Dear Students and Parents:
Martha Graham states, “All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” As we move into the 2016-2017 school year how can we ensure that each moment is important, vital and worth living? It all begins with “Joining the Maverick Movement”. Our movement begins with a clearly defined mission, vision and goals. Together, our mission will be to close the achievement gap by providing every student a comprehensive education that prepares them for future learning and success in a global society. Achievement can be defined in many ways, the first of which is movement toward academic excellence on the California State Standards.
The philosopher Horace wrote, “No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation.” Academic rigor is evident throughout each classroom. As an AVID National Demonstration School, we focus on critical reading, writing, and thinking to support the learning process in all subject areas. All of our students are taught to read, write, and discuss with purpose so that they are prepared to close the achievement gap on standardized testing. While academics play a critical role in closing the achievement gap, we believe in a comprehensive approach to education that does not define students by test scores alone.
What was your favorite part of the day as a middle school student? As a young man I loved my art classes because we always made gifts for our family out of clay. I still remember how excited my mother would get with those gifts. Today students can engage in school through the fine arts, social/emotional education, team sports, community service, and student-centered clubs. Schools are not an assembly line that produce a standard product, and students’ learning is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom. Well rounded students become well rounded, employable adults. With so many options available to connect to school and to enhance student learning, we expect positive movement toward becoming productive citizens in a global society.
According to the US Department of Labor, “65 percent of today’s school children will eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created.” What does that mean for our students’ learning? We must embrace the move toward technology and global learning. Students will have access to multiple platforms like Study Island, Criterion Writing, E-Books, Google collaborative software and online assessments to support / enhance their learning. Instructional units are designed with 21st century skills like keyboarding, online collaborative projects, problem solving, creating and innovating as well as real life performance tasks. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it will take the entire globe working together to face some of the major challenges we have like climate change, scarcity of natural resources and sustainability. The journey begins here!
UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Don’t mistake activity with movement.” It will take all of us to ensure that students move, with purpose, in a positive direction academically, socially and emotionally. Our students stand on a great cliff overlooking the future that they will inherit. Each path will vary as some will head to college, the military or immediately enter into the workforce. We must be sure to provide students the skills to manage the inheritance. What will your role be for the 2016-2017 school year as you JOIN THE MOVEMENT? We look forward to supporting each of you as you embark on a positive year of forward movement! GO MAVERICKS!