Friends of Reed – Humanities Academy

7th Grade

This is a combined overview of all 7th grade teacher posts. To go to a specific teacher, select the name from the drop down menu in the upper right.

8th Grade Leadership Camp

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in 8th GRADE, E V E N T S, Field Trips / Enriched Learning, Front Page | 0 comments

FOR-Humanities is excited to bring a new parent-organized retreat to our 8th Grade Class this year at the WOLF Camp in Malibu over the weekend of May 18-20th. This 3 day / 2 night trip will focus on valuable leadership and team building skills. Through fun and challenging activities, students will celebrate their middle school years and bond with their friends as they get ready to move on to new adventures. The oceanside location at Wolf Camp features private beach access, challenging high and low ropes courses, a 65-foot climbing wall, beautiful tide pools, outdoor amphitheater, Olympic size swimming pool and an archery range. The camp covers over 120 acres with upscale cabins nestled off the Pacific Coast Highway. A detailed itinerary of activities will follow soon. More information about this camp can be found online at

2018 8th Grade Camp details:

• WOLF Camp / Hess Kramer located in Malibu, California

• May 18th-20th 2018

• Cost: $400 per student

8th Grade Camp Letter

Carta del Campamento de 8 Grado

Wolf Camp Medical Information Form

Wolf Camp Liability Waiver

WOLF Camp Final Forms

English Non-Sponsored Trip Form

Spanish Non-Sponsored Trip Form


6th Grade Pali Camp

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in 6th GRADE, E V E N T S, Field Trips / Enriched Learning | 0 comments

Humanities Academy offers an overnight field trip at every grade level. For 6th grade, that trip is to Pali Camp, located in the San Bernardino Mountains near Lake Arrowhead. Pali Camp is not only an educational experience, meeting some of our science standards, but it is also a trip where students get a chance to meet the kids in their academy away from school and bond with them on a personal level. Beyond that, it is also a time where they are met with individual challenges, team building, and have an opportunity to overcome and grow alongside their school community. The trip is lead by Ms. Siminski along with the other 6th grade Humanities teachers, and has become a truly wonderful experience for our 6th graders to share.

2017 Pali Camp Details:

Camp Dates: October 11–13

First Deposit:  $50 / due Friday, Aug. 18

Final payment of $250 / due Wed., Aug. 30

Total Cost: $300 (includes 3 day / 2 night trip stay, meals, bus transportation, instruction + camp chaperones) 

Humanities Laser Tag – September 7th!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in 6th GRADE, 7th GRADE, 8th GRADE, E V E N T S, Front Page | 0 comments

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






Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in 6th GRADE, 7th GRADE, 8th GRADE, E V E N T S | 0 comments

6th, 7th and 8th Grade Families…..

Please join us for a PARENT COFFEE

on August 16th (the second day of school) in the LIBRARY at 8:00 am

Enjoy a light breakfast and meet your fellow Humanities parents.

Your FOR-Humanities board will go over the exciting year ahead,

and be available to answers any questions you may have.

Visit Us at Orientation + Registration

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in 8th GRADE, E V E N T S, Front Page | 0 comments


Come by the FOR-HUMANITIES Booth at Reed’s Orientation/Registration Event on August 9th, 10th, and 11th. Pick up some new Spirit Wear, Car magnets, and  learn about all the great things planned for our students this year. 

We can’t wait to see you!

Wanna help?? We have a slot waiting for you… click here:

 FOHA Orientation parent volunteers needed

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.

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!

Next FOHA meeting Thursday April 14th 8 am

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in 7th GRADE, 8th GRADE, E V E N T S, Front Page | 0 comments

See you there!  Room 107.