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Pioneer Middle School Recognitions

  • 2015 California Gold Ribbon School

    The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.“These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”

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  • Pioneer Recognized as a CBEE

    California Business for Education Excellence recognizes various school and district groups. It has recognized Pioneer as a Scholar School.

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  • Pioneer named a California Distinguished School

    Pioneer is proud to announce that is was recently named a California Distinguished School. Pioneer sends its thanks to those instrumental in the process.

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  • Pioneer Middle School - A School to Watch!

    Pioneer was chosen by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as a School to Watch. Pioneer is very proud to be selected as one of only 48 middle schools to receive the honor in California.

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Principal's Message

Hello Wildcats Families!

Pioneer is recognized at national, state, and local levels for its student centered Pyramid of Intervention (POI) program.  Pioneer Middle School is the first middle school in TUSD to be recognized as both a National and California Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage School.  In addition to these first time recognitions, Pioneer was named a California Gold Ribbon School (2015), California Distinguished School (2013, 2010, 2007), a National Blue Ribbon School (2008), an AVID Highly Certified School (2011-2015), a Scholar School by the California Business Education of Excellent (CBEE) (2012-2015), a National Model PLC Middle School (2008-2015), and a recipient of the 2014 Milken Education Award, while being ranked number one, number two, and in the top ten best schools in Orange County by the Orange County Register for three consecutive years.  Over the past four years, Pioneer has trained over 200 educators in the PLC process, the establishment of tutorials, the creation of a POI, and the review and sharing of common assessments.  Pioneer Middle School continues to rank in the top 3% of all middle schools across the nation! This success is the direct result of effective and innovative practices that motivate students to learn and excel.  Pioneer’s passion for student achievement along with collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking are consistently practiced for our Wildcats! The 2015-16 school year brings many exciting practices to our campus with an intense focus on building a learning community with a growth mindset brought to us by researcher Dr. Carol Dweck.  
Preparing Pioneer students for 21st century learning is a primary focus for our Wildcats!  Pioneer’s Professional Learning Community is in full implementation of TUSD Connect's Vision:  Rigorous Standards, Engaging Strategies, supported with Integrated Technology.  We are proud of our community of learners and excited to see the results of the combined work of the students, staff and parents.

Tracey Vanderhayden

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