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Welcome Back to School.   We are looking forward to another amazing year filled with hope, laughter, learning and STEAM.    Please take a moment to read our UNIFORM Agreement, Closed Campus Policy, Master Calendar, Daily ScheduleBullying & Hazing InformationLetter to Parents and The Los Angeles Unified School District is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying.  For more information regarding nondiscrimination, click here. 

Every Title I school is required to mail the District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy to parents at their Title I schools by November 30 each year and to provide evidence of the mailing as a screenshot of the website notice or as a copy of the newsletter advising of the mailing. The policy is summarized in Attachments C1 and C2 in Bulletin-6336.0.

School Starts Tuesday August 15, 2017.   Enrolling now!   Accepting Permits!

HADDON STEAM MAGNET Project Based Learning Academy Opens August 2018.  See Ms. Valdemar for more info

Mission Statement

Haddon Avenue STEAM Academy inspires and prepares all students to be successful global scholars, leaders, and innovators in the 21st century.

Vision Statement

Haddon’s vision is to create a challenging and empowering learning environment, enhanced by a focus on a STEAM-centered curriculum.  This is coupled with an aim to build a collaborative among all various school community stakeholders: administration, teachers, parents, and students, which actively work to help students realize their greatest potential.  Students who leave Haddon will be prepared to further their academic careers in the 21st-century global community.

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Mariachi Haddon on FOX 11 Good Day LA

SoCal Heroes Showcases Mariachi Haddon and Woodcraft Rangers

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Click Here to watch how Woodcraft Rangers' is Expanding Learning at Haddon STEAM Academy


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Principal Ramos Bids Farewell

June 14, 2017


Dear Haddon Parents,


It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter. This letter is to inform you that I have accepted a position as Principal of Northridge Middle School beginning in July 2017.  This was a very difficult personal and professional decision for me to make. In the end however, I have made the decision to pursue this professional growth opportunity.


I realize that my decision will have an impact on staff, parents, and students, which is why I want to reassure you that Haddon will continue to be the beacon of light in Pacoima.  We have a great team of teachers, classified staff, administrators and parents who will continue the work of making Haddon the pride of Pacoima.


During the past three years together, we have witnessed the strength of people who come together for a cause and a vision. We have created the extraordinary together, bound by what is uniquely possible when people work together. Our vision gave rise to the Mariachi Haddon Los Leones, and the popularity and accolades that they have achieved.  In addition, together we created innovative academies that produced a robotics program and an award-winning Speech and Debate team.  We worked together diligently to improve teaching practice and student learning outcomes as evidenced by two years of growth on the Smarter Balanced Assessments.


We did it!  We did not succumb to despair.  We sided with hope and determination of spirit.   We celebrate our initiative and enterprise, we celebrate our hard work, and we celebrate the students of Haddon STEAM Academy.  We have so much to be proud of!


Hasta la Victoria, Para Siempre,


Richard S. Ramos



Thank You Parents as Volunteers


Thanks Ms. Buacum for Championing Special Education at Haddon


Ratchell and Nicole to Perform at Ford Theatre on Sept. 10th 2017


Debate Team Wins at 2017 National Communications Arts

Our Speech and Debate Team competed at the 2017 National Communications Arts Championship Festival at Cal State Fullerton. Marilyn Amaya championed in both Declamation & Drama (she voted in the mock election for Bernie Sanders. She told me she didn’t vote Hillary “because I’m gonna be the first women President”). Dayana Abilzures and Lalaine Alfaro championed in Duo.   Lailane also took home 2nd in her first try at storytelling. Dayana placed 3rd in Drama while also entering Finals was Jazmin Flores. Mr. Castillo, Ms. Rivera and I will be presenting at the Promising Practices Symposium on June 3rd.

Our topic of discussion will focus on Speech and Debate as an ancillary program to support the common core listening and speaking standards, and NGSS/Math Argumentation.  

Join TK Teacher Ms. Mendez and Guitars and the Classroom

Ms. Mendez' TK class is treated to Guitars in the Classroom an academic engagement through music program where literacy learning is intertwined with strumming, singing and songwriting.  http://www.guitarsintheclassroom.org/

Haddon's Robotics' Team Wins at CSUN Rally in the Valley

Haddon students and families were in full force at CSUN's Rally in the Valley Robotic Tournament on May 6, 2017; Haddon teachers Ms. Vega, Ms. Mendoza, Mr. Valdemar, and Mr. Rios coached students during the past 6 months in SUMO, Follow-the-Line, Obstacle Course, and Space Challenge, as well as, in the fundamentals of LEGO coding.   For the 3rd year in a row,  @haddon_steam students took First Place in one of four categories.   For 2017, students won in the main event SUMO and 2nd Place in Follow the Line.  #prideofpacoima.    Haddon competed against the Northwest schools of Stanley Mosk, Castle Bay Lane, Haskell STEAM Magnet, Hart St., Encino Charter, Canoga Park El, Plummer El, and Santa Monica Boulevard Charter, Victory Blvd, Stonehurst El, Fenton STEM Academy, St. Genevieve, Pacoima Charter and AGBU.


