Principal's Message

Mid-Year Reflection:

Hale Charter Academy Parents, Teachers, and Students,

I wanted to thank everyone for making my first semester as the principal of Hale enjoyable and productive. You have all been so welcoming and patient as I become acclimated to our amazing school community.

As we come to the close of the Fall semester, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at some of the highlights of the past 6 months. Our teachers and students should be congratulated on their hard work in transitioning to the Common Core State Standards. We continue to work within our department and subject-alike teams to change our curriculum to meet these new expectations and prepare our students to be college and career ready. Part of this transition has included preparing our teachers to increase the use of technology in their classrooms to provide students with a 21st century learning experience.

We have some incredible new additions to our faculty. We’ve welcomed fifteen new hardworking employees to our team; eleven new teachers, Ms. Gurganus, Ms. Lieberman, Ms. Brodkin, Ms. Hauptman, Ms. Mailes, Mr. Muniz, Mr. Newborn, Ms. Nomura, Ms. Ozark, Ms. Harnish and Mr. Wells, 3 classified staff Mr. Nevarez, Ms. Vann and Ms. Aguilar and our new Plant Manager Mr. Bickham. We thank them for their hard work and are happy to have them as part of the Hale family.

With the support of our parents/PTSA we continue to offer our students tutoring after school and have been able to increase supervision to keep our students safe. In addition, PTSA funds will purchase new emergency supply packs for individual classrooms. We would not be able to do half of the things we do without the support of our parents. Thank you for your generous donations and participation in our vitally important fundraisers.

Our staff continues to work hard in keeping our school a safe place to be. Our teachers work daily to ensure that our students not only learn the curriculum but feel safe and secure in class. Our Student Service and Counseling staff continue to work overtime to make sure our students feel physically and emotionally well.  Our Safety committee keeps us prepared with safety drills: earthquake, lockdown, and evacuation.

I want to send out a special thanks to our staff for their work around the Breakfast in the Classroom Program. Although there have been many challenges, the implementation has been mostly a success. We will continue to improve the program, and always appreciate input from staff, students and parents.

Hale continues to excel in our co-curricular activities. Leadership with the guidance of Ms. Seligson and Mr. Sing continue to provide our students with fun and exciting experiences. Our incredibly talented music, choral, dance, drill, art and drama students showed their star quality in seven outstanding holiday shows, led by Mr. Taguchi, Ms. Lundy, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Ball, Mr. Amigo and Mr. Kositchek. Our Horticulture students designed our new xeriscape project and proudly represented Hale with 6 finalists in the 2015-2016 Imagine this… Story Writing Contest. Our Drill Team won first place for the second year straight at the Granada Hills Parade. Our Newspaper led by Mr. McCabe has modernized by releasing our online copy.

Although we achieved so much already, we still have much more to look forward to. We will be adding another teacher to our staff, a resource teacher. We are expecting 140 more Chromebooks to arrive shortly to increase student technology use. We have many exciting learning experiences coming up for our students, including, the Spring Concerts. And we look forward to our 8th grade culmination activities.

Thank you all for your hard work and support in making Hale the exceptional school that it is. I wish you all a Happy Holiday and New Year.

Mr. Perdigao

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Funeral Service for Ms. Vandergeest

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crem
5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, CA 91362 | 818-889-0902

Date: February 5, 2016
Time: 2:00pm

Save These Dates!

School Report Card Review: Feb. 18th @ 5:30pm
Bullying - Cyber or Real: February 18th @ 6:00pm
Parents & Students of Hale feeder elementary schools are invited to attend.
This presentation is in conjunction with the February PTSA meetings.
See attached flyers for details.

2015-16 Reflections

THE RESULTS ARE IN!!! Thank you to all of the students who submitted entries to the 2015-2016 Reflections Art Program. Our judges certainly had their work cut out for them! The winners are:

Visual Arts Category
1st Place – Kyla McIlhaney – “What Heights Do You Imagine”
Tie for 2nd Place – Angelina Buenaflor – “Water Manipulation”
2nd Place – Nathan Schaffer – “Manga Mania”
3rd Place – Estefania Quintana-Lopez – “Bird of Paradise”

3-D Art
1st Place – Matthew Solovay – “If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It” (Advancing to State)

1st Place – Aaron Libman – “Roots of a Fallen Sequoia Tree”
2nd Place – Rachel Spiegel-Brown – “Self-Portrait” (Advancing to State)
3rd Place – Rachel Spiegel-Brown – “My Favorite Place”

1st Place – Joseph Traynham – “Paper Planes”
2nd Place – Alexandria Stadlinger – “Past, Present & Future”
Tie for 3rd Place – Marisol Elise Mendoza – “The Day that Everything Went Wrong”
3rd Place – Brian Change – “Imagine”

If you have any questions, please email

Putting Money into the cafeteria account

Parents are encouraged to create a FREE account at: This is a quick and easy way to deposit money into your students cafeteria account. See flyer for more information.

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Lockhurst Elementary: Valentine's Dance
Date: 2/6/2016, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: MPR
Minimum Day (dismissal at 12:32pm)
Date: 2/12/2016
Valentine's Dance
Date: 2/12/2016, 12:32 PM 2 PM
Location: MPR
Woodlake Elementary: Family Dance
Date: 2/13/2016, 5 PM 8 PM
Location: MPR
Presidents' Day (No School)
Date: 2/15/2016

Jupiter Ed