Excellent Schools Through Local Control

 Ringing in 2014 with Exciting News!

Happy New Year!  

Can you believe 2014 is already upon us? So far 2014 is off to a tremendous start for AMPS.  We have some exciting news to share:

We would like to welcome Shamra Tankersley as the newest member of the AMPS Board of Directors.  

Shamra is a former elementary school teacher, mother of two children currently in our local Malibu schools, and stepmom of three children, all of whom attended Malibu schools. She has been an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu for the past three years.

Recap of 2013

A lot happened in the past year!  AMPS has accomplished some significant milestones which will aid in achieving our goal of an independent, locally controlled Malibu Unified School District.  But first we would like to thank all of our supporters and endorsers, for without them we would not have made as much progress as we have over the past year.  Nevertheless, some of the major milestones we accomplished are:

  • First, we completed two separate WestEd studies, confirming both the feasibility of a Malibu Unified School District and defining a clear pathway to reaching this end goal.
  • Second, we hired our first full-time staffer, Alexia Burton, and established our home base in a new office in the Civic Center area.
  • Third, we have held several Town Hall meetings and information events, and have coordinated with various other local Malibu organizations such as the Kiwanis of Malibu at its annual Chili Cook-Off, and the City of Malibu and Malibu Urgent Care at the annual Malibu Halloween Carnival.
  • Fourth, we have improved our website making it the hub of all local Malibu schools information. Please check it out: www.ampsmalibu.org
  • Finally and most importantly, we have expanded our outreach throughout the local Malibu community by reaching our goal of over 1,000 supporters.  Please like us on Facebook or go to our website and endorse us and demonstrate your support! 

These are huge steps forward. We have big plans for 2014 and we'll keep you apprised of our progress.

Thank you again for your continuing support. We greatly appreciate everything the community has done and continues to do! 


Craig Foster
AMPS President

 Featured Video 

The Key to Success?....  Grit.
May 2013, by Angela Lee Duckworth, Ted Talks

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Angela Lee Duckworth studies intangible concepts such as self-control and grit to determine how they might predict both academic and professional success.

Watch video: here

 Local Education News 

Malibu High to be Cleaned, Tested for PCBs
December 24, 2013, By David Mark Simpson, Malibu Times

Read more: here

Local Company Donates $180K to SMMEF
December 26, 2013, By Nancy Sagona, Malibu Times

Read more: here

Malibu High: Some Classrooms Cleaned, Reopened as School Resumes
January 6, 2014, by Melissa Caskey, Malibu Times

Read more: here

 School for Thought 

How to give your kids everything but a sense of entitlement
January 4, 2014, by Jenn Choi, Quartz

Read more: here

Classical Schools put Plato over iPad

June 21, 2013, by Julia Duin, Special to CNN

Read more: here

My View: Everything I need to know, I learned in music class
March 20, 2013, by Andrew Schwartz, CNN Education

Read more: here

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AMPS Malibu

No School:

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
Monday, January 20th 

President's Day
Monday, February 17th

MHS Middle School Talent Show

Friday, Jan. 24, 6pm
@ MHS Auditorium

Town Hall Meeting:
MHS Environmental Solutions
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 3:30pm
Malibu Methodist Church
All are welcome.
Click here to join
the Wiggio group: here

Juan Cabrillo Western Bingo Night
Friday, Jan. 31, 6-8 pm
@ Juan Cabrillo Elementary

Stairway to the Stars
Orchestra: Feb. 7th, 7pm
Choir: Feb. 11th, 7pm
Band: Feb. 13th, 7pm
@ Barnum Hall SMHS

MHS Middle School Musical
Feb. 20-22nd, 7pm
Feb. 23rd, 2pm
@MHS Auditorium

Webster Talent Show

Friday, Feb.21st, 7pm
Webster Elementary

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:


Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS)
23805 Stuart Ranch Rd. Suite #105
Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 734-2021

[email protected]