Haddon Debate Team Top 3 of 7 in State of California

Haddon Speech and Debate Team competed at Cal State Los Angeles Middle School State Tournament.   In prose, Dayana Albizures, Marilyn Amaya, and Keilly Reyna placed top 3 of 7 in the State of California.    Look at the names of the schools we competed against in this event.  This was the big leagues.  I am proud to say I am at Haddon STEAM Academy, the Pride of Pacoima.  Si Se Puede!  

Parents Honor Boardmember Ratliff with Plaque and Well Wishes

Haddon vs. Pacoima Charter Robotics Challenge

Haddon Teachers at STEM Fest 2017

Join Haddon Teachers at LDNE STEM FEST April 22

You are invited to bring your family and friends for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) learning at our Local District Northeast's STEM Fest on Saturday, April 22nd, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM, at Roy Romer Middle School.  At the STEM Fest, you will learn about STEM education through hands-on STEM activities with your family.  Learn about robotics, try out an engineering challenge, find out how to code with computer programming, or see how our students are using STEM to solve the world’s problems. 

Haddon Robotics Team to Compete at Rally in the Valley at CSUN May 2017

Haddon Robotics Team to compete at California State University Northridge's Rally in the Valley in May 2017.  



LA Council President Gives Computers and 4 Years of Paid Internet



Haddon at Special Olympics


Mariachi Leones de Pacoima Top Performers

Thirteen pint sized Haddon students made the journey to National City for the 5th Annual Mariachi Festival on March 10-12, 2017.   The festival included Haddon students participating in mariachi classes with famous mariachi instructors like Javier Rodriguez formally of Mariachi Los Camperos.   The Pride of Pacoima was the only group representing Los Angeles County, and the only elementary level group to compete against middle and high schoolers.   The festival culminated in the judges selecting “4 Top Performers” from a list of nine competitors.   Mariachi Los Leones beat out 7 high school groups and won the honor of performing to the enormous crowd of mariachi connoisseurs as one of the “4 Top Performers”.     The crowd went wild, yelling out “una mas, una mas,” and the festival’s producers announcing to the crowd that Mariachi Los Leones would be back for more in 2018.   The students recently performed to a standing ovation crowd on December 3rd, 2016 at the Valley Performing Arts Center and have been invited back to perform at VPAC in December 2017.  

Haddon Speech and Debate Team Wins 3/2017 at Primaria Scrimmage

Haddon Parents and Students at Mariachi Competition in San Diego 3/11/2017


Telemundo Anchor Nancy Leal Reads to Second Graders Dr. Suess Week

Telemundo 52 Anchor Nancy Leal visited Haddon STEAM Academy for Dr. Suess Week and read to 2nd grade students.   One of Ms. Hernandez' students said, "I'm going to be like her, my mom watches her on the news."   

5th Grader Takes 2nd Place in Spanish Oratory

Fifth grade student from Ms. Rivera's class took 2nd place at Maple Elementary in the Mustang Invitational in Spanish Oratory on 3.4.2017.   #haddonprideofpacoima  #makegreathappen  

Supt. Del Cueto Coffee with Parents 2.23.2017

STAR Entertainment Donates $3000 to Music Program

Professor Dr. Raul Ruiz of CSUN and STAR Entertainment CEO donated $3000.00 to Mariachi Haddon Los Leones and invited our students to perform at Valley Performing Arts Center VPAC on December 17, 2017.    #prideofpacoima

Haddon Students to Perform at Lit and ART Fest

March 18th, Haddon STEAM Academy's Dance Team and Mariachi Haddon will perform at San Fernando High School.   Come out for day filled with Literacy, Theater/Film, Music, Dance and Art.   

Coffee with Supt. Del Cueto


Kinder Learning Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Kinder Early Literacy Foundations to Reading

Haddon Teachers Present at CSUN on STEM

Ms. Alfaro, Ms. Mendoza and Ms. Rebenczuk share with fellow educators at CSUN Achieve through PLCs STEM Symposium.   


Mr. Castillo, Mr. Valdemar, Ms. Alfaro, Ms. Mendoza, Ms. Rebenczuk and Mr. O. Ramos at CSUN Achieve through PLCs STEM Symposium.   

After School Supper Program


Newest Mural at Haddon

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not."  the Lorax

A Rainbow over Haddon!  Your community, your school, and your choice.  Great things are happening at Haddon.  Tell a friend.  Join us to #makegreathappen .   Enroll now for 2017-2018.   See one of our enrollment specialist in the main office.   

Haddon Dance Team 3-Peats: 1st Place at Winter Jam 2016

Haddon's partnership with Woodcraft Rangers andd Dance Director Rene earned our dance team a 3-Peat as 1st Place winners at Columbus Middle School on December 17, 2016.    Haddon's dance won both the coaches cards and the popular vote.    #beadancer #makegreathappen #prideofpacoima Video

Haddon Students Win at Cal State Fullerton Speech and Debate Invitational

Haddon students take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at Fullerton.  



Haddon's Approach to Community School Model and OneLA

Principal Ramos, parents and OneLA converged on the City of Los Angeles Planning Meeting to December 15, 2016 to provide testimony in regards to the accessory dwelling unit which would change the city ordinance around garage conversations known as granny-flats.    

