October 14, 2016

Desert Junior-Senior High launches math, science initiative

Kenji Thuloweit
Edwards AFB, Calif.

During her trip to the area Oct. 11, 2016, Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, participated in a number of activities marking the start of the Desert Junior Senior High School ‘s National Math and Science Initiative program. Pawlikowski attended an NMSI luncheon, met with STEM students and teachers, and also delivered a keynote speech at the school.

Desert Junior-Senior High School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., hosted a kickoff celebration Oct. 11, 2016, to announce a $700,000 Department of Defense grant to launch the National Math and Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program.

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, attended the event and talked to the students about the importance of taking math and science courses in school and how her education in those subjects has helped her throughout her career.

DHS joins a network of more than 1,000 schools nationwide that have adopted the program, which according to NMSI, is dramatically increasing the number of students succeeding in rigorous advanced placement coursework in math, science and English and is transforming schools into centers of college readiness. The program’s elements include extensive teacher training, extra time on task for students during Saturday study sessions, exam fees, classroom equipment, supplies and awards for achievement.

Marcus Lingenfelter, NMSI state and federal programs senior vice president, says NMSI’s military initiative was launched in 2010 in recognition of the need to improve educational opportunities for students of military families. NMSI receives money from the DOD to supply to schools in need and has expanded from four military-connected schools in 2010 to 160 schools across 29 states this year.

NMSI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in DOD school classrooms with proven, effective programs that can be replicated nationwide, Lingenfelter said. The program boosts advanced placement performance in partner schools by 10 times the national average and builds teacher capacity to advance student achievement at all levels, he said.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit

116 Day Innovation Blitz

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit At Ridley Mission Control Center, an employee sits in front of the Single Operator Multiple Antennas station developed by the 412th Range Squadron June 7, 2016. SOMA is an example of the ...

School district notice of intention to appoint school board trustee

Due to a lack of sufficient candidates for the upcoming school board election for Trustee Area #2, Office C (Edwards AFB), the Board of Trustees of the Muroc Joint Unified School District intends to appoint a qualified individual to the Board of Trustees, pursuant to Education Code section 5326. The applicant must be: * 18...
Air Force photograph by Giancarlo Casem

Powerlifters muscle up during competition

Air Force photograph by Giancarlo Casem Compeitive powerlifter John Alexander competes in the deadlift portion of a powerlifting competition at the Rosburg Fitness Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 13, 2018.  ...