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YMCA Rock Band Performance

Rock Band Performance

Saturday May 14th Strawberry Festival
1050 W 163rd St, Gardena, CA 90247
All day event, come out and support.
For further questions please contact Ms. Griselda at 310-874-9441

Evento de La Banda de rock
Sábado, 14 de mayo en el Festival de Fresas
1050 W 163rd St, Gardena, CA 90247
Este evento es de todo el día, venga y apoye a la Banda de Rock
Para más preguntas por favor contacte Ms. Griselda al 310-874-9441.

Multicultural Festival on May 21, 2016

Join us for our 3rd Annual Multicultural Festival and celebrate the diversity in our community and learn about the different cultures reflected at ECMS-Gardena.

Students host a talent show along with additional performances. Join us to enjoy food and activities representing Belize, Mexico, India, USA, Jamaica, Honduras, Bahamas and more!

ECMS-Gardena Multicultural Day
Saturday, May 21, 2016
11AM – 2PM @ ECMS-Gardena
812 West 165th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90247

Questions or concerns? Or want to volunteer? Contact Ms. Torrecilla!



EmpowHer STEMDAY Bringing Science and Technology to Low-Income Students in Los Angeles; Funding for Stem Programs Grows (PAST EVENT)

BY Heather Sheldon

Los Angeles, CA, June 04, 2014 –(– Sixty students of the EmpowHer Institute participated in a UCLA hosted event designed to expose middle-school girls to career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) on Tuesday, May 28, 2014. The event was captured on CBS Los Angeles STEM Video. The girls who took part are all students at Environmental Charter Middle Schools, located in the underserved communities of Gardena and Inglewood. Environmental Charter Schools currently offer the EmpowHer program.

AWiSE – Advancing Women in Science and Engineering, along with UCLA Brain Research Institute and EmpowHer Institute sponsored the event with the goal of inspiring young girls to graduate high school and attend college in the pursuit of achieving self-sustaining careers in STEM-based fields. The day featured twenty-one interactive informational stations operated by UCLA graduate students, who demonstrated concepts in human brain research, computer science, nanoscience, physics, environmental science and other STEM-related disciplines.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, men represent 76 percent of the total STEM jobs compared to 24 percent of women. Even though more women attend and graduate college, as well as attend post-college programs compared to their male counterparts. The report shows that women remain significantly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math – both in jobs and degrees.

“EmpowHer is looking to change this stark contrast to these trends. Our girls, who are 7th and 8th graders from low-income, underserved communities in Los Angeles, had an amazing time discovering careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Betty LaMarr, EmpowHer Institute Founder and CEO. “They received hands-on exposure that included launching a rocket and dissecting a human brain.” Ms. LaMarr concluded, “Partnering with UCLA is demonstrative of the work we are doing with our girls in expanding their minds and experiences, which we hope leads to productive lives.”

The EmpowHer curriculum is a comprehensive program that focuses on developing the girls’ emotional well-being by building their self-awareness and self-confidence. This foundation is vital to their development and necessary to obtaining the skills they will need to graduate high school, go onto college and achieve a self-sustaining career in their chosen fields.

“You always hear about the men of science,” said Grace Velasco, a 7th grader from the Inglewood campus of Environmental Charter Middle School who attended STEMDAY. “I want to be the woman of science.”

In addition to EmpowHer and UCLA’s efforts, the Reginald Van Lee Foundation generously donated $25,000 to continue their support of our STEM programs. These initiatives are vital to the development of underprivileged young women.

About EmpowHer
EmpowHer Institute is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to empower girls and young women by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and mentorship to seek fulfilling and productive lives. The goal is to reduce the high school dropout rate for low-income middle and high school girls who are at risk of educational failure due to teen pregnancy, truancy, and juvenile delinquency. The strategy is to provide sisterhood, relevant training, choice in decision-making, and to demonstrate resiliency as a means to overcome poverty and meaningfully serve their communities. To learn about future events and opportunities to volunteer or donate, please call 310.574.9181 or visit

About Environmental Charter Schools
Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) is a network of free public schools in underserved communities of South Los Angeles. It prepares students for four-year colleges through a unique program that focuses on experiential learning and uses the environment as a way to both engage students and prepare them to become leaders in their communities. The neighborhoods served by ECS have crime rates that are twice that of the national average, low levels of educational attainment, and high levels of poverty. Even so, 98% of ECS High School graduates complete the coursework necessary for admission to a four-year college or university compared to 35% statewide. For more information, visit

Join us at the ECS Bowl-A-Thon on March 30, 2014 (PAST EVENT)

Join us in your best “out of this world” costume for Cosmic Bowling!  It’s a FUNdraiser for families, students, staff and friends of ECS.