Parents from San Fernando Elementary, Haddon STEAM Academy, and Sara Couglin in partnership with OneLA outside Van Nuys City Hall.   

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2nd Graders engaged in the 4Cs Communication Collaboration Critical Thinking and Creativity

Haddon Dance Team at Granada Hills Parade


Mariachi Haddon los Leones Receives Standing Ovation at VPAC CSUN

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Mariachi Haddon shines in the spotlight at Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN. 


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Ms. Rebenczuk's 4th Grade STEM


Haddon Staff Gives Thanks

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Haddon Speech and Debate Team Wins!


Speech and Debate Winners at Reseda High 3rd Annual Principios

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Pacoima Participates in LCAP Meeting November 17th

Join Us on Nov 17th at 8:30am


Join Us On Nov 29 at 5PM for Haddon Magnet Informational Meeting


Our Partner DIY Girls is Coming Back to Haddon this December


STEM in Action with Ms. Rebenczuk and Mr. Valdemar 4th Grade

Ms. Mendoza and Ms. Vega Robotics Challenge

Mock Presidential Debate - Ms. Rivera's 5th Grade Class

Haddon Students and Partner Woodcraft Rangers Art Club

Haddon Teams Up with LA Chamber of Commerce and Principal for a Day

Northrop Grumman and Haddon STEAM Academy team up to share private sector and public sector knowledge during LA Chamber of Commerce Principal for a Day 2016.  

Haddon Visited by K-LOVE Argelia


5th Grade Ms. Gorton and Ms. Rivera Native American Presentation

Haddon Teachers at Mosk Elementary for Science PD

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Haddon teachers working on a Saturday to make the extraordinary happen at Haddon STEAM Academy.   #makegreathappen Read more here.

Haddon Unites with OneLA

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Cal State LA Professor Back at Haddon - Free University Level Parent Class

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Mariachi Haddon to Perform at Cal State Northridge Valley Performing Arts Center December 3rd 2016.


Haddon Partners Up with Hawn Foundation's Mind Up

Parents Engage in Mind UP Professional Development

Haddon Teachers attend CSUN PLC Cohort at Stanley Mosk

Haddon STEAM Academy Markets Itself

Haddon STEAM Academy benefits from Board member Ratliff School Campaign.   Read more here

Haddon #onthemove

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Haddon STEAM Academy is climbing toward the summit while striving for educational excellence in Pacoima.  #makegreathappen #haddonprideofpacoima #pacoimadeservesgreatschools - Click for story here

Haddon STEAM Academy with partner Rainbow Pack

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Haddon STEAM Academy students overjoyed with donation of backpacks and school supplies from partner Rainbow Pack on first day of school.   Click here for story  - See Daily News Pics by David Crane

Haddon Looking at Bringing a Magnet to Pacoima!

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Haddon STEAM Academy is looking forward to the possibility of bringing a STEAM Magnet to Pacoima.   Stay tuned for informational meetings for parents and community to learn more about why a Magnet STEAM program is good for Pacoima.   For more information contact Carlos Artiga 818.899.0244.  

Mariachi Haddon Performs at July 4th SFHS Fireworks Show 2016


Speech and Debate 2016-2017

Haddon STEAM Academy is bringing back Speech and Debate to Pacoima.   This year looks hopeful!   Already our third graders are ramping up to take on the private school debate teams.   #haddonprideopacoima  #makegreathappen  


Haddon Teachers Attend 3-Day PD at JPL

Principal Ramos Presents NGSS at LAUSD Principal Summer Institute 2016

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Richard Ramos, Haddon STEAM Academy principal provided Professional Development and hands-on investigations on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to 96 fellow principals at the 2016 Summer Principal Institute.   LAUSD is entering into full implementation of the new science standards for 2016-2017.  

Haddon STEAM Academy Recognized by PDK on June 3

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This past Friday, Phi Delta Kappa of the San Fernando Valley honored Haddon STEAM Academy and Stanley Mosk Elementary at LuLu’s Restaurant for Exemplary School Programs.   Stanley Mosk is at the cutting edge of STEAM education and LEGO Robotics. It is an honor for Haddon to be recognized alongside such esteemed company.  

Haddon's Woodcraft Rangers' Dance Team Takes 2nd Place

Haddon’s Woodcraft dance team continues their winning streak at Telemundo52 Dance Competition.   The team composed of 2nd to 5th grade girls competed against middle schools and dance studios and were the only elementary to win with a 2nd place showing.   #makegreathappen  #haddonchampions  #beadancer



Mariachi Haddon on FOX 11 Good Day LA

Haddon Wins at CSUN Robotics Rally in the Valley May 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Ms. Suchite's class celebrating Cinco de Mayo. 

Haddon Star Shines Brightly- Ritchie Valens Favorite Son of Pacoima

Join Professor Rudy Casarez for Chicano Studies for Parents


First Graders visit CSUN



1st Graders Going to College at CSUN

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Haddon STEAM Academy First Graders headed to California State University Northridge to get an early start on college courtesy of our partner CSUN and Jacklyn Kietzman.   #makegreathappen  #haddonprideofpacoima

STEAM Night April 2016

Join Us for STEAM Night April 14, 2016


Mariachi Haddon at Grand Festival

Mariachi Haddon to Perform at GRAND Festival

Join us on April 16, 2016 at Fountain Stage at 4pm as Mariachi Haddon the #haddonprideofpacoima performs at GRAND Festival.   

