Pearl Preview – Parent Edition

May 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

Summer greetings to all of our DPMHS parents! As we approach the end of the 2012-2013 school year, I want to call to your attention some amazing accomplishments from this school year. In addition to the news earlier this year about our impressive 823 API score, we recently were notified that once again our school was ranked in the top 3 % of high schools across the United States by US News and World Report. Out of more than 21,000 high schools, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School ranked at number 771 !!! DPMHS also received a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award for its student performance on the CSTs during the 2010/2011 school year in meeting all of our target goals for all subgroups! Our school is being honored with the 2013 Human Relations Award for the work we are doing to make our school a safe and welcoming school for all students, families and community stakeholders! This work has been spearheaded by Ms. Hicks and the students in the “Be More Heroic” Club.

Our school wowed the WASC committee with our WASC Self-Study that earned us a 6 year accreditation, and our school won’t be reviewed again until the Spring of 2019! Our Journalism Department and students were Pacemaker finalists, and won awards for 10th place Best of Show for the newspaper, 10th place Best of Show for the online publication, and Editor-in-Chief, Ellie Batchiyska and Opinion Editor Patrick Avignon received ratings of Excellent for their Broadcast Package category.

Other notables this year have included our music department receiving funds from Little Kids Rock and being highlighted on The Voice. Thanks to PTSA, our school generated over $3000 from our Silent Auction, and some of the funds raised by this event will be used to offset the costs of the TurnItIn program, used to provide immediate feedback on student writing, offering instant editing and also used to identify plagiarism. The school’s CAHSEE pass rate on the March CAHSEE exam was 98.9% in English Language Arts and 96.8% in Mathematics! This pass rate far exceeds the District’s pass rate as well as most of our neighboring high schools. Our graduation rate for 2013 is 95%, and quite probably higher, which surpasses LAUSD as a whole. And we are also so proud of our graduating seniors who have been accepted at some very prestigious colleges and universities such as Stanford, Emerson, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Hofstra Univ, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Howard Univ, and Bradley Univ just to name a few.

Next year we look forward to expanding our journalism and broadcasting program thanks to a generous Perkins Grant and a newROP teacher, Mr. Mark Middlebrook, which will enable us to offer electives in desktop publishing and broadcasting. Our enrollment is increasing next year which permits us to hire 2 teachers and increase class offerings, creating greater flexibility in student’s schedules.

To tie up loose ends, please make sure you take note of our finals schedule (on the back side). To maintain the fidelity of the finals, there will be no early exams given to students so please make sure your child attends during this week. Please help your child in any way to prepare for their exams and complete any missing work and projects. During finals week, there will be 4 early dismissal days (see below).

9th grade orientation is on Tuesday, August 6 from 9 –3, with parents attending the first hour only. All 10th, 11th and 12th graders AND PARENTS need to re-register on campus on Wednesday, August 7. Fall semester begins on Tuesday, Aug 13.

I want to take this moment to say a fond farewell to our seniors, the first class that completed all four years in the stand alone Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. The Class of 2013 has certainly set the bar high for all future graduates! You are the leaders of the future and I am confident you will all succeed in achieving your future goals! As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” This is my wish for all of our graduating seniors.

As we look toward the new semester we hope that you will continue to be active, or get involved either as a parent volunteer, or by joining either the SSC or PTSA meetings. We would love to have your input! And if you are someone who does not have the time to participate on campus, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Daniel Pearl as an alternative form of support.

Please visit the DPMHS website to stay informed of upcoming events. I wish you a safe and enjoyable summer.

Deb Smith

Pearl Preview Parent Edition Summer 2013