Saugus USD | 14 Gold Ribbon Schools Honored at Board Meeting
Fourteen schools’ applications from the Saugus Union School District were approved in the Gold Ribbon Schools’ Recognition Program by the California Department of Education. They were recognized in Tuesday’s Board of Directors meeting.
Of the applications that were approved, eight received scores high enough to bypass a site validation while the other six will have site visits within the next few weeks.
“We are thrilled to receive this validation that is indicative of how hard our teachers, administrators and parent community work on behalf of the students in SUSD,” said Judy Umeck, President, SUSD Governing Board. “This new recognition continues a long, rich history of state and national awards for our schools. It will be an honor to celebrate with each of our school sites as we share this great news with the SCV community.”
The eight schools that exceeded the score limit and will not require a visit are: Bridgeport Elementary, Cedarcreek Elementary, Emblem Academy, Highlands Elementary, Plum Canyon Elementary, Rio Vista Elementary, Santa Clarita Elementary, and West Creek Academy. The six that will have a validation site visit scheduled are: James Foster Elementary, Charles Helmers Elementary, Mountainview Elementary, North Park Elementary, Rosedell Elementary and Skyblue Mesa Elementary. Tesoro del Valle Elementary narrowly missed the points threshold, but still received high marks.
According to the California Department of Education, the Gold Ribbon Schools Award Program “recognizes California schools who have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the state Board of Education.” The standards include the California Standards for English Language Arts, California English Language Developmental Standards, California State Standards for Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.
“This is a byproduct of hard working administrators, teachers, students, parents and staff, making the determination that just being good just isn’t good enough,” said Dr. Joan Lucid, Superintendent of the Saugus Union School District. “Our schools are exceptional. Our educators are inspired. Our students are driven. Our parents are supportive. Our staff is second to none. All of those elements, when combined, add up to gold.”
Elementary schools across the state are vying for this designation, which replaces the California Distinguished Schools Program, now on hiatus as the state transitions to new assessment and accountability procedures. The program rewards elementary schools and both junior and senior high schools, in alternate years.
The procedure involved each school selecting a Model Program/Practice to highlight their excellence and were judged on how it referenced the District’s LCAP and how it is distinguished from the District’s model. The following were the different school’s winning Model Program/Practice:
Following the soon-to-be scheduled site visits, the awards will be presented by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson at an award ceremony scheduled for May 2016.
These Gold Ribbon Awards continue a tradition of excellence for Saugus Union School District, which includes five National Blue Ribbon Awards, 35 California Distinguished School Awards (for 15 schools) and six California Business for Educational Excellence Awards (one Star School and five Scholar Schools).
“I’m extremely proud that we are an award-winning district committed to excellence in elementary education,” added Lucid.(c) SCVTV 2016