Haddon to Compete Robotics Rally in the Valley at CSUN


Haddon Celebrated with Mobile Advertisement

Haddon STEAM Academy was 1 of 2 schools selected by Board Member Ratliff for LAUSD Believe In LAUSD Campaign.  From left to right, back row, Dr. Jack Bagwell Admin of Instruction LDNE, Byron Maltez LDNE Superintendent, Michael LAUSD Driver, Carlos Artiga, Richard Ramos, Board Member Monica Ratliff, Song Lee, Raquel Cedillo Parent, Dominga Verduzco Parent, Jennifer Valdemar.

Front row, Elmer 4th grader, Jose 4th grader, Keilly 4th grader, Hailey 3rd grader, Alexis Rae 3rd grader.

Haddon Wins at Woodcraft Rangers Youth Leadership Conference 2016

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Our partner, Woodcraft Rangers hosted a Youth Leadership Summit at Pasadena City College for over 200 youth from around the greater Los Angeles area. Students presented their service projects to a group of panelists addressing the needs in their community.


The morning opened up with Los Angeles Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and an NFL-Veteran and NFL analyst Marcellus Wiley giving the youth words of wisdom and inspiration. 


Haddon STEAM Academy students pitched their service project idea aimed at raising awareness for health and wellness and took 1st place in their division.   Haddon students collaboratively presented their PowerPoint illustrating the negative effects of unhealthy eating while citing statistics based on their research to win the judges over.   Haddon STEAM Academy is one of three schools that will receive funding to help build, create and carry out their projects supported by the Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation.    

Haddon wins at Cal State Fullerton Speech and Debate

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Haddon's Speech and Debate Team coached by nationally renowned Ricardo Velasquez won at the Cal State Fullerton Speech and Debate tournament on March 19, 2016.   Leticia C. competing mostly against middle schoolers took 2nd in Declamation, with a dramatization of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech by Malala Yousefzai. Leticia also took home 7th in SpAr against a very experienced field of SpAr competitors. Diego T. won the Final Round in Elementary School Congressional Debate to take 2nd place among 13 competitors where they debated such topics as the concussion controversy in tackle football and how to best promote Democracy in the Middle East. Alexia B. and Kylie P. won 1st Place medals in Duo Interpretation as the only elementary team to accept the challenge to compete against middle schoolers.   

Mariachi Haddon Performs at Cesar Chavez

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Mariachi Haddon perform at the 23rd annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice 2016.    Performing on the big stage was not an issue for Mariachi Haddon singing Happy Birthday to Cesar Chavez and other favorites.    Mr. Verdin the MC for the event told Mr. Ramos, Haddon principal, "we need to get your students involved in the San Fernando Mariachi Apprentice Program with Los Camperos at San Fernando Middle" who has a program that performed at the White House.   #haddonorgullopacoima

Open House 2016 and Starry Night

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Open House 2016 saw hundreds of parents coming to the amazing transformation that is happening at Haddon.    Parents and students got more than the visiting classrooms and seeing the great work that is going on in the classrooms, they got to see parts of our solar system including the three moons of Jupiter, the craters of the moon and stars like Beetle Juice and Orion.    Mr. Hernandez from JPL of our own Martha Hernandez had a scaled lunar lander for students and families to see.   



Mariachi Haddon and Univision Channel 34

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On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Woodcraft Rangers’ and Haddon STEAM Academy’s Mariachi Haddon performed for Univision34 newscast and was later broadcast across six different Spanish language channels.    Musical director Diana Benitez, who has been working with the ensemble for a little over a year, led the young singers and musicians who played Arboles De la Barranca and La Bamba to name a few.  Through the creative use of LCFF monies, all 1st through 5th grade students are receiving the opportunity to play an instrument and sing some of their parents favorites songs.  


The mariachi ensemble, which is made up of boys and girls from first to fifth grade performed the rich music that represents the rich musical culture of Mexico.   The group has played at the Pacoima Christmas Parade, MEND Dental Fair, The Foothill Police Department Open House and Dia De los Muertos at Pacoima City Hall.   They have quickly become the pride of Pacoima.  

Watch the news cast here http://www.univision.com/noticias/arte-y-cultura/cada-vez-hay-mas-escuelas-donde-se-estudia-la-musica-de-mariachi-video

Ms. Rivera's 5th Grade Explorer Project March 2016

Literacy Week and Dr. Seuss


Literacy Week was filled with fun activities to celebrate icon Dr. Seuss.   Take a peek on the slide show below.  

Congressman and Favorite Son of Pacoima Visits Haddon

Antonio "Tony" Cárdenas, United States Representative for California's 29th congressional district visited our 4th and 5th grade students on February 18th.    Congressman Cárdenas spoke about growing up in Pacoima and working with President Obama to improve juvenile justice, immigration. Alondra, 4th grade student said, I am going to be a congresswomen.  I will help Pacoima." Read More Here

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Principal Ramos with Mariachi Haddon and Congressman Cardenas.   

