Schmookler totally wet? For test scores, for sure

Media Academy celebrated its dramatic rise in standardized test scores on Friday by dunking its principal several times in a tank, double dutching, playing soccer and pulling a tug-of- war rope.

The school suspended regular classes during 5th period on Oct. 30 to honor students who captured the title of most improved high school in Oakland in 2008-09. The school jumped 79 points to 600 on the district’s Academic Performance Index, which measures schools on a scale of 200 to 1,000 based on California Standards Tests and exit exam results.

Students with the top 10 CST scores were honored at a brief ceremony in the auditorium before the dunking and tugging began. Top scorers included: Leland Moore, Cesar Sanchez, Ricardo Lopez, Kendasha Anderson, Maria Cruz Rivas, Tony Tran, Johnny Srimoukda, Kim Mejia, A. Sandoval-Alvarado and Makender Jean-Philippe. Jean-Philippe was also honored as the most improved student of the school.

Leadership students helped the school’s Professional Learning Community team organize events, including a lunch of hot dogs, potato salad, chips and grapes or apples.