Friends of Reed – Humanities Academy


School Supplies List – Ms. Bobrosky

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in 7th GRADE, 7th-Ms. Kinsey (Bobrosky), 8th GRADE, 8th-Ms. Kinsey (Bobrosky) | 0 comments

Ms. Bobrosky’s List:
•    9 1/2″ x 11″ Spiral notebook–at least 3 subject w/pockets  (it needs to the larger spiral so 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper will fit and not have edges hanging out)
•    2 glue sticks
•    colored pencils w/sharpener
•    2 blue or black pens
•    1 red pen
•    highlighter

7/8th Grade Summer Homework

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Ms. Dagilis 7th | 0 comments

7th and 8th graders…. Ms. Dagilis has a little Summer Homework for you!  The assignments can be found at:

Remember FOR-HA this Giving Season

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in 6th GRADE, 7th GRADE, 8th GRADE, Front Page | 0 comments

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

New Parent Cheatsheet

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in 6th GRADE, Front Page | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in 6th GRADE, E V E N T S, Front Page | 0 comments

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

Incoming 6th Grade Beach Meet Up!!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in 6th GRADE, E V E N T S, Front Page | 0 comments

Incoming 6th Graders
Zuma Beach Meet Up!

Hello 6th Grade!
Please meet some of the Humanities teachers, Mrs Siminski (one of two Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations), Ms. Holbrook (Math/Science), and Ms. Mansfield (Math/Science) and Parent Representatives from FOHA at Zuma Beach in Malibu on Saturday, July 30th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, for swimming, lunch and socializing with your soon to be classmates/ families from the Humanities Academy. This is a great way to meet other incoming Humanities students/parents. Be sure to pack beach chairs, sunscreen, lunch/snacks, towel, bathing suit, and any toys/games to help entertain the kids.
Look for the Humanities sign at lifeguard station number 3. Beach parking rates are $3 – $10, depending on length of stay. Lastly, please be advised this is not a drop off event; each student must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

We look forward to getting to know you!
-The 6th Grade Humanities Team



Swing Night!

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in E V E N T S | 0 comments

Saturday June 4th from 6 to 9 in the Rose Gardent.  Hey FOHA Families, don’t forget about Swing Night!  So many of our kids are in the music program, and this is the final music event of the year!  To help out, email Friends of Reed Music.

Thanks FOHA Families!

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in 6th GRADE, 7th GRADE, 8th GRADE, Front Page, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are winding down a great year, and it’s all because of you!  We all know that middle school isn’t the smoothest time in a child’s life (Did you love middle school when you were a kid?  Better keep that to yourself!) This isn’t the easiest time in the life of a parent either.  Our Humanities community makes this time easier, more tolerable, and sometimes even fun!  As we say goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones, please know that however much you were able to help this year, we appreciate you!  Check out our Facebook page, it has some great photos from the year and some interesting posts!

Next FOHA Meeting- Spring Mixer!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in 6th GRADE, 7th GRADE, 8th GRADE, E V E N T S, Front Page, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join us for our final meeting of the school year, the Spring Mixer. Friday May 20th at 7 pm at the home of Erica Fox and John Newby.  Paperless post invite with details to follow.  We hope to see you there!

CIMI Thank You Letter

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in 6th GRADE, Front Page | 0 comments

First a big thank you to everyone involved in putting together this massive undertaking, from FOHA (Our executive producer), to Stacey Solomons as our treasurer, and agreeing to be the lead on this production, to the rest of our wonderfully eclectic cast of chaperones, Laura Biasini, Margaret Goldenberg, Christie Goodman, Shelby Ilan,

Bob Martinez,Michael Shokrian, Rich Salvatore, Lisa Thomas and Eric Ostergard. Some stepping in at the last minute, others showing up ill, & everyone giving 110% of themselves for the kids.  Myself, Wendy Mintz and Victor Gavia along with the rest of the cast performed our roles well, but without Kerry Siminski as our writer, director and producer, the show would not have debuted. You are amazing! THANX

Parents, I would love to thank you for entrusting your most precious possession to us and trusting that they would be well cared for.  I believe you have afforded your children a lifelong memory, and for many a new sense of self. They were confronted with new challenges and persevered to meet them no matter what.

Our kids are wonderful to begin with, and as a rule they behaved accordingly.  What was so wonderful to witness was their sense of responsibility. They were on time to all activities and meals…..amazing since it was quasi impossible to find a clock.  They were more on it than I was. Bravi!

I was fortunate to be at the bungee swings with all the students.. encouraging and cheering them on….. and I can tell you that they all participated. It was so lovely getting to know all the students in the Humanities Academy. Some kids felt trepidation, some were very unsure, some downright terrified, while others were daredevils and attached the challenge like pros. To watch the kids that were so unsure of themselves muster up the courage to try and then hear squeals of delight and exclamations of “that was so awesome!”, filled my heart with joy. They Rocked it!

New friendships forged, old friendships became stronger while new alliances and self assurance allowed them to explore their new surroundings with more confidence and determination. Their accomplishments and triumphs, pale only to the fact thatthey came, they saw and learned and they conquered!  Many stories and pictures to follow.

Finally a huge swell of gratitude, for the reception upon our arrival. Not at all necessary,but greatly appreciated. I Felt  a little like a rock star… other chosen passion. If you could only know how touching it is to be treated with such consideration….amazing!  Humanities Parents… no others.

Enjoy their stories, and know that they are a little more mature, a little more self assured, and very happy.

Thank You to the Best Academy at Reed for allowing us to do the best for all our kids.

Very Warmly,

Stefania Holbrook