I am excited to share that yesterday California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, announced that Harvest Park Middle School is one of 275 schools being recognized as a Gold Ribbon School. In his press release he described the award:
“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.
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems. 477 middle schools and high schools applied this year.
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.
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.”
Harvest Park was recognized for our implementation of blended learning, which provides a rigorous curriculum to students, as well as increases student engagement. Technology for All brought equal access to devices for our students, and its implementation couldn’t happen without the support from our community and parent groups. This award represents the dedication of our teachers, parents, and district to provide a 21st-century learning environment for all Harvest Park students.
I continue to be impressed with the innovative teaching happening at Harvest Park. This is a wonderful honor for our school community.