Alliance Jack H. Skirball Middle School Growth and Empowerment

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Principals Message

To the Alliance Jack H. Skirball Middle School Community,


Thank you for continuing to be a part of our amazing family. It is truly an honor to work with all of you as we continue to service our scholars in the upcoming 2019-20 school year. The last three years as your leader have been tremendously rewarding and I appreciate all of the support I've received. This last school year, we continued to push our academic performance and it led to growth in both Math and ELA school-wide averages; topping our previous school milestone. Our scholars are performing at their highest level and we hope to continue to see these improvements in the 2019-20 academic year. Together, we work to hold our students to high expectations, pushing their academics, and improving our school culture. We are the Spartan FORCE and we will continue to increase access to a rigorous education for all of our kids. I continue to expect “no blame, no shame, and no excuses” as we enter our 13th year.  Time is of the essence and we must demonstrate urgency when addressing the challenges we face.


Data Highlights

  • 48% of our scholars achieved at grade level or advanced on the ELA section of the CAASPP (growing 14% proficiency in 2 years)
  • 31% of our scholars achieved at grade level or advanced on the Math section of the CAASPP (growing 10% in 2 years).


As we continue to fine tune all of our programs and services, I’m excited about the upcoming year. First, we will continue to push for learning that challenges all of our scholars, taking them to the “NEXT LEVEL!”, through the successful execution of the instructional cycle and the implementation of strategies to provide access to all scholars. Second, we will continue to communicate the school-wide learning outcomes, known as the “Spartan FORCE” expectations, to all of our stakeholders and apply the PBIS model to generate a positive learning environment for all of our scholars. We are Future leaders, we Own our learning, we are Resilient, we are going to College, we are Engaged. Third, we will continue to program students into their Personalized Learning blocks to serve specific student needs based on the student’s Lexile and CAASPP levels. Finally, we will continue to host a strong extracurricular program through After School All-Stars that has hosted various championship teams, while also expanding our Student Technology Leader program to include all three grade levels.

I would like to end this message by continuing to highlight our vision to embed social justice. Skirball is preparing scholars for a direction that is opposite their trajectory. We push away the inequalities that our scholars face by teaching them about the world, increasing their ability to read and compute, and by modeling leadership qualities and behaviors. As a community, we must continue to be resilient and cherish the time we have with our kids. Our school is a bridge that will lead them to a place of prosperity and hope for a good future, and we will walk them across together.



Marco Ibarra

Alliance Jack H. Skirball Middle School Principal