Mariachi Haddon Performs at Poly High on Feb 13th 2016

DIY Girls - Hands-on Tech Experiences for 5th Graders

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Haddon STEAM Academy is a proud partner with DIY Girls 501c.3.    Starting Feb 2016, our 5th grade girls will have an opportunity to join the next cohort of engineers at Haddon.   


the DIY girls MISSION


DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. DIY Girls develops and implements educational programs and events designed to encourage engagement with technology, promote self-confidence and support aspiration to technical careers.

the DIY girls GOALS ARE TO:

  • inspire women and girls to learn technical skills and make real products
  • help young girls create, build and experience technology from 5th grade – high school graduation
  • develop a community of women that will learn together, collaborate on projects and share their experiences with young girls

Haddon's Woodcraft Rangers' Dance Team Takes 1st Place

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Haddon does it again!   Consecutive Wins at Winter Jam 2015 and Spring Jam 2016.   #beadancer #makegreathappen #haddonprideofpacoima #memories #haddonpride  Read more here

Mariachi Haddon at MEND

Mariachi Haddon performs at Meeting Each Need with Dignity (MEND) Dental Fair on February 6, 2016.   #haddonpride  #beanartist

Ms. Gorton's Fifth Grade Science and Engineering Showcase

Ms. Hernandez' 2nd Grade Engineers


STEAM Takes Flight in Second Grade

Ms. Hernandez' STEAM project explored the science of man-made flight with Paper Airplanes.  Students learned about the Wright Brothers and their discovery of flight.   And also discussed how drag, gravity, thrust and lift impact the distance the airplane travels. The students designed and flew their own paper airplane and analyzed their flight data and type of materials to determine the best design for getting their plane to travel the farthest distance. After test flights, they compared the distance their airplane flew to the distances flown by other classmates.  The winner amazed us all with a distance of 36 feet!

Ms. Hernandez' 2nd Grade Engineers

SKYDOME Planetarium Comes to Haddon

Haddon Woodcraft Ranger's Dance Team Takes 1st Place Honors

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Haddon STEAM Academy hosted Winter Jam 2015, part of Woodcraft Rangers Extending Learning Program.   Haddon's Woodcraft Rangers' Dance Team earned 1st place among 8 LAUSD schools.   Read more here: click-here

Winter Jam Dec. 2015 Haddon's Wood Craft Rangers' Dance Team

Join Us on December 19th at 8am for Winter Jam 2015.    Come cheer on our team in the auditorium.  Come early to get a good seat.  

Haddon Students at Pacoima Winter Parade

Ms. Rivera's 5th Grade Native American Showcase

1st Annual STEAM Night a Huge Success!

STEAM Night 2015 at Haddon STEAM Academy was a "standing room only" school event.   Haddon parents worked on engineering, technology and science hands-on activities.    

STEAM Night November 2015

BluePrint Earth Partners with Haddon STEAM Academy

On November 19th, Volcanologist Jess Pelaez from BluePrint Earth worked with Haddon STEAM Academy's 4th and 5th grade scientist to learn about geology.  Students worked collaboratively to mimic the process that makes sedimentary rocks using crayon shaving, compaction and heat. At the end of the lesson, one student said, "I'm going to be a geologist like Jess".   #beascientist  

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Haddon Speech and Debate Team Wins! November 2015

Hadddon students the #prideofpacoima won for a second straight year during the 2nd Annual Principios on November 7, 2015. This year Haddon was joined by Roscoe Elementary in Sun Valley who competed against Nova42, Perfect Score Academy, and iLead Academy.   Two of our students took 1st place.  #makegreathappen   http://www.forensicstournament.net/p/16

Mariachi Haddon Performs at Dia de los Muertos

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Haddon Beautification

The Los Angeles Beautification Team, parents, students and teachers help beautify the front of the school with a drought tolerant rain garden on September 2015. 

5th Grade STEAM

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Mr. Castillo’s 5th Graders use engineering to design gliders and balloon propelled rockets. Our students were using the Next Generation Science Standards in the Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science standard. Their main focus was Engineering Design. This 5th grade team was able to accomplish the task using 21st Century Skills (Communicating, Collaborating, Critical Thinking, and Creativity) all skills found in the Common Core. In 2015-2016, Haddon STEAM Academy will be laying the foundation for a Science Technology Engineering Art and Math Academy. The 5th grade teachers are designing STEAM Day activities that allow our student to create engineering projects that engineers at JPL and Northrop are designing.

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Research Drives Teaching and Learning at Haddon

Haddon STEAM uses Lesson Study while focusing on high value best practices researched by John Hattie.   Continue reading about Hattie's work here.   

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Haddon's Instructional Framework Strategic Plan

Haddon STEAM Academy's strategic plan focuses in on student learning through Professional Learning Communities, Lesson Study and the 4Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.   

Thank You Play It Forward and Emily Eisner

Haddon STEAM Academy receives a huge donation of much needed sports equipment from Emily Eisner and her non-profit Play it Forward on August 28th.    #makegreathappen

Parents Engage in Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity

On August 28th, Principal Ramos walks parents through Problem Based Learning showcasing skills that students are using in class.  In this case, parents were charged with having to remove a golf ball from a water jug without using their hands.   


