Truckee middle school selected as California school to watch |

Truckee middle school selected as California school to watch

Alder Creek Middle School Principal Hien Larson, second from right, with the school's leadership team.
Courtesy TTUSD |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Alder Creek Middle School was recently selected by the California State Superintendent as one of California’s 2015-16 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage model middle schools.

The Schools to Watch program uses a competitive, rigorous review process to identify high performing, high impact middle schools so that all middle schools may have models of real-world success. Only 11 schools were selected statewide this year.

ACMS serves sixth through eighth-grade students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

“We are extremely honored to have received this recognition,” said Principal Hien Larson. “Our students and staff work very hard in rigorous and engaging middle school program and consistently demonstrate outstanding student achievement. This award is an affirmation of the excellent work underway in our school, district, and community.”

On April 26 at 1:40 p.m., students, staff, parents, district leaders, school board members and community members will celebrate the selection of ACMS as Taking Center Stage school.

The celebration will feature an address to the student body on their school’s selection as a model and the presentation of a banner.

“Alder Creek Middle School is a model of what an outstanding middle school can be,” said Dr. Irvin Howard, co-director of California’s Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program. “School leaders from across the state will now turn to Alder Creek Middle School for guidance on improving their programs to better serve their students.”

The program is provided by the California Middle Grades Alliance, which includes the California League of Middle School, California Department of Education, and other statewide educational organizations who are partners in the California Middle Grades Alliance.

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