David Kubela - South Pasadena Middle School Principal
Welcome to South Pasadena Middle School! When I think of South Pasadena, I think of community. We are located in the west San Gabriel Valley and have a diverse population of 24, 292 settled over three and one-half square miles. We are a district of five schools, with three elementary schools feeding into our middle school which then feeds into the high school. Our school currently has a population of about 1,000 students and a staff of 79. Many of our students have gone to school together since kindergarten and share our town’s important events, such as the 4th of July “Festival of Balloons.” I am a proud member of our community, living in town with my wife and two daughters currently at South Pasadena High School.
Here at SPMS, we strive to celebrate and elevate. We celebrate our many successes. In April 2011, South Pasadena Middle School was named a California Distinguished School. In May, California Business for Education Excellence named SPMS to the 2010 Honor Roll. Our API score of 928 represents a 12 increase over the previous year. We have made gains in all of our subgroups and have narrowed the achievement gap. We have thoughtful, caring students eager for success. Students contribute through such organizations as ASB (student government), WEB (Where Everyone Belongs), Tigerettes and the Key Club, to name a few. Our annual “Pennies for Patients” campaign is the second largest in Los Angeles County. Our dedicated teaching staff of forty-four includes three counselors, two special education and two resource teachers, a psychologist, a DIS Counselor, and speech teacher. Our teachers work collaboratively in team, department, and grade levels focused on curriculum and student success.
We are constantly working to elevate ourselves. Our school is in the process of building a Professional Learning Community (PLC), with a focus on learning, using data with reflection, and a culture of collaboration. We are in the process of establishing a “Pyramid of Interventions” using data and collaboration to establish systems to identify our at-risk students and provide them with guaranteed support. Additionally, we are revising our school rules. Using research-based principles, we are creating rules with a purpose that are clearly explained and consistently enforced. Our focused “War on Trash” has reduced litter by as much as seventy-five percent. Using our Technology committee, we conducted a needs assessment. We have a new thirty-five station computer lab, a second 30 station lab (in our library) and a Mac lab. Our team is exploring new technologies such as “Smartboards” and N-Computing, which allows you to use one computer tower to create four work stations. We have a most effective website with an average of over 2,000 hits a day (1.6 million since its inception in June, 2006). It continues to be updated and improved.
I firmly believe that all students can learn. To be successful, students need a rich, rigorous, differentiated curriculum in a safe and fun environment. Working as a community, a Professional Learning Community, with a focus on student learning, using data with outcomes, collaborating and celebrating our achievement, we can assure success for all of our students.
1500 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030