Excellent Schools Through Local Control

Season Greetings and Happy New Year from Everyone at AMPS! 

 AMPS Support From Malibu Chamber of Commerce  

We have very exciting news!  

The Malibu Chamber of Commerce supports AMPS and our mission of creating an independent locally controlled Malibu Unified School District!  

Thank you to Beth Pearcey-Neal, Don Schmitz, Mark Persson, Chamber Vice Chairs and all of the Chamber Board of Directors.

We are extremely grateful and appreciate their support and look forward to updating them on our progress over the coming months


SMMUSD Environment Meeting

Last Thursday Night at Malibu City Hall, the SMMUSD School Board addressed the Malibu High School and Juan Cabrillo Environmental Situations.  

A letter, from Superintendent Sandra Lyon, was issued to the school communities to inform everyone where they can find the recap of the entire meeting on the public access channel and the SMMUSD website.  Below is a copy of the letter for your information.

Click to read the letter from SMMUSD: here

Finally, Jennifer deNicola, one of the parents on Environmental Task Force, has done a tremendous job communicating with parents, through the Wiggio, a group forum, created exclusively for this environmental issue.  The link to the Wiggio group is below:


 Malibu Announcement: 

The Malibu Times, Malibu’s source for community news since 1946, seeks an editorial intern to contribute to our daily online news and weekly print newspaper content. The editorial intern will work closely with the newspaper’s web and associate editors to assure the website is constantly updated with news from Malibu and surrounding communities.

This position is primarily online, so fluency in and enthusiasm for Facebook, Twitter and other social media such as Instagram and Pinterest is paramount. Your byline will appear online daily, and if you prove capable there are ample opportunities for print assignments. This is a hands-on internship where you will be expected to make meaningful contributions early on.

Job Description:
  • Work with the web editor and associate editor to brainstorm ideas for daily online stories (usually 300-400 words).
  • Update and schedule social media posts.
  • Handle breaking news such as traffic accidents/emergencies.
  • Minimum commitment of 12 hours per week, with some flexibility to work from home or school.
  • Fluency in Facebook and Twitter.
  • Some journalism coursework/experience in journalism and community coverage.
  • Previous experience in online content management systems such as Wordpress is a plus, but not required.
  • Must have own transportation.
  • Good people skills, especially when it comes to interviewing sources.
  • We like go-getters who are willing to push themselves.
  • Be receptive to feedback/edits and take direction well
  • Work coolly and productively under deadline.

If you’re interested in applying, please send your resume, any work samples and a brief introductory email to [email protected].

 Featured Video 

How to Escape Education's Death Valley
May 2013, by Ken Robinson, Ted Talks

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

Watch video: here

 Local Education News 

MHS Students Earn Top Prize in Machine Competition
December 10, 2013, By Staff Report, Malibu Surfside News

Read more: here

District Lays Out Plan for Enviro Testing at Malibu Schools
December 13, 2013, By Melissa Caskey, Malibu Times

Read more: here

Common Core: 5 Ways to Help Kids Adapt New Standards
December 8, 2013 by Catherine Crawford, Malibu Patch
Read more: here

 School for Thought 

Standardized Tests Discriminate Against The Next Einsteins and Teslas
December 3, 2013, by Jonathan Wai, Quartz

Read more: here

'Blue Light' May Impair Students' Sleep, Studies Say

December 11, 2013, by Sarah D. Sparks, Ed Week

Read more: here

How to Get All My Students to be Good at Math
November 30, 2013, by Elizabeth Cleland, Quartz

Read more: here

U.S. Achievement Stalls as Other Nations Make Gains
December 3, 2013, By Liana Heitin, Ed Week

Read more: here

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AMPS Malibu

No School: Winter Break

Monday Dec. 23 - Friday Jan. 3

AMPS Coffee & Information Sessions 

If you would like to attend or volunteer to host one, please call Alexia at (310) 734-2021 or visit our website at www.ampsmalibu.org.

Contact Us:


23805 Stuart Ranch Rd. Suite #105
Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 734-2021

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