Get oriented

  • New to Washington Steam Magnet Academy? We've listed some FAQ's that many parents have in the beginning.


    Q: Is there a map of the school?
    A: Yes! See link below. 
    Q: When entering the school building, what is the difference between the offices? 
    A:  The main office is the first office on the left. This is where you can find our school secretary, Mrs. Molina and Dr. Malone, our school Prinicpal. The 2nd office on left, is the Assistant Principal's office, Mr. Dunlavey. The Assistant Principal's Administrative Assistant is Senior Clerk Typist Carol Gerber (626.396.5830 ext.76093). Please contact Mrs. Gerber with any of the following: to make an appointment with the assistant principal, to request a student to leave campus early for appointments, concerns regarding a child’s attendance, updating a student’s contact information, and lockers.
    The office on the right is our Registrar, Carol Moreno. Contact her with your registration, student cummulative records, and diploma concerns. (626.396.5830 ext.76092)

    Q: What are the differences between the administrative roles at WSMA?
    Dr. Malone, Principal

    Mr. Dunlavey, Assistant Principal

    Marcy Borough, Community Liaison
    Mrs. Borough's work supports parents by arranging and offering parent workshops and trainings and hosting PTSA and ELAC meeting throughout the year.  Mrs. Maricela Borough also provides translating services for parents and teachers.  
    Ella Farinas, Instructional Coach
    Mrs. Farinas provides on-going teacher support in English Language Arts and Balanced Literacy.  Mrs. Farinas models for teachers the curriculum to be instituted at WSMA and works with teachers to ensure they are utilizing current and best-practices in the classroom.  
     Q: If my child has an excused absence, how do I notify the school?
     A: Contact Carol Gerber (626.396.5830 ext.76093) to report your child's absence.
    Q: What is the Parent Center for?
    A: The Parent Center serves WSMA parents in many ways. ELAC and PTSA meetings take place in the Parent Center. Also held in the Parent Center are weekly and monthly sessions of parent classes and workshops such as Nutrition Network and CABE’s Project 2Inspire. Visit the Parent Room if you wish to be a parent volunteer at WSMA, need translation, or agency referrals. 
     Q: Where is the Parent Center?
     A: The Parent Center is located in Room A111 (see School Map) and headed by WSMA Community Assistant Mrs. Marcy Borough (626.396.5830 ext.76044)

    Beginning of the year logistics

     Q: How are lockers distributed at the beginning of school?
    A: Administration will make the lockers available the first few weeks of school. Parents must sign and return the PUSD’s Voluntary Locker Usage Contract. This form can be obtained from, and returned to, Mrs. Gerber in the Assistant Principal’s office or here WSMA Locker Contract. Once the form is returned, students then must purchase a school lock ($5). The lock can be used in subsequent years the child attends WSMA. 
     Q: My child lost / damaged the lock to their locker, what do we do?
    A: Contact Carol Gerber in the assistant principal’s office (626.396.5830 xt.76093) to purchase a new lock ($5). 
     Q: How do students register for elective classes?
     A: Students are asked to choose their electives in the spring. They will receive a welcome packet and WSMA staff will place students in an elective class based on student choice, capacity, and scheduling of core classes.
    Q: What if my child does not like his / her elective class?
    A: Students that do not like their elective classes should see the school counselor in the counseling office. Depending on class capacity and schedule, a child may have their elective changed.

    Monitoring your child’s progress

    Q: What is the best way to contact a teacher with a concern about my child?
    A: Email is best way to contact a teacher. Visit WSMA’s website ( and click on the About Us tab and then Staff Directory. You can also call our school secretary, Mrs. Molina (626.396.5830 ext. 76001) and ask to leave a message for the teacher. 
     Q: What is parent portal?
    A: Parent portal is a great tool for tracking pertinent information about your child’s education. You can update your contact information, view your child’s attendance, view your child’s grades, and view your child’s missing assignments.
     Q: How do you get access to the parent portal?
    A: Go to the Parent Room (Room 126) and talk with Mrs. Marcy Borough (626.396.5830 ext.76044), the community liaison. Show her your ID and she will give you the access code. You need an e-mail address in order to access parent portal. 

     Getting involved

     Q: What is ELAC?
    A: English Language Advisory Committee. The ELAC consists of parents of English Learners, school employees, community representatives and other parents interested and individuals who live within the school’s attendance zone. See ELAC page for more information.
    Q: What parent classes are available?
    A: WSMA offers a variety of parent classes and workshops over the course of the school year. 
     Q: How do I join the PTSA?
    A: To join the PTSA at WSMA, visit our Main Office to obtain a PTSA envelope. Complete the information on the envelope and return it to Mrs. Molina, our school secretary. You can also join PTSA through their website here
    Q: What is the Queen Mary event in October?
    A: This festive yearly field trip celebrates Halloween and varies by location. Past destinations include the Queen Mary and Knott’s Scary Farm.

    Quick guide - who to contact for what

     If I want to...  Contact...
    Report my child’s absence Carol Gerber, Attendance Clerk (626.396.5830 ext.76093)
    Discuss a concern specific to one of my child’s classes Your child’s teacher
    E-mail teacher 
    Get help with my child’s adjustment to middle school

    Bryan Smith, school counselor (626.396.5830 ext.76028)

    Get access to Parent Portal Marci Borough, Community Assistant (626.396.5830 ext.76044)
    Request that safety monitors focus on a particular location / time of day at the school Marci Borough, Community Assistant (626.396.5830 ext.76044)
    Enroll my child in LEARNS Stephanie Lira, LEARNs Office (626) 396-5830 ext. 76049
    Request to change my child’s class or teacher Bryan Smith, School Counselor (626.396.5830 ext.76028)
    Leave a medication for my child at school Maribeth Lauderdale and/or Johnathan Arredondo.
    Discuss disciplinary or safety concerns James Dunlavey, Assistant Principal
    Ask a question but am not sure who to go to Marci Borough (626.396.5830 ext.76044)