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Hart District Schools Earn Gold Ribbon Status

Three high schools earned the honor (Canyon, Golden Valley and Hart), with two junior highs garnering the distinction (Rancho Pico and Sierra Vista).

“I am very proud of all of our schools,” said Vicki Engbrecht, Superintendent of the Hart School District. “These awards reflect the high level of professionalism our teachers and administrators have for education. They are constantly working creatively together to give every student the opportunity to have an excellent education. And these awards also say something about our community because if it wasn’t for outstanding parental involvement, our schools, and more importantly our students, wouldn’t be as successful as they are.”

The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

“These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “I look forward to travelling the state to honor these schools and to help share the programs, methods, and techniques that are working.”

Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award acknowledged elementary schools last year.

“I am very proud of our school, staff, students, community members and parents who all made this possible,” said Jason d’Autremont, Principal of Canyon High School. “Being considered a Gold Ribbon Exemplary School for our Computer Science program goes a long way and contributes to the fulfillment of our mission to prepare all students for college or a career.”

“This award celebrates the tremendous teamwork involved with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards,” said Erum Jones, Principal of Rancho Pico Junior High. “Our classrooms have morphed into student-centered learning environments where students are meaningfully engaged with the curriculum. I am so very proud of this growth in our practice and the resulting impact it has had in regards to student achievement.”

Only 275 public schools across the state were honored with the Gold Ribbon Award. All of the award winners will be honored during regional ceremonies held in Costa Mesa, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Visalia and Sacramento.
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