To the Alliance Jack H. Skirball Middle School School Community,
Thank you for being part of this amazing family. It is truly an honor to be your principal as we continue to service our scholars and their families in the upcoming 2017-18 school year. I appreciate all the support I received throughout my first year at Skirball. We learned from each other and pushed forward despite the challenges we faced. I learned that as a community we are resilient, that we are strong, and we have high expectations for our scholars. Time is of the essence, our goal is to use every minute we have with our scholars to make them the best they can be.
I’m excited to about the upcoming school year and the initiatives that we will be taking on. First, we will continue to push our instructional focus, which is the acquisition and application of vocabulary, however, we will increase the ante by focusing on increasing students access to complex text through vocabulary acquisition and pushing for students to apply the vocabulary in their critical thinking. Second, we will be strongly communicating our students expectations and what it means to be a Skirball scholar through our School-wide learner outcomes (SLO’s) slogan “Spartan FORCE”. We will push our scholars, families, and stakeholders to live up to our expectation which emphasize Spartans ability to believe in themselves: I am a Future leader, I Own my learning, I am Resilient, I am going to College, I am Engaged. Third, we will be implementing our Personalized Learning bell schedule which will include an intervention, enrichment, and advisory block each serving its separate purpose. Finally, the Associate Student Body (ASB) and school athletics will be revamped for the upcoming school year.
I would like to end this message by continuing to highlight our vision to embed social justice. Skirball is pushing scholars in a directions towards opportunity. We are the models for our scholars and will always hold high expectations. As a community we must continue to be resilient and cherish the time we have with our scholars, as this time is the bridge that will lead them to a place of prosperity and hope for a better future.