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Four classes in grades 4 and 5 will receive the honor of being coached by Ricardo Velasquez of Velasquez Academy fame.   Recently Velasquez coached Jack Xiao to the 2015 National Championship in Congressional Debate.  Last year, eleven of Haddon's student won at the 2nd annual Principio's Invitational.  #pacoimadeservesgreatschools

CELDT Academy Begins Saturday

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The CELDT Academy started Saturday August 22 from 8-12pm.   The students selected to attend will receive targeted instruction in Reading and Writing to help them prepare and reach the milestone of reclassified English Proficient.  For more info call Ms. Song Lee Assistant Principal.  

Rainbow Pack At Haddon

Rainbow Pack At Haddon

Watch Blank Canvas Artist at Work

On August 13, Scott from Blank Canvas created an amazing piece of art with a spray can.   See video here.  Video 2.

Parent Institute for Quality Education PIQE is Coming to Haddon

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Starting this September 2015, Haddon STEAM Academy is partnering up with PIQE to encourage the "Now Anything is Possible".

Haddon Yard Gets Striped

Ron weathers 100 degree temperature on August 14th to stripe our playground for start of school.   Thank you Ron!  #makegreathappen

DIY Girls - Hands-on Tech Experiences for 5th Graders

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DIY Girls is coming back to Haddon this August 2015.   Thank you DIY Girls for helping plant the seeds of hope for our 5th grade girls.   #beanengineer  #iamabuilder

Rain Garden Project

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Starting September 2015, Haddon STEAM Academy will participate in the WaterShed Protection Project helping to protect our environment through rain water reclamation.   


Mariachi Haddon Performs

The students of Mariachi Haddon pause to network and have their pictures taken with Councilman Felipe Fuentes and LAUSD Boardmember Monica Ratliff at the San Fernando High School 4th of July celebration.    #beamariachi #haddonprideofpacoima

Haddon and Play It Forward on Channel 2

Emily Eisner's Play It Forward and Haddon STEAM Academy on channel 2 (click here). 

Mariachi Haddon Live Performance at Japanese American National Museum


On Wednesday June 17th, Los Angeles oldest after school program, Woodcraft Rangers hosted their annual Gala at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles in the heart of Little Tokyo.  Mariachi Haddon had the distinct honor of performing for the hundreds of Woodcraft supporters.   #beamusician  

Pacoima Neighborhood Council Funds Mariachi Trajes

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Pacoima Neighborhood Council funds Mariachi Trajes at June 17th, 2015 meeting.  Thank you PNC for supporting the students and families of Haddon.    #makinggreathappen #haddonprideofpacoima

Haddon Teams Up with We Can Play it Forward


Emily Eisner and WeCanPlayitForward.org provided much needed sports equipment to Haddon students on June 1, 2015.  

Started in 2012 by 12-year old Emily Eisner, Play It Forward combines her passion for sports with a desire to help her community all the while encouraging her peers to be active and get involved.  The heart and dedication to the mission of Play It Forward led her to establish a 501(c)(3) in early 2013, which has allowed for the depth of the organization to grow.

Haddon in the news Read Here

Haddon Newsletter Interviews Mr. Ramos

Pictured from left to right at Aliza, Alejandra, Kimberly, Jada and Mr. Ramos.   Student reporters from Woodcraft Rangers after school program.  #beajournalist

Seeking Donations for Mariachi Trajes (Uniforms)

Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 9.35.48 PM.pngHaddon needs your help raising $3,300 to outfit our nascent Mariachi group with Mariachi Trajes (uniforms).   These are tailor made trajes crafted by a well respected traje tailor.   Our kids deserve the cost of $300 per traje, but we can not purchase these with school funds.   If every parent donates $3.50 we could raise this in a week.  

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Rainbow Pack is Coming to Haddon

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Rainbow Pack http://www.rainbowpack.org/ is coming to Haddon Avenue on August 18th.   Rainbow Pack will generously provide each Haddon student with a backpack and school supplies.   Haddon is honored to have Rainbow Pack as a community partner.   Thank you Rainbow Pack!

Haddon Students Study Environmental Studies through STEAM

Students from Ms. Hernandez study oil spills and their impact on planet Earth. Students read and discussed oil spills that occurred in the past, like the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.  Students had the opportunity to work in groups and investigate the effects of an “oil spill” in water.  In a simulated “ocean” (a pan of water), a small amount of oil was dropped into the water to observe the effects and interaction with rocks, ocean life (toys), and plant life found in the tin pan.  A discussion on preventing and cleaning up oil contamination led the students to use a variety of materials to see what method works best for recovering the most oil from the water.   

Ms. Hernandez said, "We discussed the impact on the environment, new ship designs by engineers, and clean-up methods.  I was impressed with the students’ compassion for the environment after our experiment. There was communication, collaboration, an abundance of critical thinking, and creativity. Another enlightening moment for me."  


Haddon Speech and Debate Team Wins!

