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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program. MESA engages students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions.

MESA, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, has a proven track record in producing math-based graduates by providing support such as classes, hands-on competitions, counseling, transfer support and a community environment to students from middle school through four-year college. Visit the MESA website at http://mesa.ucop.edu/ and check out the “MESA Day Rules” for competition rules.

At El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center, Ms. Karu and Ms. Avery teach MESA elective classes for 7th and 8th grade students. If MESA sounds like something you are interested in, please contact your school counselor.

2015 Updates:

National DOE Science Bowl –

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9 students went to compete in two teams in the National Department of Energy Science Bowl held at California State University of Los Angeles. Teams spent the day answering buzzer style questions about math, science, and engineering. Teams did an amazing job and El Sereno was the last inner-city school left in the competition. Congratulations to students who competed in the Science Bowl!

MESA Prelims –

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, many of our MESA students headed to Cal State LA to compete in the MESA prelims competition. Students brought engineering projects that they designed and built over the past 6 months and competed against students from 9 other middle schools in the East LA area. All students who attended did an amazing job. Our El Sereno MESA students came away with 25 metals and 15 ribbons for their mousetrap cars, popsicle stick bridges, egg drop packages, prosthetic arms, GI tract models, team math skills, and oral presentations. All students who medaled advanced to Junior MESA Day where they competed against the winning students from other regions of LA. Congratulations to all students who competed in the MESA prelims!

Junior MESA Day –

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, students who medaled at MESA Prelims moved on in competition and went to Cal State LA to compete against students who medaled from other centers around Los Angeles. They brought their projects and had a great day of competition. Congratulations to all students who participated. The following students received medals and ribbons at Junior MESA Day: Lilia Soto Gonzalez, Mousetrap Car Creativity Ribbon; Bao Yi Lei, 1st Place Team Advanced Math Medal; Sandra Valente, 1st Place Team Advanced Math Medal; Marina Martinez, 1st Place Team Advanced Math Medal.

MESA Banquet –

On Monday, May 11, 2015, select students were nominated to attend the end of year MESA Banquet at the Golden Eagle Ballroom at Cal State LA. Students who went represented El Sereno Middle School in the areas of leadership, excellent academic achievement, and significant improvement throughout the year. Students enjoyed a formal dinner and received awards in each area. Congratulations to the following students: Emily Suarez, Excellent Academic Achievement; Yarline Quiroz, Excellent Academic Achievement; Susana Rodriguez, Leadership; Lilia Soto Gonzalez, 7th Grade Most Improved; Isiac Ruiz, Excellent Academic Achievement; Larry Zavala, Excellent Academic Achievement; Ramone Andrade, Leadership; Joshua Cabrera, 8th Grade Most Improved.
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