Two Pasadena Unified Schools Named 2018 California Distinguished Schools
For Immediate Release
April 4, 2018
TWO PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOLS NAMED 2018 CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS
Pasadena, CA – Two elementary schools in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) have been named 2018 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education (CDE). Eugene Field Elementary and Alexander Hamilton Elementary are being honored for making exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.
The Distinguished School Award program returns after a three-year break and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.
“This award is a wonderful validation of the excellent work of teachers, administrators, employees, and families in inspiring and challenging our students to reach new levels of achievement,” said PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald. “I’m thrilled that our schools are being recognized for vibrant academic programs that ignite curiosity for learning and prepare students to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Eugene Field Elementary School serves students in PreK-5th grade with a 90:10 Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program (MDLIP). Field Elementary School students are thinking critically, creating, collaborating, and communicating using English and Mandarin, two of the most widely used languages on the planet. With talented faculty and staff, robust parent engagement, and a character development program in both languages, the signature MDLIP at Field is demonstrating proven and measurable results across the district and region. Parents are engaged, teachers and staff are effective, and, most importantly, students are succeeding.
“I am so proud of our young scholars, dynamic teachers, dedicated staff, and tireless parent leaders and volunteers. Working together, we are seeing much success at Field,” said Field Elementary School Principal Daniel Bagby. “In this most important endeavor of developing future leaders, we are preparing students to excel academically and to be responsible and kind citizens of the world. For these distinguished achievements, we can all take credit!”
Alexander Hamilton Elementary proudly serves PK-5th grade students and focuses on math, science, technology, and fostering students’ leadership skills. In addition to rigorous academics, the school offers math, computer, and science labs, activities for gifted students, and music classes. Hamilton offers many opportunities for parents to be involved in the school.
“I am beyond proud of all our students’ achievements! This award is a real testimony to the tremendous efforts and dedication of our teachers, staff, and parents to support and enrich the lives of our students and to provide each child with a solid educational foundation,” said Hamilton Elementary School Principal Erika Cooper, “Through the work we do each day, we strive to prepare all of our students with the academic and leadership skills essential for their continued success. Way to go, Bobcats!”
Schools that applied for the California Distinguished School award were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress. Award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.
“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators, and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”
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