Friends of Reed – Humanities Academy

Humanities Laser Tag – September 7th!

Celebrate BACK-to-SCHOOL and Meet New Friends!


will be Thursday September 7th  at Ultrazone in Sherman Oaks

6th graders only at 6 pm // 7th and 8th graders at 7 pm.

Look for fliers at Orientation +  in your child’s backpack.

Advanced tickets are $20, tickets will be $25 at the door.

We need parent volunteers to donate water, baked goods, and to work this super fun event!  To sign up to help out, contact us at Laura at:  Thank You!!!






ULTRAZONE // Sherman Oaks, CA





Remember FOR-HA this Giving Season

Dear Families,

As 2016 draws to a close, many of you are considering your charitable donations for the year.  We’d love for you to consider making a donation to Friends of Humanities Academy.  Your donation goes directly to helping your child’s teachers make the classroom more interesting, challenging, and more engaging. FORHA donations are the reason that our kids have laptops in the classroom, overnight field trips to Pali Camp and Nature Bridge, UpFront and Scope Magazines for classroom use, the list goes on and on.  We need your help to continue to provide this unique middle school experience for these unique Humanities students.

FORHA works closely with other groups at Walter Reed, such as Music and Friends of Reed, which benefit all students at Reed.  We encourage you to consider donating to these groups as well as to FORHA.

Thank you, have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

~Your Friends at FORHA

Talent Show a Smashing Success!

Once again, Humanities parents and kids came through and created an event that united the school.  We cheered at the talent and chutzpah, we were inspired by the artwork, we laughed (at the teacher’s finale!) and we ate fabulous food.  We also raised a record amount of money, which will go right back into making our kids’ experience at Reed richer and frankly, more fun.  Thank you all so much!

New Parent Cheatsheet

Humanities Handbook/Cheat Sheet

Uniform Info
Pants, shorts or skirts in navy or khaki, pants must be chino type, no jeans. Jeggings ok as long as they aren’t denim and have working pockets front and back.
Polo shirts in white, navy, gray. With Reed Wolf logo, or plain, purchased elsewhere.

Reed Wolf t-shirt, Reed baseball shirt, purchased at school.
Uniforms can be found at many stores, but a variety of uniform pants, shorts and skirts styles, including skinny or straight Dickies and Levi navy chinos can be found at New Star (Burbank).
PE shorts are pre-printed with Reed graphics and available for purchase at Student Store in lunch pavilion (cash or check).
Additional dresscode info on Reed website, including rules for free dress days which occur at various times during the school year.

Supply List

Classroom list will be provided by teachers during the first week of school.


If you’re interested in car pools, fill out the Carpool Request Form and a school volunteer will contact you before the beginning of the school year.
You may also follow-up with them by email:

Pick up & Drop off locations (gates, crosswalks, etc.)
Landale & Colfax gate: crossing guard on duty
Sarah Street gate, just east of field
Main entrance on Irvine Avenue: parking restrictions enforced  School Campus Map

To accommodate heavy books, a rolling backpack is useful. 6th grade lockers are not near the 6th grade bungalows, so are difficult to access between classes.
Books can be copied & bound into segments, so students don’t have to carry the entire book to school. Self-copying at a copy/print shop is suggested. Many teachers have a classroom set of textbooks to use, so that students can leave their textbook at home for homework use.


Incoming 6th Grade Events

Summer 2016
Greetings Humanities Academy Students and Families!
Your adventures in middle school are about to begin! We’re thrilled to have you as a part of our academy. We are the Humanities Academy teachers: Mrs. Siminski, Ms. Mintz, Mrs. Holbrook, and Ms. Mansfield. You can expect homework regularly and a year of hard work, creative projects, and thought-provoking discussions.
Please pick at least two books from Reed’s 2016-2017 Battle of the Books list to read and come to school ready to discuss your books. This list encompasses a wide variety of genres and reading levels. Battle of the Books is a reading incentive competition where teams answer questions in a family feud type competition. Students consistently rave about the fun they have during this event. Summer is a great time to get a head start on the competition, which takes place in Spring 2017. The Humanities Academy always does very well at this competition! Also, don’t forget to look for the math in everyday life!
We’ve also posted our required supply list for those of you who want to shop early, directions for the letter, requested supplies, and the new Battle of the Books list. Whew!
We look forward to getting to know each of you next year. Here are some fun tidbits about us!
Who’s who?
  • One of us is going camping at the beach; one of us is going across the country
  • One person sang in a in a New Wave band; one person was a theater actress
  • Three of us drive less than 5 miles to school; one of us drives 45 miles to school
  • One of us has a fashion design degree; one in theater and two in psychology
  • We all love to dance!
Hope to see you at the beach or orientation,
Ms. Siminski, Ms. Mintz, Ms. Holbrook, and Ms. Mansfield
New Student Orientation Wednesday, August 10th
Meet with other students, parents, teachers and staff at Reed before school officially begins on August 16th. Your child will be given a draft of his/her class schedule, and you will be able to tour the campus to locate each of your child’s classrooms. You will also be able to purchase P.E. uniforms and school clothes conforming to our Reed dress code policy. Please come at the times designated below:
9 – 11:30 AM:      Last names starting A – L
3 – 5:30 PM:        Last names starting M – Z
SLC Welcome Picnic Saturday, August 13th
Get to know the students, parents, and teachers in the Humanities Academy! We will have activities and a potluck picnic available for you to enjoy as well. If you are not able to come for the full two (2) hours, it would be best to join us at the beginning of the picnic for a brief “welcome”. The potluck picnic will follow in the grassy southwest corner of the campus known as “Schall Park”.
10 AM – 12 NOON:   Humanities Academy
Please bring the following items if your last name begins with:
A – F:     Salads or side dishes
G – L:     Main Dishes (pasta, vegetarian alternatives, sandwiches, quesadillas, etc.)
M – R:   Desserts
S –  Z:    Drinks
Parking: Please park in the Teachers Parking Lot next to the school’s auditorium and follow the signs to the Humanities Academy Welcome