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Principal's Message


On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to welcome students and families to Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School, 2020-2021 school year. 

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.

Being part of the Griffith STEAM family means you are part of one of the highest achieving middle school in Local District East, the only STEAM Certified Middle School in Local District East and a school community with a long and rich history and traditions.

Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School aims to equip students with the skills to thrive in a modern global economy.  We do this by using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics as gateways to immerse students in learning experiences that prepare them for college and career options.  At Griffith STEAM students experience a robust project-based curriculum that fosters critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, digital citizenship, and data literacy.  Students have elective options that include Culinary Arts, Theatre, Visual arts, Coding, Music, Design and Modeling, Robotics, MESA, Media, Horticulture, Yearbook, and Leadership.  Partnerships with organizations and industry leaders give our students opportunities for applying their learning in a real-world context.  Our partnerships include the American Youth Symphony, MESA, LA Opera, Verizon Digital Promise, PIQE, and After School All-Stars.

This school year is like no other.  We are starting the school year online.  We want to ensure the success and academic growth of every student at Griffith STEAM.  To do so, you will need three key tools: a device (Chromebook, Ipad, Computer), internet access at home, and Schoology login information.  Griffith TSEAM will provide all of these tools to every student to ensure they participate in live instruction daily, small group instruction, and independent learning, all online. 

Parents, thank you for supporting your child’s learning.  We know that it is not easy to be a parent and a teacher while balancing work and life.  We will collaborate with you and offer tips and resources to help you.  In addition,l academic supports and social-emotional supports will be offered to students.  Together we will optimize learning for all students.

This academic year we will focus on the following areas:

  • Access:  Ensure every student has a device, connected, and login into Schoology daily.
  • Blended Learning:  Provide live instruction and supporting independent learning.
  • Curriculum: On standard instruction with a focus on evidence-based writing across all subjects.
  • Differentiated Instruction:  Specialized small group instruction and Saturday and after school interventions.
  • Engagement: Student attendance, plus full class participation.
  • Family Engagement: Systems of ongoing communication, support for parents, a focus on parent learning.
  • Griffith Culture: Build a virtual culture of inclusion for all students through fun and enriching social opportunities in the virtual space.

I believe Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School I one of the many gems in our wonderful community and in 2020-2021 we continue to advance student performance to new highs and enrich the educational experience of all students.  It is my privilege to work with you on this endeavor. 


Dr. Gregorio Verbera, Principal

Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School