LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Applauds Middle School Summer Institutes

It’s not every day that students conduct exciting science experiments or program robots using math, but this was the case for over 400 middle school students who participated in the Middle School Summer Institute.

Students engaged in activities such as “Mentos and Diet Coke - Why does this mixture create an impressive geyser?” and had an opportunity to write their own books in English class. 

They also received a special visit from LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, who shared his excitement that “this is productive and high quality instruction”.  

The Middle School Summer Institutes were held at San Fernando High School for rising 7th and 8th grade students and included coursework in Algebra/Robotics, Mythbusters Science, and English.  Theme days such as “Super Hero day” and “Disney week” added a fun component as well. 

As Jose Trinidad-Romo, a Pacoima Middle School student, noted, “I enjoyed the Middle School Summer Institute, especially how in Robotics, when we were working together we were learning how to work in teams and test other people's ideas and giving them a chance to see if their ideas worked.” 

The Institute concluded with the Robotics Olympics where teams of students competed in a series of obstacle courses as their families cheered on, and a culmination ceremony with hundreds of parents, teachers, principals, and guests. Congratulations to the team from Pacoima Middle School who won this year’s Robotics Olympics. Based on results from the past four years, 85% of students who participated in this summer enrichment program passed Algebra I in the 8th grade with a “C” or better.

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