CONTACT:  Dr. Sally Chou, Chief Academic Officer                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 239                                                              01 JUN 2009



SMMUSD to Recognize Students for High Academic Achievement


Save the date! The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will host an end-of-year celebration to recognize the hard work of students who have made significant improvements to their reading scores. This event will give community members an opportunity to see first-hand how the school’s partnership with Achieve3000, along with generous funding from the Verizon Foundation for literacy development, is resulting in double-digit reading gains.


Who:          Principal Irma Lyons and Assistant Principal Mary Anna Noveck, Will Rogers Learning Community

                  Principal Lori Orum, Edison Language Academy

Principal Tristan Komlos, John Muir Elementary School

The outstanding participating students and teachers


What:         End of Year Celebration to highlight significant reading gains by students


When:        Thursday, June 11, 2009

                  3:30 – 5:00pm


Where:       Board Room at the Santa Monica-Malibu USD Offices

(1651 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404)


Participants can see a first-hand demo of the online reading program, Achieve3000, the students used both at the school and at home to improve their reading abilities.


Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction that uses a proprietary software engine to provide, via the Internet, tailored assignments to each student in the class based on his or her reading level.  The company's literacy solutions are delivered in a non-fiction, current event format and are based on decades of scientific research. Additional information about Achieve3000 can be found online at:





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