Stern MASS was recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School and Title I Academic Achieving School for its Claim-Evidence-Link writing structure. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, announced that 275 middle schools and high schools are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems. 477 middle schools and high schools applied this year. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Congratulations to our teachers, students, and community for this success!
Peer Health Exchange, a community based organization committed towards providing health education to high school students, is recognizing Stern MASS with the Innovative Partnership Award. For the past seven years, PHE has provided health awareness to our 9th grade students during PE class in topics such as nutrition, fitness, and healthy choices. It is through this partnership that Stern MASS is able to provide health education to our students and we are honored for this recognition.
On Saturday March 25, students from the UCLA Saturday Business Institute had the opportunity to present a business idea to a panel of judges, Shark Tank style. Parents, teachers and the school principal were invited to serve as an audience to help vote for the best business idea. Students had to think outside the box and propose business ideas for organic makeup, finding open parking spaces, medicine delivery services and internet-wired bracelets for third world countries. Great job Titans and continue building upon those entrepreneurial endeavors!
On March 25, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools hosted an Immigrant Rights Fair for over 600 families. The fair featured informational workshops and legal consultations, arts and crafts for kids, and a community resource fair for people concerned about recent federal action against immigrant communities. The event was organized by the Alliance Immigrant Working Group, a volunteer committee of teachers and staff dedicated to creating a safe environment for all students and their families. (Select the article title for more information.)
On February 21, US History classes participated in the Reagan Library's Discovery Center simulation. Students were each given a role and placed in a simulated version of the Invasion of Grenada. Students then had to make decisions as government leaders and members of the press on how to address the situation. It was an exciting and unique way for students to understand and analyze decision making in history.
Congratulations to a well played CIF Winter Sports Season. Our student athletes maintained a 2.5 minimum grade point average and less than 2.5 detention hours leading up to and throughout the season to demonstrate the true meaning of being athletic scholars. Season results were Boys Basketball 10-9, Girls Basketball 11-11, Boys Soccer 5-8-3, and Girls Soccer 0-12-1. Both Boys Basketball and Boys Soccer qualified and competed in CIF Division 4 Round 1 games. Great job, teams.