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Area elementary schools honored with gold ribbons by state

LOS ANGELES — Elementary schools throughout the area have earned gold ribbons from the state based on a number of academic and behavioral improvements.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the names of the 772 statewide gold ribbon winners last month.

They were selected for demonstrating exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority program areas. A ceremony was held May 24 in Sacramento to recognize the schools selected for this award, a state spokesperson said.

“Such success is a direct result of your dedicated, creative, and talented staff and your supportive school community,” Torlakson told the winning schools.

The focus of the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award is to recognize schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the state Board of Education for all students, including English learners.

Those include, but are not limited to, the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, California English Language Development Standards, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards, the spokesperson said.

This award, which began in 2014, recognized middle and high schools last year.

Seven schools in the Bellflower Unified School District were recognized as gold ribbon schools for customizing instruction for struggling students in English language arts and math, creating a support system for home-schooled students and improving student culture through a discipline system that reinforces positive behavior, a district spokesperson said.

They are Albert Baxter, Frank E. Woodruff, Ramona, Thomas Jefferson and Washington elementary schools, the Intensive Learning Center and Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy.

“These awards are a great statement about the commitment of our teachers to student success,” Bellflower Superintendent Brian Jacobs said.

In the Downey Unified School District, Old River Elementary School received a gold ribbon.

Gold ribbons in the Montebello Unified School District were earned by Bell Gardens, Greenwood, Suva and Washington elementary schools.

The schools were honored for engaging students through creative science lessons, a growing performance arts program, a strategic model for strengthening reading skills, and a data-driven method to close the achievement gap, a district spokesperson said.

MUSD Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said: “The application process provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the teacher, student and parent perspectives within our school communities to the visiting team of state officials who granted the awards.”

In the Little Lake School District, seven schools received gold ribbons.

They were Cresson, Lakeland, Orr, Paddison and Studebaker elementary schools in Norwalk and Jersey and Lakeview elementary schools in Santa Fe Springs.

Last year when middle schools were honored, gold ribbons went to Lakeside in Norwalk and Lake Center in Santa Fe Springs.

“These accomplishments of our district schools reflect the drive and focus of our passionate and committed teachers, administrators and support staff,” Little Lake Superintendent Phil Perez said.

“The Board of Education has set the vision for the district and provided unwavering support,” Perez added.

Rivera Elementary School was the lone school in the El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera.

The East Whittier City School District had two gold ribbon schools: La Colima and Mulberry elementary schools.

In the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Eastwood and John Foster Dulles received gold ribbons.

In the Whittier City School District, Andrews Elementary, the Daniel Phelan Language Academy, the Mill School and Technology Academy and the Sorenson Science Academy, all won gold ribbons.

In the Paramount Unified School District, Collins, Hollydale, Jefferson and Mokler elementary schools were honored.

In the Lynwood Unified School District, Helen Keller, Will Rogers, Abbott, Twain, Roosevelt and Wilson all received gold ribbons.

In the Alhambra Unified School District, Brightwood, Marguerita, Monterey Highlands, Park, Ramona, Northrup and Ynez elementary schools were honored.

The Los Angeles Unified School District produced a large number of gold ribbon winners. Area schools receiving the ribbons included City Terrace, Ford Boulevard and Humphreys Avenue in East Los Angeles; Griffin Avenue, Albion Street, Hillside and PUC Milagro Charter in Lincoln Heights; Loreto Street in Northeast Los Angeles; Maywood Elementary in Maywood; Nueva Vista Elementary in Bell; Pacific Boulevard in Huntington Park; and Bryson Avenue, Madison, and Tweedy in South Gate.