2013-08-08 / Schools

T.O. resident to lead Moorpark middle school

By Stephanie Sumell

Adam Rauch Adam Rauch Moorpark educator Adam Rauch wants to give every student the best opportunity possible to reach their potential.

“Failure cannot be an option,” he said.

Rauch, 37, who served as the principal of Mountain Meadows 21st Century Learning Academy last year, has been named the new principal of Mesa Verde Middle School in Moorpark.

Previously, the Thousand Oaks resident was assistant principal of Mesa Verde for four years and a guidance counselor at Moorpark High School for six years.

“I’m sad to say goodbye to Mountain Meadows, but getting an opportunity to go back to a school I’ve spent four years at is exciting,” he said. “I can say with 100 percent certainty that my calling is at the middle school level.”

Superintendent Teresa Williams said Rauch was the best choice for Mesa Verde.

“Adam Rauch . . . is familiar with (Mesa Verde’s) policies, programs and the specific academic and social needs of middle school students,” she said.

Rauch attended Poindexter Elementary School, Flory Academy and Chaparral Middle School before graduating from Moorpark High School in 1994. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in education from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

The administrator said he wants to eliminate teaching methods that leave children who are struggling in the dark.

He plans to expand the school’s Response to Intervention program, designed to provide early, systematic assistance to children who are having difficulty learning.

Rauch also plans to connect with Josh Stephenson, the new principal of Chaparral Middle School, to discuss ways to carry out Common Core, a new curriculum that’s intended to improve students’ understanding of English language arts and math using 21st century learning methods.

But school is more than academics, he said. Rauch wants to increase students’ participation in clubs and other on-campus activities to build an atmosphere of connectedness.

“When I went to school, I felt like there was something for everybody,” he said. “But with the budgets cuts, so much of that stuff has been chipped away. I want to start bringing it back.”

Students with positive, on-campus role models are more likely to succeed, Rauch said

“Kids who have connected with a teacher or an adult on campus are more likely to pay attention in that class, are more likely to participate . . . (and) want to do well in that class,” he said.

Rauch, a former baseball coach at Moorpark High School, is eager to help students find their way.

“The longer we can keep students engaged in school, the better.”

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