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Excelling in math, reading, and barbering
Hillview Principal Erik Burmeister gets his head shaved by eighth-grade student Andrew, while Madeline, left, and Gaby watch, during lunch on Friday, April 5, 2013. Andrew, Madeline and Gaby are among the top four ranking students in the Acceleration Model pilot program, which began at the start of this year. As a reward, those students took turns shaving Burmeister's head in front of faculty, students and parents.

Mr. Burmeister says that the Acceleration Model's goal "is to meet kids where they are at" and bring them up "with developing personalized learning for all. One size does not fit all." So far the program has approximately 50 students enrolled and is open to all students at all levels. Mr. Burmeister says his wife will finish his new haircut for his father-in-law's wedding, set for the following day. He is in the wedding party. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

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