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October: Fear

Volume 1           Issue 10.1

Original artwork by Gretta Gross, Grade 12


As the days grow shorter and the nights get cooler, let's usher in the fall season with this fun trick or treat fundraiser. Proceeds help pay for Magnet field trip buses.

Treat any of your Grant and CPDA Magnet friends! They're $1.00 each and will contain a bag of tricks plus your fun note.

Stop by the Boo-Gram table during nutrition and lunch from October 23rd through October 27th. The Boo-Grams will be delivered on October 30th or 31st during 4th period.

You'll need:

1. Your buddy's name and grade.

2. Your name and 4th period (in case we have trouble figuring out where to send your gram).

3. A $1.00 bill.

Magnet Student Spotlight

Jason de Leon

Who is the one in charge of Magnet Leadership and ensures that it is progressing? The Magnet Leadership President, Jason de Leon. As part of Magnet Leadership last year and elected President by Mrs. Caruso this year, Magnet Leadership is in good hands!

Jason de Leon values being mindful and respectful, which makes him a good leader. He is considerate of others and makes sure their opinions are heard in order to contribute to the program.

Besides his dedication and time consuming job as the president, Jason is a part of Grant's drumline where he plays the drums for school events like football games.

He enjoys listening to music and reading. His favorite subject is history because he is interested in how people tell stories over time with their biases and points of view as he wants to know more about the world. After graduation, Jason plans to attend USC and enter into the field of criminology.

~ by David Hovsepian and

Alma Vardevaryan, Grade 12

Ralph's Community Rewards

You can earn cash for the Grant College Prep and Digital Arts Magnet by registering your Ralph’s Club Card and shopping as usual. A percentage of your purchase will translate to actual dollars for our school. Cards must be re-registered every year to qualify for funds.

If this is your first time creating an account:

1. Log in to
2. Click on "No Account" Register.

3. Follow the easy steps to create an online account.

4. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account.

5. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to and click on "Sign In," enter your email address and password.

6. View all your information and edit as necessary.

7. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:

a. Community Rewards - Enroll.

b. Type your NPO number or Name of your Organization (GRANT HIGH SCHOOL MAGNET NPO #94009).

c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organization's name.

d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process.

If you already registered your rewards card online:

1. Log in to

2. Click Sign In.

3. Enter your email address and password.

4. Click on "Your Name" (In the top right hand corner).
5. View all your information and edit as necessary.

6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:

a. Community Rewards – Re- Enroll.

b. Type your NPO number or Name of your Organization. (GRANT HIGH SCHOOL MAGNET NPO #94009)

c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organization's name.

d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process.

A Letter From Andrea Caruso

CPDA Magnet Coordinator

"Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own FEARS." — Rudyard Kipling

Fear is a funny thing; it permeates our lives on a daily basis. It can prevent us from raising our hand in class to share an opinion or thought, keep us from talking to someone we want to get to know better, or bar us from applying to that one college we just know would love us if they could only look past our less-than-stellar GPA. Fear locks us inside worries of what “might be,” saps our strength, and haunts us as we try to move forward. Fear whispers in our ears that we can’t, we shouldn’t, we won’t. Fear robs today from us and keeps us from growing and changing and experiencing life fully and completely.

But there is something that each of us has within us to conquer fear. It isn’t bravery or love or even courage. It is intelligence. It is the ability to critically separate risks and dangers from unfounded fears. It’s the knowledge of what is an actual big bad wolf and what is merely a story about a dangerous beast in the woods. Armed with knowledge and ambition, the only thing to fear is that we won’t have enough years in our lives to fully explore all of our interests and talents. Fear is combatted by learning, not only from teachers and texts but also by living life and taking chances, big and small. And as our days this semester grow shorter, and the air grows cooler, I’d like you all to think about what role fear plays in your life right now. Then confront your fears, meet them head-on, and do something each day to push that fear back into a corner and call it the liar that you know it is.

Andrea Caruso

Five Questions With Mrs. Bloom

1. What food are you powerless against?

     Chicken egg rolls.

2. What song do you consider your anthem?

     "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

3. Who is your favorite superhero?

     Wonder Woman!

4. What would your autobiography be titled?

     Bloomtastic Math

5. What was your first job?

     Receptionist at Total Woman Gym and Day Spa

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Pariser

Mrs. Pariser is the Freshman Foundations and 12th Grade English teacher in the Grant CPDA Magnet program. Her favorite part of being a member of the magnet family is being able to work with the other CPDA Magnet teachers, share ideas, and make Grant High School an enjoyable place to learn and teach. She loves the students in this program because they’re always ready to learn and try their hardest.

Mrs. Pariser enjoys swing dancing. She began dancing in college and has continued her journey while taking classes until this day.

Her favorite way of showing school spirit by providing the best education that she possibly can to her students, every single day.

A current trend that baffles Mrs. Pariser is Twitter. She doesn't believe in expressing her thoughts and ambitions in such a small amount of work space. But she does say that everyone should follow the Grant CPDA Magnet Twitter feed (@GrantCPDAMagnet)!

Because Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is one of Mrs. Pariser’s favorite books of all time (it’s the only book that makes her cry every time she reads it!), she is currently on a mission to read everything else Hosseini has written. She just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns (also cry worthy) and can’t wait to get into the next one. Watching television isn't her cup of tea, but she does enjoy listening to The Fleet Foxes.

One bit of advice Mrs. Pariser has for incoming students is to always make the most out of your education and come to class ready to think.

Lastly, she tries approaching life with positive energy and a positive attitude. Mrs. Pariser believes that if you put good energy into the world you will receive good energy back.

  ~ by Ameet Chamir, Grade 11

Important Dates: OCTOBER

18: School Site Council Meeting: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

19: District-wide Earthquake Exercise

19: Modernization Project Community Meeting / 6 - 8 pm

23-27: Boo-Grams / $1

24: Regular Dismissal Time / 3:09pm

25: Senior Parent Financial Aid Night / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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