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Local School Celebrates Selection as One of California’s Schools to Watch

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – On Wednesday, May 4 at 12:30 pm on the upper field of the campus, students, staff, parents, district leaders, school board members and community members will celebrate the selection of Lindero Canyon Middle School as one of California’s 2015-2016 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage model middle schools.

“We are thrilled to have received this recognition,” said Principal Abbe Irshay. “Our staff and students have worked very hard in an exciting and challenging middle school program to demonstrate strong student achievement. This ceremony is an affirmation of the fine work so many have done in the school, district and larger community.”

The celebration will feature an address to the student body on their school’s selection as a model and the presentation of a banner. Dr. Irvin Howard, Co-director of California’s Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program, noted, “Lindero Canyon Middle School is a model of what an outstanding middle school can be. School leaders from across the state will now turn to Lindero Canyon Middle School for guidance on improving their programs to better serve their students.”

Lindero Canyon Middle School serves 6th –  8th grade students in Las Virgenes Unified School District. California’s Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage 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. Lindero Canyon Middle School is one of just of 78 model schools that have been identified statewide since 2003 and is the only middle school so designated in the district.

The program is provided by the California Middle Grades Alliance, which includes the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS; the lead agency), California Department of Education, and other statewide educational organizations who are partners in the California Middle Grades Alliance. For more information on the program, contact Dr. Irvin Howard,at (951) 318-7515 or or visit