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From left to right- Alexander, Maya, Justin and Jacob 

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Alexander and Jacob 


Haddon's Velasquez Academy Debate Team won in Spontaneous Argumentation against private school students at Roosevelt Elementary School on May 12 in the San Gabriel Valley.    Haddon STEAM Academy was the only public school team to win at this event.   

Woodcraft Rangers' Dance Team

Woodcraft Rangers' Dance Team takes 3rd place at South Gate Dance Competition on May 9, 2015.

CSUN Robotics Rally in the Valley

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Haddon STEAM Academy students made their debut in the CSUN Rally in the Valley.   #haddonprideofpacoima represented the Northeast San Fernando Valley with the support of our after-school partner Woodcraft Rangers and Coach Sal.    

"Haddon Mariachi" Performs for CityYear and STARBUCKS Volunteers

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Mariachi Coach Oliver Mata and "Haddon Mariachi" performed for more than 500 City Year and STARBUCKS' volunteers for Global Day of Service on April 23, 2015   

Read Boardmember Ratliff's Newsletter

Read about Music and Benefits to the Brain

CityYear and Starbucks Global Day of Service at Haddon

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Thanks to City Year and STARBUCKS for making Haddon better!

See more pics here


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Berton Hall 2nd Floor


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Outside of Haddon's Technology Center


the Voice on NBC and Haddon STEAM Academy

Thanks CityYear and STARBUCKS!  The Voice performs for students at Haddon STEAM Academy.

Video must be played outside of LAUSD firewall

Watch Video HERE!

The Voice and STARBUCKS Support Music at Haddon

the Voice and STARBUCKS made a generous donation to Haddon's fledgling Mariachi Program.   




Enrollment applications for pre-k and kindergarten for the school year 2015-2016 are available now.  Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is available for children born between September 2nd - December 2nd, 2010.  Enrollment is ongoing.  Any student currently enrolled in Pre-Kinder must complete a new enrollment application.   Please see the office staff for assistance. 

Haddon Speech and Debate Team Wins!

The Velasquez Academy for Speech and Debate made its official debut in the L.A. County Orator’s Cup April 4, 2015.    Our students competed in congressional debate, declamation, spontaneous argument and poetry. 

From left to right Evelyn, Dulce, Spephanie, Allison, Jocelyn, Alexander, Maya, Justin, Samuel, Rudy, Angel and Coach/Professor Ricardo Velasquez  


Haddon Teachers Vote to Move Forward with STEAM Academy


Haddon Avenue Teachers moving forward with update to Local Initiative School Plan to reflect a 21st Learning Academy.   This August, Haddon under the LIS adoption will offer a 21st Century Learning Academy that focuses on Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.   Teachers will be using Eureka Math, Robotics, Activate Science Learning Modules in a Lab Setting, Coding in the New MAC Lab, Elementary is Engineering, Mariachi and Chorus, ELA/Writing, and the 21st Century Skills (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) woven into the curriculum.   #HaddonPrideofPacoima

Join Us for a Day of Service!

You are invited!  Please join us for a CityYear and Starbucks Day of Service on April 23, 2015.   We have a full day (7am - 3pm) of opportunity for parents, community, and students to get involved in this special day.   CityYear and Starbucks have more than 30 murals planned and over 400 Starbucks and CityYear volunteers. Please donate 1 hour of your day to help #your school, #your community, #yourchoice.   Together we can create an oasis of excellence at Haddon, #Haddonprideofpacoima.


DIY Girls - Hands-on Tech Experiences for 5th Graders


DIY Girls non-profit is offering hands-on tech experiences for 5th grade girls starting April 10th.   Please see Ms. Lee or Ms. Sanchez for information.    DIY Girls is taking the first 30 applicants so space is limited.   http://www.diygirls.org/

Velasquez Academy for Speech and Debate


Haddon Avenue is offering the Velasquez Academy for Speech and Debate every Thursday.   

Velasquez, a graduate of UC Berkley and the 1991 Speech National Champion, says his love of speech blossomed from his high school experiences with speech class.  "Speech, I find, is a liberating and inspiring thing," Velasquez said.  "It turned me into someone who actively sought knowledge."   On April 4th, Haddon is hosting the 2015 L.A. County Orator's Cup II where 9 Haddon 4th and 5th graders will compete in declamation, congress and sparring.      


Over 100 Pacoima Parents and Community Members Attend Meeting About LCAP Priorities


Boardmember Ratliff and Haddon Principal Richard Ramos


LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines and Principal Ramos


Read Boardmember Ratliff April News Brief



Haddon Mariachi Program in Hoy Magazine

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Spanish Language Hoy Magazine recognizes the work of Ms. Gongora and Mr. Mata (Woodcraft Rangers) for their work around creating a Mariachi program for students at Haddon Avenue.  


Robotics Program At Haddon

Haddon Avenue and Woodcraft Rangers team up to offer Robotics to our after school students.  Starting in August 2015, Haddon Avenue will engage students in 21st problem solving skills through our robotics day program for 4th and 5th grade students.   The School Site Council composed of parents, community members, teachers and staff encumbered $9,000 to bring this exciting program to Haddon.     

Twin Day

Pajama Day!

