Keep an eye on those kids in Castaic – they’re definitely up to something.
The teachers and administrators of Castaic Middle School have been doing a little overachieving lately and got the attention of the state, which named them one of 15 schools in California as a model middle school in its “Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage” program.
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Schools included on this short list showed a strong commitment to improving the achievements of their students.
“The primary focus of schools must be the students and their education,” said State Senator Sharon Runner. “With so many challenges facing schools, it is inspiring to see school officials, staff and parents working together to support the students.”
“Congratulations to everyone at Castaic Middle School for this great honor, and keep up the good work,” Runner added.
Castaic Middle School administrators received a plaque at the 9th Annual California Middle Grades Alliance Recognition and Appreciation event in Sacramento today. CMGA is a partnership of 12 organizations dedicated to supporting the education of middle grade students.
"I commend the students, their parents, teachers and administrators, for their efforts in helping make these 15 schools models of excellence," State Superindentent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. "Their success is amazing, especially considering they are swimming against the tide of massive budget cuts, crowded classrooms and school employee layoffs.”