Palmdale academy accepting student applications
Deadline is March 16
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy is currently receiving student applications for the 2012-13 school year. Parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in grades 6, 7 and 8 are encouraged to apply.
Applications are available online at: www.palmdalesd.org/tpaa. Hard copies of the application are available at schools within the Palmdale School District. Residents of the Palmdale Schools District’s geographic area are asked to bring proof of residency for use in a possible lottery for enrollment. Parents and guardians of prospective students must bring the application to the Palmdale School District offices in person.
The deadline to turn in applications is March 16.
Once an application is submitted, each prospective student will be issued a registration number. This number will be used in the event that the school receives more applicants than there are spaces available per grade level. The academy is advising interested parties to submit their student’s application as soon as possible. For more information on the lottery process, individuals may find details in the school’s petition, which can be accessed via the website above.
The academy will offer a robust and rigorous, college and career preparation program which supports work-force development in the Palmdale region.
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy (TPAA), created via a partnership between the city of Palmdale, the AERO Institute, and the Palmdale School District will host its first community forum today.
The event, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. at The AERO Institute, will be the first of many to enable parents, guardians and interested community members to hear about and contribute to the academy.
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy will open its doors to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Aug. 10.
The academy, located on the former site of Cactus Middle School, will open in September with 540 students.
“The idea of the Aerospace Academy was inspired by Palmdale’s rich aerospace heritage” said Palmdale School District Superintendent Roger Gallizzi.
“Challenging projects, hands-on activities and collaborative learning will engage student interest and foster student learning.”
Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program is celebrating the city’s 50th anniversary by launching its “50,000 Pounds @ 50” campaign.
“We’re partnering with organizations and residents in our community to help us raise 50,000 pounds of food this year to help us assist families who need our services,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales.
School districts across the state are sending so-called “March 15” letters to their certificated employees (i.e. teachers, nurses) informing them that the state budget crisis may necessitate layoffs.
The letters are required by the state education code to be sent on or before that date. The code also mandates that districts send out similar letters to classified employees (clerks, janitors etc.) 45 days prior to any expected layoff action, unless something else has been agreed upon in collective bargaining.
The Palmdale School District received an allocation of $25 million from federal stimulus funds through the Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) program. The funds were received on Jan. 14. Of the 133 districts that applied, only 61 received an allocation. In addition, less than 20 of the 133 applicants received the maximum allocation of $25 million.