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Idyllwild School Earns Title I Academic Achievement Award


Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Idyllwild School as one of only two schools in Riverside County and one of only 56 schools in California with sustained progress in academic improvement among low-income students to have been chosen for the 2012-13 Title I Academic Achievement Award.

"These schools serve students facing real challenges, and they've risen to meet them through hard work and dedication," Torlakson said. "It is inspiring to see their students achieve more in the classroom today so they can enjoy more opportunity in the years to come."

The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I, the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education, assists schools in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line. Of the more than 9,900 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.

The criteria to qualify for the Title I award have become more rigorous in recent years. To receive this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

The National Title I Association also presents each year two National Title I Distinguished School Awards per state. The awards are given to one Academic Achievement Award winning school that has demonstrated exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and to one Academic Achievement Award winning school that made the most progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups.

To learn more about Title I awards, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Web page at: Academic Achievement Awards.

Hemet High

Hemet High - Girls Water Polo

Hemet High - Girls Water Polo

The Hemet High Girl's Water Polo team captured a historic moment for athletics on Saturday with a big, big win against Ocean View High. The 62 victory gave the Lady Bulldogs their first CIF Championship in water polo. Ocean View was the top ranked seed in the playoffs and were undefeated in league play. The Hemet High Girls Water Polo team lead the game the entire match and outscored their opponents 47-16 in CIF play.

Hemet High - Mock Trial Team

Hemet High - Mock Trial Team

Hemet High School's Mock trial team made the Elite 8 Championship tournament. Our team is one of the top 8 schools in the county out of 26 participating schools. This is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to the students hard work and dedication. The team's next round is Wednesday, February 27 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. They will be competing against Temecula Valley High School. Its a win or go home tournament now. We wish the Mock Trial team success as they pursue victory.

Hemet Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championship

Western Center Academy Metal Ducks

Western Center Academy Metal Ducks

A Western Center Academy's Mammoth robotics club team won the first place trophy on February 23 and earned a spot in the world championship tournament in April. The winning WCA team, named the Metal Ducks, is part of the WCA's four robot teams. The tournament took place at James Madison High School with 36 teams competing from throughout Southern California.

"I feel very good about winning the regional," said an excited Max, 8th grade student and co-captain of the Metal Ducks. "I feel great about representing our school." Asked about what the team might do differently at the global championship, Max responded, "Practice, practice, and practice."

This year's tournament's challenge has four robots competing to place rings on a structure. The structure is 44-inches in height and looks like a tic-tac-toe board. With nine peg rungs to place rings on, the robots try to score as many points as possible by placing rings on as many rungs within 2:30 minutes. An opponent robot tries to do the same but also can play defense by blocking another robot's moves.

Shelby, a member of the Metal Ducks team, expressed her feelings about the big win, "I feel excited about winning and I'm so happy. We practiced driving a lot and building the robot to fit the ring dispenser better." Asked about the upcoming four days of intense competition at the world championship, she said, "I'm nervous and excited about going to St. Louis."

"I don't know how to express my elation," said Paul Bailey, principal of the Western Center Academy. "The Ducks put in a great effort, winning five out of six matches. They battled all day long in the top three positions, jockeying back and forth with excellent teams from other Southern California high school teams. It's wonderful to see how our middle school kids kept their cool in the final play-offs. I'm very proud of their accomplishments."

The Western Center Academy is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) charter school that educates students in grades 6 to 8. The WCA has a total of four robotic teams that compete in the FIRST robotics league. FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 to inspire your people's interest and participation in science and technology.

The FIRST World Championship takes place April 24-27 in St. Louis.

For information about donating to the robotics team or more information about Western Center Academy please contact Paul Bailey at pbailey@hemetusd.k12.ca.us or call 951-791-0033.

Come out and see the Team on April 4th at MSJC's Night of Robotics.

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