Announcements & Events

La Paz Welcomes New Marquee

New marquee at La Paz Intermediate

On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, La Paz Intermediate had a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of a new marquee at the school entrance. La Paz Intermediate is so thankful to everyone that helped make this goal a reality!

new marquee signMrs. Walker cutting the ribbonmarquee saying "We did it!"

La Paz Receives Grant From Pacific Life

$3,500 grant received for Teacher Training & Technology

Thanks to the Boparai, Brandom, Stockwell, and Tran families, La Paz Intermediate was eligible for and awarded the Pacific Life 3T's of Education Grant. This grant will allow Mr. Van Tassell to attend the WEB Advisor Professional Development Training over the summer, as well as provide classroom technology for our science teachers.



Pictured from left to right: Lu Tran, Christina Tran, Naomi Tran,

Jean Walker, Nimrit Boparai, and Ravneet Boparai.

The check was presented to Mrs. Walker on May 1st, 2018, by Ravneet Boparai and his daughter Nimrit, and by Chrstina & Lu Tran and their daughter Naomi. Tanya Brandom, mother of Alexander, and Eric Stockwell, father of Kyle, are also Pacific Life employees that qualified La Paz Intermediate for the grant.


Thank you Pacific Life and

Pacific Life Families!

La Paz Receives Common Sense Certification

La Paz is now a Common Sense: Digital Citizenship certified school!

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Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized La Paz Intermediate as a Common Sense School.

La Paz Intermediate has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our schools commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.

"We applaud the faculty and staff of La Paz Intermediate for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. "La Paz Intermediate deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

La Paz Intermediate has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 100,000 classrooms nationwide.

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7th Annual International Festival

La Paz Shines During International Festival

On April 27th, 2018, La Paz Intermediate hosted it's 7th Annual International Festival. There were over 30 booths representing countries from around the world. For more information and some fabulous pictures, check out the article from the Orange County Register.

4th Annual Warm Snuggly Blanket Event

La Paz makes and delivers blankets to cancer treatment center

On March 26, 2018, over forty students, parents, and staff from La Paz Intermediate made 16 no-sew fleece blankets for cancer patients are Saddleback MemorialCare Cancer Institute in Laguna Hills.

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Students made encouraging cards to go with each blanket.

card made by students

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The blankets were delivered on April 10th by students and parents that helped make the blankets.

students delivering blankets

A thank you card received recently from one patient read:

"Hi! I was diagnosed with uterine cancer 5 years ago. At my five-year check up, I had abnormal cells again and need 31 radiation therapy treatments. At treatment number 29 I was presented a beautiful blanket creation by all of you. I cannot begin to express in words how meaningful it was to have my nurse Julie at Saddleback Radiation give it to me!! We both cried through smiles and wanted you all to know how special you are to give of yourselves by making these blankets! Those of us going through such difficult health issues need brighter days & you have left an imprint on my heart."

Japanese Student Visit

Visit from Tsukasa Japanese Students

From March 26-29, 2018, La Paz Intermediate was honored to host four students from Tsukasa, Japan. Mai Nagamine, Ku Nakata, Aina Taniguchi, and Leia Nishii were able to follow four of our students, Kylie Onishi, JP Van Dam, Rena Cohen, and Hannah Mayer. Students got to participate in class and partake in lunchtime activities. The visiting students sent thank you letters sharing about their experiences:

photo of students working on chromebook

Aina: "Thank you very much for welcoming us...I was so impressed with the school rule...Using PC in the class was so impressive...I was so happy that everyone kindly said to me hello with eye contacts...I'm grateful to Rena..she always helped me a lot with her wonderful smile."


Ku: "After finishing school life for four days, I really missed the US. I had so much fun at the school and wanted to talk to everyone more. I have a lot of special memories. One is the lesson with JP, and playing basketball after lunch. These experiences triggered my motivation to learn English."

Mai: "The violin lessons are very impressive because we don't have in Japan. Every song touched our heart. It was a very good experience to know American culture which is quite different from Japanese."


2018 6th Grade Parent Presentations

With your help, we won $25,000 for our music program!

Mission Viejo, CA, April 11, 2018: La Paz Intermediate School has won a $25,000 grant through the 2018 Scholar Share 529 contest sponsored by the California Department of Treasury! Principal Jean Walker and staff thanks all of our parents, alumni, community, and friends for their support in voting for La Paz Intermediate these past two weeks.

The grant money will allow the school to purchase much needed musical instruments and equipment for the first time in over 15 years! These much needed funds will support student choice in instrument selection and ensure the continuation of the La Paz music programs for generations to come.

Mr. Robbins and the Music Boosters are very appreciative and thankful for everyone’s help in achieving this goal!

La Paz Intermediate Jazz Band Awarded (again!) at Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival

The La Paz Intermediate school jazz ensemble performed at this year's Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival, March 9-11. As one of only 6 middle school nation-wide to be accepted, they were treated to an outstanding weekend of jazz. Friday night the judges electrified the audience with their performance showcase, while Saturday included daytime performances with the top high school groups performing at night for top honors. On Sunday, La Paz performed at 10:00 am, and played to a full house in the Steinbeck ballroom of the Portola Plaza Hotel. La Paz was also awarded with the best trombone section award, one of only 4 awards given this year. All in all it was a fantastic performance and educational experience for our talented students, and it left us with a thirst to return again next year! Go Leopards!


4th Annual Warm Snuggly Blanket: March 26th

How anyone can help

Things we need help with:

  • Donate fleece in 2-yard increments (we need two-2 yard pieces to make one blanket). When picking patterns, please keep in mind that these blankets will go to adult women.
  • Donate or lend us your fabric scissors-they are so much easier to work with than regular scissors!
  • Donate gift cards to Michaels or Joannes, or cash, for supplies
  • Donate ribbon to wrap up our blankets

Please drop off your donations in the front office by March 19th. School office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How students and La Paz families can help

By donating any of the items mentioned above, or by HELPING US MAKE BLANKETS! Sign up and pick up a permission slip in the office.