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Lindbergh Named School on the Move

The state’s GEAR UP college readiness program recognized Lindbergh Middle School recently with a prestigious School on the Move award. Lindbergh was one of only four schools in GEAR UP’s southern region, and one of only eight schools statewide, to be honored for its exemplary practices. The school’s principal and staff shared their success stories at GEAR UP’s southern regional conference in Ontario. State GEAR UP grants pay for teacher training, parent outreach and scholarships to help under-represented populations gain admission to college. To earn the School on the Move honor, schools must demonstrate that they have developed a college-going culture by focusing on: family, neighborhood and school support; intensive academic and college-going support; rigorous academic curriculum; high quality teaching; and multicultural college-going identity. Lindbergh’s presenters at the recent conference were principal Avery Hall, math and BTSA coach Peggy Gutierrez, and language arts teachers Kenneth Zavala, Abby Pappenfus and Ronald Yearwood. "The efforts and talent at Lindbergh are just remarkable," said Frank Holmes, regional coordinator for California GEAR UP. He nominated Lindbergh for the honor. "The enthusiasm of the principal, Dr. Hall, and the entire staff is just amazing," said Holmes, a college readiness expert and 37-year veteran educator. "I’ve been around a long time, and I have the utmost respect for Dr. Hall. It’s important for the staff at Lindbergh to really know and clearly understand that they are doing exceptional work."