Hamilton Receives 2009 Title I Academic Achievement Award


    For Immediate Release  
    February 11, 2010     
    Contact: Binti Harvey
    (626) 396-3606        


    Hamilton Elementary and Willard Elementary Honored for Accelerating Achievement for All Students
    Pasadena, CA – Two Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) school have won the 2009-10 Title I
    Academic Achievement Awards. Hamilton Elementary and Willard Elementary are among a select
    roster of California schools that will be honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack
    O'Connell at a ceremony in April.
    Hamilton and Willard are honored for demonstrating that all students are making significant progress
    toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. To qualify, the schools’
    socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for
    two consecutive years.
    “I congratulate Hamilton and Willard on this important award,” said Superintendent Edwin Diaz. “These
    schools share a focus on academic rigor, a school culture that values and is responsive to individual
    student learning styles, and strong teachers, administrators, staff and parents.  Working as a team, they
    have accelerated achievement for all students.”  
    This is the sixth consecutive year that Willard Elementary School has won the award. Hamilton
    Elementary was also named a National Blue Ribbon School last year.
    “These award recipients prove that with hard work and high expectations, students can overcome
    challenges and achieve academic success,” said O’Connell. “By working together, administrators,
    teachers, staff, students, and parents have raised student achievement and narrowed the achievement
    gap. I congratulate these schools and everyone who worked hard to make them deserving of this
    significant award.”
    The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as
    authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Title I is the single largest federal educational
    program for K-12 public education. Title I funds assist schools in meeting the educational needs of
    students living near or at the poverty level. Of the more than 9,000 schools in California, more than
    6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.
    The criteria to qualify for the Title I Academic Achievement Award have become more rigorous in recent
    years. For more information about the Title I Academic Achievement Awards please visit the California
    Department of Education web page at: www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/aa/index.asp.
    The 2009-10 awardees will be honored at a reception and banquet at the Disneyland Hotel on April 21,

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