Excellent Schools Through Local Control              

City Council Member Endorse Local Control for Malibu Schools

AMPS is pleased to announce that all five members of Malibu’s City Council – mayor Joan House, mayor pro-tem Skylar Peak, councilpersons, John Sibert, Lou La Monte and Laura Rosenthal – have officially endorsed AMPS’ plan for establishing local control of Malibu public schools. Among candidates running for election, June Louks has joined incumbents La Monte and Rosenthal in declaring her support.

This pledge, which can be found here, includes the following:

  1. Declare the creation of an independent Malibu Unified School District to be an urgent and compelling community priority;
  2. Call upon the board of the Santa Monica-Malibu School District to immediately engage in a friendly and expedited process to support and facilitate the creation of a separate Malibu Unified School District;
  3. Actively campaign in Malibu as a concerned citizen and community leader for the passage of measures endorsed by AMPS that may appear on the ballot to effect the creation of a separate District;
  4. Formally request that the Santa Monica City Council adopt a similar resolution calling upon the board of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to recognize the financial and educational benefits of separation to both communities and to immediately engage in a friendly and expedited process to support and facilitate the creation of a separate Malibu Unified School District;
  5. Formally request that the Santa Monica City Council and its members join the Malibu City Council in actively supporting the passage of measures endorsed by AMPS that may appear on the ballot to effect the creation of a separate Malibu Unified School District; and
  6. Advocate at the county and state levels to facilitate independence and request that the Santa Monica City Council and its members do the same.Local control for Malibu public schools continues to be the one issue everyone agrees on. 

Become a member or renew your support here.

Malibu Artists Unite 

We want to extend a huge thank you to Michelle Geft for hosting the Malibu Artists Unite exhibition this past Saturday night.  It was a fantastic show and event, featuring the art work of six local artists: Elizabeth Anthony, Coco Costigan-Daniels, Michelle Geft, Kandy Lozano, Daniela Schweitzer and Lisa Semler.  All right here, in Malibu's own backyard. Simply spectacular!

Malibu Artists Unite has the vision of bringing all of Malibu's Contemporary Artists together, which is being realized through events such as this.  This is the first year of MAU's creation and MAU has hit the ground running.  They are planning other events over the span of the next several months and are seeking artists who are looking to display their work.  

If you are interested in joining MAU, please contact them by clicking here.

We appreciate everyone who came to support our local artist community and AMPS. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Michelle! Thank you again!!!

For more information:

Malibu Artists Unite: here

ART SPACE Malibu: here


Congrats to MHS Photographers

Eight Malibu High School students received Honorable Mention in the 2014 California Streaming Digital Photography contest.

Congratulations to Lacey Bieler, Mariarely Cruz, Yasmine Diba, Daniel Eisner, Connemara Hutcherson, Tristan McGowan, Claire Murphy and Sage Smith.

We would also like to recognize the long-standing leadership of MHS photography teacher Carla Bowman-Smith.

Their art can be seen: here.

 PTA & AMPS Candidates Forum

PTA & AMPS Candidates Forum
Tuesday, April 1st, @ 7:00-8:30 pm 

Malibu Schools PTA's & Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) are sponsoring a candidates forum on Tuesday, April 1st at 7:00 pm at Point Dume Marine Science School.  The forum is expected to last 60 - 90 minutes, including introductions and opening/closing remarks.  The moderator of the forum will be Malibu resident and past SMMUSD Board of Education Member Pam Brady.

All members of the community are encouraged to submit questions for the forum. The forum's focus will be Youth, Families, Schools and Related Issues - Recreation, Safety, Traffic, etc. 

If you would like to submit a question, please send it to MHS Teacher and ASB Coordinator Melisa Andino: [email protected]. All questions should be submitted no later than Wednesday March 26th. Final selection of forum questions will be made by Moderator Pam Brady.  

PTA & AMPS Candidates Forum
Tuesday, April 1st, 7:00-8:30 pm 
Point Dume Marine Science School
6955 Fernhill Drive 

Malibu, CA 90265

 Featured Audio 

Does Teaching Kids to Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?
March 17, 2014, by Tovia Smith, NPR

It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"

Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.

Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.

"This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that's grit," says Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who coined the term "grit" — and won a MacArthur "genius grant" for it.

"It's a very, I think, American idea in some ways — really pursuing something against all odds," she says.

Duckworth says her research shows grit is actually a better predictor of success than IQ or other measures when it comes to achievements as varied as graduating from West Point or winning the National Spelling Bee.

Even the Obama administration is now on the "grit" bandwagon. A 2013 report from the Department of Education laments that kids are learning to "do school," but aren't learning the skills they need in life.

But can grit be taught?

Listen to audio: here.

 Local Education News 

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Inks Environmental Consultant Contract
March 12, 2014, by David Mark Simpson, Malibu Times

Read more: here

Malibu Little League Opens With a Bang
March 12, 2014 By Joshua Spidel, Malibu Times

Read more: here

School News

March 10, 2014, By Staff Report, Malibu Surfside News

Read more: here

 School for Thought 

The Homework Conundrum
March 12, 2014, By Karin Chenoweth, The Huffington Post Education

Read more: here

Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core
March 5, 2014, By Liana Heitin, EdWeek

Read more: here

This is What the New SAT Will Be Like
March 7, 2014, By Julia Ryan, Quartz

Read more: here

California Lawmakers Take Aim At Elementary School Truancy
March 10, 2014, by Sharon Bernstein, The Huffington Post Education

Read more: here

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AMPS Malibu

Webster Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser & Golden Ticket Opportunity
March 28, 6:30 pm, Geoffrey's
Click to purchase tickets: here

Juan Cabrillo Instrumental & Choir Concert

April 3, 6:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room

Pt. Dume Spring Concert Grades 3-5

April 4, 8:30 am, Cafetorium

Spring Break:
April 7-18

Malibu Boys & Girls Club 5th Grade Family Social

April 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, Malibu Boys & Girls Club 
To see flyer click: here

Malibu Library Speaker Series:

Rafe Esquith

May 21, 3:00-4:00 pm, Malibu Civic Center
For more info click: here

Contact Us:


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

(310) 734-2021

[email protected]