During the school year we provide many opportunities for students to interact in the community and learn about the world around them.
Feed The Homeless
One of the many off-campus activities that we do here at Coutin School is an outreach project we call “Feed the Homeless”. This project has been in place for years here at Coutin School and provides the students with a wonderful opportunity to assist one of our local food banks in a weekly hot lunch service serving the less fortunate here in the Valley. The students participate by serving homeless individuals, as well as families that have been coming to the food bank for warm meals. Coutin students get the opportunity to serve both on a weekly basis, as well as special events like Thanksgiving. The program is very popular with the students. Many students want to go again and again, forcing us to create a waiting list for students. Additionally, we are always on the lookout for other local outreach opportunities to increase our students exposure to the community they live in and enhance their learning experience.
Love on a Leash is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing an avenue for volunteer pet therapy teams to engage in meaningful and productive animal assisted therapy. They provide a framework for therapy teams to obtain the necessary training and certification in order to provide joy, warmth and emotional support to others through pet therapy. Each month Love on a Leash brings teams of dogs and handlers to the school. The students always ask when the therapy dogs are coming to the school next, and get very excited on “Therapy Dog Day.”
A Patchwork of Cultures: Exploring the Sephardic-Latino Connection
In 2019, Coutin School was chosen as one of the schools to participate in this amazing program organized by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. In the weeks leading up to the finale, Jonathan Rubin, a member of the LAJS, visited our campus each week to teach the students about the Sephardic Culture and Music (descended from Spain), and how it relates to Latino Music and Culture. It was a great classroom experience where Jonathan also introduced the students to all the instruments of the orchestra and how an orchestra works.
The culmination of this program was a special event offsite where the students got to try out orchestral instruments in a hands-on “instrument petting zoo.” Hesitant at first, students made their way around the room to try instruments they had never seen in person. At least one student mentioned that day that they would enjoy learning how to play the flute after trying it.
After the “zoo,” students attended a performance by the LAJS of the songs the students had learned in the classroom from Jonathan. For most of our students, this was the first time they had ever seen a concert live (except for one or two who had seen a band or solo artist perform); all but one of the students who was there that day had never attended a concert to hear symphony orchestra play. We are grateful to the LAJS for giving our students an opportunity to experience music and culture in a way they never would have without this program.
Please visit The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony for more information about A Patchwork of Cultures.
Senior year is a special time for all high school students, and the same is true at Coutin. The seniors get to experience Senior Bonding Day, Grad Nite, Kidnap Breakfast, and Prom, as well as a beautiful Graduation Ceremony on campus.
More Field Trips
In addition to events mentioned above, here are some of the field trips Coutin School has recently experienced:
- Pierce College Tour
- California State University, Northridge Tour
- Olvera Street
- Museum of Tolerance
- Getty museum
- California Science Center
- The Autry Museum of the American West
- Movie Theatre to watch historical movies
- Beach Days in Zuma
- Santa Monica Mountains Hiking Trails
- Castle Park
- Winnetka Bowl
- Rock Paradise
- Tapatìo No. 3
- La Michoacána
About Canoga Park
The town of Owensmouth was founded on March 30, 1912. It joined Los Angeles in 1917 and was renamed Canoga Park on March 1, 1931, thanks to the efforts of local civic leader Mary Logan Orcutt. Eucalyptus trees were introduced into the San Fernando Valley by Albert Workman, who imported seedlings from his native Australia and planted them on the Workman Ranch. In time, they spread through the Canoga Park area ranches, farms and beyond. It has been said that these trees are the parents of all eucalyptus trees in Southern California. Owensmouth, and then, Canoga Park, was an agricultural community producing wheat, sugar, beets and eventually citrus, walnuts, chickens and eggs.
Canoga Park continued to be a small community until Pierce College was founded in the late ’40s and the large aerospace firms (Rocketdyne, Litton Hughes Aircraft) arrived in the 1950s. In the 1960s the 101 Freeway connected the West Valley to the city making Canoga Park a suburb of Los Angeles.
Growth, diversity and development of Canoga Park led to it being designated an All American City in 2005, the first time a community in Los Angeles, and not an incorporated city, won this honor.
Today, Sherman Way in historic downtown Canoga Park is the “main street” of our community. This is a vibrant business, social and cultural mecca. There are antique shops (known as Antique Row), live entertainment, music clubs and plenty of restaurants. On Saturdays there’s the Main Street Canoga Park Farmers Market, and in the summer there’s the Canoga Park Art Walk on the third Thursday of each month. Sherman Way is on the route of the famous annual Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade.
Sherman Way is also the original home to the Walk of Hearts® where bronze plaques are embedded in the sidewalk to recognize distinguished teachers. The Walk of Hearts® has continued in its new location alongside the Westfield Topanga Village, where, in 2016, Harvey Coutin, founder of Coutin School, received a “Partner in Education” award.