On May 16th, 2016, our Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) students shared their projects with the community at a celebratory showcase, held in the JLS Cafetorium. Superintendent Dr. Max McGee and AAR Coordinator Dr. Jeong Choe welcomed parents and community members to the inaugural year of the AAR Program. Students engaged all year in original research with a mentor in a field of interest. They've asked real-world questions, tackled challenging problems, and contributed meaningful work to their field of study. The AAR Program began in the Fall with about 75 students. For the next academic year, there are more than 200 students participating, including 14 special education students. In January, 2016, the program received an innovation grant from the California Department of Education.