New Malibu High School Principal Announced
Dear Malibu High School Parents,
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Mr. Jerry Block will serve as the new Principal of Malibu High School!
Mr. Block comes to SMMUSD from the Oak Park Unified School District, where he has been serving as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Oak Park High School for the past seven years. Prior to that, Mr. Block served as Coordinator for Testing and Staff Development at Calabasas High School, BTSA Support Provider at Las Virgenes Unified School District, and Chair of the Foreign Language Department at Calabasas High School. As Assistant Principal, he set and modeled high standards for teachers in implementing core standards and integrating technology into the classroom. He developed a modern language program and secured a grant that allowed for Mandarin Chinese instruction grades 5-12, including the AP level. Under his leadership, Oak Park High School’s API surpassed the 900 mark, the ROP program expanded, and the school received a six-year WASC accreditation. Mr. Block’s past experience as a computer consultant and programmer allowed him to serve as the coordinator for his district’s new student information system as well as to develop software to track students’ accommodations and modifications (IEPs and 504s), Response to Intervention progress, and student discipline patterns.
Mr. Block is well-versed in fostering a positive school climate and relationships with parents and the community. Thanks to his leadership in implementing Safe School Ambassadors and Peer Counselors, Oak Park High School was named a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League. His genuine concern for student well-being has garnered trust from both students and parents. He interacts with students in a firm, fair, considerate, and consistent manner, and his relationships with staff, students, and parents are marked by mutual respect. For his dedication to students and expertise in cultivating mutually beneficial relationships, Mr. Block received special recognitions from the Oak Park Unified School District Governing Board.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Block to SMMUSD for 2012-13!