School Accountability Report Card
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Dayna Mitchell, Principal
- Principal, Slauson Intermediate
About Our School
Slauson Middle School recognizes that each student is an individual and seeks to provide a curriculum and school climate that meets the needs of all students. The Slauson Staff is committed to providing our students with rigorous instruction that leads to the mastery of the California Common Core State Standards, as well as a safe and caring place of learning. Weekly late start Fridays not only provide Slauson teachers an opportunity to participate in Common Core professional development, but also time to implement Professional Learning Communities in which teachers collaborate on lesson planning and strategy implementation, as well as develop Common Formative Assessments to inform their instructional practice.
Beginning in 6th grade, all Slauson students receive a 7-year Academic Plan, which includes a 3-year Middle School Plan, transitioning to a 4-year High School Academic Plan. Students and parents have access to the Naviance College and Career planning tool. Committed to continuous learning, Slauson teachers are highly experienced educators who implement researched and evidenced-based learning, which provides foundational skills for students to succeed in high school and college. Students learn content in the context of real-world situations, project-based learning, and problem solving through practical application. Students demonstrate knowledge through written expression, reasoning, and text-based evidence. Slauson learning technology includes two computer labs, a portable wireless laptop computer lab, two IPod portable wireless labs, and two science labs. Classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and document cameras. Slauson Middle School is proud to collaborate with our college and community partners: Cal Poly Pomona, Citrus College, Azusa Pacific University, and Northrop Grumman.
Slauson Middle School has four signature programs for grades 6-8, which are part of our college and career pathway: Project Lead the Way STEM; Arts, Entertainment, and Media, which includes Studio 26 Digital Media, and Instrumental and Choral Music education; and, AVID.
Our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM Engineering program uses project and problem-based learning that centers on hands on, real-world applications. PLTW is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Students explore aerospace, energy, the environment, modeling, and robotics, while connecting the information and skills they learn in the classroom to every day life and future careers. Each year, 120 7th grade students attend the Northrop Grumman sponsored “Great Minds in STEM” conference where students build and launch rockets, parachutes, and catapults, while learning the physics of trajectory, velocity, aerodynamics, pneumatics, force, and motion.
Students in grades 6-8 participate in the Slauson Rocket Team. Through a generous grant from the Canyon City Foundation, our students collaborate with the Citrus College Rocket Owls. Together with their college students as mentors, our students build and launch a rocket with a payload. Students meet once a week after school as well as travel to Citrus College to work in the college physics lab with their college mentors.
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system designed to increase learning and academic performance. AVID accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, and provides meaningful and motivational learning. Designed to support students with a 2.0-3.0 GPA, AVID develops students as readers and writers and teaches specific strategies for critical and higher-level thinking. AVID utilizes WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) as a foundation for learning, and cultivates time management and academic goal-setting behavior.
Studio 26 is our Digital Media Studio where students learn a variety of multi media applications and art design concepts such as screenwriting, story boarding, and video pre and post production editing using “Green Screen” technology. In this project-based studio environment, students learn applications such as Photoshop Elements, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro to create digital media and student news broadcasts. Students participate in an end of course student film festival, the La Pantera Awards. Students in this course have worked with industry professionals as well as participated in field trips to see a television news show broadcast.
Over 300 students participate in our outstanding music education program at Slauson Middle School. Eight sections of instrumental and vocal music are offered: Beginning Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Beginning Jazz Band, 5th Street Advanced Jazz Band, as well as one beginning and two advanced choirs. Students participate in after school music sectionals and tutorials, attend band camp in the summer, and spend many hours practicing their craft. Choral music classes include musical theater performances with productions including, “A Christmas Carol.” In addition, Slauson Middle School is proud to host the AUSD after school Mariachi Program.
Slauson Middle School promotes a safe campus environment where all students have a sense of belonging. Students, parents, and community members are treated with dignity and respect and play a critical role in the school community. Students are at the center of every decision we make. Parents are invited to attend and take an active role in “Panther Parents,” the Slauson Middle School volunteer parent organization.
340 West Fifth St.
Azusa, CA 91702-2912