Haddon Shakes With Pride


Haddon students and staff successfully completed their monthly earthquake drill to ensure the safety and security of students and stakeholders. The drill was a simulated exercise with staff going out to locate the students and teachers who were placed in mock injured scenarios.  Haddon is well prepared in the event of a disaster.    

Winter Program at Haddon


The holidays were in full effect at Haddon. Students performed classic holiday songs to the joyful cheers of parents and staff.  Sound, tone and music selection were on point as the students rocked the house. View the album below. 

Winter Program at Haddon

Explorers Hall of Fame

Dr. Deasy Visits Haddon Elementary

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Principal Ramos, Boardmember Ratliff, Instructional Coach Sandoval, Intervention Coordinator Valdemar, Dr. Deasy and AP Sanchez


Haddon Avenue Elementary had the honor of being 1 of the 2 schools in Valley to be visited on August 13th by LAUSD Superintendent Dr. Deasy. Principal Richard Ramos along with school leadership Mrs. Valdemar, Ms. Sanchez, and Mr. Sandoval provided Dr. Deasy a tour of the campus and walked through 8 classes where students were engaged and teachers were doing a wonderful job of helping students be career and college ready.     


As Dr. Deasy toured the campus and rooms, he said “This feels like we are in October, learning is happening, routines are in place, the place looks clean.”   Mr. Ramos  said "this is the work of the entire school community, we have amazing and committed folks here".    



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Rainbowpack at Haddon Elementary

Saturday August 9th from 9am to 12pm, Haddon Avenue Elementary students will be receiving backpacks courtesy of Rainbowpack, a non-profit 501c3.   For more information contact, Randall Edwards at 818.899.0244

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Watch Blank Canvas Artist at Work

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Watch the video of Blank Canvas paint our beautiful mural.  See video here.

Haddon to Compete Robotics Rally in the Valley at CSUN

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Haddon is Celebrated with Mobile Advertisement

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Haddon STEAM was 1 of 2 schools selected by Board Member Ratliff for LAUSD Believe In LAUSD Campaign.  From left to right, back row, Dr. Jack Bagwell Admin of Instruction LDNE, Byron Maltez LDNE Superintendent, Michael LAUSD Driver, Carlos Artiga, Richard Ramos, Board Member Monica Ratliff, Song Lee, Raquel Cedillo Parent, Dominga Verduzco Parent, Jennifer Valdemar.

Front row, Elmer 4th grader, Jose 4th grader, Keilly 4th grader, Hailey 3rd grader, Alexis Rae 3rd grader.   

Enrolling Now for STEAM Academy TK-5 Free Public Education

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Enrolling Now- Go to Main Office- Free Public Education- A Local Initiative Academy

For more info call 818.899.0244

Inscribirse hoy,  vaya a la oficina para mas información 

Educación Pública Gratuito - Una Academia de LIS.
Para más información llame al 818.899.0244

DIY Girls - Hands-on Tech Experiences for 5th Graders



DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. DIY Girls develops and implements educational programs and events designed to encourage engagement with technology, promote self-confidence and support aspiration to technical careers.



BluePrint Earth


Haddon is a proud partner of BLUEPRINT EARTH - Blueprint Earth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cataloging small portions of the Earth's environments to generate big-picture knowledge.  Haddon STEAM students will be working along scientist cataloguing the earth around Hansen Dam.   Read about Blueprint Earth here http://blueprintearth.org/


Extended Learning After School Partner



Woodcraft Rangers is nonprofit organization serving the youth and communities of Southern California. Infusing S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) into daily curriculum, their after-school and summer learning NVISION programs at over 65 locations are putting students in the best position to succeed.

Kinder STEAM


Kinder students discussed air and described what it felt and looked like.  Their ideas included air as wind, hairdryer and  fans. Students came to the conclusion that air moves things.  Kinder teachers demonstrated how to make a rocket using paper. Students were given a variety of paper to choose from and materials.   Students designed their own rocket which included shape, color and use of paper.  All kinder classes tested rockets outside.   Students blew into the straw to create air pressure, which caused the rockets to blow off the straw.   Ms. Mena, Kinder Co-Grade Level Chair said, "students  compared whose flew further, or didn't, and whether the type of paper used affected the results, and what happened if you blew more or less air." October 2015

Pictured above is Ms. Mendez' class


Ms. Mena's class 



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Elementary Engineers

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Ms. Hernandez' 2nd graders engineer free standing structure using the engineering process that includes:

  • Constraints- Imposed conditions, rules or regulations.
  • Products- All that is generated by transformations. 
  • Resources- Human resources, energy, time and other means required to carry out the transformations.

This second grade team was able to accomplish the task using 21st Century Skills (Communicating, Collaborating, Critical Thinking, and Creativity) all skills found in the Common Core.   In 2015-2016, Haddon STEAM Academy will be laying the foundation for a Science Technology Engineering Art and Math Academy.   Join us to make #haddonprideofpacoima


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Ms. Hernandez' RAW EGG DROP

Objective:  Design and engineer a device with minimum mass, so that a raw egg will not break when dropped from 20 feet (Burton Hall Steps).  Lesson on gravity and the ability to deflect speed.  Students understood constraints and planned how to use their resources to create the product that would deflect speed upon falling to earth.  5 out of 8 teams were successful with their engineering design.