Date:     March 30, 2014
Time:    3:00 PM
Cost:    $20 per bowler – THREE games, shoe rental, ONE slice of pizza and ONE soft drink
Place:   Palos Verdes Bowl – 24600 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance, CA 90505

Sign up to Bowl:  Register to bowl at school or online.  All bowlers/teams are required to register by March 21st.


Collect Pledges: Bowlers are encouraged to collect pledges to raise money for their team. All pledges and donations are tax deductible.  Print the pledge form below and start asking your friends, relatives and neighbors for $$$ pledges per pin or a flat donation.  Turn in any flat donations you collect at the event.  Count your pins after you bowl, then go back to collect pledge money and turn it in at school by April 4th.

Print Pledge Form

Donate Now Online:  To show your support and make a donation now, click this button below.


Silent Auction Items Please?: We are also seeking silent auction gift donations for the event.   If you can help with a product donation please contact: Marcela Paez at  If you know a business or individual who could contribute an item, use the green button below to email our letter to potential donors.

View Silent-Auction Letter

Prizes will be awarded to:
[1] TEAM with most money raised from pledges
[2] INDIVIDUAL (not on winning team) with most money raised
[3] TEAM with highest sum of average scores per game*
Prizes for [1] and [2] will be announced after April 4th to allow accurate calculation and collection of pledges.

*Average score per game will be calculated by total points scored by team divided by number of bowlers on team. Each game will be calculated. Winner will be determined by the highest SUM of all three average scores per game.

Please contact Lucy Tseng at if you have any questions about this FUNdraising event.

Shakey’s Night! Pizza + Fundraiser

Plan ahead for a pizza night!

Satisfy your craving and support ECMS-Gardena at Shakey’s Pizza Night! Shakey’s will donate 25% of the menu price of any food order to support our group on Wednesday February 29th. If you have a busy schedule, you can still help out because take-out orders count too!

Eating pizza for a good cause? Mmmmm, count me in!

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in Carson
665 E. Del Amo Boulevard Carson, CA 91722
Phone: 310-327-2570

Wednesday Feb 29, 2014
6:00 – 9:00pm

NWEA Testing January 27-31

January 27- January 31 NWEA Testing / 27 de enero – 31 de enero NWEA Pruebas
NWEA testing all grades. NWEA pruebas para todo los grados

Meeting for 8th Grade Parents / Culminación del 8vo

8th Grade Meeting/ Culminación del 8vo
Don’t miss the 8th grade culmination meeting on Wednesday, October 16th at 6pm. Learn about end of year activities and culmination requirements. No se pierda la reunion el miercoles, octubre 17te a las 6pm. Aprenda sobre actividades de fin de ano y requisitos de la culminación

Help Us Build a Playground in a Day! June 7, 2013

This event has passed. Click here to watch a time-lapse video of the playground going up.

100 Volunteers Needed for June 7 Build Day at ECMS-Gardena

Thanks to a generous grant from KaBOOM!, Inc. and The CarMax Foundation, Environmental Charter Middle School (ECMS) is getting a new playground – and we need your help (plus your friends, family, co-workers, etc.) to make it happen!

While KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation are providing the organizational, planning and material resources, our job is to work with them along with community residents to design, plan and build the project. To meet this obligation, we need 100 volunteers for Build Day.

Friday June 7, 2013, 8am – 3pm
Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena
812 W. 165th Place
Gardena, CA 90247

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

The project officially kicked off April 18 with Design Day when representatives from KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation visited ECMS-Gardena and talked with students about what they wanted in a playground. Parents, teachers and members of the community also had an opportunity to offer their ideas. The final playground design will integrate these suggestions.

Since preparation is key to making our project successful, Build Week will begin with two Prep Days, Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6. That’s when 20-30 adult volunteers will help sort and label the equipment, cut wood and dig holes for the playground.

It all comes together Friday, June 7, when 100+ adult volunteers converge on the ECMS-G campus for Build Day. Working together with KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation, we’ll build a playground – all in one day.

“While it’s our priority, Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) has never been satisfied with just providing excellent educational opportunities in underserved communities,” notes ECS Founder and Executive Director Alison Suffet-Diaz. “We’re also all about being a good neighbor and engaged community partner. This new playground will provide an ideal environment for our students to get out and play. Since it will be available for the community to enjoy during non-school hours, it will also be a great asset to the neighborhood.”

The CarMax Foundation
Established in 2003, the CarMax Foundation’s mission is to promote education, youth leadership and wellness in the communities where its associates live. Over the past several years, the Foundation has accomplished this goal by providing volunteers, matching gifts and grants to worthy nonprofit organizations.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Its mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, KaBOOM! envisions a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.