Students fortunate enough to attend James Workman Middle School in Cathedral City in Palm Springs, California attend a school that prides itself on healthy relationships between students, teachers, parents, and community members. Not only does the school provide a positive, safe learning environment for students, but during the 2014-2015 school year, James Workman Middle School was the only secondary school within the Palm Springs Unified School District to earn an Academic Performance Index above 800. The school sets high expectations and a rigorous academic program to inspire forward-thinking, inspired individuals.

The bighorn is the mascot for the school, reflecting a student’s ability to climb to unimaginable heights while escaping danger. Appropriately, the newly designed website for the educational facility is called, “The Crag,” which refers to the cliff that bighorn sheep climb to escape their predators. The well-designed website is conceived as a “home away from home” or a digital hangout for students, parents, and faculty who need to communicate about school happenings after school hours. The mascot embodies two qualities that infuse the school and its students: perseverance and strength. Via The Crag, students can access the school’s library, Google docs, or access the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Many of the 1,425 students who attend James Workman Middle School each year walk or ride their bicycles to and from school, which makes it easy for students to engage in after-school activities such as clubs and sports.

The school has a diverse array of clubs from which to choose, some of which include a robotics club, debate club, dance club, crochet club, Christian club, military and more. There’s also an audio-visual club (AV club) in which participants write, produce, film, and edit movies. Sports include track, softball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, basketball, and archery. Of the 1,425 students, 492 are in sixth grade, 444 are seventh graders, and 489 eighth grade students who prepare for their high school journey.

The James Workman Middle School has a strong anti-bullying policy and the ability for students to report bullying anonymously online via a secure website. The school’s counseling department has an individual website that was, as it’s stated, “designed to provide a range of personal, social, career, and academic services to students, and the school through structured services and outreach activities.”

Every other Monday during school season, a new student is named the recipient of the Bighorn Pride Award, an award presented to students bi-weekly based on teacher nominations. Students are chosen when they achieve academic goals, demonstrate outstanding citizenship, or go above and beyond in any other way.

Students are welcomed to class each morning via a video announcement produced by one of the classroom’s students. The video begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and continues with pertinent news for the week so students know about school spirit day, upcoming competitions, and ways they can be involved with special events.

James Workman Middle School is located at 69-300 30th Avenue in Cathedral City, California 92234. For additional information, call 760-770-8540.

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