The Osprey is a bird species that is sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk, and a fall transient of the at Ballona Freshwater Marsh at Playa Vista.
As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. They exhibit unique behavior to assist in hunting and catching prey.
Office Manager - When you visit the new Playa Vista Elementary School you will be greeted by Jackie Nelson, who is the new Office Manager, and she comes with a great background from administration with Venice High School.
Model Teaching Partnership Begins as Playa Vista Elementary School Opens
LMU has a new neighbor and partner. Playa Vista Elementary School has opened for business, featuring a unique partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District, the community and LMU to develop a model demonstration school featuring science, technology, engineering and math education.
As part of this collaboration, the children of LMU faculty and staff members will be allowed to attend the school and LMU’s School of Education will provide research-based teaching methods, best practices and professional development.
The LMU Center for Urban Resilience will also provide environmental curricula tied to the school’s proximity to the Ballona watershed and the adjacent Discovery Park. Eric Strauss, the Center’s Director and President’s Professor of Biology, will coordinate the ecology-specific programs in collaboration with the Friends of Ballona.
The 575-seat school features 24 classrooms plus technology and science labs, outdoor educational spaces, including a “learning garden.” The building has an eco-conscious design that uses solar energy and environmentally friendly building materials.
For the students and parents streaming into the schoolyard this was more than just the first day of school.
“It’s an exciting day for my daughters,” said Eileen De Alva-Gonzalez, alumni development and communications manager at LMU. “They are starting a new chapter in their educational career, at a brand new school where they will be inspired to learn science, technology, engineering and math.”
As the parents and students arrived, Shane P. Martin, dean of the School of Education, greeted parents and their children.
“This is really a wonderful launch to what will be a model teaching demonstration school giving us the opportunity to share research-based best practices that benefit the community, the school district and LMU,” Martin said.
Welcome New Principal
The new principal of Playa Vista Elementary School, Karina Salazar, was welcomed by parents and the community at a "Meet & Greet" on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
PVES will be a LAUSD high performance school featuring an eco-conscious, sustainable design on its way toward LEED Gold certification for its efficiencies in energy and water, and environmentally friendly building materials.
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Playa Vista Elementary School
13150 West Bluff Creek Dr
Playa Vista, CA 90094
Kindergarten – 5th grade
Science, Technology, Engineering + Math (STEM) emphasis
Loyola Marymount University Partnership
Multi-purpose room with
Eco-conscious building design
Discovery Park, Sports Park and Ballona Wetlands Resources
Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held for Playa Vista Elementary School
Celebrating the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Julie Hoang, President-Friends of Playa Vista School, Marlene Canter-Former LAUSD Board Member, The Honorable Maxine Waters-U.S. Congresswoman, 35th District US House of Representatives, Karina Salazar-Principal, Playa Vista Elementary School, Bill Rosendahl-LA Councilman District 11, Steve Zimmer-Board Member LAUSD Board of Education, Patti Sinclair-Co-President, Playa Capital Company
Official Cutting with Principal Karina Salazar and Patti Sinclair, Co-President, Playa Capital Company, students and supporters
In October 2012, elected officials including councilman Bill Rosendahl and The Honorable Maxine Waters-US Congresswoman, 35th District US House of Representatives, along with LA Unified School District board members and members of the school community came out to Playa Vista Elementary School to celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
According to LA Unified School District school board member Steve Zimmer, who represents the Westchester/Playa area, the school is the first new neighborhood school buildt on the Westside in decades. Zimmer called Playa Vista Elementary school “one of the most remarkable school facilities in the US.”