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January 12, 2002 | ANDREA PERERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three months after the William Styron novel "Sophie's Choice" disappeared from library shelves at La Mirada High School amid arguments over possible censorship, the book is back. It returned this week with a message from the school district. "We are definitely not into censorship," said Ginger Shattuck, superintendent of Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School district.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kat Kosmala calls it censorship, plain and simple. Her school in La Mirada yanked "Sophie's Choice" from library shelves in September after a parent complained about the novel's sexual content. The decision set off a prolonged protest by Kosmala and other students at La Mirada High, who want the work about a tormented Holocaust survivor back in the library. "Sophie's Choice" is still missing from the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1988
The driver of a pickup truck was seriously injured and 10 members of the La Mirada High School girls volleyball team were hurt Tuesday afternoon when the truck collided with a school bus in La Mirada. The California Highway Patrol said 26 teen-agers were headed for a game at La Habra High School when the pickup truck apparently went through a red light and broadsided their bus at Foster Road and Santa Gertrudes Avenue.
NEWS
November 22, 1990
The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education has allocated $165,000 toward a plan to improve the quality of education at four elementary schools and one high school. A new curriculum is being introduced at Foster Road, Johnston, Gardenhill and Walnut elementary schools and La Mirada High School. All of the schools will integrate basic courses such as math and English with different educational themes, said Marie Plakos, assistant to Supt. Robert Aguilar.
NEWS
July 6, 1989
The West team, led by Poly High School quarterback Michael Carter and Dominguez High running back Kenny Barnes, defeated the East, 26-20, in the annual 605 All-Star Game Friday night at La Mirada High School stadium. Carter completed six of 10 passes for 144 yards. Barnes, who gained 55 yards, scored two of the West's touchdowns; the others came on a pass from Bellflower halfback Shawn Jones to Montebello's Mike Valenzuela, and a pass from Carter to Poly's Stanley Alexander.
NEWS
March 4, 1993
Citing safety concerns, administrators are considering a plan to keep high school students on campus at lunch in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. Students at Glenn High School in Norwalk, Norwalk High School and La Mirada High School could be forbidden to leave campus at lunch as early as next month. Currently, juniors and seniors are allowed to eat lunch off campus, officials said.
SPORTS
September 22, 1990 | KEN HILL
Chris Castellano threw two second-quarter touchdown passes to lead Pacifica High School to a 14-0 victory over Glenn High on Friday in a nonleague game in front of 500 at La Mirada High School. Castellano was 12 for 28 for 137 yards with no interceptions. His first touchdown was a nine-yarder to Jim Lochner with 10 minutes 17 seconds left in the second quarter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1996 | JOHN COX
Only the giggling bothered student body President Maritza Salazar as the grim reaper claimed a fellow La Mirada High School student during a second period trigonometry class Wednesday. Evidently, she said, Efran Caldera's classmates didn't understand what it meant to die from smoking crack cocaine. "You guys need to remember that this is very serious," Salazar told the class. "Now we'll never see Efran again."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2000 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The basic concept is that we're all human beings and that if people would remember that we all have our own hopes, dreams, passions, fears and desires--that if we could remember that about others--we would treat them better," said playwright and teacher Bruce Gevirtzman, author of "The Center of the Universe," a play for teenagers about the consequences of prejudice and intolerance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1999 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just before his students were about to take the Stanford 9 standardized test, Principal Howard Haas was exhorting his La Mirada High School teenagers to hunker down and perform well. They just looked at him. His talk came five days after the Littleton, Colo., shootings last April, and it was easy to see that they were not listening. "I saw my kids were traumatized and frightened. They were scared to come to school and really weren't focusing on this test," he said. And neither was he.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1996 | JOHN COX
Only the giggling bothered student body President Maritza Salazar as the grim reaper claimed a fellow La Mirada High School student during a second period trigonometry class Wednesday. Evidently, she said, Efran Caldera's classmates didn't understand what it meant to die from smoking crack cocaine. "You guys need to remember that this is very serious," Salazar told the class. "Now we'll never see Efran again."
SPORTS
November 23, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern Section Commissioner Dean Crowley used Tuesday's proposed hearing by University High School as an opportunity to lobby for changes within the section that will lead to more consistent rules governing playoff participation.
SPORTS
November 22, 1994 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The football playoffs are under way, but not all the competition is taking place on the field. University High gets another crack at La Mirada at 1 p.m. today when it challenges the Suburban League's decision to allow the Matadores to continue in the Division VIII playoffs. Late Friday afternoon, the Southern Section was alerted to the possibility that La Mirada used an ineligible player during the regular season, and the section contacted La Mirada about 3 1/2 hours before kickoff.
NEWS
March 4, 1993
Citing safety concerns, administrators are considering a plan to keep high school students on campus at lunch in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. Students at Glenn High School in Norwalk, Norwalk High School and La Mirada High School could be forbidden to leave campus at lunch as early as next month. Currently, juniors and seniors are allowed to eat lunch off campus, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1999 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just before his students were about to take the Stanford 9 standardized test, Principal Howard Haas was exhorting his La Mirada High School teenagers to hunker down and perform well. They just looked at him. His talk came five days after the Littleton, Colo., shootings last April, and it was easy to see that they were not listening. "I saw my kids were traumatized and frightened. They were scared to come to school and really weren't focusing on this test," he said. And neither was he.
NEWS
November 8, 1990 | VIVIAN LOUIE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District is looking for ways to bring back intermediate schools in response to parents' concerns that some children are too young to go directly from elementary to high school. The district closed its seven intermediate schools in 1978 because of declining enrollment. The current system places students in kindergarten through seventh grade in elementary schools and eighth- through 12th-graders in high schools.
NEWS
January 24, 1993 | CAROL CHASTANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kim Richartz's doctor assured her that AIDS couldn't happen to someone like her. The young woman, who graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, was tired all the time and had a series of bladder infections after giving birth to her daughter four years ago. She asked about an AIDS test, but the doctor brushed away her fears, saying her condition was normal after a pregnancy. "It was that stupid notion, that you could look at a person and tell if they were HIV-positive," Richartz said.
NEWS
November 29, 1992 | CAROL CHASTANG and HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District officials have embarked on an ambitious desegregation program. The plan would include magnet schools, special student projects and summer programs aimed at getting youths to voluntarily cross the city lines between Norwalk and La Mirada. "We see this as a plan to give kids an opportunity to meet other kids," said school board member Rudy Bermudez. "There are people who have never ventured out of their communities.
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