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set of values, discuss problems and take steps to “repair harm.” Principal Nursement said that restorative justice has helped the school reduce recidivism by 20 percent and suspensions by 42 percent. She credited MHUSD’s school resource officer, Jeff Brandon of the Morgan Hill Police Department, as a key player in the program’s success. The GUSD sent its resource officer to train with MHPD over the summer. As MHUSD continues to expand and enhance its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, the goal is to fully engage and equip administrators to lead, teachers to teach, and all of its students to thrive in a STEM education environment. With this in mind, Nursement said that Martin Murphy is “working toward a partnership” with the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) with the potential to bring additional support and resources to this effort. “CALSA STEM curricula is designed to help underrepresented students engage with role models/ mentors in STEM fields so they can envision these fields as a potential choice for college and career,” Nursement said. The yearlong program includes curricula aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.     Same Place, New Face and Greener Footprint When students arrive at San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy to start the new school year, they’ll find the entrance has moved to Llagas Avenue. Along with new administrative offices and added visitor parking, the district has installed environmentally-friendly modular classroom buildings on the west end of campus. The added capacity will serve the school’s transition to K-8 with a larger student population over the next two years, and the campus improvements were made possible through a combination of Measure G and Capital Facilities funds. According to a school district announcement, the new portables are the nation’s “first and only prefabricated classrooms to be pre-verified by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) to meet strict specifications for indoor environ- mental quality, energy efficiency, materials, waste management, resource conservation and other sustainable prerequisites.” It’s fitting that an Environmental Science Academy takes the lead with classrooms that are healthy for students and kind to the environment as well as being cost-effective to maintain. Nothing gets students’ attention more than when their schools “walk the talk.” Showing Kids We Care about Fitness This year MHUSD Superintendent Steve Betando has launched a new health initiative, Super Health Challenge 1-2-3. MHUSD partnered with Specialized and Kaiser Permanente to invite and inspire not only students, but their families and the entire community to participate in maintaining and improving health through fitness. The idea is to make a personal commitment to exercise 123 minutes (or more) per week, then log fitness activity on the health initiative’s website and track progress toward fitness goals. Participants will be eligible to win prizes. Rather than letting busy schedules push health to the back burner, the goal is to build it into the daily routine for a more balanced, happier, and longer life. Get fit, visit “We’re not resting on our awards. We keep pushing to innovate and improve. We owe it to the kids.” Chris Moore, Principal, Britton Middle School (MHUSD) Construction at San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 29