin Zaldana

    Coaches: Ms. Waits-Smith, Ms. Joanne Nielsen,  Mr. Leonard Linares, and Ms. Alvarado

    One of the teachers said: "This is so inspirational!! A reminder of the capital we have as educators and the potential our students possess. We are the change we have been seeking!!"


    "Feelings Matter" — The Winning Art Piece


     Congratulations to Emmy Fuentes.  Emmy, a 7th grade student,  was the winner of  the  Partnership Arts Competition among its middle schools. The theme of  the  contest  was  Celebrating Restorative Communities. Emmy’s project, “Feelings Matter”,  was  selected #1 out of all 11 Partnership middle schools.



     Tree-Lighting Ceremony


    Hollenbeck staff celebrates the annual  tree-lighting event as part of its tradition to welcome the holiday season. The event was filled with music and food.  Kudos to the organizers and volunteers.

    Dual Enrollment Program

    Hollenbeck Middle School and the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) will join
    forces to provide opportunities for HMS Junior riders to earn college credit
    through its dual enrollment program for middle schools.

    Junior Riders will be able to take Robotics classes at HMS for  college credit in the Spring Semester.


    school calendar

    2018 / 2019 dates and school holidays for Hollenbeck Middle


    Period / Break First Day  Last Day
    Semester 1   August 14, 2018  Tuesday  December 14, 2018  Friday


    Semester 2

    January 7, 2019  Monday  June 7, 2019  Friday


    Thanksgiving Holiday

    November 22, 2018  Thursday  November 23, 2018  Friday


    Christmas and Winter Break

    December 17, 2018  Monday  January 4, 2019  Friday


    Spring Break

    April 15, 2019  Monday  April 19, 2019  Friday
    hms jr rough rider band & orchestra
    The Hollenbeck Music program is a highlight of our community school. Under the direction of Mr. Erick Quintanilla, the music program features a full band and orchestra program. The music program also offers beginning band, beginning strings and beginning percussion as a requirement for the Advanced music classes.
    Our Band and Orchestra have performed at numerous events and have received countless awards from competitions to local and city dignitaries. Our Band and Orchestra also have the honor of performing at both Disneyland and California Adventure.


    hms magnet centers of excellence

    Science/Technology/Engineering Math/Medicine

    Students at Hollenbeck STEM Medical Magnet follow a comprehensive and academically oriented core curriculum in the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies.  Special emphasis is placed on science, mathematics and technology.  The rigorous project-based curriculum is designed to encourage academic excellence, to challenge each student at his/her own level, and to foster the development of character strengths, and skills needed for success.
    • 6th Grade Student Teacher ratio:  27:1
    • Filed Trips:  Astrocamp, Catalina, Sea World, Aquarium of the Pacific, College Filed Trips, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, Cal State LA, USC.
    • Project Lead the Way Electives - Medical Detectives, Robotics, Exploration Science.
    • Linked Learning STEM Pathway
    • Apple Technology
    • Accelerated Math Program
    • Clubs - Robotics, Hiking, Students Run LA

    Law and Public Service Academy


    The Magnet Academy of Law and Public Service will be the center of excellence for preparing the next generation of legal professionals, law enforcement agents, public servants and community leaders.  Our students will develop civic awareness of the challenges facing our world in the 21st century and will be prepared to meet those challenges.  We will inspire students to lead, and to work for a more just and inclusive society.


    Other Events


      May and June 2019








    Treatments for Depression Workshop 9 - 11 am
    8th Grade Key Luau 10 - 11 am
    Mock Trial Celebration
    10 am - 1 pm
    SBAC Testing Starts 5/6 - 5/24
    Clinica Romero Workshop 8:30 - 9:30
    Family Action Team Meeting 
    8:30 - 10 am                
    A Day with Mom 5 - 7 pm
    Anxiety Disorders Workshop 9 - 11 am
    RI Testing
    Clinica Romero Workshop 8:30 - 9:30
    Magnet @ Astro Camp
    Child Abuse Workshop 9 - 11 am
    LACC Festival 4:40 - 7:30 pm
    Magnet @ Astro Camp
    RI Testing
    Magnet @ Astro Camp
    Suicide Prevention Workshop 9 - 11 am
    Childhood Disorders Workshop Part I    9 - 11 am
    Coffee with the Principal
    8:30 - 10 am
    AR Celebration 12 - 1:30 pm
    FA Team Final Meeting  1:30 - 3 pm
    Magnet Law @ Astro Camp
    6th Grade @Catalina
    Magnet Law @ Astro Camp
    6th Grade @Catalina
    Childhood Disorders Workshop Part II  9 - 11 am
    6th Grade @Catalina
    Parent Volunteer Celebration        9 - 11 am
    8th Grade Luncheon         11:30 am - 12 pm
    8th Grade Picnic
    12:30 - 3 pm
    Magnet Culmination 
    2 - 4 pm
    Residential Culmination       2 - 4 pm