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Hill Classical Middle School teacher librarian Kathy Alexander was honored at a recent Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education meeting for earning the 2011 Teacher Librarian of the Year award from the Long Beach School Librarian’s Association.  Presenting the award to Alexander was last year’s honoree, Crystal Miranda.

Hamilton Middle School students created robots that placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th and 25th among 34 individual competitors in a regional competition at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science.  In team competition, all five Hamilton robots reached the semifinal matches.  Two of Hamilton's robots, led by drivers Manuel Macias and Oscar Becerra advanced to the finals.  Hamilton's other three team robots led by Bryan Camacho, Ahmad Muhammad and Erick Im placed 3rd overall.  Hamilton placed second overall.  All five Team Hamilton robots finished in the top 9 of 34 teams for the day.  The students are led by instructor Ethan George.

Cara Hale-Hanes, a science teacher at Poly High School, was named regional winner of the National Science Teachers Association Shell Science Lab Challenge for teachers who find innovative ways to deliver science lab experiences with limited resources.  Hale-Hanes is one of 17 regional winners.  Ultimately one national winner will receive a science lab makeover valued at $20,000.

Longfellow Elementary School third grader Amanda Angeles earned third place nationally in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's drawing contest for Better Speech and Hearing Month.  She competed against 800 contestants.  Teacher Douglas Edwards proudly displays Amanda's winning drawing in his classroom.