Make some noise! A back-to-school assembly

I hope to watch the year unfold at United For Success Academy, a middle school that opened in 2006 on the Calvin Simmons campus in East Oakland. It won a $4 million grant from the federal government to improve student achievement and has added three hours to the school day for all sixth-graders.

Elia Bustamante, the school principal, says her staff plan to set a more encouraging and less punitive tone this year. They started with today’s all-school assembly, in which they recognized students who raised their state test scores:

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.